Staying at home wasn’t all that fun. Shadow would rather be at a friend’s house or on a road trip. But luckily she had a friend close by who promised to go to the beach with her. Looking around her own bedroom, she tried looking for her phone to text Chad but it couldn’t find it anywhere. Guess I’ll just text him later. Might as well get dressed first. Looking through her clothes, she brought out her magenta bikini, white short shorts, and a grey tank top to go along with it.
After minutes of looking through her clothes, she saw something light up in one of her jackets. “So that’s where it was”, she said to herself. She looked through her contacts until she found his name and began to type a new message. Hey. I’m getting ready right now. I could meet you at your house when I’m done and we could just go in one car, if you want, she sent to him.
“Yeah, she’s only twelve, so you wouldn’t know. She wants to go to PCA one day, but I don’t know if she’d be impressed enough with the film program.” said Oliver with a small laugh. “Oh, I practice all the time! I really like acting, more than singing. I just prefer it, cause I’m really not the best singer.” he said, blushing a little. When Shadow paused before answering, Oliver took a sip of his drink. Maybe she just had to think on it. A lot of people didn’t have passions like him and his sister did, especially not so young. “You sing!?” he said with a huge smile. “I need to hear you! You need to sing something of mine one time! I’m going to have a musical finished soon, and I’m going to get PCA to pick it up in September. You have to be in it! I’ve already promised the lead to someone else, but I can still get you a great spot.” he gushed. After a few seconds, Oliver remembered the other part of her hobbies. “And I’m sure you’re an excellent painter too, of course. I’ll need to see something you did!”
Shadow wasn’t the type of girl to have stage fright. If anything, she’d love to sing on stage in front of thousands of people. It’s just no one asked her to and no one knew that she could sing. Nobody’s even heard her voice except herself. “I’m sure you’re not a bad singer, Oliver. But I’d really like to see you act one day. Can you do Shakespeare?” She noticed the small blush on his cheek and giggled at that but didn’t mention it. Except she did poke his cheek and smiled. “What kind of musical are you making anyways? But yeah, I’ll definitely join it. And, I’ll sing for you anytime you want. How does that sound?” I wonder where my paintings are anyways. I haven’t painted over the summer. Maybe I’ll look for my brushes later in the attic. Taking a sip, she waited for him to answer all those questions while she thought to herself. Maybe I asked too many questions. Oh well. I guess it would be a good way to get to know him better. Right?
“Parents are fun. And apparently evil cousins aren’t?” said Oliver with a small laugh. “Me? It’s good. I’ve had a lot of extra time to work on something I’m doing. And I’ve been hanging out with family a lot. My sister, mostly, since our parents work all the time. But she’s cool, she’s fun, even though she’s so much younger than me.” he said. Oliver stopped himself from rambling there. His dad had once told him to not talk too much about himself while on a date. He said to concentrate on the girl. So that’s what Oliver intended to do, but maybe not just yet. “She’s kind of an amateur filmmaker. She wants to be big in movies when she’s older, or film as she calls it, and I want to be big in musicals and I want to direct my own shows. I don’t know, just a fantasy of mine.” he said, shrugging a bit. “What about you? Do you have anything that you want to do like that?” he asked, realizing he’d rambled too much and taking a sip of his drink.
Shadow sure did like getting to know more about people. Especially since he was a new friend so she didn’t mind if he kept talking. “I didn’t know you had a sister.” Well that’s dumb to say. We just met, how am I suppose to know anything about him? The brunette started to get a bit nervous but tried to be relaxed as she kept listening to him talk. “I’m sure you’ll be big in the future if you keep practicing and singing in shows”, she said as she tried to be more optimistic as usual. But as his question came up, she didn’t want to lie to him. It’s just no one really knew that she liked to sing except her best friends. So she answered it honestly anyways. There shouldn’t be any secrets if we’re going to date… Right? “Well, I’ve always liked singing and painting. But I never really planned on making it big. I just do it for fun most of the times.”
“Large strawberry and creme. Got it.” he said with a smile, turning to walk to the counter. When he heard her speak again, he turned around and waves away her question. “When you take a girl out, you pay for said girl’s frappucinos.” he said matter-of-a-factly. As he waited in line for Shadow’s drink, he felt himself getting nervous. He was sure it would go well, he was just scared that Shadow wouldn’t like him, or maybe he wouldn’t like her after all. He wanted to like her, though. “There you go, miss.” he said, smiling and placing the drink down in front of her. He sat and took a sip of his coffee. “So, Shadow,” he said when they had both taken a drink from their beverages, “how’s summer treating you?”
