Theo was more than glad when she agreed to leave. He had been hoping that she would be just as uncomfortable in this place as he was. He wasn’t used to fancy places like this, he’d certainly never taken a date anywhere like this. It wasn’t like he never tried, because he totally tried to make reservations but when he couldn’t pronounce the name of the restaurant they’d hung up on him. Once, the person on the phone told him he sounded too young to be able to afford a place like theirs; that had been a year ago. Apparently Wade new how to pronounce the names and didn’t sound too young, even though they were the same age, and had no difficulty reserving a table here. For a moment he thought that the blonde man might be a little peeved if he found out they’d bailed on his date plan, but Theo didn’t care.
As Cameron stood, grabbing her bag, he grinning at the couple next to them who were giving them looks again and stood too, grabbing his suit jacket off the back of the chair. “I am perfectly okay with that, let your hair down. Let it flow in the wind.” He teased her, making motions as if he was flipping his own hair. Putting on his jacket, he set a few bills on the table for the drinks and moved to her side, sticking his elbow out. “Shall we?” he asked with a grin. He had a plan now, a plan to take her to a less fancy place where he knew she would enjoy herself. It was a favorite of his, hopefully it would become a favorite of hers. He loved introducing people to the food there and having them fall in love with it.
For Cameron, she’d learned early on in her life that if she didn’t teach herself to relax regardless of where she was, there was a chance that she would spend her life uncomfortable in her surroundings. Now, though, it was years later and Cameron was more than painfully aware that she didn’t need to worry about whether or not she would live her life without ever truly being able to let her hair down. Theo hadn’t needed to force himself to learn that particular trade. It wasn’t something that he was naturally good at either if this situation was indicating anything, and Cam was surprisingly okay with that.
When he offered his arm, Cam slipped hers in to join his while her other hand was already working at the bobbie pins that were placed in her hair and letting out a soft sight when a section of her hair fell. “So, where are we going now, or is it top secret?” she teased, slipping the bobbie pins in her hair and smiling softly as they slipped out.
At first Theo didn’t know how to respond, he hoped that he hadn’t made her too uncomfortable with how he’d responded to the kiss, and he hoped he hadn’t pushed her away. Glancing around the restaurant, he realized that he was slightly underdressed in his plaid shirt, sleeves rolled up to his elbows and showing off his tattoos, the first three buttons undone to show his white undershirt. He was also wearing jeans, which he had paired with his boots and a suit jacket. He hadn’t dressed for a date when he’d left the house that morning and he didn’t get the chance to head back and change either. Even his date was dressed fancy, looking as gorgeous as she always did, and he wondered if that was another reason everyone had been staring at him when he’d walked in.
After a moment, he leaned forward to speak quietly to Cameron, a small smirk playing on his lips. “Hey, do you want to get out of here and find a less fancy place with less obnoxious, prissy patrons?” he asked her, because honestly this wasn’t his type of restaurant and he was willing to bet Cam would prefer another place as well. He actually would prefer nothing more than to walk out of here with a girl as beautiful as she on his arm and a smile on his face. He didn’t want to have to sit the entire night wondering if they would kick him out for his less than stellar attire. Theo mentally scolded himself at the idea, wondering when he’d become so worried about such simple things, when he’d become so insecure about them. Maybe it was the fact that he was on a date with a woman he didn’t think he deserved to be in the same room with, much less actually on a date with?
"As long as you’re okay with the fact that it’ll mean I’m gonna let my hair out of this stupid hairdo?" Cameron asked, nodding her head before letting one of her elbows rest against the table, something that she normally would have avoided at all costs. "Trust me, I’m more than okay with blowing this popsicle stand." If she was willing to be truthful with herself and with the man in front of her, this particular kind of place was no longer her style. Cameron didn’t enjoy going through and feeling as though there was pressure to behave a certain way, good or bad, and places like this? They held far too many memories of time spent with Micah and her mother for it to ever truly be able to put herself at ease.
Her life would have been infinitely more different if it wasn’t for the fact that she had finally parted ways for her ex-fiancee. Everything would have ben different and she certainly wouldn’t have been on this date with this incredible man in front of her, though she’d put money down on the fact that he wasn’t entirely thrilled with the way that she had kissed him. This, though, was what mattered. The fact that despite the reality that she may have been more than a little… impulsive when it came to kissing him and he still wasn’t pushing back. That was what ended up with her pulling her purse over her shoulder and giving him a small smile and nodding her head.
It would if my sister didn’t spend her waking hours either hating my guts or being too strung out on god knows what to remember to hate me. Not hearing from her worries me.
Do you need to have access to some resources that you don’t normally have to see if you can find her?
It’s ten at night and I still haven’t heard from my sister. Great birthday indeed.
If it makes you feel any better, I had to convince my step brother that I was in the hospital to get him to return my phone calls.
He didn’t know what to say to that, because she had kissed him to get that couple off his back just as he’d suspected, but she’d also said it was because she wanted to and he didn’t know which one was the main reason. Of course, he could just be overthinking this whole thing like he did with most things. It was hard to sit here with such a beautiful woman, looking the way he did, and not worry about what others thought of him. It wasn’t his fault he had these tattoos though, it was get them or risk looking like a rat when he’d been undercover and his job, his life, was more important to him than having tattoos on his head.
“Yeah, well who cares what they think anyways,” Theo replied with a wave of his hand. He thought about how she was kind of right, they did avoid an awkward first kiss, but at the same time they had just made their first kiss something not so special. Instead of something sweet, say at the end of a date, it had been something to make judgmental bystanders uncomfortable and make them look away. He was grateful that she’d wanted to help him, but at the same time he wanted their first kiss to be right. “Yeah, I guess. But isn’t the awkwardness sort of the appeal?” he asked her with a shrug of his shoulders, not wanting her to know that he was a little bit upset about it. Even though he’d obviously enjoyed it.
Cameron prided herself at being able to read people if the situation called for it, but she also wasn’t entire sure how far she could push things with Theo. Not only was he a friend, first and foremost, but reading him would violate the unspoken rule of never really reading into a co-workers actions. It was a complicated, unprecedented and Cam wasn’t going to deny that it was throwing her more than a little off kilter as she tried to figure out what lines were okay to cross and what weren’t. “Depends on who you ask,” Cam said quietly, shrugging her shoulders. “I’m fairly certain that in some circles their opinion means a whole lot.”
Theo wasn’t the easiest person to judge, and she could almost feel her cheeks begin to color for a second at the fact that he was more confused, and seemingly irritated, that she had kissed him. Impulsiveness may have no place in her public life, the life that she led with her family and that she led with the Bureau, but she had always been someone that leapt before she thought something through. Apparently it was one of the things that made her a fantastic negotiator, according to those she had worked with. It also, though, meant that she was one hell of a person to try to even think of building a relationship with. “I’ve just never been one to overthink something like that…”
You are gorgeous. Wow.
-smiles- I have my moments, but thank you, it means a lot coming from you.
You are close with Wade, yes? How do you feel about him and Alison Reaser?
-chuckles- Yeah, I’m close with Wade, close enough that I would smack him upside the head if he and Alison broke up, because frankly? She’s good for that crazy man.
I like her, obviously. Part of it has to do with the fact that you bond with people when you’re sitting in an elevator of all things, and the other part is the fact that, well… she makes Wade happy. I really can’t not like her when she keeps that goofy grin on his face.