So there's this one girl I have my eye on.
She's attractive, a few years younger, on the quiet side, dresses a bit subculture, probably all wrong for me.
But I'd like to treat her to a fine meal or a lazy evening in the park anyway.
Holy. Crap. This mirrors my situation; but I'm the girl in the story and we have gotten to the hanging-out-outside-of-work-stage by now. So very close to my own situation! From the age difference to the introverted personality to the trust issues and the threat of gossip. Amazing.
Well I've left out the details and you fill in your own, so I wouldn't say it's incredibly amazing. A major detail is that I'm a quiet one myself and have to deal with my own trauma.
Yes, you're right; I fell in to a trap and made up details that made our similarities "amazing". And really thinking about it, the only advice I can summon is pretty basic courting advice like maintain eye contact, act interested, be polite, don't vomit, etc.
You've helped a lot already with just encouragement.
Glad to know that my encouragement has been a positive for you in any way. It's excellent that it seems likely that she has a crush on you. Even if she hides her feelings in embarrassment or shyness, the seeds have been planted in her head and that should help some. Even just a small bit of mutual interest guarantees that you're on her mind for some time each day, and that means that even when there's no interaction between you, she may feel a fondness for you in her thoughts.
Scratch is sending me coy smiles and bedroom eyes. The way I've been treating her may have changed her attitude toward me in the span of a day. Any warm-blooded male would jump right in bed with Scratch, but I'm still more interested in Dusky.
Besides, I'm no player, and it's likely Scratch is trying to derail things.