Sunny couldn’t believe how different he was. A good-looking
boy at eighteen, he was now a real hunk, with a handsome face plus
a fabulous muscled chest and shoulders nicely filled out and
outlined his t-shirt. She had watched the powerful muscles in his
arms work as he attached the new spigot. She was curious where
had he been and what he was doing now.
Sunny put her clothes away, then took a shower. She selected a spring-like dress with a small flower print in blue and lavender on
a white background, accentuating her blue eyes. She pulled out her
lavender shawl and khaki sandals with little heels, as she was
already five foot five. She had been called a natural beauty, so a
little blush, lipstick and mascara was all she needed. She thought
she looked pretty good for someone whose life had fallen apart. She
heard a soft rap on the door. He was right on time.
“Sunny,” he called.
“Coming, Mickey…uh, Mike,” she called from her bedroom.
When she walked out, Mike started to cough, choking on his
“Are you all right?” she asked.
“You sure have changed,” he said, his eyes red and watery
but still able to take her in.
“You’re repeating yourself,” she said.
“You look great, Sunny,” Mike managed, his eyes looking her
over with approval.
“Thanks. Where are we going?”
“I thought we could go to Homer’s, down by the lake,
“Yes, I remember a restaurant there, but it wasn’t called
“It is now. They’ve renovated the place and it’s pretty
nice…for up here. Now if you’ve been living in New York City, you
might not be impressed,” he said, holding the door open.
“I never got to go there when I was a kid…too expensive.”
“Expensive? Not now.”
“It was for my parents.”
“It isn’t for me, so don’t worry. You can sit by the window
overlooking the lake. See if the fish are biting.”
“What I wouldn’t have given to be going out for a burger with
you when I was thirteen,” Sunny admitted, unable to hide a smile.
“Better late than never,” he said, closing the door and joining
her on the path.
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