Mondays trip to the cinema was all going to plan. Jon was due to pick up Sophia soon so he got into his car and started driving, arriving at her apartment too early. He considered waiting in the car for her but his curiosity got the better of him and he made his way up the stairs looking for her apartment, pausing outside the door when he finally found it. He took a deep breath and then knocked, unsure if he would be welcome inside. In a couple of seconds the door opened to reveal Sophia standing in a short white dressing gown looking shocked to find Jon at her door so early.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I’ll go back to the car and wait,” Jon apologised while trying to take in as much of the view as he could manage without her noticing.
“Oh no Jon, come in. I’m almost ready, just need to get dressed. Grab a seat, I won’t be long,” Sophia insisted as she walked towards what Jon assumed was her bedroom. He set himself down on the chair and studied his surroundings. The apartment wasn’t what he was expecting at all. He had imagined a spotless modern place with the usual white and cream walls that he had become accustomed to. This was different, it was way more homely and he felt relaxed in it straight away. There were books scattered here and there and the place had a real cosy vibe to it, it reminded him of his home in New Jersey - a place he hadn’t been in a long time.
Jon was startled by Sophia’s voice as he didn’t notice her enter the room. “Sorry about that,” she said. “I tend to get ready in reverse and do my hair and make-up before I think about clothes.”
“Don’t apologise, it’s my fault I left too early,” Jon insisted. Sophia gathered her things together and started creating space in her bag for them.
“You didn’t tell me you were intelligent,” Jon said, playfully picking up the nearest book. Sophia laughed.
“Just because I like to read doesn’t mean that I’m intelligent Jon. Although I’m willing to bet my brain cells have more power than yours,” she teased. Jon approached her from behind while she continued to pack her bag and tickled her causing her to jump and both of them to tumble over the back of the sofa and Jon landed on top of her. They stayed still for a couple of seconds before Jon moved to press his lips to hers in a hungered kiss. “Wow, should I come back later?” Rachel said, standing at the open front door. Jon and Sophia jumped up from the sofa at the same time and looking embarrassed Sophia introduced Jon to her friend and colleague. Rachel apologised for interrupting and was about to leave when Jon insisted she stay and ordered a pizza for the three of them while they searched for a dvd to watch together. So much for the cinema, Jon thought, but at least I get to interrogate the friend now, he grinned to himself.
Tuesday mornings alarm clock rang all too early for Sophia’s liking. She would have preferred to start off their date to the zoo later in the day but Jon was determined that first thing in the morning was best as they would be able to see all the feeding sessions. Pulling herself out of bed, she got washed and dressed, her mood gradually getting better as the time moved on. She was sorry they missed the trip to the cinema the night before but in the end thought the night had gone better just sitting around with Jon and Rachel as she got to know him a lot better. Jon had left a little later than Rachel so Sophia wasn’t surprised to find a number of missed calls on her cell and called her friend back.
“Finally! So what happened? And I’m so sorry for crashing last night, I didn’t know you were going out,” Rachel blurted excitedly.
“Calm down woman! Have you been up all night? Sounds like you’ve had way too much coffee,” Sophia joked.
“Well, get to it. Info please!” demanded Rachel.
“There’s nothing to tell, he left shortly after you,” Sophia answered.
“Nothing? You two looked pretty darn cosy when I walked in,” Rachel shot back. The horn sounding from outside caught Sophia’s attention. Jon was waiting for her. She said goodbye to Rachel and lifted her bag before bouncing down to Jon’s car.
The first couple of animals at the zoo didn’t hold Sophia’s attention - as far as she was concerned they were things she could have seen at any time of the day and so not worth getting out of bed early for. It wasn’t until they turned up at the lions that she started to brighten up. Jon had arranged for them to be taken into the area with the lions - something that Sophia had always wanted to do. “This just a perk of the job then?” Sophia asked as they were kitted up for the experience. “Lets just say I’m good at getting what I want,” Jon winked at her, causing her heart to flutter. They were soon ready to be taken into the enclosure. Sophia grabbed Jon’s hand tightly as the gates opened and whispered to him, “You know now that I’m here I’m not so sure this is a good idea. You better stay close to me.” Jon’s eyes widened. “Hell, I thought I’d have you for support - I’m shitting myself here.” Sophia gave a nervous laugh.
“Oh well, we’ll just become dinner together, unless I can run fast enough to escape,” she said, still squeezing his hand.
“Don’t be stupid, your never gonna outrun a lion,” Jon said stating the obvious.
“Yeah, I know. I just need to outrun you,” Sophia teased and burst into quiet laughter at the look on Jon’s face.