"But-! I-! Catherine-! Why-!"
"Please, Sara? Just do this for me, please!" Catherine begged. "I know you have the night off, but please! My mother's sick and my sister's out of town and Lindsey has no one else to stay with! I have a tough shift tonight!"
Sara sighed as she looked at Catherine. She was practically on her knees begging.
"Okay…" Sara said closing her eyes but opened them quickly as Catherine hugged her tightly.
"THANK YOU!" she said happily.
"Sure…" Sara said panting for breath after the tight hug. "But…what am I going to do with her?"
"Just take her to a movie or dinner or something and then take her to your apartment for a while until I come and pick her up. I can give you money," Catherine said already reaching into her pocket for her wallet.
"No, it's okay, I can pay for it. Go catch some bad guys," Sara said and Catherine smiled as she headed towards the door. "I'll drop Lindsey off at seven." And with that she left.
Sara smiled nervously and slid down to the floor sighing.
"I'm not good with kids…" she muttered to herself and rubbed her temple.
Catherine smiled as she drove off. "I get Sara out of the house and Lindsey has someone to stay with. It's a win-win situation!" she said to herself and drove to her house.
"Lindsey!" she called. Soon a small little girl with a strong resemblance to Catherine ran out of her room and hugged Catherine. "Hey!" she smiled hugging the small girl.
"Hey, mom!" she smiled looking up at her.
"Hey Lindsey- you know Sara from work?" Catherine asked sitting down. Lindsey sat across from her and nodded. "She's going to take you to dinner tonight while I'm at work, okay?" Lindsey smiled. "Okay! I've never spent any time with Sara before!" she was obviously excited and Catherine smiled.
Sara woke up when her cell phone rumbled. She picked up her phone. "Sidle…" she answered yawning.
"Hey Sara, it's Catherine. Were you asleep?"
Sara quickly rubbed her eyes to wake herself up. "Oh, uh no. What's up?"
"Oh, well…I've been knocking at your door for a few minutes now. It's 7:06."
Sara's eyes widened as she looked over at the clock.
"I'm sorry, Catherine! I was taking a little nap and—"
"Hey, it's okay. Just open the door," she laughed and hung up. Sara ran over to the door, fixing her hair a bit and opened the door.
"Hey Lindsey," she said smiling at the little girl standing in the doorway.
"Hey Sara!" she smiled and gave her a hug.
Sara smiled and looked up at Catherine.
"Well, I'll leave you two alone and go catch some criminals. I'll be back soon to pick you up, Lindsey," Catherine said before giving her a kiss and a quick hug and walking out. "Thanks again, Sara," she said thanking her before driving off.
"So…what do you want to do, Lindsey?" Sara asked closing the door to her apartment.
"I'm kind of hungry," she said, already taking a seat in a small recliner in the living room.
"Okay, would you like to go out?" Sara asked her, now sitting across from her.
"Okay!" she said. Sara smiled- the little girl was like a mini clone of Catherine.
"Okay, let me get my jacket and then we'll head out," Sara said standing up and walking into the kitchen where she grabbed her jacket off of the counter and slipped her wallet into her pocket. "Okay, let's go," she said and Lindsey bolted up from the chair, running out of the apartment.
Sara laughed as she closed and locked the door, heading to her car.
On the drive to the restaurant Lindsey told Sara about her day at school and pretty much her life in a nutshell. Sara just listened intently, ever now and then laughing at the little girl's jokes. They arrived at the restaurant and they walked inside.
"Mom says you're a vegetarian," Lindsey said sitting across from Sara.
She nodded. "Yeah, she's right."
"How can you only eat plants?" Lindsey asked.
"Well…it's a rather gross story, Lindsey. Maybe I'll tell you later," she laughed a little and Lindsey nodded. A waitress came and took their orders.
"She's a sweet little girl. Is she your daughter?" the woman asked looking at Sara with a smile.
Sara raised a brow- they didn't look alike in any way.
"She's my friend's daughter," Sara quickly said.
She nodded. "Ah, well you tell your friend she has a precious little girl," she said walking off after ruffling Lindsey's hair.
"I'm 13! Why does everyone treat me like a little kid?" Lindsey asked pouting.
Sara laughed. "Well, Lindsey- you are a teenager and a very smart girl, but you are still only 13."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Lindsey asked.
"Well, you are still young," Sara added.
"I guess you're right," Lindsey said as their food came. They ate in between laughing- the little girl talked and talked about the little things she had done at school with her friends and that she had done with her mother.
"You love your mom very much, Lindsey," Sara said smiling.
"Yeah, but I don't see her very much," she said with a slight frown.
"You know she loves you too, Lindsey. She's just very busy. You know what? She talks about how much she misses you at work all the time," Sara said smiling.
"She does?" Lindsey asked a bit surprised.
"Of course she does!" Sara added as she took another bite of her salad. Lindsey had a smile on her face that lasted until the end of dinner.