Elena sat at a booth at Becky's Burgers, unable to contain her excitement as she waited for Luke. She tapped her fingers rapidly on the table as she jiggled her leg and bit her bottom lip. Her heart pounded hard against her rib cage and her breaths came in little excited jerks. She couldn't believe that she was going on a date with Luke Hemmings! Her left arm was a little red from all the pinches she gave herself to test whether she was dreaming or not. And, given the fact that her arm was now all tingly, she came to the conclusion that this wasn't some super awesome dream. This was real life!
Meanwhile, Luke made his way down the sidewalk shaking his head at his stupidity. It was now or never he guessed. But as he arrived at Becky's Burgers and saw the girl that had to be Elena, all thoughts of turning back vanished. His lungs could not hold any air and his heart sped up like a determined horse. She was beautiful!!! Even the fact that she looked like she was about to explode from nerves and excitement, she looked gorgeous. She constantly bit her lip with nervousness and her fingers tapped the table. Her legs, while crossed, couldn't stop jittering. In a split second, he decided that responding to her tweet wasn't a bad idea but a brilliant one. He was her sunshine and he was about to make her a day a whole lot brighter than it already was. He smiled and walked in. He was gonna do something he had never done before...go on a date with a fan.
He walked over to her and looked at her. Her long brown hair the colour of chocolate framed her face.She wore no make-up as she didn't need any. She was flawless. Her lips were pink and plump and her eyes were a brilliant green, the colour of a forest. I could get lost in that forest forever and I wouldn't mind He thought.
"Elena?" He said, his voice trembled a bit. But again, for the first time, he didn't care.Today was going to be full of firsts for him.
Elena froze and her breath hitched. She looked up in awe. "You actually came? I didn't think you would"
"Well, I had to see if this burger place was as good as you said it was" He said, smiling and sliding into the opposite side.
"You won't be disappointed"
A waitress came to take our orders. "I'll have a BLT thanks" Elena said, smiling without looking at the menu. She must come here alot if she knows what she wants without looking at the menu He thought. Without looking like a fool, he ordered the same but Elena stopped him.
"Oh no, there is no way your first burger at Becky's is going to be a BLT. That's practically an insult. Oh no, he'll have the classic Becky's Burger...with a side of fries and a coke"
"Sure. Your order will be here shortly"
"Thank you" Elena said, smiling smugly. Luke smiled too.
"What in the world is a Becky Burger?" Luke asked. Elena's smug smile only grew wider.
"I hope you're hungry is all I'm saying"
Luke narrowed his eye in suspicion. But he wasn't worried, in fact he was already enjoying the date.
Meanwhile Ashton sat across from Mindy in a booth at Nando's. He was nervous, but excited. This was like a date...sorta...in a way. They had never actually said the word 'date', but what else can describe two like-minded individuals sharing lunch? Mindy, smiling, grabbed a French fry from the big platter in the centre of the table they sat at, and popped it into her mouth.
"I'm having so much fun Ash! You're really funny, and so down to Earth too." she said as she chewed.
"You're great too." he told her and took a sip of his soda. "We should do this again sometime."
"I'm available, when you are." she answered happily. But started to panic. What if she was coming on too strong? Thankfully, Ashton wasn't giving her any weird looks or anything. In fact, he was giving her a different kind of look, a look that she didn't know the meaning off and it made her really nervous. His eyes were locked on her, his green eyes churned full of thoughts but were safe-guarded. She took a bite of her sandwich and placed her own eyes somewhere else. He wasn't smiling, but he wasn't angry or sad either. He just seemed...thoughtful. When she met his gaze finally, he quickly looked away and took a French fry for himself.
"Are you okay?" Mindy asked when her mouth wasn't all that full. Ashton hadn't spoken for five minutes, and the awkward silence had gotten too heavy for her.
"Yes. Why?" he asked, looking at her again. She shrugged, casually.
