Avery smiled over at Natalie. "Sorry about that."
"Don't worry about it. I can see why she'd be into you," Natalie replied, smiling.
Avery blushed. "Oh stop you."
"I'm not blind Ave," Natalie chuckled. "Any girl would be lucky to have you."
'Especially you...' He thought.
"So, this Christie, how did you two meet?" Natalie almost didn't want Avery to have a girlfriend. Of course she wanted him to be happy, but that didn't stop her feeling just a little jealous.
Avery smiled. "Her car broke down while she was passing through. I fixed it and we got talking. I asked her out to dinner and we had a good time. We've been seeing each other for a while."
"And you didn't tell me until now?" Natalie pouted.
Avery flushed. "I didnt want to upset you..."
"Does she make you happy?" Natalie asked gently.
Avery smiled. "Yeah... She does..."
What had she been expecting him to say? No, she makes me miserable and I wish she was you? Natalie sighed, forcing a smile on her face. She had been stupid to get her hopes up.
Avery smiled and looked at the table. "Sorry..."
"Why should you be sorry? You've met the girl of your dreams. Just because I seem not to be able to get love right, doesn't mean you shouldn't."
Avery sighed. "I should've told you... I'm sorry...." He sighed softly. "I'm meeting up with her at her apartment tomorrow, wanna come?"
"Yeah, of course. I'll have to check she's good enough for you," Natalie chuckled.
Avery grinned at her, his eyes dancing. "I can't wait for you to meet her."
The waitress brought them their food and left without a word. Natalie hungrily tucked in then frowned. "She put tomatoes in! When I specifically asked for them not to be there. Here, do you want them?"
Avery sighed. "Sure, here..." He picked them out with his fork.
Natalie smiled happily at him, her hurt from before almost entirely forgotten. She thought about how lucky she was to have him.