Girl Heart Boy- Time Runs Out

Sarah and Ash are best friends. But none of them could have ever predicted the events that would occur.

Joe's on his way home, and although she tries to hide it, Sarah is ecstatic.

But even that could spell trouble.

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6. The Meal

No matter what was happening between me and Ashley, I still couldn't let Joe down; he was my friend too and I'd only sit at home drowning in the guilt that had just been put upon me. So I checked my make-up hadn't smudged across my face and sprayed my best perfume, before grabbing my clutch and leaving the house. It was chilly outside- but I couldn't be bothered to go back in and grab a coat. 

My journey to the restaurant was short and simple- with my heels creating a rhythm for my walk. It was 4:30 and you could tell that the seasons were changing. The big oak tree in our local park had begun to loose all it's leaves, creating a blanket of deep scarlet and burgundy on the path, and overflowing onto the pavement where I was walking. Above me, the sky was already darkening, with a slight hint of faded moonlight trying to break through. 

I had lost myself with my thoughts, and the surprise of finding the restaurant just in front of me nearly knocked me off my heels. But somehow, someone was there to catch me- as if they had predicted that it was going to happen. I was initially freaked out by the occurrence, until I heard the familiar voice speak the words: "be careful how you go in them shoes Sarah." 

Joe! I spun round to give him the biggest hug ever, grabbing a quick glance of his face as I did so. He hadn't changed one little bit and I'll admit that I was glad. I was so happy to be in his arms once more- my slight chill from earlier immediately evaporating. "You seem well!" God his voice was so heart wrenching-its mellow tone pronouncing each word with a blanketed softness that I just couldn't ignore. I could stay like this forever.

I eventually let go of Joe and we made our way into the restaurant. The food was delicious but, in all honesty, I was more interested in our long catch up. He told me about his move and how he was aiming to set up his own business in the future. It was so refreshing being able to just talk about life and reminisce on all the good memories that we shared. If only Ashley had been there, she would have loved laughing at all our past misfortunes. But as soon as the thought crossed my mind, Joe read my worries and immediately picked up on them.

"What's up?" His voice was laced with light worry that shadowed the smile from the previous conversation.

"Oh, I had an argument with Ash earlier about us two- and now I feel guilty about the whole thing." 

"What do you mean 'us two'?" Great! Way to kill a good moment. Me and my big mouth were always turning things into negative. 

"You know... she assumed that this was a date and I guess I just lost my temper a bit." The uncertainty in my voice was evident- I hope he didn't notice it. 

"Why's that something to be annoyed about?" He looked hurt- wait! I couldn't understand what was happening and my nerves were bursting around me causing me to blush with embarrassment at my misunderstanding. 

"I...I..." My words were stumbled. I cannot bear the thought that two minutes ago we were crying with laughter, and now I could just simply cry. And before I could grasp back anything that had happened, Joe stood up and placed an object on the table. I had to strain to witness what it was and when I realised, my gasp spoke of my surprise. A dazzling, silver ring glistened under the light with a beautiful diamond gem creating an elegant decoration. It looked extremely expensive. 

"I guess I won't be needing this then..." Joe's words were painful to hear- his choked sadness nearly tearing me apart. I couldn't grasp the situation- I didn't think he wanted to be with me at all but this! This is all just too fast and I can't understand whether I'm coming or going. One minute he's here, the next he's gone, now his back and he pulls this out on the first evening out! What?!

And then it hit me. The reason everyone had bailed out on the plans, the reason Ash had picked out this killer outfit and the reason she constantly referred to it as a 'date'; I had been set up. And Joe had wanted to propose all along. 

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