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Hello, and welcome to the LA Stories. Enjoy a dip into romance in the city of creative dreams!

Speed Date -- #7

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This is the one that happened while I was supposed to be writing something else. SPEED DATE is a problem play: when we meet Danny, he’s at a Valentine’s Day counter-programming event, where he meets Anya. She’s a beautiful salsa dancer, and he wants to be in a relationship. He’s also persistent, optimistic, and charming - so for a while they (kind of?) make it work. But how much work is too much?

After nearly a year of more off than on dating, Danny is ready to give up. Then his sensei makes him take a closer look at his sparring partner, a woman he’s known for more than fifteen years. Kate hasn’t been waiting, exactly, for Danny to notice her … but she’s happy when he does.

Kate’s a bartender, Danny’s a DJ - their work hours are not conducive to making a life together. Then Kate gets an offer to manage the dojo, and Danny decides it’s time to focus on being a producer. Because what they both want to do is live in daylight … together.

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