Every now and then, the stars align, and boy and girl meet by great design.
Katie inattentively drummed her colored nails similar to the azure specks in her eyes on the steering wheel before her in an irregular beat before she restlessly traced the contours of her mouth with the edge of her nail, her soft lips forming a crescent shape as she waited patiently for the stoplight. The melodious waves of music that innocuously resonated from the speakers of the car established a mellow atmosphere as the brunette eased her foot on the gas pedal as hues of green indicated it was safe to proceed. She idly nodded her head to the beat of the song, her brunette waves cascading down the sides of her face and down her back as she did so, her fingers still momentarily drumming in unison to the song as her mind wandered to the events that were to unfold from her date with Eli. She rolled her cerulean eyes in spite of herself as she was reminded of what type of protests her boyfriend would conjure up as she insisted on picking him up—surely him lacking a license would be enough to silence him, but knowing the dark-haired raven boy she’d grown so fond of over the last month, it was predicted that the car ride to the movie theater would be longer than she anticipated. Exhaling a weary sigh, though the smile that teased on her glossy lips said otherwise, her foot eased on the brake once again, though the road was relatively vacant for an afternoon in Toronto, with the exception of a few other cars on the other lanes, there was an ache in her chest that longed for the touch only Eli could have satisfied. Katie’s lithe fingers instinctively gripped the curve of the steering wheel at the thought of the unaccompanied couple in the dark, shed of all other momentary distractions (other than the movie—but she vaguely remembered him telling her that her movie choice wouldn’t matter anyway), and bit her lip mischievously, the apples of her cheeks a faint pink as she took a left, a few streets away from her boyfriend’s house.
Katie indolently mouthed the words to the new song that bustled in the car, her fingers capably turning down the volume by a few notches before diverting her attention to the road. The brilliant trees that hovered above the houses as Katie drove by, she had noticed, had their branches snake around its sterile outskirts like infected veins that wove in immediate revolutions, with no seeming beginning or end. As if realizing it was December, the brunette observed that the trees had lacked the brilliant presence of multihued leaves that decorated the boughs, the naked limbs barren as she advanced down the road, the even purr of the car’s engine audible as the song played via the car speakers had taken a momentary pause to transition to the next song. Katie pursed her lips idly, slouching in the driver’s seat as she approached a final stop sign, the subsequent street signifying she had progressed on the Goldsworthy house, the outsized russet and cream-colored edifice already visible. The brunette maneuvered neared Eli’s house and she dexterously parked alongside the street facing the structure, her head craning behind her as to make sure she had parked the vehicle properly. With her free left hand on the headrest of the passenger seat and her mouth slightly open, she blinked her cerulean orbs as a final gesture as she directed her attention to the heart of the car, situating the car in ‘park’ as she twisted the metal keys in the ignition, the vibrations of the car spent.
Katie idly tugged on the hem of her floral pink dress, noting that it accomplished a first-rate job of accentuating the contours of her legs, and quickly dismissed the thought with a nonchalant expression, her right hand searching for her bag behind her for her cell phone. Scrolling quickly through her contacts, Katie sent a text to Eli that read: ‘Hi, princess. Your carriage awaits: I’m outside.’ Enable to muffle the amused laughter that bubbled from her lips, she placed the glossy cellular device back in her bag and waited patiently. Katie bit her bottom lip as another short chuckle filled the silent confines of the car, both her arms resting undamagingly on the contours of the steering wheel as she glanced outside the passenger window for a few moments, expecting a familiar dark-haired boy to exit within the new few moments. The brunette lifted a single, lone eyebrow as her expectations were quickly met as Eli, dressed in burgundy pants and a salt and pepper jacket exited the house swiftly, the recognizable features of his face painted in a playfully irritated gesture (or so she had hoped) as he approached the car. Katie had deliberated exiting the vehicle and opening the door for him to further tease his situation of him being the one driven, as opposed to being the driver, but decided against it—she didn’t want to upset him and figured the teasing text would have been enough for him to protest. Biting the inside of her cheeks in mute animation as she finally was able to spend time with the boy who had been equally as eager to be with her, Katie grinned, the frame of her lips pulling into a teasing smile as he entered the car, her presence immediately beaming as he did so. She noted the familiar jade orbs that sheltered hers as he wordlessly adjusted to her presence, his gaze trailing her frame with a curious fixation.
Narrowing her eyes so that it bore a resemblance to a cat’s, she articulated playfully, “If you’re going to comment on the text—don’t,” she began, her lips curling into another bout that threatened laughter, “I’ve already been smug enough about it,” she mused. Angling her head to the side and intuitively pushing a lock of dark hair (she had noticed it had been significantly darker, even in the poor lighting of the car—she made a mental note to tease him about it alter) with her lithe fingers out of his eyes, she murmured, “Missed you,” her voice unknowingly subordinate by a few octaves than it was prior.