Timeline: Takes place a few weeks after D3 it's homecoming week. All of the ducks are now attending Eden Hall and Julie and Adam are a couple.
"Guess who?" Julie bounded up behind Adam and clasped her hands over his eyes.
"Mom?" He said hopefully.
Julie's hands dropped to her sides as she rolled her eyes. "Oh, you're so romantic." They had started dating a few days after the win against the varsity team. The whole Scooter thing fizzled out right away and Julie found herself spending more and more time with her team-mate. Eventually they both found themselves in a comfortable relationship. Both came from well-to-do families who were overjoyed at the alliance between the two teenagers.
"Just kidding" He said standing up and giving her a quick peck on the cheek. "I thought you were going to study with Connie til five?"
"She and Guy are celebrating their anniversary tonight, so we cut the study cession short so she could get ready."
"So I guess you're all mine for the rest of the day." He said wrapping his arms around her.
"That I am."
"Well we have to go down to the auto-shop. Portman said he'd look at my car for me. But after that we can do whatever you want." He placed a kiss on her forehead at the end of his sentence.
"Looks like your transmission went." Portman said wiping his hands off on a rag. The only thing that kept him going during the school year was working in the auto-shop on campus. Most of the preppy students had no interest in mechanics so Dean pretty much had the entire dwelling to himself.
"That would probably explain that weird rubbing noise we kept hearing before it finally broke down." Julie said from her perch on a stack of tires.
"How much would it cost to fix?" Adam said raising a brow.
"Probably close to two grand." Dean knew that contrary to belief, Adam did not spend his money recklessly just because he came from a wealthy family.
"I don't have that kinda cash on me." Adam said thumbing through his wallet. "I'll have to have my dad wire some."
"Dude, if you pay for parts, I'll do the labor for free." Dean said.
"Yeah, it'll give me something to do this weekend. Keep me outta trouble."
"Awesome, thanks Portman." Adam turned to Julie, "I'm gonna run to the ATM and get some cash. Charlie said he could give me a lift in his mom's car if I needed."
"I'll think I'll wait here."
"Okay, I'll be back around two." He said giving her a quick peck on the lips before leaving.
"So why didn't you go with him?" Portman said turning to Julie.
"Charlie's carting around half of them team in his mom's car this weekend, I'm really not in the mood to be trapped in a station wagon with six teenage boys."
"And here I thought it was because you wanted to spend some quality time with me." He said trying to sound hurt.
"Nah, I'm not trying to get anyone's sloppy seconds." He tossed his rag at her playfully. He had just arrived Eden Hall a few weeks ago, so he wasn't used to Julie's newfound sense of humor. The summer before the school year had definitely brought out some nice changes in the goalie and Dean had noticed.
"Make yourself useful Princess, hand me that wrench."
Julie had stayed in the shop with Dean until Adam had come back and collected her. They left together, arm-in-arm, leaving Dean alone to sort his thoughts. He decided he liked the change in her personality. She didn't resemble the distant, prissy girl he remembered meeting months ago during the Good Will Games. Dean was so surprised that his thoughts were still focused on Julie, that he had to consult another source. "What do you think of the Cat Lady?" Dean said turning to Fulton.
"I don't." Fulton said as he tossed a ball up and caught it.
"No I mean, do you think she's cute?" Dean said seriously.
Fulton stop throwing the object, "Oh no."
"Listen, this is Julie. She's not another one of your potential conquests."
"I know, I know. But seriously. She's got a great rack, nice little ass, plus she's a pretty awesome chick."
"Look man, Julie's not the kinda girl you mess around with; she's the type you bring home to meet your parents."
"Yeah, but we were alone in the shop today and-"
"Do everyone a favor, leave Julie alone. Besides, tonight so many girls will be drunk and looking to hookup with a jock." Fulton was referring to the annual homecoming parties that students threw in their dorm-rooms to ring in the new school year.
Dean knew that in his short time at Eden he had developed a reputation for being a womanizer. Although there was little truth to any of the rumors, he decided not to pursue the subject any further.