When she stood up she wobbled, but Lukas was right there to hold her and support her as she opened her eyes and saw where they were. She grinned. ”Seriously?” she said excitedly, having mentioned something about ice skating when they’d gone to see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center last December. ”You did all this for me,” she said, but it was more under her breath than out loud, but just looking at her, anybody would be able to tell how happy she was about this. ”You’re going to have to help me, you know? I don’t want to spend the next two hours on my ass, she warned, then held her hand out so he could lead her. She was nervous, but she was more excited than anything else. He was SO getting laid for this.
There’s no better image than her eyes lighting up as she takes in what’s before her. “I did. You deserve a night off from everything and this seemed like the best way to do that,” he answered her, stepping back on easy footsteps - having eerie amazing balance on his own skates. “I’ll help you. I won’t even let you go unless you want me to,” he steps back and pulls her with him gently. Stepping onto the ice with ease, he finds his own balance before he encourages her to step forward with him. “Come on, baby. I got you.”
The thing is, Aubrey had never been to an ice skating rink before. They had them in Vegas, sure, but they’d never been able to afford to do things like that. She’d gone to a roller skating birthday party once when she was eight and hung onto Dylan the entire time, but she’d never skated on ice before. ”Is it bad that I have no idea at all? And why are you changing my shoes?” she asked, lifting the foot he’d just secured into a skate and coming dangerously close to slicing Lukas’ face. ”It’s heavy,” she remarked, her eyes closed still as she moved her hands to the pocket of the hoodie she wore.
He’s actually thankful she hasn’t been able to guess yet, so when she asks why he’s changing her shoes, he simply shakes her head. “Yeah, watch it, baby,” he laughs, pushing her foot away from his face just in the nick of time for her not to slice his face open. Once her shoes are changed, he changes his own before he stands and takes her hands, encouraging her to stand with him. “Okay, open your eyes.” He tells her, because he’s not going to have her walking on skates without looking. “I know you’ve never been before and I feel like ice skating is one of those opportunities everyone should have at least once in their life time, so this place is ours for the next two hours.” He tells her, stepping to the side so she can see the rink - and the lights strung up around the outside of the rink.
Aubrey hadn’t even considered the thought that Lukas had been serious when he was talking about surprising her and taking her somewhere. He’d been really vague about the whole thing and she had to admit, she was excited. She’d considered peeking on more than one occasion, but decided not to ruin the effort that her boyfriend had clearly put into all of this, whatever it was.
"Alright, eyes closed, I promise," she assured him, and true to her word she kept her eyes shut. She felt the loss of his presence almost immediately and didn’t like that she couldn’t just lean on him as she’d been doing the whole way here, but she’d get over it. She waited anxiously for him to give her permission to look.
They were inside - it was slightly chilly and he’d warned Aubrey to dress warm so as to not catch a cold where they were going. She could probably guess where they were by the time he moved to switch the lights on - lighting up the rink in front of them, but he doesn’t worry about that. Moving back to her, he guides her to sit down on one of the benches. “Now, you’ve probably already guessed where we are by now, but keep your eyes closed while I change your shoes, okay?” He informs her, getting down onto his knees to remove her own shoes and slip the skates onto her feet.
With Dylan’s permission, Lukas had been setting this up for the past week. It’d taken a good chunk of his savings to do so, but it was worth it. While he knew Aubrey wouldn’t care whether he spent a dime on her or not (and that was not the basis of what this venture was about), he wanted to do this for her because with everything going on, Aubrey deserved a break from all the stress. Between school and constantly worrying about Dylan (he was doing better, but her worry was still there plain as day), Lukas wanted to give her something else to think about for a little while.
"Okay, now, don’t open your eyes just yet, okay?" He tells her after removing his hands from where they were covering her eyes. Stepping back, he jogs a few feet away.