In just a few minutes he knew your mom’s name, your favorite color, and the places you liked to shop. Those fifteen minutes in the limo may have been the best of your life. He teased you several times and so many jokes passed through the both of you, especially after he found out you were extremely ticklish. Still giggling as the limo finally stopped, you asked him “Where are we?” He smiled and started towards your door. “Welcome _______, to my house.” He had paused as though adding dramatic outcome to the scenery. “I get to go to your house? It can’t get better than this.” Marveling at the great two-story building before you, you barely notice that he replied “It definitely can’t…” with a gleam in his eyes as he softly spoke. You accepted his coy invitation to be led in, locking your arm with his. The chófer muttered to himself quietly, “Kids…”
Alli, Cody’s younger sister, was upstairs in her bedroom, Cody’s mom was busy at work in the kitchen, and you were later informed that his dad couldn’t make it this afternoon for lunch. Admiring the serenity of the large household, you instill in yourself a determination to make a great first impression.
“Hey mom, this is the contest winner, _______, thank you so much for letting me bring her here.” His mom turned around and you quickly picked up on how much she resembled Cody. “It’s fine sweetie.” Her Australian accent was very noticeable in that sentence. “Well you certainly are gorgeous! Take a seat please, will you? Lunch will be ready shortly.” She smiled, showing a row of perfect white teeth. She would later tell you to call her Angie; [you can call me Angie dear.]
Obediently, you head towards the table but realize it’s only set up for the two of you. “Oh miss, aren’t you going to join us?” your voice rose over the sound of running sink water. “Well I’m flattered-” Cody had signaled to her and done so unnoticed “But I have to go water the garden. Enjoy your meal!” Relieved, Cody waved “Awesome hey is Alli home?” Upstairs in her bedroom, she had said. All you could do is think about meeting this talented video maker any second now. “I’ve always wanted to meet Alli!” Cody pulled out your chair and you sat as he responded “Today is your lucky day then.” Sitting down himself he bellowed “Alli! Come down here, there’s someone I’d like you to meet!” Looking towards the stairs, you begin to hear trotting footsteps and add “I bet she’s a sweetheart!” Alli stood before you the next moment, her blonde her falling perfectly and slightly below her shoulders as her younger brother, Tom, shyly peeked from behind her legs to meet you.
“Who is this? Already a girlfriend Cody?” she said in a mocking tone, smiling at you in greeting. Tom fidgeted a little, just like Cody had before he cleared his throat and responded. “Alli, this is _______, ______, this is Alli. But you knew that.” He laughed a little bit as both of you suddenly exclaimed, “Pleased to meet you!” at the same time. Joining in the laughter, Cody says “Nice! What are you doing upstairs?”
“I’m on the computer, don’t worry about me. I have to get back to Tom anyw- where’d he go?” Alli turns to see Tom clumsily running upstairs and chases him, apologizing. Humorously, Cody calls out “Have fun!” Still thinking about how wonderful the day was turning out you say “You know she’s even prettier in person?” and Cody jokingly crosses his arms saying “You didn’t say that about me.” Finally his frown cracks and both of you begin laughing all over again. The laughter passes and regaining breath, Cody continues, “…I think we better serve-”
“Oh no. I’ll do that for you.” Cody stands up to see what his mom’s cooked up for you guys. “Hope you like spaghetti!” he calls out from the kitchen. Smiling to yourself, idiotically thinking up a future with him, you respond “I love spaghetti!” He returns with both plates carried delicately in hand, placing one before you carefully. He went into the refrigerator to replace the juice boxes before you for some soft drinks. “Careful, it’s hot.” He quickly says when he sits down, noticing you were about to take a bite.
You put your fork down and extend your arms towards him saying “We forgot to pray.” Before he could question you, he joined his hands with yours as you closed your eyes and began to pray. “Dear heavenly Father, we thank You for this great meal prepared for us today. We ask that You bless the hands that made it, and all those that are less fortunate to be able to eat tonight in Your name.” You open one eye to look at Cody, and a second after, he did the same. At once, you both say “Amen.” You couldn’t help but realize how strange your body reacted to his touch.
After a few moments of silence as you concentrated on the gourmet meal before you, Cody began to talk. “So I bet you have a boyfriend back in school, right?” Looking at his eyes as he waited for a reply, you snapped back into reality and answered…truthfully. “No, actually. I’ve been single for about a year now.” He seemed to be satisfied with your response when he added “Yeah, me too. It’s pretty hard to believe you of all people are single though.” He winked at you when he noticed you had blushed and gone quiet. “So what’s her name?” you tried to sound as casual as possible. “What do you mean?”
“Well, your ex-girlfriend I mean.”
“Oh… the last time we talked was back in Australia. Brooke I think it was.” [Did he really only think it was Brooke?]
“Oh. Well I guess it’d be nice to meet her some day.” You flashed him a polite smile and he changes the subject, noticing both of you are almost done with your early lunch. “So where is it you want to go?” Both of you begin finishing up the last few bites before you stand up. “It’s up to the pop-star!” you laughed. He took your plate back into the kitchen and continued the conversation. “I’d go anywhere as long as you’re there.” Giving in, you nervously begin to mention the beach just five minutes from his house. “Sounds perfect to me!” he stated. Uncertain if you should say the next few words, you almost stutter as you began. “You’re perfect to me…” Wiping his hands on a towel, he comes back to you and the dress that he enjoyed every minute you wore it. “I could argue with that but, I’d rather do this.”
Again your body reacts strangely, yet wonderfully, to the way he neared you and held your arms. Looking at each other for another moment, you finally took hold of his arms as well and closed your eyes. The loneliness you felt escaped into the kiss, and though it wasn’t anything spectacular, you already knew you wouldn’t forget it. Departing in a gasp, you look at him for answers. [Why was he so beautiful?]
“Yeah… To the beach?”
He had smiled in a way you felt so comfortable with and you returned the smile. “I guess so.” He instructed you to go up to Alli’s room, first door on your left, and borrow a bathing suit. As you run upstairs, Cody falls back down on his chair and starts to think. [Is it really possible to fall in love with a fan? I mean she probably has pictures of me in her room, no. Snap out of it Cody! But that kiss…]
Halfway up the steps, you begin to pay attention to your mess of thoughts. [Can I really fall in love with some famous singer? He’s probably kissed so many girls like that. Snap out of it! Oh man that kiss…]