After Cya gets ready for a date and Almost Out the Door for a Date
The first date was… awkward.
No, the first date wasn’t. The second one was awkward.
The first date, he’d looked at her, dressed up instead of the way he’d met her, and cleared his throat in a sort of panicked noise. “I didn’t realize you were the Mayor
!” He stood up so quickly she thought that he might have a speed-based power. “I, uh. I have to go - I have to go. I’m sorry. But I - no. You’re the Mayor.”
She’d gone running after that, back into her “plain-clothes” with her hair twisted up in a scarf so its trademark red wasn’t visible. The guards along the city wall knew who she was, of course, but they weren’t going to gossip about the Mayor and the angry look on her face. They liked their jobs.
The second one, then. She’d been a little poised for trouble. She’d made sure he knew she was the Mayor. She’d picked a place that her power said he and she would both enjoy.
And she’d Found him, after all. He was someone who could like her, who she could like.
And they found they had almost nothing to talk about. She worked in education, urban planning, and the explosive business of protecting her territory. He was a wanderer, a vagabond, who fixed things as he wandered through. “I like your city,” he said, and probably meant it, “but how do you - I mean. Don’t you get bored, being in the same place, year after year?”
“But it’s not the same place,” she’d protested. “It’s always changing. Always evolving. That’s the trick. A city, one with people, is never static.”
They’d stared at each other in mutual incomprehension and found safer topics to cover until the check came.
The third one had lasted several dates and a few trips home. The fourth one had even met Leo.
This time, she’d let one of her friends in the Guard set her up. It couldn’t, she figured, be any worse than her own attempts.