The next morning, Mei ran to work because she was so excited to start her first day. Her stomach was in knots, but she felt a little calmer knowing she had already gotten off to a good start with her boss. As she opened the door to the carpool, her mind drifted to thoughts of Seth. I wonder what he’s doing right now, she wondered. Various scenarios flashed behind her eyes during the short trip to the business where she worked. When the car pulled up, Mei squared her shoulders. Alright, I need to focus now, she told herself.
As Mei left for work, Raelynn greeted Dayna at the door. She invited her sister in. “Long time no see!” She teased Dayna. The two sisters walked over to sit on the couch together. “What’s been new?” Raelynn asked with the biggest smile on her face. She hadn’t realized how much she had msised Dayna until now.
“Well, Ian and Oma just started school. You should’ve seen them, they were so cute!” Dayna gushed, pulling out a few pictures to show Raelynn.
As Raelynn looked at the pictures, she cooed: “Awh, how adorable!”
The two sisters became caught up in their stories of their children, and before Dayna realized it, she was already an hour late for work. “I’m sorry, Raelynn, but I’ve gotta go. Call you soon!” Dayna promised, pulling her sister in for a hug.
“Bye, Dayna!” Raelynn walked her out the door, sad to see her sister go.
After Dayna left, Raelynn finally had time to get to her list of household chores. First, the toilet needed to be repaired. Luckily, the numerous times Wynngarden household appliances break helped Raelynn fix it. She had a good amount of mechanical skill up her sleeve. She even upgraded the toilet for good measure. “There, that should do it.” She said, satisfied, as she tightened the last bolt.
Later that afternoon, Mei came home from work. Raelynn already had a meal prepared for her: garden salad. The girls ate and talked about their days. “My day was pretty good. It was a little hectic trying to find everything, but I’m sure once I’m accustomed to the place, it won’t be so hard.” Mei told her Mom.
“I’m glad you had a good first day.” Raelynn smiled at Mei.
The girls moved to the couch to watch some TV together, but soon after, the show was interrupted by a doorbell. “I’ll get it.” Mei told Raelynn as she saw her Mom start to get up.
To her surprise, Seth was standing on the other side of the door. “Oh, Seth!” Mei said, shocked.
“Hi.” He said a little shyly. “I was wondering if you wanted to hang out for a bit?”
Mei felt like she could fly to the clouds she was so happy. “Of course!” I never thought he’d ask me to hang out, Mei thought happily to herself.
Mei and Seth both wanted to find out everything about the other. They didn’t stop asking each other questions and telling funny stories about their childhoods. Mei finally asked, “Can we take a picture?” Seth nodded, so Mei pulled out her phone and snapped, the flash almost blinding her.
However, the picture taking didn’t stop there. “Let’s make funny faces now.” Seth suggested, so Mei snapped away until she had about one hundred more photos in her phone.
When Seth saw how many there were, he frowned slightly, “Sorry about that.”
“It’s no problem!” Mei reassured him, excited to have so many pictures of them together in her phone.
It was dark out when Seth told Mei he had to leave. Shocking her, he leaned in and kissed her before she had time to react. Mei stared into his eyes when he pulled away, and then she wrapped her arms around him. “Don’t go.” She pleaded, not wanting him to leave especially after he kissed her.
“What’s in it for me if I stay?” He asked, winking at her. Mei smiled a little, feeling flirtatious herself.
“I don’t know, you’ll have to find out.” She told him coyly.
She took him by the hand and led him back into the house.
Mei and Seth had a little fun in the bedroom. Mei didn’t care that they weren’t officially together, she was enjoying the moment with him. However, when they were done, Mei felt a wave of horror wash over her. She realized they hadn’t used any sort of protection in the heat of the moment. Instead of saying anything, she decided to just relax and only think about the present.
Finally, Seth stood up. “I’m sorry, Mei, but I do really have to go. I’ll call you soon though.” He promised, kissing her.
“Alright.” She said, and stood up. Mei had planned on walking him to the door, but she trudged slowly behind him. She barely made it from the bed before she collapsed in exhaustion.