"So listen, I'm going out clubbing tonight, and you're coming with me," Linz said cheerfully to Katie after work. The two of them usually met and went to get something to eat at the end of the day, sometimes with Sara and sometimes without. Today Sara had plans and couldn't make it until after dinner.
Katie sighed. "Linz, I don't know—"
"Oh, come on, Katie," Linz groaned. "When was the last time you went out with a guy?"
Katie thought about that for a second. "Uhm...two years ago," she admitted shyly.
"Two years?" Linz echoed. "My G-d, Katie—"
"But...it was, uhm, with Chris," she reminded her friend.
"Oh..." Linz replied, understanding.
"No, I take that back," Katie corrected. "It was two months after that, with Jason. And that ended fast enough."
Linz sighed. "Look Katie, I know how hard that whole situation was for you, but that was two years ago. You need to move on," Linz coaxed.
"It's not that easy Linz!" Katie snapped. "He..." She trailed off and looked like she was in a daze for a moment before squeezing her eyes shut. "Let's just not go there."
"Katie, Chris may have been unusually dickhead-ish, but there are other guys out there who are much better," Linz reminded her.
"I know, I know, but...I'm just so scared that if I get close to someone, they'll turn on me, and I'll be in that situation all over again," Katie whispered.
"Okay, now I know that I should be supportive of you, but...I think this is one of those things where you've gotta just face your fear. Just do it. Go out with one guy, and you'll be proven wrong. Just meet one guy tonight, and get his number, and go out with him, okay? You'll thank me for it someday," Linz assured her.
Katie still looked hesitant as the two of them got into a taxi.
"Come on, please? I don't wanna go by myself, it'll be boring. Just come and keep me company, all right?" Linz begged with a pout.
Katie sighed sharply. "Well...okay," she relented.
Linz clapped her hands. "All riiiight! This'll be the best, Katie, trust me."
"Yeah, I'm sure it will be," she replied softly, gazing out the window at the rainy New