Balcony Boy Episode 12


We all meet in the reception before walking to the restaurant and Madison, Jake’s little sister, immediately comes up to me.

“Hi, I’m Maddy.” She stuck out her hand and I shook it, smiling.

“Nice to meet you Maddy, I’m Amber.”

“I know. Jakey won’t stop talking about you.” I laugh and look over at Jake. He looks mortified.

“How old are you, Maddy?”

“I am 5 and a half.” She smiles, almost proud.

“Don’t leave out the half or else she’ll get real mad.” Jake says, coming up behind me, Madison sticks her tongue out at Jake and I turn to smile at him. The adults start to walk out the door and Maddy skips after them.

“Amber and Jake, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-” She squeals and doesn’t get to finish as Jake jogs up behind and scoops her into his arms, beginning to tickle her. 1

“What were you saying?” He says.

“Nothing! Nothing Jake, please!”

I stand back and watch. You can tell how close they are instantly; and as an only child, I can’t help but feel a little jealous.

When we arrive at the restaurant, we sit at two separate tables. All the adults are on one while me, Jake and Madison are on the other. We all pick up menus and Jake leans over to read mine instead of his own.

“What are you doing?”

He smirks at me, “Mine’s broken.” He replies, pointing at his (perfectly fine) menu. I shake my head, smiling. “What are you having Mads?” He asks his sister. 1

“Fish fingers!”

Jake laughs, “What about you, Bloom?”

“Um…probably a burger.”

“Yeah, me too.” He says smiling.

“So you’re copying me now?”

“I knew I was having a burger before you.”

“How are you going to prove that?”

He shrugs, smirking. “Don’t need to.”

The night continues and soon the sky turns dark. Maddy orders a banana split and me and Jake share a vanilla sundae for dessert. “Sharing a sundae? I didn’t know we were moving this fast, Bloom.”

I shake my head and snort. “You’re an idiot.”

“Hey, I don’t share my ice creams with just anyone.”

“I’m honoured.” I say, rolling my eyes.

“You should be.”

Soon everyone’s getting ready to leave and Jake’s mum walks over to our table. “Amber! We haven’t properly met, I’m Jessica, Jake’s mum.”

I shake her outstretched hand, smiling. “Nice to meet you Mrs Fletcher.”

“Well, we’re all making our way back to the hotel, but we thought you two might want to walk around? Maybe look in some shops?”

Jake and me both nod. “Cheers, mum.” He says.

“Just be careful.”

“Mum, I’m 17.”

“I don’t care if you’re 17, you’re still my baby. So don’t do anything stupid.” She walks away with my family, Madison holding her hand. Maddy turns to wave just before they turn the corner out of sight.

“So.” Jake turns to me. “You’re the expert, where too?”

I take him through the streets, weaving in and out of shops. Jake picks up everything he can, messing with it. “Bloom, look at this. I can grow my own penis peppers!”

“Why would you want to do that?”

“Why wouldn’t I want to do that?” 3

I just shake my head walking away. “I’m not even going to answer that.”

“It’s not my fault they’re obsessed with knobs over here.”

Just as he says it, we walk past another shop with…interesting bottle openers of various sizes.

Jake picks up the biggest one. “This looks familiar, it’s just like mine.” I blush instantly. 4

I take it from him and hang it up, grabbing his hand and dragging him from the store. “You’re ridiculous.” I tell him, small smile on my lips. We carry on walking and Jake doesn’t let go of my hand.

We walk through the streets side by side and continue looking through shops. I find a display of rings and look through them as Jake goes deeper into the shop. There’s one in particular that I’m drawn to; I pull it out on the security cable, trying it on.

Jake comes up behind me, “You expecting a proposal or something Bloom?”

I jump slightly, and take it off my finger quickly. “No, idiot. I just think they’re really pretty.” I shake my head. “Anyway, we should probably start heading back.” +

Jake yawns, “Yeah I guess you’re right

And with that we begin the walk back to our hotel.