Over and Out

Emma Hamilton is dealing with being a senior while having a crush on Jackson Reeder who she can't seem to shake. With her two best friends as side kicks at her side, can she take the heat or will she melt under school and the pressure of the guy?

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2. New Beginnings

With everything that was going on around me, my mind boycotted homecoming coming up. "Do you think someone will ask me?" Melanie said while we made our way to her locker. It was in-between second period and third which meant we had a ten minute passing time. 
"Of course someone will ask you. You've had a date every year. Don't start stressing on me. I already am stressing on my dress, my nails...oh god, my hair.  What if it's too short to put up in an undo?" Sadie starting frantically saying. 

While I looked around the hallway, I started to zone out the conversation and focus on the world around me.  There were couples everywhere, holding hands in the hallway, smiling and laughing. I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous.  My mind kept rewinding to what Sadie said in math class.  Was my idea of being rude to Jackson unpromising? Was I missing out on a friendship that he was possibly trying to mend back up? Either way I needed to figure out my date situation for homecoming.  It was my senior year, I wanted things to be almost perfect.  I glanced around the hallway were were in and tried to think of who I could go with.  So far, nobody caught my eye.

"Hello, earth to Emma?" Melanie said snapping her fingers in my face. 

"Huh? I'm back. What are we talking about again?" I asked trying to play off my day dreaming.

"We were talking about Homecoming and how we need to pin all of our plans down to a T so there's no drama rama going on." Melanie said trying to make drama rama sound coy.

"I agree, but we have three weeks guys.  There's plenty of time to make plans. Let's just focus on the basics. Like dresses and hair." Sadie said.

"Uh..hello? What about dates? If you and Emma get dates, I don't want to look like a lone stone going stag.  No way, not cool." Sadie's worry was coming back into her speeches of frantic dismay.

"I don't even know if I'm going to get a date yet, so let's just chill on that for now" I said trying to avert the question I knew one of them was going to ask. 

As Melanie grabbed a few books from her locker I started thinking to myself again.  This was going to be my last homecoming.  I didn't want to settle for a night that would be 'okay'. I wanted to look back and remember why I went in the first place.

"Okay, seriously. We need to set an alarm for her so we know when she goes off into lala land." Sadie's voice crept into my mind.

"Sorry, I was just thinking." I said redirecting my focus back to my friends. 

Melanie shut her locker and we made our way to my locker next. As we turned the corner I saw Jackson standing at his locker putting a few books on the top shelf.  Having his locker in the same hallway, and on the same wall as mine used to be a bonus for me. Now every time I see him it's like my heart goes into anaphylactic shock. As we walked past him and made our way to my locker I realized that I needed to make a decision on how our friendship, if that's what you call it anymore, was going to play out.  I don't think I could handle wanting to cry and or scream every time I saw him because he made me so frustrated. I started to spin my combination when Sadie spoke up. 

"Speaking of thinking, are you going to ask Jackson to homecoming?" I looked at her shocked. Her eyebrows were raised and not a single snicker came from her questionable face. She wasn't joking.  

"Are you fricken kidding me? No! NO, NO NO!" I was whispering but yelling at the same time.  I leaned back and looked behind Sadie's body which was blocking my view of him. 

"He already probably thinks I'm a bitch for being rude to him, asking him to homecoming would make me seem bipolar." I shook my head and took my Algebra book out of my backpack and back into my locker. 

"First off, watch the language sister. There are teachers around these hallways. All I'm saying is, there's no shame and fixing the Emmadict Arnold lash out thing where you shot go f yourself bullet's at him in math class, and trying to make it better by asking to go as friends." Sadie said. 

"Did you really just compare me to Benedict Arnold? And for me ask him to go as friends, actually requires us to, you know, be friends."  

"You guys are still friends." Sadie said frowning.  

I looked back at Jackson.  His locker was now shut and he was leaning against it playing a game on his phone. I sighed and looked at Sadie. 

"Look, I appreciate the effort of you trying to fix my love life, but let's face it.  The closest thing I'll get to me and Jackson going to homecoming together will be him asking me to take a picture of me and his date. Maybe I'll just ditch homecoming." I said shutting my locker door. I leaned against my locker and looked at the clock on the wall. We still had six minutes. 

