LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Patty, Leah and some of their friends went to Paradise Cove to swim and to have a picnic. While she was sitting on the beach she noticed this guy coming towards them with his fishing pole, tackle box and a chair. He was about in his late 30s. Approximately 6'1" with dark wavy hair and brown eyes. She watched him set up. She then decided to walk over to him and talk to him.

"Hi." She said to him.

"Hi." He smiled up at her. She was the most beautiful woman he'd ever saw.

"What are you fishing for?" She asked.

"Anything that's out there." He laughed.

"Oh." She laughed as she sat down in the sand.

"By the way my name is Leah Reynolds." She extended her hand out to him.

"Jim Rockford." He said shaking her hand. He noticed that she had a firm grip for a woman.

"Jimmy! Hey Jimmy!" Rocky called coming down the beach.

"Yeah Rocky?" Jimmy said sighing.

"Oh sorry. I didn't know you had company."

"That's ok. I'm heading back to my friends." She said getting up and dusting herself off.

"Angel is looking for you."

"What does he want? Can't you tell him I'm not home?" He said getting up.

"He said it's very important and it has something to do with the Sandy Miller case." Rocky said looking at him and then at her.

"Oh ok."

"Well it was nice meeting you Jim. Good luck with whatever you catch." She said, as she was about to walk away.

"Hey wait! Excuse me dad. Are you coming back?" He asked walking over to her almost tripping over his stuff.

"I'll be back tomorrow at around 1pm. I have a major history test tomorrow that I need to pass or else I'll have to take it again in Summer College." She said smiling and looking into his brown eyes.

"Great. See you then." He smiled at her as she left.

He watched her walk back over to her friends. From that moment he fell in love with her.

"Who was that? She was cute." Rocky said as Jim was gathering up his stuff.

"Her name is Leah Reynolds." Jim said pulling in his fishing line.

"Kind of young isn't she." Rocky said with a smile.

"I guess so dad." He said looking over at her.

She saw him looking at her, so she gave him a smile and a wave. She couldn't believe how cute he was. It was love at first sight for her.

"Don't you think she's cute sonny?" Rocky asked as he picked up Jim's chair.

"Yes dad. Very cute." He said walking back toward his trailer. Before he reached his trailer he gave one last look and then went inside.

When she got back to her friends, her friend Jason questioned her.

"Look Jay! You're not my boyfriend! So butt out of my business!" She angrily said to him.

"I'm just watching out for you Leah." He said as he put his arm on her shoulder.

"Well don't! I can take care of myself!" She said moving away from him.

The next day at 1pm she arrived at his trailer. She got out of her car and walked up to his door and knocked on it.

"Coming." He said putting down his sandwich.

He opened the door and couldn't believe that she was standing there.

"Come in." He said holding the door open for her.

"Thank you." She said with a smile walking in.

"What are you doing here?" He asked.

"I, um, said I would be back at 1pm today. Remember?"

"Yes. Yes. I do remember." He said looking at her with a smile.

He was so happy that she did come back like she promised.

"Can I make you a sandwich? I just made myself a ham sandwich."

"No that's ok. I don't want you to go through the trouble." She said.

"It's no trouble. It would be my pleasure. Want some fresh coffee?" He asked walking over to the counter.

"Coffee I can do with. It's been a long morning." She said smiling at him.

They were both quiet for a while. He handed her coffee.

"Jim could you, um; tell me where your sugar and milk are?" She asked hesitantly.

"The sugar is over here and the milk is in the refrigerator."

"Thank you." She said walking over to the refrigerator.

He then handed her a spoon.

"Thanks." She smiled at him.

She had the most beautiful smile he had ever seen. She just lit up the room with it.

"Here's your sandwich. I hope you don't mind that I put mustard on it. I forgot to ask you." He said embarrassingly.

"That's ok. I love mustard. That's the only way I eat my ham sandwiches." She laughed.

"Oh good. So what are you studying in college? Is this your first year or are you graduating?"

"Right now I'm just taking a Liberal Arts Program. This is my first year. I'm, um, only 20 years old." She said hesitantly again.

"That's good that you are taking Liberal Arts." He said nervously.

"Yeah it's ok. I don't know what I want to do. My sister always knew what she wanted to do." She said picking up her sandwich.

"You have a sister? What does she want to do?"

"She wants to become an actress. She's 16. At 16 I didn't know what to do. Tay on the other hand does." She said biting into her sandwich.

"I'm sure you'll find something to do." He reassured her with a smile.