"You just seem...quiet and a bit off"
"I'm fine." he said her and flashed her a dimpled smile but it quickly disappeared, too soon. She smiled back but his smile wasn't all that convincing. He was hiding something, it was evident within his eyes but she pushed it aside and they continued to talk and eat.
Back at Becky's Burger's the waitress came back with a BLT for Elena and the Becky's Burger for Luke, he stared at it, shocked, and in disbelief. His mouth was working but no words were coming out.
"Is this a Becky's Burger?" he finally managed to get out as the waitress but the burger in front of him.
"Yep." Elena said, smugly and proudly. "It's got five different types of cheeses, a chicken patty, a turkey patty and a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, special spices, onion slices dipped in sweet and sour sauce, honey sauce and soy sauce, plus the bread is freshly baked. I hope you enjoy it."
"How could I not!" Luke exclaimed. "It's amazing! I am starving and could personally eat two of these"
"Take a bite." Elena prompted. Luke carefully picked up the tall stack of yum, took a bite and entered heaven. The cheeses were gooey, warm and...well, cheesy, the meats juicy and full of flavour. Wow. Luke thought. I picked the right girl to go out with today. He could not have been more wrong.
Half an hour later and they were done eating. Luke was full -and happy- and Elena was beaming. She had made Luke Hemmings happy, there was no greater achievement.
"I've never had such an amazing burger." Luke told her, grinning. "Thank you. I loved it."
"I thought you would." she smiled back at him. "You ready to go?"
"Yeah. I can't pack in any more." he chuckled, patting his stomach. Elena called for the check and after a couple minutes, they were out of there...but not out of the restaurant. They had reached the front door but stopped suddenly to see 20 to 50 girls stood crowded outside the restaurant peering through the window. Their screams somehow made it through the glass windows. All of them were eager for a glimpse of Luke Hemmings and Elena the blogger.
"We'll have to go out the back." Luke said.
"There isn't a back." Elena told him, then took a deep breath. "We're gonna have to push through them." Luke stared at her for a few minutes, then nodded.
"Okay." he agreed, suddenly anxious to meet some fans. But as soon as they got out there, the amount of fans had tripled and he felt suddenly overwhelmed and terrified.
The girls swarmed them, crowded them. All Luke could see in front of him was hair and foreheads as girls ran into him and pushed him around, like some sort of toy. He tried reaching out to Elena, who he assumed was behind him but he couldn't move. He was paralyzed. Two girls on either side of him were holding him down, yanking his hair and other parts of his anatomy. He could have pushed past them, but he didn't want to hurt them. He was stuck.
"HEY!" a harsh scream sliced through the screams instantly quieting the screaming fans. Before any of them could look for the source of the scream, a dark haired girl was pushing through them, hitting girls and shoving them aside, carelessly and irresponsibly. She didnt care for the fallen fans instead stepped over them. She pried Luke away from the girls holding him back ad dragged him out of the crowd.
It was Elena.
"STAY AWAY FROM MY BOYFRIEND!!!!!!" she screeched. Boyfriend?! Luke thought. One date and now I'm her boyfriend?! This girl needs a reality check. They made it to the other side of the street safely, well at least Elena did. There were some scratches on Luke, but he was otherwise okay.
"Are you all right, honeybunch?" she asked worriedly, searching for any injuries. Honeybunch????!!!! Luke raised his eyebrows. A feeling of dread settled in his stomach, heavy and cold like lead. The crazy fans started to scream again and paparazzi that had arrived were across the street, blinded him with the flas of their digitial cameras as they took photos of him and Elena. He already knew that they were coming to their own conclusions of what had happened today. Chills ran up and down his body as he suddenly felt unsafe.
"We need to go." he told her, shocked at how steady and calm his voice was.
"We can go to my house" Elena suggested, casually but he knew that this was not an idea...it was a plan. "It's not that far away"
Before Luke could protest, he was being dragged down the side-walk by his 'girlfriend'.