“The Paperback Edition”
People were beginning to take notice of this little, lunch time mini-drama. It was getting too quiet in the food court…especially around where Bobby and I were standing.
“Let’s go sit over there.” Bobby said. He took my hand and we walked to a table in the far corner…away from listening ears and curious eyes.
His hand…holding mine…seemed incredibly natural.
A waitress came right over but of course I couldn’t even think about eating…so I just ordered black coffee. Bobby ordered his favorite sandwich… a ‘lightly toasted BLT with extra mayo’.
“Don’t you eat these days, Sammy?” He asked. “You look so skinny…so different than before.”
He was looking at me so hard…as if his eyes were taking pictures of me.
I somehow managed to quiet down all the emotions that were exploding inside me.
“Well, it’s been over two years, you know. But you look the same, Bobby…still handsome as ever.” I said so calmly, I surprised myself.
I think I even surprised Bobby. I was a different ‘Sammy’ than the girl he knew before.
The waitress brought over my coffee and Bobby’s sandwich and we managed to talk about ‘everyday-type’ things. It was good…and then my lunch hour was almost over.
I stood and picked up my purse from the table…but I made no effort to leave…not sure what to do next…not sure what I wanted to do next.
I just waited and looked over at Bobby. He had also stood and was putting money on the table for the waitress.
Very quietly, he said, “My Aunt Lou is having a little family reunion now that I’m in town for a couple of weeks.
“Would you like to go? It’s this Saturday…if you’re not working…or busy…that is.”
He suddenly seemed unsure…maybe realizing for the first time that I might say no…