"I hope so. So what do you do for a living Jim besides fish?" She smiled.

"I'm a private investigator." He said.

"Really? That's cool."

"It's ok. It pays the bills. Sometimes." He laughed.

"Jim. Can I ask you something?"

"Sure."

"Would it be alright with you if I called you 'Jimmy' instead of 'Jim'? Jim sounds too, um, I don't know, formal." She said.

"Sure. You can all me Jimmy." He laughed. "You can call me anything you like." He said to himself.

"Oh good." She said looking at him.

"So how was your sandwich and coffee?"

"Oh! It was great! Thanks again."

"Good. Want to take a walk down the beach?" He asked.

"Sure." She said with a smile.

She looked at her watch and noticed it was now 2pm.

"Do you have to be somewhere?"

"I have to be back in school by 3:30pm. I have a 4pm English class to get to. Hopefully my professor can get me into the morning class so I can have my afternoons free. I think better in the mornings." She said as they walked down to the beach.

"Oh ok." He laughed.

"This is cool! You get to live near the beach."

"It's cool." He said with a smile.

They walked together along the beach talking about themselves. Her hand brushed against his so he gently took a hold of it. They found a place to sit and talk some more. She again looked at her watch and saw that it was 3pm.

"Oh no!"

"What's the matter?"

"It's 3pm. I have to get going." She said looking at him. "Sorry."

"It's ok. Don't worry about it." He said getting up.

"Jimmy I feel really bad about this."

"Look. Don't worry about it." He smiled at her as they walked back to his trailer.

As they got back to the trailer Rocky was waiting for him.

"There's my dad. Let me introduce you to him."

"Ok. Sure." She smiled.

"Hey dad!"

"Oh hi Jimmy."

"Dad this is Leah. Leah this is my dad Joseph Rockford."

"Hi!" They both said shaking hands.

"You can call me Rocky. All my friends call me Rocky. Just like Jimmy here." Rocky said smiling at her.

"Ok Rocky. That will be great. She smiled at him.

"Would you like something to drink Leah?" Rocky asked her.

"I would love to but I have to get back to school. Thanks anyway." She smiled at him again.

"Oh ok." He said.

Jimmy walked Leah to her car.

"Leah are you doing anything tonight?" He asked hoping she wasn't.

"Um, no."

"Good. Would you like to have dinner with me?"

"I would love too. What time should I be here?"

"How about I pick you up at your dorm."

"That would be better." She smiled.

"I'll be by around 7pm. Is that too early?"

"No. That's perfect. See you then."

He walked back to the trailer. She was just about to pull out when she realized that she never gave him her address.

"Jimmy!"

He quickly walked over to her.

"Is there a problem?"

"Yes. I forgot to give you my address." She said taking out a piece of paper and pen.

"That would help." He laughed.

She wrote down her address and also her phone number. They said their good-byes again and then she left. On the drive back to her dorm she was floating on cloud nine. She pulled into a parking space got out and ran inside to get her clothes ready and her books for class.

"Hi Leah."

"Hey Patty." She said smiling.

"Where were you? Jay and I waited for you after history class."

"Oh I'm sorry. I went down to the beach."

"Why?"

"I went to see Jimmy."

"Jimmy? Whose he?" Patty asked getting excited.

"The guy I met yesterday on the beach."

"Oh him. Isn't he like really old?"

"I don't know. So what if he is? He's cute and handsome." Leah said flopping down on her bed.

"You're unbelievable Leah." Patty said shaking her head.

There was a knock on their door.

"Com in!" The girls said.

"Jinks! Jinks! Double Jinks!" Leah said laughing. "You owe me a soda."

"Hey!" Patty said as Leah went into her closet.

Jason Phillips came in. He is a tall thin nicely built guy with shoulder length brown hair. He's about 6'1" 200 pounds and has green eyes. He works out three times a day. He looks like Jon Bon Jovi only better.

"Hi ladies." He said coming in.

"Hey Jay." Patty said kissing him on the cheek.

"Hey Jay!" Leah shouted from the closet.

"So are you two ready for English class?" He asked sitting down on Leah's bed.

"I am." Patty said grabbing her books.

"Leah?"

"Just a minute! I'm looking for something to wear tonight!" She said.

"Where are you going?" Patty and Jason asked.

"Jimmy is taking me to dinner tonight and I want to look my best for him." She said coming out with a nice black spaghetti strapped dress and her good black shoes.

"Jimmy? Whose he? Does he go to school here?" Jason asked.

