Chapter Thirteen: Surprise, Surprise


~Scott~

Shelby finally left the dance floor, leaving many guys without someone to dance with. I don't know why. I know she was having a lot of fun.

"Hey Scott," she said as she handed me a glass of punch and started to drink her own.

"Hey," I replied, wondering what she was up to.

"Are you just going to stand against this wall the whole time," she asked and I knew what was coming next.

"No. I was planning on talking to David about finding some more gigs, in a few," I replied completely serious.

"Come on Scott. Don't you ever have a little fun. This is you JUNIOR PROM," she said as she took a couple more sips of punch.

"I do have fun. I'm just not in the mood I said as I watched her start to pout.

"So are you going to dance with me or what," she asked still pouting.

"Or what," I joked as I watched her pout some more.

"Please," she begged as I looked into her dark brown eyes. To tell the truth, I wanted to dance with her the whole night, but at the same time, I wanted to stay away from her. She looked so cute in her gold dress with her new hair color in a style I'd never seen before. I was afraid of what might happen. Who am I kidding? This is SHELBY I'm talking about here. Nothing would happen.

"Okay," I said after much hesitation and just to my luck, a slow song came on. It was "One In A Million" by Aaliyah.

"Why are you so tense," Shelby asked as she lay her head on my shoulder like she had done a million times before. I didn't answer. "Thinking about Kat, huh," she asked as she looked over in my direction to see Kat dancing with Will.

"No. Not at all. I should be, but my mind is a million miles away from that," I said looking back at her. She was so beautiful, like always, but this time was different, but I couldn't put my finger on it.

"Well, whatever it is, forget. We came here so that YOU could have a good time and forget about how horrible your life will be without me," she joked as her grip on my shoulders loosened.

"You're right. I'll try to relax," I said, knowing that this feeling would be haunting my brain for days to come.

"Isn't this beautiful," she asked after a new slow song came on and I stopped tensing up so much.

"I guess."

"You're not enjoying this are you," she asked as she stopped dancing and I looked back over at Kat. I should me feeling bad about HER. What's going on here?

"No. It's cool. Why'd you stop," I asked, pretending to be normal.

"I told you it would take time to get over her," Shelby whispered as the song ended and we walked back to "my wall" hand in hand.

"Well, well, well. Isn't this a sight for sore eyes? My ex and his "platonic best friend." I guess something must've happened that I missed," Kat interrupted, looking a little jealous.


~Shelby~

"Please Kat. I don't need any of your cattiness tonight," I shot back as I rolled my eyes. I could tell that Scott was uncomfortable.

"Whoa. Did I hit a nerve? I never thought you had it in you SCOTT. I guess I was wrong," she said in a menacing tone as she circled around Scott.

"Leave him alone," I said as Scott walked outside the gym.

Of course, I went after him. "Scott you aren't seriously going to let her get to you," I asked as I lightly touched his arm. "I mean it's obvious that she wants you back and will do anything to have you," I continued as he looked over at me strangely.

"What," I asked as he kept staring at me.

"Nothing."

"No seriously, do I have a booger in my nose or something," I asked as his gaze deepened.

"No. I just realized that I've been an idiot."

"Well, I could've told you that," I joked as Scott leaned in closer to my face.

I didn't know what was happening, but I leaned in closer too until our lips met. So we kissed … not only once, but TWICE. I was shocked. Thank goodness Junior King and Queen was about to be announced. I pulled away.

"What," Scott asked confused.

"Umm … let's go in and see if you won Junior King or not," I said, pretending like nothing had happened.

This night was turning out to be majorly weird, but for some reason, I liked it like that.


"And now … the moment you've all been waiting for. King and Queen," David announced as the gym erupted in an uproar.

"And tonight's Junior Prom King is … (David looked surprised for a moment.) SCOTT BARRINER!!"

"What," Scott said as a confused look crossed his face.

"Go up there," I yelled with a smile as I clapped.

"You did this didn't you," he said as I pushed him towards the stage.

"And now … for our Junior Prom Queen … KATHRINE JOHNSON!"

"Thank you, thank you," Kat said softly, with a conceited grin as she moved her way towards the gym.

She was really irking me right about NOW.

"Okay. I'd like to thank everyone that voted for me … how sweet and I'd like to announce that Scott and I are now a couple again," she said with a sickly sweet smile as I started to feel sick. Was I hearing things or did Kat just say that they'd get back together? This was so typical.

Scott didn't have anything to say, but he was grinning up there like an idiot.

"Now … it's time for the annual King and Queen dance."

Kat and Scott moved onto the dance floor as "Because You Loved Me" started to play. I would've stayed and supported Scott to find out exactly what was going on, but when Kat started to kiss him, I couldn't take it. I felt so betrayed.

What's going on with me? I've always wanted him to be happy and so he's not happy with me. Big deal. Maybe he should've told me that he and Kat were considering getting back together or WERE back together before he kissed me. Maybe she just decided that they had enough "time apart" and that she needed him. Either way … if he really wanted to be with me … he would've said that they weren't together and he wouldn't have let him kiss her. Wouldn't he? This whole night started off as a perfect dream and ended up turning out to be a complete nightmare. Why did this have to happen to me?


~Kat~

That was so easy. Getting Scott back was like EATING pie. Seriously. All I had to do was say we were together and kiss him. That kiss always used to get him. I just hope poor little Shelby isn't too hurt. I mean she did try to STEAL him from me. Maybe this will let her know where she stands. As long as I'm around, she'll never have him.


~Ivette~

Am I seeing things or did Scott's and Shelby's friendship just go down the drain? I always could sense that they liked each other a little bit, but that hurt expression on Shelby's face just proved it. Scott just stood there, oblivious to her emotions.

Or maybe he was just as confused as she was. Whatever is going wrong … it's all Kat's fault. Don't get me wrong. I love Kat to death, but she just does stuff sometimes and I can't … I just don't know where it came from. She's just a little threatened by Shelby, but that doesn't mean that she should ruin her life. Whether she knows it or not, Scott is her life.


~David~

Scott is such an idiot. How can he let Kat just dump him in front of EVERONE and then take her back? She is such playing him. Like Nintendo. Now, Shelby is heartbroken and Kat got want she wanted all along. Scott just stood back and let everything happens. I know he loves both of them, but they hate each other.

He's going to have to choose and it looks like he chose Kat. He HAS known her a little longer and stuff, but that doesn't mean that she's a better person. That doesn't mean *jack. Kat puts on a front like she's an angel, but she's a devil in disguise. Now, our whole band is messed up, not to mention Scott's and Shelby's friendship.


~Scott~
What's going on here? When I first came, Kat hated my guts and now we're back together. I'm so confused, I mean Shelby just rushed out without saying a word. She probably doesn't think that I noticed, but I did. That hurt expression … I'll never forget it. I caused that by being selfish.

I finally got want I "wanted" but I'm not sure that I ever really wanted it to begin with. Well, I don't really want it now. Part of me does, but a bigger part of me wants to know what's going on with me and Shelby. This whole night has been weird and I don't know how to get it back to normal, if it can be put back where it was.

How am I going to fix this? Can it be fixed? I really need some answers now. I just hope that Shelby isn't so disgusted with me that she'll give me the silent treatment. She probably feels betrayed and has every right to feel that way. And we were just starting to recover from the whole Ashley thing.

(A/N: More to come plus excerpts from the next story!! --NL)