“Just hanging out.”
“We’re going to a movie. You ladies should join us,” Brian says.
“Um,” Sarah looks to Amy, a pleading look in her eyes.
“We would love to,” Amy says excitedly.
Sarah glares at her sister.
“Actually,” Sarah says looking back at Adam, “I would really rather not sit in a theatre with all of these bags.”
“I understand,” Adam says, a little disappointed. Brian kicks him under the table. “I can help you take them home if you’d like.”
“Ya,” Brian grins, “And Amy and I can go see the movie.” He winks at a blushing Amy. “Then we can all meet up for supper later.”
“Oh,” Sarah says, “I don’t know. There are a couple of stores we still wanted to go to.”
“No,” Amy looks at Sarah, confused, “I think we went everywhere already.”
An awkward silence surrounds the table.
“Come on Sarah,” Amy pleads, “it will make for a perfect day. Shopping, eating, a movie and finish off with dinner. Maybe even dancing.” She hints, leaning in to her sister.
“Definitely not that Amy.”
“Oh come on,” Amy whines, “for once in your life, let your hair down.”
Sarah glares at her sister before standing up. “If you’ll excuse me please.” She stomps off to the ladies room knowing her sister is hot on her heels. When the door closes behind them, she whips around to face her. “What in the world do you think you’re doing?”
“Oh please Sarah,” Amy huffs.
“No Sarah. I won’t let you do this.”
“There is a hot guy out there that is totally into you, and you are making it so difficult for him.”
“Please.” Sarah sulks, and then retaliates, “You mean there is a hot guy out there that you are in to and you won’t let me ruin it for you.”
“Well, there is that too,” Amy admits. “But really Sarah.” She grabs her sister’s hands in hers, “I can see that you are into Adam too. Stop being so afraid.”
“I’m not afraid.”
“Yes, you are.”
“Humph,” Sarah crosses her arms across her chest and stares at Amy.
“Stop fighting against it and just go with it,” Amy continues to plead with her sister, “Have fun.”
“Fine,” Sarah grumbles like only a child can.
“Ouch,”’ Brian rubs his shoulder, “what the hell was that for?”
“You’re going to ruin it man.”
“No. I’m not. You’ll see.”
Adam shakes his head in disbelief.
“I’m telling you.” Brian punches Adam back. “You should be thanking me man.”
“Right,” Adam says, now rubbing his shoulder, “And if they do go along with your evil genius plan, you’re gonna hook up with her sister. Then, you’ll really ruin it if you break that girl’s heart.”
“Oh,” Brian rubs his chin, “I never really thought of that.”
“Of course not,” Adam punches Brian again, “You never think about that. And this time it could ruin any chance I could have if it does end that way.”
“I…I…” Brian stumbles.
Just then, Sarah and Amy approach from the washroom.
“Just shut up man,” Adam says, frowning at Brian.
Sarah looks between the two men, “Sorry, are we interrupting something?”
“No, no,” Adam gestures to her seat, “please. Sit. Finish your lunch.”
Brian claps his hands, “So? Are we good with the plan?”
“You bet,” a giddy Amy answers.
“Fantastic,” Brian rubs his hands together.
Sarah looks at Brian and raises an eyebrow. She’s not sure about Adam’s friend. She looks to her sister who is practically bouncing in her seat with excitement and anticipation. With a resigned sigh, she looks down at her food. She pushes away her plate, no longer hungry. Seeing her angst, Adam reaches out and rubs her hand. She looks at their hands, a small smile making its way to her lips.
Sarah puts her other hand on Amy’s shoulder. “I’ll see you at dinner,” she says with an uneasy tone in her voice. She looks at Brian and then Adam, “I need to get some groceries.” She removes her hand from Adam and reaches down to grab her bags. She finds Adam’s hand already on the handles.
His face meets hers, “I’m coming with you.”
“There’s no need for that. Amy can text me where to meet up with you.”
“No,” Adam says simply, “I’m coming with you. We will meet up with them later.”
Sarah sighs. She sits up straight then leans over to kiss her sister on the cheek. “Text me.”
“I will,” Amy says brightly.
Sarah looks to Adam, “Shall we?”
“We shall,” Adam smiles. “Enjoy the movie guys. Catch up with you later.”
“Bye,” Amy waves as Sarah and Adam walk away.
“Good afternoon Miss Sarah,” Walter greets her as she comes to the door of her building. “Did you have fun shopping with Miss Amy today?”
“Yes, I did. Thank you Mister Walter.”
“Oh,” Walter looks to Adam who has both of his hands full of bags. “You, Mister Adam, are not Miss Amy.” Walter grins at Adam.
“No sir,” Adam snickers, “I am not.”
“Where is Miss Amy?”
“She’s with his friend,” Sarah says.
“Is everything okay Miss Sarah?”
“Oh yes Mister Walter. Everything is just fine. Just a change of plans is all.”
“I see,” Walter is still grinning.
“See you later Mister Walter,” Sarah says, walking towards the elevators.
“Okay Miss Sarah, Mister Adam.”
“Thank you Walter,” Adam nods before following behind Sarah.
“So, I get to see where you call home.”
“Of course,” Sarah says, trying to stifle a yawn. “I couldn’t possibly carry all of these bags by myself.”
Adam smiles and follows Sarah onto the elevator. Sarah waits for Adam to step on before pushing the button to her floor.
“Wow. Top floor.”
“Of course,” Sarah smirks.
Sarah puts her bags down in her living room. “You can put those over her too please,” she says to Adam.
Adam puts the bags down and stands close behind her. He looks out past her to the window. “Beautiful view,” he whispers, sending shivers down her neck.
“It is,” she breaths. She freezes as he trails his finger down her neck, lightly brushing her hair away. “Um,” she clears her throat, “would you like a coffee?”
“Oh,” he lightly kisses her collarbone before the he loses the moment completely, “I would love a coffee please.”
Sarah quickly steps away. Adam waits a moment before following her into the kitchen. He watches her, fumbling with the coffee maker.
“Would you like some help?”
“No, no. It’s fine. Thank you,” Sarah says in a nervous rush.
(c) Rachel Rennie