Vanessa followed him into the building and they were soon seated at a table. The blonde ordered a glass of wine when the waiter came over and then offered Alex a smile. His comment made a small giggle slip through her lips and shook her head at the memory. “Yeah, I was definitely not expecting to be knocked off me feet that day,” she said with an amused tone in her voice. It might not have been the nicest way to meet, but Vanessa definitely was kind of glad it happened. If it hadn’t, she probably wouldn’t be sitting here with him right now, and that would definitely be a shame.
"I’m almost not sorry it happened," he said with a wink and took a sip of his glass of water that was already on the table. The waiter came back with there drinks and asked if they were ready to order. Alex ordered lamb with mashed potatoes and asparagus and when Vanessa was done placing her order the waiter walked away. "So tell me about yourself," he began, "I know we’ve been spending time together but I still kind of feel like I hardly know you."
"Then you’re actually one of the few who do care about their kids as much as to want to have them more than just for every other weekend," Vanessa concluded, a smile tugging at her lips. "That’s good. There’s not enough people like that in this world nowadays." She gave him a nod and a small smile. "I understand, I mean… not that I’ve been in the situation before but I guess it’s important to put your kid first and if you’re in a relationship, you must make sure the little girl isn’t going to get too attached when it most likely not going to work out." Vanessa shrugged her shoulders and watched Alex as he walked around the car to open the door for her. "Thank you," she said with a nod and smiled softly at Alex.
Alex liked that Vanessa clearly understood where he was coming from on the dating front. He didn’t want a line of people going in and out of Jessa’s life. Deb had already brought in Ryan and in a way Jake. Who knew if there were any other men she was parading around his daughter. He didn’t like the thought. “You’re welcome.” He pressed the lock button on his keys and led her into the building. They were seated and when the waiter came over Alex ordered himself a beer. “I’m really glad I literally ran into you that day.” he said with a small chuckle as he was marveling her beauty after she ordered her own drink.
Vanessa watched Alex carefully as she listened to his words. She nodded slightly every now and then and gave him a soft smile when he glanced over. “I think not all dad’s would do that, though. I mean.. isn’t it happening most of the time that dad’s turn out to only have their kids every other weekend if a relationship ends?” Vanessa asked, with a little shrug of her shoulders she went on. “I can’t say much but from what I’ve seen, I think you did a great job with your daughter.” The woman smiled at him. She had debated on whether or not to ask more about Jessa’s mom, but even if she was curious as to what happened, she knew it wasn’t her place to stick her nose into the business. Vanessa would take all the information Alex offered, but she wasn’t going to poke for more information, at least not right now and not yet.
"I think that is a common trend now-a-days, but I’m not from here, Vanessa. I was raised with different morals and I’d be going against everything my parents raised me to believe if I didn’t put my daughter first. That’s why I haven’t had many relationships since Deb and I broke up right after Jessa was born. I’ve dated here and there but nothing ever serious." he didn’t know if that would push her away, if she would think that he would only view this as something not serious so he added, "But lately I’ve been wanting to change that." He pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant and turned off the car after parking. Alex looked at the beautiful girl sitting next to him, "My daughter is my number one priority, but she’s almost five and I think it’s about time I start thinking about settling down. I’m not getting any younger." He got out of the car and once again moved to the passenger side to open her door.
A smile formed on Vanessa’s lips as Alex opened the car door for her. She thanked him as he helped her into the car and smiled at him widely as she buckled up. The woman took a minute to look out the window, letting her thoughts wander off. It had been a while since she’d been asked out on a date, and while she felt a nervous feeling in the pit of her stomach, Alex made her feel at ease enough for her to not let the nervousness take over. When the man spoke, Vanessa turned to look at him. “Honestly, I was a little surprised when I found out you have your daughter so much, but… I actually think that’s wonderful. I mean, she’s your child and… it’s really great you spent so much time with her,” she told him with a small smile playing on her lips. “I mean, for me it’s… different. I’ve never, you know, dated a guy with a kid before, but it’s not something I’d run away from… and your daughter is so sweet, it’s a wonderful little girl you have there.” Vanessa smiled as she looked over at Alex, watching him as he drove the car towards the restaurant.
"I try to be in her life as much as possible. Just because her mother and I didn’t work out I didn’t want that to mean my time with my daughter got cut. I didn’t want to be just a weekend dad and Deb understood that. Plus, Deb has some problems so I feel a little better when Jessa is with me. I don’t think Deb would ever hurt her, but I still get nervous when she’s in one of her moods." Alex hadn’t said that to anyone before but he felt comfortable with Vanessa. "If Jess isn’t with me she spends a lot of time with her godfather Mike. It’s actually rare for Deb to have Jessa longer than a month at a time. It used to bother her in the beginning but it’s something she’s gotten used to I think. She can’t handle her children for long periods of time. It’s a shame but she refuses to get help for her problems." Alex glanced over at the passenger seat for a moment and then focused back on the road.
Vanessa smiled at Alex. She was rather confident with herself, but on date nights like this she could be a little worried about her looks, so at Alex’s comment, she could almost feel herself blush slightly. “Thank you,” the blonde said softly and followed him to the door. “Thai food? Oh I love it, yes!” She laughed softly as she followed Alex out and after locking the door, they made their way to his car.
Alex led her to his car and opened the passenger side door for her. After helping her into the car he shut the door and walked to the driver seat. Once they were driving toward the restaurant he lowered the radio, “I really appreciate how understanding you’ve been with me having Jessa so much. I know it can be a little overwhelming for a guy to shove his past down your throat.”
