The Set Up (One Direction)

What kind of a school sets you up with someone? I mean honestly who does that! Well, one school apparently does, they think its better for the future. Everyone knows about the "Set Up" dance, anyone whos anyone knows about it. Every year all of the years take a 100 question questionnaire about themselves. The school pairs up people and they are forced to go to the biggest dance of the year. It can be anyone from any grade. Unfortunately for Morgan Greene, she has to struggle and deal with the pain of breaking up with her boyfriend for two years and having to be paired up with someone she hasn't met. Friends will test each other on different levels than ever expected.


6. The Test

Chapter 6: The Test

*Morgan’s Point of View*            

     I wake up the next day still on the couch, alone. I look at the clock and it reads 6 AM, I need to be at school in 45 minutes. I hop up and take the shortest shower imaginable. I throw on my clothes and put on my makeup. I quickly eat breakfast and I'm out the door.
                 As I pull up I see a lot of people running around, guys and girls talking to each other. Some girls are even crying, what is going on? Did someone shut down the coffee carts?
                 I get out of my car and walk to the front of the school. I look around for Niall but spot two of my friends I recently made, Madison and Cara. They are in my literature class. I have been sitting with them and hanging out with them because I have no one else and Niall is always playing soccer.
                 "What is going on?" I walk up to them sitting on a cement wall.
                 "The Set Up questionnaire test is today." Madison says with her head in her phone, "Yeah, everyone is freaking out because no one was ready." Cara spits out while applying some foundation.
                 "Oh, wow. So what happens?" I sit down besides them.
                 "We go into our first period class for half the day to take the test and then we get to leave." Cara says adding some more lipstick.
                 "Yeah, I hope I get paired up with one of the popular jocks." Madison adds, she plays on the girl’s football team. She's really good, so I've heard.
                 "Who are the popular jocks?" I hope she doesn't mean jocks by Niall.
                 "Zayn Malik, he is a hunk and pretty damn sexy, Louis Tomlinson, funniest and best looking guy I've met, then there's Niall," Whoop there it is, "Harry Styles, he's so hot! I wouldn't mind being paired up with him," I think to myself, Niall and Harry are a part of the popular jocks? So they are friends with each other? They play on the same team so they have to get along! I can't believe Niall wouldn't tell me about that, "And then there's Liam Payne, he is one handsome devil." Madison licks her lips at Liam. Oh god.
                 "I've never met Louis and that Zayn guy. Show me them next time I see them?" Madison gives me a nod and smirks.
                 "Definitely!" We both laugh and the first bell rings.
                 I get up and walk to first period. I take my seat and Liam walks in.
                 The very first thing he says is, "Nervous? With being new and all not knowing what to expect?" I nod and take out my pencil, "Yeah, extremely nervous, what are they going to ask?"
                 "They usually ask about you and your family and likes and dislikes. Simple stuff so don't worry." He smiles exposing his perfect teeth.
                 "I'm not nervous about the test, I am just nervous about who I will be paired up with." I start to play with my fingers but stop myself.
                 "Oh so you've heard about Harry?" He puts his face in his hand.
                 "Wait what about Harry?" I say almost dropping my pencil.
                 "Wait, did I say Harry? I meant...Billy Bob Bob Billy" He smirks at me.
                 "No, tell me. What about Harry?”
                 "It’s nothing!"
                 I open my mouth to say something but it's cut off by the bell. Saved by the bell huh Liam?
                 "Okay class, as you all know today is a big day. I honestly don't understand why we do this during school and waste a full day of learning but whatever. I need each and every one of you to bring up your phones and I need to check your arms and hands for cheating, school rules."
                 We all stand up and hand in our phones and he checks our hands and arms.
                 He hands us the long tests and I get started.
                 The first question is,
                 "How do you describe yourself?" I write, fun and outgoing.
                 Next question, I take a deep breath and go through each question thoroughly. Some of the questions are odd; one asked "If you stalk someone famous who would it be?" I smiled and put down Justin Bieber.
                 I get through 80 of the questions and I look at the clock to see that there is ten minutes left in class. I start to panic and write B.S. things.
                 The last five questions are probably the hardest to answer,

“What do you look for in a partner?” This took me a while to process, I finally wrote down, Funny, caring, good looking, and carefree.

                 Next question:

“How do you feel about meeting new people.” I sign, shaking my hand. What kind of questions are these. I write, I have moved a lot and people don’t give me a warm shoulder, so sometimes I will like meeting new people, other times no.

