...he really had been around Feliciano too much, he concluded.
Clearing his throat in preparation for his introduction to [Name], he was caught completely off guard when she turned around, the smile on her face growing wider when she saw him.
"Ludwig!" She exclaimed. "What a pleasant surprise! It's nice to see you here!"
"Uh...ja..." was all he managed to say.
"It sure is...a surprise, seeing you not working, and in a place like this!"
"I hope it's a good surprise." Ludwig found himself replying, before he realised that it was absolutely wrong for him to say that, and that I might hurt his chances with [Name] to an extent of 2.8%.
"Oh, of course it is!" She chimed in reply, smiling beatifically towards him. He couldn't help but smile back, softly, in return.
"So...are you here with someone, or..." [Name] left the words hanging.
"Ah, no, I am here alone...and you?" he wasn't sure whether he was being impertinent or not, but he just had to know.
"Oh, no. I often come here. I love this pub, really. It's a cosy place, don't you think?"
Ludwig looked around the pub. It really had been done up in a non-pretentious, homely manner, like the ones he had seen on a trip to England. The low leel of formality made him feely more comfortable, yet uncomfortable. He didn't see a single person there wearing formal trousers, a button up shirt and a tie, either.
"Hey, Ludwig...you okay?" [Name]'s voice was soft, yet it still made him jump.
"Oh, ja." He whispered, almost in a breath.
"Good." She leant back, a smile playing on her lips. "You looked a bit worried there."
Ludwig was about to say something, but she continued to speak.
"Which wouldn't have been all that good, really. 'Cause, I mean, you look really good when you smile, Ludwig! You should smile more!"
Ludwig decided that looking at the wall behind [Name]'s head would be a good idea, at this point, as he felt his cheeks heat up.
"I'm actually quite impressed with your choice, Ludwig. I never thought of you to be the type to actually enter a pub!" she spoke, after a pause, making Ludwig look back at her. There was a lot that he could say, at that point, but there was only one thing he could say, at that point.
"Do you want a drink?"
Step 1 - Make an impression - achieved