After their meal, instead of heading back behind the restaurant again, they clambered back into Seth’s car and went to the nearest park to go for a walk. Christine thought this made it feel like they were on a date, and wanted Seth to hold her hand. It took her a few minutes to remember that they weren’t on a date, that this was just thanks for her not tattling on him.
“What was the big deal back there?” Christine asked. Seth looked at her, unaware of what she meant. “You know, the whole me being related to Benny thing.”
“Oh, that,” Seth said. “Well, your brother and I don’t really get along, that’s all.”
“Yeah, why is that? It seems like you guys have so much in common.”
“It’s just a misunderstanding really.” Silence filled the air as the two of them continued to walk. Christine wanted to know what the misunderstanding between Seth and her brother was, but she didn’t want to pry where she didn’t belong.
Curiosity got the best of her though. “What kind of misunderstanding?” Seth sighed. He didn’t seem to want to talk about it, which made Christine feel bad about bringing it up. She could have easily asked her brother, but knew that he probably wouldn’t have said anything either. “It’s okay, you don’t have to tell me.”
“It’s really not that important. He just thought I was moving in on some chic he liked. You know, stupid shit.” Stopping, Seth turned to Christine. “You know, my folks are going away in a few weeks and I’m having a party. You should come by.”
“Yeah, it’s gonna be majorly awesome.”
Christine stopped and thought for a minute. “You really want me there? I thought this was just payback for not tattling earlier.”
“Well, at first it was, but you’re a pretty cool chic and I want you there.”
They suddenly heard barking coming from behind them, and turning they saw Courtney walking a small poodle right toward them.
“Seth!” she shouted, sounding excited. “I didn’t know you’d be here!” Christine heard Seth sigh. They looked at each other and he rolled his eyes. It wasn’t until she was right next to them that she noticed Christine. “Oh! Christine, what a surprise. I didn’t know you two like hung out.” Courtney’s facial expression clearly changed from excitement to sheer annoyance.
“Yeah, we hang out quite often,” Seth replied cooly.
“Like awesome!” Throwing a small glare in Christine’s direction, Courtney turned her body so that her whole attention was on Seth. “So Seth, I heard you’re having a party and just wanted you to know that I will so be there.”
“You know Courtney, that’s great but it’s an invitation only party.”
A flash of anger interrupted Courtney’s beautiful features, but tranquility quickly settled back in. “Oh, well, I’ll be expecting an invite soon then. Good night.” Pushing past Christine, Courtney continued walking her dog.
Christine could barely hold back a smile. “What was all that about?” she asked.
Seth sighed again. “Fucking miss priss Courtney has been hounding me for the longest time. She’s practically in love with me but I can’t stand her or any other Valley Girl.”
Christine laughed nervously, thinking how glad she was that she never actually became one of Courtney’s friends.