Don't You Know It

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
Sarai Wilder and Tobias Signhardt have been best friends since an unfortunate incident in middle school, and it seems like nothing could ever separate them. But when Sarai makes a poor decision, she ends up distancing the one person she can't lose. Will she be able to reconcile her friendship, and maybe finally find true love at last?

Submitted: December 08, 2011

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Sarai Wilder sighed as she walked into her 10th grade English classroom, clutching her books to her chest. Her green eyes searched the room, and her heart gave a little lurch as they landed on a black haired boy sitting in the second row.
Thomas Leonard was that cute, popular guy that had girls swooning all over him left and right. He had, the looks, the charm, and the talent that had landed him the position of quarterback on the high school football team. He was the ultimate guy. Of course, she knew she didn’t have a chance with him, being one of the quieter girls in her class, but in the back of her mind, she couldn’t help hoping that one day, maybe, he would sweep her off her feet and ride into the sunset on the back of a beautiful white stallion-

“Sarai, what are you staring at?” came the tenor voice of her best friend, Tobias Signhardt. She jumped, and ended up dropping all of her books in the process. Everyone who had been sitting around in the class stopped talking and turned to look at what had caused the commotion. Her face beet red, she bent down to pick up her school things, making sure her chestnut hair hid the evidence of her embarrassment. Tobias kneeled down to help, trying not to snicker like he always did when these things happened. Which, unfortunately for her, was a lot. Muttering under her breath, she indignantly said, “Next time, could you try not to be so loud?”

“Next time, could you try not to drool like a lovesick puppy over the most stereotypical guy in the school? For the sake of spaghetti, Sarai, that guy has no brains. I know. I tutor him.” Sarai rolled her eyes. Tobias was one of those guys who didn’t care what anyone thought of him. He was always coming up with these random sayings that made no sense at all, hence, “for the sake of spaghetti.”  She successfully suppressed a laugh, and pulled him along to their usual seats in the back of the class.

English soon started with the every day drone that was Mrs. Tates. She had not one exciting bone in her body. It was only because of the fact that Tobias let her borrow his notes that she was still able to pass. She honestly did not know how she would have fared in high school if Toby hadn’t been her best friend.

They had met back in sixth grade, when Sarai had been the new geeky girl in school. She wore braces, had glasses, and her hair was a stringy brown color. This had been the basis for the popular girls, Amy Duncan and her gang, to pick on Sarai endlessly until she had been reduced to tears. One of those days, Sarai remembered, had been the worst, but also best day of her life.

 

“Hey Sarai!”

Sarai closed her eyes for a second, taking in a deep breath, before she slowly turned around with her lunch tray in hand. Today’s meal was spaghetti and meatballs, and it wasn’t looking pleasant.

“Yes?” Sarai asked timidly.

“Why don’t you come sit with us?” Amy smiled.

“Really?” Sarai asked. Could this be it? Was this the day that she, Sarai Wilder was finally going to be popular?

“Sure, come on over and pull up a chair.”

Sarai grinned, relief evident on her face. But she hadn’t gone ten feet, before she tripped over something and fell face first onto the floor, sending the spaghetti flying everywhere.

The cafeteria was silent for a split second, before exploding into full blown laughter. Amy and the gang were beside themselves, holding their stomachs and pointing at Sarai with manicured fingernails.

“Oh that’s right. We don’t associate ourselves with geeks!” the evil queen sneered, causing everyone at that table to collapse into another fit of giggles.
Sarai could feel the hot tears stinging in her eyes as a pair of sneakers appeared in front of her face, and hands tugged on her arms, helping her back to her feet. She caught a glimpse of sandy blonde hair before she sprinted off in the direction of the empty gymnasium, which was nearest. She could hear the catcalls and jeers following her as her feet pounded on the tile.

Five minutes later a sandy haired boy found Sarai hunched over at the top of the bleachers, her shoulders shaking. She was rocking back and forth. The boy hesitantly climbed the steps and sat down beside her. He tenderly placed his hand on her shoulder. She tensed, and the sobs quieted. Slowly, the girl raised her head, shaking, and turned to look at the boy beside her. He had a kind face, with blonde hair flecked with bits of gold, and gentle sea foam green eyes. His lips were slightly parted in a concerned stance  He was looking at her as if she were sick, which, Sarai thought, wasn’t out of the question.

