After Audrey left Tara's house, she knew what she had to do. She was the hyena, and when there was an opportunity to pounce on, she didn't put her claws down. She was to get to the bottom of any problem, her mind was bursting with ideas. According to all the romance novels and plays she has read, the kiss told everything, it had to be perfect.
Audrey started heading down the street to Gavin's house. She was becoming the conductor of their life, the puppet master. In her mind, she was doing them a favor. She was looking out for her best friend. Everything she was planning to do was all with good intentions.
Audrey approached the doorstep of Gavin's house and knocked on the door and came face to face with Gavin's mother. Her mother had long black hair and brown eyes and a gentle smile that creept along her face. It was like seeing Gavin's clone on the front step.
"How may I help you?" Gavin's mother said very calmly, her voice had this soothing tone.
"I was wondering if Gavin was home? I just need to quickly talk to him about something...school related." Audrey said trying to hide the truth. She didn't want to get Gavin's mother thrown into the mix. The less questions, the better off the plan was.
"Oh, of course, but isn't it a little late?"
"Well...we are working on a project together and Gavin took my notes, and I was on the way home, and I thought, why not?" Audrey said improvising. She was passionate about acting and selling what she was said.
"If you say so, come on in, dear." Gavin's mother said politely moving out of the way so Audrey could enter the house and she did so. The house was pretty big, there were two floors. There was a grand piano in the living room and it had a small tv. This house was all about the music. She could tell immediately Gavin's family got him into it all. After looking around the house a bit Audrey decided to go upstairs to Gavin's room. When she got there she gingerly knocked on the door. She was going to make a point, one that she would make sure he would understand.
Gavin opened the door and saw Audrey standing in front of him and just looked at her with confusion. Why would Audrey of all people be here at this time of night? Didn't she have to go home? Wouldn't her parents be concerned? Questions were running through his head and nothing could put them to a halt.
"Audrey, why are you here?" Gavin said finally speaking up, before he could say another word, Audrey pushed passed him, and walked in his room. She seemed to be doing that a lot lately tonight.
"I need to talk to you about something important, that is why I am here." Audrey said closing the door and then her eyes wandered to the flag. "What's with the flag?"
"Beatles." Gavin simply said. "But that's not the point, what's so important that you have to tell me at eleven at night?"
"I have to talk to you about the Tara and you situation." Audrey's arms were now crossed and she was looking directly at Gavin. His face started to get more and more screwy as those words slipped off her tongue. He was standing there completely perplexed.
"The Tara and me situation?" Gavin said slowly trying to absorb the words. What situation? He thought everything was going great between Tara and him. As he said those words, it was like they had no meaning. Just a bunch of different words jumbled together in a sentence.
"Yes, that's what I said. See, the thing about Tara is that she hasn't had her first kiss, so, since you're her boyfriend after that song, and the confessions of your mushy gushy feelings, you're the one."
"Still not seeing the point here."
"The point is, that the kiss needs to be perfect, and it's my job as her friend to ensure that it is."
"You have to be kidding me...is this some weird girl thing?" Gavin said shaking his head and chucked in disbelief. "Audrey, I don't think you should be concerned over what happens between Tara and I...especially that."
"Hey, I'm just trying to help you here, see, a girl's first kiss with a guy she likes tells everything. It's a new feeling and there's electricity and since you're not only the new boyfriend, but you're also the first boyfriend which makes you the one to give the first, first kiss. If it goes wrong, the relationship could be doomed."
"Wow, I completely don't feel pressure at all." Gavin said looking at the ground thinking. He suddenly felt uneasy and his head was pounding. There was so much stuff that he didn't know and now that he knew this...it changed things from his perspective. He wanted to keep Tara as his girlfriend.
"Just do it right, and you will have nothing to be concerned about...do it wrong and...well...I don't think you would like that answer." With that Audrey left feeling positive that Gavin got the point. The fear in his eyes and concern showed her everything that she needed to know. Everything was starting to form together.
The day was Monday. A beginning of a new school week. When Tara woke up this morning she felt as if the alarm clock was beleaguering her. She didn't know what to expect. Life was reforming and she had to come to peace with that idea. She was able to acknowledge that she was a different and that she was more capable to do anything she wanted to, but she was worried that everyone else wouldn't take her in with open arms and go along for the new journey.
How would people react when she walked through those double doors? What if some people's opinions changed since Morp? What if they didn't? Life was a roll of the die for her now. She had to keep herself on her toes at all times and expect the unexpected. Dodge the curve balls. She just hoped she was quick enough.
Another thing that kept creeping into her mind was Audrey...She had no hypothesis as to what she was planning. Tara just needed to talk to her as soon as possible. Audrey always had good heart behind everything she did, but sometimes she could over do it. After years of knowing Audrey, they could read each other like books. They always had each other backs.
