"I guess the sound quality isnt as good as I thought it would be," Lucky mutters, straining to hear the tape. They are seated on the floor of the boxcar, facing each other.
"Can you hear anything?," Liz asks, anxiously.
"Sort of its getting a little clearer now." He places the recorder on the table.
~*~MURTY: "Yes, Jordan. You do remember who she is, dont you."
LIZ: "Yes, I remember who she is.Jordan Baker is the character that connects Nick to Gatsby and Gatsby to Daisy."
MURTY: "Anything else?" Murty audibly sighs. "You know I really dont have to be doing this Elizabeth. I have better things to be doing with my time than tutoring someone who obviously doesnt want to be here. I could be reading a book, watching tv, jogging in the park"~*~
Lucky turns to Liz. "He mentions the park thats something," he says.
"But its not enough," Liz says emphatically. They return their attention to the tape.
~*~ LIZ: "You cant buy love or manipulate it... you have to earn it. Sometimes you fall in love at first sight, but sometimes, it takes awhile for you to realize whats happening."
MURTY: "You sound like youre speaking from experience."~*~
Lucky glances at Elizabeth, whose face has turned a lovely shade of scarlet.
~*~MURTY: "Well, its pretty obvious to me that young Lucky Spencer is very enamored of you. Im always seeing you two together, in the park, the docks, at Kellys If I didnt know better Id think youre following me."~*~
Lucky face flushes slightly. "Can you believe his nerve," Lucky croaks, trying to block out Murtys other comments, "thinking were following him! I could kill him."
"Lucky?," Liz interjects, not wanting to let this opportunity escape.
"Yeah?," he says nervously.
She bites her lip. "Can I tell you something?"
Lucky shuts the recorder off. "You can tell me anything, Elizabeth, you know that."
"You know how I said I had a crush on you?"
Luckys heart starts to beat faster. He licks his lips, before replying, "Yeah."
Liz casts her eyes downward, nervously wringing her hands. "I I really loved kissing you last night," she confesses, glancing quickly at him.
Lucky smiles. "I really loved kissing you too." Their eyes lock momentarily, before Lucky breaks the gaze.
"Whats wrong," Elizabeth asks, suddenly fearful. I should have kept my mouth shut!
"Nothing, uh, I just have I have a confession to make," Lucky says. Nows your chance Spencer. Just do it!
"Im listening," Liz replies, anxious. Oh, please, let this be something good!
"You know, watching that movie last night and that scene in the car Ive wanted to say those words to you so many times." He draws a deep breath, looking expectantly at Elizabeth.
Liz blushes. "You have?"
Lucky nods, taking her hands in his. "Youre probably the best friend Ive ever had I mean, I can tell you things that I could never tell anyone else, and you actually get it. Man, Ive never had someone who was there for me, who really listened to what I had to say." He gently rubs her hands, gaining more confidence. "Youre not just a friend to me I mean, best friend cant even begin to cover what I feel about you." Liz stares at him, wide-eyed and speechless. "I dont even know why Im saying this now maybe its a full moon I just felt like I had to get it out in the open you are my soul mate, Elizabeth Webber," he says softly, "and I love you."
To be continued...