Submitted by Hunter:
Lesley came off as my kind of woman - friendly, interesting, smart, and fun. She had a good job, and didn't seem to have much baggage... or, in retrospect, too much in the realm of ex-boyfriends with whom to have had baggage with.
I began to understand why once we sat down in a park, after we had a light dinner at a local tea place. We were sitting in the grass when she took my hands and looked into my eyes.
"Slow down," she said, then repeated, "Slow down."
I wasn't sure what she was talking about. She clarified, "Your breathing. Slow it down. It'll help."
I asked her, "Help what?"
She didn't respond, but closed her eyes. I still wasn't sure what was going on, but everything had gone fine up until then. So what was a little bit of weirdness?
"You're getting sleepy," she said in a monotone, "You're getting relaxed."
I figured this was some sort of hypnosis game and decided to play along. I closed my eyes, too. She went on, "You are getting sleepy. You want to take me out on another date."
I snorted. I couldn't help it. But I kept my eyes closed and tried to cover it with a cough. I'm not sure if she was able to tell, since she kept going.
"You want to take me out on another date. And after that, another date."
I couldn't do it anymore. I opened my eyes. "I'm sorry, Lesley. Are you serious?"
"Eyes closed!" she ordered. I slammed them shut. This was going to be good.
She started humming. Not a song or anything. Just a solid note. For at least a minute or two. When she had time to take a breath, I had no idea. I opened my eyes. Her eyes were closed. I closed mine again. She squeezed my hands. She whispered, "You're going to ask me out again. You're going to ask me out again. You're going to ask me out again. You're going to ask me out again."
Then she did a final hum, hummed louder, then squeezed my hands really tight, then released them and stopped humming.
I kept my eyes closed until she said, "Open your eyes."
I did. She asked, "You okay? You were sort of staring into space there for a bit."
I told her that I was fine. I didn't mention anything about it for the rest of the date. I never asked her out again.
Submitted by Hunter: