Newt walked up to Jessica the next day at lunch. He had made his final decision.
"Jessica, I'm ready to let go, I think," he said.
Jessica kissed Newt on the cheek. "Thank you for finally coming through. It hurt to have such a guilty conscience. I love you, and I know you feel the same about me, but I could never force you to be unhappy just so I can be."
"And that's how I felt, too! But if you sincerely promise that you're really fine without me, then maybe I'll give you up."
"Well, I absolutely promise you I'm totally happy. Does that make you feel better?" she asked gently.
"Yeah, actually that makes me feel a lot better," Newt said.
Jessica waited a moment. "So, I hope we can still be friends," she said hopefully.
"Oh, you bet we can still be friends!" Newt hesitated. "Just one more kiss?"
"Oh, you bet!" Then, they shared their last kiss. It was kind of sad for both of them.
"Hey, there's Lilly," said Jessica. "Go for her!"
Newt was doubtful. "I don't think she forgives me. I don't know if she'll even talk to me. Maybe I should just forget it."
"But Newt, you have n idea if Lilly will forgive you or not. Trust yourself a little more. Just go for it!" So that's just what Newt did. He walked up to her.
"Hi, Lilly! How are you?" Newt asked cheerfully.
Lilly, on the other hand, was not incredibly cheerful. "Oh, I'm okay," she answered coolly. "Got any more girlfriends I should know about?"
"Nope, I'm single now. So will you please give me a second chance? I promise I will never, ever do something like that again, really!" Newt begged.
Lilly was pretty unsure. "Newt, I would love to forgive you. But you were attracted to me when you were already dating Jessica! Did she even forgive you?"
"As a matter of fact, she did," Newt retorted. "And we're cool now. So why can't you forgive me?"
Lilly calmed down a bit. "Okay, I do forgive you. But we just have excellent friendship chemistry that shouldn't be wasted. Do you even have a romantic side? All my other boyfriends were romantic."
"Were all of your boyfriends nice?" Newt asked.
"No, but they were all romantic. And you were no different from Lucas!"
"Ah, the one who cheated on you," Newt said. While they were playing video games on their mall date two months before, Lilly talked a lot more about her past boyfriends.
"Right, him," Lilly continued. "But like I said, you're far from romantic! You're not even smart enough to know what romantic is!" Newt stormed away mid-sentence.
"Newt, wait!" Lilly literally grabbed his shirt. He turned around.
"Speak," he said plainly.
"Look, I didn't mean to say that alright? It's just that, well, I've had terrible boyfriend experiences in the past. I just wish I could have a boyfriend who truly cared about me and only me. Someone who would be committed to me, and maybe even do something special for me. I've had no one like that, and you're no exception." She began to turn around.
"Don't you get it?" Newt's temper was beginning to shorten. "I've been dating Jessica for five months. How long did you say Lucas dated Ashley before he asked you to be his girlfriend?"
"Um, three days, I think. What does that have to do with anything?" Lilly asked.
"So, I've been dating Jessica for five months! I've had plenty of time to be with her, and I have the right to switch girlfriends after a significant time like that. Three days, well, that's another story. Lucas was just greedy. He probably didn't even care for you that much. I cared about you since the day I met you. We have so much in common, Lilly! Jessica and I don't." Lilly was beginning to crack, and Newt could see that. He was saving his best reason for last.
Lilly took a deep breath. "Newt, Meena told me that you didn't want to let go of Jessica. Why is that?"
"Lilly, I didn't want to let her go because she was miserable without me, yet at the same time I was miserable with her. So tell me, Lilly, what do you take from that?"
"Well…" Lilly was trapped. "Alright, it tells me that you're a nice person who would commit themselves to their girlfriend. But are you romantic?" Newt responded with a very long kiss. All of a sudden, Lilly became herself again-giggly and girly.
"Wow, that felt, like, amazing!" Newt said.
"Yeah, it really did," Lilly admitted. "I've never felt so attracted to any of my boyfriends like this before. I guess it's because you're nice and cute, not just cute. Maybe this could work out after all!" Newt nodded in agreement.
But something was still on Lilly's mind. "Look, I really don't want to seem picky here, but I want you to pass the final test. But you don't have to do it now. Just promise me that in the next month or so, you'll do something special for me.
Newt beamed. "I thought you'd never ask! I already did." He took something out of his pocket. It was the same thing he saw on his desk the night before.
"Oh, it's a white box! Thank you so much, Newt!" Lilly said sarcastically. Newt rolled his eyes.
"Just look inside!" When she opened the box, she was appalled.
"You still want those skateboard earrings?" Newt asked sincerely.
"But-but-how-why-what-how did you-huh?" Lilly was so happy she could barely speak.
"I told you I had something to keep myself busy."
"But Newt, how on earth did you afford these? They were, like, fifty bucks!"
"Hello, my dad's a senator and my mom's on the Supreme Court. My family has plenty of money. So, do you like them?"
"Like them? Newt, I wanted these earrings so badly, and you knew that. But I'm sure it costs at least some significant amount of money, even for you, am I right?" Lilly asked.
"Yes, you are right," Newt said modestly.
"Newt, that is the most wonderful, special thing anyone has ever done for me! Congratulations, you passed all three tests! Here's your trophy." Lilly rewarded him with a kiss on the cheek.
"Lilly, you are so funny," Newt cooed.
"So, what do you think of them?" Lilly asked in a singsong voice.
"Lilly, um, you do realize I'm a boy, don't you?"
Lilly blushed. "Right, sorry." Meena walked by just then. "Hey, Meena, what do you think of my new earrings?" Lilly called. Meena grinned and gave her two thumbs way up.
"So we're settled?" Newt asked.
"Totally. We are now officially dating." Lilly loved the sound of that. Newt did, too.
"Great. That's awesome!" They shared one more kiss before they walked to class hand in hand.
"Hey, Jessica," Meena said the next afternoon. "Mind if I sit here?" she asked.
"It's okay. Knock yourself out," Jessica said glumly.
Meena was going to try hard to be her friend. Maybe she could learn to like her. "So, you're alone now?" Meena asked, trying to be friendly.
Yeah, I guess so. But it was worth it." Jessica put her head on the table.
"Yeah, Newt's pretty great, huh? It's nice seeing him so happy, isn't it?" Meena said.
Jessica smiled. "Yeah. He's happy and I have a free conscience. Everything works out, mostly." For the first time in two weeks Jessica almost smiled. But just then, Stickler came over.
"Jessica, what's wrong? Did Newt dump you because he couldn't understand a word you were saying?" he snickered.
"Hey, Stickler, can I see your neck for a moment?" Meena asked. But Stickler was too smart for that.
"Don't even dare!"
"What are you going to do to stop me?" Meena said in her sassiest voice. Her fingers were already in tickling position.
Stickler tried to run away, but Meena's reflexes were faster. She started tickling him like crazy.
"Ha-okay! I'm-ha ha-sorry, alright?" Meena let go. Jessica laughed through her tears.
"So you still think this friendship thing could work out?" Meena asked. Jessica nodded.
And for the first time in a whole month, Jessica, Meena, Newt and Lilly were perfectly happy.