I've been thinking for weeks about what I should write about! After reading everyone else's 13 stories, I felt like every idea had already been used before. But then I thought of this! It's a Patrice & Evan story, but POVs will switch around to different characters. This chapter takes place during the Summer leading into the kid's 8th grade year. Sorry if this chapter is a little boring, I have to set everything up, so not a lot happens. I promise it will get so much better though! Enjoy & please review!
Xoxo,
~Charlotte
Ps- A special thank you to cadewelentine1313 for encouraging me to write this! You should read her stories, they're amazing :]

*Patrice's POV*

Not much had changed since that day Brett punched Evan in the nose 8 months ago. Evan and I are going strong, Brett and Lucy are surprisingly still together, and Archie and his Star Wars DVDs are very happy together. I was happier than I had ever been since I now had Evan Goldman all to myself, but I felt really bad for Archie. He'd been the dreaded third wheel for 8 months now. Evan and I felt like if we wanted to go somewhere, it was our duty to invite Archie to come along, since Archie and I have been best friends since Preschool. We always hoped that he would refuse the offer, realizing that Evan and I wanted to be alone sometimes, but he never did. And this time, I was determined to keep our date a complete secret from him.

"Come on, Evan, please?" I begged, latching onto his arm. No response. "Pleeeeeeeease?" I repeated.

"I dunno, Patrice..."

"Well why not?" I stomped my foot like a 4 year old.

"I just feel like if we try to go to the movies without Archie, he'll find out somehow and get really upset."

"Yeah, but if we do tell him, then he'll want to tag along and sit right in between us. And then we can't do this," I stood up on my tippy toes and kissed him sweetly. I felt him smile and kiss me back. He pulled away and took my hands in his.

"There is no way we're telling Archie." He said, and I smiled. Normally I would feel bad leaving Archie out, but I actually don't think Evan and I had gone anywhere alone before, besides his or my house. And that's pretty bad.

Later that afternoon, Evan's mom drove us to the movies. Whenever we were in the car with one of our parents, we played a little game. Whoever could lean over and give the other the most pecks on the cheek, without the parent noticing, won. But of course when the parent did notice... It was really uncomfortable. I was usually pretty good at it though, and I won this time. When we hopped out of the car at the movie theater, I was sure to mock Evan with a quick, "Ha, ha, and HA!" since he always thought he could beat me.

When we walked over to the box office, we realized that the movie we were going to see didn't start for another 2 hours.

"Now what?" I asked.

"Well, we could go to the diner. You hungry?"

I shrugged. "I could be."

He laughed. "Why is that always your answer?"

"Because it works for everything!"

*Evan's POV*

We walked hand in hand to the diner since it was just down the street. God, she looked beautiful. I kept sneaking glances at her since she hates when I stare. Everything about her was perfect in an imperfect sort of way. Meaning, all of her imperfections, like the freckles that covered her nose and her unusually square teeth, were somehow perfect.

After we sat down at the diner, we started talking. Right in the middle of me telling her about Brett's latest douche baggery move, Patrice slowly started leaning to her left, looking straight behind me. She raised an eyebrow and bit her lip. Before I could even turn to look behind me, Patrice grabbed my hand and pulled me over by the restrooms.

"Did you see that?" she asked me frantically.

"No, what happened?"

"Archie's here! With a girl!"

"No way. Are you sure it's Archie?"

"Positive."

"Well maybe she's his... Nurse?"

Patrice shook her head, "Nope, they were laughing and being totally flirtatious."

"Well, should we go talk to them?"

Patrice squinted her eyes, looked up, and bit her bottom lip. She always did this when she was thinking, and it was adorable. "Let's go," she finally said, and we walked over to Archie's table.

"Hey, Archie," Patrice was the first to speak.

"Oh, hello, earthlings," he replied with a strange hand motion.

"So who's your friend?" I asked rather quickly. Patrice pinched my arm, signaling that it was too soon to ask that.

"Oh," he said, "This is Brianna, AKA The Dragon Goddess!" The two shared a laugh, and Patrice and I exchanged a look of confusion. The "Dragon Goddess" had dirty blonde hair with several green streaks in it. Her hair was tied up in two high pigtails wrapped with gold ribbon, making her look like she was about 6 years old. She wasn't bad looking though, especially for Archie.

"Nice to meet you," Patrice said. "I'm Patrice, and this is Evan. We're Archie's friends."

"Oh, well, nice to meet you guys!" she said enthusiastically.

"So, umm, how do you two know each other?" I asked.

"We met at the comic book convention!" Archie said excitedly, then continued, "Well, nice talking to you guys but Brianna and I are sort of on a date."

"A... A..." Patrice stuttered, "A date?" she finally spit out.

"Uh-huh."

"Right... Will you excuse us for a minute?"

"Uhh, well I sort of asked you to leave, so yes."

Patrice flashed them a quick smile, then grabbed my hand and lead me back to our table. We sat down again.

"A date? Archie," she said. "Our Archie, on a real date?"

"Yeah, there has to be something wrong with that girl." Patrice gave me a death glare. "That's not what I meant!" she said. "It's just weird that Archie has never been interested in anyone besides Kendra, and now out of nowhere he's on a date. And she looks normal, it doesn't seem like she has any terminal illnesses."

"But it's a good thing, right? I mean, now we won't have to worry about him always being around us."

"True," she smiled, then I leaned over and kissed her across the table. All of the sudden, we heard someone yell and we quickly broke apart. "Hey, guys!" Oh no. It was Archie. "We can do that too, you know!" I heard Brianna giggle, and then Archie kissed her. He KISSED her! Both lips! Patrice and I, mouths agape, looked at each other. This was going to take some getting used to.

And that's the end of chapter 1! As I said, sorry it was pretty boring. I wanted the first chapter to sort of set things up, so not much happened. I promise the next chapter will be much more exciting! Please review & let me know if you have any comments, suggestions, or critiques. Thanks for reading! :]