The next morning I wake up to sunshine. I jump out of bed and go to take a shower. After I got out, I brushed my hair and my teeth. Then, I put my clothes on and get ready to go to the park.
I liked going to the park to think. Plus, I rarely ever get whistled at or flirted with at there. Strange, right? You would think that a place that's crowded would be the perfect place for guys to actually look for girls and such, well truth be told, there were guys here, but most of them kept to theirselves.
I was happy that no one was shouting at me or anything. As I look around, I watch some of the kids play. That kinda sounds stalker-ish, but I liked watching the little kids play. It made me happy.
I knew some of the kids here, some of them from talking with their Mom's and some from catching a ball they were playing with.
Soon, I see a small brown haired girl running towards me, her Mom right behind her.
I knew that small, innocent voice... It was Hope.
"Hello Hope, how are you?" I ask as she sits down next to me.
"Doing great!" I say.
I look up at her Mom, who also sits down beside me. I met her Mom a couple of years ago, she had helped me when my parents were killed.
"Hey Tess." I say.
"Good morning Alexandra." She says.
Hope looks at me and I look at her.
"How's Summer break going?" I ask.
"Very good. We're going to the beach next week!"
"Really? Are you going to swim and build sandcastles?" I ask.
I smile. Sometimes, I babysat Hope for her parents. Never asking anything in return, but still yet, they would always pay me a big amount of money.
I enjoyed spending time with Hope, she was like a little sister to me.
"I wish you could come." She says.
"I know, but I have a shop to run. I can't leave all the work for Celia, it wouldn't be fair." I say.
"I know." She says. "I'm gonna go play!"
"Alright, becareful." I tell her.
Then I turn to face Tess.
"So, how is the shop going?"
"It's been pretty busy lately. Celia and I have been working hard." I say.
"Any news you care to share?" She asks.
I laugh. "There's not really any news." I say.
"Alexandra, I think it's time you started dating." She says.
Her words shock me. She knows that I'm a little lonely and that I don't date much... But she's helped me so much in the last couple years.
"Tess, everytime I leave my apartment some guy is flirting with me or whistling at me. I don't like guys like that." I say.
"Well, start looking for one that's... Different. One that is just what you want."
I smile and look down. It's her motherly instinct.
"It's not as easy as it sounds." I say.
"I didn't say it was easy." She says with a smile. "Alexandra, when you start dating, you put your heart out on the line. You take risks and chance that could either make you or break you, but you'll never know how it will turn out if you don't try. Give it a go, then report back to me. I wanna hear about your dating experiences."
I laugh and smile. Tess was like a second Mother to me, but more of a friend. We'd talk to each other and tell each other things that we wouldn't normally tell others.
We were close and I liked having Tess around.
"I'll try, but I'm not making any promises."
She holds her hands up in defense. "As long as you try." She says.
"Ok." I say.
We turn to watch Hope play with some of her school friends. Soon, I have to get on with my day and so, I say my goodbyes and then leave.
As I leave I spot some old friends of mine, who ended up turning against me.
After High School, my friends betrayed me and left me to wonder on my own.
I stare at them as I pass them and they just glare.
Macy, Tracy and Kasey... They were known around school as the triplets, even though they weren't related by blood.
Now they were cruel to me, instead of nice like they used to be. Apparently I was 'Too Beautiful' to be seen with them, At least, that's what Macy had said to me one day.
I rolled my eyes and left.