On the positive note, she was looking forward to one thing. Gavin. Gavin conceived who she was in a way no one else could. When she was that quiet girl or that girl who could form a rally of people, he was there. At the beginning, she doubted that, but in the end, she learned the truth. She couldn't believe she was finally able to say Gavin Morgan was her boyfriend, but also one of her closest friends.
Tara made her way through the hallways as quickly as possible until she spotted Audrey at her locker. She needed to sort out this whole situation. She didn't need any drama in her life. She just wanted to enjoy every moment of being a teenager and being herself. She didn't want that all pulled away.
"Audrey, we need to talk!" she said and Audrey turned to her with curiosity.
"Well, good morning to you everything alright?" Audrey said raising an eyebrow. She seemed completely clueless. Like everything that happened after Morp didn't occur.
"You know when you came over? Audrey, whatever you are planning, please, don't do it." Tara was literally begging at this point. She was ready to fall to her knees and grovel, anything, you name it.
"Who said I am planning anything?" Audrey said while she closed her locker avoiding eye contact with Tara. This was a sure sign that Audrey had something going on in her head.
"What? I'm being completely honest. Don't you think you should trust your best friend?" Audrey questioned and this made Tara feel a little guilty. It's just all the evidence didn't look so good.
"I do trust you...it's just..." Tara said stumbling over her words. Audrey gave her a look that wasn't the most comforting.
"Tara, just trust me on this, will you? I'm not going to do anything you don't want me to." Tara then nodded. She could count on Audrey for anything, and if Audrey said she wouldn't do anything, she wouldn't.
"Fine...if you say so."
"Great, now that this topic is over, Gavin's walking this way." Audrey signaled to the tall dark haired boy with the smile that could bring light to any room. "Now, I'm going to go so you two lovebirds can have some alone time."
"Alone time? But what if I say something stupid? He's my first boyfriend, what if I screw it up?" Being nervous wasn't a new thing for Tara.
"Just keep in mind, Gavin likes you for you, alright? He wouldn't have admitted it if he didn't. As far as he's concerned, anything and everything that comes out of your mouth is perfect. You can do no wrong in his eyes." Tara nodded in comprehension. This was her first boyfriend, she didn't want to slip up over her own feet.
"What are you ladies talking about?" Gavin said placing his hand against one of the lockers. Tara jumped completely out of her skin. She just couldn't keep her thoughts in place.
"No one, I mean, nothing." Tara said turning around to face him and their eyes met on accident once again.
"If you say so." He said smiling at her with a small laugh that came out of his mouth. It was music to her ears.
"Well, I have to go take care of some things. Those things being two nerdy and obsessive twins. I'll talk to you guys later." Audrey said with one last smile and walked off after closing her locker. Tara and Gavin both said goodbye and then went back to talking.
"So, mind if I walk you to class?" Gavin said sweetly, the way he looked at her made her get melt.
"No, not at all, actually. I would really like that." She said and he then took her books from her hands without a word. Tara blushed from his manners, he was such a gentleman. "Gavin, you don't have to carry those." Tara said simply. She was capable of doing things on her own, even though they were dating, she didn't want him to feel like it was his job to do that.
"I know I don't have to, I want to. There's a difference." Tara then shook her head and laughed.
"I'm not going to get those back no matter what I say , am I?" Tara said smiling while pointing to the books that now were placed in his hand.
"You so get me." Gavin said with a laugh.
"Then, I am going to do this." Tara then took the bottom half of the books that were his and smirked.
"Seriously." They both then started laughing at each other's silliness. They both made each other feel blessed. They could share laughs together and secret smiles. After all, laughter is the good for the soul.
"So, I have to ask you a question?" Gavin said releasing one hand from his books and grabbing Tara's as they started walking down the narrow hall. Their hands fit in each other's perfectly like the last two pieces of a puzzle. The warmth from each other's hands made them feel all goey inside. Tara then looked up at him with a smile across her face.
"What is your question?"
"I was wondering if we could...well, are you busy this Saturday?" Gavin finally blurted out after trying to find the perfect words.
"Actually, I'm free since I have the shows from Monday to Friday, why do you ask?" Tara said oblivious to the fact Gavin was clearly asking her on another date.
"I was wondering if I could take you on a date, I would really like to get to know you a little bit better." Gavin said with a grin looking into her deep brown eyes that sparkled.
"That sounds like a plan. A awesome one at that too." Tara said as her heart started beating faster in her chest as she looked down trying to discontinue her crazy blushing.
"Great, that's...great. It's a date. " Gavin said with one of the hugest grins on his face. His smile made her smile. He then kissed her on the cheek. "Can I have my books back or do you want to explain to my teacher why you have them?" Gavin said jokingly.
"I don't know, the more you learn the better." she said teasing him a bit and then she gave him his books and said their goodbyes.
Tara opened the door to the classroom and all everyone greeted her warmly, they noticed her, but in a good way, some people actually thanked her for making them stand up for themselves. Making them notice that they are unstoppable. Maybe, this week would go the right way instead of what she originally thought.
A/N So, what did you all think? I would love to know (: