When the two of them got back from their walk they looked up movie times. Luckily the next show started in thirty minutes.
They would be cutting it close. Heinz was a little doubtful. Charlie knew it was just because Heinz loved the previews. She just looked at them as movie stallers, they gave people like her who decide to go to a movie at the last possible minute a little extra time to grab some popcorn. As soon as Charlie and Heinz had their movie time they dashed out the door. Charlie opened the back seat and rushed Heinz in with a, “Hurry it up. Get in. Get in.” He just rolled his eyes and scooted in. Again she wasn’t worried about not being there on time, but she still wasn’t going to miss anything if she could help it. On the way to the theater she knew Heinz was anxious about getting to the movie because he was absolutely silent even while Charlie was speeding. Heinz was fairly critical of her driving. He couldn’t drive, but he thought he knew all there was to it. Charlie and Heinz walked into the theater. Charlie asked the cashier for two adult tickets. As they walked away toward the concession stand Heinz said, “I don’t like the way that cashier was looking at you.”
“She was looking at me weird?”
“I didn’t notice.”
Charlie shrugged it off. She figured Heinz was just overreacting. They waited in line for popcorn, Charlie checked phone for the time approximately five times before they reached the counter.
“What can I get you?” Asked the lady behind the counter.
Charlie looked at Heinz, “Did you want popcorn or a pop?”
Charlie turned back to the counter, “Umm, a large popcorn and two medium cokes.”
“That will be $15.” Said the cashier.
“Holy crap!” Said Heinz.
It didn’t look like the cashier had heard him so Charlie was thankful. She gave the woman her money and took her items. Charlie always thought that Heinz should have drink holders and packs to carry things in. At least that way he would be helping. Cause he never paid for anything, she always drove, and she had to carry everything. But she knew what he would say if she suggested anything like that, ‘I’m a unicorn. Not a pack mule.’ She also knew she looked ridiculous carrying the large popcorn and two pops.
“That woman gave you a strange look too.” Said Heinz.
“You’re paranoid.” Said Charlie.
“Hey! Aren’t you going to put extra butter on that popcorn?” Asked Heinz as they passed the butter dispenser.
“No, we don’t have time. Plus I’m fat enough.”
They rushed down the hallway because of course they were at the very end of the hallway in the last movie theater. The previews had started already when they walked into the dark theater. Charlie found them three seats in the center of the theater. Heinz liked this movie theater because the arms to the seats went up so he could sprawl out on two of the seats. He hated sitting on the floor, he was convinced no one ever washed them. Charlie put up an arm for Heinz and placed his pop into the cup holder between the two of them on her left. She placed her pop in the cup holder on the other side of her. Heinz was a big talker during the movies, especially the previews. He had to critique each one, but he’s usually right. He knew Battleship was going to be a huge flop and it was. He disliked the first one because of the lead actress. Heinz referred to her as a no talent ass clown. The second film looked funny. Heinz loved comedies. The third one looked all right, but nothing he would go see. The fourth had an overused clichéd plot. The last preview was the worst. It was Michael Bay’s newest film. Heinz thought Mr. Bay was a royal ass hat that liked playing with fire. Charlie hoped, like she did at every movie they had attended together, that Heinz could keep his mouth shut for the film. It hasn’t happened yet, but there was a first time for everything. Heinz started out quiet. Yes, he was quiet through the opening credits. In the first scene he immediately started up.
“I didn’t know that actress was in this movie. What is up with her hair? She looks ridiculous as a red head. What is she doing? That guy is cute. Are those two dating?”
Charlie could feel the eyes on the back of her head. “Could you be a little quieter?” She hissed at Heinz.
“I am being quiet.” Heinz hissed back a little too loudly. It was another twenty minutes before he started up again. “This is stupid. What the hell does he see in her? She’s not even that hot.”
Charlie tried to cut this rant off before it got too long. “Dude, just watch the movie.”
“I am watching the movie.”
Charlie could hear the girls behind them discussing something, she was sure it was Heinz and the racket he was making. Heinz was quiet for a few more minutes before, yet again, he couldn’t help to open his mouth. “That fight scene wasn’t very believable. Why would a ninja use a dinner fork? I thought they used swords. And these special effects are terrible.” And as soon as he finished his sentence she heard what she knew was coming an enormous, “shhhhhh!” came from behind them. She couldn’t quite tell where it came from and whether or not it was those girls because she refused to turn around.
“Be quiet!” Charlie told Heinz.
“I am quiet. It’s those bitches that are making the noise. Shushing is just as annoying as those idiots who talk through the entire movie.”
Charlie prayed whoever shushed Heinz did hear him call them bitches. “Just stop talking.” She slunk down in her chair hoping that she could make herself smaller and Heinz would keep his mouth shut for the rest of the movie. It couldn’t be much longer it had already been on for almost two hours. She spent the rest of the movie grinding her teeth. Charlie was just waiting for Heinz to open his mouth again. She was very relieved to see the ending credits scrolling up the screen.
