Easy to compare

Ella felt such a fool, standing outside the cinema in the pouring rain, waiting for a guy she’d never met, never even spoken to.

Her best friend Simon had nagged her to find someone and when Ella had made no sign of doing so Simon set her up on a date. An old school chum, he’d said. Wouldn’t say anymore.

Ella had gone to the same school and could only think of one guy she’d fancied – her best friend, and of course she couldn’t say anything to him.

She’d met a few guys and it was easy to compare them all but they would never be Simon. But he’d never even looked twice and they were so close yet not in the way she wanted, that she daren’t risk ruining that bond. She’d tried to forget him, her job took her away quite often but he’d always be at the back of her mind, on the end of a phone, a knock at the door.

She looked at her watch, 8.10. The film started in 5 minutes. Yes, he had to be a friend of Simon’s, because he was always late.

“Hello.”

Ella looked up, at the face of her blind date. Her heart leapt as he smiled and said, “Sorry I’m late, shall we go?”

Ella nodded without speaking and took the hand he offered, walking side-by-side by her oldest friend.

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