Her heart skipped a beat as soon as he said that. And as he left, she looked around the small cafe but glanced at Oliver a couple of times and smiled. It was nice going out again since all she has been doing was being with her family since she hasn’t really contacted anyone in awhile.
When Oliver gave her the drink, she took a sip for awhile before answering his question. “It’s okay. All I did was hang out my parents. Until you contacted me though. Usually, I would go on trips with my family and whatnot, visiting aunts and uncles. But I’m happy to be hanging out with someone who’s not my cousin.” She giggled at her own joke and began to sip her drink again. “How about you, Oliver?”
The Starbucks on Bleaker? Oliver texted back. He knew that would be okay, so that’s the direction his feet head in. He arrived there quickly, since it was decently close, and ordered himself a drink. He’d get something for Shadow once she arrived. He found a nice two person table right by the window and say himself, watching for her, awaiting her arrival. He saw a friend from his old high school, and went over to say hi to them for a little. While he was over there, Shadow walked in the door. “Gotta go.” he told his friend, turning around and sneaking up behind his date. He linked arms with her and laughed when she jumped. “Jeez, Shadow, it’s just me.” he said through his laughter. He brought her over to sit at the table and stayed standing when she sat. “What do you order? I’ll get it for you.” he said with a charming smile.
Hearing her phone vibrate again, she picked it up and saw the text. Okay. I’ll be there in awhile, she texted back and started her car again. After backing up, she headed over there and began to drive. She started to get a little nervous but shook it off and tried to calm down. It’s just one coffee day. Does this even count as a date?! She went to the place about ten minutes later and opened the door, though she didn’t see Oliver anywhere until he came up behind her. “Ah!” She looked to her side and saw him laughing. “I’ll get you back for that, you know”, she jokingly said.
Shadow took a seat and replied to his question by saying, “I’ll just have a large strawberry and creme. I’m not really in the mood to drink coffee but… Are you sure you want to pay? I-I mean, I do have my own money.”
Oliver sat in his usual spot. At the keyboard beside his bed playing away at the keys. After a while, though, even that got boring. He lay down on his bed for a while, playing games on his phone and looking out the window waiting for something to happen. When no excitement fronted itself, he pulled out his phone again and texted Shadow. He’d promised her a coffee anyway, hadn’t he? Wanna get that coffee now? He’d texted her.
As he waited for a reply, Oliver got up from the bed and pulled on a nice shirt instead of the plain black t-shirt that he’d already been wearing. Once he was ready, he lay back down and waited for a reply again. He’d really liked Shadow. She was gorgeous, had a gorgeous name, and seemed to be a sweetheart. That’s all he needed at first. Getting a drink would be the perfect way to get to know her, really. He felt his phone buzz, and pulled it out of his pocket, smiling at the reply. “I’m going out!” he called to his mom with a smile on his face as he stepped out the front door.
As she kept walking, she felt her phone vibrate and pulled it out to see a text from Oliver. She read the message and quickly sent him a text back. Of course, she texted. Where do you want to meet? She decided to go back to her house really quick to use her car instead. There’s no way I could walk all the to a coffee place in time, she thought. Luckily she always brought her keys with her and once going back to her white Honda Civic, she opened the doors and started the engine.
She didn’t drive that far since she didn’t even know what coffee place to go to. For all she knew, there could have been at least three coffee places around this town. But she kept driving and driving until she headed towards a grocery store and parked, still waiting for the text message to come to her phone. I can’t believe he asked me. She was a bit surprised since she was really starting to like him, even if they did meet a couple of days ago.
Sitting around her bedroom, the brunette idly stared at her bedroom ceiling as she waited for something amazing to happen. She pulled out her phone to see if she had any new messages from anyone but nope. None. I wonder what everyone is doing by now. I mean, yeah, it’s summer. But I guess no one wants to hang out with me. She got out of her bed and began to undress out of her pajamas and into a regular white off-shoulder shirt with black jeans and black converse. Once she was completely dressed, she said bye to her parents and headed out the door.
Shadow just began to walk around the place, not knowing where to go yet. I wonder what Oliver is doing. Maybe he really doesn’t want to talk to me. Maybe he was just being nice to me or one of those guys who flirts with every girl.