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  • RoseI have a bad feeling Mike.
  • MikeWhy?
  • RoseThis is starting to feel weird.
  • RoseAnd next month is too far.
  • MikeBabe, I told you already.
  • MikeI have to plan everything perfectly.
  • MikeI want to spoil you silly on our first date.
  • RoseCan I at least get a picture of you to know it’s real?
  • MikeNo! That would ruin the spice of our relationship.
  • MikeI’ve already told you…
  • MikeI’m a tall, ginger-haired man with big muscles and melanin 😉.
  • RoseI hear…
  • RoseI just want to be sure you are not lying to me.
  • MikeCome on Rose, you know I love you.
  • MikeAnd lovers don’t lie to each other.
  • Rose
  • MikeROSE… are you there?
  • MikeWe’ve been cool with not seeing each other for months…
  • MikeWhat changed? 😔
  • RoseEveryone thinks I’m crazy… my mum, my friends…
  • RoseThey say it’s insane dating someone I have never seen.
  • MikeBut babe, our connection is deeper than physical appearances.
  • RoseYeah I know…
  • RoseBut sometimes, I think it’s almost too good to be true.
  • MikeHow so?
  • RoseYour voice is deeply soothing.
  • RoseYou always have the right words to say.
  • RoseYou send me gifts.
  • RoseYou are the perfect gentleman.
  • MikeSo, what is the problem?
  • RoseWhat if the one thing you are lying about is your looks.
  • MikeReally babe!
  • MikeGood night we will chat in the morning.
  • The next morning
  • It is almost noon and Rose is still fast asleep, her mum barges into her room and pours a cup of water on her.
  • RoseUrgggh!
  • RoseMUM! What was that for?
  • MumLook at the time.
  • MumShouldn’t you be at work.
  • RoseI slept late so I called in sick.
  • MumWhat were you doing awake?
  • RoseChatting with the boyfriend.
  • Rose smiles and tries to pick up her phone.
  • MumDROP IT NOW!
  • MumWhat is wrong with you?
  • MumIt’s been almost a year.
  • RoseYes but…
  • MumYou don’t even know if he is a robot.
  • MumWho falls in love over the phone?
  • Rose storms out of the room angrily.
  • Rose texts Mike 1 hour later
  • RoseThe venue is Grandview restaurant.
  • MikeWhat do you mean?
  • RoseI can’t wait anymore. Meet me there 5pm tomorrow.
  • Rose…or it’s over!
  • MikeROSE!!!
  • MikeWe agreed to next month.
  • MikeAnd I’ve made travel arrangements, which I can’t cancel.
  • Rose5pm! I made a reservation.
  • Rose goes offline.
  • RoseMum, Mum! I need your help.
  • MumWhat is it? Why are you suddenly so anxious?
  • RoseLook. Red or pink dress?
  • MumWhat for?
  • RoseI’m meeting Mike tomorrow.
  • MumFINALLY! Mystery man is about to be revealed.
  • MumWear the pink one. You’ll look so beautiful.
  • It’s D-Day
  • Rose had been trying to reach Mike all day. He doesn’t pick up or reply so she’s been crying for a few hours.
  • MumIt’s almost time baby.
  • Rose sniffles as she sits on the bed.
  • MumNO WAY!
  • MumYou can’t have eye bags on your first date.
  • Rose burst into tears.
  • RoseHe is not picking my calls or replying my texts.
  • RoseWhat if…
  • Her mum sits and pats her back
  • MumIt’s okay baby. He might just be feeling nervous.
  • RoseSince when were you on his side?
  • MumJust text him when you get to the venue.
  • MumAnd If he doesn’t show up.
  • MumWell…
  • Rose hugs her mum tightly.
  • 4:00pm
  • Rose is wearing the pink strapless dress and stiletto heels.
  • MumMy God! You look like a princess.
  • MumMystery man better show up.
  • Rose kisses her mum on the cheek.
  • RoseBye mum.
  • 4:50pm, Grandview Restaurant
  • Rose texts Mike.
  • RoseI don’t know what game you’re playing Mike.
  • RoseI’m at Grandview, and you’re still not replying my texts.
  • RoseIf you don’t come, never speak to me again.
  • 15 minutes later
  • A short bearded old man walks into the restaurant.
  • He looks around confused, and stares at his phone continuously... then runs his hands through his hair.
  • His ginger hair... Rose angrily fixates on the ginger colour of his hair.
  • She immediately texts her mum.
  • RoseMum, he LIED!
  • MumOh baby, come home. I am so sorry.
  • RoseHe was only truthful about the colour of his hair.
  • RoseEverything else is a lie.
  • RoseI don’t even want to meet that old bloody liar.
  • MumCalm down dear. Should I come and get you?
  • RoseNo.
  • Rose stands up to leave and her phone beeps… five new messages.
  • MikeSorry just got here… my battery died.
  • MikeI just entered the restaurant.
  • MikeRose, where are you sitting?
  • MikeI see several girls in pink dresses.
  • MikeRaise your hand so I can find you.
  • Rose’s phone rings, it’s Mike. She picks up.
  • RoseLIAR! CHEAT! DON’T EVER CALL ME AGAIN!
  • RoseI can see you from my table.
  • MikeJEEZZZ… Rose, I’m sorry I’m late.
  • MikeIf you can see me, then come get me.
  • RoseSHUT UP!
  • RoseYou lied to me!
  • MikeHuh! What has come over you Rose?
  • MikeI’ve never lied to you.
  • RoseI see you in your mustard shirt.
  • MikeYes.
  • RoseWith beard all over your face.
  • MikeQuit describing me.
  • MikeJust point me to your table.
  • RoseI HATE YOU!
  • RoseHow old are you really? 70, 80, 95?
  • MikeWHAT! I’m 28, ROSE!
  • RoseMtchewww.
  • Rose cuts the call.
  • She gets up to leave from the back exit.
  • Customers in the restaurant start murmuring as someone is making noise at the counter.
  • MikeATTENTION PLEASE! I am looking for my girlfriend.
  • Mike is waving in the air.
  • MikeShe is petite, curvy and fair. She’s wearing a pink dress.
  • MikePlease tell her to stop playing and come get me.
  • The old man smiles at Mike.
  • Old manThat’s the problem with big spaces like this. I also am waiting for my granddaughter.
  • Old manYour girlfriend must be really special.
  • MikeShe is. Her name is Rose.
  • The old man joins Mike to scream ROSE!
  • The security guards charge towards both men to stop them from screaming and disturbing customers.
  • Rose drops her bag to the floor and races towards Mike. She embraces him tightly, refusing to let go.
  • RoseOh my God!
  • RoseI didn’t see you the whole time.
  • RoseI thought you were… the ginger haired old m…
  • MikeShhhhh...
  • MikeI know, love.
  • Mike lifts her to his torso.
  • MikeIt's okay, you are here now.
  • They kiss passionately at the counter for minutes.
  • Security guardsAWWWWWW.

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