Pick and Choose

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Nicole was head cheerleader and was told she had to go out the the captain of the football team. But she did not want to. She liked the new kid in town. Her so-called friends tell her some news that make her think. What will happen? Will she do what they want her to do? Read to to find out what happens.

Submitted: April 24, 2007

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"Nicole, its tradition for you to go out with Dan. You are the head cheerleader and he is the captain of the football team. What will everyone say if you two don't go out?" my friend Kim said. You are probably wondering why I have to go out with this Dan guy. Right?

Well, I live in this little town in Georgia, it is the type of town that everyone knows everyone, and nothing goes unnoticed. Well, pretty much my whole family is full of head cheerleaders, and jocks. All my sisters (Jenny and Mary) are older then me and are in college, but in college they were the head cheerleaders, and captain of the dance team (Which I am also.). My older brother (John) is also in college and he was on the football team, basketball team, baseball team, and he was class president. I also have a twin brother (Kevin) and he also is on the baseball team, and captain of the lacrosse team, but what our parents don't know is he is in a band, and he just got a new lead singer, and I have the biggest crush on him.

His name is Pete, and he just moved here from somewhere in New York. I heard that his dad got moved here, because this restaurant he part owns opened a new one down here. I heard that it was really good, and it was a café type restaurant. I can't wait to go there.

Well, back to the reason why I have to go out with the Dan guy. Well, in the town I live in it is tradition for the head cheerleader and the captain of the football team to go out. Even if it is for a week. But, I did not like Dan. He was the most annoying person to be around. He only thought of himself. Also I liked someone else, who appealed to me more. Wow, I keep going off on different thought trains.

"Well, Kim I'm sorry. I don't like Dan. He only thinks of himself, and I like someone else. So please ju-" I was telling Kim, when she cut me off.

"What you like someone else? Who?"

"Well, his name is Pete. And I met him though my brother."

"Do you mean the new kid?" she asked me and I nodded my head. She just huffed, and shock her head.

"What? What is wrong with Pete?"

"Well, first of all, he is new. He dresses weird. He had black hair, and wears eyeliner. He is not like us."

"Kim! There are other people in this town who dress like that and look like him. So it can't be just him."

"Well, he hasn't lived here his whole life." She said trying to make excuses.

"Come on Kim, I can go out with who ever I want. Well I have to go, but I will see you later at practice. I need to go home, change and get some music. So I will see you and we will talk later." I told Kim, and I walked away toward my car. Once I got to my car I drove home, listening to a mix CD, Kevin made for me, it had some songs from his band, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and some other bands my friends never listened to. I really liked it because it was different and I really did not want to be like everyone. But that is not why I liked Pete, I really don't know why I liked him, it was just like I got this feeling around him, I usually don't get around guys.

I also had this feeling that if I did not go out with Dan, that I could lose my friends, or something dear to my heart my family. I don't know what my family would say if I told them that I did not want to go out with Dan and that I was going out or I liked Pete. I think Kevin would be ok with it, but everyone else would kill me because it is a tradition. But to me screw tradition. I really could care less. In less then a year I will be out of the city and I will be going to New York to be an actress. Oh, did I tell you, other then being on the cheerleading squad and dance team, I have been in all the plays and musicals since my freshmen year. I love acting and would like to be an actor for a career. No one really cared about that because they all knew I could make it. But when it came to tradition you don't mess with it.

But, once I got home, I noticed no one was home, Kevin was probably at band practice. Mom and dad at work and my sisters and brother at college. So I ran upstairs and changed into my workout clothes, grabbed my cheer CD, and then ran down stairs grabbed two snack bars, and a big water bottle. I then made sure I had everything I needed and ran outside and got in my car. Again on my way I listened to the mix CD, and I really like Pete's voice. He was really good.

Once I got to the school, I shut my car off and grabbed my stuff and ran inside. I saw that mostly everyone was already there, they always had their stuff, and I always went home to get it all. So I was there last.

"Well, everyone we are going to be working on our halftime performance for next week's big game against Southside. We just need to clean it up and put a little bit more at the end. Lets just run thought it and then we will tackle the ending." They all nodded and got in to their places. I walked over to the boom box and put the CD in and pressed play. I walked to my place and waited for it to start. We went though our performance, and it went well until the end, like I said. We worked on it and by the time we were done, it was time to go home. I told everyone that it was a good practice, and that I would see them on Thursday. Everyone but Kim, Stacy, and Lisa stayed behind to talk to me I guess.

"Hey Nicole. Why don't we all got get some ice cream?" Oh great, the ice cream ploy again. When they said they wanted to get some ice cream, they really meant that they wanted to talk, or yell at me. I nodded my head and grabbed my stuff. I heard my friends tell me to meet them at Dairy Farm ice cream. I got in my car, turned on my music and drove to Dairy Farm ice cream. Once there I got out and went to a table to wait for my friends. They walked in and sat down. I liked this ice cream place because I did not have to stand in line to get something, it was like a restaurant. So once the ice cream hopper took our orders, I looked at all my friends and they looked at each other.

"Ok, what do you want to say to me?" I looked my friends in the eye, well eyes.

