I grabbed the cordless and went up to my room.

"Hello, Peeza Pizza. If you have a pizza coupon, please let me know before you order. What would you like today?" I asked in a fake southern voice.

"Ummm...I think I have the wrong number," I heard someone say and hang up. Whoever it was called right back.

"Hello, Hooker Hotel. What can I do to you?" I asked in another voice. I heard a baffled mutter.

"Shit. Sorry..wrong number"...click. They called again.

"Hello, who is this?" I paused. Just as the person began speaking, I interrupted with "You've reached the Sutters. Unfortunately we're not in. Leave you name please, a brief message and number after the beep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!" I said. A flustered message resulted in "I just... ? Well I was. Fuck. Just. I'll see you around maybe, I guess wait...-!"

I burst into giggles." This is Kristen. Who is this?" I asked.

"Oh, your home. This is Alex. I got your number from this girl Jessica. I hope that's ok?" He sounded a bit relieved.

"Yeah. That's cool. What's up?" I asked.

"Nothing I guess. She just said to call. I kept getting the number wrong somehow."

"Heehee. That was me. Just fuckin' around."

"Oh. Funny. Specially the last one."

There was a pause. I almost hang up.

"...So...?"He said.

I didn't know what to say. "Well, a bunch of us are going to a movie later. Wanna come?"

"Yeah. That'd be cool." He said, almost too happily. A warning bell flashed in my head.

"Can you call me back in 4 minutes?" I asked.

"Four? Haha. I usually hear three or five. Ok, four minutes" He answered.

I hang up and called Jessie.

"Who is this Alex person?" I demanded.

"Excuse me? Who did you want?" Her mother picked up.

"Oh, sorry . It's Kristy. Can you put Jessie on? It's an emergency." I apologized. She put me on hold while she got Jess.

"Hello?" A little kid said a few seconds later.

"Hello?" I answered.

"Hi" the kid said back. I guessed it was Jessie's cousin. I heard a little shuffling, then a breathless "Girl?"

"Who is this Alex person!" I demanded angrily.

"Chill. He's this cute guy who I thought you'd like."

"Are you sure he's cute?" I asked suspiciously.

"You know I don't mess with ugly people."

"Yeah, but you referred him to me." I had a point.

"Well, he's cute. I just didn't like him. He's too nice, but that's perfect for you." She answered.

"Hmmmm..Well then. I invited him to the movie later."

"See? I knew you'd like him!"

"All right. I'm going. I just wanted to know. Come pick me up later"


I hang up. While waiting for the phone to ring, I began picking out an outfit for tonight that could look good enough to party in, but normal enough for a movie-turned-blind-date.

I had settled on a shimmery black minidress and my new pink boots. My eyes were lined with heavy black to cover the red rims from all the crying.