The "lip lock" didn't last long at all. As soon as our lips touched, we both pulled away. "Um...I'm so sorry, Josh." I mumbled. He smiled and said, "It's alright, Button. Let's just pretend like that...didn't happen." Disappointed, I replied "Of course. It'll be our little secret." He got back on his feet and waved goodbye. I stood there with my books thinking Did that really just happen?? Did I kiss Josh Princeton?! Before he left out of sight, he hollered, "Hey Button! I'll see you tonight!" and with that he disappeared into the halls.
The kiss made me forget that I would be seeing Josh tonight. It may have been just a accidental peck but it left me feeling like I was floating on air. I don't remember getting to my car and driving home...all I remember is that I'll be spending my night with Josh.
When I walked into the house, my mom starting quizzing me about Malcolm and expressing her opinion about him. "He has great hair, Nicole, don't you think? And those dreamy eyes...oh you can swim in those pools!" She kept going on and on and finally I had had enough. "Mom! Please stop. I don't want to date Malcolm!" I could tell that she wasn't expecting that because her face looked like she had just been slapped. She said, "Are you feeling alright?" I sighed and replied, "Yes Mom. I'm sorry for snapping like that...I need to get ready for my tutoring lesson." Before I could even turn around, my mom asked, "You're having a tutoring lesson? With who?" I could already tell what she meant by her smile. "Mom, it's not what you think..he's just a friend." Still, she kept that smirk on her face. "Do I know him?" she asked. I groaned and replied, "Yes. It's Josh. Josh Princeton." The smirk went away and was replaced with a straight line. "Oh. You guys still talk?" I was kinda surprised by her reaction and asked, "Why do you seem so...I don't know weirded out by this?" She turned her back at me and began gathering things for dinner. "No reason," she said, "just curious." I didn't answer her back. I turned and made my way upstairs.
What do you wear when you're tutoring your long-time crush? It was almost time for him to arrive when I finished getting ready. I settled on my light-denim, skinny jeans and a light pink halter top. I left my hair curly and put a little eye-makeup on. Hopefully, he didn't noticed the big changes in my appearance from earlier...although I was kinda hoping he did.
The door bell rang and I scurried to answer the door, so Josh wouldn't have to face my mom's demanding questions. I opened the door and there he was. In a gray, V-necked t-shirt and faded jeans. For him to be dressed so simple, he looked so good. "Hey, Button. Am I late?" I smiled and replied, "No, you're right on time." I tried hard to get him upstairs before my mom noticed him but I wasn't quick enough.
"Hi, You may not remember me. I'm April; Nicole's mom." Josh shook my mom's hand and said, "I remember you Mrs. Bishop. How have you been?" My mom smiled and answered, "Oh fine. Except trying to keep up with this one." Really, mom? I jumped in and stated, "Mom, we really need to get started. Let us know when dinner's ready." And with that, she nodded and made her way back into the kitchen.
As soon as we got in my bedroom, I shut the door. "I apologize for that." He laughed and sat down on my bed. "It's fine. I have to put up with that when I'm over at Chloee's." Immediately, I felt jealousy rise in me and I'm pretty sure he noticed. He said, "Oh...sorry I know you two don't like each other." I tried smoothing the awkwardness over by answering, "I just don't understand why she treats me like she does...I barely know her." He grinned and replied, "She's afraid I'll leave her for you." I was sitting in the floor and when he said that I looked straight into his eyes and asked, "Do she really think that??" He then showed that goofy grin again and said, "Yeah. She's jealous cause I call you by a nickname." I blushed and kinda smirked. I had something Chloee didn't: a nickname.
Josh was up now and roaming my room when he came to my dresser. "Oh good. You got your flower. I was afraid it wouldn't get here." So he did send it! "Oh yeah. That was very thoughtful of you," I stated. He looked over at me and said, "anything for my Button. So...about today..." I asked, "What about it?" He came closer to me and whispered, "When I was helping you with your books...and we kissed..."
"Oh...that. What about it?" I asked. His voice kept getting softer and softer to where it was barely a whisper. "Did you feel anything?" Thinking he was making a joke I said, "Yeah. I felt your lips on mine." He chuckled and replied, "No. Not like that, Silly. I mean did you feel a spark or something?" I wasn't expecting us to talk about the kiss tonight...I wasn't ready to. "Um...don't you think we need to start reviewing?"
"You did! Didn't you?" He exclaimed. I started panicking...I didn't want him to find out about my crush on him. Not like this! I turned away from him but I felt him edge closer to me. "Button, I felt it too." What did he just say?! I turned to face him and realized he was just inches from me. I started stampering again and stated, "I didn't s..say that I f..felt anything, Josh. I d..don't know what you're t..talking about." He took my hands in his and whispered, "Don't lie to me, Nicole."
He called me Nicole! That only meant one thing: he was being serious with me. I forced my hands out of his and manuevered myself away from him. "So what if I felt something! It's not like it could turn into anything! You're with that...that....you're with HER!" I swear he moved at the speed of light, because before I could move away, he had me in his arms and his lips on mine.