Juliet did not show up on cue
I brought a dozen cupcakes. There were 3 carrot, 3 red velvet, 2 marble, 2 peanut butter fudge swirl, and 2 of some chocolate-chocolate-chocolate thing that I forgot the name of because it sounded so disgusting.
He had a romcom fantasy about her a year before. She did not live up to his expectations, so things went sideways.
Now she was having a romcom fantasy all by herself, waiting patiently for hours for him to do something in particular.
You could have graphed her hopes falling. In the end, she left dejected. He didn’t understand why. Then he left town.
He was much more excited about the cupcakes than she was.