I was all dressed for fishing. Jane had just called me that the car that was going to pick us was already outside and I headed out. I got to the car, and I was about entering when I saw Gwen sitting between Jane and her beautiful cousin Karen.
“What’s are you doing here, Gwendolyn?” I asked, surprised and angry at the same time.
“We met her in front of the house. She told us that she wanted to come fishing, but you told her she couldn’t because she’s young.”
“You!’ I gritted my teeth angrily at her. Sandwiched under the protective wings of both Jane and Karen, there was little that I could do about it. She must have known this too because she stuck her tongue out at me too and giggled mischievously.
I got into the car angrily, and Andy drove on. I had single-handedly come up with the idea of a hangout, and I had told Jane to invite her cousin, Karen. The main reason was that even though, I had only seen Karen twice, I liked her. I, therefore, brought the idea up so that I could spend more time with her. She wasn’t attending the same school with Andy, Jane and I had barely had an opportunity to impress her before. This was my only chance, and Gwendolyn had started to ruin the chance even before the outing started at all.
I glanced back at Gwendolyn, and I was about giving her a very dirty look when I realized that Karen’s eyes were on me. I quickly smiled at Karen and turned back.
Soon enough, we got to the Golf course where we planned on having our picnic and bass fishing. Andy parked the car, and we got everything out of the car trunk. Andy, Jane, Karen, Katie, Gwendolyn and I all stood by the lake and started fishing.
The rule at the lake was that every fish that caught was to be returned right back into the lake. Karen was the first person to catch a fish, and I cheered loudly. Andy was second with a fairly big fish. Soon enough, Gwendolyn also caught a fish, and the fish was so big that her small limbs couldn’t lift it out of the lake. I had to help her lift it out of the lake. Andy caught another fish and Jane, and Katie caught their firsts. That left me being the other person that hasn’t caught even a single fish.
“Would you like me to show you how to catch a fish properly?” Andy joked.
“Let’s take a break or what do you all think?” Karen said, and I heaved a sigh of relief. I was beginning to feel embarrassed by the fact that I had not been able to catch a fish and it seemed as though my endeavors to impress Karen were going down the drain.
We went back to our picnic basket, and we all munched on sandwiches. Soon enough, I saw Karen take a book out of her bag and walk a few feet away from everyone else. I must have been staring longingly at her because Gwendolyn nudged me lightly.
“What?” I scowled at her.
She leaned over and whispered in my ears. “You like her, don’t you?”
“It’s none of your business,” I replied to her and she stuck her tongue out at me again.
She got up to her feet and went over to where Karen was.
“You are drawing the trees,” Gwendolyn said to her.
“Yes. Do you like to draw too?” Karen asked.
“No, I like to sing,” Gwen replied, “I would like to be like Beyonce when I grow up.”
Everyone laughed at this.
“Phil likes to draw. He once did a painting of our dog,” she continued.
“Really?” Karen asked.
“Yes,” Gwen nodded.
“Phil,” Karen said, turning to face me, a pleasant expression on her face, “do you really draw?”
“I…ehm…I do…I draw sometimes but…its nothing big…you know…I draw,” I stuttered awkwardly.
“Come on over, then. I’ve got pencil and paper here,” she beckoned at me happily.
“I’m not that good with drawing,” I said timidly.
“I don’t care. Just come over.”
I groaned before standing up. Gwen just knew how to put one in very awkward positions.
She handed me a sheet of paper and a pencil. “Get on with it.”
I looked around at the whole scenery, but nothing caught my attention to draw. It was then that I realized that nothing caught my attention because they object of my interest was right in front of me.
I smiled as I looked at her and I began to make a sketch.