"It's just a popularity contest," She Said.

"It's just a popularity contest, there's nothing else to it." She said. But little did she know, this "popularity contest" was going to change her life whether she liked it or not.

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6. Forever

Kelsey's POV

Flashback

"Jose's to eat? Nat's working until nine tonight. She can drive you home, again." Josh suggested.

"Is that even a question? Let's go!" I exclaimed, starting to walk and pulling Josh along with me. Josh and I play on the same mixed travel volleyball team. After almost every practice, we walk to Jose's Noodle Factory, which is only about three blocks away, and we eat and talk. Practice is done at 6:00 pm and Nat normally gets done at 9:00pm. We always have some time to kill. When Josh and I show up at the restaurant, we're always let in immediately. The staff here knows us by face so they just move out of the way and allow us to walk to our normal table, bringing our regular orders to us quickly unless stated otherwise at the front desk.

"Uh, Joshie, can I ask you a question?" I mumble, looking to my lap. I've been worried about our friendship lately. It's seems as if he'd rather be hanging out with others rather than me. I know it's probably just my insecurities showing again but I'm actually worried this time.

"Go ahead," He smiles, our food being placed in front of us by a waitress, Amanda.We smiled appreciatively and thanked her before she walked off.

"We're always going to be best friends, right?" I whispered, so low I'm sure Josh didn't hear.

"What did you just say?" Josh stopped eating, looking at me with a sympathetic expression.

"Do I really have to repeat it?" I asked, slightly louder.

"Yes." Josh put down his fork, speaking with a stern tone. I sighed and took a deep breath,

"Are we always going to be best friends?" I looked up to see Josh's face, scared. I excepted to see regret, disgust or even hatred. But instead I confusion and sympathy.

"Of course. Boo, why would even think that?" He asks, voice dripping with what I thought was care "You know I love you Boo. Of course we're always going to be best friends."

"Well, you know. I just feel as if we've been becoming really distant lately. It kinda seemed as if you would rather hang out with other people than me. I was just worried a bit." I slightly smiled.

"Boo, you'll never have to worry for as long as we both live; you'll always be my best friend. You'll always be my #1 girl and you'll always be the best thing that's ever happened to me. It'll always be Joshie&Boo till the very end. And you wanna know why? Because you are the most amazing, most beautiful girl I've ever met and no one, no one, can compare to you. No one can replace you for as long as we both live and I'd be a damn fool if I ever even thought of letting you go. Babe, you have nothing to worry about. Alright? I love you, Boo." A tear made its way down my cheek. I think this is Josh is my best friend. He always makes me feel special; as if I'm the only girl in the world. I tried to hold back my tears of joy, the burning sensation in the back of my throat becoming more and more unbearable. Finally, I let out a choked sob, vigorously wiping away my tears with the back of my hand. Josh smiled with care and made his way to my side of the booth, hugging me tightly, my face in the crook of Josh's neck.

"I love you too, Joshie." I mumbled into Josh's shoulder in a sob. 

"I mean what I said you know,"

"What?" I looked up at Josh, wiping my eyes again, my tears sustaining.

"I mean what I said. You really are the most amazing, most beautiful, most perfect girl ever. I'm beyond lucky I have you." He smiled, kissing my temple. I felt more tears building up as I got up on my knees and straddled Josh, my face once again in his neck.

"God, I love you.

 "Josh chuckled and placed his hands on my lower back, pulling me closer. We stayed like that for a while, close to each other before Josh's phone went off, indicating he got a text. With me straddling me, he struggled to free his phone from his pocket but never once did he ask me to move or not once did he move me, I stayed there enjoying his warmth and scent. When he finally got his phone out, I turned my head slightly to see who sent the text and what it said. Unfortunately, I couldn't see it due to my awkward position. Josh groaned suddenly and I lifted myself off of him for a moment only to have Josh pull me back, hiding his reddened face in my neck.

"What is it Joshie?" I asked, threading my fingers thru his hair. He only groaned again, showing me his phone. I quickly read the text that was apparently from Natalie.

