Jasmine came over to us.
"I thought you two would be here. You better go, the cops will be here soon; Hilary's parents came home early." She told us.
"The cops?" I asked.
"You know what I mean!"
"Ditched us ages ago, probably too drunk to even realise we were still here." I suddenly felt guilty that I had left her alone, but she knew how much I hated alcohol.
"Thanks Jasmine... what are you..?" I started to ask but she cut me off.
"I'll be fine. You worry too much, especially about what people think. I have unfinished business here, anyway." I nodded, and grabbed Erik's hand without thinking. We walked (hurriedly) into town, as it was close to Hilary's house. We stopped and looked at each other, unsure of what to say.
"It was nice talking to you. You have no idea how much it means to me." I told him. Why had I said that? Stupid, stupid girl...
"Thank you for keeping me company. I don't know what I would have done without you." I beamed at him.
"No problemo." I said. He laughed. For someone so depressed, he sure was laughing a lot.
"Do you want to hang out sometime? As we are going to the same school and everything..." He said.
"Sounds cool." I said.
"I can do tomorrow, if you like?" He asked, a little shy. Was Erik Mulligan asking me out on a date?
"Okay. Errr... let me give you my number." He handed his phone over and I put my number in, praying that it wouldn't get conveniently 'erased'. "Okay... well, se eyou tomorrow!" I said turning in my direction. He stopped me by putting his hand on my shoulder, and I felt a burning sensation where his skin met mine. I turned.
"It's too dangerous for you to go oon your own." He told me, looking worried. I smiled, and he joined me. We didn't talk much, just enjoyed each other's company on this beautiful night. We arrived, and stood outside of my door.
"Thanks again." He said, smiling.
"As I said, no worries. Thanks for the escort." I said. It was getting quite awkward.
"I'll text you about tomorrow, okay?" I nodded. My face must have shown my doubts because he laughed and said, "Don't worry. I won't forget!"
"Well, good night." I said, smiling at him. He took my hand and kissed it, like a real gentleman.
"Good night, Natalia." He went to leave.
"Erik!" I called. He turned. "You can call me Talia, if you want." I said, a little shy. He grinned.
"I'd like that." And he left. I quietly made my way inside and to my bedroom without disturbing my mother and sister. I washed, brushed my teeth and got into my pj's. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
When I woke the next morning, I honestly believed that it had all been a dream. But, when I looked at my phone I had an unread message that I opened.
Told you I wouldn't forget! Text me back when you're up. Erik x