4. Preparations For The Party
I wake up by the sound of someone knocking on the door. Anne comes in slowly. “Do you want some breakfast sweetie?” she asks me, smiling. “Yes, please.” Anne looks around the room and looks at me. “Get dressed quickly! After breakfast we’ll go shopping for clothes.” I smile and stand up, giving her a hug. “Thanks for everything Anne. She squeezes me in her arms and smiles at me. “No problem hun. It’s nice having you here.” We smile at each other and Anne leaves the room. I get dressed and go to the kitchen where Anne and Gemma are waiting for me. We eat breakfast and discuss what we’re going to do today. “We’ll first go shopping and then we’ll arrange the welcome back party, alright?” Anne asks us and Gemma and I both nod. “Great, get your bags!” We get our bags and get into the car. Anne drives us to town and we get out. “Did you see any nice clothes in the store yesterday?” Gemma asks me. “I did actually!” I say, smiling. “Well, let’s go then!” Gemma says and pulls me with her. I laugh softly and follow her. When we get in Annabel smiles and waves at us. We wave back and look around. I pick out two tops and skinny jeans. When I walk over to the counter Anne stands beside me and puts the money on the counter. “Anne, you really don’t have to!” I say and look at her. “I do. I want you to save your money for really important things.” Anne smiles at me and Gemma hugs me from behind. “You deserve it.” she says, smiling. A girl named Flora puts the clothes in the bag and hands it to me. I take it and smile at her. “Talking about really important things, I’m taking you out for dinner tomorrow then!” Anne laughs and nudges me softly. “Deal!” Gemma says, sticking her tongue out. We walk to another clothing store. Gemma and I both collect an outfit and buy them. When we walk outside we pass a restaurant. “Let’s have lunch here, shall we?” Anne asks and Gemma and I both nod. We sit down at a table and a waiter walks over to us. “What can I get you?” he asks and we order our lunch and drinks. “We’ll buy some decorations after lunch. I know a store where they’ve got really good stuff. Have you called any friends yet?” Anne asks Gemma. “I did! I called a few and I’m going to call more friends when we’re back home.” she says and smiles. “Great. I’m so excited!” Anne says and smiles wide. I sit a little closer to Gemma and whisper softly. “What if he doesn’t like me?” Gemma looks at me and smiles. “Harry? He’ll love you! You don’t need to worry about that.” I smile back at Gemma and then our food arrives. We eat our lunch and Anne pays when we’re finished. We get up and walk to the shop Anne was talking about. We get a lot of party stuff and go back to the car. Anne drives us back home.
When we arrive back home I get everything out of the car and put the clothes in my room. Anne gives me the decorations and I start decorating the house. Gemma helps me and an hour later the house looks totally party ready. “Now help me with his friends!” Gemma says and pulls me with her to the kitchen. She gets her phone and I get a book with all the names, sitting next to her. I say the names and the numbers and Gemma calls them. When Gemma’s called the last person on the list we give each other a high five. “We’ve done it!” Gemma says and we smile wide. We look at the clock. “It’s five o’clock. We could go to town right now to buy a cake?” I suggest. “That’s a great idea!” Gemma says and grabs her car keys. “Let’s go!” We both go to her car and she drives to the nearest bakery. We get out and walk into the bakery. “Hi Claudia!” Gemma says. “Hai sweetie. What can I get for you?” Claudia replies. “I’d like a chocolate cake and a red velvet cake, please.” Claudia gets out two boxes and puts the cakes in each one of them. Gemma hands her sixteen pound and takes the boxes. “Bye!” “Bye hun!” We walk out of the bakery and get back into the car. Gemma drives back home and when we arrive Anne’s made dinner. We put the cakes into the fridge and sit around the table. We eat our dinner and talk about tomorrow. “Has he told you what time he arrives?” Anne asks Gemma. “Yes! He arrives at one o’clock and I’m picking him up at the airport.” Gemma replies, smiling. “Great. We could get the food at the restaurant then.” Anne says and smiles at me. I nod quickly and Anne gets up to make tea. She gives us tea and we drink it. When Gemma and I have finished our tea we say goodnight to Anne and we go to Gemma’s room. “Let’s watch a movie!” Gemma says and smiles wide. “Yes! What movie should we watch?” I ask Gemma. “We should watch Safe Haven! Do you know it?” I shake my head quickly as we both sit down on Gemma’s bed. “It’s the cutest movie ever!” I giggle softly and smile. “Let’s watch it!” Gemma puts on the movie and grabs some popcorn. When we’re on half of the movie I see that Gemma has fallen asleep. I laugh softly and keep watching. When the movie’s finished I turn off the TV and fall asleep as well.