concentrate on my math test. All I could focus on was the
brunette in the first seat of the front row. Her name is Juliet.
She is at the top of our eighth grade class and ever guy wants
her. She never notices any of them though because she is too busy
focusing on her studies. I sighed out loud and my best friend
Garrett raised his eyebrow at me then looked at Juliet and
silently laughed. His expression said it all. I was never going
to date Juliet. "This is the year Garrett that she is finally
going to notice me," Garrett snorted.
"Next you're going to tell me that Jasmine Black likes me," I
silently laughed at him.
"Focus on your test Garrett," he rolled his eyes and bent over
his paper to show he was working on it. Pre-Algebra why did we
have to be working on Pre-Algebra? I
groaned as I walked up to Mrs. Stewart's desk to hand in my test.
She looked at me and I saw the pity on her face. "Didn't you
Mrs. Stewart. I was distracted," she nodded sympathetically. I
walked back to my desk. We had the remaining ten minutes of class
to talk. I looked at Juliet. She was laughing while talking to
Jasmine Black. Jasmine was an Asian that transferred to our
school from China. She spoke English and Chinese fluently. Her
long black hair and jade eyes were very pretty but she wasn't my
type. She was more of an athlete like Garrett not a studier like
Juliet and I. Garrett nudged me.
you thinking about her again?" By "her" he obviously meant
little bit," Garrett rolled his eyes at me.
"Just go up to her and talk. Okay? You said yourself that it is a
new year so go," Garrett shooed me out of my seat. I walked
toward the front where Juliet was sitting. Boom! Boom!
Boom! I wondered if anyone else could hear my heart pound so
fast and so loudly. I reached Jasmine's desk. She was right
beside Juliet. They were giggling about some new boy band. I
cleared my throat.
"Um…Hello…how are you two doing?" Jasmine looked over at me and
smiled. She was always polite.
I'm alright," I smiled back as Juliet turned around.
Jasmine isn't that Garrett's best friend?" Jasmine studied me and
"Yeah, Brian how about introducing Juliet to your handsome friend
Garrett," I felt my heart crack as I inhaled Juliet's
intoxicating scent of jasmine and peppermint.
likes Garrett?" I asked. Juliet nodded.
"Yeah everyone knows that. That's why I don't talk to guys. I
want him to know I am available," Juliet smiled at me.
"Oh…okay well I'll go ask him to meet you later," Juliet nodded
as I sulked back to my desk.
how'd it go Romeo?" Garrett flashed me a full smile. I
likes you," I mumbled. Garrett gave me a look of horror.
she likes me…Jasmine will never like me," he squeaked. I never
heard Garrett squeak before so I laughed. He gave me a look that
said "this isn't funny".
know but what can we do?" The bell rang to go to second period. I
picked up my books while Garrett picked up his.
"Skip gym next period and meet me in the second floor boy's
bathroom. We have some planning to do," Garrett left me standing
there as he walked out the door to his next class,
walked into the boy's bathroom and saw Garrett sitting on the
green tile. "So what is your brilliant plan Garrett?" I sat down
could try to find out what she likes about me. Then make that
part disappear," I smiled it was brilliant.
are brilliant Garrett!" I exclaimed.
know I know," he grinned.
I mention how modest you are?" Garrett slapped the back of my
least I don't have the hots for a girl who likes my best friend,"
I frowned. He got me where it hurt.
win," I sighed. I stood up. I wasn't in a hurry of course. My
next teacher was Ms. Delmar. I was never in a big hurry for her
class but it was a plus that Juliet and Garrett were in the class
too. Garrett raised an eyebrow.
you have the hots for Ms. Delmar too? If I'm not mistake you are
always late for her class," I scowled at him.
"You're coming too Garrett. She said something about an exciting
announcement so come on let's go," We walked out of the bathroom
just in time to hear the ending bell ring. We walked down the
steps with the other students then turned a corner. We were
standing in front of a torcher chamber for men. I am referring to
the drama and theater room. I looked at Garrett and he nodded. We
opened the blue door covered in names. I memorized them all
because most of them came from plays we had preformed. Lysander,
Romeo, Macbeth, those and many more were painted in black ink on
the door. I looked at the door and glanced back again when
something caught my eye. The name Juliet Capulet was circled in
bright red ink.