What Are We?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

This short story will show a teen's understanding with her unexpected love life.

As the second semester of my senior year at Weiser High School begins, I realize that soon, this high school dream will be over. The real world will soon challenge me with new experiences that I have never encountered. I wish to major in sociology which will soon get me to my dream of becoming an attorney. But with cheerleading coming to an end and deadlines for scholarships and college applications, I wonder how I got through almost 4 years of high school. In a matter of four months, we will all be going our separate ways, some of us maybe going to the same school, and some of us traveling across the country to a prestigious school. Therefore, I know that I have to make this semester the best it could be. I start off on my regular daily routine: get up, go to cheer, then off to school. I normally never have an open schedule; there’s always something to do. For the seniors at our high school, there’s always some type of event going on. Today, somebody asked me wonderously, “When is our class picture going to be taken, Emilly?” I immediately panicked! The thought of our class picture was not even on my list of thoughts. So, I responded, “Uhh.. I think today during 6th period, Tammy. But I’m not sure; you might want to ask Jordan.” Jordan is my best friend and he sits alongside my class president roll, as my vice president. As I walked towards 4th period frantically, I sit in my chair awaiting noon, so I can go home and actually try to look decent for this picture. I mean it’s our class picture; I have to be looking ‘on point’ like everybody here says. Once I arrive home, I pick out a previously picked outfit and quickly put it on. I sprint back to my car and speedily drive to school. As I pull up to the parking lot, I see Jordan walking towards my car; like he’s awaiting my arrival. I get out of my car and run up to Jordan, as I get closer I see him looking at the ground with smirk on his face. I cross my arms and yell, “How did it not cross your mind to remind me of the class picture!” He then starts laughing at me and I shoved him away. As I walk away, he reaches around me and grabs my arm and tells me, “I wanted to see you all panicky! I’m sorry, but I just know how you get and it’s so funny and cute.” I think to myself, “Cute??” That’s something I’ve never heard him say about me. Not ever in our friendship since the 3rd grade, have I ever heard him say something about me is cute. Maybe I’m just overthinking it. So I rush along with the thought in my head and take the class picture; thankful that I made it just in time. Although it’s been its been few days, I was still thinking about what Jordan said. I really believe that I am overthinking it, but I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. I’ve been avoiding him and I know that he’s noticed. During lunch, I walk in the cafeteria with no appetite, so I just sit down with my usual group of friends. As I’m sitting down, I feel Jordan walk up behind me and tap my shoulder, “Can I talk to you, Emilly?” I awkwardly stand up and walk outside with Jordan right by my side. Once we approach the doors, we sit down on the ground and he asks me, “Why have you been avoiding me? Is it because of what I said?” I wasn’t sure what to say other than the truth. “Yeah, I mean it kind of stuck in my mind the past couple of days…” I felt awkward, so I began to stand up when suddenly, he responded, “Well, I know it was a little unexpected, but if we are being honest here, I think I do have feelings for you.” As I look down at him, and into his eyes, I tell him that I need to go. I didn’t know what to say. I just need time to think this over. I decide to ditch the rest of school and head home. As I walk into the house, I see my parents getting boxes out of the garage.. and I ask before they ask me why I was home, “What’s with the boxes?” They both look at each other and then me, “Your father got promoted to CEO… we’re moving to Boise!! How exciting is that, honey!” I look down and say “Great.” Just when I thought this day couldn’t get crazier, it got crazier. One month passes, then two, and three. I left Jordan hanging; and I realize that I feel the same way he does about me. I want to see him. It’s not that hard to go back to Weiser, but I don’t know if I really have the courage to go back. All I wanted was to end my senior year knowing that it was the best four years of my life, but now it’s just going downhill with every breath I take. Graduation is a month away and I have been begging my parents to take me back and see everyone, especially Jordan. I decide after a few days that I’m going back. The day of graduation, I am going back. But I don’t know what I am going to say or whether or not he’ll forgive me. I would understand if he doesn’t, I mean I didn’t let him know I was leaving, but then again he never asked. But I don’t care, I’m going to say what I feel. I’ve been holding back for too long. After a month the day has come, it’s a beautiful spring day and I tried my best to look decent once again, and I am reminded of the class picture day and what he said to me. I begin to feel nervous as I walk into the building and I’m amazed to see all the graduates out of the building. I wanted to arrive at the end of the entire ceremony. From afar I see Jordan, and I panick. I begin to walk up to him and he’s facing away. I tap his shoulder and he’s turns around and is shocked to see my face.. I pull him away and he gives me a long tight hug, I look up into his eyes and we both begin to say the words we never thought we’d hear each other say. “I love you.”


Submitted: March 08, 2015

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