Derek was not only surprised to see Daisy arrive at his farm, but delighted that his parents accepted her with open arms because she made him happy. He only wished they could be public about their affections. But Derek was just as pleased that he was hers and she was his. Everyday Daisy came to his farm and they rode on True Grit to their secret place
which they told of only to the only other D+D couple.
Summer came to a close and so did the carefree nature of the romantic nature of their forbidden relationship. Daisy couldn't be seen with Derek within school walls lest they should be seen by prying eyes. Derek hated the fact that for seven hours he couldn't hold his Daisy after four years of pining for her. Daisy planned to throw the election so her father didn't get re-elected, hoping then he would allow them to be together. Derek didn't care much for his already meager reputation, he just wanted to tell someone besides his parents whom he was dating...but having only one friend, and that friend happening to hate the guts of his love, couldn't. So instead he allowed his best friend to continue pining for him. Of course he couldn't really allow it. If he didn't know. Natalie Clearwafler was pretty sure, but she had some serious trust issues. The only person she trusted in the small town of Redcliffe was her best friend, Derek Masters.
School began and on the night before, Derek and Daisy lay on his truck at Lake Sophia, spending the last carefree moments of summer with one another.
"My friends will be returning from vacation in about two hours Derek, they will be expecting me at the airport a town over."
"Yell well you have the whole year with them, I only get you on the weekends and three hours after school." Derek leaned down and kissed her.
"I suppose you're right, anyway they're a bunch of spoiled brats."
"I love you Daisy Malone."
"I love you my forbidden love." Daisy reached up and pulled Derek's face to hers the kiss was sweet but then Derek deepened it, becoming more intense, animal like. "Derek what is it?"
"I'm sorry." he rolled over and starred up at the stars. They seemed to smile down at the star crossed lovers.
"Hey Derek I liked it, I was so surprised, I mean you're so sweet."
"Yeah well tonight is our last night of freedom."
"And summer." Daisy leaned over and kissed his lips, and whispered
"I love you, you know that right?"
"Yes I know that don't worry I know the rules, no talking unless spoken too, and continue on with my puppy dog stares."
"Okay I wish it didn't have to be this way but I don't want you arrested, or worse. My dad wants me to go out with Keith."
"WHAT? You didn't say yes did you?"
"What no of course not, I'm just warning you they'll be working together. He's an air headed jock and my father is an air headed ass-wipe."
"Harsh words for dear old daddy Daisy." Derek and Daisy looked up and saw standing just outside their beat up rusty convertible was Natalie Clearwafler. Derek sat up and jumped from the truck.
"Natalie please let me explain."
"I trusted you Derek Anthony Masters! I trusted you, and you're sleeping with that rich slut?"
"Natalie I love her and she loves me, I'm sorry alright but I knew you didn't like her so I didn't tell you."
"Derek she's not the only girl who loves you. Just remember that and those girls won't get you arrested or worse heartbroken."
"Natalie come on!" Derek yelled after the retreating form of his former best friend.
"She's going to tell, Derek!"
"No she can't, I-I should've told her, I should have..."
"Derek stop, okay it's not your fault and if she tells I'll bail you out."
"Thanks that's really reassuring." Derek fell to the ground and put his head in his hands." I thought this would work, I thought we would make it to graduation."
"Who says we won't?"