Tom Wilson - Chapter One
I groaned as I untwisted myself from all of my sheets, rolled out of bed, and shuffled to the front door of my apartment that Andre was banging on.
“Tom! Come out right now! You never leave your apartment! We are going out today! Stop feeling sorry for yourself!” Andre yelled from the hallway as he pounded his fists against my door like a gorilla to his chest.
“Tom seriously – “ He began as I opened the door.
“Oh, hey. Didn’t think you were going to actually answer.” Andre said as he pushed passed me and plopped himself down on my couch.
“What do you want, Andre? You know I’m not feeling good.” I told him as I ran my fingers through my bedhead.
“That’s exactly why I’m here. You have been moping around this small ass apartment feeling sorry for yourself because Anna broke it off with you. It’s been almost a month. I’m getting so bored not having anyone to do anything with. You need to get back in the game.” He explained as he played with the Snapchat selfie filters on his phone.
He was right. My girlfriend of over a year… my first serious girlfriend… had broken things off with me. She was an athlete back in Canada and really wasn’t around. Things were just getting too difficult to keep up with. There was more bad than good, so she walked away. I was torn up.
“My game is fine. Did you somehow miss both of my goals in the game last night?” I questioned with an annoyed tone.
“I’m not talking about hockey, babycakes. You know exactly what I mean. Don’t let one girl ruin your whole world. I know you got your heart broken but there are so many girls in the world.” He went on.
“I didn’t get my heart broken. We’ve been over this.” I sighed.
“Oh, you didn’t love that girl?” Andre asked as he stood up.
“It was complicated. You know that. She was never around.” I explained, for the millionth time.
“Whatever, man. Just get some clothes on. I thought we could go to Georgetown today. Get out of the building. It’s an off day, we should enjoy it.”
“Fine.” I answered as walked back into my room to change and wash up for whatever adventure Andre had planned for us today.
“So what’s on the schedule for today?” I asked Andre as I got into his black BMW.
“Filomena for lunch, shopping, Georgetown cupcakes?” He suggested.
“Italian food? I just woke up.” I questioned as we rode over the bridge and into Georgetown.
“It’s 1PM. And don’t act like you don’t want Italian food. You always want food.” He argued.
“Okay, true.” I answered reluctantly.
We parked down by the water and walked into the small restaurant, luckily not running into any fans. I hated running into fans when I was in a bad mood. Made me look like a bad guy.
“Table for 2?” Andre asked the host.
“Mr. Andre,” the host began in a thick Italian accent, clearly remembering us from all the other times we’ve been here. “Our restaurant is rented out for a Georgetown University award ceremony. We do have one small table in the corner, we could seat you there if that’s okay?” Andre looked over at me for approval, and I nodded.
We weaved in between several college students and finally found a small table in the corner.
“This isn’t so bad.” Andre said as we sat down and began browsing through the menu. I nodded in agreement as I silently selected the chicken parm off the menu.
“Attention everyone!” An older woman said as she stood up, clinking her knife to her glass. “I would like to get started with the awards now.”
“Spoke to soon.” Andre said. We shared a quiet laugh.
“I just want to start by saying that we have grown into such an excellent Sports Management Program here at Georgetown. We truly are a family in this department and this year we have some of the most brilliant students I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.” She continued. “We have four awards to give away this afternoon. The first is our prestigious Academic Achievement Award. This award goes to a great young woman who has demonstrated her drive and passion for all of her classes. She always goes above and beyond with all of her work, and she finished up last semester with a 4.1 GPA. Congratulations, Y/F/N Y/L/N!”
A beautiful blonde wearing lace up sandals and a flowy olive green dress stood up amid the loud applause that Andre and I had joined in. She smiled and shook hands with the woman, then returned to her seat.
“Our next award is our Character Award. This award goes out to a student who is always willing to lend a helping hand. This student logs almost 20 hours each week tutoring others and is always a leader on campus. Come back up here, Y/F/N Y/L/N!” The woman announced.
Andre and I joined in the applause once more as the same blonde made her way to the woman, accepting the award and smiling for a photo. Her long dirty blonde hair fell just below her breasts, and her long tan legs looked as if they had been kissed by the sun. The woman went on to announce the other winners, but my eyes stayed on Y/N, watching her sway around the room and accept hugs from her classmates.
