From my current WIP Luke & the Christmas Decision (Book 1.5 in the Aubrey Christian Academy Series)
“You’re right. I’m cool.” I squeezed Andrea's hand and smiled. Then I let her hand go and slid back in my seat. “You know California is great this time of year. Sunny and bright and a whole lot warmer than Central NC.”
“Are you trying to make me jealous?” She crossed her arms pretending to be annoyed.
“No, I just thought it might make you think about coming to California with me.”
“What?” Her head jutted back and her eyes widened.
“Yeah, its perfect.” Brilliance had suddenly come to me. It was rash and ridiculous. Everything I usually avoided. “Didn’t you say you had an aunt or uncle in LA?”
“Cousins. Second cousins of mom’s, but…”
“So, see if you can stay with them. Maybe you can get a later flight in a few days. Then I can show you all my favorite haunts. It’ll be perfect.” I covered her hand which had been lying flat on the table.
That’s when I noticed her facial expression. It wasn’t full of excitement with her green eyes lit up at the possibilities like when I offered to drive her to see her favorite pianist play in Charleston. She drew her hand away.
“Luke, I can’t. First of all Mom and Dad would never approve. Remember my parents? The overprotective ones. You have maybe confused them with some super cool parents.”
“I know I just thought that maybe if you were visiting family they wouldn’t mind…”
“Luke, it’s not just my parents. I can’t go. It’s what I wanted to tell you. I’m going to be in this Christmas Eve concert in Richmond. It’s a pretty big deal. It’s a charity concert and some big names are going to be there. It's a great honor that I was chosen out of my entire class.”
“Sure I get it. It’s important.”
“It is important. I mean you’re important too.”
Now she reached for my hand but I shifted further away and crossed my arms over my chest. “It’s OK, Andrea. You can’t come. I pretty much knew you wouldn’t.”
"You know I'm going to miss you," she smiled with a cute tilt to her head.
I smiled back. "Not as much as I'll miss you. So, come on, tell me about this concert."
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