Lunch With Charlie
💕WATTPAD FEATURED STORY 💕
Jane Bennett Carroway has had to live with being named for the "pretty" Bennett sister in the famous Austen work her whole life.
When her beautiful best friend Camilla wins a contest to have lunch with teen heartthrob Charles McAllister, she recruits Jane to be her unwilling "plus-one", and Jane goes, because she loves Camilla, and secretly, loves Charles a little bit, too.
She meets her crush, and her life changes forever.
They were led to a table right next to the East River, and Charles McAllister rose from his seat as they approached.
"Hello, ladies," he said, smiling. "I'm Charles Michael McAllister."
"I'm Jane," Jane said, holding out her hand. Charles took it, but didn't let go when she expected him to, and she nearly fell onto the table.
"I gave my full name, I believe it's only polite to reciprocate in kind?" he said with a little smirk.
Jane huffed out a breath. "Jane Bennett Carroway," she said, daring him to say something.
He looked at Jane in surprise. "I'm sorry, but did you say 'Jane Bennett'?"
Jane gave a little eye roll. "Yes, that's my name," she replied, as if it were completely normal.
Charles flashed Jane a grin. "You must have very interesting parents," he remarked.
He challenged her again later.
"I guess you liked your food," he said, looking pointedly at her empty plate.
"I guess you did, too, Charlie," Jane responded evenly, gesturing to his equally clean plate. "In fact, I want dessert." And she gave Charles an openly challenging look.
Charles knew that the beautiful Camilla was the girl who'd won the contest, the girl he was supposed to be talking to.
But he found his gaze drawn again and again to the tall, thin girl sitting next to her, with the wispy blonde hair, huge appetite, and beautiful eyes, eyes that held a glimmer of fun, of attitude. He couldn't even remember the last time anyone had talked back to him.
Thanks to @Jane_Lausten for the lovely cover!