Nick Abraham and Stacey Martin were one drink into their first date when Abraham whispered to Martin: “You don’t know how pretty you are,” having no one to tell him just how terrible he is.
“I thought that I might finally get to go on a date with a nice, normal guy,” recalls Martin. “Even though his dating profile did have a list of airplane emojis next to the seven cities he splits his time between, I still wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.”
“Stacey was thrilled about her upcoming date, but I was concerned because she wasn’t able to produce any pictures of Ben with a shirt on,” says her best friend, Karen. “When I brought it up, she didn’t want to hear just how awful that made him seem.”
As the big day approached, both Abraham and Martin were hopeful that a real connection might be in store. “I was could tell Ben was looking forward to hanging out because he texted ‘Hope ur not one of those shy girls,’ with a winky face, an hour before the date,” Martin said. “In retrospect, I guess that text said a lot about him as a person, but I’m not the type to say things like that to people.”
After uttering “You don’t know how pretty you are” after a long, awkward silence, the semi-compliment left Martin confused. “It didn’t feel appropriate to admit that I do know exactly how pretty I am. It was almost too stupid a statement to address,” she said. “Either way, I could tell he expected me to thank him or make out with him, so I high-tailed it out of there.”
As Martin left the coffee shop, Abraham yelled, “You also don’t know what you’re missing!”