THE WISHING WELL SODA SHOPPE
Patterson called out as he lifted his hand into the air to catch her
attention. "Over here!"
She immediately smiled when
she saw him and hurried over to him. "Hi, Paddy!" She
leaned in and hugged him tightly. "How are you?"
"Fine, just waiting for Lorraine." He furrowed his brow when he again remembered why he had
been sitting alone and impatient. He shook off his feelings of worry and
focused his attention on Stephanie. "So, how are classes going?
What do you think of AU so far?"
"Oh, this is so much
harder than I thought it was going to be," she sighed as she plopped
herself down beside him in the booth. "High school was a dream compared
to this! Why, Professor Perry wants us to have a ten page paper on Macbeth
ready by next week! I don't think I can do that! Not that and work
in the English department, too."
"You'll be fine, just
remember to budget your time. That's the key to it all. How do you
think I manage school and taking care of Todd?"
smiled slyly at him. They both laughed because they knew it would be
impossible for him to keep up with his studies without his housekeeper to help
out with Todd's care. "Actually, there have been some good things
that have come out of school." She grinned smugly.
Patterson looked at her inquisitively as he cocked an eyebrow. "And
what might that be?"
"I have a
date!" Stephanie stuck her hands on her hips and twisted from side to
side with pride. "I found someone who has no idea about what happened
at Reginald and
"Good for you!"
"And, in fact, here he
comes now!" She turned as she saw Clark strolling through the door.
"Stephanie, I hope I'm
not late," Clark beamed as he smiled from ear to ear. He looked at
Patterson inquisitively before extending his hand. "Hi, I'm Clark
he responded as he gave a hearty handshake.
"I think this has to be
the luckiest day of my life!" Clark's statement was met with an
awkward look from Patterson. "I met the most beautiful girl on
campus," Clark continued, "and she gave me the great honor of agreeing
to be seen in public with me."
"Oh, isn't he the
sweetest guy?" Stephanie giggled as she lowered her head in mock embarrassment.
"You see, Paddy, Clark is a member of Delta
Phi. That's the most
important fraternity on campus!"
"I know who the Delta
Phi's are, Steph," Patterson muttered dryly. His eyes darted back and
forth between Clark and Stephanie. It was nauseating how they were gushing
over each other.
"I told Stephanie, here,
that there isn't an Omega Chi on campus who could hold a candle to
her!" Clark wrapped his arm around her and pulled her tight.
Patterson tried to focus his eyes on anything other than Clark and
Stephanie. The site of them together was beginning to make him extremely
"Well, I guess I've
talked your ear off enough, Paddy," Clark said with unwarranted familiarity.
"I think Stephanie and I are going to grab a booth in the corner and get to
know one another better."
As Clark led Stephanie away,
Patterson followed them closely with his eyes. Why did the sight of the
two of them together make him feel so uncomfortable?