THE GRAND SUNSET ROOM - MAIN
bet this is all very strange for you," Eliza Campbell muttered as
she rested her head on Randy
Lamont's shoulder while they danced.
"I...I just don't know what I'd do if I were in the same situation as you
are. Of course, I don't have any brothers or sisters, but if I did and I
found out that one of them wasn't my whole brother or sister, I think I'd just
that's pretty much the way I feel," Randy sighed as he held her in his
arms. The news that his father wasn't his brother Burt's father had come
as a horrible shock to him. Although Burt had said over and over that no
matter who his father was, their relationship wouldn't change, Randy knew that that
was highly unlikely.
As he looked around the room
at all of the important people dressed to the nines in tuxedos and evening
gowns, he felt horribly out of place. This new world of his brother's was
most definitely not one that they were raised in. It was also a
world that Randy was positive he didn't belong in. Burt, however, was a
different story. He was a Callison and this was now his
world. How long would it be before he grew accustomed to it and everything
that it had to offer and slowly forgot about the world he'd come from...Randy
"Are you okay?"
Eliza asked as she lifted her head from his should and looked at him
carefully. "You're not sorry you came, are you?"
"No, I'm fine," he
replied with a sigh.
"You know, if someone
would have told me before the Fall Dance that we would still be going out, I
don't think I would have believed them." She let out a small giggle
and returned her head to its resting place on his shoulder.
"Yeah, I can hardly
believe it myself," he commented half-heartedly.
"After the dance, I was
sure you'd never speak to me again," she continued with her ramble,
"but I just knew that you had just as much fun with me as I had with
you. That's why I kept calling you."
"And to think that I
would never have gotten up the nerve if it hadn't been for Maggie!"
Randy fought the urge to roll
his eyes. Why couldn't she just shut up and dance? Was it that hard
for her to stay quiet for any length of time?
As they continued to sway to
the music, he began to let his eyes wander around the room and see all of the
guests dressed in their fancy attire. Suddenly, he found a sight that
nearly made his heart skip a beat.
There, standing all alone in a corner, was Maggie Callison--the person
responsible for him and Eliza being together.
Even though they continued to
spin around the dance floor, Randy couldn't take his eyes off of her. She
looked stunning in her evening dress, far more adult than she really was.
And, though he found it hard to believe, it appeared like she was staring at
them! He squinted his eyes in disbelief, but when he opened them again,
there she was looking straight at them.
"Randy! Are you
even listening to me?" Eliza's voice drug his thoughts out of the
clouds and back down to earth. Apparently, she'd been chattering the
entire time only he'd been far too distracted to notice.
"Um...yes, of course I'm
listening," he lied.
Lifting her head off of his
shoulder again, she quickly noticed that his attention was clearly focused on
something else. With a discreet turn of her head, she looked in the
direction he was staring and quickly became livid. He was too busy
"She looks so lonely over
there by herself," he murmured softly. "We really should go over
and talk to her."
"No, we will not!"
Eliza snapped as she tried to contain herself. "This is supposed to
be a magical night for us. Isn't that what you said? Why would we
want to drag her into the middle of it? It's going to be like the Fall
Dance all over again!"
Randy gave a weak shrug of his
shoulders and decided against speaking to Maggie. He had promised
Eliza a magical night, after all. Of course, he'd only done it to stop her
from harping on it. He hadn't even wanted to come; it was all her
idea. Then again, that's the way things usually were. In fact, their
entire relationship, such that it was, was all her idea. Somehow,
he'd found himself along for the ride since he'd had nothing better to do.
Realizing how completely bored with the entire evening he was, he let out a
weary sigh and prayed that it would all be over soon.