"So, can I see you again?" He asked grabbing both of her hands gently. "I know it's only our first date, but I feel like we have a real connection."
She stood rigidly, looking away from his soul-piercing gaze, his subtle smile showing no teeth. It felt as if time stood still, the wind gently blowing through her short curly hair.
A few moments passed.
"Did I do something wrong?" He asked, his smile fading into a frown. Her finger slipped away from his. She lightly shook her head and looked up at him.
"It's just," she began to say. "You're so happy. So full of life." She couldn't stand to look at him anymore. She put her hands behind her back and looked down just past his shoes.
"You don't know anything about me, I'm-"
"I know you're a kind person." He said cutting her off. "I know you're really smart. I know that we have great chemistry." She shook her head and looked up at him.
"You don't know the first thing about me." she said. He parted her hair behind her ear, but she gently pushed his hand away and grabbed her other arm. "Don't." she said almost in a whisper.
"I'm sorry." he said, regret in his voice, so very afraid of ruining the moment.
"I'm like an acid." she said. "I look harmless, but if you aren't careful, I will melt you down to the bone. I'm pain and suffering incarnate, I'm-" she began to sniffle.
"From where I'm standing, you seem more like champagne. Fun, bubbly." He said jokingly. She laughed lightly and wiped away what was the beginning of a tear.
"I'm broken." she said looking up at him. "There's something wrong with me. I have everything a person could wish for: I have money, friends, a good job. But still, I just feel so... sad.
I can't explain it, but there's a void in me. It's so very deep." she said putting her hands on her heart. "It sucks away all of my emotions. I can't feel anything except pain."
"I can help you." he said.
"No." she said almost trembling. "You need to go, as far away from me as possible. I don't want to drag you into the void too."
"No," she said firmly. "You don't understand, I- I have to leave." She said frantically as turned around and walked away quickly.
The man stood there, mouth agape, feeling as if she pulled out his heart, the sinews stretching for miles as she briskly walked away through the crowds of people on the street.