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A stranger paying for our dinner

I had promised to take my friend out somewhere nice to make up for her birthday. I decided to take my friend out to a steakhouse for dinner, since I couldn't buy her anything for her birthday the previous month. We all know steakhouses are very expensive and I had just about $95 in my account. So then the day came, we both got our hair done, did our makeup and put on some cute outfits for a fancy night out. As we headed to the restaurant, a part of me knew that I did not have enough money but I still proceeded with the plan and I had already told my friend that dinner is on me. We arrived at the restaurant which was stunning as always, as you walk in you hear that jazz music in the background and people talking softly as they dine, what a great place to be. The waiter directed us to our table and we sat down, the usual routine. There comes the time to look at the menu and place our orders. When we were looking at the menus, I did a small internal prayer hoping that my friend doesn't order something too expensive or at least something less than $50 which is almost impossible in a steakhouse but she chose a meal that costed about $75 not to mention the drinks and desert (Oh my God what have I put myself into). Right after we placed our order, I knew I was in trouble and so I messaged my mom and asked her to borrow me $100, she said she only had $50 to spare. In just few seconds I received the money, you know how technology work nowadays. We ate the delicious food, drinks, and desert, in my head I already did the calculations and I knew our bill came close to $200 which I did not have. I have no doubt that my friend had some money with her but I did not want to seem broke or anything, although deep down I knew I might have to ask her to help me out. The waiter approached our table with the bill and you won't believe what she told us, these were her exact words that I'll never forget " I have good news for you guys, the couple that was sitting behind you paid your bill" she said. That felt like a miracle, I could not believe it, and so I asked her "but why and did they leave already" she answered and said " yes they left, they said they liked everything about you, the outfits, the bubbliness, taking endless selfies and your foreign language really intrigued them". Unfortunately we couldn't thank them but the waiter said the couple were regular diners therefore we asked her to pass our gratitude to the couple when they return. And just like that, our night went even better than I anticipated. I don't know about you but I definitely believe in miracles and what happened that night was a miracle.