“All right. Let’s go.” Charlie quickly got up and headed toward the exit. The last thing she wanted was the shusher approaching her. Charlie didn’t care if the shusher talked to Heinz as long as it wasn’t her. She didn’t even look behind her to see if Heinz was behind her. He knew where the car was and he’d meet her there. If he wanted a ride home he’d meet her outside. When she got out the doors and in her car she finally could breathe. She was safe. She wasn’t going to get chewed out for all the noise Heinz was making. Those girls will probably complain and Heinz’s picture will be put up so that they know who not to give a ticket to. This wasn’t the end to their movie going though; there was one other theater. You know what, maybe she won’t take Heinz to the movies anymore. She was resting her head on the steering wheel when she heard a soft knock on the back seat door behind her. It was Heinz. She got out and opened his door.
“Why did you walk out so fast? How was I supposed to keep up?”
“Sorry, I just wanted to get out of there.”
“Because you talked through the entire movie and I was afraid someone would confront me or you afterwards.”
“No one talked to me.”
“I wasn’t gonna take any chances.”
Charlie drove home just glad for the whole thing to be over with. Over and confrontation free.
“That movie wasn’t all that bad.” Said Heinz.
“What? You bitched the entire movie.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did. You didn’t like that one actress and you said the fight scenes were fake.”
“Well, generally when someone dislikes a lot of things about a movie that usually means they end up not liking the movie. I don’t know what fantasy world you live in, but here in reality that’s usually how that goes.”
“I will admit there were some shitty moments in that movie, but there are shitty moments in most movies, but you can’t let one crummy character or scene spoil an entire movie.”
Charlie sighed in defeat. She wasn’t going to argue with Heinz. She really needed to stop wasting her energy arguing with him. It was just so easy to get into an argument with him. He was such a frustrating unicorn. As she sat in her silent car at a red light wondering why Heinz couldn’t be this silent during a movie she remembered Mel. She hadn’t looked at her phone all freaking day. He probably thinks she doesn’t care about him. The light turned green and she had to go, but she was determined to check it at the next red light. However, this trip home was the best trip for lights. She hit all greens. There were some stop signs, but she always had people behind her. The suspense was killing her. She didn’t want to delay her and Mel’s conversation any longer. When she finally pulled into her usual spot on the street she took her phone out. Charlie was immediately disappointed, there was no new message. She immediately sent him a ‘How are you today?’ text. It looked cheesy on her screen. She just wanted to see if she’d get a message back. Heinz noticed her staring at her phone, “Texting your hockey player.”
“Yes.” Said Charlie.
“You don’t think the relationship will work why are you wasting your energy?”
“It could work out.”
“Really? You think so? How are you going to figure that out he lives in Toronto?
Charlie couldn’t take it anymore and the words spewed from her mouth, “Cause I’m going to go and visit him!”
“Does he even know you’re coming?”
“Yes he does. He’s even got some things planned.”
“And when is this trip?”
“Well, I’ll just have to plan some other things to do that weekend since you’ll be absent.”
“You’re not mad.”
“No. I think you’re crazy. But no, I’m not mad.” There was something about his voice that had changed. He wasn’t mad. Heinz was very calm. His eyelids were a little droopy like when you’re being smug. Charlie knew he was upset, but he would never tell her. He’ll wait till he can’t take it anymore and every negative thing will just explode out of him. It was the one thing about Heinz that was a little scary; you never knew when the explosion was coming. “I’m gonna go, have a good night.”
All Charlie managed to get out was an “Okay.” She knew he’d come back at her this week before she left for Toronto. When Heinz was gone Charlie found the energy to move and headed into the house. She placed her keys in the dish on the foyer table and headed upstairs. As she shut her bedroom door her phone rang. It was Karyn.
“Hello?” Answered Charlie.
“Hey! What’s up?”
“Nothing much. What’s up with you? Two phone calls in one week you must be desperate for company.”
“We don’t talk enough and to be honest I wanted to be nosey and see how things were going with that hockey player.”
Charlie laughed of course Karyn wanted to know. “Well,” Said Charlie, “We have been texting everyday. But we haven’t talked about anything too serious. Like, we haven’t talked about being in a relationship with each other. But we’ve talked about what each of us is looking for in a relationship and we did all the basic info questions.”
“Are you still going to go and visit him?”
“Duh! I wouldn’t miss that opportunity.”
Karyn laughed, “I wouldn’t pass that shit up either. So when are you going to go for your visit?”
“I know, but it’s the only weekend where he didn’t have a game and I didn’t have a concert or rehearsal.”
“Gotcha. What are you going to do there?”
“I’m not sure. He said he had a few things planned. But if I’m not back by Monday and I haven’t called anyone to tell them I was extending my stay come find my body.”
“I’m sure you’ll be fine.”
