“I am so sorry,” Jim said. “I really didn’t mean to startle you like that, Jessi. I just wanted to surprise you. I thought maybe you knew I was coming and that you would be watching for me. I’m so sorry.”
“Oh, you surprised us all right!” Jessi huffed. She grabbed her measuring wheel, reset it to zero and pushed past Jim to go back to the end of the building and start over. Jim watched her walk away and felt terrible.
“Don’t worry, Jim,” Erin said. “She’s just a little freaked out about something that happened at work today. She’ll be okay.”
“I…” Jim stammered, “I didn’t know. Now I really feel like a jerk.”
“I know. Just go over to her and try to start a normal conversation. No big surprises this time. If you want to be her friend, be her friend. If you’re looking for more, you’ll have to take your time and start out with the friendship first. Get to know her and who she is, then the jokes and surprises can come later. Okay?” Erin was really feeling bad for Jim. He seemed so sweet and she hoped that Jessi would give him a chance.
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