People go through life never knowing what true love is. Some are lucky enough to find that person they are destined to be with. Majority of people however, do not. This story is about everyday people like you and I. This is about real life, real people, and real love.
They call him Josh. He is your stereotypical high school jock. Captain and star of the varsity football team all four years. The most popular boy at his school, S.K Hill High. All the guys at the school idolize him and hate him at the same time. Mostly because all the girls at the school believe Josh is the hottest guy of all S.K Hill and maybe the entire town. They also know him as the John Tucker of the city.
Friday nights during offseason for football mostly consisted of Josh and his buddies walking around the city mall to pass the time. It was really the only thing to do in this one horse town. It was also a way for Josh to scope out new girls for his nonstop thirst for girls. All his buddies had girlfriends and even though they idolized Josh, they were not him. They actually had girlfriends. Josh could have any girl he wanted and he has had every girl he wanted. However, as soon as he got what he wanted from them, he threw them to the curb and moved on to the next girl. This is why he's gotten the title biggest player for the last couple of years in a row.
So it was that typical friday night. Josh and his buddies walked the mall as if they were royalty and in a town like this, Josh basically was.
"Hey man check out that girl over there by the Buckle entrance. I've never seen her before. Dude, Josh you gotta go talk to her," Timmy said as he nudged him in the shoulder.
The girl was accompanied by two of her friends who Timmy recognized from his math class. This girl who Timmy spoke of stood out from the two with her beauty.
Timmy was Josh's best friend. They've known each other since they were just five years old. Actually the term best friend would be an understatement.
"Nah man, I'm not interested." Josh said before he even looked at her. Then glanced her way.
"Well, damn I mean she is hot. I guess it wouldn't hurt to go introduce myself to her, after all I'm somebody she needs to meet," Josh announced in a cocky tone of voice.
Being in no hurry he slowly and calmly walked toward the girl with all the confidence in the world and smiled when he noticed she was looking his way.
"Hey, I'm Josh and you are?" he said in his charmer voice.
"Hi, I'm Taylor and I know who you are. Captain of the football team, most popular guy at school, a heartbreaker, and oh yeah the biggest man whore of the entire state of Texas." she smartly remarked and then side stepped to get by him.
Taylor was a natural beauty. She wasn't into sports or the popular click. She wasn't a cheerleader or a member of the dance team. Just the average everyday girl next door kind of girl.
Josh was stunned in disbelief. Usually with the flash of a smile he has all the girls wrapped around his finger. But not with this girl. This girl not only went to his school and knew all about him but pretty much dissed him in front of all his friends and hers. He turned around to face her again.
"Right, well since you've heard of me and know all about me then you know how much of a social status booster I am. So with that being said I think you and your friends should join me and my crew. I could use an escort around this place." Josh smirked and went forward to put his arm around her to lead her towards his group of friends.
Without missing a beat Taylor pushed away his arm and said, "I'll pass. I rather have a low social status than be caught walking around the mall with you."
Taylor turned towards her friends and motioned she was ready to go when suddenly Josh grabbed her arm and pulled her away from her friends so they were far enough away no one could hear what he was about to say.
"Look, I understand you heard things about me that people at the school have said and you may think that you know all about me but you don't. Plus, you're dissing me in front of my friends and I've never been rejected by any girl before so could you please just act like you want to be with me so I don't look like an idiot. Just for today." he pleaded.
Taylor was shocked by his tone of voice. He lost that cockiness and that confidence he had once had in his voice. She look over at his friends who had just about as surprised face as Josh had and then let out a deep breath.
"Okay, but only because I don't want to hurt your pretty little ego and only if you promise not to be a jerk or rude or act like I'm your property."
Josh had to pause for that one because that was asking for a lot. However, he agreed because it would look very bad for him to walk away without the girl. So Josh took Taylor by the hand and led her friends and her over to his group and the two groups walked around what was left of the mall.
After they had walked the entire mall, everyone climbed into their cars and headed over to Josh's house that was almost always abandoned by his parents because they worked such long hours and were in and out-of-state. As the night went on Taylor started to unwind a bit and acted as though she was actually having fun with everyone. Josh had found himself staring off into space thinking about the girl he had such a hard time picking up now just sitting and laughing with all his friends when he heard someone calling out his name.
"Josh...Josh!" Taylor yelled breaking his daydreaming.
"Yeah sorry, whats up?"
"We're gonna go. I just wanted to say even though the night started off pretty poorly it actually turned out alright. I had fun tonight." She said as she stood across from him putting on her jacket. Then turned and headed to her friends by the front door.
Josh jumped up and jogged over to her and stopped the door with his hand before she could open it up all the way. The three girls looked startled.
"Sorry, umm do you want to hangout tomorrow?" he said as he looked down at his feet.
Taylor smiled and her friends giggled among themselves.
"Taylor, we'll meet you out in the car." her friend said and the two girls walked out the door and Taylor stepped outside. Now just Josh and Taylor were alone.
"Sure, that would be fine. I'll see you then." Taylor smiled and touched his arm then headed off to the car and the three girls drove away.
What in the world is going on he thought. He felt something he never felt before. It felt different, it felt weird, it felt good. Josh smiled just thinking about hanging out with her the next day and went back inside to end the night very happy with his friends.
