Authors note: So I ship Spinnie 100% but this idea has been in my head for a while so I decided to write it down and see what you guys think! (FYI the title may change, if I can think of something else :)) So, enjoy and please review to let me know your thoughts! :)
"Who's that? Spike asks Sam, motioning towards Sophie's younger sister Hailey.
"I'm not sure, why don't you just go ask her?" Sam replies, patting Spike on the back before heading over to the food table.
"Yeah, just go and ask her. Simple as that." Spike mutters to himself, taking a sip of his beer.
"Hi, I'm Hailey." Hailey says, sticking her hand out for Spike to shake, who looks up from his drink, surprised. "Sorry, am I interupting some deep thoughts or something? I have a habit of doing that. I just thought you look like a nice guy...and now I'm rambling and you probably think I'm weird."
"Spike, well Michaelangelo but no one ever calls me that..." Spike replies, shaking her hand. "And no, for the record, I don't think you're weird." He adds with a small smile.
"Cool, I like that name. Michaelangelo..." She says, trying it out for herself. "It's unique. Has a nice ring to it."
"Thanks. No ones ever said that, too long, they've always just shorted it to Mike and then eventually Spike."
"No offence, but how do you get 'Spike' from Michaelangelo?"
"Well, you see my hair use to be spiky and a friend of my gave the nickname and it just kinda stuck."
"Huh. Well that's still cool."
"You interrogating my bomb expert, Hails?" Ed asks, ruffling her hair.
"Nope. Well not yet anyway."
"If she gets too much, just walk away, she's a talker." Ed whispers to Spike who smiles as Hailey rolls her eyes.
"How about you go back to your wife, see if she needs any help, instead of pestering your sister-in-law?" Hailey asks, elbowing Ed gently in the stomach.
"Ok, ok, I get the hint, you just want Spike all to yourself..."
"Go! Now please!" She says shooing Ed out of the room.
"Wait...so you're Sophie's sister?" Spike asks and Hailey nods.
"Yep! I'm younger by 4 years."
"That's cool, you two close?"
"Very." Hailey says "We did everything together when we were younger, still do actually."
"Cool. You and Ed seem quite close too?"
"Yeah, he's like the big brother I never had, over protective and all that."
"Oh yeah?" Spike says and Hailey nods.
"I don't mind too much though."
"It's funny, I don't remember ever seeing you at one of these events before." Spike comments and Hailey smiles.
"Why, 'cause you would have noticed and remembered me?"
"That's cute. Nah, I don't usually come to these events, Soph, Ed, Clark and I celebrate birthdays and things like that by going out for a meal. I guess I always felt these barbecues were for the team but since this one was for Sophie's birthday, she persuaded me to come."
"And are you enjoying it?"
"Well everyone here seems really nice and I'm having fun, so yeah, I'd say so."
"Good. So, what do you do as a job?"
"Oh! I see how it is. You get to interrogate me now huh?"
"How about we play 20 questions?"
"Yeah, why not?" Hailey asks
"Well, whenever I suggest to someone we play 20 questions, they always look at me like I'm crazy and say it's childish."
"That's ridiculous! 20 questions is the best way to get to know someone!"
"Exactly! Thank you! Someone finally agrees with me!" Spike cheers and Hailey laughs. "Ok, well I'll start, what's your job?"
"Photography. It started off as a hobby, I would take photos of anything and then when Clark was born, Soph asked me to take some pictures of him. Her friend saw them and paid me to take some of her children and it just kind of progressed from there." Hailey explains as they head over to two spare chairs and take a seat.
"Thanks. What about you? What's you specific job? I mean, I know from Ed just now that your the teams bomb expert, but what does that involve?"
"Well..." Spike says and launches into an explanation of his job.
"I think our Hailey has a little bit of a crush on Spike." Ed says, wrapping his arms around Sophie's waist and kissing her temple.
"Really?" Sophie asks, turning in his arms to look out the back door at Spike and Hailey as Hailey laughs at something Spike had said.
"Seems like it."
"I'm not sure...I don't look like they're flirting or anything...you know Hailey, she'll talk to anyone and her and Spike have very similar interests and personalities. They're both incredibly smart, both love marvel superheroes, Italian food, films, books... Anyway, I don't think Hails is looking for a serious relationship right now."
"So you think they'll be just friends?" Ed clarifies and Sophie nods.
"At least for a few months. By the looks on their faces, I think they can both see something in the other that they like, but I don't think it going to go anywhere for a while. I might be wrong, but I don't think I am, I know my sister better than anyone else does and I can see she likes him just..."
"You don't think she feels ready yet?" Ed finishes and Sophie nods.
AN: So? What did you think?