Emma peered over her junior bacon cheeseburger at Lydia Burns. Who had invited her? She cast her eyes at her best friend Livi, who was sharing fries with her boyfriend Eric. No way it was them. And Emma didn't believe for a minute that Lydia had just showed up to hang out after school at a fast food place.
"So, Emma, how'd you do on that chemistry test?"
"I did pretty well," Emma said. Was this what Lydia wanted? A tutor or something?
Lydia laughed. "I bet you got a 100. Man, do you ever do anything but study? I'd die." Lydia tossed her long blonde hair over her shoulder. "I'd much rather have a life." She laughed again.
Emma forced a smile. "Well, I'm not studying right now." She'd like to tell Lydia that she didn't have to study that hard for it, and she had a life, thank you very much.
Eric nodded to the door. "Hey man."
Emma turned just as Jase plopped down in the chair across from her. Lydia's eyes lit up like fireworks on the fourth of July. Emma's bite of burger sank like a stone in her stomach. Of course. She had had a crush on Jase for months but Lydia Burns with her size 4 jeans and never-out-of-place-hair was going to waltz right in and snatch him, just like that.
"Hey Jase," Lyrdia cooed.
He glanced at her. "Hey."
Did he invite Lydia here? Emma wondered how suspicious it would look if she drug Livi to the bathroom to ask what she thought about all of this.
Lydia nodded to Emma's hamburger as she took a bite. "Gosh, Em, what is that?"
No, she didn't. Emma couldn't stand nicknames. No one was allowed to call her Em. She swallowed, ignoring Lydia's look of disgust. Lydia sipped her coke - diet of course. Emma sipped a long pull of her Dr. Pepper.
"It's bacon on a cheeseburger."
"Sounds gross." Lydia tossed her hair. She turned to Jase. "I can't believe I just ran into you guys. I had no idea anybody hung out here." She batted her big puppy dog eyes up at Jase. Good grief.
Did this doe-eyed disingenuous act really work with guys? Lydia started asking Jase about the movies that were coming out this weekend. Emma ignored her and focused on the out of date pop music wafting through the dining area. Maybe she could somehow shove a fry up Lydia's nose and make it look like an accident.
Jase cleared his throat and leaned away from Lydia and turned to Emma. "Did you say that's bacon on a cheeseburger?"
"Gross, right?" Lydia said. "I'd never eat something like that."
Jase kept his eyes on Emma. "I think it sounds phenomenal."
Emma's heart pounded in her chest. She couldn't fight the grin that crept on her face. Jase stood and before he turned to the counter, he winked at her.
She darn well nearly choked on her bacon.