Encouraged by his mother to socialise more, introverted software developer Gerald Nakamura goes to his local craft beer bar to sit by the bar, reading a book, not really interacting with anyone except the serving staff. He especially likes exchanging a few words with the pretty and vivacious bartender Kelsey.
Kelsey lives with her rather exasperating grandmother (who just discovered Tik Tok and is determined to become a viral sensation) and works at the bar until she can find something more suitable to her skillsets. She notices the silent, scowling man and begins to ask him the occasional question about the books he reads. As the weeks and months pass, they interact more and eventually even exchange phone number to continue to conversations via text.
While both Gerald and Kelsey find the other attractive, neither wants to ruin a good friendship by assuming anything more. While he’s clearly shy, Gerald nevertheless shows up to Kelsey’s second job, selling d*ck-shaped donuts at a popup stand in the park. He also politely interacts with her matchmaking grandmother – but does that mean he LIKES likes her, or just that he’s a perfectly nice guy? When she recieves an invitation from Gerald to spend New Year’s Eve together, she hopes she hasn’t misread the situation, and that he wants to be more than just friends.
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