DAVE WAS RELIEVED. Even though he left his apartment late, he was able to make up time by darting in and out of traffic and arrived at Maria’s apartment right on time. When he rang the bell, she was ready and eager to go and he was delighted to see her.
They had agreed they would go to Sunset Hill, a spot in the western part of the city where a number of interesting shops and restaurants had opened during the past few years. After looking around Sunset Hill for a while and having something to eat, they would take in a movie and then get home at a reasonable hour, since the following day they both had to be at work early.
As Dave drove to Sunset Hill, he was cautious not to drive too fast and especially not to cut in and out of traffic. He knew Maria hated his more aggressive driving habits. The more Dave got to know Maria, the better he liked her, and the more careful he was not to upset her. So, when she was in the car, amber lights no longer meant “speed up” and whipping into breakdown lanes was not a clever way to get ahead of creeping traffic. Instead, he played by the rules, just like Maria.
Sunset Hill was lovely. The renovation of old buildings and the new structures went well together. After walking up and down various streets and in and out of shops for about an hour, they picked a restaurant that looked promising and sat down for an early dinner.