She called out his name and Matt hesitated. It wasn't that he didn't want to see her, because if he were to be completely honest, he did. He just....didn't, at the same time. Sort of. Pausing in his tracks, Matt took a careful breath and counted to five, hoping to regain some composure before this encounter-- he didn't fancy getting slapped or doing anything to upset her any more than he already seemed to have done.
"Hello, Penny," he said, turning back to her with a faint smile as he approached. "How- I- you look nice."
Gee. That was brilliant. His cheeks flushed faintly and his hand came up to the back of his neck in a nervous gesture. "I haven't seen you in a while. I've missed you." The words slipped out before he could stop them and he mentally kicked himself. "How have you been?"