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Jeremy, Pivot: First Date

May 8, 2017

July 4th, 2007

It wasn’t long after the funeral that Lexie got a call from Jeremy. Lexie was agreeably excited to find that he had been OK after the news of his Mother’s death. However, at the time of his call, Lexie was on her way back from her Dad’s house, which was in Arizona. So, after a few days, their date was set in stone. July 4th. Jeremy arrived at her house 3 minutes before 7 PM, which was the arranged time. Spending the last hour and a half at the bar, he reeked, but his personality and awareness were still intact. Immediately after closing the door he popped a peppermint and started his walk to the door. Unaware of how things would turn from this moment on, he was slow in raising his hand to ring the doorbell. When he stood there, he lacked confidence he always hated meeting a girl’s family. Fuck… Was the word that was zipping around in his head. Then as if the last utterance of the word echoed off the door swung open, Lexie stood there with a purse in hand all ready to go. This really surprised him,  

“Hi.” She said sporting her hair down in long flowing fashionable curls and an orange sun dress.

“Hi,” Jeremy replies relieved that no parental unit was there to remind him that he had none. “You ready to go?”

“Yeah,” she said eloquently in a nervous way. “Where are we going?”

“I have no idea.” He states as he relished the thought that he put forth no effort in impressing this girl. “I like being spontaneous.”

“OK.” She says without batting an eye. Apparently, she didn’t care. She was still thinking of the pre-death Jeremy. They both walked to his car, and he opened the door for her. She smiled at him casually and stepped into the car and with a brisk walk, he awkwardly jump into the driver’s side. As conversations often do when one is preoccupied with driving, the conversation lulls.

“You going to school?” Jeremy asked.

“Yeah, I’m not sure how that is going though. I don’t think I’m cut out for anything.” She honestly disclosed.

“You’re not good at anything?” He paused for a few seconds, “What about passion?”

“I like writing, but I haven’t been able to really write anything lately… Writer’s Block.”

“Damn, that sounds horrible. You hungry?” He asked. She blushed as she slightly tilts her head down in some sort of cute embarrassment.

“I haven’t really eaten anything today…” She revealed.

“OK. Well, what sounds good to you?”

“I don’t know, anything really.” She said in an unnatural way.

“Why don’t we get something quick and take it up to the hills. I’m sure there’d be fireworks tonight.” He said without realizing the inference.

“That sounds nice…” The two arrived at a Subway, and they both received modest quantities of food, just in case the other noticed, and drove up to nearby hills. The two discovered a park up at the top of one of the high perches in their town, so naturally, they sat on a park bench and slowly ate their food. Completely aware of each other’s presence, they discuss all things from pets, friends, school and work, and finally Jeremy’s Mother.

“I’m sorry, you don’t have to answer that question.” Lexie found herself saying after she blurted out a question without really thinking about his feelings.

“No, it’s OK… It’s weird. I know she’s gone, but sometimes I expect her just to be there.” He looks at her with a You-Know-What-I-Mean gesture. She, however, did not.

“I guess I relate because my parents are divorced. It was odd knowing that they weren’t going to be together anymore, but I dunno. It’s still weird. I miss my Dad, and I miss my Mom, but I don’t miss the yelling.” She said as clichéd as possible.

“It’s just weird. I am not sure if it had hit me yet or what, but the entire thing is just surreal.” He paused for dramatic effect, “I don’t know what to do, really. I think I need to finally find myself a job and get things together.” He sighed after realizing that his statement was true.

“I get ya, man I can’t imagine how that must feel.” She paused for a second as she realized that she put salt on his wound. “I mean, life is one of those weird things. God and all.” Jeremy pondered the idea of God for a few seconds. The pause, grueling for Lexie, is needed before he responds.

“God? I don’t know, I wasn’t raised anything, so I suppose I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about.”

“What do you know about God?” She asked inquisitively, mostly because now she feels that she has a purpose that was destined with Jeremy.

“Not much, to tell you the truth.”

“Do you want to go to church with me on Sunday?” She asks with some sort of excitement.

“Sure.” He ponders why he felt lucky that in his entire life he had avoided going to church, especially the boredom that would ensue from such an event. Yet, he still agreed. This was mostly due to Lexie’s sex appeal. The two continued talking into the night and made out under the firework’d sky. They felt that they hit it off, but in his mind, he felt that he was in a completely different place than her. She was young, innocent, and trusting. Jeremy was not that at all, in fact, he was the opposite. As he lingered above her as she laid on her back in the grass, they stared into each other’s eyes. She squinted her nose in an overly adorable sort of way, and he just smiles nervously as he finds his face, once again, getting closer to hers.

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