By: Serpentine Fire
Disclaimer: None of these characters belong to me. ( Except for Ms. Croft but who cares.)
Dana watched with hatred in her eye as Terry and Max sat in a corner whispering. Dana was sitting at a table with Blade, Chelsea, Nelson and a few more of the cheerleaders and jocks. Over the past few months, Dana had noticed how Terry was spending more time with Max and less time with her. She even suspected that Terry was with Max when he said he was at work.
"Will you look at them?" She said as she turned to face Chelsea and Blade. Blade looked over Dana's shoulder and smiled.
"What's the matter? He's talking to his friend its not like he's making out with her." Blade took one more quick look over Dana's shoulder "You have to admit they do make a cute couple."
"He's still~ my~ boyfriend."
"Token boyfriend", Chelsea said under her breath but loud enough for the people at the table to hear, causing everyone at the table to turn their attention to her.
Dana now directed her anger at Chelsea.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Dana asked. Chelsea put her elbows on the table and laced her fingers under her chin.
"You expect us to believe that you're so upset about Terry talking to Max because you think there's something between them when, in fact, you've gone out on several dates with Nelson and Jared. And if I'm correct, Max went out on a few dates with Jared and Terry hates Nelson. Have you told Terry and Max this information?"
Chelsea got up from the table and left. The bell ending lunch rang. Dana looked one more time at Terry and Max who seemed not to have noticed the bell. As she stood she felt a hand touch her arm She turned to see that the hand belonged to Nelson.
"How about I walk you to class." Nelson asked.
She smiled as she watched grab her backpack off the floor.
"Thank you," she said Dana left the cafeteria with Nelson and immediately forgot about Terry and Max.
* * * *
Terry brought Max an unusual disk that was dropped by a Gotham police officer who was working with the Jokerz. Terry felt that any information on the disk could help him figure out why one was Gotham's finest was working with the Jokerz.
"And you're sure it was a cop." Max asked.
" The bruises on my back say it was a cop" He shifted in his chair to an even more uncomfortable position. than before. Max smiled to herself as she continued to look over the disk
"Ok. It's an old five-and-one-forth disk. They made them back in the day. Not too popular but..."
"Can you read what's on it?"
"Of course. Come by tonight before you go on patrol."
"You're a genius."
"I know." said Max as Terry looked around the now empty lunchroom.
"Lunch is over." Terry said in surprise. Max looked around the room.
"So.... Where's the old man?" Max asked as she put the disk in her backpack.
"India," Terry replied as they got up from their seats and walked slowly down the hall.
"And what's in India?"
"He said that he needed to get out of Gotham. He hasn't had a real vacation in years."
"So does this mean you're taking Dana to Chelsea's party?"
Terry stopped in the middle of the hall with a dumbfounded look in his face.
"Chelsea's having a party."
Max stopped walking and stood in front of Terry.
"Yes. I wouldn't go but she needed someone to help her set up and I told her I'd help."
"When is the party?"
"The day after tomorrow."
He covered his face with his hands and let out a groan.
"Lemme guess. I told Dana I'd take her."
"Right before you kissed her yesterday."
" I can't go. Wayne's coming back tonight."
"Don't worry I'll cover for you. I'll tell her your mom has to work late and that you have to watch Matty. "
"Thanks." Terry held the door open for her as they entered the class. All eyes were on them as they took their seats. Max immediately noticed that Dana was not in her seat. Dana usually sat between her and Terry.
" Is there a logical reason why you two are late?" Their organic chemistry teacher Ms.Croft asked as she stood in front of the two.
"They were making out in the janitor's closet" A few giggles arose from the class as Max looked around.
"Mr. Nash..... Don't start" she said as sat on her desk "Last week I told you all that since graduation is only a few weeks away that if everyone passed the final you wouldn't have to return to this class. If one person failed the bet was off. Right?" The class nodded in agreement.
Ms Croft grabbed two papers off the desk and stood in front of Terry and Max once again. She focused on Terry who sank down in his seat. "I spoke to the principle Mr. McGinnis and he told me that if you wanted to graduate with your class then you would have to get at least a D on the final." She handed Max her test. As usual, Max had an A. Terry felt a wave of nausea come over him. He had studied day and night with Max to pass this test. Even while he was on patrol she would quiz him. Max could see how nervous Terry was because he was shaking. Ms Croft placed the test face down in front of Terry and took three steps back. "Class dismissed," she said. Terry quickly flipped the test over and smiled as he looked at his grade. Terry showed Max the red large A gracing his paper.
"Maybe Wayne will give me the night off and we can celebrate" Max shook her head at the thought.
"Take Dana out. She is your girlfriend." Terry and Max looked at the back of the class where Blade, Nelson, and Dana were still sitting. They kept looking back and forth between Terry and Max.
"I think she's pissed at me, and I haven't done anything."
"Yet," Max said reminding him of Chelsea's party.
"So you'll do it?" Dana asked Nelson.
"Not a problem. Just make sure you two keep your end of the deal."
"And Chelsea.?" Blade asked. Dana smiled as she continued to look at her friend and boyfriend.
"Aside from being a thorn in my ass," Dana said, "you don't have to worry about her."
" I'll call you later Dana," Blade said as she got up and left the class.
"You're sure you want this done?" Nelson asked. Dana looked at Nelson and smiled.
Max and Terry left the empty class leaving Dana and Nelson alone.
" I don't get it. Why do you waste your time on him if you're so sure he's cheating on you?" Nelson asked
"Its like Chelsea said. He's a token."