“God. He’s so creepy.” Ashley nodded toward the benches on the other side of the field. “Look, I think he’s taking pictures of us.” Dillon squinted.
“Wouldn’t surprise me. I should go kick his ass.”
“No, don’t do that. It’ll only make it worse. Besides, I want you here with me.” Ashley’s face scrunched into a playful pout, and Dillon swooped in for a surprise kiss. She giggled.
“Did I tell you he came up to me the other day?” Dillon pulled the earbuds from under his hat and sat up a little more. Ashley gave a small laugh.
“No shit? He’s always seemed too nervous for, like, confrontation or whatever. What did he want?”
“To defend your honor, I guess? Haha, I’m not really sure. He had this long sword thing on his back, told me he was good with his ‘blade’.”
Ashley’s eyebrows furrowed. “Haha, what? What was the point of that?”
“Trying to be threatening or some shit, I don’t know. But he said that you deserved to be treated right, and he would be watching my every step just in case I didn’t. Then he spun around and did a little speed-walk thing away from me. It was surreal.”
“God, what a freak. Well, he’s known me since we were little kids. He must feel some kind of, like, protective responsibility or something. But,” she said softer, leaning toward Dillon, “we’ve got nothing to worry about because you do treat me right.”
They kissed deeper, and Ashley smiled. “Do you think that makes him want to leave, or stay and watch even more?”
Dillon pulled back. “Do you like him watching us all the time?” He seemed hurt.
“Of course not. It’s just funny, and he’s going to be there anyway so why not have some fun with it.” She pulled Dillon’s hat down over his eyes and kissed him again. One of his hands was slipping up her leg, and when it went too far she pushed it away laughing.
“I thought we were testing his limits,” Dillon said with a grin. Ashley stared him down with a smirk, but didn’t argue.
A hundred yards away, a scrawny kid in a black coat was putting his Nikon away. One day she would realize what she had waiting for her, but it wasn’t today. That was OK though. He was patient.