"So...." Ash let the sentence hang, not knowing what to say. He kept his head down so that she wouldn't see the blush rising on his cheeks again. He hated blushing in front of her, what would she think of him? What does she think of him blushing?
"I'm loving the sunburnt tomato look on you, it really brings out your lips..." Lucy teased lightly, referring to his blush. She was embarrassed too, not least because the waiter couldn't possibly know how much he wanted what he said to be true.
He blushed even brighter, if it was possible. "So...uh..." he doesn't finish as the waiter returns with their drinks. He said their food will be done shortly. "You look nice with your own blush too."
Lucy hadn't realised she'd been blushing but even as he spoke she felt her cheeks heat up. "Umm... thank you?" she said hesitantly. She sat in awkward silence until their food arrived. "Thanks," she murmured.
Stupid, stupid, stupid, he mentally beated himself. He decided to change the subject. "Remember when you said you'd help me with anything? Okay, si there's the girl right, and I THINK she likes me, but I'm not sure, what do I do?" He asked before taking a bore into his Bacon.
Lucy's heart sank. She knew it was inevitable that there was some girl he liked, but that didn't stop her being jealous. "You have to tell her," she told him, putting her friend duties above her own feelings. He needed her now and there was no way she wasn't going to help him.
He wasn't lying, parce as to only telling half the truth. There's thousand of girls that like him and only like two out of those thousands, one of which is sitting in front of him. She didn't admit anything yet, so he wont either. "There's a Valentine's dance, a week after the gallery and I was thinking of asking her then. I have this big thing, but I don't know if she'd go for it. She has a way of seeing right through me plus she's not one of those girly girl types." He was about the finish when a pair of arms wrapped around his neck and a girly squeel was sounded by his ear. "Jes, off." He pried her arms from around him. "Oh come on no Ashy," she called him by his Nick name. Really? Now? Jes is his distant cousin that Lucy never met nor heard about. Don't get mad Lucy, please.
Lucy frowned, wondering who this girl was and whether she was the one Ash liked so much. "Oh, is it speak like you want to make the world vomit day?" Lucy asked sarcastically. "I'm so sorry, I must have missed the memo. But I'm sure we'll be great friends." She put on a fake smile. "I'm Lucy, Ash's best friend. You are?"
"Well aren't you a peachy one?" Jes said and smiled and giggled. "I'm Jes. Ashy here used to .. well, we used to ... how do you Americans say, 'knock boots .. dated', whatever." Before she said anything else, Ash jumped in. "She's my little cousin, she came from Israel and really, she should be more respectful of people in conversation. Where's your Ima Jes?" He looked at Lucy, hopefully she can see in his eyes that he told the truth. "My mother is out shopping, she'll be here shortly. In the meantime, Lucy, darling, lets get to know each other." Jes took a seat and started taking food off of Ash's plate.
Lucy's eyes softened at Ash's explanation; she trusted him and desperately wanted to believe what he said. That didn't mean she had to get on with Jes though. "I don't recall either of us asking you to sit down," she said bluntly, glaring a little at Ash's cousin. "I suppose we'll just have to hope your mummy gets back soon then, won't we?"
Ash gulped, oh, this is not going to end well. "She's a feisty one, I can see why you're best friends with her. I approve." She shrugged her shoulders. "Shut it Jes." Ash said before she could say anything important. "Ah, is she? She is!" Awe Ashy!" She squeeled and Ash blushed. "Jezebel Cote! Lets go!" Her mother yelled as she walked over to them. "Hey Ash, I'm sorry, she kind of slipped away." She sends Ash an apologetic smile.
While Lucy hated Jes, she didn't mind her mother. She probably shared genes with Ash, and they were some pretty good genes. Jes was probably adopted or had got all the annoying genes in the gene pool. "Hello Mrs Cote," Lucy said politely. "I'm Lucy. It's very nice to meet you." She gave Ash a pointed look to show that she could be polite when she wanted to be.
So she hated Jes, okay, he could deal with that. "Its nice to meet you too sweeyoe." His aunt smiled before she turned to Ash. "I hope she didn't cause you any trouble." He smiled. "Nothing out of usual, just telling the girls in my company that we used to, how did she say, 'knock boots or dated'. Same old." They both laughed. "The 'protection' plan. I told you not to start that. Let me guess, this young lady is one of the few you're courting?" Ash blushed, he couldn't help. Everyone set on embarrassing him. "Tia, it was designed to keep the wrong guys away from her." His aunt shakes her head. "And she's?" She jerked her head toward Lucy. Ash didn't answer.
Lucy was utterly confused. Unfortunately she wasn't one to just sit in silence and bear it until Ash's cousin and aunt had left. "Does anyone care to explain what on earth the lot of you are going on about?" she asked bluntly. "I understand at least some of it is referring to me, and I'd rather know what that some of it was about if it's all the same to you."
His aunt looked down at her watch. "Sorry sweeyoe, but we have to go." His aunt grabbed Jes' hand and pulls her away from the duo. Ash turned toward Lucy. "Sorry about that. The 'Protection' plan is something I came up with to help make sure that Jes wouldn't be messing with the wrong type of guys. She does the same with me and girls, but she kind of goes overboard." He gives a cheekily.
Lucy looked at her hands. "I'm sorry I wasn't quite so nice to Jes..." she apologised awkwardly. "I couldn't help being a little jealous." To avoid looking at him, she took a forkful of her food and shoved it in her mouth, forgetting about table manners and being ladylike.
Ash raised his eyebrow. "Really?" He questions. "It suits you and jealousy doesn't suit many well." He pushed his food away, no longer I'm the mood to eat, he'd rather watch her even of her eating is unlady like.
Lucy realised what she'd revealed and look at him, flustered. "Jealous in a... Friendly way. I wouldn't mind you having a girlfriend, I'd just miss spending so much time with you," she covered quickly.
"No need to fret Lus, I have a feeling we'll be spending a lot more time together." He smiled at her and quickly walked away to throw his food away. He wasn't lying, sooner or later they will be spending more time together, whether she knows it or not.
Lucy waited until he got back to question him. "I told you Ash, I'm not coming to your school," she said, thinking that was why he thought they were going to spend more time together. "I'm not nearly arty enough and I don't think I'm old enough either."