Being married 42 years I’ve sort of lost interest in the “love in bloom” kind of story. Your skill at writing, though, sucked me in and I couldn’t leave until I learned the outcome of your heavily scripted first date. Like some others, I kind of suspected it didn’t go well when “you” fell asleep while kissing (I suspect she did not; hence the cool morning reception). Nevertheless, your style of writing was such that I stuck with it until the tepid end. In any event, you clearly have a knack for spinning prose. Well done!