The moment I walked in, I thought my heart had stopped. They were holding hands! Geez Al, stop being so paranoid. What's wrong with holding hands? It's not like their making out or something. So maybe I was being a little melodramatic. But what could I do? My blood pressure was high!
"Um, hi," I said, glancing at the girl sitting next to Will and smiled a little.
"Alex, this is my girlfriend Alice. Alice, meet Alex."
I reached my hand out and after a while Alice took hold of mine.
"Nice to meet you," I said, biting my lip nervously.
"Yeah, you too."
The awkward silence that followed was the one I'd been avoiding for so long. I groaned internally and pushed myself to say something.
"So...umm...you never told me she'd be this pretty Will," I said, smiling warmly at Alice but she still didn't smile back. Why did I have the feeling I wasn't living up to her expectations?
Will laughed and said, "I didn't feel the need to. I thought you'd already know with her picture hanging."
Oh crap, that backfired. It only made me sound like I was telling Alice indirectly that Will never talked about her. Man, I must look like a joker in front of her! Trying to change the topic, I offered to head out for lunch but Alice curtly informed me that they'd already had some. Ignoring her tone of voice, I said to Will, "Alright then. I'll be back in a few hours then Will."
"Are you sure you don't want us to come along?" She asked, sounding slightly concerned.
"No I'm fine. Besides, you guys probably want to catch up on old times. I'll just...hang out with the others for a while."
And before Will could change her mind or try to analyze the hidden meaning behind what I'd just said, I walked out the room and closed the door lightly behind me. Running my hands through my hair in frustration, I headed to the nearest restaurant as the tugging feeling increased in my stomach. It wasn't just because of hunger. I don't know but I just had the feeling that Alice didn't quite like me. Huh. What was I going to do now?