Monday, December 18, 2017

in the opposite direction

in the opposite direction



Dakota decided to go on her own through the mall. She had her little flip phone and her wallet in her little bag strapped over her shoulder. She could very well maneuver on her own. She didn't mind being alone. Besides, she wanted to do her own Christmas shopping. She had over fifty dollars. She could buy something for everyone at the Dollar store.

And then she saw him sitting there by the cookie place with a hot coffee he didn't quite know what to do with. He was like a lanky giraffe, awkward and hopelessly lonely.

"I know, you don't know me, but I know who you are." Her words were blunt, but she didn't care as she looked into Bo's dark eyes.

"Oh..are..are you a fan of mine, or something?" He looked at her as if he'd take a selfie with her, if she wanted.

"No, not really." Her smile was sour and she looked as if she could see right through him. "I know where Rosie is."

"Rosie?" He looked a bit startled then, but he remained even lipped.

"She's seeing my brother, you know." She remained calm as if she was very good at being the barrier of bad news.

"Who?" His brow furrowed. Bo almost spilled his coffee.

"Sunny." She sucked in a breath wondering if Bo would hurt him or just have a fight with Rosie.

He nodded.

"I guess..I'm not suppose to know." He offered to get her a hot chocolate. There were Santa cookies by the coffee. Bo offered her one and went to get the creamy hot chocolate for her. She sat across from him and took a cookie. "She's..she hasn't really text..all that much since Halloween." He told her he suspected it. "I mean..she's.. you know, a lot younger than me and I think she's been trying to distance herself. She'd told once, she was seeing somebody younger than her, before..and well, that didn't turn out like she wanted, either. I guess, that's how it is."

"How what is?" Now Dakota winced.

"Falling in love," he said. "She has a lot of good qualities. I always wanted to meet someone like her. She..she has an old soul."

Dakota shrugged and dipped the cookie in the hot chocolate.

"Rosie's been through so much. Maybe she grew up too fast." He spoke of her mother dying when she was young and how she'd had to live with different relatives from time to time. Her dad was sick now, and in rehab.

It was as if Bo was talking about her own dad. Her eyes began to water for no apparent reason, and her throat was so parched.

"Dakota!"

Dakota flinched just to look up to see her father, Joey, standing there in the food court.

"What are you doing? I've looked everywhere for you!" He grabbed her little shoulders. "I thought you wanted me to go Christmas shopping with you." He hugged her tight as if he didn't want to lose her.

Dakota closed her eyes, thankful she had her dad. She cleared her throat and introduced her to Bo. She told him she liked his music. Maybe Joey could get her Bo's CD for Christmas.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

There will be bells ringing...

there will be bells ringing



Sunny thought Christmas came early this year. He'd asked Rosie to the Freshman dance, and she was the perfect holiday surprise.

Really, he thought they were the best couple at the small dance in the cafeteria. It wasn't even in the gym. But there was lots of food and drink and of course, music.

Thankfully, it was on stereo. No live band. And the music was festive, lots of pop Christmas tunes mixed in with the latest songs from Why Can't We and New Hope Club.

It was a time for smiles and taking in the Christmas atmosphere. Suddenly, like an epiphany it came to him. They were a couple. And he felt all was right with the world. Still, he felt fragile but the more they danced to the slow songs he was gaining strength.

"I..I really..really..really..like you." He said after the slowest pop tune that was just a Barry Manilow cover. He looked at her blankly, thinking how could he have said REALLY three times?

She held in a laugh.

"I really..really..really..like you too." She smiled.

His smile was open and she took the invitation to kiss him. He fell into her because he was light headed which made the kiss more contagious. Was he shivering or just happiness? He'd go for the latter.

They kissed til his lips burned. Maybe he was getting good at this, or just trying to keep up with her lust and dance of passion.

