Chapter Seven: Katie

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You stand in the airport and watch people come and go. None of the faces are familiar. You're sitting on a bench with a cup of coffee in your hand. It's 7:30 on a Sunday morning, and you've been waiting for almost a half an hour.

"Billie!" you hear from somewhere in the crowd. You see a young girl with brown hair and green eyes approach you.

"Katie! Hi," you say, wrapping your little sister in a hug. "How've you been? How's everyone at home?"

"I'm fine. I'm really happy that school's over with. Everyone at home sends their love, and mom sent some stuff with me to give to you."

The two of you make your way out of the airport and toward your car. Katie talks nonstop almost the entire way. All you do is nod to show that you're listening. When you get in the car she's babbling on about a boy she goes to school with.

"Katie," you stop her in the middle of a sentence, "how'd you like to go out to dinner with me and a friend tonight?" You haven't told her that she gets to meet Tom. You wanted to see her reaction.

"Sure. Is it Michelle? I love Michelle!"

"No, it's not Michelle. It's actually someone I met on set. I think you'll like him."

"Him? Is he your boyfriend?"

You chuckle. "No, he's not. His name is Tom," you say. Her eyes go wide.

"Is it...It's not..." she stammers.

You nod. "Yeah, it is. It's that Tom."

Katie sits in her seat and silently lets this news sink in. You know she can't believe that she's going to meet Tom Hiddleston. She's a bigger fan of him than you were when you first saw Thor. She started doing extensive research on him when you told her that you would be doing his make up.

"Are you serious? Where are we going? When are we going? What should I wear?" she rambles on and on.

"Calm down. It's really not that big of a deal," you laugh, even though you know that it is for her. "We're meeting Tom at a restaurant near my apartment at 6:30. And it's fine if you wear jeans and a t-shirt."

"I can't wear jeans and a t-shirt! I need to look presentable!" She rolls her eyes. "No dresses though, then I would look desperate. Maybe a nice sweater?"

You nod. That sounds just right.

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"Will you stop squirming? It's really irritating," you growl.

"I'm nervous."

"I know, but we're almost there. Everything will be fine." You see the small restaurant and find a parking spot.

"May I help you?" a young man asks as you walk through the doors.

"Yes. We have a reservation. I believe it's under Hiddleston," you reply.

"Yes. Your other party is already here."

He walks toward the back of the restaurant and the two of you follow. As you turn a corner you see Tom sitting at a table, his back turned to you. You hear Katie's sharp intake of breath, and she jabs you with her elbow.

"I see him," you whisper. "You don't need to point him out."

"Here you are," the server smiles before disappearing back into the front room.

"Hello," Tom smiles, standing up. "You must be Katie. I'm Tom."

"I know," she breathes.

You smile at Tom and sit down across from him. Katie manages to sit next to you, but you think she's going to pass out at any moment.

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