A/N: Hey there! I'm back with a new oneshot. I'm working on a longer story right now but I'm not sure if I'm going to post it. I might consider continuing this is you guys review and tell me to! :)
Dancing in Cars at Stoplights
Maggie drove up to Jasper's house and pulled over to the curb. She pulled out her cell phone and called Jasper.
"Hey Maggie, what's up?"
"So I was thinking about Henry's…how should I put this…difficulties with modern music."
"Yeah, what about them?"
"Well, I was thinking we should go driving and listen to the radio."
"Okay, sounds good."
"I'm outside your house."
"Right. Okay, we'll be out in a minute."
"Alright. See ya."
"Bye," Jasper said, hanging up.
Maggie only had to wait a few seconds for Henry to come bursting out the door. Jasper was sprinting after him and yelling. Maggie laughed as they ran towards her car, both aiming for the shotgun seat. At the last second, Jasper put on a burst of speed, tackling Henry. He leapt up and grabbed the door handle and threw himself inside.
"Hi, Jasper. That was some race."
"Oh yeah. Well, I had to have shotgun of course," he said, as Henry climbed into the back seat.
"I wasn't going to make you sit in the back," he grumbled, rubbing the shoulder Jasper had landed on. "I know you want to sit up there with your girlfriend." Jasper and Maggie blushed. Finally, Maggie cleared her throat and pulled away from the house.
"So where are we going?" She asked.
"You tell us," Jasper replied, turning on the radio and fiddling with the stations to find one that wasn't playing ads.
"How about the mall? It's a good half hour away, and we can get some ice cream there."
"Sounds great," Jasper replied, looking over at Maggie. She smiled back shyly until Henry started making gagging noises in the back seat. She threw him a dirty look, but turned back to the road.
Finally Jasper settled on a station. He turned up the volume, blasting "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo.
"Do we really have to listen to this song?" Maggie asked, giving Jasper a pleading look.
"Yes. Everyone knows this song. Henry, listen to this song," Jasper directed. Henry rolled his eyes, but listened to the song.
Jasper and Maggie were bobbing their heads in time to the music, and Maggie tapped her hands in time on the steering wheel, but Henry remained motionless. Finally, he couldn't help but say, "This song is so biased!"
"What are you talking about, Henry?" Jasper said irately.
"Well, he doesn't even consider the girl's perspective! He's just saying he's sorry for cheating – though I can't figure out what he's cheating on – and that they have to get back together. How does he know that she wants to get back together?"
"Ugh, Henry," Jasper groaned. "That's so not the point!"
Maggie cut in. "Jasper, you have to admit he's right. Oh, and cheating means that he did…stuff with another girl."
"What kind of stuff? Like doing homework together, like we do?"
Jasper began knocking his head repeatedly against the window. Maggie sighed. "No, Henry. Like…kissing…and…stuff."
"Oh," Henry nodded. Then realization dawned on him, and his eyes widened. "Ohhh," he said, drawing out the word. Jasper hit his head harder on the window, and Maggie couldn't help but roll her eyes and smirk a little.
They listened to the rest of the song in an awkward silence. Finally, when ads came on, Jasper changed the channel. It was "Baby" by Justin Beiber.
"No! No, we are not listening to this!" Maggie shouted, and tried to change the station. But Jasper grabbed her hand and turned to Henry.
"Henry, this is Justin Beiber. He's our age, but he looks like he's twelve. Girls think he's hot. He makes crappy music. That's all you need to know," Jasper said. Henry nodded. "Okay, now the station must be changed." He let go of Maggie's hand, which he realized he'd been holding as he talked to Henry. Maggie changed the station, landing on "Can't Be Tamed" by Miley Cyrus.
"We have to listen to this song," Maggie said.
"Why? We can just listen to part of it, like the Justin Beiber song. It's not like either of us like this song," Jasper said. Maggie shifted uncomfortably and bit her lip. Suddenly, Jasper smirked. "Ha! You actually like a Miley Cyrus song!" He burst out laughing, and Maggie scowled and changed the station.
"I do not!" She protested.
"You totally do!" Jasper shouted, laughing.
Henry leaned forward between the front seats and turned the station back to "Can't Be Tamed".
"Henry! Are you really taking her side?" Jasper said. Henry shrugged.
"Well, you do need to know who this is."
"Didn't you say it was someone named Millie Sierra?"
