We Are Young and Doomed

Milly Farber is tired of being boring, withdrawn, and socially awkward. At least, that's how she sees herself. She is determined to enjoy life. To stand out. To be exciting. To excite someone.

Jasper Hewn always took notice of the quiet little blonde girl who kept to herself at the back of the class. He always thought she seemed intriguing. But he never had the nerve to say hello.

Told from both perspectives in short bursts. Each chapter title is something the character is feeling, but it doesn't necessarily reflect the contents of the chapter. It's more of a reflection of their nervousness and self-consciousness within the situation.

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12. I Am a Complete and Utter Fool

I was turning my head to say something when suddenly her face was so close to mine, and her lips were right there, and then they were on mine. And I started apologizing nervously and swearing up and down that I didn't do that on purpose. And she was blushing and silent.

And I am a ridiculous fool who screwed things over entirely.

Until... she started to giggle. And her giggle turned into the most beautiful, tinkling little laugh I had ever heard. And then she turned to me and looked at me like she wanted me to tell her another joke.

"So," I started quietly, then gained a little more confidence. "Can I try doing that on purpose."

She smiled at me as her answer. I leaned a little closer to her and she met me half way. Our lips touched for an instant. And then we parted. She giggled again, her face completely red.

"I'll see you later," she told me as she opened her door and got out of the car. "Goodnight, Jasper. Thank you for a wonderful first date."

"You're welcome, Milly," I told her, trying hard to keep myself composed. I wanted to jump up and down, or dance, or scream, or do all three in celebration. "And thank you. Have sweet dreams."

Have sweet dreams? Really? Was I a creep?

"I'm sure I will," she said. And winked.

Ok. Fair enough. So would I.

She walked to her front door. I stayed in the driveway, idling until I saw that she made it safely into her house. Just before she went inside, she turned and waved. Then, she pulled the door shut.

I laughed to myself and slapped the dash of my car to release some of the energy that had built up in my hands from the excitement of the last few minutes, unable to fully believe that the night had been real.

How did I pull this off?

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