Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The next day, Tuesday, it happened. It happened right after fourth period when Jordyn was putting her books in her locker.
Cole slipped up beside her, smiling as he leaned against the locker next to hers.
“Hey, Jordyn,” he said with a smile.
She smiled back. “Hi, Cole. What’s up?”
“Just wondering something.”
“If you were busy this weekend. Like on Saturday?”
And that was how she knew. Cole Anderson was about to ask her out.
Please don’t act like a dork, she begged herself. Her stomach was flipping and it took every ounce of strength she had not to grin like the euphoric idiot she’d just become.
“Uhm, Saturday?” she asked. She shrugged. “Nah, I don’t think so. Why?”
“I want to take you out. Can I take you out?”
She smiled. “I guess that would be alright,” she teased. Or, at least she hoped she was teasing and not sounding like an idiot. It would be just like her to have the hottest guy in school asking her out and she make him regret it within two minutes.
Psh. Who was she kidding? Getting asked out by the hottest guy in school was nothing like her.
Luckily he smiled. “Great. 8:00 Saturday. I’ll pick you up.” He started to walk away.
“Where are we going?” she asked.
He shrugged. “Somewhere cool. I’ll text you.”
She smiled. “OK.”
Cole walked away, and Jordyn was surprised to see Ashley, Shari, and Leah standing there watching. Their eyes were narrowed. They’d heard the whole thing.
Jordyn had wasted no time telling Alice and the girls about her date. She’d texted the three of them immediately, “OMG, I have a date with Cole Anderson Saturday!” to which they all replied their “I told you so’s,” and “It’s about times.”
Alice met her in the parking lot after school by her Focus.
“Look at miss hot in the pants,” Alice said with a smile as she approached Jordyn. “I’m so proud of you!”
Jordyn couldn’t help but laugh when Alice wrapped her arms around her. “I told you he liked you.”
“Yeah, yeah, it’s not a big deal,” Jordyn lied.
“Oh, Jordyn. It is so a big deal. It’s a huge deal! You’ve got a date with the Cole Anderson! I mean, how are you still on the ground? I’d be floating.”
Jordyn chuckled. “Whoa, Alice. The Cole Anderson? Please tell me you’re not on that bandwagon, too.”
“Any straight girl with a pulse is on that bandwagon. I’m proud to be your friend. You’re gonna be the envy of Cedarwood High.”
“I don’t think it’s that serious.”
“Ok, you’re lying. What’s your brother say about it?”
Jordyn shrugged as she plopped into the front seat of the car, hooking her seatbelt. “Alice. Cole just asked me out less than 30 minutes ago. I haven’t seen Ty.”
“What do you think he’s gonna say?” Alice asked, plopping down in the driver’s seat.
That was a question Jordyn didn’t have the answer to. She figured he wouldn’t care.
Tonight, though, Ty and Natalie didn’t have plans together after football practice, so Ty was home. Perfect timing.
Jordyn hadn’t mentioned her date to her parents, yet, and she hadn’t mentioned it to Ty, either. She wondered if he knew, but kind of hoped he didn’t. Not yet, anyway. She wanted to be the one to tell him, because knowing Ty, while he puts on a big brother protective front and he probably meant it, he would probably bring it up in front of her parents at dinner and it would kind of mess things up.
Jordyn would tell her mother later tonight, but when it came to Jack, well he was real overprotective daddy, and Jordyn hoped to have Zara tell him about the date. Jack was going to have a lot of questions, questions Jordyn didn’t really want to answer right now. She didn’t want the third degree, she just wanted to be a normal sixteen-year-old girl and get excited about her date.
So she was happy at dinner when Ty didn’t say anything in front of her parents. It was after dinner, when she was packing her bag for dance that Ty approached her.
“So,” he said with a smirk, leaning in her doorway with his arms folded over his chest. “Hear you’ve got a date this weekend?”
“Who told you?” Jordyn asked.
He raised his eyebrows and Jordyn sighed. Ok. So that was a dumb question.
“Whole school knows,” Ty laughed.
