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I thought the date was going swimmingly, but it turned out to be more like a sinking ship.

Dating can be a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute you’re feeling hopeful and excited, and the next you’re left feeling disappointed and dejected. This was certainly the case for me on a recent date that started off with such promise, but ultimately ended in disaster.

The date had all the makings of a great time. We met at a trendy new restaurant in town, and from the moment we saw each other, the sparks were flying. We hit it off immediately, chatting and laughing as if we had known each other for years.

As the night went on, things continued to go smoothly. We ordered drinks and delicious food, and the conversation flowed effortlessly. We talked about everything from our hobbies and interests to our career goals and family lives. It was the kind of date that you dream of – the kind where you lose track of time because you’re having such a good time.

But as the evening drew to a close, the tide began to turn. A few too many drinks had left me feeling a bit lightheaded, and when it came time to pay the bill, I realized that I had left my wallet at home. Oops.

My date graciously offered to cover the cost of the meal, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the night had taken a turn for the worse. And sure enough, as we left the restaurant and said our goodbyes, it was clear that the magic of the evening was gone.

In hindsight, I should have seen the signs that the date was going south. But in the moment, I was caught up in the excitement and the chemistry. It wasn’t until it was too late that I realized that the date had gone from swimmingly to sinking – and there was no saving it.

Lesson learned: always make sure you have your wallet on a date, and don’t let a few too many drinks cloud your judgment. And if things start to go south, it’s okay to cut your losses and call it a night. There will be plenty of other fish in the sea.