“NOOOOO!” Riley screamed at the TV, her hands buried in her face. The Knicks just lost to the Lakers by 2 points, and Riley, a dedicated Knicks supporter, was devastated. She stood up and began to pace around the room.
“They lost again. They gave away another game! A game that they needed to win to make play-offs! They were leading by twenty at half time and then to just give it away like that? I can’t deal with it!” Riley went on, frustrated.
Lucas stared at Riley in awe, a small smile forming on his face. He loved how passionate she was about basketball, it was one of the millions of things he adored about her.
“You think I’m crazy don’t you?” Riley asked softly, planting her self back down on the couch again next to Lucas.
“No, I think you’re cute.” Lucas answered, putting his arm around Riley and pulling her in for a hug. Riley sighed, her mind still fixed on the game.
“You want something to eat?” Lucas asked. Riley was so stressed the entire game that she didn’t even touch the nachos that he made for her.
She shook her head “Eat? No, I’m too sad to eat. Our season is over.” Riley said as she buried her head in a pillow. Lucas smiled again, letting out a small laugh. Gosh she’s adorable he thought.
“Okay, well I’m gonna go get a sandwich from around the corner, I’m starving.” Lucas said as he got up, squeezing Riley’s hand.
“Okay well don’t be too long!” Riley replied as he headed out the door.
“I won’t!” Lucas called out, shutting the door behind him.
When Lucas left, Riley looked back on the day they had together and couldn’t help but smile. Sure her team had lost, but no matter what happened when she was with Lucas, she was always happy to be around him. Just his presence alone filled her with joy. His smile made her smile. His laugh made her laugh. Just everything about him made her feel something that she wanted to hold onto forever.
Finally, after what felt like years of waiting, Riley heard Lucas unlocking the door and jumped up off the couch excitedly. Yes, he had only been gone for about twenty minutes, but even then Riley still missed having him around.
“What did you get?” Riley asked as Lucas walked in the door, staring at the paper bag that Lucas had brought with him. Secretly she was hungry and was hoping that he had gotten her something.
“Well, like I promised to always do….” From the bag, Lucas pulled out a sandwich, a drink, and of course, a piece of cake. Riley grinned from ear to ear. This took her right back to the moment where Lucas told her that he had chosen her. She could still remember that moment like it was yesterday. A conversation like that was impossible to forget.
“Yay! Lucas you’re the best, I was starving.” Riley said excitedly, hugging Lucas, snatching the sandwich from his hands and sitting down at the table to eat.
“What happened to being too sad to eat?” Lucas asked as he sat down across from her.
“I’m not sad anymore.” Riley replied.
“Why not?” Lucas asked
“Because you’re here.” Riley answered, looking up at Lucas in adoration and smiling. He smiled back, a twinkle in his eye as he looked at her.
“So, you sure you still wanna go to the game at the Garden next Saturday? You think you could handle watching another loss?” Lucas asked, grabbing a spoonful of the cake Riley was eating.
“Of course I’m still going to go to the game next week are you kidding? I’m not a bandwagoner. I stick by my team even through the losses. Like I said before, If you’re gonna be in the garden, you better represent the Knicks!” Riley said passionately.
“Seriously, I will never understand how someone can’t love you.” Lucas said, as the two, once again, exchanged smiles at each other.