"Oh, it’s alright," Vanessa said with a small laugh. She was surprised, yes, but she was also happy to see him. When Alex started saying something, Vanessa raised her eyebrows slightly but as she listened, her expression softened and she smiled at him. "I… yes, of course. I’d love to join you for dinner," the blonde replied, nodding her head slightly. At his comment about taking a shower and change, she looked down at herself and nodded her head once more. "I’ll be right back," Vanessa said with a small giggle and pointed upstairs to where her bedroom was.
Quickly, the woman hurried upstairs and checked herself in the mirror. She’d had a shower a couple hours ago, she should be good without one now. Besides, it’d take awfully long to get her hair dry anyway. So instead, she put her long blonde hair up in an easy but rather elegant looking bun and from her closet, Vanessa grabbed a knee-long dress. She put on little make-up. She had never been one to put on lots, wearing it like a second skin. If she was honest, she’d rather go out without any make-up at all than spend so much money on the stuff.
Checking herself in the mirror once again, Vanessa smiled softly. She slipped on a pair of heels and then made her way back down to the hall where Alex was waiting for her. “All ready to go,” the blonde said as she reached him, a smile playing on her lips.
Alex was thrilled that she agreed and went into the living room while she got herself together. He called the babysitter again to check on Jessa and then spent the rest of the time answering emails. When he heard the sound of her heels on the stairs he stood and put his phone away. “You look beautiful,” he told her with a smile and walked toward the door. “Do you like Thai food? I know this great place I thought we could go.”
Vanessa had always been a very happy, joyful person. She enjoyed being out and about and days at the beach or relaxing at home where some of her favorites. And lately she had gotten to spend a lot of those kind of days with Alex. They’d been to the boardwalk the other day and then only a couple days ago, Vanessa had invited the man and his daughter over for dinner and dessert.
Vanessa had always planned on being a mother at some point in her life, but she knew she was still young and wanted to settle down first before thinking of having a family of her own. In the meantime, she took to babysitting her friends’ kids sometimes. And spending as much time with Alex as she had, she got to know his daughter too. Jessa was a wonderful little girl and Vanessa enjoyed spending time with her and her dad.
It had been some time since the blonde-haired woman had felt so comfortable around a man, but with Alex, she knew she could be her bubbly, happy self and not make things awkward and weird. After him and Jessa had been over for dinner, Vanessa had invited them to stay the night, and the next morning, she had woken up to home made breakfast. The three of them had spent a very nice and relaxing morning together and Vanessa had definitely had a wonderful time. It was then she realized she was starting to actually like Alex, in a more than friends kind of way.
Still taking some time off of work -something she could do since she’d been almost working non-stop the last year or two- Vanessa had spent most of her Thursday out in the gym and the hills to hike with a friend. After taking a shower and getting changed, she’d headed out to get some grocery shopping done and the rest of the afternoon, she’d sat down on the couch reading a book her sister had lend her to read. Vanessa was still reading said book when the doorbell rang. Furrowing her brows slightly, the woman put the book down on the coffee table and got up, making her way to the front door where she opened it and found herself facing Alex.
"Alex, hey!" she greeted him, a smile forming on her lips that soon spread into a happy grin. "What are you doing here? I mean…" she took a step aside before adding, "Come on in, and then tell me, did we have plans I forgot about?" She giggled softly as she left him enter the house and closed the door behind him. By the time the door was close, Cici, her dog came trotting towards them, her tail wagging as she went to greet Alex.
Alex chuckled at the blonde in front of him and sauntered into her house. “No, sorry, we didn’t have plans actually. I probably should have called first but I thought I’d just surprise you.” Alex played Eric Northman on True Blood. He could play a confident, charmer bad ass on television but right now he was finding himself coiling at the thought of asking someone out. Clearing his throat his said, “I haven’t done this in a really long time so forgive me if I’m bad at it, but would you do me the honor of joining me for dinner this evening?” he watched her face carefully for a reaction, “I don’t mind waiting down here if you need to shower and change.” he added.
Lately Alex had been spending quite a bit of time with Vanessa. Jessa instantly clicked with her and that was one of the reason why he was starting to like her so much. They had a fun day when they went to the boardwalk before. He watched as Vanessa helped his daughter make a sand castle, he watched as the two girls went into the water, and he watched as Vanessa held Jessa’s hand on a ride because Jessa was scared. Alex was purely amazed at this woman’s level of compassion. It really did seem like Vanessa didn’t have a mean bone in her body.
At first Alex wasn’t sure if his feelings toward Vanessa were more than friends but when she invited him and Jessa over for dinner and dessert. it was there that he knew he felt something more. Jessa had eaten so much food she fell asleep on one of the couches in the living room. When he expressed concern about having to wake her Vanessa told them they could spend the night. Alex had a couple glasses of wine anyway and thought it was best. While Jessa was sleeping Alex helped Vanessa clean up the kitchen and there was a moment as he watched her rinsing off a plate to put in the dishwasher and he could hear the sound of the cartoon on the television in the living room that Jessa had been watching that the thought crossed his mind, "I could get used to this."
As a token of thanks for letting them spend the night Alex got up the next morning and made breakfast for everyone. Pancakes in the shape of Hello Kitty for Jessa and eggs with bacon for him and Vanessa. They all had a lovely morning and when it was time to leave Alex told her they’d see each other soon. Alex was still filming the final season of True Blood. They had a few more episodes before they were done.
As the filming day came to a close Alex called the babysitter as he knew Deb still needed a break and he hadn’t returned their daughter yet, though he did assure Deb Jessa was being well taken care of. He told the babysitter he’d be home later than usual and then drove to Vanessa’s. He knew he should probably call but he wanted to surprise her. Stepping up to her front door he took a deep breath and rang the bell.
I asked Jessa if she wants to go see Vanessa for ice cream and instead of answering me she runs in my room in her brand new shoes and says, “Will Nessa like my new shoes?”