Noel got the job. He'd start teaching at the first of the year. It was at the prep school. Randi supposed it was a prestigious coaching position of some sort.
"You sure, I'm not your dirty little secret?" She asked as if to pester him about it, more than anything else. Not that she was exactly miserable at the moment, she was happy her University classes were over for the semester. She could sleep til almost noon now, and that alone was a mini vacation. She spent her afternoons at the iMax ripping tickets. It seemed her field day guide trips were on hold for awhile at the zoo. It wasn't that she was wobbling yet. Although, it was just a matter of time.
At the moment, they were at the mall. Looking for nothing particular, just having a day out to themselves.
"Not exactly," Noel was being a mute on the subject. "I just left out the marriage part. Its none of their business." He decided.
Randi figured as much. A part of her was in limbo. She felt as if everyone was moving around her, but her. Yes, she was a bit peeved that Megan got all the bliss that came with marriage. She was sure Natalie would be next, or even Caitlin would be closer to the alter, and here she was, guessing what her baby's last name would be.
"You know, this friend of mine found out on FACEBOOK she has a brother in the Philippines. They have the same last name, and everything. And his Dad didn't even marry this guy's mother." Randi told him as he walked ahead.
"What's your point?" He hardly turned back to look at her. Randi stopped in her tracks. Why did she have to have a point? Didn't he get it?
She stood there and watched him walk on as the crowd swallowed her.
"OH, Come on!" Noel flung his arms in a fit and pushed back through the crowd to find her. He grabbed Randi's hand. He stared into her sad eyes. "I wanted to wait until Christmas." He reached in his pocket and found the little black box.
"It better not be a timer," Randi said, holding her slight tummy steady. She knew she wasn't huge yet, but the baby bump was growing.
"A timer, why would I ever get you a timer?" Noel winced.
"I dunno, it just seems like something you'd do." She eyeballed him as she took a peek to see what was in a box. It wasn't earrings, either. Maybe he actually loved her, after all.