“Are you ok?” he asked.

Sarai tried to say yes, but she couldn’t force the words out. Instead she scrunched her face up, shook her head and buried it in her knees again, a new wave of misery washing over her. The boy was shocked. He had seen bullying before, but this surpassed it. He knew boys were rough, but to see a girl beat down another girl like this with just words, was something else. He reached around Sarai, and lifted her up, and guided her into his arms. Sarai tensed at first, but then hugged him back, surrendering to the warm feeling she felt when she hugged him. She sobbed into his shoulder for another ten minutes, before she sniffled, and then leaned away from him, staring at him in disbelief. “Thanks.” She said.

The boy smiled, and his eyes lit up. “Anytime.” He held out his hand. “My name’s Tobias. What’s yours?”

“Sarai.”
His smile grew bigger, and said in a genuinely honest tone, “That’s a very pretty name.”
Sarai smiled, too, tears still in her eyes, and said, “Thank you.”

 

They had been best friends ever since. You could say he had always been her sort of protector. Amy and her gang had tried many times after that to beat Sarai down, but Tobias had always been by her side. He would yell back at them, coming up with amazingly snide retorts, and finally, they left her alone.

After two years her braces came off to reveal perfect, straight, white teeth. Her parents finally succumbed a year after that, and let her get contacts, revealing her sparkling green eyes, and her hair went from that horrid stringy brown to a full head of glowing chestnut hair. So by the time she got to high school, she was no longer “that geeky looking girl” but someone who might actually have a chance at a social life.

Tobias of course had never really cared that his best friend wasn’t someone you would usually find in a beauty pageant. Once she got past all the shyness, she was actually a pretty fun, outgoing girl. Back when she was still in middle school, even with the braces, and the glasses, and the fact that she fell all over the place, Tobias liked her. But being a guy, he never said anything, just was always there for her, whenever need be.

Now that they were in high school, though, she had really blossomed into someone that was beautiful. From the ugly duckling to a swan, as some would say.

Daily, he was entranced by her, but luckily for him, he had a good poker face, and was able to keep it to himself.

Tobias hadn’t turned out so bad either. He was on the swim team, so he was lean and muscular. His blonde hair had darkened a little bit, taking on a warm buttery glow. He had inherited his father’s eyes, which changed color depending on his mood. When he was in a light cheery mood, they were a light mint green. When he was pissed, they darkened into an angry stormy gray. And when he was just plain sad, they were a clear blue.

Sarai had realized this particular character trait about him, and learned to stay away from the boy with the stormy gray eyes.

 

Briiiinng!” Sarai jumped again, knocking her water bottle to the floor. She hadn’t realized that all this time she had been thinking about the day her best friend and her had met.

Tobias snorted and said, “Honestly, Sarai, can you get anymore-”

But he was interrupted by a guy in a letterman’s jacket, Thomas printed on the pocket. He bent over and picked up her water bottle, before placing it on her desk. He winked and proceeded to exit the classroom.

It all happened so fast that Sarai didn’t have a chance to take it all in before it was over. She blinked at her water bottle, and then turned to Tobias, who was staring at her. “Did that really just happen?” She asked.

“Yes…” Tobias said in a “so what?” tone.

Sarai breathed, “Oh wow.”

Tobias rolled his eyes, and said, “Come on, we’re going to be late for our next class.”

 

That lunch period found Tobias and Sarai standing in the lunch line, waiting to get that day’s lunch, which was Spaghetti and Meatballs. Sarai scrunched up her nose in disgust. She’d never really taking a liking to it, considering the stunt she pulled in 6th grade. 
When the duo had paid for their lunch, they looked around for a table. Suddenly they heard a familiar voice from behind them. “Well if it isn’t Miss Clutzilla. Try not to trip over your own two feet today, ok?” Tobias turned his head, and glared at the source of the voice, no other than Amy Duncan herself. Queen Bee.

“How about you worry about the way you walk like a penguin with that stick up your ass?”
Amy gasped, and her hand flew to her mouth. She lowered it angrily and said, “You won’t be so nonchalant when I take that remark to the Principal.” She turned and stomped off, taking her obnoxious crew with her. Tobias rolled his eyes, muttered, “Like I care.” and led the way to a secluded table in the corner of the cafeteria, a stunned Sarai following in his wake. She lowered her tray onto the table and swung her legs over the bench. “You know, I’m all for you sticking up to Amy for me,” she said slowly. “but really, that comeback could earn you a detention.”

