Beach Girls - Lost Love Ch 3
“You are not going to believe what I just heard.” says Steve.
“This must be about Stephanie.” says Robert.
“Am I going to like this?” I say.
The lunchroom is always loud and busy, but today I think time stood still as I listen to Steve.
“Michael has dropped out school. Stephanie looks like a little, lost puppy. Fred, this is your chance. You need to make your move. What are you going to do?”
My mouth drops open and not to put food inside it. My brain is swirling around trying to think.
Robert rolls his eyes. “Dude, your birthday is coming up. Ask your mom to buy you a gold bracelet with your name engraved on it. Afterward, give it to Stephanie.”
“When did you become romantic?” Henry says. He slaps Robert on the back as a congratulatory thanks for the idea.
“Fred, come on. Snap out of it. Dude, what’s wrong?”
My heart is about to pound out my chest. My palms are sweaty. My hands won’t move to eat lunch.
“The look on his face reminds me of a man who just saw a ghost,” Henry says.
The more I think about talking to Stephanie, the more I can’t breathe. I can see her across the room, having lunch by herself now. I want to sit next to her and put my arm over shoulders to comfort her, but my stomach won’t settle down. It's tied in knots. Food won’t even go down.
I watch her eat, so graceful, so sweet. I want to kiss those lips so bad that mine burn for hers. The sun catches her hair as it swings around her shoulders while looking for me.
She is looking for me, right? I watch as she stands to return her tray. She looks in my direction, but I block her view as I lean to my right behind Steve’s head blocking my view of her.
“Why don’t you want her to know you watch her?” Henry says.
“I think she is the most beautiful creature around and if I stand too close, I might get burned by rays of glory,” I say. Sitting back up, I watch her walk away.
“Oh man, he has it bad. We can’t let him go through high school like this. Henry, you talk to the Melissa, right?” Robert says.
“Yeah, Why? What are you thinking?” Henry says a little apprehensive.
“You are going to ask Melissa to talk to Stephanie in the hall after algebra, after Fred gets that bracelet,” Robert says.
One week later
“Did you bring it?” Steve says as we all sit down at our usual spot in the lunchroom.
“Yeah, I got it.” I haven’t been sleeping or thinking about anything else. I see her in my dreams. I see her in my mind. I can almost feel her in my arms. Soft hair on my cheek, her breath in my ear.
“He’s getting worse. We have to make our move today. Henry, did you talk to Melissa? Are the girls going to meet us?” Robert says.
“Yea they will meet us in the hall.”
I have no idea what Coach is talking about. It’s all blah blah blah. All I see is Stephanie trying to listen and pay attention. She is so beautiful and sweet. I want to hold her hand as we walk our to the buses and hold her tight for a goodbye kiss. Oh to put my arms around her little waist, I would be in heaven. When the bell rings, I snap out my daydream. It's go time.
I’m standing in the spot we agreed upon, waiting for the girls to arrive. I watch as Melissa and Heather walk on either side of Stephanie. My hands shake as I remove the box from my pocket.
“Stephanie….. “ I hear myself say.
After a long moment of time, I hear Melissa voice.
“Fredrick would like to give you something.”
Continue reading chapter 4.
Before you go, tell me if you think Frederick should give Stephanie an expensive gift like this?
Do you want to know more about the birthday party? Is it important?
Should Frederick try harder to cover his insecurities?