A/N: Wow...the author's note is actually BEFORE the chapter. I hardly ever do that. Anyway, I just had to put in an epilogue. Took a while but it's short and simple and rather fluffy. Aaaannd...I've started a new story called The Beautiful Game. It's up on my profile. First chapter is up so if you have time go read. Alrighty, enough rambling...read on...
My mom was glaring down at me and I knew I would have to give in. So with a sigh, I nodded and gathered up my keys telling her I would be back in about an hour.
As I stepped out the door into the warm evening Spring weather, Sylvia was being dropped off by Jake who hugged her and held her for a little longer than necessary. I smiled and waited until Jake drove off with only a wave to me. "Hey, hey," I greeted.
"Where are you headed?" Sylvia asked, moving her sunglasses from her head onto her face.
I ran my hand through my hair. "School."
Sylvia stared at me for a moment and finally threw her head back and laughed. "No way. Mom finally convinced you, huh?"
I rolled my eyes. "I'm not so much convinced as I am annoyed. She just won't give it a rest."
"Well, considering how you're about two weeks from Summer vacation, it's probably a good time for you to cave."
I shrugged and moved to my car. "I'll be back in a few."
She waved to me as I backed out and drove off to school. I knew I had no need to be this nervous but I couldn't help it. I mean, this being my first relationship, I had no idea how these things worked. I decided not to dwell on it too much during my drive, while I parked, or while I hunted down my friends who all lived in the dorms and were currently studying for finals at a bench on the South side of campus. They had claimed the on bench in this area that had a decent amount of shade and were currently receiving envious glares from those around them that did not have shade. Especially because it didn't sound like they were really studying as I walked over to them. I could hear them laughing their heads off, books and notebooks still shut.
"Lydia!" Liz exclaimed. "I thought you said you couldn't make it to our study group!"
I glanced at their books and rolled my eyes. "Did you guys even study?"
"Heck no! And it doesn't look like you'll be studying either," Tyler laughed. "You didn't even bring your crap."
Gabby smiled at me. "You can use my notes, Lyd…although, we're pretty much done here. Just enjoying the nice evening."
"Are you kidding?" Jared said. "It's Lydia. She has everything memorized so she doesn't need to study and can join us to simply shoot the breeze as the sun sets and we get all movie setting like here."
I rolled my eyes and decided to ignore them. I was here for a different reason. I turned to Lorenzo who offered me a side smile and a wink that made me blush like crazy. See, this is why I can't dwell on certain aspects of our relationship. I still blush from a wink. I'm pretty sure there's more attractive ways of reacting to a wink from your boyfriend than a garbled attempt at a greeting. Thankfully our friends were still too busy making fun of my good grades and imaginary movie settings or whatever they were now talking about to have noticed that.
"Lorenzo," I said and this time he gave me a full smile. "I need a favor."
The table got dead quite at my words and I wasn't sure why. "Whoa," Tyler breathed, breaking the silence, "Kinky." Tyler turned to Gabby and wiggled his eyebrows at her. "Why don't we ever play those games?"
I felt my blush return and even more so when Lorenzo lifted one ridiculously sexy eyebrow at me as if asking if that's what I had in mind as a favor. Thankfully, Gabby smacked Tyler. "Shut up, you douche. You're embarrassing her! And," she ranted on, "I think the milestone here is hearing those words from Lydia. Has she ever asked for a favor?"
Everyone got quite and contemplated the question. Then a burst of conversation broke out from all of them as they started to argue this. Lorenzo got up and smiled at me. "Come on," he said, reaching for my hand and intertwining our fingers.
I glanced down at our hands and smiled. As stupid as this may sound but I was proud of myself because I had finally mastered the act of walking and holding hands with someone else and still managing to keep my balance. Hey, it's hard work when you're not used to it. And something about walking hand in hand with Lorenzo made me feel like making sure the moment would last longer so our walk would slow down.
"So," Lorenzo said, breaking the silence, "You need a favor?"
I nodded and I blushed, simply because at moments like these I still got embarrassed about how I didn't know how relationships worked. I was trying hard to not let this bother me so much anymore because Lorenzo kept insisting that I was doing just fine and that all relationships started new so I had no way of knowing how it was supposed to go.
Lorenzo laughed, breaking my train of thought as we walked around the grounds. He pulled me over to a tree by the library. It was quiet in this area. I could feel the bark behind me but Lorenzo made sure to not press me too hard against it.
"Favor?" He asked, reminding me once again for what I had come here. I once again blushed not entirely sure how to ask. Lorenzo studied my face with a curious expression when I didn't answer and he slowly let a smirk form on his lips. "You know, I'm starting to think Tyler was right in the assuming the favor you wanted was a little dirty."
I blushed. "What?!" I tried shaking my head but I wasn't really capable of anything other than some spluttered sounds. "I – um – I mean – I need –"
Lorenzo laughed and leaned in to give me a kiss, effectively cutting off my garbled sounds. "Lydia, I have to say as much as I would give just about anything to spend a night with you like that, I don't think you're quite ready for that. Not to mention, in two weeks, we're officially starting our last year in college and neither of us can afford to get distracted like that. I know I'm incredibly sexy but you have to restrain yourself, Lyd."
I finally laughed and lightly shoved his shoulder. "You're being a jerk."
"Ah," he grinned. "Finally. You speak."
I rolled my eyes and crossed my arms. "And you didn't do anything back there with Tyler. You just let him keep embarrassing me."
Lorenzo shrugged. "Can you blame me? I think my girlfriend is irresistible when she gets flustered."
I rolled my eyes and tried not to let a goofy smile onto my face. I still couldn't get quite used to him calling me his girlfriend. It felt so surreal.
"Are we done playing now?" I asked.
He took a deep breath and stopped smirking at me. "Okay, what do you need?"
"Well," I said, and decided to not beat around the bush. "I need you to come over to my house and meet my parents."
Lorenzo lifted his eyebrows. "So what's the favor you need?"
I blinked. "That is the favor I need."
"Lydia," he laughed. "I've been wanting to meet your parents for a while. You told me, and I quote, 'No. My parents are crazy and you can be kind of strange at times. I don't know if I can handle all that craziness at once.'"
I made a face. "Okay, okay. So I said that. But my mom has been after me lately and won't leave me alone and I want to go back to our relationship where she tried to pry into my business but for the most part left me alone. I figure the only way to get back to that point is for you to go meet my mom and da."
"I don't know." He made a face, as if he was thinking this over. "You're going to have to pay me back for this."
I rolled my eyes and got on my tiptoes to give him a kiss. I smiled against his lips until I couldn't help but laugh. He grinned down at me. "Okay, so when am I meeting your parents? Over the weekend?"
I bit my lip. "Um, now." I glanced at my watch. "In about twenty minutes."
Lorenzo's eyes widened but then he shook his head and laughed. "Yeah, you definitely owe me for this."