'Don't see much eatin goin on over there. ;)' -Nat'

I laughed and looked over to the staff windows only to see Natalie and other waitresses and cooks that I've grown to love, looking at me and Josh with suggestive smirks on their faces, they've always Josh and I should be more than friends. I blushed at slowly got off Josh's lap, it's a good thing that our booth was at the very back of the restaurant which is where barely any customers ever sit, so no one could see us.

"Why are you getting off?" He asked with a sad expression on his face. I kissed his cheek and pointed over to his sister and her friends. He just blushed groaned and pulled me back onto his lap.

"Joshie-Boo, maybe we should eat. It's already 7:30 pm and I'm pretty sure our food is cold." I whispered-whined into his ear. He chuckled and rubbed my lower back affectionately before letting me climb off of him and sit back down properly. I reached over the table and grabbed Josh's plate of food and dragged in across the table, setting it in front of him. He looked at me with a questioning expression on his face.

"So you don't have leave me." I whispered, pressing my side to his, my head on his shoulder and eating silently. We sat there in a comfortable silence for what seemed like hours, my head on Josh's shoulder, my arms around his torso. Josh's head was gently set on mine and his hands arms tightly wrapped around my waist, making me closer to him. Suddenly we heard someone clear their throat. We booth shot up and turned around, only to be greeted by a smirking Natalie. I blushed and hid my face in Josh's chest- as you can see, I kind of have an obsession with that..- and I felt his chest vibrate from his laughter.

"Alright you crazy kids. Can you remove yourselves from each other for two seconds just so we can get to the car? Then you guys can do whatever you in the back seat." She winked at us and Josh groaned.

"Shut up Nat!" I said, covering his face with his hands.

"Aw! Joshie-Boo is all blushy." I cooed and kissed his cheek before he got up to retrieve his stuff from the opposite side of our booth while I gathered mine. While my back was turned I could've sworn I heard Natalie say excitedly "Did you finally do it, little brother?" and Josh reply with "Nat, you know I really want to but you also know that I can't", sounding rather sad so I turned around.

"Can't do you Joshie?" I asked, concern.

"Oh it's nothing Boo, forget about it." He reassured me, kissing my temple again. But for some reason, I really didn't believe him. It was like his words had no confidence to them, like he was trying to forget what ever it was himself. But I let it go; if he didn't want to tell me, he didn't have to. So I just nodded and smiled.

"Okay, let's go!"  Josh walked over to me and grabbed my free hand, intertwining them. 

"Wait, before we go, I want to do something. Come here." He said, tugging at my hand and pulling me back to our booth.

"What are you doing, Josh?" He completely ignored my question and grabbed a napkin.

"Got a pen?" He asked.

"Uh, yeah. Let me get it." I looked through my purse until I found my light blue pen that I always carry around with me. "Here you go."

He mumbled a 'thanks' before taking the pen and scribbling something onto the napkin, blocking my view so I couldn't see. A moment later, he turned around with a bright smile on his face and lifted the napkin up to my view.

'Kelsey&Josh, Boo&Joshie, best friends forever!

                                                                 -2010'

A huge smile appeared on my face and I jumped into Josh's arms. He smiled against my shoulder and wrapped his arms around my waist.

"I love it." I murmured.

"I thought you would." When I finally detached myself from Josh, he slipped the napkin in between the booth bench and the wall "Now, this will always be our booth and you will always be my #1 girl, alright, Boo?" I smiled because, wow, this guy was probably the most perfect guy on this earth.

"Okay." I said, barely above a whisper, hugging him again. We were broke apart from a bunch of 'aw's' from the staff. I laughed and grabbed Josh's hand again, headed towards Natalie who was watching us with adoration.

"Bye, guys!" Josh and I chorused to the staff, stepping outside after hearing the many waitresses and cooks say "Bye lovebirds." All together; the usual way we left the restaurant. 

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Wow! This chapter is really long! Hope you guys like it! Tell  me what'cha think :)

                              

 

 

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