Luke paced next to the tumbleweeds near the old mill, limbs scraped against his jeans. He couldn’t believe Sarah Jane called him, it felt like winning the lottery.
Peering up at the hot sun, he wiped sweat from his brow. He couldn’t stay still, he was vibrating with a mix of anxiety and excitement. This was his chance for Sarah Jane to see he was a good person, not just some irritating pest that hovered around her at a safe distance.
In the distance a beat up looking white truck pulled up to the gate and out popped Sarah Jane. Her bright green eyes captured him and he stopped pacing. His heart amped up to what he was sure an unhealthy speed, his hands started to shank. He shoved them into his pockets and clench his jaw. Seriously, get it together this may be the first time I’ve seen Sarah Jane outside of school, but don’t be a freak.
Sarah Jane hurried down the road to where Luke stool like a statue. As she moved closer, she notice his curly hair was pulled back into a ponytail. His features seemed more mature, she slowed, as a fluttering feeling arose from her stomach causing her to frown. He was wearing a dirty white tank and some holy jeans. She worried, she pulled him away from his work. She let out a sigh.
“Thanks for coming to meet me. I know it was short notice.”
“No worries, I needed a break.”
Sarah Jane bit the inside of her cheek. She had pulled him away from other things. Why hadn’t she thought about that? His family had to make a living too.
“Sooo . . . what did you want to see me for?” Luke’s brows stitched together in a scowl and for some reason she wanted to run and to say forget the whole thing, but she knew she couldn’t do that. Not with Brad ready to pounce on her inability to do what her father wanted. She closed her eyes and let out the breath she found herself holding.
“I accepted your offer to help me with my business class, but there’s one more thing.” She bounced to her toes and then rolled back to her heels nerves to ask for more from him. When he clearly had no reason to help her. “I need you to come to the ranch and help me with my father books from time to time as well.” She tried to smile, but was sure it was more of a grimace.
“Are you serious? I have my own work to get done.”
Damn, he was going to say no. What did she really expect, he could take too much time away. She had to think fast, Luke’s expression was growing harder by the second. Then a thought snapped into place. “I can help you on your farm. Whenever you want, just let me know. I will come help.”
Luke was thoughtful for a moment and then a brilliant smile seized his features. “You will help anytime I ask?”
He took her hand in his and started dragging her back up the road to his truck. “I need help now.”