Damage Control

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It's Not A Date

I could feel giggles bubbling through me as I kept a tight grip on the tub of popcorn in my hands. Easton and I had just gotten into the theatre, and were making our way up the steps to find a seat. I could see Easton struggling to carry the candy, snacks, and drinks we had just purchased, but I ignored it as I scanned the room for Danielle and Noah. The movie had just begun, which probably explained the dirty looks we were getting from those who were already seated. Grabbing Easton’s arm, I ignored his hiss as I pulled him into a random seat in the middle of the theatre. It wasn’t the most ideal seat, but we weren’t near too many people, and it gave us the perfect view of Noah and Danielle who were seated more towards the front.

“You couldn’t have picked a better seat? I can barely see the screen.” Easton whined as he set the drinks down in the cupholder between us. We both decided to go ham on the snacks, and picked out more than we intended to.

“Do you even know what movie this is?!” I snapped back, snatching the bag of M&M’s out of his hand. Ignoring the dirty look Easton was giving me, I opened the bag of candy, and got ready to pour a handful into my palm, when a the bag was snatched away from me.

I turned over to Easton with my mouth wide, but before I could get any words out, a bright light flashed in my face. Hissing loudly, I held my hand up to cover my eyes, Easton doing the same.

“Seriously man? Right in the eyes.” Easton groaned as I squinted my eyes to get a good look at the person shining the flashlight in our faces. He appeared to be in his mid thirties, and looked like he was a manager of the theatre. He wore a maroon vest, and a deep scowl was embedded onto his face as he held out his hand.

“Tickets?” He demanded as I turned to Easton. I watched as Easton huffed loudly before patting the pockets of his pants. The people seated around us began to stare at us, but I ignored it as I turned to Easton who still hadn’t pulled out the tickets.

“You have the tickets right?” I slowly asked, dreading the answer. I could see Easton scrunch his face and pinch his eyebrows as he stared up at the man who was impatiently tapping his foot.

“Listen, I had the tickets before we entered the theatre, but they must’ve fallen out when we were buying snacks. I promise we didn’t sneak in here.” Easton explained to the guy as I began taking in deep breaths.

Oh my god.

We were going to get arrested.

“If you don’t have the tickets, you need to leave immediately.” The employee sternly stated as I glared at Easton who was running a hand through his hair.

“But we just got here, plus-” Easton began to say, before the employee cut him off.

“No ticket means no movie.” He angrily said, resulting in a loud sigh from Easton. There was no way the manager would let us stay and watch the movie, so Easton and I shared a look before grabbing our items and standing up. Noah and Danielle appeared to be in their own bubble, and were completely oblivious to the fact that we had gotten kicked out of the movie. I wasn’t complaining though, I was grateful that their date wasn’t being interrupted by the mess we had created.

With our hands filled with uneaten snacks, Easton and I showed ourselves out of the theatre, the employee following us to make sure we actually left. I was glaring daggers at Easton the entire way to the door, and it was blatantly obvious that he was avoiding my gaze.

“You had one job.” I finally broke the silence as I crossed my arms across my chest. We were standing under a ledge, protecting ourselves from the rain which was coming down at full force. The weather seemed to perfectly match the outcome of the day.

“I swear I had them!” Easton insisted as I huffed loudly and shook my head. Rubbing my arms to warm myself up from the cold, I looked over at Easton who was sheepishly scratching his head.

“What are we going to do now? It’s pouring, and Noah and Danielle are still in there.” I asked, as I looked over at the parking lot which was slightly flooding from all the rain.

“Who says we have to wait for them?” Easton cryptically said as he set the snacks down on the concrete floor. I watched him cautiously as he pushed his phone deeper into his pocket before looking at me with a devilish grin.

I let out a screech as I realized what he was up to, but it was too late. Easton grabbed my hand, and tugged me into the rain. He had a tight grip on my hand, and I couldn’t do anything but run with him as he pulled me towards my car.

“I hate you!” I shouted over the rain, as Easton laughed loudly. As soon as we reached the car, I began tugging on the door to the passenger seat. I had given Easton my car keys earlier, which looking back at it now, was a horrible decision.

“Open the door!” I yelled, as Easton shook his head at me. He was mindlessly standing in the rain, clearly enjoying himself while I stood nearby freezing.

“Cmon Evans! Live a little!” Easton shouted as I continuously shook my head at him.

He was so dead after today.

With my arms crossed, and my wet hair smeared across my face, I watched as Easton played in the rain like a young child. His shirt was glued to him like a second skin, and I could see the outline of his body through it. His usually messy hair was now flat against his head, as water droplets rolled down his face. He wore a bright smile on his face as he ushered me over to him.

I couldn’t help but return his smile. Easton being in a good mood was nothing new, but something about the way he was acting in the moment was infectious and I couldn’t help but smile along with him. Letting out a sigh, I uncrossed my arms before running over to where Easton was standing.

Jumping on the puddle beside him, I watched as water splashed all over him .I let out a loud laugh as Easton looked over at me with his mouth open.“You don’t want to play with fire, Evans.” Easton warned as I held my hands in the air with a innocent smile. I let out a loud laugh as Easton slammed him foot down on the puddle, causing water to splash all over me.

Screaming loudly, we went back and forth with one another, seeing who could splash the most water on the other. I didn’t know how long we stood in the rain messing around, but it wasn’t until we were both physically shivering that we headed back into the car.

With the heater on full speed, we both sat in the car quietly as we tried to warm up. As I sat there, I couldn’t help but let out a laugh at how ridiculously wrong our date had gone. I could see Easton give me an odd look as I continued to giggle, and only a minute had passed when Easton became impatient, and asked me what was up.

“What’s so funny?” He finally asked after a few moments of me silently laughing to myself.

Pushing my wet hair out of my eyes, I turned to him and answered, “Just laughing at how wrong this date went.” I could see Easton’s eyebrows raise at my comment as a cocky smile filled his face.

I watched with squinted eyes, as he sat back on the seat, and placed his hands behind his head before turning over to me, “So, this was a date after all?” He questioned with a smirk lining his face.

Shutting my eyes tightly, I realized that I had contradicted everything I had said to him earlier when he had come to pick me up.

Ignoring his smug smile, I held my finger up before responding, “It’s not a date.” I firmly said as I wiggled my finger in front of his face. Easton’s laughter soon filled the car, as I sat up in my seat and moved closer to the heater. A comfortable silence soon filled the car as we stared out at the rain with the slow hum of the radio filling the car.

Glancing over at Easton who was looking out of the window from the drivers side, I couldn’t help but let out a small smile;

I would rather break my own leg and douse myself with gasoline before telling him this, but Easton wasn’t so bad to be around after all.

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, and the reason for that is because I took some time off from writing to focus on myself.

I am doing much better, and intend on getting back into updating.

I appreciate you all for being so patient, and hope you have all been staying safe!

Thanks for reading, and I will see you all in the next chapter!

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