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"That was so close," laughs Sam
"Agreed," says Austin getting to his feet
"You harbouring a fugitive back there Sam?" asks Rhonda
"Rhonda this is Austin. Austin this is Rhonda," says Sam
"Are you the one who wants to haul the law on Fiona's ass?" asks Austin
"I am right there with you," says Austin
"I have one thing to say," says Rhonda "If you hurt Sam you'll hear from me. Now what are you intentions?" asks Rhonda
"I would never intentionally hurt Sam in anyway and my intentions are as pure as they can be," answers Austin
A familiar car pulls up into the packing lot.
"Crap right Austin you need to hide and I need to go get changed," says Sam
"Why?" asks Austin
Sam points out the window.
"You can go out the back way," says Rhonda coming though to the kitchen and pushing him into the back while Sam grabs her clothes from the back before going into the toilets.
"Oh look if it isn't diner girl," sneers Shelby "Listen I know you were at the dance with my guy so back off," she says pushes a finger at Sam's chest
"I wasn't at the dance," says Sam "I was here and anyone here can vouch for that," she adds
Shelby scowls and leaves with Caitlin not noticing Madison hasn't followed.
"Sam," whispers Madison "I want you to know I think you and Austin are a beautiful couple and I will do what I can to de rail Shelby into thinking it was you,"
"Thanks," says Sam
Madison turns towards the car park.
"Great they've left me," she mutters
"I've just finished my shift I'll give you a lift," says Sam
"Thanks," smiles Madison
"And me and Austin aren't a couple," says Sam
"Yet," smiles Madison
"What about you?" asks Sam
"What about me?" asks Madison getting into Sam's car.
"Are you seeing anyone? Like anyone?" asks Sam
"Seeing anyone no," answers Madison
"And?" asks Sam
"Fine I like Ryan," says Madison
"Then go for it," says Sam stopping at a red light
"Oh turn left," says Madison
5 minutes later they pull up at Madison house.
"I'd ask you to sleepover but its such short notice and you don't have any spare clothes," says Madison
"And my step mum would kill me if I wasn't there at 6am to make her salmon," says Sam
Madison eyes widen.
"Not literally I mean she would just shout at me that's what Austin thought when I first said that about her," says Sam
"How long have you and Austin be friends?" asks Madison
"We meet in a Princeton Chat Room about 3 months ago," says Sam "But tonight is the first night face to face as each other chat partners," she adds
"Guess Austin's costume didn't do a good job of hiding who he was," says Madison
"He said something in one of his texts about his friend and something about his girlfriend thinking she was better then anyone else and it clicked that it could only be him," says Sam
"How did he find out it was you?" asks Madison
"I mention a couple of days ago Fiona's name and he mentioned it tonight. I asked him if he knew who I was because of her and he asked if I should. So I said no but then later on he asked why he should know who I am though Fiona and then it clicked in his mind but he didn't tell me for another 10 minutes. We were playing 10 questions," Sam pauses for breath
"10 questions?" asks Madison
"It's all I would allow him. He asked if he'd seen me before and when I said yes. He said how could I have seen you and not know who you are now. So I answered maybe you were looking but you weren't really seeing. He thought I didn't hear him but he mutter ain't that true. Then I said you have one question left and he asked, if I Sam had made the right choice meeting him there tonight and I said yes do you Austin and then realized what he said. And he explained it and then I asked if he wanted to see me after tonight and he said yes," says Sam
"Aww," says Madison
"Really anyway I'd better get home," says Sam
"Well you know where my house is for future reference and Austin's is right over there and here comes Prince Charming," smiles Madison
Sam looks over to were Madison is pointing and sees Austin coming towards them.
"Hey Madison, Sam," says Austin a confusion etched on his face
"She's cool with us and think we make great friends," says Sam
"I said a beautiful couple," says Madison
"Were not a couple!" exclaims Sam
"I'm going to amend that right now," says Austin "Sam will you be my girlfriend?" asks Austin
"Yes," whispers Sam
Austin leans down to kiss Sam acutely aware Madison as gone inside.
"Now you should go home," whispers Austin
Sam turns to Madison.