“I’m sure too. But you never know.”
“True. You better call me after that trip. I want details.”
“Is your life that boring you have to live vicariously through me?”
“Will keeps me satisfied, the kids keep me busy, and don’t get me started on work. It is so far from boring. I’m just nosey.”
“Alright nosey, I’ll be sure to call you.”
“Great! So, do you think you guys will do anything?”
“I told you he has things planned already.”
“I know that. I’m talking about naughty things.”
“Oh!” exclaimed Charlie. She knew Karyn could be a perv, so she wasn’t quite sure why she was so surprised to hear this come out of her mouth. “I-I-I don’t know.” She stuttered.
“Well, when I said I want to know details those were included.”
“Alright, I’ll be sure to keep a very detailed record of all my doings dirty or not. That way I can’t skip anything.”
“That sounds like a great idea. Alright, I just wanted to call and see how that was doing. I’m sure I’ll talk to you soon.”
“Yeah, most likely after my trip.”
“For sure after your trip, but before that I’m not sure. And by the way all for all the Griffen games against the Marlies Will agreed to let you have his ticket.”
“That’s awesome! Tell Will I said thank you.”
“I will. Have a good night.”
Charlie put down her phone and rolled her eyes. Karyn was so silly. She didn’t call for regular life updates, but she was damned if she wasn’t going to Charlie for love interest updates. She started checking her Facebook, reading statuses and liking whichever ones struck her fancy at that moment. She had over five hundred friends, some of whom were mere acquaintances and others people that she didn’t get along with in high school. She always wondered if these people were ever shocked to see her like their status. As she liked yet another status her phone chimed. She knew who it was.
‘I’m doing alright. And you?’ Mel texted.
‘I’m alright.’ Charlie responded.
‘Sorry I haven’t messaged you all day, it’s been a busy one here.’
‘No biggie. Was it crazy at work?’
‘Oh yeah. Some of our customers are insane.’
‘I don’t think it matters where you go, you’ll always get crazy customers.’
‘This is true. Still coming for a visit next weekend?’
‘Wouldn’t miss it for the world.’
‘I’ve never been to Toronto so I can’t wait to see the sights.’
‘I’m a little biased when it comes to the sights. I’m only taking you to the ones I like. ;)’
‘That’s fine. I don’t think I could take in the whole city in two days anyway.’
‘Lol! Just to warn you some of the places I’m going to take you aren’t landmarks. Some of them are restaurants and bars I frequent.’
‘That’s fine. I’m up for anything.’
Charlie and Mel continued to message back and forth. He asked her if she liked to hike and what kinds of food she didn’t like. Charlie could tell Mel was looking for ideas and whether or not she would really enjoy the things he had in mind. Charlie told him that she would try anything once except for skydiving and bungee jumping. He said she was safe cause he wouldn’t dare do any of those things. When Charlie realized how late it was, she was surprised at how awake she felt, but if she didn’t go to bed soon she’d be useless in the morning. She said goodnight to Mel and put on her pjs. She got into bed, turned off her lamp and went to sleep dreaming about her happily ever after with Mel. This was dangerous thinking and hoping, but Charlie just didn’t care. When she woke up the next day it was after ten o’clock. She was actually shocked that Heinz hadn’t let himself into her room yet. After last night’s fight she was afraid to look around the corners. Plus it doesn’t help that he’s scared her shitless the last two days with his surprises. She put on her clothes, brushed her teeth, watched tv all while straining her ears trying to catch every little noise. Charlie was surprised that she didn’t have a panic attack she was so anxious. Around noon Charlie went downstairs to find herself some lunch. As she boiled water for her mac and cheese her mother came through the kitchen.
“Good morning.” Said Vera.
“Good morning.” Said Charlie.
Vera furrowed her brow and frowned, “What’s wrong?” she asked.
“I’m fine. Just got a lot on my mind.”
“Alright well if you want to talk you know where I live.”
“Oh!” Charlie remembered that she hadn’t even told her mother about her recent crush. “I’m going to Toronto next weekend.”
“Remember that hockey game that I went to with Karyn?”
“Well, I met someone. He’s from Toronto. We’ve been texting and I agreed to go visit.”
“Be careful. How do you know he’s not an axe murderer?”
“I think it’s safe. But anyway I wanted you to know where I’d be just incase I do get murdered.” Vera’s face got very concerned, but Charlie just chuckled at her mother as Vera rolled her eyes, shook her head and left the kitchen. Charlie played on her iPhone until her noodles were done cooking. She really just kept her phone around in case Mel sent her a message. But playing Sims Freeplay kept her mind just as occupied. She took her noodles upstairs still peeking cautiously around every corner. Heinz would find great delight in her spilling her lunch when he jumps out and scares her. She felt like she needed a mirror to peak around the corner with like Hermione used to watch for the basilisk, but than again if she saw him in a mirror it would still be terrifying.