{Hi! This is a new story I am creating. This takes place after Flipped ends. I hope you enjoy!}


After we are done planting her tree, I look up at her. She smiles at me. She looks so beautiful. I am mesmerized by her smile. I slowly stand up. She stands up and brushes her clothes off from the dirt.

"Thanks," she says. I look at her.

"Well, now you can always have your tree," I say. She smiles at me. I find myself staring in her eyes.

"Bryce, about the kiss…" she starts to say. What is she going to say? Is she going to get mad again?

"Yes?" I ask her. She stares at me.

"I was scared to do it in front of the entire class. I was scared people would make fun of me. I also thought they would make fun of you," she says. I shake my head and shrug my shoulders. I don't care if people make fun of me. Juli is amazing. I wouldn't care what people think.

"I don't care. I just….I guess I just….," I try to say. What am I trying to say? Oh, now she's staring at me.

"You're just…what?" she asks me. I don't know what to say. I want to tell her I like her. I want to tell her that the tree was showing how I felt, but I can't. I can't bring myself to say those words. I can't do anything. All I can do is smile and shake my head.

"Nothing," I say. She stares at me.

"Bryce, how can I trust you if you can't talk to me?" she asks me. I look at her. She doesn't trust me? I never wanted that to happen. She can trust me. I'm a good kid.

"You can trust me," I say. She stares at me.

"I think I hear my dad calling me. I have to go," she says. She starts to turn around. I can't let her go right now. I can't leave the conversation like this. I started out feeling great, but now I feel awful.

I reach out and grab her arm.

"Juli, wait…" I say. She turns to look at me.

"What?" she asks me. I stare at her.

"The tree symbolizes how I feel for you," I say. There, I said it! She looks confused.

"What feeling? Hate, confusion, anger, fear, jealousy? There are so many feelings in the world, Bryce. What feeling does the tree symbolize?" she asks me. Why does she always have to ask me questions like this? It's one of the great things I like about her.

"It symbolizes…..something you didn't mention," I say. Why can't I say it? Love. Do I love Juli though? Is like a feeling? Do I love her? I wish I knew. I wish this wasn't so confusing.

"Can you just tell me?" she asks me. I stare at her. I'm so scared right now. This isn't easy to say.

I reach down and write my feeling in the dirt. I spell it out. LOVE.

I stand up and look at her. She looks at me and doesn't say anything. She turns around and runs into her house.

"Bye Bryce! I got to go!" she shouts. She slams her door shut and I look at the words I spelled out. Does this mean she doesn't love me?

I scrap my foot across the dirt. I erase the words I spelled out. I turn around and walk back home.

I enter my house and see Chet. He's reading the newspaper.

"Bryce, I saw you across the street with Juli Baker. What did you do?" he asks me. I sit down across from him.

"I planted a tree for her," I say. He smiles at me.

"Did she like it?" he asks me. I nod my head.

"Yeah, I guess so," I say. He stares outside.

"Why did she run away from you?" he asks me. I shrug my shoulders. I really don't know the answer to that. I wish I knew why.

"I wrote the words LOVE in the dirt. I said the tree symbolizes that feeling," I say. He stares at me. He nods his head, and puts his newspaper away.

"You love her?" he asks me. I look at him. I never really thought about it. I just wrote the word down without thinking. Is that love? You don't even have to think about it? It just happens?

"Yeah," I say. I love Juli Baker. I love her. I smile down into my hands.

"I could tell," he says. I look up at him. How?

"How?" I ask him. He smiles and looks at me.

"Bryce, the way one smiles and talks when one is in love is magical. When you're in love, you only think about that one person. You tell that person you love them without even thinking about it. I can tell she loves you too," he says. I stare at him. How can he tell?

"How can you tell? I can't tell," I say. He smiles and looks across the street.

"Well, she's looking outside at the tree you planted right now. She's smiling. She ran away from you. She got scared. A women in love is also scared," he says. I stare at him and look across the street. I see Juli looking outside her window. I smile and look at Chet.

"Thanks, Chet," I say. I stand up and walk into my bedroom. I close my door, and sit on my bed. I don't know what's going to happen from this day on, but I know it's going to be the best time of my life.