Colette B. - 6/22/2009 6:51 PM ET
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“Mom? I’m home!” I yell walking into our house.
“In here honey!” she calls from the kitchen. I wander in. “Hi! Did you make the squad?” she says wrapping me into a tight hug.
“Yeah!” I squeal, and she jumps up and down with me.
“That’s so great! I told you you would!” She says, “This is exciting! You get changed and we’ll go out to eat somewhere nice.”
Somewhere nice means somewhere very upscale and expensive for my family. Somewhere where you have to wear dresses and heels and wait forever to get in. “Kay.” I tell my mom, running up to my room to change.
In my room I flop down on my bed and think about Isaiah. He’s definitely cute. And sweet. But probably not smart. And if I go out with him or get attached I’ll just be disappointed. Guys are always disappointing. But it could be fun. I mean, it’s not like I have to go out with him, we could just be friends. So maybe I’ll ask him if he wants to hang out this weekend. There’s going to be some great parties. Yeah okay, I’ll ask him tomorrow. Or maybe wait a while so I don’t seem desperate.
I come downstairs wearing a short light pink strapless dress and brown flip flops. I put my hair down and straightened it. “Honey, you look great.” my mom says but she’s wearing her work clothes. “I’m sorry honey,” she says noticing me noticing this, “it’s just, they need me at work. I promise I’ll make it up to you.” “It’s okay, mom, really.” I tell her. “Well I already have a reservation and it’d be a shame to waste, you could take one of your friends? Or maybe Jake?” Jake is my ex-boyfriend and the captain of the football team. My mom absolutely adored him and is forever trying to get us back together. “Mom...” I say rubbing my for head, “We’re not getting back together.”
“Okay but please. If you find someone to go, the reservation’s not for an hour.” I nod and she hugs me goodbye.
I look up Nora Black in the school directory and call her. Please answer. I’m not even sure what I’m going to say if she does, but she’s the only normal thing left in my life since Billy.
“Hello?” someone says on the other end of the line.
“Uh, Norah?” I say.
“Yep, whose this?” she asks happily.
“Isaiah.” I say. There’s a pause and I hope she remembers who I am.
“Hey! Are you, like stalking me?” she says, making me smile. I love the sound of her voice. “No, I looked you up in the school directory.”
“Ohhh, I see.” she says.
“So, uh, I just wanted to apologize for running into you earlier.” I say awkwardly.
“That’s okay,” she says, pauses and adds, “Hey, do you want to go somewhere with me?”
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