Chapter 8

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H’s POV:

                While I had been on dates before, I never really knew what to actually do or where to go on the first one. I was pretty sure that Emma would be fine wherever we went but I wanted to at least try to make an effort. I told her that I would pick her up at 6:30pm and that we were going to a semi-nice place and to not wear jeans. I put on a polo shirt and a pair of khaki pants and then looking in the mirror, I looked like I was going to a golf match or something. I guess I didn’t mind too much since it was for Emma but I would much rather be wearing jeans or sweatpants. When I picked her up, she was in a flattering flowery dress that looked really good on her and I told her so.

“Aw, really?” She said. “Well you look like you are about to tee up on the golf course.”

“Oh gosh, stop!” I said embarrassed. “All of my nice stuff is golf attire. Unless you wanted me to wear a suit, I can go home right now and change.”

She laughed. “Yeah sure, and then bring me back home so I can put on my senior prom dress.”

“Nope, I am the only one who can be fancy looking.” I said

“I don’t remember agreeing to that rule.” She said.

“It was in the contract under section 5 article q.” I said

“That’s a lot of articles for one section.” She said.

“Well I am a very picky guy.” I said jokingly

“Oh wow, well I hope I meet your requirements.” She said and smiled looking out the window.

I smiled and said to myself. “You do.”

Emma’s POV:

                Of course about 10 minutes of being in the restaurant, H had to do something to get us kicked out. He kept on raising his voice until he could see how long it would take for someone to say something. I didn’t mind though, it was entertaining enough and I was fine with just going to a place like Chipotle or something.

We got to Chipotle and ordered our respective burritos and he of course paid. “You know, I could get used to you paying for my meals.” I said.

“Mhmm, okay. Well maybe next time I’ll have you pay then.” He said

“Okay, I’ll pay. But if that’s the case then we are going to McDonalds.” I said and he laughed.

“You are so cheap.” H said.

“I prefer the name ‘saver’.”

“No, you are just stingy.”  H said and we sat down.

After looking around and eating, I realized that something felt strange. “Wait, H, is this the booth we sat in when we first met?”

H looked around. “Mhmm, I think so! Wow that’s crazy! How long ago was that?”

“It was about 5 months ago I would say.”

“Wow, only 5 months. It’s amazing how close we’ve gotten over that short amount of time and now we are great friends.” H said.

“And now we are more than friends.” I said quietly

H grabbed my hand and interlocked his fingers with mine. “Yeah we are.” I started to blush. “Emma, can I ask you something?”

“Yeah of course.”

“Are you sad you left California?”

I laughed to myself. “To be quite honest, I completely forgot about California. You’ve made me feel so welcomed in Chicago that it feels just as much as home as California.”

“Well I’m glad I could make you feel welcomed.” H said and we resumed our eating.

                After we finished eating, H was trying to suggest things for us to do. We couldn’t agree on anything so I suggested that we just hang out in his basement like how we would any other night. Once we got there, we were still at a loss for what to do.

“Okay, H, I thought of something and it’s kinda something I’ve always wanted to do.” I said.

“Yeah sure what is it?” H asked.

“Okay but first you have to promise not to laugh.” I said

“Come on just tell me.” H said

“No you have to promise!” I said

“Okay fine, I promise not to laugh.” H said rolling his eyes.

“Okay…I’ve always wanted to… play Minecraft.” I said sheepishly. H started to try and hide his laughter and so I pushed him. “Stop! You said you wouldn’t laugh!”

“I’m sorry Em! It’s just that we’ve been friends for 5 months and you still haven’t played Minecraft?!”

“I never got around to it! And plus I don’t know, before we knew each other and I just watched your videos, I think I kind of didn’t want to ruin the ‘Illusion’ I had of Minecraft in a way.”

H starred at me.”That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

“No stop!” I said and punched him in the shoulder multiple times.

“Okay! I’ll stop!” He said and I stopped punching him. “Fine, if you want to play Minecraft, I’ll teach you.”

He took my hand and led me over to his computer. “You’re gonna laugh at me for being a noob.”

“You bet I am.” H said and sat me down and tried to teach me his ways of the Minecraft.

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