Scott slowed the velocity of the car as they were reaching the small line of cars that was ahead of them. He then turned to Tessa and smiled. “Nervous?” He asked, raising his eyebrows, as she looked up to him.
“Kind of. We’ll get used to it soon I guess.” She hesitated a bit towards the end of the sentence and he took one of his hands to her knee and squeezed it slightly, trying to be encouraging and making sure she felt comfortable. “It’ll be fine, okay? We’re together.”
Tessa grinned and covered his hand with hers as they moved forwards in the line, getting closer to crossing the border. It was going to be easy, they had already crossed it with their parents before and it shouldn’t be so different. Besides she had the permission note to show anyone who might ask questions.
She let go of his hand and pulled her hair away from her face and stared at Scott because, knowing he was there, made her feel much more comfortable, protected. He reminded her of home and that was all she needed right then.
When they finally were stopped and the policeman approached their car, Tessa took a deep breathe and let Scott speak for both of them.
“Where are you going, sir?”
“What for, if I may ask?”
“Training, we compete in ice dancing.”
Scott sounded so confident, yet the police officer didn’t seem to be convinced.
“How old are you two?”
“She’s 16 and I’m 18.”
The man gave them a look before opening his mouth again. “You sure you aren’t going to Las Vegas to get married there? Because if you are, the recommendation is that you turn around and go back because if you don’t and try to go to Vegas and elope, you’ll end up having to face some real bad consequences and you don’t want that.”
Tessa looked away and took a hand to her face as she inhaled deeply again. Why did everyone have to think they were dating! They did, yes, but that was like 10 years ago and they were best friends now, but that was it.
She felt Scott’s eyes on her and she wondered if they were ever going to be more than friends. She knew all her friends talked about how hot he was and what they’d do if they were in her place. She knew it, in fact she did consider him hot, and it felt nice to hug him and be close to him, but did they really look like a couple?
Scott couldn’t stop looking at her, so beautiful and looking all nervous. Why did everyone think they were dating? He didn’t know, they were just friends who happened to share an incredibly special bond but, surely, they weren’t romantically involved. She was a gorgeous girl, yes, and he did acknowledge how pretty she was but that was it. When his friends talked about Tessa, he just ignored them because that was it, right?
Of course, Tessa reacted first and handed Scott her parent’s note and he quickly gave it to the police officer who read it through and then glared at them for a few more minutes before giving Tessa the note back. “You can proceed.” He mentioned as he stepped back.
Scott started the car and as they drove away from the border, he decided to speak. “Next time we should say we’re already married and see the officer stare at us really confused.”
Tessa laughed instantly and squeezed the hand he had held out for her. She did feel at home when it was them against the world.