<span style='color:dodgerblue'>Under The Sun</span><span style='color:dodgerblue'>
â€œHey wanna hang out in the afternoon? I have nothing to do then, soâ€¦â€
â€œYouâ€™re kiddinâ€™, you actually have some time of for once?â€
â€œI know! So lets make the most of it huh?â€
â€œIâ€™m in. But what do you wanna do?â€
â€œItâ€™s sunny so Iâ€™m thinking some kind of outdoor activityâ€
â€œYou sure, you donâ€™t want to get botheredâ€
â€œItâ€™s cool, Iâ€™ll have my disguise, no one will recognise meâ€
â€œThat last time you said that you came wearing at hatâ€¦ to me thatâ€™s hardly a â€œdisguiseâ€â€¦â€
â€œHey itâ€™s a little more sophisticated now, Iâ€™m a pro at blending in these daysâ€
â€œIf you says soâ€¦â€
It was bright outside and she followed her shadow and she walked. And even the usual drone of the traffic was reduced to a low humming and the wind blew silently between the slowly dancing trees. It swept through her curls, tugging her hair gently behind her cheeks to reveal her creamy skin and dazzling green eyes. The sun felt warm against her bare flesh and she felt at peace.
She bought herself water and swirled it round and round in her mouth like a drain before swallowing it, feeling it trickle down inside her. Leaving her with a cool and calming effect.
The street was not empty, yet it had lost all the sounds of the busy bustling place it usually was. It was as if the wind had carried away the sound peopleâ€™s feet make when they hit the ground and the rustle of shopping bags as the bang against one side. And even conversations got lost in the cool breeze.
And for that movement she felt as though she was in a theatre, where everyone was deadly silent as not to miss a single piece of the action that was taking place in front of them on the stage. So clear, so vivid, that people were perched on the ends of the seats, entranced by the scene before them so much so that it seemed as real as their own lives. And here it was just the same as if the silence was there in order for people to study their surroundings. The tall buildings that reached up to the sky and back down to tower over everyone and then park opposite with the tall grass that she somehow longed to run her fingers through and the cool lake that stood motionless, watching, waiting. She sat down by its side and ran her fingers over its reflective surface, studying the smile on her own face.
Sydney pulled out the note he had left her and smiled at it. She then began to fold it delicately. Next she tested the water, slowly dragging her hands across the surface and the picked up the small paper boat she had made out of the note and placed it in the water gently the allowed the wind to do the rest of the work. She watched it sail down the waters edge while the lakes wildlife eyed it cautiously.
She shivered as she sensed a hand lightly touch her shoulders, she turned round to find JCâ€™s brown eyes peering into her own. â€œHeyâ€
â€œHey, you been here longâ€
â€œNot too longâ€ she smiled
He linked his arm with hers and together they strolled through the park.
â€œSo when you told me you had, what was it you said, a more â€œsophisticatedâ€ disguise, you in fact meant a different hat from last time?â€ she laughed.
â€œHey, itâ€™s working! Have I been noticedâ€¦ no! So tell me what Iâ€™ve missedâ€
â€œLetâ€™s see Iâ€™m still here, Iâ€™m still working the cafÃ©â€¦â€
â€œThere must be somethingâ€¦â€ he replied.
â€œOh! I have a date!â€ she suddenly remembered.
â€œThatâ€™s something! Expand on this pleaseâ€
â€œAww no I couldnâ€™t. I donâ€™t want to make the dateless world, i.e. You, feel jealousâ€¦â€
â€œHa ha ha! Youâ€™re just so funny Syd!â€ he said mockingly clutching his stomach.
â€œI knowâ€ she shrugged, â€œI just canâ€™t help being such a natural comedianâ€
â€œAnyway this dateâ€¦â€
â€œWhich is tonightâ€¦ oh my godâ€¦ tonight!â€
â€œPlease tell me you didnâ€™t just realise this?â€ he smiled, shaking his head.
â€œYes! And you do realise since my girly friends are out of town at the moment so you will have to be my personal shopper and make sure my outfit doesnâ€™t clashâ€
â€œOhhhhâ€¦â€ he moaned
â€œWell can you at least to do the guy side of things, you know from a guys point of viewâ€
â€œThat I will do, ifâ€¦â€
â€œYou tell me what clashes and what doesnâ€™tâ€¦ because this is one girl thing that there seems to be an unwritten rule book on, and I want itâ€
â€œOkâ€ she laughed, linking arms with him once again, â€œBlack and brown isnâ€™t too good, black trousers brown shoes, itâ€™s pretty much always a no no. And I donâ€™t like red and yellowâ€¦ because that makes me look like a cheese and tomato sandwichâ€¦â€
Later that day...
