Title: Kashore: Memoir of Love & Laughter Author: Jade eyes Genre: Humor, romance, introspection Character(s) Kashore and her family. Disclaimer: Borrowing with affection. Kashore is an OC jointly conceived with Mira_Jade whom I have fallen in love with. ~~~ On First Dates: Dajan ran into me literally in the market. Spilled berries and other produce everywhere. Lands, but he was gorgeous, still is, but at the moment, I was so flubbergasted and golly-geeing over his hotness that I didn't mind or even notice the mess. He apologized and asked me out to dinner. I thought he was just being polite but hey, I accepted. We hit it off famously. He made me laugh the whole time. We exchanged comm-codes and then ... nothing for a week. Hmmmm. I thought ... he is interested in the ladies, isn't he? I was just about to break down and call him when he commed me. Finally! He confessed to me later that he'd been wibbly-wobbly about the whole thing: "She couldn't possibly be interested in me" he'd think one minute and then: "You'll never know until you ask!" He'd tell himself the next. "I was beginning to think I had another personality swimming around in my head and people would start to wonder why I was talking to myself." He joked. I laughed. "Not really. But the internal monologue was making me dizzy!" I laughed. "Aren't you glad you broke down?" "It was that, or really go nuts! I'm still surprised you agreed." "I'm no fool." I winked. This reminded me of my sister, Nyota's, own experiences with her first date. He asked her to dinner and to dance at a jazz club. Very matter-of-factly, just like they weren't in a romantic relationship. I teased her with a playful nudge: "Didn't that give you qualms, Ny, that he would be as romantic as the fuzz under the couch cushions?" She laughed. "No ... I had a feeling there was fire there ... that I desperately wanted to ignite." There was a glow in her eyes. "Ah! And did you ever!" I said with a happy bounce. She purred happily in assent. "And Graeme, how did your sweetie compare to Graeme?" I teased, since I knew the answer. "Graeme was like going out with a friend or your cousin's friend." Nyota answered with a shrug. "He never gave me happy chills and butterflies all at the same time." I gave my sister a squeeze. "You're getting them now just thinking about it, aren't you." She blushed. "Kashore, I have it so bad!" I beamed. I was ecstatic for her. She and I had a lot in common; one of those things was knowing perfection-for-us when it strolled into our lives and we were not going to let it get away!!! ++++++ TBC? Foot, that was fun!