Chapter 4- Rematch
Me,Riley and Sky were walking to the restaurant downtown.
We were laughing and joking around when we walked in, and what we saw surprised us. Squints, Benny, and Wendy were all sitting at the counter beside each other. Squints by Wendy, and Benny on the other side of him. Benny saw us first, and he smiled and waved us over. "Hey Demi." He greeted me, and I saw Riley and Sky grin at each other when he only said my name. I smiled back, "Hey Benny." I replied, looking at Wendy and Squints, who were both blushing and smiling at each other. "Can we sit by you?" I asked, and he motioned to the seat next to him. I thanked him and Sky and Riley sat down beside me.
"So hows the hunt going for a place to play?"
I sighed, I didn't really wanna talk about it, but I did anyway. "Well, we got a place, but it cost over $150, so we are trying to get some jobs round town n stuff." I explained, and his face fell a little. "Oh I see. That sucks." I nodded as the waitress came over and asked us if we wanted everything. Sky and Ri ordered milkshakes, but I wasn't hungry. "You want one Dem?" Sky asked me, but I shook my head. "No thanks." I said nicely, and the waitress walked away. I turned back to Benny and nodded at Squints and Wendy. "So are they like…dating?" I asked, remembering a few weeks ago when Squints faked his drowning just to kiss Wendy, and Benny smiled and nodded.
"Yeah, he asked her a few days ago."
"Oh, their an..interesting couple." I responded, not really knowing what else to say. Benny laughed a little, "I know, a little surprising." I smiled back at him and couldn't help but notice he had a really cute laugh. He leaned back and I noticed his Dodgers jersey on. "Nice shirt." I said, and he grinned. "Thanks." I didn't really know what to say, so after a few minutes of silence, I got up. "Im gunna go find a job. See ya later." I told the girls, and they nodded and a hot guy walked past, making them both blush. I rolled my eyes, "Don't get pregnant guys, I still need a team!" I yelled, making them blush even more when the guy turned around. I laughed and walked out of the door, and Benny came running after me.
"Mind if I join you?"
I smiled , "Its kool." I said, and we walked in silence for a few seconds. "So, do you have any brothers or sisters?" he asked randomly, and I shook my head. "Nope, you?" I asked back, and he nodded. "One older brother." I nodded a little, "Do you play any other sports besides baseball?" I asked, and Benny thought for a second. "I'll play football in the fall, but that's it. You?" I nodded, "Yeah, I play basketball in the spring." I said, and he nodded. "Kool." I smiled and nodded. "Yup…" It was silent again and I wanted to vanish off the face of the earth it was so akward. I wondered why Benny wasn't playing baseball today.
"Why aren't you playing today?"
He looked up and shrugged. "Well everyone else is apparently really busy, so I just started wondering around." I got an idea in my head. "I'll play with you. If you want that is." I quickly said, and he smiled big at me. "Thad be great." I smiled and we started running to the Sandlot, Benny beating me by a lot. "Jeez your fast." I said as I breathed hard, while he just stood there barley even breathing. "I know I am." He said grinning, and I smiled a little as he ran over and grabbed the bat. He came back over and handed it to me, "Ladies first." He said smiling, and I grinned back.
"Trust me, Im no lady."
Benny smiled and ran out to the pitchers mound, while I stepped in the batters box. "Do you wanna just hit the balls until we run out, then switch?" I yelled out to him, and he gave me a thumbs up. I smiled and wound up to bat. He threw it right across the plate, and I swung at it, feeling the good feeling of the ball cracking on the bat. It went to left center, and Benny clapped a little and I bowed, laughing as I did so. "Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week!" Benny laughed and I hit the balls until they were all gone. I helped Benny pick um up and then it was his turn. I spit on the ball and pitched it to him, he smashed it to center, and now it was my turn to clap.
