Fourteen

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As soon as I was out of view, I took off the crystal necklace and shoved it in my purse. I looked at the time and raced down the street. I had only a few minutes to meet Leo at Vinnie's Pizza. I cursed myself for going to see Madame Magnolia and for not having left there earlier.

 I cursed myself for going to see Madame Magnolia and for not having left there earlier

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As I rushed inside the restaurant, I saw Leo at the cash register. He was handing the cashier some money in exchange for a large pizza box.

"I'm so sorry I'm late!" I huffed.

He turned to smile and my heart stopped. His eyes twinkled when he laughed, and he chuckled at the sight of my being out of breath.

"It's okay!" he answered cheerily. Two bottles of water sat on the table and he grabbed one and handed to me. I twisted the cap and took a huge gulp.

"Thank you," I said as I swallowed another gulp. He picked up the other water bottle, thanked the cashier, and looked back to me.

"Shall we?" he asked and I followed him out the door. We turned up the street and I could smell the scent of the pizza he was carrying. Suddenly I was starving.

The park was a block away, so we made our way over to it, choosing a grassy spot to sit down on. It being summer, it was still light outside and the sun wouldn't set for a while still. Leo placed the pizza box down and sat with his legs crossed.

"Hope you're hungry," he smiled.

I nodded. "I'm starved!"

"Great! Well I didn't know what toppings you liked, so...hope you like anchovies and pineapple!"

My smile faded. "Ummm..."

Leo laughed. "I'm joking! I got pepperoni." He opened the box.

"You scared me!" I joked.

"You don't like anchovies and pineapple?" He pretended to be shocked.

I wrinkled my nose and shook my head.

"Good." He laughed. "Me neither."

We both grabbed a slice from the box. Eating there with Leo, I couldn't have been happier. We talked and laughed as time seemed to rush by.

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