Lila walked down the street, with Ashley and Cassie beside her. She was just glad her dad had actually let her leave. Not like she hadn’t been practicing all morning. She needed a break every once in a while, even if the song wasn’t perfect yet.
Too bad her dad never wanted to accept that.
Her mom had intervened at least. Not something she did very often, but she must have seen the desperation on Lila’s face. She’d have to head back soon, though.
“Look who else came to town,” Ashley said, nudging Lila’s hip with her own.
Lila looked up and saw Mason coming out of the hardware store. She glanced over at her best friend. “Did you set this up?”
“Not at all,” Ashley said, looking completely innocent. But, it was always hard to tell when that was genuine with her. “I had no idea he’d be in town.”
Lila wet her lips then stepped forward. Mason lifted his head and his smile brightened when he saw her. They’d barely been able to see each other during the week. Just one more issue with her father being a teacher at her school. And knowing any other teacher who saw them would probably run off tattling to him.
She wished he didn’t feel the need to control every aspect of her life.
But, he really couldn’t get upset with her for speaking to him when they ran into each other. ot even saying hello would be rude.
“Hey, Lila,” he said, his voice low. “Ashley, Cass,” he greeted the other girls, too. But, his voice changed when he spoke to her. “What are you all doing here?”
“We rescued her from her father,” Ashley said. “And we got there just in time. It was a close call, let me tell you. If he’d made her practice that song one more time, her fingers might have started bleeding.”
Lila rolled her eyes. “She’s exaggerating,” she said.
But, Mason lifted her hand. “Let me see,” he said. Then, his lips brushed over the tips of her fingers on her right hand.
“Thought you saw with your eyes, not your lips,” Cassie muttered behind her.
Mason’s eyes were sparkling as he looked back up at Lila. Then, someone called his name, and he glanced over to the truck where his father stood. “I gotta go,” he said. “We still have more work to do at the farm. I’ll see you, Monday?”
“Of course,” she said, even though he’d already turned away. She sighed once he was gone. “Guess I should be getting back before Dad works up too much steam.”
“You could just tell him you don’t want to perform professionally. Maybe he’d back off.”
The problem was she wasn’t sure if that was the case. Sometimes it was exactly what she wanted. Other times she just want to be a typical teenage girl and spend time with her boyfriend. If she could admit to anyone besides her friends Mason was her boyfriend. But, if her father found out, she wasn’t sure what he’d do to keep them apart.
So, for no, things would just have to continue as they were. Maybe someday, though.
Today’s Story a day prompt was to write about a chance encounter. This is some backstory for my novel, First Choice Second Chance. And also works into one of my side projects.