Ferris wheel

The lights on the Ferris wheel were spinning around and around and around. He stood silently watching the wheel spin, and then stop, watching the couples sitting next to each other holding each others hand.

Usually Bryce disliked the Ferris wheel, it was what he liked to call the 'love ride', two seats next to each other for a couple in love, or a few close friends, pity he didn't have either of those. He hated the looks people would give him when he climbed into the ride by himself- curious, pitying, confused…

He knew people found it unusual he was single. Given the fact that he was quite attractive, he even knew it himself. His short dark brown spiky hair, hazel eyes and charming smile could make any girl fall in love with him.

But he didn't want love… no, that wasn't true, he thought, his eyes still following the ride. He just had yet to find the right person. He just didn't want to go through all the dating and the breaking up…

He sighed and put his hands in his pockets before walking towards the 'love ride'. He was stopped halfway however when a pretty girl walked right in front of him. She looked about 20 and had dark blonde hair. She was wearing a short skirt and a top that exposed half her stomach. Bryce never understood why people came to amusement parks dressed like that. Shouldn't they be wearing comfortable clothes?

The girl was carrying a cup of water and bumped into Bryce spilling it all down his green polo shirt.

He swore and stepped back looking down at his now wet t-shirt. He was positive she had spilt the water on purpose.

"I'm so sorry." The blonde started in a fake voice pulling out a napkin from her purse and wiping his shirt, this just made him even surer the whole thing had been thought out; she was probably going to ask him out soon…

He pushed her away disgustedly. "I'm fine." He replied stiffly.

The girl seemed unfazed by his tone. "How about I make it up to you… do you want to get something to eat?"

Bryce rolled his eyes and snatched the napkin out of her hands. "I'm sorry, I don't date sluts."

The girl gasped and took a few steps backwards like she'd been slapped. Bryce gazed at her disinterestedly for a few more seconds before walking away without another word.

He heard her yelling something behind him but didn't bother to listen to what it was.

This was the reason he didn't date. Girls usually threw themselves at him and he had no intention of getting to know someone like that. He had yet to meet one girl who he could even consider dating.

No, that wasn't true. He had yet to meet one girl who he could consider dating who would consider dating him back. He had met a few woman who when asked out had given him a look that said something along the lines of 'are you serious?'.

Bryce wasn't the easiest person to be around, and he knew that. He also had no intention of changing himself just to get a lady.

Bryce made his way to the front of the queue and pulled out his wallet from pocket, he handed the Ferris wheel operator 2 dollars and got into the ride waiting for it to start again.

A woman suddenly ran into the head of the queue and waved at him. He frowned back at her puzzled… did he know her?

She pulled out a wallet from her heavy brown coat and handed the Ferris wheel operator some money, brushing a strand of brown hair out of her eyes.

She was beautiful, Bryce couldn't deny that. She had dark emerald eyes and shoulder length brown hair.

She smiled at the operator before sitting down next to Bryce as though she'd known her for her whole life.

"Hi" She said smiling as the ride started up again.

Bryce waited until the ride had gone up a bit before asking. "Do I know you?"

The woman shook her head slowly loosing her smile. "I'm sorry, really." She looked over the edge of the Ferris wheel and pointed into a crowd of people. "That's my ex-boyfriend." She looked back at Bryce and smiled sadly. "He saw me and I really didn't want to talk to him, so I ran to the first place I saw." She laughed a little. "I don't tend to think very well when I'm panicked, I'm sorry for bothered you."

Bryce was a little suspicious, but she seemed genuine. He smiled back at her. "It's alright."

"So… what's your name?" She started hesitantly.

"Bryce." He answered quickly. "and yours?"

"Jessica." She said after a pause.

"So your ex and you…?" Bryce started uncomfortably, but he was curious and wanted to know more.

"I dumped him." She answered promptly. "He wasn't the… best boyfriend ever." She said. He nodded. "So, you single." She asked cheekily leaning closer to him, just so her hand was brushing her side. Bryce could tell she was just joking.

