Annie wakes up to the sound of her phone ringing. It’s Saturday morning, and Jeff is snoring softly by her side. After rubbing her eyes, she reaches over to her bedside table for her phone. She looks at the screen to see the caller ID; it’s Britta. Annie almost doesn’t answer, but if Britta is calling on a Saturday morning, it must be important.
Carefully, so she doesn’t wake Jeff, she peels back the sheets and tiptoes out of the room. She quickly picks up the phone before the ringing stops.
“Hello?” Annie says, trying to stay as quiet as possible.
“Hey!” Britta says. “I didn’t wake you, did I?”
“Nope,” Annie lies. She doesn’t want to make Britta feel badly, especially if it’s important.
“Great! Get ready. We are going on a girl’s trip!” Britta says, a smile in her voice.
Annie doesn’t say anything for a minute, only because she doesn’t know what to say. Finally, she says, “A girl’s trip? That doesn’t really seem like your kind of thing.”
“I thought it might be fun,” Britta says, going a little quiet. “We don’t have to go if you don’t want to…”
“No! I want to!” Annie interrupts as she turned to face the bedroom. She doesn’t spend enough time with Britta anymore, and it might be fun. “Um, I’ve just gotta get ready. What should I pack?”
“Nothing too special. Maybe pack a fancy dress just in case?” Britta says. Annie is taken aback by that; Britta isn’t really the type of girl to wear a fancy dress or go anywhere opulent at all.
“Okay, when are we leaving?” Annie asks as she stands in her bedroom doorway, watching as Jeff’s chest rises and falls.
“We’ll pick you up in an hour,” Britta says.
“We?” Annie asks.
“Shirley’s coming too. Wouldn’t be a real girl’s trip without all of us,” Britta says, as if it should have been obvious.
“Are you going to tell me where we’re going? Or is it a surprise?” Annie jokes. Jeff stirs a little, then rolls over onto his stomach. Annie can’t help but smile.
“I think surprise! Go get ready!” Britta says, more excitement in her voice than Annie has ever heard. It wouldn’t surprise her if Britta had smoked something before calling her.
“Alright. See you soon,” Annie says, then hangs up the phone.
Jeff grunts and then flips over again, throwing his arm over his face. Annie smiles to herself then makes her way over to her side of the bed. She crawls onto the bed next to him and reaches over to touch the hair sweeping over his forehead.
“Annie?” Jeff grumbles.
Annie slides her hands into his hair and rubs his forehead with her thumb. “Hey,” She says.
“There better be a good reason that you’re waking me up at,” Jeff turns his head to look at the clock on his bedside table. “7:30 on a Saturday morning.”
Annie laughs under her breath, then leans down to kiss him softly. “Britta called. She’s arranged some kind of girl’s trip, whatever that means.”
Jeff begins playing with the ends of Annie’s hair. “That should be… terrible,” He says.
“Oh come on. It might not be that bad,” She says, smiling down at him. Sometimes, she still can’t believe she gets to see him like this, all rumpled and yawning in the morning, before he’s done his hair and his whole morning routine.
“Mmm,’ He hums, then he closes his eyes again. “I’m going back to sleep.”
“Ok,” She says, then leans down to capture his lips once more. “Or you could come join me in the shower.”
Jeff’s eyes pop open and he grins. “Suddenly, I’m wide awake.”
Just an hour later, Annie has a duffle bag packed and is finishing up her bowl of cereal. Jeff takes her empty cup of coffee just as there is a knock on the door.
“I’ll get it,” Annie says, ignoring Jeff’s knowing smirk as she opens the front door.
“Hey!” Britta says at an unreasonable volume considering the hour. “Girl’s trip!” She throws her arms up in the air.
Jeff walks up to the doorway, holding Annie’s bag. He takes one look at Britta, then says “Are you high?”
“What? No,” Britta huffs, frowning and pushing out her lower lip. Jeff and Annie both raise their eyebrows. “Ok, maybe a little bit. Please don’t tell Shirley.”
Annie smiles and Jeff rolls his eyes. “Ready to head out?” Annie asks Britta, who is leaning against the doorframe like she needs it to stand.
Britta nods. “Let me help you with that,” She says, reaching for Annie’s bag in Jeff’s hand. Jeff lets go of it with a bemused look on his face which grows in size when Britta drops the bag right on her foot.
“Uh, don’t worry. I can handle it,” Annie says, picking the bag off of the floor and Britta’s foot.
Jeff smirks again and shakes his head. “Well, you ladies have fun.” He then leans over and gives Annie a kiss. “Give me a call when you get to… wherever you’re going.”
Annie smiles and kisses him again. “I will.”
“We should go. Shirley’s parked in an illegal spot out front and she told me we had to be quick or she’ll leave me here,” Britta says, thence turns and starts heading down the hallway.
“We can’t have that,” Jeff mutters under his breath while Annie pulls the duffle bag over her shoulder.
Turning to face him one last time, Annie says, “I love you.”
Jeff smiles, and waves her away. “I love you too. Now go.”
Annie grins, then turns around and walks to meet Britta in the elevator.
After watching the elevator doors close, Jeff shuts his apartment door.
Shirley’s mini van is still parked precariously in the illegal parking space when Britta and Annie get outside. Britta helps Annie shove her bag into the trunk of the car, then they pile in with Britta in the front seat and Annie comfortably in the back.
“Hello Annie,” Shirley says, her voice happy and high-pitched.
“Hi Shirley!” Annie says as Shirley pulls out of the parking space. “Are you going to tell me where we’re going now?” She asks.
Shirley and Britta don’t answer, but they glance at each other with smirks on their faces.
Annie sighs and settles deep into the van’s seats. “I guess I’m just going to have to wait and see,”, she says to herself before closing her eyes and drifting off the sleep.