Even This Fence Can't Keep Us Apart

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

Caleb and Becca's love can't be stopped, even by a fence dividing their two schools.

"Dude, check her out!" A guy, named Nick, nodges my shoulder. "Man, she's smokin' hot." 

"No way dude! Not nearly as gorgeous as that girl over there." The guy on my right, Evan, exclaims. "Damn sexy."

"That's cause you're a brunette dude. Blondes are my type." Nick looks at me, "Caleb? What do you think?"

"What do I think?" I said. "I think you're both out of your minds. We go to an all-boys school. They're at an all-girls school and we're gonna get caught for staring at them again!"

"You're just a wuss Caleb. That's apart of life. Let me educate you." He puts his arm around my shoulder. "Girls are this beautiful thing that us men were given to look at. And we must do our duty to make them feel like the special, glorious beings that they are."

"I think your philosophy is a bit off bro." I replied. 

"What do you know about women then?" He persisted.

"Dude, I grew up with three older sisters. I'm pretty sure I understand women better than you." I fired back. 

"Well, that may be true but we're teenage guys. And that's what we do." He finished.

"Whatever." I replied. "Let's go back to class." 

"No wait!" Evan points at a girl walking around the garden area. She is small and petite. Short, long black wavy hair and hazel-blue eyes. She is carrying a watering can. Ever so gently, she tips the can and lets the refreshing drops of water fall onto the plants.

I stopped in my steps to gaze at her small act of kindness.

Evan and Nick exchange glances and laugh.

"Her?" Nick replied. "You are drawn to her? That ugly thing?" He laughs. "Damn Caleb, you sure know how to pick them."

"Shut up." I reply, walking closer to the fence dividing the two schools in half. 

"And now you're going over there? That's guts." Evan said, laughing with Nick.

I approach the silver fence near the garden. The girl's back is turned, but I hear her humming a song. I've heard the song before.

The spring wind blows into the shaded garden. The warmth of the sun falls onto my skin. I bring my hand up to hold one of the holes in the fence. I want to say something, but my voice is caught in my throat. 

I look at her with soft eyes; she's so pretty up close. She's delicate, like a flower. She is very skinny with a pale complection, but not sickly pale. Just pale enough to compliment her silky black hair.

"Hi." I muster.

She turns around and looks at me. She takes a few steps back before responding. "Hello."

"Um... I saw you watering the plants and I just thought that you were a really nice person. I just wanted to say hello." I said, and turned to walk away.

"Wait!" She yells, taking a few steps closer. "What's your name?" 

"Caleb Aldridge." I replied. "You?" 

"Becca Wagner." She smiled such a beautiful white smile. It made my heart beat wildly.

"Do you like to garden?" I asked.

"Yeah." She walked a bit closer to the fence. "It's a place where I come to get away from everyone." She looked to her feet.

"Why do you want to get away from everyone?" I said.

"Well, not many of the girls like me here. They look at me differently. They always say I am ugly. So I come here to escape them. It's a peaceful place." She looks me in the eyes.

"If any girl has the nerve to call you ugly, then they're ugly." I respond. "Coming from a guy, I wouldn't want a pretty girl with an ugly heart." 

"Wow. That's amazing." She said. "So there are nice guys in this world." 

"I'll take that as a compliment." I smiled at her. "Hey, are you free after school?" 

"What?" 

"Well, I just-" I started.

"HEY!" The principal of the all-boys school came out. "So look what we have here. Caleb Aldridge, you of all people. Haven't we told you to not go near this fence?" She eyes me with disgust. "One of our best students breaking the rules. It's such a shame. Suspension."

"What??" I respond. 

"Ma'am, it wasn't his fault!" Becca says. "He was just reminding me that I forgot about one part of the garden."

"Both of you are to not go near each other on these grounds. Is that clear?" She replied, dignified.

We both nod, watching her walk off. I look Becca in the eye. "Meet me outside of the gates after school. I'll be waiting till you come." 

~~~

I walk outside to see Becca all ready with her backpack on her back. "You came?"

"Well, you said to." She replied.

"I'm happy to see you!" I exclaimed. "Can I take your backpack?" 

"No it's fine." She said. 

"No please, allow me to." I take her backpack and hold it for her. 

"Wow, thank you!" She smiled. 

A few girls approached us. One of them, the blonde girl Nick was obsessing over earlier began to speak. "Well hello there handsome." She eyes me then looks to Becca. "So, what did you do to ge this guy? Offer his sex or something? Any girl can satisfy that."She smiles at me. "I'll do whatever you want cutie!" She winks.

"Sorry, but I'm not interested." I take hold of Becca's hand. "I asked this girl out on a date and she didn't offer me anything. Now please, step aside and do not bother us." I respond coldly.

"What? Why here? Such a handsome guy like you asked her out? You deserve better!" She yelled back.

"I deserve better?" I harshly said. "She is geniune. Unlike any girl I've ever met. And all you do is push her around, but-" I let go of Becca's hand and walk over to the blonde girl and tower over her. "If you lay a fucking hand on my girlfriend, I'll never forgive you." I turned around and take Becca's hand and walk off. 

"Caleb?" She is surprised. "Why'd you do that? You could've gotten yourself into huge trouble!" 

"If it will let you have a easier time at school, then that's okay. If they give you a hard time at school again, you let me know!"

"Caleb!" She stopped in her tracks. "Caleb, you might get expelled for harassing a girl."

I hugged her. "Hey, if I get expelled then that's my problem. Please don't throw it upon yourself. It's my burden. I didn't harass her. I stuck up for you and that's that. That's what friends are for."

"But-" She blushed. "You called me your 'girlfriend' back there!" 

"Well," I let go of her and scratch my head. "It's not like I don't want you to be." I smiled. "I just really wanted to protect you. You are such a pretty girl who deserves more than even a guy like me."

"Are you kidding?" She took my hand. "It made me happy. No guys ever talk to me and to have met such an amazing guy. I am really blessed."

"So, do you want to be my real girlfriend? Because, I may have fallen for you..." I smiled.

She hugged me. "You're not the only one that's fallen Caleb!"

I embraced her and we went out to dinner.

That night I received a call from the school. I was suspended for threatening a girl to 'kill her' which was a lie. 

Finally, I was able to come back and I found this tree that had a few bushes surrounding it. It had a clear view of the garden, so Becca and I occasionally have lunch together. 

"So how's it feel to be back?" She asked.

"I didn't miss it. But I did miss you." I smiled. 

"Do you think we will ever get caught?" She asked.

"Maybe," I said, "But who cares. I would sacrifice it for you. Not the deans, principals, not even teachers can stop us." 

She laughed. "You've grown to be such a rebel Caleb!" 

"Do you like that side of me?" 

"Silly." She gently smiled to reveal those gorgeous white teeth and pink tainted lips. "I love every side of you."

"Heh. And as do I." I take my finger and poke it through the little opening in the fence and she takes her finger and touches mine. 

"We're holding fingers." She said.

"Hey, even this fence can't keep us apart!"


Submitted: December 19, 2014

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