"You can't ditch homecoming!!" Melanie yelled. She was standing in front of me while Sadie was  still leaning against my locker.

"Yeah, it's like in the bible. Thou shall not ditch school dances" Sadie said. 

"Isn't that the beginning to the Ten Commandments?" Melanie looked at Sadie. 

"What are you? The Jesus police?" Sadie's angry voice started peeking through.

"Guys, chill.  What's the big deal? It's just homecoming.  Who cares if I ditch it?" 

"Your gonna miss homecoming?" I looked up and saw Jackson standing next to Melanie. 
Melanie opened her eyes wide and kept moving her eyes back and forth between me and him with a smirk on her face. It was the face your best friend gives you when your crush walks by you, or in my case, is right in front of me.

"Um..I was thinking about it." I said trying to bring friendliness back into my voice. 

"But homecoming is always sick, what's so important that you'd have to miss it?" He asked sounding kinda mad. 

'Hmm, let me think. I don't want to see you and your date slow dancing while you try to move your hands onto her butt' I thought. 

"I might have a, uh, a baby shower to go to." I said instead of the thing I wanted to say.  It was my safer bet I thought. 

"Oh, well you should reconsider taking a rain check on that. I heard that someone was planning on asking you" He smiled coyly. 

"What? It's only the third week of school...why would anyone think about asking me?" Crap. That meant that if someone asked me, I couldn't use the nonexistent excuse of the baby shower to get me out of the dance. 

"Don't shoot the messenger" he said throwing his hands up in the air. 

"Shooting! See I told you!" Sadie said.

"What?" Jackson asked confused.

"Nothing. Inside joke." I smiled, or at least try to smile. But from the weird look Melanie gave me, it probably looked like I just sharted my pants and was trying to hide it. 

"So should I give the guy a heads up that you aren't going before he humiliates himself asking you?" Jackson looked at me putting his left hand in his pocket while his right hand held his books at his side. 

I thought about it for a minute, skipping homecoming would mean that I wouldn't have to worry about rehealing the bullet wound Jackson gave me, but going with a different date might show him that I am over him and we could be friends without me worrying about him being weirded out.  Besides, he might not even know I had a crush on him.

"No, don't tell him anything. If he asks, who ever this dude is, I won't bring up the shower" I said breathing a sigh of relief. I never was good at lying. 

"Cool, I'll let him know that his window of opportunity is closing just in case.  I'll say that his date to the dance is being beaten out by a shower."

"A baby shower that is" I corrected him.

"What ever you say Hamilton"he said winking at me

"By the way, I'm kinda surprised you didn't ask me to the dance" 

What did he just say?

"What did you just say?" I asked freaking out. Great, now my heart was beating face. I wonder if he could hear it. Crap.

"Well considering you have a huge crush on me and all" he was rocking back and forth on his feet.

Okay, scratch was I just said about him not knowing I had a crush on him.

"What makes you think I had a crush on you?" Hopefully I was playing off my nervousness slyly. 

"I was joking. You should have seen your face!" He started laughing. 

"Ha, haha ha ha." I said laughing and sighing a sigh of relief at the same time.

"That, that was a good one" Sadie said looking at me relieved. 

"I'll see you around" he said walking around

"Yeah, See, you, around" I said separating the words. I waved goodbye even though his back was to me now.

"Great now you have a possible date to homecoming, and I'm going to be all alone" Sadie started complaining. 

"What the hell just happened?" I asked shocked staring straight ahead of me

"The boy you like, just told you one of his friends has the hots for you and you said you could't go to homecoming because you had to go to a shower, which by the way sounded really dirty. And then he joked that you had a crush on him, and I'm 99.9% sure you shit your pants." Sadie answered my question just as the bell rang for us to go to our study halls.

"I need a sanity requiem" I said still staring blankly ahead of me and we all headed down the hall.

"No, what you need is to pull your head out of your ass. It's not a hat Emma.  Just buck up and tell Jackson you like him." Sadie said before she left my side to go to her study hall. 

I hate it when she's right. 

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