WAITING IN LINE – PART 5
Angie sat down next to Matt on Carl’s blanket. “I don’t know if this is a good idea, Matt. It’s too close to Theresa.”
“Don’t worry about her,” Sarah, Carls’ friend, told her. “She hasn’t said one word to us yet, which is fine with me.”
“But you’re both on the cheerleading squad?” Josie questioned.
“Yeah,” Sarah answered, “but that doesn’t mean I have to like her.”
Matt popped his head into their conversation. “She hasn’t showed you the picture yet?”
Sarah rolled her eyes. “If I hear that story one more time…”
Carl ruffled through a bag and pulled out a bag of chips. He opened them and offered them around. “Just think,” he said, “sitting out here is better than being in summer school.”
Josie took a chip. “I second that. I should be getting out of class right about now.”
“Me too!” Sarah laughed. “Social studies.”
“English.” Josie came back.
“And you seem so proud.” Matt teased them.
Sarah and Josie looked at each other. “Yes,” they answered in unison.
“I love that shirt,” Josie said pointing to Sarah’s tee shirt.
‘It’s from last tour,” Sarah beamed. She gathered her long blonde hair and turned around so Josie could see the back.
“Did you go?” Angie asked.
“No, my brother did.”
“Hey,” Matt turned to Carl. “Football camp starts soon. Are you ready?”
“Yup,” Carl flexed his muscles, “started working out.”
“Are you losers going to win the championship this year?” Angie teased.
Matt playfully poked her in the side. “You bet. Just remember who was All-State last year.”
“And All-County,” Carl pointed to himself.
“The ego has landed,” Sarah observed. “Still didn’t make you winners. And that was junior varsity. You’re in the big leagues now.”
“But,” Carl stood up to make his point, “we were undefeated.”
“Until the Bowl game.” Sarah added.
“Carl!” Theresa called when she saw him stand up.
“Ah, shit,” he mumbled as he waved. “Here she comes.”
Sarah patted his leg. “She’s your ex-girlfriend, buddy.”
“Don’t remind me.”
“Carl!” Theresa gave him a kiss on the cheek. “Where have you been? I tried to call you the other day.”
“Uh,” Carl struggled for a lie, “I had to go out with my Mom.”
“Good one,” Matt whispered from below.
Matt kicked him. “So, you must be excited about getting tickets.”
Theresa flashed her photo. “I can’t wait. I want to get backstage so he can autograph this.”
“That would special.” Sarah smirked.
Theresa ignored her. “Well, I called to see if you wanted to go to the concert with me.”
Carl shifted his weight. “Theresa, I can’t I’m going with Matt and everybody.”
“You are?” Josie asked.
“Yes,” Carl said through clenched teeth. “Remember guys, we decided to put all our tickets together so only one person has to go in.”
“Oh yeah,” Matt agreed. “Sorry Theresa.”
“But, Carl…” Theresa put her arms around him, “it could be a lot of fun.”
“Theresa,” Carl pushed her away, getting embarrassed, “not now, I’m with my friends.”
Theresa looked around at them. “Oh, these losers. Carl, why don’t you come hang out with me?”
“I think I’ll stay here.”
“Fine,” Theresa folded her arms in defeat. “You know what you’ll be missing.”
She started to walk away. “Sarah,” she said as she was leaving, “you’re going to the concert with them. I expected more of you.”
“I’m sorry to disappoint you.” Sarah said sarcastically.
“Carl,” she turned back to him, “this is why I’ll never get back together with you. You’re choice in friends leaves a lot to be desired.”
Josie stood up in front of Theresa. “Excuse me!”
“Girls!” Carl jumped in between them. “Theresa, go back to your friends. I’ll be over later. And, Josie, stop!” Frustrated, Josie sat back down. Theresa turned in a huff and joined her friends.
“How did you ever go out with her?” Sarah asked.
Carl shook his head. “I guess I always ignored the bitch part.
What she really needs is to be put in her place.”
“Oooh,” Josie waved, “can I do it.”
“I’m hungry,” Matt said as he grabbed his stomach and turned to Angie. “Wanna go to Burger King?” He gave her a big smile.
“I want fries.” Sarah added.
“Chocolate Milkshake.” Carl added to the list.
“Ok,” Angie stretched her legs as she got up, “only if Josie comes with me.”
Josie jumped up. “Let’s go. I can go for onion rings.”
Matt handed Angie money. “I got everyone.”
“What does everyone want?” Josie asked.
“I want,” Sarah thought for second, “large fries, cheeseburger and a large soda, with lots of ice. It’s hot out here.”
“I want two,” Carl paused as he counted on his fingers, “no, make that three cheeseburgers, large fries, onion rings and a large Coke.”
“Make that the same for me.” Matt told them as he kissed Angie goodbye.