I bugged the boat captain. He took me fishing.
Best first date ever.
We didn’t catch anything but some rays and a buzz but it was a beautiful day. There’s nothing like doing a cannon ball off the side of a boat into the open sea when it gets too hot. Cleaned up to boat and he took me to lunch. Then back to his place for a nap - an actual nap. Then off to find a beach to watch the sunset. He took me to a secluded little beach sea turtles are known to frequent and there were four of them snoozing on the sand. It was peaceful and serene and he was quiet but charming. He opened doors and picked up checks.
We spent a lot more time together including breakfast with his mom the morning I flew home. I don’t know how he did it but this man managed to make me feel cherished. He reminded me what it feels like to be respected and cared for. He treated me better than anyone ever has.
I don’t know what will happen because he lives there and I live here... but I’m going to find out.