Frankie was pacing back and forth in front of the dumpster where his homeless friend, Marvin, hangs out regularly. It was a fairly warm autumn day and Frankie was very bored.
“What is going on with you?” asked Marvin, who had not seen Frankie act this way before.
“I want to take Anna on a special date,” said Frankie. “But I don’t have any money.”
“Don’t look at me,” said Marvin, turning his pockets inside out. “I am broke too.”
“I wasn’t asking you for money,” said Frankie, laughing, because a big piece of fluff fell from Marvin’s pockets.
“You know,” said Marvin. “There are things you can do that won’t cost you anything.”
“Possibly,” said Frankie. “But you know how special Anna is to me. I don’t want her to think I am cheap.”
Frankie met Anna at the diner where she is a waitress. She told Frankie that he has a heart and then she smiled at him. Nobody has ever done that to him. He felt a connection with her.
“How about taking your girl for a nice romantic walk in the park?” suggested Marvin. “The parks are beautiful in Cabbagetown at this time of year.”
“I don’t know,” said Frankie. “I like the idea but I am not sure if Anna would.”
“You could always ask her,” said Marvin. “I bet she will say yes. Girls like that sort of thing.”
“I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask her,” said Frankie.
Later that evening, Frankie nervously stood outside the diner and waited for Anna to finish work.
“Anna,” said Frankie, when he saw her opening the door and locking it behind her.
“Oh Frankie!” exclaimed Anna, smiling. “It is nice to see you.”
Anna’s smile always warmed Frankie’s heart. She had a genuine smile.
“Thank you,” said Frankie, trying to get up the nerve to ask her if she wanted to go for a walk in the park. “I was wondering if you would like to go for a walk in the park with me?”
“I would love to,” said Anna. “It is such a beautiful autumn evening.”
“You want to go now?” asked Frankie, his heart racing.
“Yes,” said Anna. “The park is beautiful at night and it is a full moon tonight.”
“It is,” said Frankie, nervously, looking up at the moon.
Frankie and Anna took a nice walk in the park. There weren’t too many people around. Anna shivered so Frankie wrapped his scarf around her neck.
“Thank you,” said Anna. “You do know that you are allowed to hold my hand.”
Frankie quietly took her dainty hand in his, while they walked through the moonlit park together.
Afterwards, Frankie walked Anna home and she gave him a kiss on his cheek. Frankie realized that he was in love with Anna.
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