Jon woke up early the next morning and quickly got washed and dressed before jumping into his car and driving down to see Richie again. He couldn’t keep his mind off Sophia as he made the journey. He had enjoyed spending time with her more than he thought was possible and the feelings she caused him to feel every time he saw her scared him and excited him at the same time, she was unlike anyone he had met before and yet he was unsure if he wanted to see her again. As soon as he seen Richie he told him every little detail about the date he went on.
“Hold on bud, I thought you just said she invited you in and you refused?” Richie looked confused as he asked Jon to repeat himself.
“Eh, yeah, that’s right. I don’t know why I didn’t, something just didn’t feel right,” Jon replied looking embarrassed. “She could be bad news for the band, the fans might not like her and what would we do about publicity if I was dating someone who isn’t famous? It wouldn’t have been worth it.”
“Wait up, I think I missed the bus! Your thinking long term about this girl?” Richie asked with a grin on his face.
“What? No, of course not. She’s just another girl, the same as the rest,” Jon protested.
“Yeah, that’s why you haven’t slept with her already,” Richie said sarcastically.
“Piss off Richie, she’s the same as the rest,” Jon was getting angry now.
“Hey, it’s not me you need to convince,” Richie replied still grinning at Jon.
“Okay Richie I really can’t be bothered with this today and wipe that stupid grin off your face, I’ll see you later,” Jon said as he got up to leave.
“Come back when you’ve got news about your next date with that chic, I’m interested to see what happens,” Richie shouted after him.
“Nothing’s going to happen because I won’t be seeing Sophia again,” Jon shouted back to him as he left the room.
“Oooh, Sophia! A little touchy are we Jon?” Richie teased and started laughing.
“Shut it Sambora! I won’t be seeing her!” Jon echoed down the hallway.
“Oh yes you will,” Richie said quietly to himself, still grinning away.
Sophia was still agonising over what had or hadn’t happened with Jon the night before. She wasn’t sure if she was just making too much of a deal over nothing. She had spent the day moping around feeling sorry for herself and wondering if Jon would call her. When did you get so pathetic that your waiting on some guy calling when it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever hear from him again! She thought to herself. Although it was what she wanted, she still panicked when the phone finally rang and hesitated at answering it. She eventually plucked up the courage to pick up and felt butterflies in her stomach when she heard Jon’s voice on the other end. He didn’t sound as though he had a problem with her which confused Sophia further - why didn’t he come in last night? Her mind kept wandering back to it so much that she missed Jon asking her out again. “So how about it?” he asked into the seemingly dead phone.
“What?” Sophia asked, realising she had missed something she should have an answer to.
“Jesus woman! Am I that boring that your sleeping on me already, hell, I’ve only been on the line a couple of minutes,” Jon answered back.
“Sleeping on me?” How about why didn’t you sleep with me? Sophia thought to herself and rolled her eyes. She didn’t put herself out there often but she felt she had something with Jon last night and the situation seemed worse because she knew he was a rock star and turning down women wasn’t something they did often.
“Yeah, that’s cool,” Sophia answered unconsciously.
“Great! Well I can’t wait to see you. I’ll pick you up at 8,” Jon replied in a cheerful tone.
“What? Tonight?” Sophia almost shouted down the phone.
“Are you suffering from short term memory loss or a bump to the head darling?” Jon teased her. “Yeah, tonight and it’s bowling we’re going to do. If I pick you up and your dressed for snorkelling I’m going to be seriously worried and it’ll be a date to the doctors instead. And it’s bowling remember, I’ll spell it out for you, B-O-W-L-I-N-G.”
“Alright asshole, I got it,” Sophia said half laughing.
It finally reached 8pm and Jon arrived at Sophia's apartment just as she emerged from the door. He got out the car and opened the passengers door to let her in. He had opted for driving his own car tonight since Sophia wasn't impressed by the chauffeur driven car the previous night. The drive was quiet with Sophia being pre-occupied with her thoughts. It wasn't until they had parked the car that she snapped out of it and decided to make the most of the night.
“How did you manage to remember that it was 8pm I was picking you up?” Jon teased her as he sensed the change in her attitude. She shook her head and grinned as she pushed Jon towards the entrance. “Get in that door, I’m so gonna kick your ass tonight!”
“So your back then? The brain is with you? No more memory loss? That’s a shame cos I could have really taken advantage of that situation,” Jon grinned.
“Oh, what’s that Jon? I guess you were wanting me in my bikini dressed for snorkelling after all and then you would take me to your swimming pool and tell me to go cock diving or something similar, was that the plan?” Sophia walked over to him and patted his cheek while giving him the most seductive stare she could manage without laughing. Jon felt frozen to the spot, yet that stare and the smooth touch of her hand to his skin had him burning for her. He also had to admit he was impressed by the “plan” she had invented, it was much more creative than his own. This woman was something else and at that point he decided he wanted to see her again and came up with a plan of his own.
The first game of bowling flew in and Sophia won almost every throw making her the winner by a huge distance. She felt a lot more at ease with Jon now and allowed all previous thoughts about him to disappear and just enjoy the time with him. Not wanting to be defeated, Jon had arranged a second game for them that went in exactly the same manor as the first. Sophia won every shot yet again. “How the hell do you do that? What is it your doing when you throw that ball?” Jon asked her in amazement.
“It’s called bowling Jon, would you understand it better if I spelled it for you?” Sophia teased him and performed a little dance in celebration. She was taken by surprise when Jon appeared in front of her and wrapped his arms around her waist pulling her in close. He gently touched his lips to hers in a teasing kiss and then spun her around so that he was behind her and brushed her hair back to trace his lips down her neck, biting gently and leaving Sophia breathless. “Couldn’t have you being the only one having fun, I’ve been wanting to do that all night,” he whispered in her ear. Sophia felt dumbstruck, she had been totally in control of the situation and then he turned the tables on her in a matter of seconds with only a kiss? This man was unbelievable. The drive home went all too quickly, Jon had finally unveiled his plan during the journey. He wanted to take her out every night this week and had every day planned for them. He had decided it would be the cinema on Monday, the zoo on Tuesday, a concert for Wednesday, fishing on Thursday and car racing on Friday while leaving Saturday as a surprise. Although Sophia wasn’t very keen on some of the things he wanted to do, she couldn’t help but look forward to spending some more time with Jon.