Without her hat and goggles, Sam was very pretty. She appeared downstairs without Emily, wearing a beautiful little dress in blue. She had lightly tanned skin and soft brown hair, the same colour as her brother's. Her eyes were a startling blue, and I could quite imagine she was a very sort after girl.
"Where have you been?"
"Changing mum, where else?"
"No one takes that long to change."
I decided to help out. "When I went up you were having a shower weren't you? I imagine you needed one after riding."
Sam looked at me curiously. "Yeah, I was showering."
"Oh well, that's alright then isn't it. Couldn't have had you smelling of horse anyway. And if Carmen says so, then I suppose I'd better believe you."
The meal began. I listened to the conversation, and talked about myself, after much encouragement, but all the while I was accutely aware of Sam staring at me. When we'd finished the meal, Rachael pulled me to one side.
"Now my dear I hope you don't mind, but we've put together a small party of friends tonight, and we were hoping to introduce you."
"Oh of course. I'd be happy to meet your friends."
Jay called over. "mother, I told you no partys!"
"Oh she'll be fine. All she needs is a nice dress."
"I didn't tell her to pack anything really fancy."
"Well you can take her shopping then can't you?"
I butted in. "No, I really don't need you to. I'll go myself. I don't want to trouble you."
"If this is about money dear, we're happy for you to use ours."
"No, I won't touch your money. I have enough for a dress."
"Well I'd still rather Jay goes with you."
"Ok. As long as he doesn't spend his money on me."
"Ha, I see you really do know him."
"Yes," I smiled, looking up at Jay. He grinned back. Sam wretched across the room.