{A/N: I'm sorry for the short chapter, but finals are coming up. I also have a research paper to finish. Ahh! Anyway, here is the next chapter. Happy reading!}

*3 months later*


Brrr...it's cold! Isn't it funny how quickly the year has passed already? It's already November! Thanksgiving is coming up, and I am so relieved. I have always liked Thanksgiving. My mom makes a wonderful turkey and other delicious foods. My dad has us say what we are thankful for in life. I am always thankful for my family, friends and that I am healthy. I'm also thankful for Bryce. He is an amazing guy, and I am so glad we are together.

Bryce finally figured out what he wants to do for college. He finally didn't let Peter mess with his brain. Bryce is going to become a psychologist. He wants to help people with their problems, and I don't see anything wrong with that. I am proud of him.

He started applying to a few colleges. At first, he was skeptical of going away to college because he didn't want anything to happen to our relationship. Isn't that romantic and sweet of him? Of course, I told him he can't do that. We will work everything out.

As for me, I figured out what I want to do with my life. I am going to become a doctor. Yeah, I have a passion for medicine and I like to help people too. Bryce and I will both help people, just in different ways.

I have been applying to several schools, and I had to take a pretty big test to get into medical school. I passed it though, so I am good to go! I just have to figure out where I am going to college.

Senior year is a tough time for kids. College is on our brains. We still have to do well on our schoolwork, but we are anticipating graduation. However, I am not letting it affect me. I am still going to work hard, and Bryce has the same determination.

"Hey, Juli."

I look up and see Bryce walking toward me. I am sitting at my locker after school. Yeah, I am sitting on the ground, leaning my back against the wall. It's okay. I'm doing homework until my chemistry study session.

"Hi," I say. He leans down and kisses me on the lips before sitting next to me.

"What are you working on?"

"I have a chemistry study session soon, so I'm just doing some homework," I say.

"Oh, I thought we were going to see a movie?"

I turn my head and look at him. Oh, yeah. We did make plans to see a movie. I completely forgot about it. I have been so busy with school that I forgot. Wow, aren't I awful? Bryce was probably looking forward to it all day.

"I'm sorry. I have to go to this study session. Finals are coming up, Bryce. I have to do well," I explain. He nods his head and smiles.

"No, it's fine, Juli. I know you have to do well to get into medical school."

He leans over and kisses my cheek. He stands up and brushes the dirt off of his pants. I find myself looking at his derrière, but I quickly look away. What the heck was that?

"Thanks for understanding. I'll be home in about an hour. We can hang out," I say. He smiles and nods his head.

"I'll be there. Bye," he says as he turns around to walk out of the school. I sigh and walk him walk away.

I love him. He is the best boyfriend ever. Sure, he is weird, crazy and wacky, but I love him. He is sweet, charming, romantic and so much fun. I love him. I don't think I could ever fall in love with another guy. Bryce is The One. You know what I mean?

"Juli, come on!"

I glance up and see my friend, Ginger, standing outside the chemistry lab. I smile and stand up from the floor. I grab my books and walk toward her.

"Sorry, Ginger. I was off in another world," I say as I walk into the lab.

"You can say that again! I called your name like three times. Were you thinking about Bryce?" she asks.

"As a matter of fact, I was."

She makes awwww and oooooh sounds, and I roll my eyes. I met Ginger last year in chemistry class. She recently moved to our town and she needed a friend. We quickly became friends, and before we knew it, we were best friends. She is so smart and funny. I'm glad she moved here.

"Juli, you remember Mark Peterson, right?" she asks. I look up and see Mark Peterson standing at a lab table. He smiles and nods his head.

Mark Peterson...the name sounds so familiar. I think he is a chemistry student, but he is in a different class period than us. Why is he here?

"Are you in Period 4?" I ask. He nods his head and grabs a lab coat. He hands it to me.

"Yeah, and you're in Period 3. It's the same class, just different periods. I guess so many people wanted to take advanced chemistry this year. Anyway, finals are coming up, and I heard there was going to be a study session. I hope I am not interrupting or messing up your plans," he says.

I stare at him. His voice is so elegant and charming. I have never heard someone speak like that before. It's amazing.

"You're fine. The more the people there are the merrier!" Ginger shouts.

I put my lab coat and walk over to my lab table. I grab my workbook and open it to page 22.

"What are we going to do first?" he asks.

"I think we should complete the lab on page 22. Mr. Ryerson told us we have to complete a lab as part of the final. That's a good one to do," I say. I turn around and tell everyone else at the study session what to do, and we quickly get to work.

"So, Juli, how come your boyfriend isn't in this class?" Mark asks. I roll my eyes and grab a beaker from the cupboard.

"Bryce is smart in math and the social sciences. Chemistry isn't his best subject," I say.

"How long have you two been dating?" he asks.

"Will you please work on your lab?" I ask. I turn around to look at him, but find his charming hazel eyes staring at me. I find myself blushing, but I stop myself. What am I doing?

"As you wish," he says. (Who gets that reference?)

I turn around and find myself blushing again. Stop it, Juli! What the heck is wrong with me? I'm dating Bryce. I love Bryce. Bryce is the best boyfriend ever. He loves me. He protects me. I love him.

Then, how come I am getting these strange new feelings? What the heck is happening? Why can I not control the urge to walk over and kiss Mark? Why?


A/N: Did you like it? Who got the reference? Please tell me in a review. So, do you guys like Mark? What do you think will happen? It's going to be interesting, isn't it? Thanks for reading! I'll try to update soon.

As always,