How We Met

Do I have any pets?

“I’ve been wanting to get a dog. I’m kind of an old soul,

and I think dogs also tend to be old souls.”

Psychobabble to convey depth—

I don’t like dogs.

She finishes her steak,

re-applies lipstick.

Faint lipstick fragrance: gardenia.

“You smell good,”

which I considered saying earlier.

Much better.

The waiter asks if we have room for dessert.

I am in her purse,

jiggling around with the loose change.

“What?”