Hje gave me another thumbs up, and I returned it. The rest of the day went on like that, laughing, having fun, and messing around. It was about 7 when we decided to go home, but a certain jack-ass stopped us. We were laughing at a joke and standing on home plate, when Phillips and his gang came on their bikes, riding by us and stopping right by me. I glared at him, and almost laughed when I saw the thing he was wearing on his nose. "Nice nose Phillips!" I laughed, and Benny smiled at me. Phillips scowled and got off his bike. "Look what we have here boys. What a cute couple, the loser, and the reject." His gang laughed, but I didn't really see what was funny about that. I looked at Benny and he shrugged. I turned back to Phillips. "Why are you here Phillips? To show off your new nose?" I asked, and Benny grinned while Phillips glared at me.
"Shut up girl."
Girl? Wow he's bad a comebacks. "Your really bad at comebacks Phillips." Benny said, scowling at him, and Phillips walked up to his face. "I wouldn't be talking Rodriguez. I don't play on a team of losers, and look where it got me." I rolled my eyes and Benny glared at him. "Shut your mouth Phillips, we crushed your team last time we played, remember?" he reminded him, and Phillips backed up a little. "I want a rematch." He stated, and I snorted. "We all want things Phil." I said, and he looked at me. "Shut up Demi, this doesn't involve you." he turned back to Benny, "Whatta say Rodriguez, rematch?" he asked, and Benny looked at me for a second.
Phillips smiled and got back on his bike. "Saturday, 5'oclock. Be there." he spit, and him and his gang rode away on their bikes. After they left, I turned to Benny and gave him a weird look. "That kid has issues." I said, and he laughed lightly and started walking to the fence. "Yeah he does. Hey, will you help me with something?" he asked, stopping by the gate. I nodded and watched him for a second. "Will you help me get word out to the guys bout the rematch?" he asked, and I almost thought he was nervous about asking me. I smiled and nodded, "Sure, I got nothing better to do." Benny smiled and we started walking to Small's house, the closest to the Sandlot and Benny's house.
As we approached his pink house, I looked down the street to my house. "Jeez, I never knew you and Smalls lived on this street." I stated, and Benny nodded as he knocked on the door. Smalls came out, still in his pajamas, and boy did he look sick. Benny looked at him concered. "Are you okay Smalls?" he asked, and Smalls sat down on the steps and shook his head.
"No, im sick."
He coughed after his sentence, and he sounded as bad as he looked. Benny nodded and sat down beside him. "Well, we were just coming to tell you that we have a rematch game with Phillips team on Saturday." He said, and Smalls looked sad now. "Dang, I probably wont be able to come if-" he stopped and coughed some more, and I put a hand on his shoulder comfortingly. "Don't worry bout it kid, just get better ya hear?" I said smiling, and he looked up at me a little surprised, but he nodded. Benny smiled and got up. "We'll come visit you tomorrow kay?" he yelled back at Smalls, and he nodded and went inside. Benny turned to me a little surprised again.
"I didn't know you were so good at making people feel better."
I blushed a little and looked down. "I guess I've had a lot of practice." I said, and his face fell a little. "Oh." I nodded and we got to his house and he turned to me. "Do you wanna come inside? I gotta put my glove back before we go to everyone else's houses." Benny said, and I nodded. "Sure." I followed him inside his house, and I was amazed at how nice it was. "Nice house." I said kinda awkwardly, and he smiled a little. "Thanks." He went in his room and I stayed in the kitchen, just looking at all the fine china, when a woman came in and stopped when she saw me. "Oh, are you that one girl I saw with Benny yesterday?" she asked smiling, and I smiled and nodded. "Yeah, im Demi." I shoo her hand nicely and she studied me for a second.
"My Benny had good taste."
"MOM!" I heard Benny yell from his room, and I blushed a little. His mom smiled and laughed at Benny's red face when he came in the room. "Sorry dear, but she really is pretty." I blushed darker and Benny about died from embarrassment. "Okay mother, we're leaving before you say anything else!" he pulled me along with him to the front door, and I could still hear his mother laughing as we walked down the street.