I need to do it! Today is the day, I refuse to put it off any longer! Over the last week or so, I've noticed a number of small, but meaningful, connections have been made between each of my friends and I. It happened naturally; and that's how it should be. I'm closer in friendship with each of them, even Ebony. But still, one in particular seems to find her way not only into my head, but also my heart. Time is my ally. I know it very well. So naturally I know that the time to confess has come. This crush I've had for a while now has a very real possibility of being returned. I still doubt she'd accept a guy like me, but if I don't tell her, my new-found confidence will be for nothing! I gather all four of them in the dorm after class.
"You're probably all wondering why I've called you here. I won't stall for time, I have to do this while I still have the confidence and courage to do it. I think you all should hear this since it will definitely concern you in some indirect way. So here it is...." I take a deep breathe and look at each of them in turn, then I walk up to the one I want to speak to. "Yolonda Caprico, you've stolen many things over the years, but you always gave them back. But this thing you don't even realize you've stolen, I want you to keep. That 'thing' is my heart! I love you, and whether or not you feel the same, I just need you to know!" I take her hand as she lets out a gasp. "I know I don't deserve you, and I'm ready if you choose to reject me. All I want is to know how you feel."
He......loves me?! I never say something like THIS coming from a guy like HIM! But I gotta say, it's sweet, and it is exactly what I want to hear. I'm sure now. I know how I feel. Looking into his eyes, that look of determination that says 'I will fight alongside you for the rest of my life if you will let me.' I'm not sure what a normal girl would say in this situation, but I ain't a normal girl, am I? "You sure ya want to make that bet loverboy?" I give him a snarky smirk and he seems a bit confused.
"Why do you ask? Does this mean what I think it means?!" As he says this, his face lights up into a charming smile that I can't resist smiling back at. I sigh and slowly shake my head.
"Why do I fall for nerds like you? I may never know. But I'm willing to bet my first love that you can show me the answer. So, what are you gonna do now? I told you that I love you, so wha-" He cut me off mid-sentence with a kiss. Everyone gasped, they hadn't seen our first kiss. So to them, this was it. Man, this guy is actually kinda smooth sometimes. He caught me off-guard. But this just shows that we're on the same page. He knew this is what I wanted, so he went all-in and cashed in the chips. But enough poker puns. I only try to think those up when I'm bored. But this moment....oh this moment, I am NOT bored in the slightest. After several passionate seconds, he breaks the kiss, and I say to him "So THAT is what you were gonna do about it.... I approve. But don't try to rush anything between us. I want this to last!" I grab his face with both hands and kiss him almost aggressively. "Who's caught off-guard now?" I giggle at his dumb-looking face, but the suddenness of the kiss soon wears off and he just smiles at me warmly.
"Huh, I don't think I've ever heard you giggle like a love-struck schoolgirl before." he says.
"Aw, shut up, ya jerk. You know that's pretty much exactly what I am, right?" We all start laughing and the mood of the dorm becomes a lot less tense. I'm happier than I've ever been before, but I have appearances to keep up. I ain't the girly-girl type. We walk hand-in-hand down the hall to our next class together.
"Well, that just happened." I say with a shrug. "I had my doubts, but I think they'll be a great couple. I trust him to treat her right." I guess what I felt was just a greater bond of friendship or something. He made his choice, and I'm not bitter about it, so it probably wasn't love to begin with. So whatever, they'll be a good couple I'm sure.
"Hmm, well, I'm still happy we can all be friends. And that's what's important. He won't forget about us, we know each other well. And he wanted us to know so that we could all be happy for them. This won't affect our teamwork now that we know about it. He made the right decision." I guess it was just a greater bond of friendship I felt, but it was a good feeling, and this is a good feeling too! I'm happy for my friends.
"Ah, young love, isn't it glorious? I like seeing couples like them get together. They make a cute pair! Well, you two should be getting to the next class as well. Hurry along now!" I'm glad it turned out this way. I don't think I was falling in love with him, I guess I just gained a greater respect for him and am proud of his achievements. It's good to see those two become an item. I'm sure they'll have lots of fun together. Now just to find myself a man... All in due time Ebony, all in due time.... I should get going too, I have business to attend to after all. A teacher's work if never truly done! The Vytel Festival's students from the other kingdoms will be arriving soon and I need to change into my airship stewardess outfit.