"No. He's the guy that Leah met on the beach yesterday." Patty said rolling her eyes.

"Oh man! That guy is like ancient!" Jason said.

Leah shot him a look and then said, "I don't care. He's a very nice guy. I like him."

"She went to see him today." Patty said as they were leaving the room.

"By yourself?" Jason asked.

"Yeah. Is that a problem Jay?" She asked looking at him.

"Leah you're lucky he didn't do anything to you." Jason said.

"Like what?" She asked inquizzically.

"You know." He said getting mad.

"Come on Jay! Ease up! You have to understand something. You are not my boyfriend or body guard." She said angrily.

I know I'm not. I just don't want to see anything bad happen to you." He said as they walked into the classroom.

"Nothing bad is going to happen." She said.

"Leah can I speak to you?" Professor Declan asked.

"Sure." She said walking over to him.

"Leah starting Monday you will be in my 9am class." He said smiling up at her.

"EXCELLENT!" She said.

"I'll talk to my advisor after class." She said to him.

"No need to. I already spoke to Ms. Johnson."

"Oh thank you Professor Declan."

"It's the least I can do for my straight 'A' student." He said.

"You mean…"

"Take your seat Leah and let me hand out the papers."

She sat down. He handed her test paper face down. She turned it over and saw an 'A' on it.

"Holy shit! I got an 'A'!" She shouted.

"Um, Leah, could you please refrain from that kind of language in here." Professor Declan said with a smile.

Everyone laughed at her.

"Huh? Oh sorry everyone. It's just that I can't believe that I passed the test." She said with a smile.

"That's ok." He said.

She apologized again to Professor Declan before she left the room. After class she ran into her history Professor.

"Ms. Reynolds." He said in a deep voice.

"Hi Professor Blackman." She said looking up at him.

"I just wanted to tell you that you passed my history test with a 95. Very good Ms. Reynolds."

"Thank you Professor Blackman! You made my day and weekend." She said with a smile.

Leah, Patty and Jason continued to walk down the hallway to go back to their room.

"By the way Ms. Reynolds!" Professor Blackman shouted.

She turned around.

"I'll see you in my class on Monday at 11am sharp!" He said with a smile.

"Excellent!" She said with a smile.

"Have a great weekend!" He said waving good-bye.

"You too!" She shouted back.

"Leah why did you change your classes?" Patty asked her.

"Because I want to keep my afternoons free." She said with a smile.

When they got back to their room Leah quickly walked into the bathroom to get ready for her big date with Jimmy. After her shower, she got dressed, did her hair and make-up. There was a knock on her door.

"Patty can you get that!" She shouted from the bathroom.

"Sure." She said getting up to answer the door.

"Hi. Is Leah here?" Jimmy asked standing in the doorway.

"Yeah. Come in." She said looking at him.

Leah came out of the bathroom in her black dress. When he saw her he was so speechless that he just stared at her for a minute.

"You look absolutely beautiful."

"Thank you. You look handsome." She said blushing.

"Thanks." He smiled.

"Have a good time you two." Patty said looking at them.

"We will." Leah said leaving with Jimmy.

As they walked down the hall they passed Jason. He looked at her and couldn't believe how beautiful she looked.

"Hey Leah. Where are you going?" He asked.

"I'm taking her to dinner." Jimmy said.

"Have a good time." Jason said looking at them leaving.

"Thanks." She said walking out the door.

They got to his car. He opened the door for her and helped her in. He then walked around and got in and drove away.

"I love your car." She said to him.

"Thanks. I like it too." He said looking at her.

"I hope you like Italian food." He said.

"Yes I do. Where are we going?" She asked looking over at him.

"Good. We're going to Romano's Italian Restaurant." He gave her a quick glance as he was driving.

They pulled up to Romano's Italian Restaurant. He got out and walked around and helped her out. They walked up to the restaurant. He had his arm around her waist. When they reached the door he slipped in front of her to open the door for her.

"Thank you." She smiled at him.

"Hello." The hostess said.

"Hi. I have a reservation for two under the name Rockford."

"Rockford. Hmmm. Ahhh yes. Here it is. Please follow me." The hostess said with a smile.

He showed them to a nice cozy booth. He then laid down their menus.

"Your waiter will be right with you." The hostess said.

"Thank you." Jimmy said.

"Jimmy this place is beautiful." She said looking around and then at him.

"It is isn't it and so are you." He said looking at her.

She smiled at him when he said that to her.

