“Uughh,” she groans. She rolls over and flops her hand down hard on her alarm clock that sits beside her bed.
She opens one eye and looks at the clock. Eight am.
“Really?” she groans some more as she pulls the blankets above her head.
“Ok, ok,” she slips her hand out from beneath the blankets and blindly searches the table for her phone. “Hello?”
“Hi Amy. Sorry did I wake you? Sorry. I need you today.”
“Sarah?” She springs upright in her bed, “Is everything ok?” It isn’t often her big sister calls, let alone to say she needs her.
“Oh ya. Nothing to worry about,” Sarah says casually, flinging her hand in the air as she talks.
Amy waits quietly for Sarah to explain.
“So,” Amy says impatiently, “if everything is ok, why are you waking me up on a Saturday?”
“Oh right,” Sarah takes a nervous breath, “are you busy today? I need you.” Sarah hesitates, embarrassed to admit she needs her little sister’s help, “To help me shop.”
“Shop?” Amy tries not to laugh. “You woke me up to ask me to go shopping with you today?”
“Um,” Sarah fidgets with the hem of her shirt, “ya. Can you?”
Amy sighs. “Yes, I can go shopping with you. I’ll meet you at the North doors at ten.”
“Oh, thank you Amy. I’ll buy you breakfast.”
“Uh-huh you will.”
Sarah’s nerves start acting up on her way to the mall. What will she tell Amy? Should she tell her about Adam? There really isn’t anything to tell. Except, oh well, they met, had a coffee and he took her out to dinner. She doesn’t even know for sure that he will call to ask her out again. He hasn’t called in a couple of days. It was no big deal. So what would she say? Why did she now need Amy to go shopping with her?
At breakfast Amy wastes no time. “So, what are we shopping for today sis?”
Sarah nods her head quickly putting food in her mouth.
“You have a wardrobe any woman would envy Sarah. What do you need my help for?”
Swallowing with a gulp Sarah says, “I need casual clothes. All I have are my office clothes and sweats for working out.”
“Sweats are casual.” Amy smirks at her sister.
“They’re too casual.”
Amy laughs. “Just you?” A blank and confused look washes over Sarah’s face. “Oh please Sarah.”
“Why won’t you just tell me?”
“Tell you what?”
“Why is your face turning red?” Sarah lifts a hand to her cheek. “Does he have a name?”
“Of course Amy.” Sarah shakes her head and looks away. “Everyone has a name.”
“What’s his name?”
Amy slaps her hands onto her thighs in frustration. “Come on Sarah.”
A muffled cell phone rings before she can answer. Sarah gets a smug look on her face, “You going to answer that?”
“No,” Amy says with a cocky grin, “It’s your phone, not mine.”
Sarah can feel her face heat up. She’s sure she is shining bright like a beacon. Slowly she reaches into her bag for her phone. Sure enough it is her that is ringing.
“Are you going to answer that? Or shall I?” Amy reaches out her hand to tease Sarah.
Sarah quickly clutches the phone to her chest before answering.
“You should call her.”
“No,” Adam shakes his head.
“Ya, you should. Ask her out for lunch or something.”
Adam looks at his phone for the twentieth time that morning and shakes his head some more.
“Just do it you coward.”
Adam takes a deep breath, “fine, fine.”
Brian smiles, proud of himself.
“Good morning Sarah. How are you? I’m good thanks.”
Adam glances at Brian who is watching him closely, leaned over, elbows on his knees, hands clasped.
“I was wondering if you were busy today. Would you have time to go out for lunch?”
Adam’s face falls. “Oh ok. Well, have fun with your sister. I’ll, ah,” Adam throws his hand up in the air, “I’ll catch up with you later sometime.”
Adam puts his head down and rubs his forehead. “I’ll call you … pardon me? Tomorrow? No, I’m free. Ya,” Adam smiles and his face brightens, “I’ll pick you up at eleven thirty for lunch.”
Brian has a big grin on his face and gives him a thumbs up.
“Sounds good. Have a good day Sarah. Bye.”
Brian jumps up with both hands in the air as Adam puts his phone away. “See? Aren’t you glad you took my advice and called her?”
