carphanie - not really any good romance, but only because there hasn't been enough in the show to build off of. ENJOYY!

POV: Carlos

I felt a little self-conscious when I was walking Stephanie out to the dance floor. My hand that was holding hers was sweaty and icky. I kinda felt sorry for her having to be my last-minute date tonight. My mind was focused on my performance the whole time I was dancing with her.

"Carlos, are you okay?" she asked.

I sighed. "I'm just nervous."

"The king of destruction is nervous?"

"I have to perform soon. It's just weighing me down a lot. I can't let Gustavo down, or he'll be the new king of destruction."

She laughed at that. It was good to know that the feelings between us were comfortable. If they weren't, I don't know how I was going to make it through the night.

Someone slapped me hard on my back between my shoulders, so I toppled into Stephanie. "Dogs, time for you to sing!" Gustavo barked.

"I have to go," I said apologetically to Stephanie. I really wanted to spend some more time with her, but I couldn't. This was for my career.

I jumped onstage and met James there. "Nervous?" I asked him.

"Just a little. We just need to get it over with. Like ripping off a band-aid."

"Like ripping off a band-aid," I repeated.

The other two boys came onstage and the music started.

When the dance was over, Stephanie and I chose to walk back to the Palmwoods instead of taking a cab. I was holding her shoes in my right hand, her hand in my left.

"Do your feet hurt?" I asked.

"They're okay as long as I don't put those shoes back on again. They were killing me."

"I could carry you."

"I'm good." She looked at me, but I just kept my eyes ahead of us. I was scared that if I looked at her, all the confidence I had built up would just come crashing down. And if I looked at her, the fact that she was about two inches taller than me would honestly start freaking me out a bit.

"Carlos." She stopped walking.

"Yeah?" I got the nerve to look at her.

"You've been acting really weird lately. Earlier today, you were trying to get with the Jennifers and now you're with me. Why do you always change your mind about things involving girls?"

I sighed. I really didn't know what was wrong with me, so I just came up with a quick excuse without really thinking about it. "I really like you, Stephanie. I just couldn't get up the courage to ask you to the dance because I was afraid of if you turned me down."

"I'd never turn you down, Carlos."

Wow. Well that was certainly unexpected…