She ran for the covered doorway with only a limp magazine for protection from the near freezing driving rain. She had not felt this wet since she was baptized. As she stepped inside the corner diner she looked into the mirror to see ink smudges on her cheek as well as mascara under her eyes; she was a mess. She was sickened wondering how she could salvage the day. She did not have time to go home before work to repair the damage. She thought she should order some coffee and consider her options. She watched a steady stream of ladies heading toward the ladies room; so she thought she would join them. The ladies room resembled a pajama party each woman trying to help the other with hair and makeup; sharing whatever was available.
She glanced in the mirror as she took her seat; not too bad. She could certainly face the day with a little more confidence and a hot breakfast certainly would not hurt. What a blessing that so many ladies were willing to help each other. She also noticed the mystery man was back at his normal counter seat. She had seen him many times; admired him many times. She had stopped by the diner every morning for breakfast for the past three years and would always see him sitting at the same spot. She wanted to meet someone nice, especially nice looking like him.
She wanted to crawl under the table as he walked toward her table carrying his plate and coffee cup.
“Good morning. This rain is incredible! I don’t remember the weatherman forecasting this. You look like you’ve weathered it very well. May I join you? Do you usually order the same thing? I’m sorry if I’m talking too much, but I’m a little nervous. I’ve seen you here a lot; do you work in the area? I’ve wanted to come over and talk to you, but well today seemed like a good day.”
She just sat batting her eyelashes in disbelief. She thought he is a nerd. How could someone as gorgeous as he is be a nerd? Fortunately, the waitress came to her table to take her order. She wanted her order to go, but she knew that would not be wise with the rain. She placed an order for a breakfast wrap so she could eat it quicker than her usual bacon and eggs.
“I’ve noticed you read your Bible a lot while you eat are you a Christian?”
“Yes, I am. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was a child. Are you a Christian too?”
“Yes, in fact I’m the Associate Pastor of the church around the corner.”
“Really! I’ve visited there a few times. I’ve not really found a church home yet, but I’ve been looking since I’ve only moved here a few years ago.”
“I have some information about our church; maybe you will give us another chance.”
“I think I will. Thanks for the tract. I guess the times for the services are listed? Sure here it is on the back. By the way, my name is Teri.”
The two enjoyed a pleasant conversation completely amazed they shared so many interests; equally incredible that both had admired the other from a distance.
“Well Miss Teri it has been a pleasure having breakfast with you. I hope we can do it again soon.”
“I’ll be here tomorrow.”
“I’m looking forward to it already. I’ve wanted to meet you for some time, but…”
“I’m glad you finally came over.”
She laughed to herself to think she was just as much a mystery to him as he was to her. Mystery had certainly met mystery on a rainy day.
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