>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Henry? What are you doing here?" Amberle's heart leaped at the same time her stomach started doing its flips.
He smiled so calmly and spoke so smoothly. "I saw the lights on and wondered if you would like an escort home."
Amberle stood still in disbelief. How did he know where to find her? Was he stalking her or something?
Samantha broke the silence from the back of the room. "I swear to god, Amberle," she seemed to shout in the little room, "If you don't go out with him, I WILL."
Amberle lifted her hand to her warm cheek and laughed nervously with Henry's calm chuckle.
"We're done here. Just remember to lock up." Samantha hugged Amberle tightly. "Kate and her sister are giving me a ride home. Don't worry. But don't be out too late." The last part she whispered in Amberle's ear and then she was gone and Amberle and Henry were alone, standing in the rain.
Henry seemed oddly unfazed by the rain. "Would you like to dance?"
Amberle couldn't help her look of amazement. "In the rain?"
"Why not? Everyone should dance in the rain at least once." He swooped in the way he had last time. His warm hands held hers tightly. "I must admit that you don't strike me as the sort of sim who would worry about such things."
"I'm not. I'm more worried for you." For Amberle, the outdoors was only natural. But she was working hard to fit in with the other sims in society, and it didn't seem like standing in a rain puddle at night with water pouring down was fitting in.
"Don't be." His back faced the open doors of the small room so that a shadow covered his face.
"You certainly like dancing."
He shrugged casually as fat rain drop soaked into the shoulders of his expensive looking suit. "I think it can be a good way to get to know someone. Don't you think?" He pulled in close so that his lips were near hers and she had to resist that old urge to close the gap between them. "We should head home. It's getting late. And I have a feeling Ms. Kerr might be waiting up for us."
The doors to the small building were shut and locked. Then Amberle and Henry were on their way walking through the rain.