A summer of self discovery.
Alex dug in to her breakfast and began munching away. She dipped a piece of sausage into some syrup then popped it into her mouth.
"So don't you ever go out Darcy? It doesn't matter what time of day I'm home you always seem to be here." she said around a mouthful of sausage and egg.
Darcy blushed, "Now you know what I was talking about when you moved in. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a prison cell."
Alex grinned at Darcy, "Well I don't think it's healthy for you to stay cooped up in here. I'm going to take you to a movie tonight, and no arguing."
"Okay, we'll go see a movie. Anything in particular you had in mind?" Darcy said with a chuckle.
"Tell you what, you pick the movie and I'll buy the popcorn. I don't care what we see as long as you have fun okay?"
That evening they went to see an action/comedy movie. They were really enjoying it, laughing and sharing a big tub of popcorn. Alex eventually snuggled under Darcy's arm and they sat that way until to credits rolled.
As they left the theatre Darcy unconsciously put his arm around Alex as they walked to the car. Alex didn't seem to mind at all.
'Mmm, not sure where this is going but it sure feels nice' Darcy thought to himself.
Alex felt Darcy's arm wrap around her waist and smiled. She really liked Darcy, she felt a deep connection with him. There was something about him that reminded her of her brother Dale, he had a very analytical mind and very little slipped past him.
Darcy held the car door open for Alex when they got to it. Before she got in Alex gave Darcy a brief kiss on the lips and smiled. "I had fun tonight Darcy, we should do this again."
Lips tingling from the brief kiss, Darcy smiled back at Alex. "Yeah, it was nice just going out and relaxing with you Alex. I haven't done that in a long time. Thank you."
The next few weeks were pretty uneventful, Alex and Darcy managed to go out a few more times. With their off-kilter schedules it wasn't always easy to plan outings but they somehow managed. Darcy was still getting his blinding headaches. Alex did notice that Darcy seemed distracted or on edge about something. A few times he looked like he was about to talk to her about it then backed off again.
Finally it all came to a head for Darcy, he'd put things off to the point that he was in dire straights. He knew he had no choice but to let Alex know of his dilemma.
"Alex I have a huge favour to ask you. Please don't feel pressured to say yes just because I've waffled and left it to the last minute."
Alex laughed and grinned at Darcy, "God Darcy, you sound like you need me to help you rob a bank or something. Just ask, you know if I can I'll do anything to help you."
"Uhh, how good a dancer are you Alex?"
Alex giggled, "Seriously? That's it? What do you have in mind Darcy?"
"Well I have a party to go to tonight and am lacking a date. Would you be interested in joining me?"
"Hmm well I don't really have any clothes that would be suitable for a fancy party. Would my dress uniform be okay?"
Darcy hugged her, "Alex you would look hot wrapped in newspaper. I'll give you some money, get your hair, make-up, whatever you want done, get a pretty dress and shoes and I don't want any change coming back okay?" With that Darcy peeled off a thousand dollars from his wallet and handed it to her.
Alex tried to refuse Darcy's money but he wouldn't have any of that.
Eventually she gave up and took the money, kissing him on the cheek. "If it's okay with you I'm going to use some of the money to get a prepaid cell phone. I want to call my mom and tell her I'm okay."
"That's fine Alex, it's your money to spend how you want. Just remember we have a party to go to."
Alex mentally shook her head, what was up with Darcy? She realized that he'd probably just handed her back a thousand bucks of the money she'd given him, but no one had thrown her that kind of money in one lump sum b