"Well, we think that you need to go out with Dan." Stacy said.

"As I told Kim earlier, I do not want to go out with him and I don't have to go out with him." I told them, I noticed that Lisa was about to say something, but our ice cream came. We ate a little bit, and then Lisa spoke up.

"Nicole, I hate to say this, but unless you go out with Dan and we don't mean become lovers, just for a week. But if you don't go out with him, you will have to forfeit you position as head cheerleader." As she said that she did not once look at me.

"I can not believe you just said that to me. I have never heard of that before. And I live with tons of past head cheerleaders. I knew that my family would not be too happy, but you guys. That hurts. I think I am going to go. I can't even stand being near you guys." I got up and took my ice cream with me. I went to the counter and asked for them to put it into a go thing, and then paid for it. I walked right by my friends and went to my car.  Once in my car I started it a noticed it was about 9pm. I knew Kevin would still have band practice, and I needed something to get my mind off of my friends. I called Kevin and asked him if I could sit in on their practice. He told me I could but it would not be for long, because they were almost done. I drove to Ryan's house. (Ryan was another friend, and he played guitar and back up vocals.) Once I got there I walked into the garage and saw them all sitting around. Everyone noticed me and said hi. I went and sat between Kevin and Pete.  They all went back to talking and Kevin leaned over to me, and asked me if I was alright. I shock my head, and he took my hand, in a loving way to let me know he was here for me. With us being twins and him being about and hour older then me, if still felt the older brother protection he had over me, and at times I loved it. But I know I would hate it once I told him about me liking Pete. But I was only there for about 15 minutes before it was time to go. I told all the guys bye and waved bye. I walked to my car and heard Kevin yell out that he would see me at home.

On the way I was listening to the CD again. It was really good. I liked Kevin's band and AFI. But, it did not take long to get home, because we lived like 3 blocks away. So I pulled the car into the drive way and Kevin parked his car on the curb. I shut my car off, took the CD out and put it into my purse, I went to the trunk and grabbed all cheerleading things, and went inside. Once inside I went straight to my room and shut the door. I put the CD back on and just lie on my bed thinking.

I could not believe that my friends were making me pick between tradition and how I feel. I really hated it to say the least. I feel they were just taking the easy way out of me not to go out with Pete. But I really like him and I really hate Dan. I am sure things will work out. As I sat there, I heard a knock at the door. I told them to come in. It was Kevin. He sat on my bed and looked at me. He was giving me the ok-spill look.

"Ok, well you know the whole; I have to go out with Dan, Captain of the football team Dan?" He nodded. "Well, I like someone else and told Kim that and now the other girls are threatening me with my spot on the cheer squad, if I don't go out with him. I hate tradition." I told him.

"Well, who do you like? Would I know him?"

"Well, you know him and I believe you see him almost everyday, and he is new." I watched him face go from thought process, to shock, and then blank.

"You like Pete?" I nodded. He took a deep breath, "Well I don't know if he likes you, but I don't think you going out with him is the best idea."

"Why Kevin?"

"Well, I don't know him enough."

"Kevin, cut the crap. Ok, you never acted like this before. I don't even know if I will tell him, if he likes me."
"Oh, trust me he likes you."

"Really, he likes me. How do you know?" I asked him.

"Well, I saw how he looked at you today when you sat next to him and me. And sometimes it seems like he is talking about you a lot. I mean we will be in lunch or at practice, and I might say something and he will mention you."

"Wow, ok. Well, I don't know if I will act on it. If I don't go out with Dan, I will lose my position on the cheer squad. And I really like being on the cheer squad, and I don't want to lose my friends. But, I really like Pete."

"Nic, if those girls were really your friends then they would let you choose who ever you wanted to go out with. So I say go for it with Pete, and forget about those losers. Also, you still have dance team, singing and acting. So I think you are ok, with out them."

"You really think so. What will mom and dad say about it?"

"I don't know, what they will say. But I am sure they will be ok with it. They might be mad at first but they will be ok in the end. Also, if something really goes wrong, you can crash at some of the girls you act with or something. I think they are your truer friends." Kevin was right. The girls I was really close with were the ones I have been acting with and singing with. They were Stephanie, Katie, and Emily. They were always there for me when my so-called friends were not.

"Ok, but I think I will talk to Pete first, and make sure he wants to go out with me. And if he does then I will and then break the news to everyone else."

"Sounds good sis. You know I am here for you and if you need anything then I will try to help out." I nodded and hugged him. He got up and left to go to bed. I changed for bed and turn my music on and fell asleep.

I woke up a little after seven. Today was the day I would talk to Pete. I thought about it, and decided that I would talk to him at lunch time. I really hope that he likes me like Kevin said. I got up took a shower, and got dressed for school. I took my time, because I did not have a first hour, and so on my way to school I stopped at the local coffee café and picked up something for breakfast. Once I got to school, I had about 10 minutes till my next class started. So I walked around and kept on drinking my coffee. Once the bell rang I went to drama class. My best and favorite class this term. I got through my next couple of classes and went to lunch. I grabbed a bagel and looked around for Pete. I saw all my so-called friends talking, I saw my acting buddies talking and then I saw my brother and most of his friends. I walked over there, making sure that I did not walk but the other cheerleaders.

