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The following afternoon, my phone still strongly silent, I sat on the couch with Emily watching Snow White, listening to the same song I heard in my mind the night before. Our entertainment had been a coincidental choice by Emily, but I couldn’t help see the ‘sign’. Had my prince come? My phone said otherwise. Then as though by some divine force, my phone in fact rang as Miss White pranced across the screen. I leapt off the couch and muttered ‘I’ll be right back’ to Emily and skipped into the other room.
“Hello,” I tried to sound casual but failed miserably.
“Maddie.” Am I correcting him?
“Sorry, Maddie. It’s Toby, from last night.” As if I could forget.
“Oh, hi.” Better.
“I would have called sooner but being Sunday, I didn’t want to ring too early.”
“That is very considerate of you.” I was pleased with my flirtatious tone.
“Well to be honest, I just got up.”
“It’s,” I paused to check the time, “two o’clock in the afternoon.”
“I need my beauty sleep.” I laughed. That was the last thing he needed. “Are you free next Saturday night?”
“Great. Where do I pick you up from?”
I gave him my address and the directions required to find the townhouse I shared with Julia amongst the myriad of houses in the estate.
“Wear a dress and bring a light jacket.”
“O... kay... You’re not going to tell me where we’re going?”
“No, it’s a surprise. See you Saturday.”
“Who was that?” Said my older sister Lizzy, who appeared out of nowhere, startling me.
“Come on, you know I live my life vicariously through you now.”
Though my older sister by five years had the perfect life, she still loved hearing about what she considered the joys of dating. Thus far I’d found no joy. Lots of waiting for calls, disastrous dates and unfulfilled dreams more like.
“His name is Toby.”