“Don’t tell mom and dad.”
Ty raised his eyebrows. “You really think they’re gonna forbid you to go out on a date? Really?”
“No I don’t, Ty.” It was obvious, being a son, Ty didn’t understand the difficulties of getting out of the house with a guy. He was with Natalie, and her parents loved Natalie. No way did Jack get all out of sorts over him taking his girl out the first time. Zara even said she was a “lovely girl.”
“I’m confused,” Ty sighed, rubbing the part of his nose between his eyes.
Jordyn bent over and zipped her dance bag. “Obviously.” She grabbed her black wind jacket, matching her wind pants over her dance clothes. “Look, I’ll explain it to you. I’m a girl.”
“Nice observation. I think that was motivation for Cole asking you out.”
“I don’t want dad being all, dad, about this whole thing. This is sort of my first date.”
Ty’s jaw dropped in surprise. “Oh my gosh! You’re right, it is! I never thought of it that way.”
“That’s not something to repeat, either,” Jordyn said suddenly. “But you know dad. He’s gonna want everything short of Cole’s social security number.”
“I’ll vouch for you, Jor. Cole’s a good guy and dad knows him, anyway. I wouldn’t make a big deal about it.”
“You wouldn’t,” Jordyn mumbled. She lifted her bag over her shoulder just as a set of high beams flashed in her window. She peaked out and saw Erin’s Jetta in the yard. “Erin’s here. Gotta go. And don’t forget. Don’t tell mom and dad.”
At dance, Ashley, Shari, and Leah approached Jordyn and Erin in the corner of the studio, while they were stretching.
Ashley smirked, folding her arms over her chest, in that stupid leotard she was still wearing, and Jordyn knew something was coming.
“Hi, Jordyn,” Ashley said, flipping her hair over her shoulder. “I heard Cole asked you out, today.”
“That’s because you standing right behind him eavesdropping on a private conversation,” Jordyn said with a smile. “Very mature, by the way.”
Ashley rolled her eyes. “You know he only did it because he’s friends with your brother. I sit with them at lunch, remember. I hear what they say about you. Ty says you need help making friends, so he asked Cole to ask you out to push you in the right direction.”
Jordyn didn’t even that comment the consideration Ashley wanted. She just smiled, and nodded. “Of course he did, Ashley. If that’s how you handle rejection, then so be it. Word of advice, though? Stay out of Natalie’s ass, and don’t try to convince me I don’t know my own brother.”
“Ashley, you need a life,” Erin joined in. “You make yourself look more and more pathetic every time you open your mouth.”
“Stay out of this, Erin,” Ashley snapped. “Nice charity case you got here, by the way.”
So Jordyn figured out what really pushed Ashley over the limits. Cole Anderson.
Jordyn just smiled and pulled her legs into a full split, stretching. “Ashley, I don’t have time for you right now. You or that ridiculous leotard.”
“I can’t take anything you say seriously while you’re in that thing,” Jordyn continued politely. “This isn’t ballet, and it isn’t gymnastics. You look like an idiot.” Oh, that dropped jaw on Ashley’s face gave Jordyn a feeling of pure pleasure. “So go away. You and your two little ‘mini mes’ leave me alone while I focus on what I’m doing. My life is none of your business.”
“Welcome to Cedarwood, Jordyn,” Ashley scoffed. “Everything is my business.”
Jordyn just laughed. “Whatever you say Ashley. Now, go away.”
Ashley opened her mouth to say something else, but Maggie walked in, shouting for everyone to get into place, because they were learning a new jazz piece tonight.
Ashley scowled at Erin and Jordyn, then turned on her heel and walked away.
“Wow, girl,” Erin said, catching her heel in her hand, pulling it to her butt and stretching her quad muscles. “You got some brass ones, huh?”
“Psh,” Jordyn scoffed, watching Ashley stretch on the opposite side of the room, still staring her down. “I am not scared of Ashley Moore or her two little robots.”
Besides, Jordyn thought. She had a date with Cole Anderson Saturday night. No way was she about to let whiny little Ashley get to her now.
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