It was Friday night. I'd just gotten ready for my date with Tyler. He had texted me earlier to wear something comfortable, so I settled on some light blue denim jeans and a sleeveless red laced top. After hearing a knock on my door, I ran to the entrance and greeted Tyler with a smile.
God, he looks so sexy.
"You look beautiful," he complimented.
"Thank you. You look great too."
"Thanks. Are you ready?"
I nodded. "Sure am. Where are you taking me?"
A smirk played on his lips. "Bowling."
"Sounds fun. I've never been bowling before."
Tyler grasped my waist and pulled me closer to him, eliciting a chuckle from my lips.
"It's okay. I'll teach you."
Tyler and I made our way to the bowling alley. My jaw dropped the moment we stepped inside. "Oh my God. This place is amazing!"
"I take it you like it here?"
"I love it, Tyler. I mean hell, they even have big screens with the music clips and table tennis, and air hockey!"
"You're too adorable, you know that, right?"
A pink hue settled on my cheeks. "Thanks."
"We need to book a lane and get our bowling shoes on."
Tyler organized a lane at the far end of the alley. I looked up at the screen and chuckled when I noticed the name Tyler had given himself.
"Mr. Crispy Bacon? Really?"
He shrugged his shoulders and smirked. "It was either that or sir. Do you like the name I gave you?"
I glanced again and my mouth gaped open at the name I hadn't noticed before. "Mrs. Crispy Bacon?"
"It suits us, don't you think?"
After grabbing a few of the bowling balls, we placed them on the hold and Tyler turned to me. "Okay. So, I'm up first. Have a look at how I bowl, o when your turn is up, you can give it a go."
I sat down on the black leather lounge and watched Tyler collect his ball. He took a few steps, swung his arm back and bowled it down the alley. I covered my mouth and stifled a laugh when the ball went straight in the gutter.
Tyler turned to me and smiled. "Okay. So, I've just shown you what not to do."
"I'll keep sitting here until you get at least one pin down."
"Hopefully, the next one is better."
He turned away and bowled the second ball down lane, getting all but one pin down. I stood up, and he spun around before he pulled me in for a hug.
"Much better, Tyler."
"You're up, Mrs. Crispy Bacon."
"Thank you, Mr. Crispy Bacon."
I pulled away and collected a ball from the hold and placed it back down when I realized it weighed too much.
"Yeah, I needed a smaller one."
"It's surprising since you've held bigger," he winked.
"I have, but I don't think you would appreciate me throwing yours down the bowling alley."
"No, I can think of a better use for them," he joked.
I shook my head and laughed. "Okay. Enough flirting."
Tyler slapped my ass. "Show me what you can do, baby."
I took a few steps to try and mimic what I saw Tyler do. The ball went down the alley and straight into the gutter. "Damnit!"
"It's okay. Give it another go."
I tried a second time, and the ball jumped to the side again. "Okay, well I suck."
"You do, but not at this," Tyler winked.
A smile automatically appeared on my face before I noticed a family on the other lane playing together. "Okay, so why does that girl get to have those things on the side to help her?"
Tyler looked to where I was pointing to. "You mean the bumper bars?"
He shook his head and chuckled. "Because that girl is five. And as cute as you are, that's not the only requirement you need to have those bars up."
"Because I called you cute?"
"You're too adorable," he beamed. "Okay. Take my turn."
He smiled. "It's okay, baby. You need the practice." He reached out his arm and motioned me towards him. "Come here."
I walked up to Tyler and he placed his hands on my waist as he stood behind me. "Okay. So, you're right-handed. Try to aim for the space between 1 and 3. Keep your arm straight. Release your ball at the bottom of your swing. Any earlier and your ball might bounce."
I turned my attention to him. "So, we don't want bouncing balls?"
He chuckled. "You're as cheeky as I am."
"Don't you forget it."
"Okay, Mrs. Crispy Bacon. Give it another go."
I took a deep breath and did everything that Tyler suggested and bowled the ball in the ally. As it rolled down, I could see the anticipation on Tyler's expression, which mirrored my own. The ball hit the pin and all but two got knocked down.
I spun around with my mouth gaped open. "Did you see that?"
He placed his hand up and I gave him a high-five before he wrapped his arms around me and spun me around. My eyes closed when he briefly pecked me on the lips.
"That's my girl."
"You didn't do too bad for your first time."
I smiled at Tyler. "I had a good teacher."
Tyler and I headed to the cafe to order our dinner before we sat down on the back-leather couches. "Are you enjoying our date?"
"I'm actually having a really good time," I nodded. "I mean I prefer something like this than say dinner and a movie."
"Why is that?"
"Because I can actually talk to you instead of sitting in awkward silence in a movie or theatre."
"I'm glad I chose this place then." Tyler tilted his head and scratched the surface close to his eye. "So, my mom knows we're dating."
I raised my brows. "Really? I didn't think you would tell her so soon."
"Someone told her about you when they saw us at the engagement."
"I would like you to meet her one day, but..."
"Whenever you're ready, Tyler. I'd love to meet her," I smiled softly. "I have told Ellie, I just haven't spoken to my brother since that night."
"Are you close with Alex?"
"Yeah, we're pretty close."
"What was he doing at the engagement party?"
I settled back onto the couch and shifted my body towards Tyler. "Alex and Drake are best friends."
"You dated your brother's best friend?"
I nodded slowly. "It's how we met. I've known Drake for a long time. We were friends of course, but things started to develop."
He scratched the back of his neck. "Did you miss him when he left?"
"I did at first. It was a shock to me to be honest. He made his choice though."
"It must have been painful for you."
"It was, but I've been through worse things in my life."
Before I could say anything further, the waitress brought our food over to our table.
"How are you finding things?" I asked.
He narrowed his eyes before he picked up a crispy vegetarian spring roll from the plate. "What do you mean?"
I was desperate to know. Tyler hadn't been on a date in a long time, and I knew I didn't want to suffocate him.
"I don't know what it is, but I feel really comfortable around you."
"I feel the same way when I'm with you."
He let out a small chuckle. "You make it look like this dating stuff is easy."
"It won't always be easy, Tyler, but nothing worth it ever is."