Her name was Kaz'na. She was 22 years old. Works as a graphic designer, likes live music, cares about her family. Nothing too unusual. Oh, and she's 3' 9", which is only a little on the short side since she was a goblin. A fact that didn't come as a surprise given the vibrant shade of green in her profile pic. That was the first thing that caught my eye. How could it not be? The second thing was her smile and how it lit up her face. But still, even though they had started integrating themselves into human society, there was no way that could work right? And I had heard all of the stories of how goblins were. All those rumors about how they were so...I don't know how to put it...sexually open? They would put out for anyone. Or so people say! As soon as the topic of goblins came up, all of the jokes would start flying, as long as a goblin wasn't in earshot. It was what had kept them in isolation for so long, and it was a reputation they still hadn't managed to shake. And that wasn't what I was looking for! I wanted a relationship! I know, a naive thing to look for in a dating app, but as a twenty something professional in a city this was the primary outlet I had for meeting people. I wanted something substantial, not just some little green girl that would just offer up some no strings attached fun...right?
Besides, I had only been with human women, no demi-humans. They popped up rarely on dating sites, but I had still swiped left on my share of orcs, centaurs, beastkin and all the rest...although this was the first goblin I could recall. And there was something in those eyes...A certain light, both welcoming and challenging...I swiped to her next photo, a full body shot of Kaz'na at some sort of outdoor event, tight peach colored shorts and a white crop top baring the slight bulge of her belly and barely concealing the curves of her full breasts. Her arms were arched over her head and her mouth was open in a laugh, I couldn't tell if she was posing or caught in the middle of dancing. I was immediately captivated by her form, she had all of the curves of a human woman just...shrunk. And those long pointed ears, extending a few inches from her head, were actually kinda cute... Before I could even reach a conscious decision, I had swiped right. Whoops! Oh well, it wasn't like she would ever match with me, right? I was only average at best, so anything that relied on a first impression of my appearance would never be in my favor.
She matched with me a day later.
We exchanged small talk. She hadn't been in the city long, she was the oldest of three, with a brother and a sister, she liked punk music and spicy food. This went on for a couple of days before I worked up the courage to ask her on an actual date.
"Yeah! I'd love to!" her response came instantly. My heart flipped.
I don't know why I felt this way. I wasn't a kid. I had been on first dates before. It wasn't going to be anything special, but dinner at a local favorite of mine. Small plates, fancy cocktails with silly names. It's a lot of fun. She was still unfamiliar with the area and she had never been. I told her I would need to correct that as soon as possible! And it was still totally casual! So why was I nervous? Why did I change my shirt three times? Why did I scroll through all of our messages, studying up so that I remembered all of the scant details I had gleaned about who Kaz'na was? Maybe it was just because she was a goblin. Maybe that alone made the experience new enough that it put me on edge. I don't know. Whatever it was, I found myself in the entrance of the restaurant.
It was ten minutes before we were supposed to meet but she had already texted me 5 minutes earlier to let me know she had grabbed a booth. I made the decision to walk from my condo to help burn off some of my excess nervous energy but I broke into something resembling a half-jog when I got that text.
I took a moment to catch my breath before scanning the restaurant for Kaz'na. It didn't take long to find her. That bright green skin stood out among the otherwise human crowd. There she was. Her eyes caught mine and her face lit up. She gave a little wave to beckon me over. I returned the smile and did my best to maintain a steady pace as I walked over to her.
"Hey, Kaz'na, I hope I didn't keep you waiting!" Cliche line, but it was my honest sentiment.
"Don't worry about it, Jesse! I always turn up places early. And it's actually pronounced "Kahz-nuh"." Oh man, that was something I had completely overlooked. You should have known how to pronounce her dang name! Idiot! I punched myself, mentally.
"Oh! I'm so sorry!" I could feel myself blushing.
"Don't worry about it! I know it's not a common name around here," she laughed it off. Her voice was bright, with just a hint of that signature rasp that was common to goblins.
As I sat down across from her and got to see her up close, I lost my breath all over again. She looked fantastic. Her dark hair was teased in a wave and held by a black band. She wore dark smokey eyeshadow and lipstick and her long pointed ears were adorned with two silver studs near each tip. And that was just her face. My eye was next drawn to the ample green cleavage revealed by the form fitting deep purple cocktail dress she was wearing. I had some idea of her figure from the full body pic on her profile, but seeing her in the flesh was something else entirely. Her bust would have been perfectly fitting on a human woman two feet taller than her. On her small frame, though, they were the stuff of my teenage fantasies. That was all I could see over the table, but I'm sure the rest would have been just as mesmerizing. I thought I was taking a surreptitious glance, but it must have been something closer to a drooling stare. She caught me.
Kaz'na brought her arms in, slyly pressing her breasts together. "I know, I might have gone a little overboard. But I've been busy with work and this was my first time out in a while so I really wanted to take advantage of the excuse to dress up. And then I mentioned to my sister that I was going out and xfaap.com
she insisted on doing my hair...It's too much, isn't it?" She ducked her head, shyly.
"No! It's not too much at all. You look...great. Really!" So smooth, as always.
"Aw, thank you. I'll let my sister know that all her fussing wasn't wasted!"
"Want anything to drink?" I knew I did.
"Way ahead of you!" With perfect timing, a waitress placed a thin tall glass of something blue and fizzy into Kaz'na's outstretched hand.
"...And I told him, "No, I know how tall I am but I'm pretty sure I'm not a child! And he made me pull out my ID and everything. But like, look at this!" She gestured to her perfectly full figured body. "Like, imagine seeing this and thinking "Hmm...I think she needs a foot or two to be allowed into a club!" I was about to climb up there and slap some sense into him!" She smacked the table for emphasis and I couldn't resist laughing if I wanted to!
"Oh my god! I can just imagine you doing it, too!"
We were a few drinks in and from what I could tell in my inebriated state, it was going great! Over some delicious pork dumplings and street corn fritters, Kaz'na told me about how she moved her from Gohlmia, the goblin homeland, when she was 6 years old and so she had only faint memories of it. Her family had moved into the city a few months back so her brother and sister could be closer to their school of choice. The town she had been living in was much more rural so it was taking some getting used to but so far she was enjoying the energy of the city.
"I know, I must sound like such a hick. But I still can't get over how on any given day there'll be like an art fair or a concert or something totally unexpected! I love it!