Jillian and Charles had planned date night for three weeks and was not about to let their teenage daughter ruin it. They bribed her a trip to the mall before hitting the old movie theater on Third.
As they rounded the corner, Stephanie saw the movie poster. Her eyes bulged as pulled her face down. “Oh my gawd! Seriously!”
Jillian sighed. Why couldn’t Steph love old time love stories like she did? “Don’t be that way. It’s an unrequited love story staring –“
“Some old fart and a lady showing more skin than I’m allowed to,” Stephanie interrupted.
Charles chuckled. She had a point but he wasn’t about to get involved in this one.
“That old fart happens to be a heartthrob of his day,” Jillian said. “And still is, if I’m being honest.”
Stephanie turned bright red, flapped her arms around, groaned loudly. People waiting in line turned to watch. Jillian sighed and shook her head.
“Don’t be so melodramatic,” she said. The theater doors opened and the line began to move. “Perfect timing,” she whispered to Charles.
Stephanie was not happy about spending two hours in a seat watching an old black and white movie, but only agreed to not make a scene after Charles bought more snacks than she could eat. Although he thought she only kept ordering so that she could keep looking at the young man behind the counter.
The movie started and everything went well until near the halfway mark.
“Oh, Rebecca,” Vincent said, grabbing her shoulders, “don’t go like that. I love you!”
Rebecca turned her face away from him. “You love bullfighting more. I … I thought I could wait -“
“After I win tonight, I’ll retire. Champion. Then I’ll never be a matador again.”
She looked longingly into his eyes. She wanted to believe him. She loved him. “You promise?”
“With all my heart, my love.”
“Kiss me, Vincent. Like you mean it. Kiss me like you used to under the olive tree.”
Stephanie’s hand stalled on its way from the popcorn tub and her mouth hung open. Charles inhaled deeply and stared at the screen not wanting to say what he was thinking.
“What kind of sap is that!”
Charles and Stephanie looked at Jillian and exhaled. At least someone said what they were all thinking.
She looked at her family’s expression and laughed. “Anyone up for Predator VI?”