I admit that I was actually both nervous and exited for once in a long time to get ready for a date. I met him at his house as we were going to go out near there. He gave me a quick tour of his house, he made me a drink, and we sat and talked as we had some time to kill before going out. Time seemed to get away from us and we just kept talking and really enjoying each other's company. Now, I know when I like someone and get nervous, I tend to start to babble, but I didn't feel like I was at first. Finally, I stopped myself and apologized for sounding like a nerd. He turned to me, held my hands and looked into my eyes. He said, "Not at all! I love that you are passionate and smart. I'm having a great time."
I thanked him and told me he could stop me at any time. That's when he leaned in and just kissed me mid-sentence. It was a great kiss and I know when we stopped I had to have been blushing. To make matters worse he just kept looking straight into my face, smiling, without saying anything. I got a little self-conscious and asked if there was something wrong. He shook his head and said, "The only thing wrong is I'm completely kicking myself that I may have screwed up so badly all those years ago." Of course, I blushed more and he leaned in and kissed me again, telling me how adorable I am when I blush. Actually I almost felt giddy - a feeling I haven't felt for a very long time.
We were late for our plans, so we decided to stay at his place and watch a movie instead of going out. He turned down the lights and snuggled up next to me as we curled up both happy. There was some more kissing thought-out the night, but nothing over-the-top. I was still trying to be somewhat cautious, but he really was winning me over, which I honestly had not expected.
I left that night with a great good-night kiss and his promise that he would call me again soon so we could see each other again. I also felt some reassurance that I was right to give him this second chance. I would even say that my cynicism about dating had been set aside and I was hopeful to see where things would lead.