My first day in Sunlit Tides was pretty uneventful, the usual moving routine I guess. Get to your new house, wonder where the hell all your stuff is, get a phone call from the removal men saying they’re running an hour late and then having to go find work because you completely broke your bank by moving.
On my second day, however, I still had no work so after grabbing a slice of cold pizza *shudders* I decided for a walk around the island a bit, I’d been looking like a total tourist with my head buried in a guide to the town when I’d walked smack into a guy,
“Tek? What are you doing here?”
“Uhh, I live here now. You?”
“Just moved here yesterday.”
“Really? How come you never mentioned it?”
“I wasn’t exactly planning on it until recently, it was more of a spur of the moment thing.”
“Look, sorry but I’ve gotta get to the airport, Orion’s been flown out here and is waiting to be picked up. Why don’t we go out to dinner tonight, I mean, if you’ve just moved here you’re probably living off cold pizza,”
“How did you guess?”
“Cold pizza is like the official food of moving, so I’ll see you at 6? I’ll pick you up, this island’s a little confusing in case you haven’t noticed”
“Six is good for me,”
“Alright see you then,” He smiled and jogged off towards the airport. It took me 10 minutes to realize I was utterly lost and I was holding a boating map.
“Jasmyn, are you ready?” I could almost hear Tek shifting his weight from foot to foot downstairs,
“Just a sec! Trying to find my shoes!” All my stuff was still in boxes and so getting ready had been a real nightmare. Aha! Found some shoes. I came dashing down the stairs and saw Tek looking at the painting grandad had done for granny Rose,
“Who painted this?”
“My grandpa, he painted it as a wedding gift to my grandmother,”
“Is that a family tradition?”
“I don’t think so.. Dad never did it for mum.”
“Shall we get going then?” He wrapped his arm around my waist and led me out to his car,
“What, no unicorn drawn carriage?” He snorted,
“Because that wouldn’t draw any attention would it?”
“Thanks for dinner Tek, it was definitely better than cold pizza!”
“No problem, we should do this again sometime.” I smiled up at him,
“Jasmyn.. I really like you..” Tek was blushing like a teenager as he spoke and he could barely look me in the eyes,
“I like you too Tek.” My cheeks were probably glowing by now too.. Tek looked at me, eyes soft and he leaned in almost shyly,
I was the first to pull away, holding on to his shirt, hands shaking.
“Well.. I think we can effectively say we’ve destroyed our friendship,” he leaned his forehead on mine staring into my eyes,
“I don’t mind,”
And with that he pulled me back, ending any hope of conversation.