Lilly rushed towards Miley's locker, where she and Oliver were already talking. "Ohmygosh! Ohmygosh! I just heard that Will Watts is going to ask you out!"
"He what?" Miley demanded.
"Mega Watt Willy?" Oliver wanted to know, barely able to contain his laughter. "I can't believe it!"
"Why? Why would he want to do that? Why would he ask me out?"
Lilly began to answer her, but Oliver interrupted loudly, "Because you're cute!" The two girls goggled at him. "What?" he shrugged, wishing they wouldn't.
"Anyway," Lilly continued matter-of-factly, turning attention back to Miley. "What are you going to do?"
"Well, I mean I'll just have to say no. Oh, but I feel so bad turning him down. But he's just sooo…not at all the kind of guy I like. How mean am I?"
"You're not mean, you're honest. It's just not a good idea to go out with someone you don't like. That would be much meaner. Right, Oliver?" He wasn't listening. "Just say yes," Lilly instructed him. "You're being supportive of Miley."
"Don't look now," Oliver said ominously, "but here he comes."
Miley looked pleadingly at Lilly. "Oh no!"
"Don't worry," Lilly advised, "just be honest."
Will walked purposefully right up to her and said, "Hey, Miley."
"Heyyy, Will. How's it going?"
"Good. Say, I was wondering if you'd like to catch a movie with me this weekend?"
"Oh, I uh…" She stood frozen, suddenly un able to remember anything. Turn him down, be honest, she thought desperately. What's the word for 'no?'
"She can't," Oliver said suddenly, stepping forward, putting an arm around her waist. "She's seeing a movie with me this weekend."
Miley started at him. This was certainly news to her. "I am?"
"Yeah, you remember, it's that one about the girl and her boyfriend," he said, looking meaningfully at her.
"Oh!" she said, catching on. "Yeah, I remember…sweetie pie."
"You two are dating?" asked Will, looking dubiously at the pair.
"Yes," said Oliver forcefully. "Happily."
Will examined them critically. "Alright. I'll see you around then." And he left.
"Ohmygosh, Oliver, thank you so much! I couldn't think of what to say! Nothing!"
"No problem," he said, smiling.
"Umm…not to be rude or anything, 'cause I really owe you one, but would you mind letting me go? Will's gone now." Oliver, looking sheepish, took his arm back. The bell rang, signaling the end of lunch, and the three friends walked together to class.
"You sure came up with that excuse quickly," Lilly hissed, grinning, in Oliver's ear.
"Shut up," he muttered, looking straight ahead.