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‘He asked me if he could hold my hand. It was a natural thing: sparks flew on our blind date, but will they see each other again?

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Before the appointment, Chanelle said she had never met anyone who wanted to keep rats as pets.

Every week, FEMAIL asks two singles to report on their blind date.

This week, it was Chanelle and Jon’s turn to wine and dine.

Keep reading to find out if they will see each other again…

Chanelle, 29 years old

Vital statistics

Single for several years.

Current role

Veterinary student.

Would like meet up

Someone considerate, who loves animals.

Before the appointment, Chanelle said she had never met anyone who wanted to keep rats as pets.

Relationship history

I’ve never had a serious relationship because I never found the right guy.

Pre-date nerves?

I haven’t been on that many dates so I was pretty nervous. I can be shy.

First impressions?

Jonathan was waiting at the table and I immediately liked his longer hair, smart shirt and jacket. He was smiling and friendly, and he seemed like a good guy.

I think we just said hello and sat down; It was our first blind date for both of us, so we didn’t go too far too soon. But I was surprised by how attractive I found him.

Easy to talk to?

The conversation flowed and it didn’t feel awkward. We seemed to have a lot in common and we both love animals.

I was surprised when he said he hoped to have some pet rats, because I had some before; We both really love them. We are also interested in conservation, history and philosophy, and we had many topics to connect with.

It felt good and we talked about deep things, with a little joke too.

Embarrassing moments?

Nothing, other than dropping my messy caramel sauce dessert onto the gorgeous white tablecloth.

Did sparks fly?

I definitely think there was a spark between us. Jon suggested continuing the date with a walk through Hyde Park. — while we were walking, he asked me if he could hold my hand.

I’d never done that on a first date, but it felt natural. We said goodbye with a hug and the promise of seeing each other again.

Would you like to meet again?

We have already made plans. We had a video call last night for an hour and a half and he booked his ticket to come see me this week. I’ll show him Stonehenge and we’ll go out to dinner.

What do you think he thought of you?

I think he likes me. There was nothing that could have gone better on the date. The restaurant and food were great, and my date was wonderful.

Would your family and friends like it?

Yes, because he’s smart and funny.

Chanelle Verdict: 10/10

Appreciated? He is smart, funny, well-rounded and thoughtful.

Regrets? None.

Taxi/coffee? Coffee and walk.

Jon, 27

Vital statistics

Single for two years.

Current role

Support worker with homeless youth.

Would you like to meet

A life partner.

Jon says they didn't kiss, and that's the closest thing to regret.

Jon says they didn’t kiss, and that’s the closest thing to regret.

Relationship history

I have had three relationships of a few months each, but I have been single for a couple of years.

Pre-date nerves?

My only nerves were what to wear; I had to do some shopping to get something smart.

First impressions?

I thought she was beautiful and strangely, after ten seconds of formality, I never felt uncomfortable. It felt normal to go on a date with her.

She has beautiful eyes and as soon as I saw her gorgeous red dress, I was so glad I went the extra mile and bought a stylish jacket.

Easy to talk to?

I expected to have an awkward chat and leave, but what started with a stranger’s handshake ended up being an incredibly wonderful experience.

I’ve been thinking about her all week. We discuss many topics. I didn’t want it to end, so I asked him if he wanted to go for a walk in Hyde Park.

Embarrassing moments?

No, none at all.

Did sparks fly?

I don’t think either of us are flirty, but there was an instant connection.

We spent every moment we could together until we had to go home. We didn’t kiss and that’s probably the closest thing to regret, but I’m sure I’ll make up for it when I see her.

Would you like to meet again?

We agreed to meet after I get back from Canada, but I realized I don’t want to wait, so I’ll see her tomorrow. I’m in Wales and she’s in Wiltshire, but I want her to know that it’s worth the effort.

What do you think she thought of you?

I hope she thinks I’m kind and compassionate and interested in her. We talked at the end of the date about how excited we are about how well we get along.

Would your family and friends like it?

100 percent, yes. I’m excited to introduce her to my friends because they’ll know she’s the right one for me. I called them right after the appointment to tell them that she is amazing.

Jon’s Verdict: 10/10

Appreciated? She is awesome and passionate.

Regrets? No.

Coffee or taxi? Coffee.

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