"Excuse me. Would you two care for some cocktails?" The waiter asked.

"I'll have a diet coke." She said.

"Ok. And you sir?"

"I'll have a beer. Please."

"What kind sir?"

"I'll have a Bud." He said.

"Thank you. I'll be back to take your orders." The waiter said leaving.

Leah and Jimmy looked over their menus.

"See anything you like?" He asked looking at her.

"No not yet." She smiled at him.

"I'm going to have the Penne in vodka sauce." He said.

"Hmmm. That's sounds good. I think I'll have that too." She said.

"Should you really be having that? You're not the legal drinking age." He teased her.

She smiled at him and then said, "I hear if you cook with alcohol it evaporates so I won't be able to taste it."

"You sure?" He smiled at her.

"I'll order it and found out if it is true." She laughed.

He knew she was right for him. He hoped she felt the same way.

The waiter came back with their drinks and took their orders and then left.

"Leah."

"Yes." She said looking at him.

"I think Jason likes you." He said looking at her.

"How do you know?" She asked looking at him.

"The way he looked at you when we passed him in the hall and the way he's looking at you now." Jimmy said.

"He's here? Where?" She asked looking around.

Jimmy pointed over at the door.

"Damn! I can't believe he's here! He's really pissing me off! He thinks he's my body guard." She said angrily.

Jason walked over to their table.

"What are you doing here Jay?"

"I just wanted to make sure you were ok and arrived safely." He said looking at her.

"You see that I'm here and ok. So would you mind leaving!" She stated.

He shook his head 'no' and pushed himself next to her.

"JASON! What are you doing? Get out of here!" She said trying to push him out.

"NO!" He said.

"She said please leave!" Jimmy said looking at him.

Jason looked at Jimmy and said, "Look old man! I'm staying until after your dinner and then I'm taking her home."

"I SAID GET OUT OF HERE JASON! AND I MEAN IT!" She gave him a hard shove right off the booth chair.

Jason ended up on the floor. He got up and pulled her out of the booth.

"You're coming with me Leah!" He said trying to drag her out of the restaurant.

Jimmy got up and grabbed Jason by the arm and said, "She's not leaving with you! She's staying here!"

Jason went to punch Jimmy. Jimmy ducked and then punched Jason in the jaw. He went down hard.

"You'll regret that you did that! And you Leah! You'll regret staying here!" Jason said getting up.

Two BIG bouncer type guys grabbed Jason and threw him out of the restaurant.

"I'm so sorry that happened Jimmy. I don't know what got into him." Leah said as they sat down.

"It's ok." He said rubbing his hand.

"You ok. Let's get some ice on that." She said gently touching his hand.

"No that's ok. I'm fine." He said smiling at her.

After dinner they got back into his car and drove down to the beach. They parked near his trailer and walked down to the beach. They found some rocks to sit on. A slight breeze sent a chill over her. He noticed her shiver.

"Here take my jacket." He said taking off his jacket.

"Thanks." She said putting on his jacket.

She noticed how warm his jacket was and gave it a quick hug.

"Better."

"Much better." She said leaning against him.

He put his arm around her and rubbed her arm. She then looked up at him and he looked down at her and he leaned in to kiss her. Her whole body just went numb when he kissed her and gently touched her face with his hand. After they kissed they headed up to his trailer.

"Do you want any coffee?"

"Sure." She said taking off his jacket and gently laying it over a chair.

He went to make coffee while she used his bathroom. When she came out her coffee was waiting for her.

"Milk and sugar is right here for you." He said looking at her.

"Ok. Thanks." She said nervously.

He noticed that she seemed nervous all of the sudden.

"Leah is something wrong?" He asked looking at her.

"Um, no." She said looking at him.

"Why don't you sit here on the couch with me?" He asked.

"No that's ok. I'll sit here." She said sitting down on the chair.

"I'm not going to bite you." He laughed.

"I know." She said quietly.

She couldn't believe what she was feeling at that moment.

"Leah please tell me what's wrong? Did I do something to upset you?"

"No. No. You didn't do anything to upset me." She said looking at him.

"Then what's wrong?"

She looked at him and said nervously, "I'm, um, think that, I'm, um, falling in love with you."

"Is that so bad?" He asked getting up and walking over to her.

She looked at him and shook her head 'no'. He pulled her into his arms and gave her a big hug and then he kissed her. She couldn't believe how safe she felt in his arms at that moment. After they kissed they sat down on the couch.

"Jimmy can I ask you something?"

