Tendai and I spend ages over our pizza, eating slowly, drinking our cokes, and talking about everything. He seems to be so interested in me. Every time I finish answering one of his questions, he asks me another one. It makes me feels like the most important person in the world.
But eventually I get tired of the sound of my own voice going on and on.
“That’s enough about me,” I say at last. “Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you like to do on weekends?”
“Oh,” he says, looking uncomfortable. “Nothing, really. I just watch TV and hang out at home.”
“Do you like sport?” Jayden is crazy about sport, and it seems like a safe question to ask a guy.
“No, not really,” he says.
Okay. Well, that makes a change. Jayden would have answered by giving me a 15-minute rundown on what Sundowns’ chances against Swallows look like for Saturday. Hmm… a guy who doesn’t like sports, or computer games, or anything really. What are we going to talk about?
Just before the silence becomes uncomfortable, I see Tendai stiffen suddenly in his seat. I look over my shoulder and see that my sister Amanda and her boyfriend Connor have just walked in. They haven’t noticed us yet, but go straight up to the counter to order.
“Two large Hawaiian pizzas,” Connor orders in a loud voice. I stare at Amanda. Her favourite pizza is pepperoni, like me, and she always takes a small.
Sure enough, she touches him timidly on his arm. “Actually, I’m more of a small-pepperoni-pizza kind of girl,” she says.
“You won’t enjoy a pepperoni pizza,” Connor says confidently. “That spicy sausage makes your breath stink. Eat the Hawaiian pizza like a good girl.”
Amanda’s cheeks flush red with embarrassment, but she just nods. Then she turns around and spots us. I give her a cheerful wave, even though things have been a bit tense between us lately. For a moment, she hesitates, glancing over at Connor. It’s as though she’s asking him for permission to come over and talk to us, which is just super-annoying.
When Connor sees who it is, he rolls his eyes, but says nothing, so she walks up to us.
“Hi, Latoya,” she says, looking from Tendai to me and back again. “Does Jayden know where you are tonight? And who you’re with?”
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Is Connor too much of a control freak, or is it okay for him to order Amanda’s pizza for her? Would you put up with that from your boyfriend?