Chapter 53: Double Date

“Thomas, seriously! Lets go!” I cried exasperated. Thomas was taking forever to get ready. We were going to the movies with Olivia and Gabby. Thomas didn’t know we were setting him up with Gabby, but he was taking forever to get ready anyway.

I glanced at my watch. “We’re going to miss the fucking movie.” I grumbled.

Thomas came out of the bathroom. He was wearing a pair of perfectly pressed jeans, a white dress shirt, a tie and a grey knit sweater. His hair was brushed neatly back and gelled lightly. He looked like a little boy on picture day whose mother had forced him into preppy clothes.

“Does this look okay?” He worried, shoving his glasses up his nose.

“Uh… yeah.”

“This is really all I have…”

“You look fine, man.” I insisted.

I shoved the sleeves of my flannel shirt up my arms, and glanced down at my torn jeans. He’d put a lot more effort into this than I had. But at least I’d showered and shaved.

“Come on, we’ve got to meet the girls. I bet they’re already there.”

Thomas shoved his feet into his shoes.

“Wait, are you sure you don’t want to put some make up on or anything?” I teased.

Thomas blushed brightly.

“Dude, I’m kidding.” I rolled my eyes.

I pulled on my coat, and Thomas did the same.

We were meeting the girls at the auditorium where we were seeing the movie. Olivia and I agreed that it would be impossible for either Gabby or Thomas to back out if we were already there.

We started out of the dorms and crossed the quad toward the main buildings.

“So, umm… you’re not setting me up with some like… cheerleader or anything, are you?” Thomas worried.

I smirked. This was typical of Thomas. Any other guy would be worried about being set up with a geek or a looser, but he was worried about someone being way out of his league.

“Nope. She’s hot too, man. Trust me.”

Thomas frowned. “Great. She’s going to take one look at me and run like the wind.”

“No she’s not.” I laughed. “Besides, I have it on good authority that she likes you.”

Thomas frowned deeper. “And she actually goes to this school?”

I scoffed. “Dude, stop being so hard on yourself.” I slugged him in the arm. I didn’t hit him hard, but he still rubbed his arm.

We walked into the auditorium and I immediately found Olivia. She stood out like a rose in a bed of thorns to me.

Her hair was down, and perfectly curled.

She was wearing heels, and a pair of very tight black jeans. They were almost leggings. She had on a long pink top with sequins around the bust. Her grey cardigan was a few inches below her elbows, and there were several clunky bracelets on her wrists. She was unbelievably hot.

I wished we were alone, so we could at least make out in the movie theater.

Olivia turned and smiled, waving excitedly at me. She stood on her toes to make herself taller, as if I could miss her in the crowd.

I grinned, moving quickly to her. I bent and lightly kissed her.

She laughed softly. “Hi, you.” She said sweetly, standing on her toes and playfully kissing me again. Her hand fell into mine; her tiny hand fit perfectly there.

“Oh, Thomas.” Olivia said suddenly, leaning toward me. “You remember Gabby, right?”

Gabby turned around. She was wearing leggings and a long white blouse that hung down just several inches below her waist. She had on a pair of killer heels and her hair was perfectly in place.

“Oh, Thomas. Hi!” Gabby beamed, hugging him. “Long time no see.”

“Uhh… yeah.” He nodded, looking confused. He lightly hugged her, seeming even more awkward than usual.

The lights in the hallway flickered.

“Oh, the movie is going to start. We should get to our seats.” Olivia said, smiling up at me.

I nodded. “Yeah.”

We found out seats and I traded with Olivia so she could sit next to Gabby.

Gabby and Thomas were immediately engaged in conversation.

Olivia smiled at me. “I think it’s going well.” She laid her hand on my thigh.

“Yeah.” I answered, draping my arm around the back of her chair. “You look amazing tonight. You always do.”

Olivia smiled. “You’re so sweet.” She leaned toward me and kissed me.

“Hmm, you know,” I said, leaning my forehead against hers. “Let’s just skip this movie and go back to my dorm…” I suggested.

Olivia laughed. “Maybe later. I’ll make it up to you, I promise.” She grinned at me.

“Sounds good to me.” I grinned.

“I thought so.” She leaned toward me and kissed me again.

She turned back to the screen, but I knew she was stealthily attempting to keep an eye on Thomas and Gabby. I wasn’t sure why it mattered to her that Gabby and Thomas got together, but it seemed important to her that her friends were happy. I knew Thomas liked Gabby, and Olivia knew that Gabby liked Thomas.
I didn’t even know what movie we were seeing. It was probably a lame chick flick, which I was entirely not looking forward too. Thomas had complained about the kind of movie we were seeing before I’d even convinced him to go with us. Gabby and Thomas were talking quietly on the other side of Olivia, they both seemed happy and neither seemed like they needed rescuing from the other.

I was sure that the only reason why Thomas and Gabby weren’t spending more time with each other or even pursuing a relationship other than friendship was because of Thomas’ hesitation. He told me things he didn’t tell anyone else; not even his chess club buddies.

He was crazy about Gabby, but he was terrified she’d never give him the time of day. He was still convinced that she was only friendly with him as a result of a bet with some of her cheerleading friends. The poor kid was still waiting for the football team to come barreling out of nowhere and kick his ass.

“Maybe we should start a dating service or something.” Olivia teased.

I smiled and lightly kissed her temple. “As long as you’re with me, the rest of the people in this school can date camels for all I care.”

Olivia laughed.

The previews ended and the movie started. I recognized the opening credits. The movie wasn’t a chick flick, it was a horror movie.

I tightened my arm around Olivia. “Hey, if you get scared…”

Olivia grinned at me. “I’m sure you’ll protect me.”

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