Tobias snorted. “Ha, if a detention is all it takes to deflate Amy’s enormous ego, then I would get up in front of the school and announce that she’s a STD ridden, overweight troll.”

Sarai choked on her spaghetti, coughed, and said, “Tobias! You know that’s not true.”

“Never said it was. I was using it in a hypothetical situation.”
Sarai smirked. “I’d still like to think that you wouldn’t deliberately say something that wasn’t true about someone just to bring them down. You’d be sinking to her level if you did that.”

“Nah, I’m not that bad.” Tobias said. He took a bite of his pasta, and looked up at Sarai through the wisps of hair falling over his forehead. She was staring off into space, a smile playing on her lips.

Tobias grinned and reached into his pocket, pulling out a shiny copper coin. He slid it onto the table towards her, and when she looked down at it, he said, “Penny for your thoughts.”

“Just wondering what I’m going to be doing on Friday.” She leaned forward, resting her chin in her hands. “Do you ever wonder what your going to be doing in the future?”

Tobias thought for a moment, and then shook his head. “Nah, I like to live in the moment.”

Sarai chuckled and leaned back. “Well that could work, too, but I mean, like, your life could change drastically with just one word, just one decision. Like, what if I decided right now, that I was going to take a different route walking home than I usually do. And I go through an alley and ended up kidnapped or murdered. Split second decision, but could change my life.”

Tobias cocked an eyebrow. “Ok, I’m driving you home today.” He said, shaking his head, and stuffing another forkfull of spaghetti into his mouth. Sarai laughed. “Ha ha, that was just a hypothetical situation, but if you still want to walk me, I don’t mind that. My neighbor’s house is kinda creepy.” She added as an afterthought.

Tobias snickered. Then he decided to do something spontaneous. See if her words really did make sense. “So, you really have nothing to do on Friday?”

Sarai looked up at him. “Nope. Probably will just sit at home, and stare at my ceiling. I’ve almost finished counting all the dots in it.”

Tobias wagged his finger at her and said, “I’ve already done that. There’s 6 million 4 thousand 2 hundred and 23 on mine.”

Without missing a beat  he said, “How about I take you to see that new movie, ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ on Friday?”

Sarai dropped her fork. “Based on my absolute favorite book?”

“The very one. What do you say?” He waited for her answer, secretly burning inside for her to say yes.
Sarai smiled. “Well, I’d love to. When I get home, I’ll take a look at my stash and see what I’ve got left.”

Tobias held up a hand. “No need. I’m paying.”
Her mouth dropped open, and her brow furrowed. “Toby,” she said using her nickname for him. “You don’t have to do that for me. I can pay for my own ticket.”

“I know I don’t have to. I want to.”
She frowned. “Well at least let me get the popcorn, candy and soda.”

“Nonsense. I’ve got it all covered.”

“But-”

“Zip it.”

“Toby-”

“No.”
“Just please-”

“Nada.”

 

Sarai tried, and failed to suppress a giggle. “Fine. You can buy everything. But don’t think I’m going to be happy about it.”
Tobias smiled. “Thank you.”

 

Sarai slammed her locker shut with an exasperated sigh. This school year has been so long. And It’s only October. She started down the hall and opened the door to the outside world, when a bright flash, and a loud boom threw her back into the arms of someone else. She blinked her eyes, and the mystery person helped her to her feet. Tobias’ eyes stared back at her, almost laughing. “You ok?” he tried not to snigger.
Sarai looked up at the sky, and noticed the swirling dark clouds above her. “Great. No, I’m not ok.” She started down the sidewalk, pulling her hood up on her jacket.

Tobias stood thunderstruck at the school doors, before running off to the parking lot.

Within two minutes, a sleek black Camaro pulled up beside Sarai as she was walking along the sidewalk. The window rolled down, and Tobias called out at her.  “Sarai! Get in the car! Its too dangerous out there!”
Sarai glanced at him but kept walking. “No, no, its ok. Just a thunderstorm, I’ll be fine.”
It wasn’t until the word “fine” left her lips that a torrent of rain fell from the sky. Sarai stopped in her tracks and glared at the ground fuming. Tobias laughed softly, and put his car in park before getting out. He guided the already soaking wet Sarai to the other side, and helped her get in.

