by Andrew ( anr )
As the car pulled out of the practice field parking lot, David
took the towel out of his sports bag and started rubbing his
face. He dried himself as much as he could, then passed the
towel to Samantha.
"Can we go home first, Mum ? I'm all hot and sweaty, and so
Samantha wasn't sure about the contraction of her name and
said in a firm voice, "Samantha."
"OK, Samantha," responded David. "We're still hot and
"We'll return home for lunch, then go to the shopping centre
to buy your new strip for you" said his mother. "After that,
we can visit your father."
*Oh, joy,* thought David. *Now Mum's getting the shopping bug
When they reached their house, Samantha dived out of the car
and ran into her own house, calling "I'll see you in a wile."
David and Gail entered their house, with David heading for his
bedroom to collect a change of clothes. While he was there,
Gail dived into the bathroom and started her own shower.
David approached the bathroom and heard the shower running.
He got mad at his sister for stealing the first shower and
started shouting imprecations through the door at her. She
just laughed and told him to wait until she was finished.
Eventually, David got into the shower just as Samantha entered
the house after showering and changing herself. Now dressed
in a casual pair of shorts and a tank top, she laughed when
Gail told her what she'd done.
A fuming David eventually finished his shower, and appeared in
just bra and panties to berate his sister. He saw that he was
getting little sympathy from Samantha, and included her in his
Both girls laughed in his face, and he couldn't keep nagging
at them. He eventually saw the funny side of the situation,
standing in his underwear berating his sister and friend, and
started chuckling as he left to finish dressing.
When he was ready, his mother drove them to the 'Outlet' mall
on US 101 to buy David's new strip. They found a sports shop
which sold cheap clothes and started looking for the Gazelle's
The selection in the store was vast, and they spent a lot of
time looking until they found the correct green top and white
skirt. Green socks were easier to find, and they got three
While Gail and David were looking at the clothes, Samantha
gravitated towards the roller blades. She called them both
over when they had selected the clothing.
"Can you skate ? So you have blades ? We'll skate this
afternoon if you do."
Gail's face turned a light pink as she asked "Are these like
ice-skates ? I can ice-skate a bit."
David looked at his sister and said "Hark at her! She was
placed in the under-14 xhampionship at Murrayfield, our local
Gail was really getting embarrassed as Samantha replied to her
question. "It helps, but the ground is bumpier than ice. You
tend to land on your butt more often. That's why skaters
usually wear cycling shorts - the padding softens the fall."
David and Gail turned to their mother with pleadinglooks on
their faces. She looked at them and sighed.
"OK, but only if you buy all the safety gear, too."
They both squealed and asked the assistant for help in
selecting the right skates and accessories. Both also got
cycling shorts, as Samantha had recommended. David knew he
was going to be landing on his butt a lot; he always fell
whenever his sister dragged him to the ice-rink.
Gathering up their goods, they took them to the checkout to
pay. David was rather shocked at the total cost of his new
strip; he had expected it to be much more expensive. The
price of the blades and accessories caused his face to blanch.
He *really* hoped that they could afford all this.
After loading the car, they proceeded to the hospital where
David and Gail ran to their father's side and held his hands.
They proceeded to talk to him, describing their day and the
Samantha and Mrs. McCall stood at the door, looking on. Mrs.
McCall walked over to the bed, and leaned over to kiss her
husband. Samantha just looked on, feeling real sadness for
her friends and frightened at the array of equipment around
their father. Eventually, she went to the vending machine
and returned with cokes for herself and her friends and a
coffee for Mrs. McCall.
To a chorus of thanks, she distributed the drinks and pulled
another seat up to the bed. She laid her head on David's
shoulder and hugged him. David responded by holding onto her
arms as they encircled his neck.
While they were there, two men turned up. They both looked in
and asked "How's Bob ? We're colleagues of his at HP, and we
met during that emergency last week. He seemed to be really
competent and we hope we don't lose him."
Mrs. McCall replied "As you can see, he's in a coma just now.
The machines are keeping him alive; we hope he will recover
The two men gave their condolences and turned to walk out. As
they were leaving, Mrs. McCall called "See you Monday."
