She was leaning against the building, a vision of beauty. Flaming curly red hair framed a beautiful face. She was obviously waiting for someone–a friend or a boyfriend? He hoped that it wasn’t the latter.
As he stood there, trying to figure out whether or not he should approach her, she moved away from the wall and started walking towards him. His heart began to pound and although on the surface he appeared calm, he was nervous. Was she coming over to tell him that she didn’t appreciate him staring at her? How embarrassing would that be? Well, there was a first time for everything.
Just as she got close, she smiled and he felt relief wash over him. As far as he knew a woman didn’t smile at you before she put you in your place. He waited with bated breath to see what would happen next. For the moment, he smiled back.
“David Corbyn?” she said.
He was surprised now. She knew his name. “Yes?”
“Don’t you recognize me?” she asked. “I guess you wouldn’t because the last time we saw each other I was a scraggly kid in pigtails and glasses.”
He stared at her and then exclaimed, “Lexi Davies?”
She laughed, making his heart skip a beat. “Yes!”
“Wow! You’ve changed.” He couldn’t believe that this was the same little girl who used to hang about him. She was his best friend, Erick’s little sister. “Little Lexie is all grown up now.”
“You haven’t changed much,” she remarked. “You’re as handsome as ever. I had a big crush on you, you know.”
He felt his face go hot. “I didn’t know that,” he confessed. “I thought you just liked being around me because I was always bringing treats and lending you books. You used to read a lot.”
“I still do. As a matter of fact, I work at Daunt Books.”
“So, how are your Mom and Dad?”
“They are doing well. They recently retired and are planning to go on a Mediterranean cruise next month.”
“What about Erick? The last time I heard from him, he was in Jerusalem.”
“He’s busy juggling a family and his job as a photojournalist. He couldn’t be happier.”
“Are you waiting for someone?”
“Well, I was waiting for my friend, Veronica. We were supposed to go the The Jazz Café to see Atlantic Soul Orchestra. I thought she’d be here by now.”
“I thought you were waiting either for a friend or a boyfriend. I was hoping that it wasn’t the latter.”
She smiled. “I don’t have a boyfriend.”
“I’m relieved to hear that.”
She started to say something when, her cell rang. “Maybe this is Veronica.” She answered the call. It was her friend and from what he overheard, it sounded like she wasn’t going to make it. “Something’s come up so she isn’t coming,” Lexi explained a couple of minutes later. “Say, do you have any plans?”
He shook his head, thankful that he didn’t and even if he did, he would have cancelled them in a heartbeat.
“Would you like to go to the concert with me?” she asked, sounding hopeful. “I know it’s short notice–
“I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend my evening,” he said, his expression serious now.
She blushed. “Me too,” she said, sounding a little breathless. “We’d better go now before we’re late.” She went over to the wall and grabbed her knapsack from the sidewalk. He joined her and they walked to his car which was parked nearby.
The concert was amazing. It was the best band he had ever seen. Afterwards, Lexi and he walked to a nearby restaurant where they enjoyed a tasty dinner and each other’s company. It was the first of many dates and the beginning of a lifetime together.