TA­BLE FOR TWO

CHAR­LIE AND RUBEN DINED AT M VIC­TO­RIA STREET, LON­DON

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What were you hop­ing to get out of the date?

Ruben: I was ex­pect­ing to find some­one I could get into a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship with. I had very high ex­pec­ta­tions for the night.

Char­lie: A nice evening and a chance to ac­tu­ally meet some­one in­stead of end­less talk­ing on so­cial me­dia.

What were your first im­pres­sions? R: He seemed nice, if a bit young and not at ease.

C: Re­ally lovely, well dressed and easy to talk to.

How dif­fer­ent was he to your usual type?

R: He’s younger.

C: I don’t usu­ally go for guys older than 23, but in this case that wasn’t a prob­lem.

Would you have swiped left or right? R: Prob­a­bly left.

C: Prob­a­bly right.

How was the con­ver­sa­tion and what did you talk about?

R: We talked about ev­ery­thing: pol­i­tics, food, what we did for a liv­ing, about the date it­self and why we were do­ing it.

C: We spoke about a nice range of things, from Mar­vel and re­li­gion to what life is like in Lon­don.

What was the most in­ter­est­ing thing about him?

R: His per­son­al­ity.

C: Def­i­nitely the dif­fer­ent cities and coun­tries that he has lived in.

What was his best quality? R: It’s hard to tell af­ter only a few hours, so I can’t re­ally say.

C: His sense of hu­mour.

What did you make of his dress sense? R: He was dressed quite ca­su­ally.

C: He was very well put to­gether – put me to shame!

Were there any deal- break­ers?

R: Yes, the fact he is still a stu­dent and lives in Brighton.

C: Po­ten­tially the fact that I’m in Brighton and he lives in Lon­don. He’s also in a dif­fer­ent place in his life. What do you think he thought of you? R: I was just be­ing my­self, and I’ve got used to not re­ally car­ing about what peo­ple think of me.

C: Hope­fully, he thought I was all right! What were you most wor­ried they would no­tice about you?

R: Noth­ing in par­tic­u­lar. I was feel­ing very com­fort­able.

C: How red I go when I’m ner­vous. Luck­ily, the restau­rant had low light­ing so I think I got away with it. How was the food?

R: Amaz­ing – and I’m very picky and don’t eat a lot of things. The red vel­vet cake was the most per­fectly baked I have ever had, even bet­ter than my own!

C: The food was amaz­ing, even if Ruben nearly choked to death on a jalapeño! Any awk­ward mo­ments?

R: Not nec­es­sar­ily awk­ward, but I think he might have un­der­stood that I was not re­ally into the date.

C: Not that I picked up on.

How did the night end?

R: We walked to­wards Vic­to­ria sta­tion as he needed to take the train home.

C: Ruben had to get up early for work and I had a train to catch, so noth­ing too wild. He walked me to Vic­to­ria. What would you have changed about the night?

R: Have less ex­pec­ta­tions. Over­all, I en­joyed the night be­cause I got to meet some­one out­side of my com­fort zone. C: Noth­ing, I had a nice time.

Snog, marry, avoid?

R: Not marry or snog, but not avoid ei­ther. Is there an­other op­tion?!

C: I’d say snog.

Will you meet again?

R: We ex­changed In­sta­gram han­dles, but I don’t think we will meet again.

C: If I’m in Lon­don, then who knows?

CHAR­LIE, 21, STU­DENTRUBEN, 25, WHOLE­SALES AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TOR

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