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Brittany was grateful that her job kept her busy. She didn't have time to think about her upcoming date with Santana. They still hadn't set the actual date, but the promise of one was enough to keep her excited.
She had today off, but knew that Santana was on duty. Brittany had gotten home late and had woken up to a text from Santana wishing her a good morning. Brittany smiled.
She immediately texted back.
Now, it was past noon and Brittany wondered if she should text Santana again. She had gone to her favorite cafe for lunch.
"I thought that was you," Brittany heard Tina say. She looked up to see Tina standing in front of her.
"Hey," Brittany greeted. She motioned Tina to sit down, "Day off?"
"Yes," Tina said, sitting down, "Finally. Oh hey, heard about your big arrest the other night. Well done!"
"Thanks," Brittany said, "But it wasn't just me. Santana was there too."
"Right, Santana," Tina said, slowly, "Speaking of Officer Lopez, I heard you two aren't partners anymore."
"Nope," Brittany said, "My regular partner finished up his case and came back."
"Are you happy about that?" Tina asked, trying to sound like she wasn't fishing for information.
Brittany smiled, "Yes I am. I like Jim, he's a great partner."
"Oh," Tina said, sounding a bit disappointed, "I wold have thought you and Santana would hit it off."
"We did," Brittany said smiling, "I mean, it was a bit rocky the first day, but by the third night it was like we'd found our groove."
"Three days being partners is too short," Tina said, "But I'm sure it's better to work days instead of nights."
"Yes it is," Brittany said. She knew what Tina really wanted to hear, "But, it's better that Santana and I aren't partners."
"Why?" Tina asked.
"Because then we wouldn't be able to go out on a date," Brittany said coyly.
"What?" Tina asked, stunned, but with a smile on her face, "A date?"
"Well, it's more of a 'let's see what this is' thing," Brittany said.
"That's fantastic!" Tina said happily, "I knew it! I told Santana I had a vibe about you two."
"You did?" Brittany asked, "How?"
"I don't know," Tina explained, "I just did. Oh man, this is so great. Santana hasn't really dated anyone since Danni and I was..."
"Danni?" Brittany asked, curious, "Who's Danni."
"Santana's ex-girlfriend," Tina said, "They dated for almost a year. Santana was totally crazy for her, but that witch broke her heart. Moved away...to which I say good riddance. I never liked her."
"So Santana was in love with her?" Brittany asked, a pang of jealousy hitting her.
"Yes," Tina said, then realizing what she was saying, tried to clarify, "I mean maybe... don't know."
Brittany knew her jealousy was irrational. Of course Santana had relationships before now. That was in the past. Brittany also had past relationships, everyone did.
"Where is Danni now?" Brittany asked.
"Canada," Tina said, "Some job or something. Anyway, when are you and Santana going out?"
"We haven't set anything up yet," Brittany said, "Not these next couple of days for sure. Different schedules."
"Well, let me know as soon as you set a date," Tina said, "Oh, you know, I don't have your number."
Brittany smiled, and exchanged numbers with Tina.
Not only had she gotten a date with Santana, but looks like she had gained a friend as well.
Santana walked into her house after a long shift. It was almost 9 and she was tired. She had wanted to call Brittany all day, but didn't have the time. Santana had received a text from Brittany that simply said "Hi" and, to her surprise, Santana found that that simple word put her in a great mood.
She went to the kitchen to pour herself a glass of wine. Once in hand, she took her glass and phone to the living room. As she sat down, the phone rang. Santana smiled.
"Hi," Santana greeted, "Funny, I was just going to call you."
"I wanted to see if your number worked for actual calls and not just texts," Brittany said, "How was your shift?"
"Exhausting," Santana said, smiling, "I'm glad to be home. How was your day off?"
"Great," Brittany said, "Went hiking, shopping and hung out with Tina for a while."
"Tina?" Santana asked surprised, "I didn't know you guys were hang out buddies."
"We are now," Brittany said, "I ran into her at a cafe I like to go to."
"Which cafe?" Santana asked.
"It's called The Coral Reef," Brittany said, "It's on..."
"I know exactly where it is," Santana interrupted, "I love that place."
"You do?" Brittany asked, "You go there?"
"All the time," Santana said.
"So this whole time, we've been going to the same cafe?" Brittany asked, "That's crazy."
"It is," Santana said, smiling.
"I've never seen you there," Brittany said.
"Maybe you have and you just don't remember," Santana said.
"I would have remembered seeing you," Brittany said, feeling bold.
"I would have remembered seeing you too," Santana said, "I guess our schedules were working against us meeting sooner."
"I guess so," Brittany said softly. Santana loved this feeling she felt when talking to Brittany. It was a feeling she hadn't felt in a long time. But this was different. There seemed to be something...more.
"Have you decided on where you're going to take me on our date?" Santana asked.
"I thought you were taking me?" Brittany asked with a chuckle, "I need to know if you're paying so I can order shrimp."
Santana let out a laugh. She realized she had laughed more times this past week than she had in months.
