Hurdles

Our relationship. It wasn't sonnet inspiring, the story of it won't make thousands want to listen. But it was complicated and it was special to us. It was certainly more than I bargained for from just seeing a boy with a football helmet across the room.

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"So are you trick or treating?" my dad jokes when I'm about to leave. 

"Ha ha." I kiss his cheek and then my mum's. "I'm going."

"It's good to see you out and about again sweetheart." my mum smiles at me. "Have fun."

Thankfully we weren't meant to dress up for this because it's so much simpler knowing we didn't have to do that. I mean, we're walking around a woods so I didn't try too hard but I did put a little extra effort in. Again, when we get there everybody goes and says hello to their dates and I'm actually excited to see Freddie. He smiles when he sees me, pulling me into a one arm hug. The one arm hug, not a proper hug but more meaningful than just saying hi.  When I make a big deal out of the fact that it's a one arm hug, I feel like I'm fifteen years old again. It's weird to be right back at the start of this whole dating thing, making massive interpretations about a greeting. It's kind of refreshing.

"Hey." he says. "Are you excited?"

"I'm a little terrified." I admit and he laughs. 

"Me too but I probably shouldn't tell you that." 

This scare walk is basically the most obvious place for teenagers to go on dates at Halloween. Throughout the night, every guy in our group is making the most obvious moves but so are all of the girls to be honest. Whenever something jumps out at us, all of us girls grab our dates and whenever it's really tense and we're walking into a new part of the woods and we're all scared, the guys will walk in front of us, holding out their hands behind them so we hold them.

We're in a little cottage in the woods as part of the trail and we're all terrified. 

"This is horrible." Jaclyn complains, her arms around her date. 

"Yeah I'm not going up there." Nicole says. 

"Not a chance in hell." Kylie agrees.

Freddie looks at me, one eyebrow raised. "Come on Alice."

"You go first." I bargain and he sighs, grinning at me. 

"You let me down." he says but he goes up the stairs anyway. He looks both ways and then nods. "It's fine!"

Everybody still looks at me so I sigh, reluctantly going up the stairs next. I get to the top and I'm about to walk off with Freddie when some zombie kind of creature jumps out behind me, scaring the life out of me and I swear I've never screamed louder. Freddie bursts out laughing and I hit his chest. 

"You liar!" I exclaim but I'm laughing.  

The zombie jumps out at me again and I jump forwards, right against Freddie and he laughs, putting an arm around me and pulling me away. "I'm sorry, I won't do that again."

"You'd better not." 

A couple of months ago, the thought of all this obvious and meaningless flirting would have annoyed the hell out of me but I'm realising there's nothing wrong with it. You don't have to go on a date with someone with the aim of eventually being with them, sometimes a little fun thing like this is just enough.

We all stop off at a McDonalds on our way back and when we're inside, Freddie gets his phone out and scoots next to me.

"Take a picture with me!"

"I don't think you deserve it after the way you betrayed me." I say and he laughs. 

"It was worth it, it was the funniest moment of my life. Now take a picture with me." 

So we take a picture and later that night it's on Facebook and all of the guys see it so I know Harry did. I don't know if he cared or if he was upset or what, but I kind of hope it had some affect on him, even if that's the immature thing to want. 

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