He chuckled, "You looking?"

She laughed pulling away and putting her hand in her pocket. "Not particularly. I mean I just got out of a pretty bad relationship." She gestured over the side of the Ferris wheel.

Bryce just nodded. Somehow he felt disappointed. Why? He'd only known this girl for 2 minutes but already he knew she different from the other girls he normally saw. Did he want to go out with her? Yes. He did.

The wheel had gone around a few times now and Bryce was enjoying the slow swinging of the ride.

"So, where do you work?" He asked her.

"I'm a teacher." She answered. "A science teacher." Bryce smiled. He could imagine her as a teacher. "And you?"

"Architect." He answered.

She smiled. "Nice."

He nodded. "Yeah, it's interesting."

The ride stopped when they were both at the top and they both glanced down to see them letting a couple off the ride. Bryce knew it was their turn soon and then Jessica would just walk out of his life… he couldn't let that happen.

"I know you just got out of a bad relationship." He said quickly and he saw her look at him questioningly. "But… I'd really like to take you out sometime."

He saw her eyes widen a little and waited patiently for her to answer. She looked away for a second before meeting his eyes. "I have trouble trusting people." She said just as quickly as Bryce had. "I mean, how do I know you're not just going to rape me or something?"

Bryce frowned at that. "You have trouble trusting people?"

Jessica sighed and ran a hand through her hair. "My last relationship, he… the guy was kinda violent."

Bryce inhaled sharply. "He hit you?"

She nodded slowly. "I'm sorry, I just… I don't know."

Bryce looked around helplessly. "Is there anything that I could do… or tell you that…" He trailed off.

Jessica shrugged shaking her head and then pausing and laughing. "Well you could always tell me your credit card password." She joked.

He smiled. "Ok, my credit card password for your phone number."

She looked taken aback. "I was just joking…"

Bryce shrugged. "Come on…"

She frowned for a second biting her lip and then smiled. "Alright then."

Jessica took out a small notebook from her pocket and wrote her number on it folding it into a few pieces and then slipping it into one of Bryce's front pockets and handing him the notebook. He took it and then shook his head handing it back. "I'd rather not write down a password you know…" He trailed off.

Jessica laughed. "Yeah, you're right I didn't think of that."

Bryce smiled. "It's 4873."

"4873." She repeated.

Bryce nodded as the Ferris wheel stopped again, this time it was their turn to get out. "Look's like I can never leave you alone with my credit card again." He joked stepping out of the ride after Jessica.

Jessica giggled and shrugged. "We'll see. Call me then." She called after her shoulder as she started walking away.

"I will." Bryce called after her and he heard her laugh before watching her disappear into the crowds.

Bryce smiled. He'd finally found someone he wanted to be with. Hopefully it'd work out. He decided that Ferris wheels weren't so bad after all. In fact, they might even be his favourite ride.

He whistled to himself as he walked to a nearby drink stand and ordered a lemonade. He reached into his pocket to take out his wallet, but it wasn't there. He was sure he'd put it in that pocket. He put his hand in his other pocket but it wasn't there either. He rechecked both pockets and came out wallet-less.

He glanced back at the drink stand to see the man looking impatient and holding out his lemonade.

"That will be $3:00 sir." He said.

Bryce shook his head. "Um… I'm sorry, I can't find my wallet." He gave an apologetic smile. "I'm sorry."

The man gave him a dirty look and put the drink back into the cooler and began to serve another customer.

Where had he left the wallet? He had had it with him when he was getting on the Ferris wheel… He reached into his front pocket suddenly and took out the piece of paper where Jessica had written her phone number. He opened the slip of paper and cursed loudly.

It read: Thanks for the credit card number sweetie.

He ran a hand through his hair angrily. She was probably somewhere at an ATM withdrawing all his money from his bank. He'd probably never see her again. She'd probably even given him a fake name…

He instantly took back anything good he'd ever said about Ferris wheels.

Bryce hated Ferris wheels.

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