The next day the two hung out. Going out for lunch at a local pizza joint, then they caught a movie. It was as though they had been friends for a long time. Josh never had a girl who was just his friend before and he thought it felt amazing to just be able to hangout and laugh and have fun. Taylor smiled her gorgeous smile the entire time. Laughing at his jokes and playfully nudging him all day when he was being sarcastic towards her. The next couple of weeks had gone pretty much the same. They talked in the hallways and both groups of friends all sat together at the same lunch table. Josh hung out with Taylor every single day. It had been a month and a half and Josh was starting to feel a little bit different about Taylor. He started to wonder what it would be like to be more than friends with her.
One night he was dropping her off at her house and they sat in the car talking for a few minutes and then Taylor went to open the door to get out when Josh grabbed her arm gently stopping her. She turned and looked at him and that's when he cupped her face in his hands and kissed her lips ever so gently.
Taylor kissed him back but then suddenly pulled away.
"Josh, look I really like you. I do. Your so sweet and amazing and a great friend. Three things I never would have imagined you were capable of. And I don't want to lose you as my friend. I just don't think we should passed that line of friendship just yet. I want to be with you, I just don't think you're ready for a girlfriend."
Josh leaned back into his seat and looked out his window stunned. He didn't expect her to say that. After a few minutes of silence Taylor took it as a hint to get out, so she did just that. Walking up her driveway she started wondering if maybe she had made a mistake. Yet, even after what she said he didn't say anything to convince her that he was ready. She started looking through her bag as she got to the front door looking for her keys when she heard the truck door shut. Taylor turned around and saw Josh jogging over to her.
"Josh, what are you..." before she could finish her sentence he grabbed her face and kissed her lips so passionately her heart skipped a beat and her knees grew weak.
He pulled away just enough to look her in the eyes. Their bodies touching. His hands in her hair.
"Taylor, I've never been one to have a girlfriend let alone actually want one. I knew from that first day that I saw you, that something was different with you. Different about you. I've never met a girl who I've wanted to be around every single day. I've never been more ready. I want you Taylor. I want you to be my girlfriend."
Taylor smiled and leaned back in and kissed him. They stood there kissing until her mom flipped on the patio light. Taylor pulled away and then backed away. She smiled and said, "I'll see you tomorrow night at lets say 7."
Josh smiled and agreed on the time for their first date.
The much-anticipated night had arrived. Josh was dressed nicely in jeans and a nice dress shirt. Wearing his best cologne. He arrived at a few minutes before 7 and knocked on the front door. Taylor answered but she wasn't dressed up. Wearing just a t-shirt and some holey jeans.
"Hey Josh, so change in plans. I know we were going out but my mom has gone out and I was thinking maybe we could stay in tonight. Just the two of us. I already rented a movie for us to watch." Taylor said as she motioned for him to come in.
Josh didn't mind and he smiled reassuring he was okay with that.
"By the way, you look really handsome." she said as she kissed his cheek and pulled him inside.
The two walked into her bedroom and Taylor put the movie in and the new couple laid down on her bed. Josh put his arm around her bringing her in close to him as Taylor laid her head on his chest and wrapped her arms around him. Josh kissed the top of her head and began watching the movie. Three quarters of the way into the movie someone busted through the door and it didn't take long for Taylor to realize it was her mom. They both jumped.
"Taylor what in the hell is going on in here?" her mom screamed staring right at Josh.
"Ma'am this isn't what it looks like. We were just watching a movie and just laying there doing nothing. I promise we weren't doing anything." Josh nervously proclaimed.
"I'm sure that's what is going on here. Taylor why are you acting like a little slut! You get out of my house right now and don't ever come over to this house again!"
Josh got up and walked out the door. Taylor tried explaining that they weren't going to do anything but Taylor's mother was having none of it and slapped her across the face. Josh heard Taylor crying hysterically and went back to embrace her but Taylor's mom slapped him across the face nearly knocking him down. She pushed Josh out of the room and out of the house. Slamming the door behind him. He stood in shock and in a little bit of pain as a bright red mark began to be visible on his face. He walked down the driveway and to his truck and drove away. Still in disbelief at what just occurred. Taylor slammed her door shut and locked it to keep her mother out. She laid down in bed and cried into her pillow.
Later that night he called Taylor's cell phone but her mother had taking it away from her.
She answered, "What do you want? I told you to leave my daughter alone."
"Ms. Jackson can I please..." he barely said before the line went dead. He tried to call back but it went straight to voicemail. He decided to leave her a voicemail that way only Taylor would be able to hear it.
"Taylor, It's Josh. Look I'm sorry for whatever it is I did to make your mom so upset. I miss you like crazy already. And I'm just sorry. I hope I can see you tomorrow. And well I wanted to tell you this tonight in person but I love you. You're the first girl I've ever been in love with. I never want to hurt you and tonight I feel guilty because it's my fault you're hurting. Baby you mean the world to me and tonight it broke my heart seeing you cry and knowing there wasn't a thing I could do about it. This past month and a half with you has been the best of my life. I love you beautiful." with that he hung up.