Jake 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.
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?
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.
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.