When he had finally buckled up on his side, his best friend was pushing her sopping bangs out of her eyes. “Thanks.” she muttered.

Tobias shook his head. “Didn’t I tell you today that I was going to drive you home?”

Sarai turned her head incredulously to him, studying his handsome profile. “Yes,  but I didn’t think you were serious. We were talking about what if I took a different route. I was going to take the regular path home.”

The side of his mouth twitched. “Yeah. In a thunderstorm, dip. I’m going to drive you home if its anything but a sunny day on your regular route.”

Sarai sat dumbstruck as she mulled this over in her mind. Every day since she had met Tobias in middle school, he had always been protective over her. Through bullies, and boys, and now bad weather, he had always been there for her. As she looked over the contours of his face, she felt a familiar flutter inside her.  A small smile grew on her face and she said sincerely. “Thank you.”

Tobias looked sharply at her. Her eyes held emotion, and she was looking at him like she had never before. A small smile was playing on her lips. He smiled too, and took her hand in his big strong one. He squeezed it gently and said, “Always.”

He let go, and put both hands on the wheel, just in time for him to turn onto her street. He pulled into her driveway, and put his car in park. He unbuckled his seat belt, said to her sternly, “Stay there.” And he got out into the pouring rain. He opened the backseat of his car, and rummaged around back there for a minute, while Sarai watched, puzzled. Finally he found what he was looking for, and he ran around to her side, opening up a huge black umbrella. He opened her door, and helped her get out. She was shivering. “Shit.” he said, and he pulled her into a warm embrace, making sure she got as close to his body heat as possible. “Come on, lets get you out of the cold.” He whispered.

Inside, she was still shivering. He whispered, “Is anyone home?”

She shook her head, saying, “At work” and he snorted. “Typical.” He saw stairs up ahead. “Your room is upstairs right?”
She nodded, “Yeah, first door on the right.

He led her up the stairs, and helped her into her room. “Get dressed. I’ll be downstairs when you are done.” And he shut the door.

In her room. Sarai smiled to herself. She loved that Tobias cared for her so much. She would have to find some way to show her appreciation for him one way or another.

As soon as she was wrapped in warmer clothes, she got a warm fuzzy blanket out her cupboard and headed downstairs. She found Tobias in the living room, sitting on the couch. He looked around, and smiled in satisfaction that she was in something warm. He saw her with a blanket, and he moved his legs so that she could sit down. But instead, she lay down in front of him on the wide couch, and pulled the blanket over the both of them. She leaned upwards, and kissed Tobias on the cheek, and then settled back down against him, smiling into his warm chest.

Tobias was surprised for a split second, and then he settled down too, pulling Sarai closer to him. He stared off into space, thinking. He could feel his heartbeat racing in his chest and he also could feel Sarai’s thumping rhythmically along with his own. He smiled. He wondered if anything was going to happen between them, or if this was going to be nothing more than a close friendship. Either way, he wasn’t going to push it. Ever since middle school, he had let Sarai do whatever she wanted to with her love life. Of course he had always loved her, but if she felt the same way, she had never shown it, not until now. Of course, this could be the whole, “brother, sister relationship” coming into play, but he really wished it wasn’t like that. He longed to run his hands through her soft hair, stare into those beautiful green eyes of hers, and then declare his love for her, before claiming her lips in a soft, sweet kiss.

Sadly, he feared that this fantasy of his would never come true. He knew that one day, she might ask him to be her best man while she married another guy. But he didn’t dwell on that too much. He hated to stay on the negative, preferring to be happy.

“What’s wrong?”  Her voice startled him out of his thinking.

“What? Nothing. Nothing’s wrong.” He said.
“Don’t lie to me.” She said softly. “Your eyes are blue. You’re sad about something.” She reached up, and stroked his cheek. “What’s wrong?”

Silently he cursed his color changing eyes, but in response to her question, said, “Don’t you worry about that. I’m not sad about anything. Go back to sleep, hun.” She smiled up at him, and then nestled her head back down, whispering, “Ok.” before dozing off again.

He felt a buzzing in his pocket, and he reached down to get out his phone. Flipping it open, he saw a message from his dad on the screen.

“Need your help in backyard. Mom wants gardening done today.”

