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I glance at the clock on my dashboard. It reads 3:07pm. And that means I have only twenty- three more minutes left. Because if I don’t get there in twenty-three minutes, then I’ll be late. And if I’m late, then I’ll never get this job. I’m practically whizzing by the other cars on the road, but then suddenly, a car cuts me off and I come screeching to a halt that practically throws me forward.
“Far out-“I mutter beneath my breath, just barely missing that Honda’s bumper. I hear cars honking behind me; I clench the steering wheel letting out a very stiff breath.
I glance over at my sister, sitting in the passenger seat, practically giggling at my frazzled state. I roll my eyes at her.
“Come on, you’re gonna do fine.” She grins, playfully hitting me on my shoulder. I glance at her again trying to calm down.
I sigh. “….I just really want this job…” I say quietly.
“You’re going to get it!” She encourages me.
“Yeah and what if I don’t?!” I shout at her.
The car goes silent. I immediately regret my words and start to feel terrible. I didn’t mean to explode on her. And I know I should apologize for my outburst just now, but I honestly can’t be bothered in this moment in time, I have to get to this interview. I tear my gaze from hers focusing back on the road. It’s a long while before she speaks to me again.
“Even if you don’t get the job, it’s no big deal” My sister tells me, trying hard to sound apologetic, “… you’re only seventeen! You’re out looking for a job and you haven’t even graduated yet. Hell, I still got an allowance when I was your age!”
I figure that last line was supposed to be a joke, so I force a laugh, feeling sort of bad about yelling at her before. She smiles in response, confident that she’s once again won me over with her blonde hair and winning smile. I allow her the peace of mind, not wanting to fight anymore. Our destination isn’t far. I can see the Ferris wheel from down the street.
I park. I glance at the clock- 3:23pm.
I pull down my mirror checking to see if my apprehension is visible on my face. It isn’t. I feel myself relax. My sister reaches over, ruffling my hair a bit. “Relax; it’s just a job interview to. I’m gonna be down at the beach, call me if you need me okay? You’re going to smash it.” She smiles. I roll my eyes again, but this time I’m smiling. “Thanks, Diana.” She smiles.
And with that, I get out of the car, smoothing out my shorts over my thighs. I begin to make my way up the walkway, to the amusement park. The amusement park is big, filled with bright eye catching colours and a variety of fun exciting rides.
Reaching the administration, behind it sits a girl… she looked no older than me, with really short black hair and really red lips and really big green eyes. “Hi, may I help you?” She asks me, her voice very nasally.
“Erm...I’m here for the job interview for Rusty’s, the music department-”
“Someone already came for that interview. “ And I can tell by her tone of voice she’s trying hard to get rid of me quickly… and that she’s also very annoyed.
“How could that be? The email said that the interview was for me...precisely.”
“Yeah, well it seems you were late so you lost your spot.”
“A-re you serious?” I choked out, furrowing my eyes brows together.
“Put your details on here and we’ll put you on the waiting list for a re-interview” She says, handing me a blue clipboard with a pen attached to it.
“But the interview was at 3:30, its only 3:29” I argue.
“You missed it, end of the story. Fill your information in here.” She snapped
I can’t believe this. I didn’t apply for any other jobs, this was my only financial choice for summer money and other places are probably already full of staff. I bit my bottom lip, angrily writing my email down on the dotted line. I should’ve applied for other jobs, ugh.
“Lola?” A raspy voice asks.
I look up to whom said my name only to be taken back a bit. I felt as though my heart had dropped too my butt.
“Tai?” I ask in disbelief of who I see before my eyes. There he is, my old best friend. He’s changed a lot, his dirty blonde hair is no longer floppy and bowl cutted like when we were thirteen, its short and slightly shaved on both sides with a lot of product to form a somewhat quiff. He still wears a shy smile, as always but he has also has grown about 5 inches, or maybe even more.
“Oh my god, Lola” He says, dropping the files that were in his hand on the desk, walking over to me and pulling me into a hug.
“Uh, hey....” I manage to say in his tight embrace.
