Chapter Three: Melted Candy and New Begginings
The morning after Kevin's dream passed by with a blur. His parents packing quickly (and ignoring his dream story) and them rushing to the car. He was left with even more time to think about his old life in Texas and that dream. Where was that field? Kevin had never been anywhere like that. Texas wasn't known for snowy fields or mountains. Thoughts bounced around in his head more often than the car on the road, constantly shifting to old memories, new fears and unforgettable friends. Kevin even chuckled to himself as he recalled the "Hershey Kiss Incident"…
It was a quiet afternoon and the kids had been out of school for about an hour. Kevin, Jared and Sheila were out by a park in town. Jared, always the sugar freak, had brought a bag of Hershey Kisses. They laughed and ate, having a good time until a new girl walked up.
"Sorry to ask, but you mind if I join you guys? It's so boring here and some how you have fun." She said.
Jared and Sheila nodded, but Kevin was mesmerized by this girl. He forced himself to look away and focus on a nearby tree. The girl introduced herself as Carol. The group continued talking until they all went silent and stared at Kevin. He panicked, having not payed attention to the conversation.
"What is it?" He asked.
"Uh, look at your hand." Jared said, containing a smile.
Kevin finally realized that he should've payed attention to something else. The Hershey kiss had liquidized in his hand and run all down his arm. Jared and Sheila were laughing it up and Carol tried to hold back hers. While Kevin tried to clean it up, Carol managed to talk through her laughter.
"Why did you just hold onto it?" She asked through her giggles.
"I was focusing on something else."
"Dude," Jared cut in, wiping away a few tears, "You stopped paying attention to us immediately when Carol here came over…"
The entire group paused and processed why Kevin had gone silent. A smile appeared on Sheila's face and she formed a small heart with her hands. Kevin's faced reddened, but then he saw how red Carol's face was getting. A small shock flew between the two of them and the laughter continued. Kevin opened up and Carol became a part of the group from there on.
Kevin smiled to himself. His old memories brought him comfort on this long road ahead. He never adapted well to change, he nearly went into shock when Carol changed her hair color. It took him almost a year to finally ask Carol out on a date…
The day had gone like any other. The group of four had just exited school, complaining about teachers and work like most. Carol looked more beautiful to Kevin today than any other. Her bright blue eyes shined brighter, her long raven hair was put into a ponytail and swayed as she walked. Kevin was intoxicated by an exotic smell that wafted from her. She wore her normal ripped jeans and bright green tank-top, but Kevin still thought something was different. Jared and Sheila scooted off somewhere else and Kevin was left alone with Carol.
"What's up, Kevin?" Carol smiled at him, turning his knees to jelly.
"I-I just wanted to ask you something." He started wringing his hands nervously.
"And that would be…?"
"Will…will you…go" Kevin began shaking. He was too nervous to do this.
"Dear Lord…" Carol gasped, "Are you asking me out on a date?"
Kevin couldn't respond, his mind wasn't functioning right. He was sweating, shaking, about to collapse and then Carol finished what he started.
"Thank God! I've waited forever!" She wrapped him in a bear hug. Kevin's eyes bulged out from surprise (and the crushing hug).
"It's about time! I was starting to think you'd never ask!" Carol released her grip and smiled at Kevin.
"Sorry," Kevin said, "I just wanted the right moment."
"What about the ice rink? That was perfect." Carol crossed her arms.
"Or the food court, or the dance, or yesterday's third period, or-"
"Alright!" Kevin threw his arms up, "I just wimped out every time!"
Carol laughed and they both started to walk. After a few minutes, Kevin noticed something.
"Hey, you never answered me."
"You never finished your question." Carol answered.
"Will you go out with me?"
Carol turned and hugged him again, "Of course."
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