Coasting Down Memory Lane;
The next day flew by, although Riley was also in deep thought about what her evening would have in store for her. She had spent some time the night before researching more on the Penguins and even on Pittsburgh. As she was daydreaming while the guys were working out she realized that some of her thought of Rimouski were a bit hazy.
“Oh my gosh, mom, dad I got in!” Riley screeched as she jumped up and down.
She was seventeen at the time and was holding a letter that she received in the mail saying that she was accepted into the University of Sydney. Her parents were very understanding of her need to move so they gladly agreed with her decision to go to Australia. They knew that she was very serious about going to university to study in journalism, that’s why she had been learning English for the past year. Her boyfriend at the time was also helping her learn English, since he was from Nova Scotia.
“I guess that this means I have to leave everything behind.” She said sadly, her parents reassured her that her time in Australia would be well worth it.
“What time do you leave?” Her father, Antoine asked.
“It says July 21st,” Riley replied.
“Oh that’s in three weeks,” her mother, Eliza stated.
“Well I guess I have to go tell everyone I’m leaving in three weeks.” Riley said as she made her way out the door to tell her friends the news.
“Riley…earth to Riley.” Sidney said as he waved his hand in her face.
“Oh sorry, I was just thinking.” Riley replied shaking the thoughts out of her head.
“It’s alright, just thought I’d come tell you training ended a few minutes ago…” he said trailing off.
“Oh thank you,” she replied with a smile.
“No problem,” Sidney replied, returning the smile.
After talking with Sidney for a little while longer she headed home to get ready for her ‘date’. The other day she had given Sidney her cell number and directions to her house. Riley decided on wearing a black dress and black flats. She did some more light make-up and put her hair down and straightened it. Once she was done her make-up the doorbell rang, “Seven o’clock, right on time there, mate,” she said to herself as she made her way down the stairs.
“Hey,” She greeted in an energetic tone.
“Hey, you look really good,” Sidney said as Riley gave him a kiss on the cheek.
“You look good yourself,” she replied as she put the flowers he brought in a vase.
“Well, shall we head out?” Sidney asked.
“Yes, I’m actually ready on time.” Riley said as she slipped on her flats.
Their dinner was at an Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. They made small talk about the weirdest things, “So you’ve never had Hungarian food before?” Riley asked with her eyebrows raised. Her grandparents were Hungarian so she was introduced to that type of food and culture at a very early age.
“Nope,” Sidney said with a smile.
“Ugh, how do you live with yourself?” Riley joked.
“I have no idea,” he said with a laugh.
“Well with me, you’re going to try it at least once,” Riley said, again through her thick Aussie accent.
“What if I don’t like it?” Sidney joked.
“I’m going to make you like it,” she said in a stern tone, then burst out laughing. They continued in that manner for the remainder of the night.
“I had a great time tonight,” Riley said as Sidney walked her to the door.
“Me too, we should do this again sometime,” Sidney said looking into her beautiful eyes.
“Oh definitely, but I get to choose the restaurant though,” Riley said with a smile.
“Fiiiine,” Sidney said with a dramatic sigh.
“Told you, with me you’re going to have it at least once,” Riley said as she kissed him on the cheek and went inside.
“Goodnight Riley.” Sidney said with a laugh.
About four minutes after Sidney left there was a knock on Riley’s door.
“Okay, that was Sidney Crosby who just left, how did you score that one?” Kaylan said with her eyebrows raised as Riley opened the door.
“Um I’m a reporter for the Penguins.” Riley said as Kaylan made her way to the couch.
“So you like what, show up for work on your first day and then their star player, arguably their hottest, asks you out?” She screeched.
“Basically,” Riley said as she looked at Kaylan.
“I want to know the whole story, like what he said, how he said it…” Kaylan continued.
“You’re not going to leave until you know everything are you?” Riley asked with a laugh.
“That’s my plan.” Riley made Kaylan and herself some hot chocolate; this was destined to be a long night.