â€œHey Syd, do you need help?â€ he called through
â€œNo, no itâ€™s fine. Why donâ€™t you rake through my personal things while Iâ€™m out of the room, isnâ€™t that why guys do?â€
â€œUhâ€¦â€ he laughed
â€œI talk too much, huh?â€
â€œNo, you talk just rightâ€
â€œIs that a compliment?â€ she questioned
â€œIâ€™m not sureâ€ he laughed
â€œOh good, I wasnâ€™t eitherâ€ she smiled
â€œI can give you some if you let me come and help youâ€¦â€
â€œNo, stay there and relaxâ€
â€œIâ€™m comingâ€¦â€ He rose up from the coach and made his way over to the kitchen.
â€œSeriously, Iâ€™m almost doneâ€
But it was too late; he was already up by the time sheâ€™d reached the door.
Sydney looked around, biting her lip nervously as she did so. She ran her fingers through her curls and muttered anxiously to herself. Then she stood up suddenly only to sit back down again. Frustrated she flicked through the magazines next to her, drummed her fingers on the table, walked up and down the corridor at least 8 times and bought herself a coffee she didnâ€™t want. Sydney finally surrendered and let her head fall into her hands.
He looked down at her and smiled. Curled up across the seats, Sydney had fallen into a deep sleep. He brushed the curls away from her faced and whispered softly into her ear, â€œSydneyâ€. She stirred slightly but did not awaken and part of him was glad because she looked so peaceful and still. He knelt down next to her and brushed her arm lightly. â€œSydney sweetie, wake up sleepy girlâ€
â€œMmmâ€ she mumbled, turning so that her hair fell across her face and he could no longer she her pale pink cheeks.
â€œSyd come on!â€ he said softly, smiling at her reluctance to wake up.
â€œHmm, go awayâ€¦â€ and then it hit her and she gasped, falling of the seats and landing in mess on the polished floor.
â€œSyd! You ok?â€ he asked. Unable to hold back a smile he turned away as she used the seat to propel herself upwards as she muttered, â€œOwâ€
â€œYou alright there girly?â€ she turned to see JC beaming at her, his floppy hair falling about as he talked.
â€œNever mind me, whereâ€™s Adam?â€
â€œIâ€™m not sure, but Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s fineâ€ he reassured her.
â€œUgh! This is awful!â€
â€œIâ€™m sure is wasnâ€™t that badâ€¦â€
â€œI slammed a door on his faceâ€ she said bluntly.
â€œWell yeah, there is thatâ€¦â€
â€œWhat else is there, Iâ€™ll be forever known as his worst date. The girl who flung a 90 miles per hour moving door smack bang in-â€œ
â€œYeahâ€¦ but Iâ€™m not sure if that helpsâ€¦ wait at min, how come you here?â€
â€œIâ€™m doing this thing for the kids in one of the wards, just needed to prepare some things. Hey do you want me to take you home?â€
â€œYou know what I think Iâ€™ll stayâ€
â€œAre you sure?â€ he questioned.
â€œYeah, yeah. Iâ€™m gonna stay here.â€ She nodded looking determined and he decided best to let her do as she wished.
â€œAll right, you want me to wait with you?â€
â€œNo, Iâ€™ll be okâ€
â€œOk, if youâ€™re sureâ€ he stood up but she grabbed his arm.
â€œHeyâ€ she said standing up still holding gently onto him.
â€œYeah?â€ he asked looking down at her.
â€œThanks for offering though.â€
â€œHey no problemâ€
â€œHeyâ€ she said biting her lip as she did so and then she burst rambling hysterically at him, â€œI am so sorry, I feel awful, god Iâ€™m such a klutz and I am just so sorry I canâ€™tâ€¦â€ He lent forward and kissed her and so she fell silent.
â€œItâ€™s okâ€, he said placing her hair behind her ears and kissing her gently on the cheek.
â€œIt is not okâ€¦ look at you!â€ she gestured at the bandages that were wrapped around his head.
â€œItâ€™s fine, I shouldnâ€™t have tried to help, you did tell meâ€¦ itâ€™s fine, nothing bad, just a bit soreâ€¦â€
â€œIâ€™m sorryâ€ she whispered.
â€œItâ€™s okâ€ he laughed.
When they get home they sat down on the couch and talked into the early hours but neither of them had noticed the time flying away or the sun disappearing from the sky.
â€œI wish I could make your head betterâ€¦â€ she said leaning forward to kiss it, ignoring the bandages.
â€œThat just about does itâ€ he smiled.
â€œSo, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this as a first date?â€ she joked.
â€œWhat more could I ask for than being taken home and nursed back to health by a beautiful women. Even if she caused that harm in the first place. I think that makes you kinda feistyâ€
Beautiful? â€œFeisty?â€ she raised her eyebrows.
â€œSomehow, yeahâ€ he smiled, â€œI would give this date... an 11 and if continues this way maybe a 12...â€