As he pulls away, a really big smile forms on his face. “I haven’t seen you in forever, god...you’ve changed so much. I can’t even remember that last time we hung out-”
“Five years.” I interject.
Guilt quickly washed over his face. He bit his bottom lip. I expected for him to say something, but he didn't, the silence between us created an incredibly awkward atmosphere.
Before five years ago, Tai and I wouldn't have been standing awkwardly in the administration. We’ve known each other since elementary school. When we were little we constantly ran back and forth between our houses. We camped in our backyards, built forts, and on Saturday mornings he carried over his cereal bowl to watch cartoons on my couch. But ever since his father got a new job in the city, he moved and the phone calls became less and less, one of us was always busy when one another wanted to catch up, and suddenly all contact stopped and we became distant.
“Uh, what are you doing here?” He says, breaking the ice.
I hold up the clipboard in my hand, “Missed my interview.” I plainly reply.
“Where’d you apply?”
“Really? My uncle owns that quarter, I actually work there too.”
“You serious?” I raise my brows.
“Dead serious. Hey, if you still want that job...I could probably get you one, Y’know...I can talk to my uncle.”
“Oh my god, you’re kidding right?” I ask, my face lighting up.
“Sure...” He says, “Under one condition.” A smirk grows on his lips.
I knew there would be a catch, too good to be true. “And what’s that?”
“We hang out. Just like old times.”
I never liked the beach as much as I possibly could. Sure, I loved the soft feel of the sand between my toes, just like every plain old Jane. I would be fine with any activity but swimming, only because I can't exactly swim. I find myself paddling like a dog in need of help whenever I tried—so I gave up all together.
Tai leaded us to the damp shore of the beach before sitting down. He patted the sand beside him, referencing for me to sit down next to him. I crinkled my nose as I sat down, crossing my legs, looking out to the sea.
“You're a very quiet, shy person, Lola. You’ve changed.” He noted to himself, like he was jotting down my every move in his head. I kept my eyes focused in front of me while I answered. “You don't know me,” I stated.
He laughed, “I’ve known you my whole life, and I bet I know you better than yourself.”
This interested me in the slightest, so I made eye contact; a sly smile appeared on his face when he noticed I fixed my attention on him. He couldn't possibly know much about me, I mean, we haven't talked since middle school?
“Yeah?” I asked. I turned my eyes to his russet coloured orbs. His smile had widened and it showed his perfect straight, white teeth. “You're a quiet, shy girl who doesn't like the presence of guys that you don't know. You keep pulling your crop top down to cover your stomach simply because you're self-conscious...” I was about to interject when he raised his index finger, signalling me to not talk.
“And even though you’ve basically known me your whole life, you need to keep distant...just in case.”
“In case what?” I ask.
“Don’t deny it, I’m irresistible.” A small smirk crept on his lips.
I narrowed my eyes and shook my head.
“Or maybe I just don’t enjoy your company.” I spat at him angrily, my shyness evaporating into the atmosphere.
“Now, now Anderson, no need to get cranky.” He chuckled.
I shake my head, looking down at the sand, digging my hand into it.
“Okay, what’s wrong?” He asks, wrapping his arm around my shoulder and nearing down to my face.
“No, stop.” I say, pulling away from his grip. “You can’t do that.”
“Do what?” He asks, furrowing his eyebrows together.
“Just come and pretend like everything’s alright. It’s not alright. Everything isn’t giddy-giddy Tai!”
“Well I’m sorry for trying to reunite with my best friend, god...just chill out Lola.”
“You don’t get it.” I scoff.
I hear him let out a heavy sigh, running his hand through his hair.
“Look...I’m sorry...” he says, “but it’s not all my fault, communication is a two way street. You should’ve just visited me, I sent you my address”
I glance up at him, the sun seeping through strands of his dirty blond hair, blinding my sight a bit.
“Five years Tai...” I murmured.
“I know, I know...it’s been a while”
I look back out into the sea, brining my knees up to my chest, hugging my legs. “Apology accepted.” I say. From the side of my eye I slightly see a smile on his face.
“So...about that job?” I ask.
He chuckles, shaking his head, “you haven’t changed one bit.”