"She's gone to bed," says Austin
"Oh walk me to my car?" asks Sam
"Of course," says Austin
They walk down the path.
"You know even though that was your third kiss you very good at it," says Austin
"Really?" asks Sam
"Yeah you must have be born with great kissing skills," smiles Austin
"You still have a lot to learn about me Austin we're not spending all our alone time making out," says Sam
"Of course not. Are alone time will be very limited until I quit the football team and if you quit Fiona we'll have a lot of alone time," says Austin
"I can't quit Fiona if I do not job or money for college," says Sam
"True but you could still work there under Rhonda who would give you fair pay and work load," says Austin
"I don't even know if I've got into Princeton yet," says Sam
"You gunna get in," says Austin "Now go home I don't want my girl being tired I'll come see you tomorrow at the diner. It's 1 am," says Austin "I'll follow you in my car," he adds
Austin goes and gets in his car and follows Sam back to her house.
"Goodnight my Cinderella," whispers Austin as Sam comes to his car window.
"Goodnight my prince," smiles Sam accepting a kiss of him before running inside and he drives home to go to sleep and dream of his Cinderella.
"Ooo here comes Prince Charming," says Rhonda
"Austin what are you doing here aren't you meant to be working?" asks Sam
"Not till 3," says Austin
"I get off then and I have to get Fiona's car washed again so I will see you there," says Sam
"Oh gosh do you remember when I came to get it cleaned a couple of weeks ago and I said you needed a wax and you thought I was talking about you not the car," says Austin
"Hey wait were you the girl on the baseball field who hit it all the way to the football field?" asks Austin
Sam nods. "Why?" she asks
"Did you see who throw you the ball back?" asks Austin
"No but I'm guessing it was you since your asking me," says Sam
"Can you teach me how to bat like that?" asks Austin
"Sure. I had just got a phone call from Fiona I imagined the ball was her face and wham it was out of there," smiles Sam
"That is a very good idea," says Austin
"Just don't use it in football the idea is to get the ball not it away from you," says Sam "Besides both those thing were yesterday," she adds
"Gosh we must of met and talked so many time and we never had a clue who each other was," says Austin
"About 3 times a week at the car wash, 2-3 times here with 3 or 4 different interactions on each occasion," says Sam
"Are we just going to talk and text now we know each other's identity? Or are we still going to use the chat room?" asks Austin
"Yeah it's where we meet and it's free and we learn new stuff about Princeton everytime we go on," says Sam
"Good logic now do I not get a good morning kiss today?" asks Austin
"Do you need one?" asks Sam leaning closer
"Yes," whispers Austin leaning closer as well his breath tickling Sam's lips before he leans in and he closes the distance between them.
"Order's up," shouts Bobby
Sam skates over.
"Really Bobby," says Sam
"Sorry I couldn't resist," says Bobby
"Don't do it again and if you do I'll get you with the Salmon," says Sam
"Oh I'm scared," says Bobby
"Well beating you around the head with a salmon would be a better future for it then being in Fiona's stomach" says Sam
"Very true," agrees Bobby
Sam delivers her order and goes back to Austin.
Austin observers with his coke as she serves tables, refills drinks, cleans the floor and tables and refills salt and pepper shakers and the napkins holders. Having a few spare minutes every now and then to go and talk to Austin or refill his drink.
As he turns his head to look at her, he notices the clock ten to 3. He needs to go. Settling his bill with Rhonda though it's not much as she claims it is on house for Sam's boyfriend he bids goodbye Sam and hightails it to work knowing he would see her soon anyway.
"Well you need a wax," says Austin
"Really," replies Sam and then laughs
Austin does to.
"Seriously it needs a wax it was done yesterday," says Sam
"Then why is it being done today?" asks Austin
"Fiona it's a Mercedes it needs to be washed at least twice a week so guy drove past and splashed water on it when it was parked out of the street and it's all muddy," says Sam
"Well then take that inside when it's done and thank you very much m'lady," says Austin
"Hmm now I get to watch you work," says Sam
"Or you could go though the car wash with the car," says Austin
Sam gets out of the car "What are you trying to imply," she asks
"Nothing," says Austin
"The car wash is boring I'd rather watch you work it's much more interesting," says Sam "And you'd better get to work unless you want you dad shouting at you," says Sam pointing to his dad
"Oh he just asked about the college brochures in my bedroom and when I said I was keeping my options open he said don't mess with the plan," groans Austin
"The Plan?" asks Sam
"Get Fiona's car in the car wash and I'll see you inside and explain," says Austin
Once inside Austin explains the plan to her.
