This scene is the start of chapter four. The gang is having a gathering and Cyclop's crush and her family have arrived. They're a little nervous on the account of all the gang members toting guns. Dunno what their problem is. ^_~
The newest residents of Victory Street were invited to the reunion as well. The owners of Cho & Smith Coffee Shoppe stood huddled with their daughter at the edge of the crowd. The mother held a bowl of pasta salad. Their eyes darted around like scared deer, wary of their new neighbors.
My pulse jumped when I noticed them, nerves and excitement bubbling like a fountain. The meeting with the girl filled my waking thoughts. I played it over and over. Every time I left the house, I hoped to see her. Maybe talk to her again.
I set my drink down, barely sparing Darryl and Jaden a glance. “Be right back.” I loped over to the family, trying not to let my grin overwhelm my face. Be cool, be cool. “I’ll show you where you can put that, ma’am.”
The three exchanged glances, but followed me. I pushed a few dishes aside to make room. Once the bowl was in its spot, they froze again.
I turned my excited grin into a polite smile, hoping to ease the family’s nerves. “You can help yourself. We have everything. Meemaw Cheryl made apple pie and it’s delicious. You might want to grab a piece before it’s gone.”
“Too late, fo’!” someone cackled as they strolled past with the near empty pan.
I gave them an apologetic look. “Maybe next time. We get together again for Christmas and you’re welcome to come then.”
They didn’t reply.
The air thickened with awkwardness as I stood with the family. I tried to think of something else to say to make them feel welcomed and safe – not an easy task with all the gang members carrying guns. My mind was annoyingly blank and my gaze constantly shifted to stare at the girl.
I should ask her name.
“Yo, Cyc! Come on.” Jaden pulled me back to Darryl. “Let’s find Terrance and Joey, see if we can get a group to play some ball.”