"Dill...what are you doing here?" Jem questioned skeptically. "I thought you left yesterday."
"Well, I was supposed to, but then after long conversations with my Mom and my Aunt Rachel, they wanna let me try school here! Which is great!" Dill grinned in response.
Scout knew that this wasn't a good thing. If she wanted to try her luck with other boys, then Dill was going to have to back up off her. As if he could read her thoughts, Dill adressed Scout.
"You don't look very happy to see me." He noted a bit sadly.
"It's not that I don't want to see you...just that I wasn't...expecting you." Scout told him as gently as she could.
"You sure clean up good though!" Dill flirted whilst giving her a cheeky grin, that made Scout blush.
"Thanks." She said shyly looking at the ground.
Suddenly a new girl came up and stood beside Dill. They knew she was new because they had never seen her in Maycomb County before. She was tall and athletic. She had long brown hair put in a side braid, and was wearing tight jeans and an over-sized green flannel shirt.
"Dill, I have our schedules." She told him looking down at the schedules, not noticing that Dill had been talking to some other people.
She looked up from them for a second to see Jem and Scout staring at her.
"Oh," the new girl said shyly "Hi."
"Hi." Jem responded, sounding a bit out of it.
"I almost forgot!" Dill announced. "This is my cousin, Rebecca. She's going to school here too."
"Nice to meet you, Rebecca!" Scout greeted, smiling, shaking her hand. She was glad she didn't have to think about her relationship with Dill for a while.
"The pleasure's all mine." Rebecca responded, also smiling, shaking Scout's hand back.
"What grade are you in?" Jem asked a bit nervously.
"Eleven. Kind of. I have a lot of different leveled classes." She shrugged in response.
"Well, maybe," Jem began, still a bit nervously. "I could show you around to your classes?"
Rebecca suddenly looked at him, and beemed brightly.
"I'd like that!" She smlied, causing Jem to do the same, and together they walked into the school.
Dill and Scout were left alone.
"So, I was thinking, this year we could be the it couple." Dill told her, a bit bluntly.
Scout sighed. She knew this wasn't going to be easy.
"Look Dill. About that," she began slowly, "Our relationship is too...weird for me. I'm trying to be girlier and everything because I kind of wanted to get a boyfriend this year."
"Well, why do you need a boyfriend when you have me?" Dill questioned.
Scout looked at him, a bit sadly, but Dill got the hint.
"Oh." He sighed.
"It's not that I don't enjoy your company, just that...I need change." Scout told him honestly.
"It's okay I get it." Dill replied.
"You do?" Scout inquired. Maybe this would be easier than she thought.
"Yep!" Dill exclaimed "I'm just going to have to make you fall in love with me."
"No! Dill! Wait! That's not what I meant!" Scout called after him. But Dill was already making his way into the school.
At the same time that this was happening, Jem was showing the new girl, Rebecca, around the school a bit. Just as the tour was almost over rebecca stopped and looked at him for a second.
"Thanks, for like, showing me around the school and everything. It means a lot." She girnned shyly.
"It's no problem. Really." Jem assured her.
Rebecca smiled, and was suddenly curious about something. While they were walking through the school she had learned a lot about Jem. He talked about Scout, and his friends, and even Dill a little bit. But he never mentioned a girlfriend. For whatever reason, Rebecca was very curious about this.
"So, your girlfriend doesn't mind you showing me around?" She questioned, hoping for the answer she wanted to hear.
"I uh, I don't have one." Jem shrugged.
Rebecca smiled. Jem looked over at her and smlied too. He had only ever liked a few other girls before, and it wasn't that big of a deal. But here, stood this beautiful girl that asked him if he had a girlfriend. Did she want to know because she liked him? Or was she just curious? But none of that mattered, because in a quick motion, Jem leaned towards her, and kissed her.