When Derrick realized Mae's work day was drawing to an end, he made himself get up and check that he looked presentable. He brushed out his hair, realizing he needed a haircut and even shaved. He felt nervousness creeping in, his heart thumping quickly in his chest as he waited. When he saw her pull up, his heart stuttered and he had to force himself not to meet her at the door. He could see she had Arges and the dog happily followed her to the front porch. When she knocked, he took a deep, steadying breath before going and answering. "Hey, you're up." She said with that beautiful, warm smile.
"Yeah, I have been since this morning." He rubbed the back of his neck. "Come in." He moved out of the way and she let laughed softly as she moved past him and Arges immediately went to investigate. "How was your day?"
"Good, hard. I had to work pediatrics today."
"Oh, I'm sorry."
"It's okay, the kids are always so enthusiastic even when they're sick. How was your day?" He shrugged and she moved closer and reached up, brushing his hair away from his face. "Did you eat today?"
"Yeah, I knew you'd fuss." She laughed again and it had his heart tripping over itself. "So what are we doing tonight?"
"I was thinking maybe pizza and a movie?"
She took his hand, causing goosebumps to cover his skin. "You can say no, it won't hurt my feelings."
"No, you're already here and I...I want you to stay...for dinner and a movie I mean."