"Tucker! Tucker!" Sam cried, running into his arms. He held her close as she cried into his shoulder.
"Sam, what's wrong?" Tucker asked.
"Does it have something to do with Danny?"
"It has everything to do with Danny! He said my mom paid him to date me!" Tucker was astounded. That wasn't Danny at all….
"Are you sure this came from him?" He asked her gently, rubbing her back in little circles.
"Well….no…." She confessed. "But everyone told me he was, and I didn't believe him until today. He told me that my mom paid him to be friends with me."
"What? How did that rumor start?" Tucker asked. Sam shrugged.
"Well, this is what happened…."
Sam was walking down the hall, going to meet up with Danny, her boyfriend. She still loved to say and hear it. He loved her, and cared for her. She couldn't be happier.
Suddenly, not realizing what happened, she was on the ground, her books and papers scattered everywhere. She snapped out of it, to see Paulina looming over her.
"Hey, Goth freak, watch where your going." She snapped, picking up her books. Suddenly, her hand found a note between Danny and Sam that Sam had dropped.
Hey, Sam, I no this is sudden, but do u want 2 go to the park w/ me aftr skool?
Sur, Dan. Is Tuck coming?
No…I kind of wanted it to b a date…if that's alrite with u?
Wow, D…Id love to
That had been their first date, and after a few more, he asked her to go steady with him.
"Your actually going out with that loser?" Paulina asked, giving her the note. Sam stuck it in her binder and answered,
"Yeah, what's it to you?"
Paulina smirked, and flipped her hair behind her shoulder. Sam waited impatiently, until Paulina spoke up.
"Well, you know my mama is friends with yours, right?" She asked, standing. Sam did as well.
"Unfortunately, yes." Sam answered.
"Well, once, when you were visiting one of your relatives or something, I was on a shopping trip with he both of them. We were eating lunch, and they were talking about old boyfriends of ours, you know?"
Sam flushed red, but didn't say anything.
"So, your mama was talking about your loser boyfriend, Danny."
"He's not a loser."
"Whatever. She said that when he first met you, it wasn't by accident. She gave ten bucks to that 'cute little boy' and told him he would get more if he became friends with you."
Sam took a step back.
"No…that can't be true."
"It is. I heard it. You know, that makes a person say something. I would be careful around him if I were you. Who knows if she's still paying him? Maybe even hundreds of dollars, just to date you." Paulina turned, satisfied. As she walked off, she said,
"Who knows, Sammy?"
Sam sighed, her story done.
"And after that, rumor got around and people kept asking me if that was true and if I was alright. After I heard Danny tell me it was true, I just kinda snapped."
Finally, Tucker spoke. His voice was hushed.
"So….you broke up with him?" Sam began to cry again.
"Yes, I did! Oh, you should've heard him, Tuck! He seemed so upset! I feel so bad!"
"You know he would never play with your heart like that, don't you?" Tucker asked quietly, holding her at arms length.
"Yes, yes, I always do, but I just kinda went all stupid and broke up with him. And he was the sweetest boyfriend ever." She said, wiping her tears.
"Go to him." Tucker said, letting her go. "Tell him you need him."
"Okay…." She said confidently. "Okay." With that, she was gone.
"Jazz, Jazz!" Danny called, pounding on her door. She came out, looking annoyed.
"What do you want? These cramps are like getting a fastball to the stomach." She snapped.
"Jazz, I'm sorry, I really am, I really need to borrow some money!" Danny said hurriedly.
"For what, bail money?" Jazz said, leaning against the doorframe, still annoyed.
"No, Jazz, please, I messed up big time, and I really need some money!" Danny begged.
"What did you do?" She asked.
"I told Sam something I shouldn't have, and—"
"And she's mad at you, and your afraid she's going to break up with you." Jazz said boredly.
"—No…She did break up with me." Danny finished softly.
"Oh, man, you must've done something awful." Jazz said, not helping him any. She walked into her room and came out with her purse.
"Here, take it." She said. Danny took out her wallet, dropped the purse, and hugged her tightly.
"Oh, thank you, Jazz, thank you!" Then, he whispered softly, not knowing that she could hear him.
"I don't know if I can live without her." With that, he was gone, zipping out the door.
Jazz grimaced and held her stomach as she closed her door, laying on her bed.
Danny zoomed to the florist shop, forgetting that he had ghost powers.
"Hi, I'd like a dozen red roses." Danny said to the older woman behind the counter.
"You look like your in a bit of a hurry, sonny." She said kindly to him.
"Yes, I messed up real bad with my girlfriend." Danny said, a tear or two sliding down his cheeks.
"Oh, no need to cry, sweetie." She said, handing him the desired flowers.
"You seem like a very sweet boy. No charge." She smiled at him.
"Oh, thank you so much!!" Danny said, smiling at her, wiping his tears away. He grabbed the flowers and ran out.
Danny went to many places before running to Sam's house.
Sam had gone to Danny's house, only to find him not there. She trudged home, knowing he must be furious with her, or at least upset.
When she opened the door to her room, her knees went week. There was a dozen red roses laying on her pillow, along with an at least ten dollar box of chocolates, and a card. Rose petals, (not from the roses) were strewn over her bed and part of her floor. Tears slipped down her cheeks. He was the sweetest, most caring boyfr….um, person, ever. She wanted to squeeze him and kiss him and tell him how much she loved him. But where was he?
Sam picked up the card. It said,
I know you are so majorly mad at me. I shouldn't of said anything about what happened. I swear to you, I'm your boyfriend because I want to be your boyfriend. I want to be with you until we die, and when we're ghosts. I love you so much, and I would never do anything to intentionally hurt you. I heard the rumors too, and I'm guessing that why you got so mad at me. It's true that she paid me when I met you, but after that first time, I refused the money she offered me, being I just loved being around you. And you would be happy to know that all I did was spend that money on candy, and made myself sick, so I got what I deserved. I bet right now, your mom sincerely wished she never asked me to be friends with you, but I still am, because, Sam, I feel utterly empty without you. I can't live without you. I hope and pray that you'll forgive me and we can be together again. Maybe not today, but someday, because I can wait.
Love, forever and always,
She was positively sobbing now, holding the card to her heart. How could she break up with him!? He was the greatest, sweetest, caring, loving person she knew!
Danny! Danny! Sam cried.
Her closet slowly opened.
"Yes?" A voice asked. She whirled around. Danny came out of it.
"I heard you coming, so I hid."
She hugged him tightly.
"Oh, Danny, I love you too!!" She said.
"And I want to be your girlfriend again to you….If you still want me to, I mean." She said. Danny pulled her over to her bed, and got under the covers with her.
"I love you so much, Sammy. Will you be my girlfriend again?" Danny asked, wrapping his arms around her.
"Of course." She said cuddling into him. After a while, they both fell asleep. When Danny awoke, Sam smiled at him and began kissing his throat. He groaned and suppressed himself. She kissed his jaw bone, and he moaned loudly, until she made it to his lips, capturing them in a long, passionate kiss.
After a minute or two…
Danny and Sam quickly pulled apart.
Mrs. Manson was standing over them.
"H…Hey, Mrs. Manson. Whacha going to do with that bat?" Danny asked nervously, smiling a nervous smile.
"Mom, calm down. Hey, you were the one that paid him to be my friend, after all." Sam smiled.