I Want To Hold Your Hand
Written by WickedSong
Disclaimer : I do not own '16 Wishes' obviously. Just writing something for the presently small fandom.
Summary : "Yeah, they had been best friends for eight years but that still didn't stop the knot forming in his stomach when he tried to make the small gesture of holding her hand." Jay's emotions during the events of the film.
They stand there at the bus stop and she hates the way that her sweet sixteen isn't exactly going to plan. For years, Abby had professed it would be 'magical', with a new car (preferably red) and the cutest clothes so that just once she could show up Krista.
Instead Jay can notice how disappointed she is with having to take the school bus in her pyjamas, no car or new cute clothes as far as he can see. He still wants to hold her hand though, gathering up courage, after giving her his present. While she's off in her own little world, thinking probably, he clenches and unclenches his hand several times first, hoping that it won't feel sweaty or nervous when he places it in hers. Yeah, they had been best friends for eight years but that didn't stop the knot forming in his stomach when he tried to make the small gesture of holding her hand.
Of course, the opportunity to let her know how he feels through this small action is thwarted when she moves her hand away, not because she sensed Jay trying to hold it, but because she is that annoyed with the events thus far of the day. Even then, the events of the day keep becoming stranger and stranger, until he can't believe them any more. First the woman with the package, which he fears is a bomb. Then the candles, meeting Joey Lockhart and the car all made him think he was losing his mind. Amongst all this madness he knows there's not a chance to hold her hand again – or in better words – try to hold her hand again.
Quickly, all hell seems to break loose. Abby makes wishes every hour, changing something about herself. Whether it be her clothes, her ability to beat Krista at both volleyball and in the race to become student body president (a title it seems only he really wants) and becoming popular, he hates these changes because they all seem to be happening way to fast for him to comprehend. He worries that slowly she's going to slip away into this new life these mysterious candles brought her and leave him behind.
He's not Logan Buchanan and so he's not the guy that Abby can see herself with. No, he's a guy who's in love with his best friend while she pines over the quarterback. What a cliché is all he can think. Jay honestly wonders if he's that good at hiding his feeling for her because Abby doesn't notice he's completely head over heels in love with her. Instead, she's more preoccupied with choosing a dress that Logan (who will most likely not be at this party) would like. Asking him if he thinks Logan will like it is useless. Again, he's not Logan Buchanan.
Abby Jensen is an alien face, an alien name to him but yet it reeks of some sort of familiarity. She puts the pieces together in the 'BFF' present he had given her apparently and in his head when he remembers the wishes, he remembers her.
He remembers this morning, when he had given her the gift and when he had tried to hold her hand.
It is Abby.
She's meant to be sixteen but somehow isn't.
She's his best friend and he somehow forgot her along the way.
It seems as if a lot doesn't make sense.
He wants to help her and all he can think when he looks at her is he's in love with her. She's a stranger he's never met, or so it seems and he's in love with her. Crazy, isn't it?
She's a terrible best friend, is the conclusion he comes to. He had been all ready at the bus stop to give her the present and then try and at least work up the courage to hold her hand, a quiet signal that perhaps he liked her as more than a friend but no, now he's forced to ride the bus himself.
When he comes off the bus he's ready to tell her exactly what he thinks but he's too surprised by the friendly way in which Abby and Krista, two rivals he thought, were regarding each other.
All anger is gone when he sees the 'Vote 4 Krista' posters partially scored out to read 'Vote 4 Jay' instead and his name is the only one on the ballot paper.
There it is. Finally, he has the position which had been the reason for many sleepless nights; knowing he could make a difference but doing nothing about it.
For weeks now, his growing feelings for his best friend and his want for the position of the president have kept him thinking, wondering, pondering. Now that he has one of his reasons for not sleeping at night out of the way it's time to deal with the other.
Abby looks beautiful in the dress she chose to wear tonight. He walks over to her, determined that finally he'll hold her hand. If she rejects him, she rejects him. He's got nothing to really lose at this point in time.
To his surprise he doesn't start this. Something has happened to change her; she won't say just what yet but he knows in time she'll spill. For now, he's content that these feelings he has haven't went unrequited; it's not a stupid clichéd best friend in love situation, at least not any more.
Finally, just finally, he's holding her hand and he doesn't hesitate as they lean in and share that one perfect first kiss with each other.
I live in the U.K and so this film just aired on Friday the 3rd of December. I watched it thinking 'here we go, just another usual Disney film.'
Although a little non-original and clichéd slightly, I adored this film. I thought it had great acting, great chemistry and was actually kind of funny. I'm sixteen and must say I prefer this and Starstruck to any of the other Disney Channel movies which have been shown in the last three or four years.
I hope you all enjoy this, just something for the fandom. :)