"Sure." He said sipping his cold coffee.

"Does it bother you that I'm 20 years old?"

"Not at all. Does it bother you that I'm 38 years old?"

"No. I don't care if you're 138." She said with a smile.

"Now that we got that out of the way, do you want more coffee? Mine's cold." He said getting up.

"Sure. Mine's cold too."

There was a knock at his door. He opened it up and in walked Angel.

"Angel what do you want?" He asked angrily.

"Jimmy you got to help me! I'm in trouble man!" He pleaded.

"What happened?" Jimmy asked handing Leah her coffee.

Angel looked at Leah and then at Jimmy.

"She's ok. Leah this is Angel. Angel this is Leah."

"Hi! They both said shaking hands.

"I'm in trouble. Really bad trouble." He said nervously.

"I hate to do this. Leah let me take you home. I don't want you part of this." Jimmy said looking at her.

"Ok." She said getting up.

They walked out of the trailer and got into his car.

"JIMMY HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO BE?" Angel shouted.

"Just stay in there! I'll be back." He said.

"Honey I'm so sorry. I didn't know he was going to come over." Jimmy said pulling out of the parking lot.

"It's ok. I'm starting to get tired." She lied.

When they reached her parking lot he pulled in and shut off the motor. He looked at her and asked if she had a good time.

"I did." She then leaned in and kissed him.

After she kissed him they got out and walked up to her dorm room. When they reached her room she leaned her back against the wall and pulled him close to her until their bodies touched. She then kissed him passionately. He couldn't believe what was happening. He wanted to make love to her right there.

"Leah. Please." He said pulling back and looking at her.

"What's wrong?" She asked looking at him.

"Not here."

"Then come inside." She said opening her door.

She opened her door and turned on the light. Patty wasn't around.

"I can't." He said to her.

She gently pushed him down on her bed and started to kiss him again. He wanted to but he realized that Patty might walk in on them. He gently pushed her back.

"What's wrong?" She asked.

"Leah look. I can't do this. Not here. Not now." He said getting up and rubbing the back of his neck.

"I'm sorry Jimmy." She said looking at him hoping he's not mad at her.

"I'm the one who should be sorry. I would love to make love to you here but I'm afraid that Patty might walk in on us." He said looking at her.

"You're right. I wasn't thinking." She said.

"Look why don't you come over around 3pm tomorrow. Dad and I are going to have a barbecue."

"I would love to." She said smiling at him.

"Then it's set. I'll see you at 3pm." He said kissing her good night.

He went to leave when Patty walked in.

"Hi." Patty said startled.

"Hi. Night Patty. Night Leah." He said leaving.

"Night." They both said.

After he left Leah walked into the bathroom to get undressed and ready for bed. When she came out Patty asked her how her night was.

"I had a great time." She said getting into bed and checking her messages.

She found a message from her dad. She decided that she'd call him in the morning. She shut off the light and lay down. The phone than rang.

"Hello?….Hey daddy!…I was going to call you tomorrow…..I miss you too….No I just got in….Doing good…Date…He's nice….He took me to an Italian restaurant….Penne in vodka sauce….No I didn't taste the vodka….Hahaha very funny daddy…Huh?….Oh my tests. I aced them….English I got an 'A' and history I got a '95'…Thanks…So far so good…Not a clue yet….I know I'll find something but what? I don't know….Ok she yawned. Daddy I'm going to go to bed….I'll call her in the morning…Love you too. Have the sweetest dreams….Night." She hung up the phone.

"How is your dad Leah?" Patty asked.

"Good. Thanks for asking." She said drifting off to sleep.

The next day her phone rang. She looked over at her clock and noticed that it was 9:30am.

"Hello. She said groggily.

"Hey Tay!….Doing good…Congratulations on what?….Oh on my tests. Thanks….He's 29….What?….Yeah he's cute…Did daddy say anything to you?…No I was just wondering…So how's school?…Good to hear…You have a boyfriend?…What's his name and does daddy and mom approve…Daddy does and mom's not sure about him. It figures….So what's his name?…Frankie…He's a junior in school? Yeah and what else?…What! Stacey Greensite is pregnant?…Whose the father?…Michael Fitzpatrick? Isn't he the one you liked in fifth grade?…Oh man!…Huh?…You got an audition for a commercial today? For what?….For a jeans commercial?…Oh my god Tay! Good for you….Ok. Good luck…Love you too Tay…Yeah I'll talk to her…Miss you and good luck again…Bye…Hi mom…Thank you…Yes I have a boyfriend….29….He's cute….That's a personal question mom and I don't have to answer that….So what do you think of Frankie?….Why not?…Too old? Tay said he's a junior….She's a sophomore….Yeah ok whatever….Mom that's not going to happen to Tay. She's not like Stacey Greensite….No! She's not!…Look mom I have to go….I didn't have breakfast yet….Ok bye." She hung up the phone and hopped into the shower.

