He forced his head to nod and watched as a slow smile spread across her face. “Great,” she said. “How about next Friday?”
Mac was more than disappointed that he had to wait a week to see her again, but he also knew a single working mom was busy. He finally said, “Okay.”
They exchanged numbers and Mac watched as she got in her car and drove off.
The entire next week Mac second guessed his decision. He didn’t need to get involved with someone, especially someone who had a kid counting on her. He picked up the phone countless times to cancel their date, but he wasn’t that cowardly. He had to be honest with her and tell her to her face that they couldn’t be together.
Mac drove to the restaurant, kicking himself for agreeing to the date in the first place. He’d been so focused on the way her lips felt against his that he forgot about his own vow to keep from hurting anyone else. But after a week of thinking about it, he knew he couldn’t go through with their date.
In the restaurant he followed the hostess to a table. Mac ordered a glass of red wine and sipped the water on the table. The waiter brought his wine and he took a drink to gain courage. He knew what he had to do, but it wasn’t going to be easy.
Especially when she walked in and he saw the red dress she was wearing.