Chapter {O7} Need Someone Now

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“Cat, can you go buy popcorn?” Ann asked me in a sweet voice.

I narrowed my eyes at her. “Isn’t dragging me here enough? Now you want me to buy you popcorn?”

“Please? My parents stopped giving me money because of the $500 camera I bought last month. This movie is all I can really afford right now.” Ann explained, using her best puppy-eyes on me.

I gave her a sour expression. I told her not to buy that camera. My best friend had terrible money management issues.

“Fine, I’ll buy it.”

“Can you buy some for me too?” A new voice with a cute Irish accent piped in from behind me.

“Leo!” I heard Ann cry before I could respond.

“Wait, why do I need to buy popcorn for you too?” I asked as I whirled around to face him.

“Well, since you’re going there anyway, you might as well…” He said to me after flashing Ann a grin.

“How about you come with me and get your own?” I said, raising an eyebrow at his feeble attempt at an excuse.

“Alright then, let’s go.” Leo said, grabbing my wrist and pulling me towards the direction of the concession stand.

I quickly pulled my wrist out of his grip, taken aback by the sudden contact. I felt myself flush slightly – wait, what the hell?

Leo gave me a questioning look, but I shook my head at him, both to shake the weird blush off my face, and to gesture that it was nothing, before I turned to face Ann, who was watching me with a strange grin on her face.

In front of her on the ticket line was about three feet of empty space, and behind her was a giant grandma who looked ready to punch Ann in the face for not moving up.

Shaking my head, I gestured to the grandma behind her to Ann with my eyes before turning my attention back to Leo, who laughed at the face Ann made when she realized what was happening around her.

“To the popcorn!” I shouted, pushing the unease from before behind me.

***

The movie was horrifying, terrifying, ghastly, sickening, appalling, and whatever other words there were to describe a horror movie that my deficient vocabulary lacked.

Walking out of the movie theater after that felt like I had just run a 500 mile marathon; I felt out of breathe from all the screaming and gasping I had done throughout the duration of the movie.

Ann, on the other hand, thought otherwise.

“Ugh, that wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be.” She said as we walked out of the theater. I cringed when I noticed how dark it had gotten outside.

Leo hadn’t said a word since the first scream that escaped my mouth. Or maybe I was too busy clinging to Ann to notice.

“Sorry that wasn’t good enough for you, but I don’t think I’ll be sleeping for the next few months.” I said, being completely serious.

“Really? I don’t think it was scary at all.” Ann replied with a small sigh and a frown.

I gave her a flat look before I turned to face Leo.

“What did you think of the movie?” I asked him. He looked kind of out of it. Was I really the only one who was scared shitless right now?

“I thought it was alright…” He answered half-heartedly. His mind seemed to be elsewhere.

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