“That was fantastic!” Eddie grabbed me up in a hug as I came out of the girls’ locker room dressed in my nice clothes with my freshly-washed hair pulled up in a pony tail. I laughed and wrapped my arms around his neck. He lowered his voice. “I haven’t seen you play in two years. I can’t believe how good you’ve gotten.”
“Yeah, you can’t really see me shoot hoops through a hand-written letter, can you?”
“That is one thing I will miss now that I’m home,” he said.
“Your letters. I love your letters.”
“Do you want me to keep writing them? Telling you all my deepest, darkest secrets?”
“Or we could act out your deepest, darkest secrets,” Eddie said with a husky voice.
I was afraid someone would hear him, and I looked around. There was no one in the hallway so I leaned forward and lifted my chin to encourage a kiss.
Eddie took advantage of my willingness and pressed me up against the wall in a very provocative kiss. That was precisely the time the Varsity guys ran from the gym back toward the locker room to remove their warm-ups.
We pulled apart and I wiped my lips self-consciously just as Dylan met my eyes. I could tell he knew exactly what Eddie and I had been doing and he shook his head in disgust.
The guys kept going into the locker room and Eddie leaned closer. “Wanna go home and continue this conversation?”
“I need to go sit with my team,” I told him. “We’re supposed to stay and watch the guys play.”
“You can’t sneak out early?”
“I suppose we can wait until after the game,” Eddie said.
“We’re all going over to Pizza Sam’s after the game. You should come with us.”
“You know the jocks aren’t really my crowd.” Eddie leaned one shoulder against the wall and folded his arms across his chest.
“Well, they’re mine so you’re going to have to get used to them.” I shuffled my feet and gazed at the floor.
“Well, tomorrow’s Saturday,” he said. “I’m going to buy a car. You want to come with me?”
“You’re buying a car?” My heart beat faster. “Heck yeah, I want to come. What kind of car are you buying? Are your parents buying it? You don’t have a job yet.”
“I had some money saved up before I went in, so it’s just been sitting there waiting for me. I was only fifteen back then, remember?”
“Right, I remember.” I pushed his shoulder lightly. “The day my life got flipped upside down.”
“You think yours did?” He grabbed me playfully around the waist. “My whole world got flipped.”
“Your own fault,” I grumbled. We hadn’t really discussed this since he’d gotten home. Everything that had happened to him, and by association to me, had been his fault. I had no idea he’d been selling drugs prior to him being arrested.
“I know.” He gulped and looked at the floor. “And I’m sorry.”
“Just don’t do it again, okay?”
“I promise.” He batted his eyelashes at me as if he was an innocent little boy. Yeah right. “Now can we make out a little more before you have to leave me to go watch the sweaty jocks run around on the court.”
I lifted onto my toes and wrapped my arms around his shoulders again. Just as our lips connected those stupid, sweaty jocks came running out of the locker room again. Ugh. I was starting to sound like Eddie. Those jocks were my friends. Except one. He was… I’m not sure what he was.
“Get a room,” one of the guys called out as they were running past.
“What a great idea,” Eddie answered him.
Dylan stopped short and gaped at me for a second before the guy behind plowed into him and they both almost fell.
“Guess I’d better get in there with my team,” I said, covering for Dylan’s reaction to his teammate’s ludicrous suggestion and Eddie’s un-gentlemanly response. I grabbed his hand and led him in the direction of the gym. “What time are we going shopping tomorrow?”
“Does that mean you’re taking me to lunch?” I asked.
“Baby, I can take you to dinner too, if you want.” Eddie pulled me close again with that husky tone of voice. “Heck, let’s just plan to go to breakfast the next morning.”
“Very funny. Come on, I gotta go watch basketball.”
We kissed one more time before I stumbled, glassy-eyed, into the gym and climbed the bleachers to sit by Trina.