Save Me - Chapter 8
Shannon was the first up and you could see his face light up just as much as Mackenzie’s was. You could tell she noticed and it was sweet to see. She moved on to Tomo who was in the middle and as I turned my head back to make sure Lily was moving along…What the hell?! Where did Lily go?!
Frantically looking around like a crazy person calling out “Lily! Lily!” definitely drew the attention of everyone around me…including Shannon, Tomo and Jared who looked amused at the commotion. Panic firmly set in when I still didn’t see her. Where is she?! I’m going to kill her!!
Then from the corner of my eye, I saw Shannon moving his chair back and looking under the table. ‘Dear God,’ I thought to myself…'NO!!’
But, sadly, YES was his answer because suddenly out pops Lily from under the table, who’s crawling up onto Shannon’s lap from between his legs. I was so mortified, I almost fainted, I swear.
Before I was even able to get the words “GET BACK HERE” out of my mouth, she was in his lap, arms around his shoulder and talking in his ear. I give him credit, he handled it like a champ.
I was all done with the “sweet voice” so with a barely restrained but quiet voice I said “Lily, get over here NOW.” Realizing she just might have pushed me beyond my breaking point she started to slide out of his lap to go back under the table again.. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse. “LILY, NO! Go around the table.” Jesus Christ, where are her manners?!
Looking at Lily, Shannon chuckled as he said “Looks like your Mom has her hands full with you!”
“Wait, what?!” His comment had me doing a double take. “Slow down buddy,” I said looking at him shaking my head…“She’s not my daughter.”
“Yeah, she’s not my Mom silly, she’s my Auntie Vivie! She’s too cool to be my Mom!” She said proudly looking up at me.
I rolled my eyes so hard they practically popped out of their sockets as I pulled her towards Tomo. She was in trouble and nothing was going to save her.
Now, with Lily firmly next to me held by an iron grip on her shirt, we got the line moving again. Tomo quickly signed our posters then said to Lily, “What, you don’t want to sit on my lap too?!”
Lily smiled and said “YES!!! I’d love too!” as she turned to look at me. My face must have spoken volumes because she quickly turned away, made an “oh shit” face then quietly said “thank you” moving to stand in front of Jared.
Jared sat there along with Mackenzie and Paige standing next to him, giggling like a little kid at having seen the entire situation unfold. I honestly was speechless, I can’t even imagine what I looked like. He smiled at Lily, pinched her cheek then signed her poster.
“So, Auntie Vivie” he said smiling “I heard this is your first 30 Seconds To Mars concert.”
“It is.” I said smiling back as our eyes connected for the first time. His gaze, it’s simply mesmerizing and it gave me instant butterflies.
“I hope you enjoy the show…” He said in a low deep voice.
“I’m sure I will” is all I managed to giggle back as I walked away…just like a 13 year old girl.
Ahhh! 'What am I, in grade school again?’ I thought to myself. I turned back around for another glance, only to catch those mesmerizing blue eyes looking back at me.
Yep, just like grade school…