“Hello? Earth to Willy.” Andre began, snapping his fingers in front of my face. “Your food is going to get cold. What are you looking at?” He asked, turning around to spot what my eyes were fixed on.
“Willy! She’s hot! Make a move.” Andre pushed with an enthusiastic smile.
I shook my head. “I’m not ready.”
“I didn’t say you had to marry the girl. Just rebound hook up.” He suggested.
“After having a solid relationship, I’m really not into that anymore.” I told him, still watching Y/N float from table to table gracefully.
“Damn. The puck bunnies are going to be very disappointed about that.”
“Oh well.” I said as I finished up my meal. I contemplated introducing myself and grabbing Y/N’s number, but I couldn’t make myself do it. I needed to take the single life one step at a time. First step, getting out of the house and back on the town with my friends. Check. Maybe another day I could test out my flirting game.
On our way out of Filomena, I turned around to get one more look at Y/N. Our eyes met… hers were brown and inviting. She smiled sweetly at me, allowing a warmth to grow in her eyes. I regretted not going over to her from the minute I turned around.
“Why have you been so quiet today, bud?” Andre asked as he checked out at the Nike store.
I sighed. “Just had a lot on my mind.”
“Like what?” Andre asked. “You’re playing great… that should be your main concern and that’s nothing to worry about right now.”
“That girl that was in the restaurant. The one getting all the awards. She was really pretty. And seemed really smart.” I said.
“I knew you thought she was hot. You could probably try to find her on Instagram.” He suggested as he slid his card.
I made a face and shook my head. “Hell no! I never even said anything to her but I’m going to follow her on Instagram?” I questioned.
“Uh yes. Then, when she follows you back, you do the 3 picture like thing and then send a DM. Protocol.” He explained.
I laughed. “You’re ridiculous. I’m not into those social media head games. I’d rather just find her again and then talk to her.”
“Whatever, man. I really just want a cupcake.” Andre told me, brushing off what I was telling him about Y/N.
We made our way out of the Nike store and down the street to Georgetown Cupcakes, and the ridiculous line that wrapped around the building and down the residential street. We waited patiently in the line, barely moving an inch in the forty minutes we stood there. Our conversation remained light, consisting of the upcoming road trips and the solid memories from our Dad’s Trip this season.
“Tom, look.” Andre said, tilting his head to the side and motioning to Y/N, who was walking up the street next to the line with a few of her friends. She must have noticed Andre motioning to her, because she looked over at me, shooting me that gentle smile that I had gotten just a few hours before in the restaurant. She was in the middle of her group of friends, surrounded by a brunette on her left and a bleached blonde on her right. They stopped where we were in line and chatted for a few moments, soon saying their goodbyes.
“See ya! And Congrats Y/N!” Her friends said in sync as they walked down the hill, leaving Y/N standing a few feet away from me, alone. She turned towards me and Andre pushed me over to her.
“Hey.” She said with a giggle and a small smile.
“Uh, hey.” I began. “Not sure if you remember but a few hours ago…”
“You were at Filomena today. How could I forget?” She asked, a sweet look growing in her eyes.
“Right, well I just wanted to say that you are really beautiful, and congrats on all of your awards. That all sounded awesome.” I stuttered.
“Thank you.” She answered. “I’m Y/N, by the way.”
“I’m Tom.” I said with a small smile.
“I know. I’m a sports management major, remember? Obviously I know who you are.” She answered with a laugh.
“Oh, duh. Right, sorry. Well, maybe I could get your number and…” I tried, but was interrupted by Andre.
“Do you want to come to our game tomorrow night? Home game at the Verizon Center. He’ll leave tickets for you at will-call. And bring a friend.” Andre chimed in, noticing me struggling.
“Oh, sure.. that would be a good time.” She laughed hesitantly.
“Andre, please man.” I said quietly as he backed away.
“But my number, sure.” She smiled.
I handed her my phone and she punched in her number.
“I’ll text you. And tomorrow, I’ll leave you two tickets? Don’t feel like you have to come if you don’t want to.” I said shyly.
“Looking forward to it, Tom. I’ll talk to you soon?” She asked as she backed away.
“Talk to you soon.” I smiled as I stepped back in line with Andre.
“Back in the fucking game Willy baby!” Andre laughed.