Chapter 2: Planning Ahead

Mary lay there on her bed as she stared up at the ceiling. Jessica sat on her bed across the small room as she listened to her sister recount the things that had happened earlier that day with Chester.

"I wonder if he even still likes me," Mary said and then rolled over to lay on her stomach. "I mean the man barely ever just goes out with me anymore. If anything he spends more time making up excuses as to why he can't stay with me for that long and then tries to find a way to fit in a quickie before he has to go off to some party or get together."

Jessica stared to her for a second as she thought over what she had just heard. Her face was now twisted with confusion. "A quickie?" she asked and then stopped to ponder on it a few more seconds. "A quickie what Mary?"

Mary smiled at her sister's innocence. This was part of the only reason that her and Chester had been kept a secret, the main person that she was telling everything to didn't understand her. "A kiss Jessie," she lied. All their lives, they had both been taught that sex was dirty and filthy, so of course Jessica being the goody two shoes that she was, did not expect this of Mary. She blamed some of her sister's misunderstandings on her mother, but she also wondered if Jessica really all along knew what she was talking about but just played dumb. She had known her sister to play oblivious to things that had upset her.

A look of instant relief came over Jessica's face. "Oh good." She sat forward and smiled. "For a second I thought that you were actually talking about you know what."

"What's that?" Mary asked deciding to join in and play the game.

"Oh you know what I'm talking about. The big unmentionable," Jessica said.

Mary sat up and looked to her with curiosity. "Yeah? What's that?" It was mean of her, but she just wanted to try and get her to say it.

"Come on Mary! The thing that you do when you get married."

"Buy a house?" Mary asked.

"I guess you could call it that. I mean you do do this activity inside your house," Jessica said.

Mary just softly laughed to herself and then leaned back against the headboard. "Do you know the details yet of our trip?" Mary asked trying to change the subject.

Jessica just shrugged. "Was there anyone else that you wanted to bring with us?"

"Maybe I could bring my boyfriend. That way you could get to know him."

Jessica looked to her sister in absolute shock. "Mary!" she gasped. "How could you even suggest that? Staying in the same house with a boy, a single boy without any supervision."

"I think we would have separate rooms Jess," Mary said.

"Well," Jessica responded.

"Besides, if worst comes to worst, he could go get himself a hotel room. He is rich, and when I say rich, I mean rich."

"Really? How rich is that?" Jessica asked.

Mary just laughed. "You'll know when you meet him. But Jess, you're going to be the first to meet him, so keeps things quiet all right?"

Jessica nodded. She knew that their parents could be overbearing when they knew that one of them had a boyfriend, so it was instinct to keep that stuff a secret. If the guy was that important to you, you kept it a secret. On the other hand, her and Mary used that to chase off some guys that they didn't like. They would bring them home and introduce them as their boyfriends and their parents would do the rest. "I promise I won't tell."

"Good," Mary said. "He means a lot to me."

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Mary and Chester lay under the covers of his parent's bed as he had his arm around her. "You know Mary," he started. "I don't think that I could leave you for another girl." He of course was lying, he just wanted to find out how much she really knew about his life.

"Really?" she asked. That was something that she hadn't heard from a boy yet. "I don't think I could leave you either."

Chester smiled. This was the one. She had no clue about him, and that was something he was sure he could keep secret. "You think we should take this a step further then?"

Mary's eyes widened. "What?" she asked as she grabbed the covers over her and sat up. The question was very clear to her.

"I think you know. Become Mrs. Tate?" Chester asked.

Mary sat back and leaned against the headboard. "I don't know. I mean, we just started dating a week ago. I have to really think about it." There was no reasons that she could think of to say no, but there wasn't many that she could think of to say yes either.

"Well Mary, I'll give you some time to think about it. You can let me know after dinner tomorrow night." Chester got up and out of bed.

Mary followed him and they both got dressed. They both knew the schedule well. They had an hour to do what ever they wanted until his parents got home. the thought of marriage though was running through it was the right time to get married. After all, today was her last day of highschool and her graduation was going to be next weekend. Chester did already have a stable life. He was about to get a good job from his father and he already had some money saved.

"Just remember," Mary warned. "Be on your best behavior. The last thing I want is my parents finding out about us. Trust me, they will scare you away."

Chester laughed. "Come on, don't you think I have any self control at all?"

"Not around me, that's for sure," Mary said.

Chester sighed. "Don't worry about it. I don't want my dad to know that I have a girlfriend yet. He would tell me to pay more attention to business than to you and that maybe I should just wait to have a girlfriend, let alone consider getting married."