When she got out she got ready and headed to the Pastry Shop for some breakfast. When she returned Jason was sitting by her door waiting for her.

"Good morning Leah." Jason said getting up.

"Hi Jay. What are you doing here?" She asked looking at him.

"I came by to apologize for last night." He said looking at her.

She looked at him and noticed that he was really sorry.

"Jay why did you do that?" She asked opening her door.

"I just lost it because you were with him and not me." Jay said sitting down on her bed.

She looked at Jay when he said that.

"Leah I'm in love with you." He said looking at her.

"Jay I'm flattered that you are but I like you as a friend not a boyfriend." She said straightening out her side of the room.

"Yeah well I'm going to make you love me." He said grabbing her by the arm and pushing her down on her bed.

"Jay! What the hell are you doing?" She asked.

"You're going to love me the way you should!" He said unbuttoning his pants.

She realized what he was doing and said, "Jay don't do this! Please!"

He then looked at her. He quickly buttoned up his pants and ran out of the room. She lay there for a minute and then got up.

"Hey Leah! What's up with Jason?" Patty asked walking in.

"He…He…Tried to rape me." Leah said crying.

"What!" Patty said looking at her.

She shook her head 'yes' and sat down on her bed.

"What provoked this?" Patty asked sitting next to her.

"Last night Jason showed up at the restaurant and made a scene. He went to hit Jimmy but Jimmy hit him first. He said to Jimmy and I that we are going to regret it. Then Jay was thrown out. Now I know what he meant when he said that to us. Look I have to get out of here." Leah said grabbing her things and leaving.

She ran out of the building and got into her car and sped away. She ended up at the beach. She looked at her watch and noticed it was noon. She took off her shoes and walked down the beach. She found a place on the rocks to sit. While she was sitting there she thought about what Jason was going to do to her. Then she started to cry.

"Leah is that you?" Rocky asked walking over to her.

She looked up wiping her eyes.

"Hi Rocky." She said softly.

"What's the matter? You and Jimmy have a fight?" He asked sitting next to her.

"Huh? No. No. We didn't have a fight."

"Then what's wrong?" He asked looking at her.

"Last night this guy Jason showed up at the restaurant where Jimmy and I were and he made a scene." She said looking at him.

"Jimmy told me. What else?"

"Well this morning after I came back from breakfast Jason was waiting for me by my room. He said he was sorry for what had happened. I believed him Rocky. I actually believed him." She said crying.

He put his arms around her and hugged her. She then composed herself and went on with the story. While she was telling Rocky the part about Jason trying to rape her, she didn't know Jimmy was there.

"I'll kill him!" Jimmy said angrily.

She turned around and saw him standing there. Rocky then got up and left them alone.

"Are you ok Leah?" Jimmy asked holding her.

"Yes." She said crying.

He lifted up her head and wiped away her tears. She smiled up at him.

"Come on. Let's get you freshened up." He said as they got up and headed back to the trailer.

They went inside and he led her to his bathroom. While she was freshening up Jimmy went back outside to start the grill.

"How is she Jimmy?"

"She's very shaken up dad." He said looking at his dad sadly.

"I'm sure she is." Rocky said walking over to him.

"How could he try to do that to her? She doesn't deserve that!" Jimmy said angrily.

"He's a jerk. He's stupid!" Rocky said.

When she came out they looked at her. Jimmy walked over to her and asked her if she was all right.

"Yes thank you. Look Jimmy I'm going back to school. I don't want to bother you with this. It's not right." She said looking at him.

"Leah. Please stay." He said hugging her.

"Jimmy I can't. It's not right for me to ruin you and your dad's barbecue." She said hugging him.

Rocky came over after she said that and said, "Leah I would like for you to stay. You're not ruining our barbecue. Honest."

She looked at Rocky and then at Jimmy and said, "Ok. But let me at least get something for dessert."

"You don't have to. We have plenty here." Rocky said smiling at her.

"Please." She said.

"Sure you can." Jimmy said walking her to her car.

"I'll be right back." She said kissing him.

"I'll be waiting." He kissed her back.