“I would have called her.” Adam grins.
“Ya sure, eventually.”
“So,” Amy points at her big sister, “you get a phone call from some mystery person asking you out and you reject him and in the same breath you ask him out.”
Sarah says nothing. She tries to keep her face expressionless.
“Are you going to sit there and tell me that it was nobody? A figment of our imaginations perhaps?”
Still Sarah says nothing. She doesn’t want to make it out more than what it is. Because if she does and it all turns out to be nothing, she doesn’t want to feel like a loser.
“Humph,” Amy shrugs her shoulders, “at least I know his name is Adam.”
“Sorry Amy,” Sarah whines, “I just met him and it could all turn out to be nothing.”
“Well, it might, but in the meantime it means something, otherwise,” Amy smiles, “you wouldn’t have asked me take you shopping.” Amy is bouncing in her seat. She’s always wanted to shop for her sister.
Sarah’s got one arm loaded up with shopping bags. She wipes her forehead with the back of her other hand. “Let’s grab some lunch Amy.”
“Yes please,” Amy says in a perky voice, full of more energy than Sarah ever has when shopping. “I’m famished.”
As they walk towards the food court Amy drones on about university and her part time job. Describing in detail all of the ‘peeps’ she hangs out with.
“Are you even listening to me?” Amy shouts, annoyed. She turns around to face her sister. Sarah is two feet away and is staring off into space. Amy steps up to her and waves her hand in front of her face. “Earth to Sarah.” Sarah says nothing, but stares gaping like a fish out of water. Slowly, Amy turns to follow Sarah’s line of sight.
A good looking guy is slowly approaching them with a smirk on his face.
“Do you,” Amy forces herself to look away from the hot guy to face her sister, “know him?” Not believing that she possibly could. “Close your mouth Sarah,” she whispers frantically.
“Hi Sarah,” his voice is deep and sexy as hell. And he is standing right behind her.
‘Oh my God’ Amy mouths to Sarah.
Sarah tries to clear her throat quietly. “Hi Adam.”
‘Adam?’ Amy thinks, her eyes opening wide in shock.
Adam leans in and kisses her cheek. Now Amy is gaping. She recovers quickly, putting on her most charming smile and spins around to face Adam. She stretches out her hand to him. “Hi, I’m Amy. Sarah’s sister.”
Adam looks away from Sarah briefly to smile at Amy, “Hi Amy.”
Brian claps Adam on the shoulder, “Hi ladies. I’m Brian.” He reaches out to take Amy’s hand, which is still held out to Adam, and kisses it. The corner of his mouth turns up as her cheeks turn a light rosy color. “Can we buy you beautiful ladies lunch?”
“We would love that,” Amy says before Sarah has a chance to say no.
“Can I carry your bags for you?” Adam asks Sarah. “Looks like you’ve done a lot of shopping.”
“Ya, she had the audacity to wake me up this morning to go shopping with her.” Sarah turns and glares at her sister.
Adam puts his fist to his mouth to hold back his laugh.
“What are sisters for?” Brian says and nudges Amy with his elbow.
Amy smiles, “Ya, I do love shopping with my sis.”
Adam reaches out to Sarah, “Here, let me take those for you.” When Sarah doesn’t follow along he whispers, “please?”
Reluctantly, Sarah holds out her arm so he can take her bags. His hand brushes hers as he takes them. “Sarah, you’re freezing.”
Sarah sighs, exasperated, and rolls her eyes.
“She’s always cold,” Amy says with a shrug of her shoulders. “Honestly, I don’t know how she can stand it.”
Sarah tilts her head to the side and smiles. Adam holds her hand in his lightly, rubbing his thumb on the back of her hand. “I’m glad we ran into each other.”
Sarah looks down at their hands. When she looks back up to meet his eyes, she feels a warmth tingle through her. “Me too,” she says.
Amy watches them closely. Curious about who this guy is.
“Lunch?” Adam asks and Sarah nods. He leans in again to kiss her on the cheek and whispers, “I can’t wait to see what’s in the pink bag.”
Sarah’s face turns a crimson red.