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Paula and I had been out on one date already. She seemed to form an instant attachment to me, and historically, that usually makes me back off. There were no glaring red flags to speak of, but something about her manner implied desperation, and my next question would be, "Why would she appear to be so desperate?"
For our second date, I had the idea to go to the beach. Partly because it was beautiful out, and partly because I wanted to see Paula in a swimsuit. She latched onto the plan at once, practically screaming with anticipation. "What a good idea!" were her exact words.
I picked her up at her place. She carried with her a beach towel and bag, and wore a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a light outfit that covered her arms and legs.
We made the two-hour drive to the beach, picked out a spot, and I stripped to my bathing suit. She offered to put suntan lotion on me, and I let her.
She didn't change out of her clothes, and I asked her, "Are you going to come in the water with me?"
She replied, "No, I didn't bring a bathing suit." She pulled out a book and started to read.
I asked, "Did you not want to come here today?"
She replied, "Of course I did. There's more to do at the beach than jump in the water."
I suppose. We could have easily gone to a library or park if the plan was to sit on a blanket and read. Still, I guess it was my own fault for not asking in the beginning if she would be interested in swimming at the beach. Regardless, I was there to enjoy everything, and so I spent some time in the water, then came out and asked her, "Want to take a walk?"
She replied, "No, I'm good."
She said, "We'll see. I'm reading now."
I was hungry, so I unpacked a sandwich. I offered her one and she took it and put it on her towel, beside herself. After I finished, I said, "I'm going to take a walk." She didn't respond, and off I went.
I was gone for maybe about a half-hour. When I returned, she and all of our things were gone. I looked around to make sure that I was back in the right place. I was. For the better part of an hour, I searched up and down the area until I finally found her, sitting under a tree near a trash can in the parking lot.
I asked her, "I was worried. Why did you move?"
She shrugged and asked, "Ready to go?"
I wasn't. I had wanted to go back in the water. When I told her this, she sighed and said, "Make it quick. I'm almost done with my book."
I spent about a half-hour in the water, and when I returned to her and toweled off, she said, "That wasn't making it quick at all. I finished my book ten minutes after you left and have been waiting here the whole time."
I said, "Sorry. I was out, you know, enjoying the beach."
She didn't say a word to me the entire ride home, and didn't even say goodbye before leaving my car. I have no idea what was up her ass that day, but when she called up to schedule a third date, I cut her loose sooner than give her another chance.
Story Submitted by Scott: