And now for a deleted scene from a first date. This is from One Little Word.
Helpful information: Our plucky protagonist Ryan is determined to have a good time with cool, cocky Zach despite Ryan being a giant loser who happens to have a black eye. He also has a fake boyfriend, so it’s hard to say which of those things will be a bigger hindrance. (It’s totally the fake boyfriend.)
The vehicle was old but not worn down, more vintage. A red sports car that wasn’t too flashy for a town like this as it was retro but still fit Zach’s personality.
“None of this was what I expected when I tried to imagine dating in this town,” I admitted while buckling my seat belt.
“Having a fake boyfriend and a real date?”
“Yeah, I imagined more sneaking around.” Not that I was complaining. This was preferable, black eye and all.
“Well, Luke helped us.”
I wasn’t sure about that.
“He’s taking a lot of the heat. I figured there wouldn’t be a better time than now to come out,” he explained while driving.
“Letting Luke take the fall? That’s kinda cold,” I joked.
He wasn’t sorry. “I’m kinda a jackass.”
“You get by on your charm.”
Zach grinned. “It does help.”
“Well, I don’t know if it’s working on me,” I said coyly. It totally worked on me.
“Oh really? Guess I’ll have to try harder.”