In the words of Lewis Carrol, “Curiouser and curiouser”. Just when Oscar thinks things can’t really get much worse, they do. The GPS goes crazy, carrying him far from his destination, finally bringing him where he needs go. Hoping to find someone he can really talk to about it, he invites Jasmine to go to dinner with him.
Jasmine Bond met Oscar in the hotel lobby at six twenty-five and they went to dinner together. They shared a bottle of wine as they waited for their meal to arrive. Oscar was finally able to relax and unwind after his trying day. He had nearly made up his mind to tell Jasmine how the car had been behaving when their appetizers arrived. Instead, he ate his soup, chatting with Jasmine about her day at work and his book signing. The subject of the car’s behavior didn’t come up.
By dessert, Oscar felt as if he’d known Jasmine his entire life. Slightly buzzed, he gazed into her fabulous blue eyes, smiling rather foolishly. Jasmine, equally as inebriated, smiled back at him.
“You know, I think I’ll have to call a cab to go home. I don’t think I can drive in this condition.”
“Me either,” he chuckled. “You know what I want to do?” He raised his eyebrows like Grouch Marx.
Jasmine laughed, shaking her blonde curls.
“I wanna go dancing. You like to dance?”
“I love to dance! Where can we go?”
“The hotel has a lounge with dancing, sir,” the waitress told them in a quiet voice. “They are open until three.”
“Shank of the evening!” Oscar said more loudly than he meant to.
Handing the waitress a generous tip, he walked unsteadily to the lounge with Jasmine. They danced and drank until the lounge closed. Uncertain that she could get home, Jasmine hesitated at the doorway.
“Come upstairs. I’ll make coffee. Then you can call a cab.”
“Okay,” she agreed. “I like coffee.”
Between the two of them, they got his door open. It took nearly five minutes of laughing and shushing to get the card to work. They collapsed together on the king sized bed, laughing giddily.
“You know what, Bond. Jasmine Bond?”
“I’d really like to kiss you,” Oscar said, suddenly feeling less giddy.
“I’d really like that,” she replied, grabbing his coat collar.
Totally out of character, Oscar found himself not only kissing Jasmine Bond, but doing things on a first date he’d never done before. In a turn of events that caught them both by surprise, they were naked and kissing. Somehow, making love seemed like the right thing to do, so they did. Following an even more logical sequence of events, they tried it again just to make sure they had done it right the first time, only to find that they had.