One day I came into school and I remember being scared of all the other kids because they were so much taller than me, but one boy called Eric who I'd seen several times before came up to me:

"Hi Selena, will you have lunch with me today?"

(My real name was Selena before I changed it)

"Yeah ok, how come?"

"I think you're really pretty so I want to be your friend"

"Let's be friends then!"

"Do you want to play with me?"

"Yeah I want to play but I'm scared of the older boys – they're all hanging around the playground"

"Don't worry, I'll protect you!"

He grabbed me by the hand and ran over to the scary boys with me. Using his arms to shield me he stood tall and said

"Me and my friend want to play please"

The boys gave him one look and the biggest one, taking him by the collar lifted him high.

"This one's got guts" he said

Eric kicked him round the side and the boy laughed. Eric fell to the ground but quickly picked himself up.

"Don't you know who she is?!" he yelled

"Who you're girlfriend?"

"I wish she was because she is the most beautiful girl I have ever met"

The boys laughed and kicked him onto the floor. I started sobbing because I was so scared but Eric ran to me and hugged me, he whispered

"Don't worry"

He walked up to the guys and said
"So what if I think she's beautiful? You should bow down to her and say you're sorry before it's too late!" he rolled his sleeves up and punched his fist into his palm

"She's the mayor of Tulsa's daughter. She is your goddess and from now on you should address her as Aphrodite – the goddess of beauty!"

From their look of anger their expressions dropped and they went pale. Cursing they ran yelling

"She's going to get us expelled!" "Mum is going to kill me!" and a jumble of other words.

I went up to Eric and kissed him on the cheek

"I'll be your girlfriend"

And that was how our relationship began.