A Short Story : A Story?

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Madeline stared at Gabriel for several long seconds, completely stunned. Had he really just said what she thought he had? “Uh. What?” Gabriel flushed, looking more flustered than ever. “I-I mean, I’m t-taking a trip to Giza to do some research and I was wondering if you wanted to come?” She continued to stare, her mind trying and failing to process his words. It was their first date, how could he ask her something like that? “No!” she blurted and then immediately regretted it when he hung his head, his face burning scarlet. “Gabriel…” she began placatingly. She felt awful for hurting his feelings. Madeline liked what she knew of him but it was too soon to ask her to do that. This was only their first date after all. “I’m sorry,” she continued. “But I have to work and—” Gabriel held up a hand to cut her off. “It-it’s okay. I got carried away. Just forget I said anything, okay?” Madeline scuffed her shoe against the sidewalk. She felt awful. Gabriel was sweet, funny, smart, and definitely cute. But she still felt wary. Experience had taught her not to trust easily. People always hurt or left. “Come on,” she said impulsively, grabbing Gabriel’s hand. She didn’t want the date to end this way. “I want to show you something.” Gabriel chuckled, following willingly behind her as she led him down a side street. “So, where are we going?” he finally asked, his grey eyes curious and interested behind his glasses. “Well, do you like music?” Madeline asked, taking a right turn. Gabriel
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