It happened one day when Chase and I were sitting in the lounge "studying" for homework. We couldn't stay on task and ended up talking, like we always do whenever we study. I had just broken up with my boyfriend Ryan. I wasn't exactly heart broken but I also wasn't in the best of moods. I was sitting on the left side of the couch, hugging my knees. Chase sat facing me, his Geography book open, sitting Indian style. He listened to my complaints without protest, even though he heard them so many times before.
"I think this is some kind of record," I complained, "This is my third boyfriend in the past two months."
"Yeah, but it's not your fault that every guy you date ends up being a jerk, Zoe," Chase said with a sympathetic smile and a squeeze on my knee.
"They don't seem like jerks at first and then slowly their true personality comes out, It is so annoying," I replied.
"Well, you should just try dating a guy who you know a little better," Chase said.
"No, I think I'm just going to swear off dating for awhile."
Chase winced and opened his mouth as if he was going to say something, but then shook his head and closed his mouth again.
"What about you?" I asked, changing the subject.
"What about me?" Chase asked.
"When was the last time you had a girlfriend?" I asked.
"Um, Rebecca was the last one," Chase said awkwardly, probably thinking that was a sore subject for me. I guess it kinda is. The girl was a psycho.
"Really?" I asked, kinda shocked. Chase is an amazing guy. Any girl would be lucky to call him her boyfriend. He doesn't really know it but SO many girls like him.
"Yep," Chase shrugged his shoulders and took a drink of his Blix.
"Wow. That's really hard to believe. Do you want a girlfriend?" I asked. Suddenly I was amazed with my best friend's love life.
"Um, I don't know. Do you like guacamole? I find the whole concept of smashed avocados disgusting. Mainly because I find avocados disgusting."
"No, no, no," I said, "You are not changing the subject, mister. And by the way, I think guacamole is good."
Chase sighed, "I don't know... I guess I do want a girlfriend."
"Ooh! I knew it!" I smiled, "Anyone in particular?"
"Um," Chase looked deep in thought for a moment and finally he said, "Yes. There is one girl."
I sat up straighter. "Who?"
"I'd rather not say," Chase said, blushing a little.
"Do I know her?" I asked.
"Yes, you know her," Chase replied. My mind was really working. I thought about every girl I've seen Chase. There were so many but he didn't really act like he liked any of them.
"Come on, just tell me. I'm your best friend. You can trust me."
"Nope," Chase refused.
I pouted, hoping Chase would give in when he saw the sad expression on my face and tell me. He didn't give in so I said mischievously, "I will find out who your mystery girl is, you know."
"Go ahead and try," he challenged me. Then after a long stare down we went back to our studying.
I walked back to my room after Chase and I were done studying, still thinking about who his mystery girl could be.
"Hey, Zoe," Nicole said. "Where've you been?"
"I was studying with Chase. Did you know he has a mystery girl?"
"A what?" Nicole asked. She sat up from her bed and looked at me like I was insane.
"A mystery girl. There's some girl that he must secretly have a huge crush on. Isn't that weird?"
"Not really," Nicole smiled at me. Her dark eyes dancing with laughter. I ignored it and went on.
"Well, I think it's weird. Why doesn't he just tell her. I bet she's a nice girl. He deserves a good girlfriend. I mean, he's sweet, and funny, and cute." Did I just say Chase was cute?
"Yep, he deserves a nice girl" Nicole smiled at me and than turned over in bed, "I'm gonna get some sleep."
I fell asleep that night, racking through my brain, trying to figure out who he liked. There was this one girl in our Economics class, Jill. She had reddish brown hair that fell to her chest and blue eyes. They sat next to each other and talked a lot. Jill, maybe she was Chase's mystery girl. I fell asleep happy, knowing I would be able to tell Chase that I had figured it all out the next morning.
A/N: Just an idea I had. It'll be short. Five chapters at the most. Be sure to check out my interview with CallMeMaddy tonight at 5 Pacific. The link is in my profile.
P.S. This is my 20th story! Yea!