I do not own anything. This is all based off of The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
Wes pulled into a parking spot at my school and cut the engine. I just sat there staring at the side of the building trying to talk myself into what I was about to do. BreathMacy, I thought to myself,justbreath.Youcandothis. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Wes looking at me. I took a deep breath, and sharply exhaled through my nose.
"You sure you want to do this?" Wes asked as he grabbed my hand.
"Yeah, I'm ready." I said squeezing his hand for reassurance.
"Alright then, you might want to get out of the car," he told me with a smile. I returned his smile and unbuckled myself to get out of the car. Wes came around and met me at the front of the car and grabbed my duffle bag off of my shoulder and clasped my hand again. Right when we were at the door leading into the school he stopped and kissed me on the forehead.
"You're going to do great Macy" he said and then pulled the door open for me. I heard the sharp intake of my breath as I looked into the huge field house of my high school. There were people everywhere, runners, their coaches, friends, families. There was so much noise. Wes gave my hand a reassuring squeeze and started leading me towards the bleachers.
"It's a bit more chaotic than I remember" I told Wes searching for my coach.
"Don't worry, you won't even notice it once you start," he said giving me a knowing look, "I also have a surprise for you. It's right-"
"MACY!" Wes was interrupted by Kristy shouting my name. I gave her a smile that just grew when I saw who she was with. Monica, Bert, and Delia were all standing with her, and she was holding a sign that says LongLivetheQueen! on it. Kristy rushed right over and caught me in a big hug. "I can't believe you didn't tell us about your first track meet!" She said pulling away.
"I didn't think you guys would want to come," I admitted smiling to myself. Ihavethebestfriendsintheworld, I thought looking at all of them
"Of course we would want to come!" She said with an incredulous look, yup she definitely wanted to come.
"We're hear for your support, since you support us so well," Delia said giving me a hug, I was still getting used to the feeling of the baby bump not being their anymore.
"Mmmm-hmmm" Monica said in her normal bored way, while Bert said, "Totally Macy."
"Aw, you guys" I said feeling my heart swell with their love.
"Queen! You need to be at the starting line in 10!" My coach yelled standing with a group of girls who were on my team as she caught sight of me.
"Yes Coach Dana!" I yelled and turned back to my friends. "So, I, um, gotta go." I told them feeling ridiculous because they obviously just heard coach.
"We heard," Kristy said with an eye-roll, "We have to get front row seats anyways." She said and gave me another hug. "Good luck Macy!" My friends yelled to me as they went to find seats. Wes pulled me into a hug and gave me a gentle kiss on the lips, "You'll do great," he whispered in my ear before giving me another kiss and handing me my bag before heading off to sit with our friends. I headed over to the group of girls from my team and noticed all of them looking at me.
"Who was that?" Jackie, one of my teammates, asked looking starstruck. Everyone in the group, including coach Dana, all leaned toward me waiting for my answer.
"Who? The guy I was with?" I asked and they all nodded, "Oh, that's my boyfriend Wes." I said and they all just continued staring at me. "Okay, I'm, um, going to go get ready." I said turning away from them. I took of my jacket and sweatpants revealing my schools track team uniform and put them in my bag, while taking out my sneakers. I laced them up and put them on, and then put my hair in a ponytail and went to go stretch.
A couple minutes later I was standing at the starting line. In, out, in, out I breathed. ComeonMacythefirstcoupleofstepsarealwaysthehardest, I could practically hear my dad saying as I closed my eyes. I can just imagine seeing him here in full on coach mode giving me advice and telling me how good I was. I opened my eyes feeling better and ready to go. I heard the telltale sign to begin the race and I was off. The first couple of steps were pretty hard but I soon got into my groove and was pulling into the front of the race. Just as Wes said, all of the cheering and screaming I heard soon faded away, and it was just me and the finish line. Left,right,in,left,right,out. I just kept thinking to myself. And before I knew it I was crossing the finish line before anybody else could. I smiled breathing heavily, and processing all the noise that came rushing back to me. Everyone has finished crossing the finish line and my teammates came up to me to tell I did a good job. Coach Dana told me to go get a water and prepare for my next event.
As I walked over to the water station Wes caught up with me and put his arm around my shoulders.
"I knew you'd do great," he said pulling me into a hug.
"Stop it," I protested shoving him lightly, "I'm all sweaty."
"Mmmm, I don't mind," he said giving me a kiss.
"Well I do," I said when the kiss ended, "Besides I'm on a water break not a kissing break." I told him and started walking toward the water stand again.
"You could do both," he said and took my hand when he fell in step beside me.
"Maybe," I agreed as we approached the water stand. There were a couple girls from other schools standing there who either looked at Wes lovingly, or at me jealously. But I didn't really notice this, because my focus was on the guy working the water stand. He looked up, saw me, and gave me a small, sad smile.
"Congratulations Macy," he said solemnly, passing me a cup of water.
"Thank you Jason," I said giving him a small smile and reached for the cup with my free hand, while Wes's grip on my other one tightened.