Sidney told me that he had plans for us for the night. So I was in my fancy cocktail dress sitting next to him in his car. He wasn't moody anymore. Weirdly enough he was really happy and bubbly. He couldn't stop smiling and making really bad jokes, which I still loved. His jokes are so bad that they are funny. I think some of his worst ones are epic. I loved when he told about his teammates and pranks they did to keep things exciting. I told him about my own "team" and how we always did some silly things. Especially Filippa, who apparently thinks that it is funny to see me in very awkward situation.
"When we were in Singapore, she stole all my clothes while I was in shower. Of course she had no idea when I asked about them. She said that maybe someone had broken in and stolen them." I laughed.
"How long did it take to get them back?" He asked.
"My clothes miraculously came back after couple hours, just before our show. I had to borrow a T-shirt and shorts from Vicky. Naturally I had my revenge when she was at the hotel swimming pool."
He parked the car. We were in a small dark alley.
"If you're planning on killing me, this is the perfect spot." I laughed as he came to open my door. He gently pulled me out of the car into his arms. He gave me a very long and passionate kiss and I could feel his hands moving all over me.
"You really are killing me." I whispered out of breath.
"Good." he whispered into my ear. Then he took my and led me to a door. Bear in mind that this was a very dark alley so I had no idea where we were or where that door was leading to. When he opened the door, I saw a huge kitchen. I guessed we were in a restaurant and I guessed right. There was a chef who nodded to us politely and told Sidney that everything was ready. Then Sidney took me to a room filled with red roses and candles. And when I say this, I don't mean just few candles, it felt like the whole room was on fire, that's how many candles there were. It was really beautiful, I've never seen anything like it.
"You really have a thing for roses and candles. And closing restaurants for a peaceful dinner." I sighed with a smile.
"Only this time I didn't close the restaurant. This is a private cabinet but on the other side of this wall there are people eating the best food in Pittsburgh." He smiled and pulled a chair for me.
A waiter came in. He looked like a butler from some old fashioned British movie. He gave us the menus and with a bow he disappeared.
Instead of looking at the menu, he kept staring at me.
"What?" I asked.
I tried to concentrate on the menu but his eyes made it impossible
"Seriously nothing." He laughed. I just sighed and lifted the menu so he couldn't see me anymore. I could hear him laughing.
"I think I'm going to order pasta." I said trying to get his attention to his menu.
"Okay. I think I'll have my usual.
"You come here often?" I asked not really understanding why he burst into laugh.
"Great pick-up line." He said.
"Haha. You use it often?" I said sarcasticly.
"No, I'm more original. If this was the first time I'd meet you, I would tell you that I like your dress but I'd like it more on my bedroom floor."
Now it was my time to laugh.
"You wouldn't say that. That's not even so original. I've heard it many times."
"Okay, what about this: Wow, this is how it feels like."
I raised my eyebrows.
"I don't get that."
"Love at first sight." He explained. My God, he wasn't joking.
"You fell in... No! Wow you're really good with pick-up lines." I mumbled very selfconsciously.
"It really was love at first sight." He said seriously.
"Seriously?" I asked and I could literally feel myself blushing.
"Why do you look so surprised? Wasn't that pretty obvious?" He asked amused.
"I was an ass when we first met."
"No, you were sassy and unpredictable. I guess it's a deadly combination. And you were sexy as hell."
"You really are crazy." I sighed in shock.
"I guess I am." He smiled and gently rubbed my hand, which rested on the table.
"Netta... I love you."
My mind went blank.
"Y-y-you do?" I heard myself saying.
"Netta, you have to keep breathing."
Inhale, I ordered myself.
"I love you." He repeated.
My stupid brain stopped working. All my body was able to do was go numb. And then everything blurred.
I found myself sitting on the sidewalk being held up by Sidney's strong arms. He looked worried and amused at the same time. I could feel his breath on my cheek.
"Wh-what happened?" I asked and touched back of my head. What ever had happened, I must have hit my head because I had a small bump.
"You fainted." He looked really intensely at me, I guess he was trying to find out if something serious was wrong with me.
"Why are we here? Outside?"
We were in front of the restaurant and people passing by were giving us really curious looks.
"I thought you needed some fresh air."
"Oh. Well I'm okay now." I said and tried to stand up but his grip tightened.
"Don't even think about it. I don't want you fainting again. It's scary."
I guess I had no choise, so I just remained seated and tried to clear my head. What had just happened? I remembered the candles and roses. ANd slowly my mind returned to our conversation. And when I came to the part when Sidney spoke about loving me my body just shivered. I guess he felt it.
"Are you sure you're ok?"
"Yep." I said. Once again I was trying to convince myself more than him. Something seriously was wrong with me.
"Do you want to go home?"
"Yes please." I whispered. The last thing I needed now was to go back to that room filled with romance. His house sounded more safe.
"Ok. Wait here. I'll get the car." He was already gone but I could hear him talking silently on the phone.
We didn't speak on our way home. I secretly glanced at him. He seemed to be deep in his thoughts which was a relief. I was not in the mood to chitchat. I really needed to get into my room and just lie on the bed, look at the ceiling and process this weird "I love you"-thing in my very complexed brain. As we turned to his driveway I had no idea what was waiting for us in the house, and more importantly in the backyard. If I had, I would've gladly gone back to that romance filled room.