Dialogue #4 – The Silver Fox

20180814_222750.pngJake enters the office.

Jake: I’m so glad you’re still here, I’ve been trying to accidentally bump into you for about a week!

Sienna: Why does it have to be an accident? You know where I work, literally just down the hall from you.

J: I dunno. Just feels weird having seen you everyday while I was mentoring you and now it’s over, we pretty much just go back to the way things were before.

S: Are you worried you’re gonna to miss me?

J: Well actually, yes. I was hoping I could ask you out for dinner or something now the project’s over.

S: Oh.

J: I’m sorry, I thought…I’ve misread this situation, haven’t I?

S: It’s not that.

J: I know that things could look a little shady with having seniority over you but I’m not your direct superior and now I’m not mentoring you, I just, y’know thought, I don’t know, I’d seen some signals and I’m embarrassing myself and making you feel awkward.

S: You didn’t misread anything. I just thought you were gay?

J: Gay!

S: I told someone I liked you and she said, what’s the point? He’s gay. And I’d never thought you were before then. I mean you’re not stereotypically gay or whatever that means and seriously, what does that even mean? It hadn’t even crossed my mind. And I shouldn’t believe rumours but as soon as it was said…

J: You went off me?

S: It was just hard to see past it.

J: I’m not gay. I guess you could call me Bi but I’m really Pan.

S: Where you just want to be loved by anybody?

He throws his hands up dramatically.

J: Anyone! Maybe everyone thinks I’m gay because my last major relationship was with a guy which was years ago before I even moved here but I date women too. Openly. Loudly. I always have. I am very attracted to women. Very attracted. I’m very attracted to you.

S: You’ll make me blush.

J: Too late.

S: This is so weird. I’ve never knowingly been with a guy that’s been with other guys.

J: I’m glad you said knowingly.

S: And if a friend was in this position, I’d be telling her it doesn’t matter who he’s been with in the past if he likes you now.

J: And now you’re in it?

S: I hate how I sound but I don’t know how comfortable I am with this.

J: It’s okay this is new to you and you clearly didn’t see this coming or me asking you out. I wanted to get to know you better because I think I really, really like you. And that’s putting pressure on you so I’m sorry. I should probably leave now, I’ve already made a big enough dick of myself.

S: I’m flattered. And I really like you too but I have in my head that you’re gay and this could never be so it’s a weird hurdle to overcome.

J: I thought everyone called me The Silver Fox behind my back, I didn’t realise they were saying I was gay. I’m not stupid, I can see why they would. They just don’t understand. You don’t understand.

S: I guess I don’t.

J: This was not how I was expecting this conversation to go. I’m gonna head home now and cry into my pillow. Good night.

S: Night.

He leans in to kiss her on the cheek and can’t help but kiss her on the lips while he’s there. She kisses back.

S: Maybe I’ve been a bit rash.

They both laugh.

S: So you wanted to take me out?

J: I did. I do.

S: Are you free right now?

xx woeful writes xx

This scenario was inspired by a friend of mine that’s on a mentoring programme. She IS NOT in a relationship with her mentor but as all my  story ideas skew towards romance, what if she was? I’m not sure why Jake’s pansexual, I suppose I’ve been reading a lot about sexuality in the news. Everybody needs love.

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