"First things first," Santana said, "We need to pick a day. How about tomorrow night?"
"That's Quinn's dinner," Brittany said.
"Oh right," Santana said, remembering.
"We could go together," Brittany suggested.
"Is that a good idea?" Santana asked, not really wanting her first date with Brittany to include all of their friends.
"You're right," Brittany said, "We'll be watched by the prying eyes of our friends."
"Yes we will," Santana said with a small laugh, "Let's not tell anyone about us...I mean, about us going out."
Brittany was silent.
"Umm," Brittany began, "I sort of told Tina."
"Oh," Santana said, "What did she say?"
"She was very happy," Brittany said, "To say the least."
"I bet she was," Santana said, smiling.
"Maybe she hasn't told anyone yet," Brittany said, "I could call her..."
"You can try," Santana said, "But I'm pretty sure she's called everyone by now."
"It's OK," Santana assured, "I just didn't want our first date to be breaking news."
"Well, the damage is done," Brittany said, "We'll just have to keep our distance at the dinner."
"Maybe we should," Santana said.
"And here I was going to pick you up in a limo," Brittany teased.
"I guess that's my loss," Santana said laughing.
"I'll let you get some rest," Brittany said, "I'll see you tomorrow at dinner."
"I'll see you," Santana said, her voice a bit flirty, "Have a good night."
"You too," Brittany said, "And don't worry. I had a talk with Lord Tubbington and he won't prank call you."
"Thank you for that," Santana said with a big smile on her face.
Both women hung up wishing for tomorrow.
Brittany's second day off had consisted of mostly driving all over town for a new dress. She wanted to look good for the dinner. She wanted to look good for Santana.
She had chosen to wear a lose fitting black dress for the dinner. It fit her perfectly at the top and loosened at it went down to her knees, her hair down.
Quinn was sending a limo to come pick her up.
Even though this wasn't their first date, Brittany was a bundle of nerves at seeing Santana tonight. She hadn't felt like this in a long time. The anticipation of getting to know someone new, the feeling of possibility. Her last relationship had ended almost six months ago, when Jesse had moved to Florida. Brittany had been so busy with the academy that dating took a back seat.
There was a honk. The limo had arrived.
Santana looked at herself in her bedroom mirror making sure the light purple dress she had chosen fit perfectly. She wanted to look good tonight.
She was waiting on Sam and Mercedes who were going to pick her up. Just as she was about to touch up her make up, there was a honk.
"Here we go," Santana said to herself.
Santana got her things and headed out front to the the waiting car.
"Wow, you look great!" Sam said as Santana got in the back seat.
"You do," Mercedes agreed.
"Well, we are going to the mayor's house," Santana said, "I figured I should look good."
"And it has nothing to do with Officer Pierce?" Sam teased.
Santana let out a breath, "Maybe a little."
"This is great," Mercedes said a she drove, "I'm glad you met someone. You should bring her by the house."
"Whoa, let's wait a minute," Santana said, "Let me go on a date with her first, then we'll see about bringing her over. This is why I don't like telling you guys things."
"You've changed," Sam said.
"Changed?" Santana asked, confused, "How?"
"I mean that you just seem more...mellow," Sam explained.
"Yes," Sam said, "You've been a bit..."
"Cranky?" Mercedes suggested.
"Sure, cranky," Sam said, "But there's been a harsh edge to you Santana. Then you meet this woman, and you're smiling more."
"I am not," Santana said, smiling.
"I can see you smiling through the review mirror," Mercedes said.
"You watch the road," Santana said, causing Mercedes to laugh.
"I can't wait to met her," Sam said.
Santana took a deep breath.
Looks like Brittany and I are the main attraction for tonight, Santana thought.
"Why are you looking at me like that?" Brittany asked Puck.
The limo had picked Puck up first, then gone to get Brittany. They now were on their way to the Hollywood Hills, where the mayor lived.
"You look nice," Puck said.
"Well thanks," Brittany said with a smile, "So do you."
Puck had on a grey suit and skinny black tie. Brittany remembered the first time she had seen Puck in a suit and how it just seemed to strange. But Brittany soon found that Puck, for all his tough exterior was just a boy who liked to dress up.
"Too nice," Puck said, with a smile.
"I didn't realize there was such a thing as looking too nice," Brittany said.
"Could this extra effort have anything to do with Officer Lopez?" Puck said, her smile now a grin.
"It's the mayor's dinner," Brittany said, "I dressed for the occasion."
"Mmm...hmmm," Puck said, unconvinced.
Brittany just smiled.
"So is this your first date?" Puck asked.
"How did you know about the date?" Brittany asked, surprised.
"Since when do you and Tina hang out?" Brittany asked.
"Hey, I talk to everyone," Puck said.
Brittany let out a breath, "I guess I was kidding myself to thinking that Tina wouldn't say anything."
"Yes you were," Puck said.
"No," Brittany said, "This isn't our date."
Puck said nothing and just smiled.
"What?" Brittany asked.
"This should be very entertaining," Puck said.
- TBC -