Tobias sighed, before he put the phone back in his pocket. Slowly, he edged himself out from behind Sarai. Somehow, he managed to get out without waking her up. He covered her with the blanket. He wrote a note explaining where he went, and then he leaned down to kiss her on the forehead, before taking off.

 

Sarai woke up alone. She looked around and found his note, and upon reading it, knew that he had just gone to help out his family with the gardening. Puzzled, she looked out her living room window, and opened her mouth in shock when she saw that the weather had miraculously turned for the better. It was actually sunny outside. Sarai had a splendid idea. She went upstairs to take a shower, and get dressed in some clean clothes, but clothes that would be able to get dirty without her feeling guilty about it. As soon as she was out, she put her long hair up in a high ponytail, and went into the garage to get her 5 speed bike.

 

Tobias reached up to wipe the sweat out of his brow, and leaned back onto his haunches. Around the yard he could see his family working. His dad was trying to cut some vines off the wooden fence. Mom was pulling weeds out of the side of the house, and Tobias was pulling weeds out of the ground. Apparently Mom and Dad were having some sort of party later on, and being part of the family, he was supposed to help.

A movement in the front corner of the yard caught his eye, and a young girl with long, shiny brunette hair pulled into a high ponytail, stepped into the yard, looked around and smiled when her green eyes landed on Tobias.

“You guys need some help?” Sarai’s voice called out. His dad’s and mom’s faces turned in her direction and they split into grins when they saw who it was. “Sarai, dear, hi! How kind of you to offer your help! You really don’t have to.” His mom said.
“Oh, but I want to. This sounds like fun. She said, and she came over to help Tobias pull the weeds. He tossed her a pair of rough cowhide gloves, and they got to work.

“You were really supposed to rest.” he told her sternly.

“I know, but the storm passed, and I wasn’t feeling tired at all after my nap.” She nudged Tobias in the ribs. “I’m just sad that you left me.” She gave him a playful hurt look.
“Ow!” he said, jokingly. “Sorry, got the text from my dad, and I can’t ignore him, or he’ll beat the crap out of me.”

His dad who was passing by, said, “Got that right, son.” And they all laughed.

 

They spent the rest of that afternoon pulling weeds in the garden, and then Tobias and Sarai wrestled in the mud. Tobias spent many times in the mucky mess, but he didn’t let Sarai in on the secret that he was letting her win the fights.  He would save that piece of information for later.

As soon as they were done, they hosed off in the garage, spraying each other down, until they were sopping wet, but clean. Tobias’ mom (who was thankfully around the same size as her) lent her some dry clothes.
Somehow they persuaded Sarai to stay for dinner while they washed her clothes, and they had a blast recounting past events.

 

When Sarai left last night, both her and Tobias were feeling giddy inside. Sarai was finally starting to notice Tobias in a new light, not just as her best friend, but someone she could totally see spending the rest of her life with.

Tobias was feeling like he maybe finally had a chance with the girl of his dreams. But he wasn’t going to get too hopeful. He had heard way too many stories from other people, had listened to too many other girls cry in class, and he knew he didn’t want to feel that pain.

 

The next morning found Sarai at school, and she was stuffing books into her locker. She sighed. Another boring day of taking notes, tests, and staring out the window at the clouds floating by. She closed the door, and immediately was scared out of her skin by no other than the tall dark and handsome Thomas Leonard.

He smiled, and his pearly white teeth sent Sarai’s heart into a beating frenzy.
“Hey.” he said.

“H-hi” she stuttered.

“I was wondering, are you coming to the game this Friday?”

She suddenly remembered that there was a football game scheduled. She nodded her head enthusiastically. He grinned again. “Good. I’ll see you there then?”

She nodded her head again.

“Cool.” And he meandered down the hall without another word.

Sarai couldn’t breathe. She couldn’t think. She pinched herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. She wasn’t. Thomas Leonard had actually asked her to the game!

But then an ugly thought poked its way into her mind, and it said to her, in a  hissing voice, “You traitor. You’re going to ditch Tobias for the quarterback? How could you?”

“Shit!” She whispered, sitting in her seat in English. “Shit shit shit!”

Tobias plopped into the seat next to her. “Shit what?” He asked.

“Nothing!” she squeaked. He looked at her weird before shrugging and copied the day’s agenda down from the board.

