Monday, July 11, 2011

actually, like a fine drink worth drinking

Tess couldn't remember the last time she'd eaten this much popcorn. Puck wasn't much for popcorn. Especially, at the movies. True, it was expensive, but he complained about the hulls in his teeth and she guessed that would be a good enough reason to give it up. Although, Transformers 3 was definitely a popcorn movie. And they'd had a laugh or two, she and Sal.

It was good to see Sal relaxed and happy. She hoped he was. Sometimes, she wondered if it even bothered him if Molly wasn't. She wouldn't dare ask. Sometimes, it was good to leave well enough, alone. A lot of times it did no one any good to bring it up. No, they just enjoyed the movie. It was odd being with him because..well, he was Molly's. What she knew of him was mostly through Molly's rants about him. So she knew his bad side. She didn't really know this side of him.

Finally, the movie was over. On the way out, she spotted Dax. For a second, she held Sal back.

"What?" Sal was caught off guard.

"I just..I just want to wait and see." Tess looked at Dax. She was hoping he was waiting for someone. Hoping he wasn't alone. Yet, she didn't want to go out of her way and make conversation with him, either. Tess hung back behind Sal as if she hoped Dax wouldn't see her.

"Him? Who is he?" Sal scowled. "He's no relation to Puck, is he? Like a long lost brother?"

"God, no." She whispered in his ear, wishing she could stomp his foot for even suggesting Dax might be related to Puck. "I date him." Which wasn't exactly true.

So they waited. And they kept staring once someone joined him. Neither couild take their eyes off of her.

"What the hell?" Sal said under his breath. Dax was with Michelle, Dez's mother.

"Seriously, I wasn't expecting that."  Tess whispered back, tugging Sal to stop looking and walk around the movie posters so Dax nor Michelle could see them.

"Shit." Sal was like a giggly kid once they managed to the parking lot. "Your ex with my ex!"

"Yeah, we should definitely celebrate." Tess sarcastically remarked on the way to Sal's car.

"We should." Sal smiled.

"And how would we do that?" She stared at him thinking it would only be fitting to have a stiff drink at the local place where he liked to play pool.

"Actually, I've had a hankering for a rootbeer float." He said once they got settled in the car and on their way home.

"What has happened to you?" Tess couldn't quite believe it as she shook her head.

"That's what being a Dad does to you. You start wanting the good things when you were a kid, again." He shrugged.


Cafe Fashionista said...

It's amazing how parenthood will change a person. :/

She is Sara said...

I am really loving his turn-around!

meg said...

Such changes. Glad Dax found someone.

FWB said...

Wow..about the new hookup!

griffin said...

Wow, how he's changed.

Stephanie said...

After reading this teaser, I'm going to have to go back to the beginning and start from there. So good!

Eternally yours,