If you missed the first part, you can read it here.
And they burst out into laughter. Keith took a bunch of tissue papers and started drying himself. Veronica wasn’t sure what to do. The initial clumsiness of the first date had gradually settled down. There was an uncomfortable silence around them. Both didn’t know what to start with. After all, they had never talked like this or even met like this before.
Keith finally broke the silence.
Keith: “So, are you angry that I didn’t pick up your calls?”
Veronica: “Not really, but I was worried. But then I figured you must be tired after yesterday night’s long phone call.”
Keith: “Yeah. Sorry about that.”
Veronica smiled. She wasn’t thinking about what had already happened. She was, in her mind, trying to concentrate on something else. She was a bit nervous, which Keith noticed. He was nervous as well. For the first time, they didn’t know what to talk about.
Veronica: “Tell me something which you have never told me.”
Keith looked surprised. What kind of a question was that!
Veronica: “Come on, that’s not a difficult question. There are so many things I don’t yet know about you.”
Keith: “But what exactly you want to know about me?”
Veronica: “I don’t know, anything, that I haven’t heard from you.”, she winked.
Keith knew it was a trick question. He took up the challenge and thought he could defeat her in her own little game. But little did he know that the game Veronica wanted to play had only one outcome. She was going to win anyway.
Keith: “I didn’t like you on the first day I met. You were too rude, and had an attitude.”
Veronica smiled and said, “OK, that hurt a little, but you can carry on. Next.”
Keith was puzzled. He didn’t know this game was going to be a long one. He was now alert, though. He raked up his brain to come up with the next sentence. And at the same time, he was already ready for some more. He started enjoying this game.
Keith: “I felt really bad when you didn’t accept the chocolates that I got for you on your birthday. I threw them away.”
She had no expressions to Keith’s responses. She had only smiled at the beginning of the game. She seemed composed and very serious. She seemed to be waiting for something very specific.
Keith on the other hand, although confused, was more comfortable now. He thought he could just go on and on, and at one point of time, she would be tired, and Keith would win the game. The food came, and they started eating, the game continued. Veronica would just listen to his answers, and ask him to move on to the next one. Keith was pretty fast in the beginning with his responses. He kept talking about things that either made him feel good or bad about Veronica. As the game progressed, Keith felt like he was being overpowered.
Veronica: “Is that all that you haven’t ever told me?”
Keith: “Well, I have at least told you 100 things now. We have just been talking for a few weeks. Let me get ready with the next set of my answers. Give me some time.”
Veronica: “Sure, take your time. I will be right back.”, and walked towards the restroom.
Keith finally realised why he wasn’t winning yet. He had been pitching the wrong answers to her. He smiled and thought that he can win the game now since he knew what he was going to say. After all, the opponent was a girl. He was ready with his next set of responses, eagerly waiting for Veronica. He actually jotted them down on a tissue paper, he didn’t want to take chances this time. Right then, Veronica came behind her, peeping into the notes that he had been making.
Veronica: “What’s that? I see you are concentrating hard on your homework. Good. Let’s resume.”
Keith: “You think you can trap me? Get me some Gulab Jamoons. I guess this game will continue for some more time. I really like Gulab Jamoons.”
Veronica: “Fine, I didn’t know that as well. I will take that as one of the things you never told me. Continue.”
Keith: “When I saw you today, I skipped a beat or two. You are looking so different than usual. You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.”
Veronica smiled this time, probably because she thought this response was a bit sugar-coated. She didn’t mind and said, “Thanks. Continue please.”
Keith: “I love the way you flick your hair whenever you turn towards me.”
It was already 10 pm, and the waiter asked them if they wanted something else, prompting them to leave. Veronica and Keith looked irritated. Both wanted to continue their game. But they had to leave now. Keith was starting to flirt with her and was in a romantic mood. Veronica was loving all the attention and compliments from him. They were enjoying each other’s company. But as every good thing has an end, their first date came to an end, on a happy note of course. It was a bit chilly outside. Keith took out his jacket and put it on her shoulders. Veronica turned towards him, flicked her hair and said, “Thanks for the lovely date.”
Keith: “I should thank you. You had planned the date, and I really loved it.”