Tanya stared at Adam as he moved effortlessly across the mat. He had been showing Tommy a new kata and now the two teens were going through it. But Tanya only had eyes for the shy Asian boy.
She sighed, and felt a twinge of guilt for being so obvious. She was going out with Shawn, but lately she'd found herself being drawn closer and closer to her shy teammate.
"Hey Tanya." Adam said in that quiet voice of his as he and Tommy joined her at the table.
"Uh...hi." Tanya replied with a bright smile.
"So what do you think?" Adam asked.
"What?" Tanya replied, as she was rudely pulled out of her daydream of her and Adam together on the beach.
Adam gave her a quizzical glance before he repeated himself. "I asked if you'd like to go the movies on Friday. There's that new Sean Connery film out. I mean& if you want to. If you're not busy with Shawn that is."
Tanya stared at him a minute. He couldn't be serious. "I'd love to. Shawn hasn't asked me to do anything so far. I think he's still mad about the baseball thing." She said wincing a bit.
Adam slung an arm around her shoulders. "Hey, he'll get over it. You did the right thing. He'll come around."
"Yeah. Thanks." Tanya gulped out.
"So do you want to meet us there?" Tommy asked.
"Sure. Oh wait! My car is in the shop. Could someone give me a ride?"
"I can pick you up. It's on my way anyway. Seven okay?" Adam asked, giving her a heart-melting smile.
*He doesn't even know what kind of affect he has on me.* Tanya thought sourly. "That would be great. Thanks."
Tanya smiled a bit as she imagined Adam picking her up and instead of saying hello, simply pulling her close and kissing her. His lips would caress hers and he would wrap his arms around her. He would whisper sweet nothings in her ear...
Tanya sighed. As much as she loved that particular daydream it would never happen. Adam was not the type of guy to go after a girl that already had someone. It was one of the many qualities that she liked so much about him. But right now, it really annoyed her.
"Tanya! Adam's here." Mrs. Hillard called from downstairs.
"I'll be right there." Tanya yelled back as she gave herself a quick once over in the mirror.
"Hey." Tanya said, her mouth going dry as she looked at Adam. He was wearing a pair of black jeans and for once wasn't wearing a baggy long sleeved shirt. Instead it was a gray t-shirt and a green-checkered button down, unbuttoned on top of it. "You clean up nice." She told him as she joined him at the front door.
"Thanks." Adam said with a shy smile.
"We'll be back later, Mrs. Hillard." Tanya called.
"Okay, Tanya. You take care."
"Uh...Tanya? Are you okay?" Adam asked as he glanced over at her.
"Sure. Why wouldn't I be?" Tanya asked.
"Well...you seem a little distracted. Is anything wrong?" Adam blushed.
"Nothing's wrong. I'm just thinking about something that's all." She sighed.
"Shawn?" Adam asked as the light turned green.
"Sort of." It was not quite a lie. She was thinking about Shawn, just not the way Adam probably thought she was.
"Anything I can help with?" He inquired. Adam pulled into the parking lot and turned toward her. "I'm here for you if you need me." He told her quietly.
Tanya felt her hands shake. She wondered if she had the nerve to do what her hormones were screaming at her to do ever since she got into the car with Adam. Tanya did not want to wreck her friendship with Adam, but what she was feeling was way past merely friendship.
Adam was so shy she did not want to offend him. But yet, she couldn't keep going on like this. She liked Adam far more than she ever had Shawn. She just didn't know if she had the guts to act on her feelings or if she should just stay quiet. Tanya knew that she should just keep quiet. After all, she was still going out with Shawn, even if they had not actually dated in a week and a half.
"Tanya? Tanya what's wrong?" Adam asked as he scooted over and drew her into a hug.
Tanya let Adam draw her into a hug and she told herself to remember to breathe. She breathed in the sharp scent of his cologne and reveled in the feel of his arms around her. If this was all she was ever going to get from Adam, then so be it.
Adam released her and looked into her chocolate colored eyes. "What's wrong, Tanya? You can tell me."
"Nothing's wrong, Adam. Absolutely nothing." She whispered as she closed the gap between them and gently brushed her lips against his.