                Third question:

“What do you do in your free time?” I love this question but there is a lot I do. I write the usual things of what I do: I like to hang out with people, work out, and watch some sports games.

            Fourth question:

“How you describe your family’s relationship?” Once again another question I don’t want to answer about my family. I write slowly and painfully, tearing up at each word: Separated, falling apart, brother lives with dad, I live with mom, tough.

                 Final question:

“What is your dream honeymoon or place to live?” I smile and think about all the places I would love to visit. I would love to have a honeymoon to Cancun and live in America, preferably California or New York.

            I take a big sigh of relief and sit back in my chair, shaking my hand out, and shutting my eyes. “Okay class, since everyone is done, pass in your tests.” I roll my eyes not having any time to relax and hand my test to Liam and he pretends to look at my answers and check his. We both start to laugh and the teacher hands us our phones back. Once the bell rings, I slowly walk to my car, a thousand things running through my brain. What if I end up getting Harry? Wait, how would he know all of those things about me? Does he learn things from Niall, or Liam? He couldn’t learn all of those things, impossible. But what if Niall and I get paired up? My heart flutters at the thought of that. I can’t possibly like him! UGH! Why does my heart do this to me! We are just friends, nothing more will ever happen. He doesn’t like me, he is a senior and I am a sophomore, there is no way we could get a relationship going.

            I sort out my thoughts and can think straight enough to drive home. I turn down the road we took to get to Nando’s yesterday.

            Morgan, stop. Don’t think about yesterday. It was just two friends hanging out.

            I get to my house and grab some chips and sit on the couch. I put in 21 Jump Street and watch that until my mom gets home.

             “Hey Mo! How was school?” She asks putting her groceries on the island counter.

             “Alright, I guess.”

             “Wait, what time did you get home? Doesn’t your school end at this time?” She gives me a confused and worried look.

             “Yeah but today we had to take a test for the dance that’s coming up and we got half of the day off.” I eat another chip and fix my eyes on the TV.

              “What dance? You never told me about a dance or test?” She sits at the end of the couch.

              Still with my eyes fixed on the TV, I say, “There is this stupid dance and we have to take a test to get paired up with someone.”

               “Morgan, look at me for a second,” I slowly turn my head away from the TV and look at my mom, “Why didn’t you tell me about this?”

              I sigh, “It was kind of last minute I found out, my friend Niall told me about it yesterday when we went to-“ my mom cuts me off, “Who’s Niall?”

               “He is my first friend I made at this school. He was the only one who opened up to me from the beginning.” My mom nods her head and smiles, “Is he cute?”

              “MOM!” I throw my arms up in the arm and cover my face with my hands.

               “Sorry, I was just wondering!” She laughs.

               “Yes, he is.” I smile and roll my eyes.

               “When will I get to meet him?” She hits my foot and I move it away, I am really ticklish.

               “He came over last night and we watched a movie but you weren’t home.”

               “Where did you guys watch the movie and what movie?” She says concerned now.

               “Here and Austin Powers. Don’t worry. If you want I can invite him over and we can go to dinner?”

               “Sure. Wouldn’t it be awkward for him though? Meeting me this soon?”

               “No, we aren’t dating so it doesn’t matter.” I snap back.

               “Did you just snap because you want to date him?” She smirks at me and I start to blush.

               “No! Well,” I sign, “I don’t know. To be honest.”

               She pats herself on the back, “I knew it.”

               “Oh shush. Do you want me to invite him or not?” My mom starts to bounce in her seat, “Yes!”

              I dial Niall’s number and call him.

               “Hey!” He says after the first ring.

              My mom mouths speaker phone to me and I put him on speaker, “Hi, I was wondering if you wanted to go to dinner with me and my mom tonight?”

              There is a pause before he answers, “Um, well, I don’t know. I think I have some other dinner plans but I will let you know.”

               “Alright cool.”

               “Sorry! Bye! I will text you soon!”

               “Bye!” I hang up and look at my mom who has a smile on her face now.

               “He is nervous to meet me!” She yells!

               “No, he just has other plans!” I roll my eyes.

              She shakes her head, “No, he sounded so nervous.”

               “Yeah okay mom.”

               “Niall, finally texted back,” I say to my mom and read the text. My heart sinks and I show my mom the text. It says:

“Sorry Morgan! I can’t today! Maybe some other time?”

               “I’m sorry baby!” My mom hugs me tight and I start to tear up.

              I guess that means my head was right and my heart was wrong, he doesn’t like me. My heart kept telling me there was hope, and I wanted to believe it.

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