My aunt had had a big smile on her face as she had turned around to greet us, however I hardly got to see it for a second before it turned down into a confused frown.
“Gabrielle?” she questioned, even though it was obvious that Gabrielle was standing there, I guess she had to make sure.
“Yeah,” Gabrielle answered, her voice a bit scratchy.
“Well I, I don’t know what to say. I wasn’t really expecting you to be the girl Harry has been head over heels for,” she said, and I was now pretty angry that she said that.
First off because I didn’t want Gabrielle to think that I just spend all my time gushing about her to my aunt because I don’t, my aunt makes me talk about her. Secondly, I wasn’t sure how Gabrielle was going to take that comment hopefully it won’t affect her right now because she knows that there are other things to think about right now.
Gabrielle and my aunt just exchanged small smiles, both I could tell were forced.
“Harry, may I speak with you in the living room for a moment?” my aunt said to me, making sure it didn’t sound like a question as she tried to act like everything was fine.
I could tell she was starting to get a bit stressed since so far this dinner wasn’t going the way she had hoped. She was expecting the girl I was bringing over to be someone she’d probably never met before and that we’d all sit at the dining room table and get to know each other and everything would be great.
“Can’t we just do it here? Or wait until later?” I said, trying to get out of having to talk about this right now.
I knew I was going to have to discuss this with her at some point and I should probably just get it over with, but as I’ve discovered I like to stall and avoid things for as long as I possibly can.
“Harry,” she said sternly, and I knew that I shouldn’t bother even trying to argue with her right now because I was probably going to lose as I might as well accept defeat now.
I nodded at her and then followed her out of the kitchen and into the living room, leaving Gabrielle in the kitchen for the time being. I wasn’t sure what my aunt was going to say to me, in fact I’ve been wondering ever since this whole dinner was set up, so I guess now I’m going to find out and I don’t really think I want to hear what she has to say now.
I really had no clue what her reaction would be so I guess I should be glad that it’s going the way it is right now since she’s being pretty calm when she could be lashing out at us if she really wanted to, I don’t know.
“Are you mad,” I instantly asked once we were out in the living room, not giving her a chance to really say anything first.
She sighed, “No, I’m not mad, just confused, maybe a bit angry,”
“About what?” I asked her.
“Well first of all I’m confused about how all this even started between you two with the whole feud and everything,” she said.
“Well I’ve spent most of my time either at the rink or at the buffet with the guys so I don’t really see it very shocking that we met,” I told her.
“I get that part, but what I don’t understand is how you actually talked to her at the rink, again I bring up the feud,”
“She needed a ride home and her friend and all the hockey guys had already left the rink,” I answered.
“I don’t understand why you didn’t just tell me,” she then said.
“I didn’t know how, I was scared too,” I told her, “I wasn’t sure what you would think,”
“So you wait until now? You should have told me at least before she came over, I probably just embarrassed the both of us back in the kitchen,” she said, and I knew she was right, that I needed to have told her earlier.
“I wanted to tell you, I really did. I even told you her name hoping that maybe you’d catch on,” I told her.
“I was just so excited that the thought did faze me,” she said. I nodded, and after that we both just stood there.
She seemed pretty calm so I guess this could’ve gone worse, I just felt bad now that I realized how much I had kept from her and how much she disliked it. She’s letting me live with her, her nephew who she’d hardly knew. She’s so supportive of me and was making sure everything was perfect for tonight, and all I do is just keep things from her that she has every right to know.
“So you do realize that I’m going to have to discuss this relationship with both you and Gabrielle?” she said, once again stating the questions instead of asking.
“Yes, but can it wait until the end of the dinner? Just act like everything is normal and carry on with the wonderful dinner you have prepared,” I said, adding a cheeky smile to lighten up the mood.
“I’ll wait until the end,” she agreed, “But don’t think that you’re getting out of it just because I’m not talking with you both right away,”
I nodded, and we both headed back out of the living room and into the kitchen.
Once we were in the kitchen, my aunt headed over to the counter where she had the dishes of food that needed to be placed on the dining room table still. As she did that, I walked into the dining room and pulled out a chair for Gabrielle and waited for her to come sit down.
I could tell she was a bit confused right now, she was probably expecting my aunt to have said something to her on the matter and for us to not be so calm. She soon just went along with it and went back to everything being normal for the time being.
“So what did she say?” Gabrielle whispered to me, letting her curiosity get the best of her, not being able to wait until later to find out what happened.
I leaned down to speak to her, “I’ll tell you more later, but basically we’re just going to have a normal dinner and then she’s going to talk to us about this,” I went ahead told her that so she’d already know my aunt was going to talk to us and not completely forget the situation like it seemed she was doing now.
She just nodded and I could tell she was thinking about asking something else, but I my aunt started walking back into the dining room with the food and whatever she was going to ask was going to have to wait. Ben was walking in behind her and he took his seat at the table as my aunt set down the food. After all the food was placed onto the table the way my aunt wanted, she began to speak,
“Help yourselves,” she said and then she sat down in the chair next to Ben.
I decided to be the first one to start putting food onto my plate, and began to scoop some salad onto my plate. As I was doing that everyone else at the table began to put some food onto their plates as well.
Once we were all pretty much done getting the food we wanted, my aunt began to start talking with Gabrielle and asking her questions. It took my aunt a few moments to come up with some things to say to her because I knew she had stuff already planned to ask but she pretty much already knew the answers.
She did come up with stuff to talk about though, asking things that she didn’t know about her, and then they started talking about the rink. Gabrielle was mostly just updating her on what’s changed at the rink since she last worked there.
I’ve discovered now that not much has really changed, she was mostly just telling her about the renovation that was happening right now, and telling her about what was going to change. That was the main part I was listening to because I really didn’t know what exactly they were planning to change at the rink, I just knew they were updating them.
As far as the rink goes, I knew they were both trying to avoid the topic of actually skating there because that would probably lead to the figure skaters and hockey players which would turn into the conversation with my aunt that I really wasn’t looking forward to all that much tonight.