They turned to her with puzzled expressions on their faces,
that cleared when she explained that she would be starting
work as a receptionist on Monday. With that, the men left the
family with their husband and father.
Visiting time ended all too soon for the children, but they
were chased out by the busy nurses. Returning to the car,
Gail and David had tears running down their cheeks.
In the car, Samantha turned to David and Gail and asked if
they wanted to do anything that night. When they replied that
they would be delighted, Samantha said she would call the boys
and Becky to see if they were free.
When they got home, Samantha dived out of the car and ran into
her house to phone her friends and get changed into skating
gear. Gail and david followed their mother into their house
and also began dressing for skating.
The three met outside Samantha's house, with Gail skating
easily and taunting David. His face was red as he stumbled
along, then falling heavily on his butt.
Gail took pity on him and skated over to him. She pulled him
up, then held onto his hands as she skated backwards to give
She narrowly avoided a nasty fall when her skate hit a manhole
cover in the middle of the pavement. *Silly place to put
that* she thought.
Samantha laughed and called out "Watch where you're going! The
sidewalk has many of these covers on it; that's why we are
heading for the skating park."
Being more careful of where her own skates went, Gail guided
David along the street beside Samantha.
Samantha guided them to the local skating park, which was much
flatter than the road and easier to skate on. The park was
filled with teenagers practising jumps, rail-riding and other
Gail led David to the beginners area and sent him off "to
learn the basics". She immediately turned into the smoothly
paved area and began practising figures.
A large crowd gathered round her as they noticed what she was
doing. Gail was oblivious to this as she started the routine
that had won her a place in the championships at Murrayfield.
There was a burst of applause as she executed a perfect double
axle. Gail was surprised and forgot to stop, crashing into
wall at the end of the park. This caused everyone to dissolve
in laughter, Gail's probably the loudest of all.
With a very red face, she resumed her routine. Ignoring the
noise from the on-lookers, she continued the figures and jumps
As she finished, she noticed David looking at her with an
envious expression on his face. She skated up to him, hugged
him and said "You've got your football; leave me the skating,
David nodded and hugged his sister. She was right. He could
play football and she could skate. That seemed an equitable
arrangement to him.
As tea-time approached, David looked at his watch and gasped.
"We'd better get back if we're not going to get in trouble."
They called to Samantha, who decided that she had better go as
well to get ready for going out. She reminded her friends
that they were going out with the boys that night, and were
being picked up at 8 pm.
David demonstrated the skills he had learned that afternoon on
the way home. At least now he could skate in a straight line
without falling on his butt every ten yards.
When they separated outside Samantha's house, it was with
shouts of "Later", and "See ya".
David and Gail returned to their house to get changed again,
into something more suitable for a date. In answer to their
mother's query of "What would you like for tea ?" they replied
that they were going out that night with the boys, and
expected to be fed again.
Nrs. McCall chuckled to see her children both getting excited
about the prospect of dinner paid for by the boys. She
shrugged and told them that there would be no midnight feasts
if they were not fed by their dates.
A fight began to see who would get in the bathroom first.
David won by unfairly reminding Gail of what she had done that
In his bath, David made sure to shave all the stubble starting
to grow on his body. Ensuring that he did not get his hair
wet, he used the shower to wash off the remaining shaving
When he was finished, he walked to his room, ignoring the call
of "Finally!" from Gail. He looked in the wardrobe and
selected a casual look for that night. Once he was dressed in
his underwear, he used his makeup sparingly to create a smart
but casual look.
A sleeveless black top with a rainbow motif over the breasts
made a great combination with a yellow miniskirt. Tan panty- hose, as
Samantha called the tights, made his newly shaved
legs look incredibly sexy.
He looked in his jewellery collection and selected three
bangles to put on his right wrist and two rings for his left
hand. He replaced the gold posts in his nearly healed ears
with large hoops. Adding the heels, he was ready for a night
on the town.
As he was finishing, he heard Gail starting to dress. He
looked at the time, and realised she had only fifteen minutes
to get ready. He hoped she made it.
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