He doesn't, and I should have seen it comin'. My older brother, Joe, never missed an opportunity to tease me. Then again, he didn't pass up a chance to flirt with a pretty girl, either.
"Cut it out, Joe!" I growl through gritted teeth. Heat creeps up from my neck to my cheeks, and the sprinkling of freckles there fade into red. There's only so far I can shimmy down in the Model A's bench seat to hide myself from her sight. I'd like very much to slug my brother for his fooling.
"Hey, Toots!" He calls out the open window to the dark-haired girl walking behind our car. "Want a ride?"
She doesn't even give him the satisfaction of looking our direction, which, in a way, makes his grin broaden. Instead, she trains her deep brown eyes on the gravel immediately before her own two feet. We all know that even if she wanted to ride with a troublemaker like my brother or mortified me, she'd have to pass it by her daddy. Besides, she's nearly reached her destination and doesn't need our kind of help, if you could call it that.
I steal a peek in the mirror and watch her curls bob in time with her determined march. If I wasn't so mad at Joe, I'd thank him for giving me more time with her. Not that we ever really spent time together. My brothers and I watched her walk past our house on her way to her job at the golf course all the time. They watched, maybe, but I salivated. Someday I'd work up the nerve to ask her on a proper date, but today wasn't going to be that day, thanks to my obnoxious brother.