"But right now there's a letter on my desk that has my fate in it," says Austin
"Well go open it and then come tell me what it says," says Sam "I'm going to go pay," she adds walking to the till
Austin goes and opens the letter scanning the contents before folding the letter and putting it in his pocket away from his dad.
"Well Cinderella I will see you later," says Austin
"Oh come on you're not going to tell me," says Sam
"I got it now go home and find out your fate," says Austin
Sam grins and drives home.
As Sam approaches her house she sees Fiona sat on the couch looking though the mail and opening a large envelope.
Quietly she goes into the house and into the lounge behind Fiona.
"That's my mail!" exclaims Sam
Fiona jumps and turns round as Sam comes round the couch to take the letter and pack off Fiona.
"You know Fiona it's a felony to open someone else's mail I could have you arrested," says Sam before going upstairs to learn her fate.
Meanwhile with Austin, his phone vibrates in his pocket. He pulls it out.
I GOT IN
I can add opening my mail to list of things against Fiona
She opened your letter from Princeton
Yep I looking online now she can get 6 months for that and a $1000 fine
Let it just stack up with the child support thing
I'll let you get back to work
I finish soon
You work less then I do and get better pay what's your secret
No fair favouritism
You wanna meet up somewhere
Mine maybe dad is working, mum is out somewhere and if she is in she won't bothered us that much she'll gush over you and then leave us alone. She knows everything by the way and supports me the whole way.
I already like her. Sure see you soon
See you soon. I'm off in 10 I'll text you when I leave
10 minutes later
Fiona has shoved me into working more from 5 till closing
Isn't closing 3am
And she knows you have school tomorrow and is still going to expect you to get up at 6 to get her breakfast and be at the diner by 6.30 to leave for school at 8.20 and then work again from 4 till 11 or something
I'm closing tomorrow as well
Sam you need to do something about it
I need the money Austin. I'll text you later
I'll come to the diner. I am not letting you close.
Neither will Rhonda but she finishes at midnight as does everyone else bar Bobby cuz he's the cook
So she excepts you to serve who ever the heck is awake at that time. Settle the cash register what is it in from her gouging and lock up and get home safely is she nuts
Yes she is I'll see you in a bit
"Austin's angry," says Sam entering the diner
"Why?" asks Rhonda
"Oh nothing to do with me he's angry at Fiona making me close tonight and tomorrow," says Sam
"Again you closed 3 times last week," says Rhonda "Your not closing your going home now and I will close tonight and tomorrow," says Rhonda
"But Fiona," says Sam
"You just leave Fiona and her big butt to me now go," says Rhonda
"Fiona will kill me Rhonda," says Sam
"Well go to mine or Austin's," says Rhonda
Half an hour later.
"Where's Sam?" asks Fiona
"I told her to leave she's not meant to working tonight," says Rhonda
"Well I told her she has to," says Fiona
"Fiona she's a minor she can't work a double shift every day especially until 3am on her own and then except her to get up at 6am that 3 hours sleep and then except her to work double shifts all week," says Rhonda
"I can and I will I am the owner of this place and you are fired," says Fiona
"Then who's going to run this place?" asks Rhonda
"I run it," says Fiona
"Fine then you can serve the tables in my section and do the books," says Rhonda
"You I would but I got a mani pedi appointment," says Fiona walking out.
"She keeps it up I'm gunna find somewhere to put my six dollar pedicure," says Rhonda
"I'll be right behind you," says Eleanor
"That witch is going to get what is coming to her," says Bobby
"Do you think we should phone social services?" asks Eleanor
"That is up to Sam," sighs Rhonda "And I don't think she will she will be free of Fiona is 3 months and her dad's will is hidden somewhere,"