Thanks so much for all the kind reviews! :] I love you all! Enjoy the second part to Prom, and I will definitely be writing more Keith fics in the near future! I also don't own the songs or the characters.
Keith gently closed the Honeybun's driver door and took hesitant steps toward Natalie's front door, his heart beating fast in his chest.
Prom had finally arrived, and he wasn't really sure he was ready; but he had to be, because there was no turning back now.
He tugged the neck of his suit out to give him a little more breathing room and knocked twice; the door immediately swung open, and Natalie's shining face peeked out, wearing a giant smile and light makeup. Keith sucked in his breath, his limbs stiffening and his lips gluing together in a thin line.
She was so beautiful.
Her dark blonde hair fell over her shoulders in big curls, framing her face nicely; her pink lipstick called attention to her pretty face; her purple dress hung with a thick single strap on one shoulder and hugged her curves, ending an inch above her knees.
She was lovelier than he could have ever imagined.
Natalie grinned and held her hand out to him. "Time for the prom scene, Partner?"
Keith could only blink at her for a few seconds before forcing himself back to reality and gripping her outstretched hand. "Let's go then, Partner."
It was exactly how he pictured it—screaming teenagers standing too close to each other, loud hip hop music thumping through the speakers, and the stench of sweat hanging in the air over everyone's heads. Keith signed inwardly and squeezed Natalie's hand tighter to keep himself from blowing up and running back to Honeybun.
He was here for his girlfriend, and she deserved this. He couldn't just abandon her now, no matter how much he kind of wanted to.
They stood at the entrance of the cafeteria, Keith frowning and Natalie scanning the dancing crowd and squealing. She jumped forward, dragging Keith behind her.
He reluctantly followed, trying his hardest not to scowl. Natalie pushed past a couple making out and a group of popular kids, still tugging Keith with one hand, and finally came to a stop behind the crowd of their schoolmates.
Natalie pulled Keith closer to her, her fingers intertwining with his and her eyes locking on his blank face. He stared back at her, wishing the room wasn't as dark so he could see her beautiful features better. Shadows danced across her face, but her hazel eyes glittered in the darkness, and a smile played on the corners of her mouth.
The pumping beat from the music pulsed through their bodies and the laughing and shouting of teenagers enveloped them, but they found a way to sneak away into their own separate world, just the two of them. Natalie wrapped her arms around Keith's neck as the strobelight's bright colors flashed across them on the dance floor, and she smashed her lips against his.
The rap song playing faded away, and soft drums rolled out of the speakers instead. Keith pulled away and stared at Natalie with one eyebrow raised.
Did he actually know this song? Were they actually playing a song he liked at prom?
Natalie seized her opportunity and released her arms from Keith's neck to move his hands down to her waist. "Dance with me."
He didn't object.
"In my life, there's been heartache and pain…"
The chattering around them fell silent as couples stepped together to begin a slow dance, the music falling over them like a blanket. Natalie pressed her forehead against Keith's, her heart picking up speed in her chest.
"I don't know if I can face it again, can't stop now, I've travelled so far to change this lonely life…"
A small smile spread across Keith's face, butterflies bursting in his stomach—though he'd never breathe a word of that to his girlfriend. She opened her mouth and belted out the song, her grin growing wider with each second.
"I wanna know what love is! I want you to show me!"
He kissed the tip of her nose before returning the lyrics.
"I wanna feel what love is! I know you can show me!"
They broke into a fit of giggles, ignoring the strange glances of other couples around them.
"Having fun, Partner?"
Even when he was being a smartass, his voice was like a melody to her ears—and when he was just being himself, like now, the sound was even sweeter. Her lips met his briefly before she pulled away to answer. "More fun than I could have ever had with Rafael and my friends."
"Really mean that?"
The song came to an end and was replaced by another rap song—Lil' Wayne this time—and Natalie let go of Keith's neck with a devilish smile on her face. "Wanna ditch this?"
He blinked at her, his mouth dangling open. "We've only been here, like, thirty minutes—"
"And that's plenty of time!" She grabbed his hands and tugged him close to her so she could give him a quick kiss. "I just want to be with you, Zetterstrom."
He couldn't help but grin.
"Let's get out of here."
She knew the dirt was probably staining the butt of her purple prom dress, but Natalie didn't really care; nor did Keith, whose tuxedo wasn't even his—it was his dad's—so he definitely didn't care. The radio blared out into the heavy air of the night through Honeybun's open window, and Natalie and Keith stared at each other with goofy expressions as they sang loudly along with David Coverdale.
"Is this love, that I'm feeling? Is this the love that I've been searching for? Is this love, or am I dreaming? This must be love, 'cause it's really got a hold on me!"
The silver stars twinkled in the velvet sky above the pair, unaware of them as they leaned against one another in the grass of The Brick, their hearts growing bigger and bigger with love for each other.
"This is so much better than actually being at prom." Natalie smiled at Keith, causing his stomach to flip inside of him.
"I'd have to agree with you, Partner."
She leaned closer to him, brushing her lips against his. "I love you."
He inhaled sharply as he closed his eyes, allowing himself a minute to take in the night and the moment of being with her. "You know, I love you too, Partner."