Sarai tried to figure out a way to tell Tobias that she was going to have to cancel their date. He would understand. She had liked Thomas for years now. And their date was just friendly she was sure. They could always reschedule. Yeah, things would go well.

But when Friday came, Sarai got ready for the game, got all decked out in the school colors, and rode her bike to the school.

She bought her ticket eagerly, and walked in the gates. She searched around the stands for some mutual friends of hers, before finding them, and chatting excitedly about the game.

Soon it started, and she cheered along with the others every time the team scored a goal.

Finally the game was over, and she made her way down to the fence to congratulate the quarterback. As soon as she made her way past the crowd, however, she saw him in the arms of Amy Duncan and they were eating each other’s faces. She felt her heart break and the hot tears flow to her eyes. She turned tail, and made it to the parking lot without further delay. She knew she had to get to the movie theater and fast. Their movie was supposed to start at 4, and it was already 6. She had to explain.

The movie theater loomed above her ominously, and she dropped her bike ten feet from the doors.

 

Tobias checked his watch again, and shook his head. She wasn’t coming, that was plain to see. He had gone in to watch the movie anyways, figuring he had already bought his ticket, he wasn’t going to waste it. Too bad Sarai had wasted hers.

When the movie was done, he walked across the lobby and pushed the glass door open. He looked up, and his jaw dropped. There stood Sarai, decked out in yellow and blue, and she had her hair in a ponytail. Her eyes were apologetic and she had tears in her eyes. “Toby.” She whispered.

He looked her up and down, and he felt the corners of his mouth turn down. “You went to the game, didn’t  you?” He said, in a dead voice.

“Yes, Thomas asked me, and I said yes without thinking, Toby, I’m sorry.”
He shook his head. “Don’t call me Toby. It’s Tobias. And it’s nice to see where your loyalties lie.” He started to walk off towards his car.

She closed her eyes. “Tobias, please, forgive me.”

He turned back towards her. And he said, hurt emanating from every word. “I’ll have to seriously think about it.” And he walked away.

She turned away, the tears falling down her face. She picked up her bike, and got on and rode home, her heart breaking with every revolution of the pedals.

She knew she had messed up, that was clear. The weekend passed and there wasn’t a single text message or IM from him. They used to talk every day. Monday came, and he sat on the other side of the room from her in every class. Lunch came around, and he wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

Weeks passed like this. Soon it was December, and she felt like he would never talk to her again. She was close to failing every class, without his help.

The Winter Wonderland Ball was coming up. Sarai already had her dress ready. It was a beautiful white gown, with off the shoulder straps. She had a cubic zirconium necklace, and a tiara that she had purchased from Claire’s.  All in all, she was sure it would be a beautiful vision. But it wouldn’t be any good if she didn’t have someone to share it with. She was long over Thomas. Anyone who could make out with Amy Duncan, she didn’t want for a boyfriend anyways. She knew in her heart that Tobias was the one she wanted to share this night with, if only he would talk to her again.

She sat at her computer and signed on to her Windows Live Messenger. She saw Tobias’s email showing up online, and she knew this was the moment that she had to change everything.

 

Tobias winced when he saw her sign in. Every day for the past 6 weeks, he had been hurting. He didn’t want to ignore Sarai, but he felt like if he didn’t, he would be reminded every day of her traitorous actions. She had hurt him, and he hadn’t wanted to feel that pain. It was the first time he had ever hurt like that, and he never, ever wanted to feel like that again.

A sound popped Tobias back into reality and he saw an IM window had popped up.

It was from Sarai.
“Tobias?”

She was messaging him. He decided to ignore her like he had done for the past six weeks, but then he saw that she was typing again.

“Toby, please. I can’t stand this. I can’t stand not talking to you. You are my best friend, you always have been, and I don’t want that to end. Please talk to me? I know I hurt you, but you have to understand, when I did, I felt like the worst person in the world. Please please talk to me. Please Toby.”

Tobias saw her pet nickname and almost burst into tears himself. He had never allowed anyone else, not even his mom to call him Toby when he had turned 13. But Sarai, with her it was different. He couldn’t put her down when she had affectionately started calling him that. And now with her virtually crying right in front of him, he didn’t think he could stand it either. Within a split second his decision was made. He opened up the option to start a video call, and waited.

 

Sarai was overjoyed when he started to call her.