"Miley Cyrus, Henry. Also known as Hannah Montana. She was on a TV show called Hannah Montana that was about a girl who was secretly a pop star. Her music sucks, and everyone cool hates her," Jasper informed him.
"Oh. Okay," Henry said. Jasper tapped his foot to the beat, and Maggie, who was staring off into space, was humming a little. Jasper smirked at her, but didn't say anything, and she didn't notice.
When that song ended, "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne began to play. Jasper and Maggie both started laughing uncontrollably, and Henry had to yell at Maggie to get her to slam on the breaks before a stop sign.
"What's so funny?" Henry asked.
"Oh, it's nothing," Maggie said, giggling. She simply turned up the song. And suddenly, both she and Jasper were singing along unashamedly.
"Seriously, what is so awesome about this song?"
"Well, this girl in one of our classes had it set as her ringtone when it first came out, and one day it went off in our strictest teacher's class. Her best friend, rather than letting her get in trouble, jumped up and started singing. Some other kids nervously stood up and sang too, and eventually the whole class was dancing around going crazy and singing, even after the ringtone stopped playing. We all got detention, but it was totally worth it," Maggie explained.
"I can't imagine you or Jasper dancing with them."
"I can't believe we did, but we were dancing with everyone else. I'm pretty sure Jasper was dancing on a table at one point," Maggie teased, and Jasper blushed and looked out the window.
"Hey, look at that…um…driveway," Jasper said awkwardly, and Maggie and Henry burst out laughing.
But Jasper and Maggie went back to singing and dancing in their seats, and Henry chuckled silently from the back. They were so oblivious to how in love they looked. Every time the song would transition to a new part, Jasper and Maggie would look at each other, grinning broadly, and start dancing in sync. Eventually, they'd go back to dancing separately, but somehow they'd always come back to each other later.
Eventually, Avril's singing faded away, and "Vanilla Twilight" by Owl City came on. Maggie smiled and began singing along, and Jasper soon joined in.
Henry observed them from the back seat with a small smile on his face. Occasionally, Jasper would glance over at Maggie, look at her for a short second, then turn and look away. Maggie did the exact same thing to Jasper. A couple of times, they caught each other staring and quickly turned away, blushing.
"This song is really nice," Henry remarked. "It seems like something a couple would sing," he said, looking innocent.
Both Maggie and Jasper stopped singing and laughed uneasily. Henry smirked.
They pulled into the mall's parking lot after that, and all of them stepped out of the car. They entered the mall and headed straight for the ice cream shop. Maggie ordered chocolate chip cookie dough, Jasper ordered chocolate, and Henry ordered rainbow sherbet. They sat down at a booth, Jasper and Maggie on one side and Henry on the other.
"Maggie, you have some ice cream on your nose," Jasper said. Maggie blushed and wiped at her nose.
"There is not!" She shouted after discovering nothing there. Jasper stuck his ice cream covered spoon onto her nose.
"Now there is," he smirked, and she whacked him on the arm before grinning slyly and pushing her spoon onto his nose.
"Ha. Now who's nose has ice cream on it?" She teased before pulling Jasper's spoon off her nose and putting it in her mouth. She licked it in what, with anyone else, was a seductive way, but it wasn't like Maggie meant it to be seductive…or so she told herself.
"You still have ice cream on your nose," Jasper said, and stuck her spoon in his mouth, smirking at her.
"You put it there, why don't you get it off?" Maggie retorted, and he leaned forward and licked her nose, easily cleaning the ice cream off.
"Hey!" She said, taken aback that Jasper had the guts to lick her nose. He shrugged, wiped his nose with a napkin, and went back to eating his ice cream – with Maggie's spoon.
She turned away from him and went back to eating her ice cream. Jasper tried to start a few conversations with her, but she ignored him. Finally, he turned to Henry.
"How do you like modern music so far?" Jasper asked.
"It's weird. Nothing like the tribal music I've always listened to. But it seems like a lot of modern music is about sex or partying or being in love with someone. Why would anyone want to sing about that when they could sing about nature or something actually important?"
"I don't know, Henry," Jasper said. Maggie shifted as if she wanted to say something, but remained quiet. "Maybe people who have sex and parties and are in love just like those things so much that they need to sing about it. But some of us," he said, looking pointedly at Maggie, "Never have any experiences aside from school work and getting good grades."
