Supposedly Damning Piece of Evidence #1
It's true. She did refuse - for several minutes at least. And I knew that she wasn't interested in any serious relationships after the relationship she'd just ended.
So, why did I persist?
Because I wasn't trying to win her heart. It was just a dinner with friends. While I admit that I was attracted to her (and still am), she was a good friend and I respected her too much to be one of those slimy guys who concoct a scheme to steal her heart when I knew that she didn't want her heart to be stolen.
So, it wasn't some mission that I set out to accomplish by concocting an elaborate scheme. It just happened. Does that make it any less romantic? I think that makes it even more romantic.
They say that "love is patient". I could be patient.
It would be another eight months before we "officially" started dating.
Supposedly Damning Piece of Evidence #2
Yes, the meal was fancy, but it was one of the few things I knew how to cook at the time. Unless you count BBQ, left-overs, ramen noodles and KD.
So, members of the jury. Guilty? Not guilty? The decision remains yours...