Story Submitted by Jacob:
Kelly and I got to know each other online over the span of about two weeks. She struck me as very smart, but also very sensitive and a little tense. My usual manner is a bit dry, but I did my best to come across as the kind of guy she'd want to meet.
At my suggestion, she agreed to meet me at a centrally located restaurant for our first date. I made it there about 10 minutes early, which was right around when she called to tell me that she'd be 10 minutes late. Rather than wait next to the fish tank by the host's station, I grabbed a table and seat facing the doorway.
Kelly's entrance still chills me to this day. The door opened, in walked a woman matching her physical description, she stopped, turned slowly to me, and I saw that she wore an orange plastic mask that was half-comedy, half crescent moon. I couldn't see her eyes or any of her facial features, and she walked slowly to my table as if coming to reap my soul.
When she arrived, she stood above me and didn't sit. "Jacob?" she asked.
She said, "I'm having a bad face day and it's up to you."
I asked, "What is?"
She said, "Whether or not you want to go ahead with the date. I'm all on board if you want to postpone."
"What are you talking about?"
"My face doesn't look great today. I want to keep this mask on, but I'll understand either way if you want to go ahead with the date or not."
I asked, "You wouldn't take the mask off for the date?"
She shook her head.
"Okay. Let's postpone."
"It's okay," I said, and then she stared at me from within the mask. It would have been okay, but the way she was standing, she was blocking my exit path. I stared back for a few seconds before I said, "Excuse me."
She moved out of my way but continued to stare. I put my jacket on, zipped up, gave her a final nod, and left. She didn't move, other than turning her head to watch me go.
I never called her after that. Couldn't risk another bad anything day. It was just too creepy.