"Umm, Pete. Can I talk to you for a minute?" I asked him. He nodded and got up. I walked over to the big tree in the court yard. (Oh, my lunch room is outside.) I stood there waiting for him to catch up.

"What's Up Nic?" he asked me.

"Well, I hate to just come right out and ask this. But, do you like me?"

"Yea, I do."

"Really?" he nodded. God he was shy.

"So what does this mean?" I asked him.

"Well, we can go out?"

"Really?" he nodded again.

"Ok. Wow that was much easier then I thought it would be." I laughed and he did too.

"Yea, me too. I thought because you were a cheerleader and a poplar girl, you would not want to go out with me."

"Well, I might not be a cheerleader for long."

"Why not?" He asked me.

"Well, they told me unless I went out with Dan, I would loss my spot on the cheer squad."

"They said that to you?" I nodded my head. "Why give up the spot?"

"Because I liked you and not him."

"Well, I know how much you like cheerleading, so why not go out with him for a week and I will always be here afterward."

"No, I don't care. I want to do something I like more. I like acting and singing and now I will have more time. But, I am quitting the squad before they can kick me off."

"Well, only if you think it is something you really want to do. I will not let you give something up just to have me."

"I am sure. But, I am going to go and tell those fakes about my decision and then come sit with you and Kevin." He nodded and head back to him seat. I walked over to the table with all the cheerleaders. I knew they were watching me and Pete.

"Hey Nicole." Kim said.

"Hey, I just wanted you to know that I decided to quit the squad and do things I like more. And so that I am free to go out with someone I like better. So, you might want to go find someone to take my spot. Sorry." I told them. I went to walk back to the table I was at before. But, someone stopped me. I turned around and saw that it was Kim.

"Nicole, you don't have to do what you just did. Come on, just go out with Dan and you can have it back."

"Kim, look I have already made my mind up and there is not going back. So, if you please to go back to the fake blondes and bimdos and go gossip or something." When I said that I noticed that I said it a tad loud and almost everyone in the near by area heard me. Some of them clapped and someone them gasped and then some just went back to eating. I turn back around and started to walk away.

"Nicole you can't do this to us?" Kim yelled. Again I stopped and turned around. I noticed almost everyone out side was now looking at us.

"Kim, I just did, and I don't need you anymore. I am a great actor, singer, and dancer; I could do other things, then be your friend. All you do to me is holding me back from what I really want to do. So why not do me and everyone else a favor, go back, sit down, and not bother anyone ever again. So, go back to talking about everyone behind there backs and forget about me ever being your friend." I was going to saw something else, when I felt someone's hand on my shoulder. As I turned I heard clapping. Once I saw who it was I smiled. It was Pete. He leaned down and kissed me. Now this was not my first kiss, but it felt like it. It was just a quick kiss, and then he took my hand and led to the table. Once there we sat down and started talking about different things.

The rest of the day went well, but I now had to go home and tell my parents that I quit the squad and that I was now going out with Pete. So as I drove home I listened to the CD again, and sang along. I noticed that both my parents were home, so I got out of my car thinking, its now or never. I walked up to the front door and opened it. I saw that my parents were sitting at the kitchen table and talking. I walked up to them.

"Oh hi hun. How was your day?" my mom asked me.

"Well it was eventful. I have a new boyfriend." My mom cut me off.

"Oh is it Dan." He smiled.

"No, its Pete."

"The new kids?" my dad asked.

"Yes, and I quit the cheer squad."

"Why?" My mom gasped.

"Well, I was threatened that if I did not go out with Dan then I would lose it anyway. So I beat them at their own game."

"Well, I can not believe you! I was so happy to have my last daughter to be the head cheerleader, like her sisters, like her me, my mom, and many other before her. And all over a boy! No what Nicole. I want you out of this house. You have disgraced me, and once the other mothers hear this I will be have a fool for a daughter. I don't care where you go, but I want you gone. For the time being you are not my daughter." I could tell she was mad as ever and my dad was not going to go against her. So I ran up stairs and packed a duffle bag with enough clothes to get me by until I could come back and get more. I also grabbed some other things I new I would need. Once I had everything I needed I walked back down stairs. My dad was waiting for me at the door, I thought he was going to yell at me too, but he hugged me and whispered ‘For now take this money and call me later and we will get you back. Just let your mother call down.'. I nodded and he handed me a wad of money. I did not look to see how much, but I knew that he wanted me to be safe. I walked out, got in my car and called my friend Katie. I told her what had happened and she told me to come over.

She told me that I would stay with her and her family for a while, until we can get things sorted out. I called Kevin and Pete and told them I would see them the next day at school. Over the next couple weeks I lived with Katie and kept talking to my dad. Every once in awhile I would go home and grab some clothes and my dad would give me some more money.

My mom finally forgave me and I was allowed to come home. Pete and I were still going out and I happier then ever. I did more acting, singing and dance then before. And I loved it. Well, I guess the bad turned good, and I made the right choice.


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