He was certain the music stopped, but to his surprise when he awoke to reality, the music was in full throttle and everyone danced around them.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

just you and me

just you and me



Gabby was so pleased. Ste was here with some day old rolls for her mother and stayed for dinner. Now they were on the couch together with the old movie playing. She wrapped her arm around his arm, possibly too tight, but he hadn't been against it.

Sure, he talked about Christmas shopping and what it was like where he grew up. She found out he'd lost his parents some time ago, and it was he and his brother who ran the family bakery.

Finally, he told them about Maxie and how Macy worked with them.

"I..I guess I thought they would marry." He almost looked happy and then he wasn't. "I guess I thought my brother had changed."

But he didn't say much more.

"I'm glad you're here." She told him now. "You make me, so happy."

He almost smiled too, but she knew he wanted to say something, but didn't. Maybe it was bad to have someone make you happy. Especially, when you couldn't be happy on your own.

"You're..you are a good person." Gabby then mentioned, but the noise of the TV probably drowned out her voice. "Thank you."

He only nodded.

She wondered if he was in love with Macy. Still.

She hugged his arm more tightly. Finally, he withdrew. And she was beginning to feel his coldness, but he put his arm behind her, resting his arm on her shoulder. She leaned in more. Thinking this could be enough. Couldn't it?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Have you ever wondered

have you ever wondered



At least, Ollie talked Kramer out of going to the girls' dorm. He knew they might end up in campus police custody. Still, he wasn't sure he wanted to go to the house party, either. After all, the music pulsed, even from the drive way.

He so wanted to back out, but he was cold and quite miserable. After all, he'd just gotten a text from Gabby telling him it was the best Christmas ever. She was watching 'It's a Wonderful Life' with the boyfriend at her house.

Case closed, he figured it would be the last text he would ever get.

"Glad its working out." He texted back. Then sighed, remembering it was fun while it lasted, but he was lonesome as a blue moon. He couldn't find a smile about anything.

So here they were, practically a sauna inside with a pink glow for atmosphere. People were kissing on the couch. Actually, he wondered if they'd accidentally showed up at a lesbian thing. Sure, there were a lot of girls, but they were definitely into each other.

Ollie yawned, wondering if he could make better friends on the Internet than in person. But his throat was so dry. He did need a drink.

Before he knew it, he spit out the red punch. It was laced with Ever Clear. He made a face of disgust, trying to get to the kitchen to find some water. At least, the stoners were out back in lawn chairs sitting around a camp fire.

And he figured, Kramer might be there, as he looked out the patio door, but he didn't think he was among them because he always got loud when their was pot available.

"Who, you looking for?" The voice was practically in his ear. His eyes sprang open.

"Oh, nothing." He finally looked over his shoulder and saw her sweet face. Dark curls framed her beautiful eyes and her smile was so innocent. It took Ollie's breath away. He thought he might fall on the floor. But of course, she caught the weight of him.

"I'm Candace," she said. "But, you can call me Candy."

"Huh." Ollie smiled, unable to even talk.

"Have you been here long?" Candy asked.

"No." He finally managed. Although, he felt so hallow. "I..I need some water."

"You and me both." She went to look in the fridge and she found an unopened bottle of water.

"Maybe we'll be safe in numbers." She told him as she opened it and gave to him to sip.

"Oh, you should .." he wanted to to push the bottle away, but he needed water. "Safe in numbers?"

"I didn't want to..be here..but they say I'm no fun." She shrugged.

"I dunno about that." He grinned.

"Want to dance?" Candy asked after she drank a little from the water bottle and then put it on the kitchen counter.

"I..I don't really dance." Thinking this was more a dream than anything. His luck, he'd wake up on the merry-go-around with some gang breathing down his throat.

"I bet you do." Candy put her arms around his waist. Slowly, he decided to take her lead. Although, he felt like a drogy bear who needed to get off his feet.

"You're so comfy." She told him as she hugged him closer and her face leaned into his chest more. Yes, it was true, she was the perfect fit. She was...

Ollie thought he might lose consciousness, but she was the first to go to asleep.