He'd gone too far, and he knew it as soon as the words tumbled out of his mouth. But he couldn't take it back. Maggie whirled around to face him and slapped him.
"You think I have no experiences? What about you? How's your love life going? Do girls like you? Do you have sex and parties? NO! You don't! So don't you dare talk about me that way. Maybe guys don't fall all over me, and I don't party and get drunk. And sex? I'm only sixteen! I think it's crazy that girls my age or younger will even consider having sex! Do they have any morals at all? Just because I have morals and I get good grades doesn't mean I have no experiences," She shouted, earning some dirty looks from other customers.
"I'm sorry, Maggie! I didn't mean it! I didn't!" Jasper said desperately.
"Whatever. Find your own way home," She shouted, and climbed out of the booth and walked away. Jasper stared at her open mouthed, shocked that she would leave them stranded at the mall.
Finally, Henry shook Jasper on the shoulder.
"What?" Jasper snapped, and Henry rolled his eyes.
"Go get her! Go fix what you did," he stated simply.
"You think it's that easy?"
"Yes," Henry replied, shrugging. "Just go get her. She'll be flattered that you ran after her to fix it. Then explain yourself."
"How can I explain what I said?"
"Just tell her you love her and that you only wanted her to stop ignoring you."
"What? I can't say that! I don't love her!"
"Well…I don't know. I don't want to ruin our friendship."
"So you do love her?"
"I don't know! Okay?"
Henry rolled his eyes. "Just go fix it."
"Fine," Jasper gritted out, and stomped away.
"Real mature, Jasper," Henry called, and Jasper turned around and flipped him off. Henry looked confused, but shrugged and figured he'd find out what that meant later.
Jasper tore through the mall until he reached the parking lot. Maggie was about half way to her car, but she was walking quickly – walking with purpose, was what she called it when Jasper would tease her about her long, quick strides.
He ran out through the parking lot until he caught up. He reached out to grab Maggie's shoulder, but thought better of it and instead jumped in front of her.
"I'm sorry, Maggie! I'm really, really sorry! I'm groveling at your feet!" He pleaded, but she simply crossed her arms and stepped around him.
"Please, listen to me, Maggie. I didn't mean it!" He said, following her. She stopped and turned to face him.
"I know you didn't. But that doesn't change the fact that it's true. I'm always going to be alone," she murmured. She looked so resigned to her fate of being alone that Jasper couldn't resist pulling her into his arms and holding her close. She didn't hug back, but she didn't pull away either. Eventually, she hesitantly put her arms around Jasper's back and squeezed. Jasper slowly started swaying back and forth, and Maggie pulled back slightly and giggled a little.
"What are you doing?" She asked.
"Dancing with my best friend," Jasper replied, smiling.
"In the middle of a parking lot? With no music?"
"Exactly," Jasper said, and twirled Maggie around. She laughed and followed Jasper as he pulled her around the parking lot. Several people honked at them, but they just laughed harder and ignored them.
He opened his mouth in the middle of their crazy dance, prepared to tell Maggie he still liked her. But words failed him, and finally he just shut his mouth.
"What?" Maggie asked, but Jasper just shook his head. He couldn't do it. Maybe one day, but she knew he liked her, and she hadn't made a move. There was no way she liked him.
Finally, they made it back to Maggie's car, which Henry was leaning against, waiting for them.
Jasper and Maggie leapt apart and climbed back into the car. Henry also climbed in, and Maggie pulled out of the lot. Jasper turned on the radio, laughing as "Alejandro" by Lady GaGa came on. He explained who she was to Henry, who listened obediently.
Then, a new song that none of them knew came on. Maggie moved to change the station, but Jasper, who was listening to the words, stopped her.
Sometimes it's a bad time
For things I cannot hear
For words I cannot feel
The way you want to go.
It makes me feel like shit.
A mess but that's not it.
I wonder if she'll care
For me ever again.
I'm waiting for the last time.
I'm waiting for the right time.
To see if she will know the things
She doesn't say to me.
And I feel the way I feel
Because I need you all the time
And I know the things you know
But that's just not enough to make you mine.
And I won't do anything
That it might compromise this time
So I'll just sit and hold my breath only
It's not enough to make you mine.
A/N: Well there you have it. The song at the end is Get Up by Quietdrive. Please leave me a review and let me know what you think!