She clicked accept, and his face appeared in front of her. She suddenly realized she had been crying.

“Toby.” She whispered. “I’m so sorry.”

He nodded. “I know. And me too. I shouldn’t have ignored you.”

Sarai shook her head. “No, it was my fault. I knew we made plans, and I still chose to go to the game instead. I fully deserved everything.”

Tobias nodded. “Yeah, you did.”
Sarai laughed. “I did.”

She looked behind her at the dress on her bed. And then back to camera. “Toby, come to the dance with me.”

His mouth opened in shock, but then Sarai looked at her bedroom door, and she said, “I have to go.”

And she closed their window, therefore cutting off their video chat.

He smiled. But then a frown replaced it just as quickly. A nasty voice hissed in his mind, “What if she’s just messing with you again? Who’s to say she won’t go with the quarterback?”

He argued back, “She wouldn’t do that, would she?”

The voice said, “She did it once. She could do it again.”

 

The doorbell rang. She told Tobias goodbye, and she closed the window. Once downstairs, she opened the door, and saw Thomas Leonard standing there nervously with a rose. Surprised, Sarai said, “Hello?”

“Hi.” Thomas said. “Look, I know you might not want to talk to me, but-”

“You’re right.” Sarai said simply. “You have Amy Duncun, you don’t need me.”
“No, I broke it off with her. I came here to ask you to the dance.”

“Well, that’s great and all, but I already have a date.”

“Really? Who?” He said, puzzled.

“Someone who loved me, no matter who I was or what I looked like.” She said with a smile, and she closed the door on him.

 

 


The day of the dance came. Sarai woke up nervously. She was going to tell him today. She had been thinking over the past week, and she had come to the conclusion that despite everything that had happened with her crush with Thomas, she had brushed him away. She now knew he was a jerk. Tobias had always been there for her. He had always been her protector, her best friend. And now that she looked back over the past couple weeks, she smacked herself when she saw what she had missed before. He always looked at her with adoration. Like she was the best thing he had ever seen. She knew he loved her. There was no other explanation for how close they were.

 

She spent that day getting ready for the dance. Facials, manicures, pedicures, and curling irons swirled around her day. Soon 6 o’clock rolled around. Her mom dropped her off at the dance, saying “Have a good time, honey.”

She made her way into the dance, which was already swirling with couples dancing to the loud music.

She waited in the bleachers. An hour passed, and she still couldn’t see any sign of him. She saw Thomas Leonard dancing with Amy, and she smiled. They deserve each other, she thought.
By 7:30, she could feel her heart breaking. He wasn’t coming. She sighed, as she realized that all of her money spent had been for nothing. She felt a tiny glimmer of amusement, as she realized that this was exactly how Tobias had felt 2 months ago.

Sarai placed her stiletto’d feet on the floor, and turned towards the door. She looked up in time to see him shove his way through the door, panting. He spotted her, and his jaw dropped.

She was a dazzling vision of beauty, with a white flowing gown, sequins sparkling at every curve. Her hair was pulled up into a messy but elegant up do, with tendrils of hair swirling down around her face. Her creamy white skin was luminous in the light from the Christmas lights in the rafters.

A slow smile grew on her face as her emerald eyes rested on his panting form.

He made her way towards her, and as he reached her, he said, “I’m sorry I’m late. I only just realized that this was where I wanted to be tonight.”

A slow song started and she pulled him out onto the dance floor. As she turned towards him, she put her arms around his shoulders, and he breathed in her soft vanilla scent. “As long as you’re here, that’s all that matters.”

They twirled around on the floor for a couple seconds, before Tobias heard 3 words he thought he would never hear in his lifetime.

“I love you.”

Tobias pulled back. “What?” He looked at her incredulously.

She smiled. “I love you, Tobias. I always have.”

He couldn’t stop the grin from spreading across his face. He moved closer to her again, watching her eyes. She slowly tilted her head to one side, and her lips parted. In one swift movement he leaned down and kissed her.
Both of them shared an amazing feeling, like warm honey had been poured into their bodies and it traveled from their lips to their toes.

When they broke apart, Sarai felt like she couldn’t breathe. Her heart was pounding faster than it had ever had when speaking to Thomas. Immediately she knew she had made the right choice.

Tobias rested his forehead on hers, and his mint green eyes watched her emerald ones as he said, “I love you, too.”


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