Divorce is a confusing process. This is something that most people are aware of, but seem to overlook. The girls now understood this.
But when the girls weren’t thinking about the divorce that Jocelyn’s parents had gone through a few months back, they were waiting for school to start again. Not because of the teachers. No one really misses their teachers until they leave school. Not because of their friends. The girls didn’t really have any other friends besides the two of them. But because of the boys...
No matter what your opinion is on teenage girls, you cannot argue with the fact that teenage girls worship boys who worship them back. It is a vicious circle. But sadly, it is the truth. And Nadine had a new boyfriend.
There were the few boyfriends that Nadine’d had in the past... none of them really meant anything. She hadn’t really loved them. But Nadine Hart was in love with Luke Stone.
Luke was new at their school. He had started in the middle of the year, and from the very moment Nadine saw him, she knew that she wanted him. And with summer here... she was missing him. Jocelyn, being the good friend that she was, had a plan that would cheer up a lonely Nadine Hart.
Jocelyn Summers had invited Luke to go to the movies with Nadine, herself, and a few other friends from their school. Nadine was the shy type who would admire someone from afar, and if she never got any help, then the entire chance of her having a relationship with Luke would be hopeless.
When Luke accepted her invitation, Jocelyn phoned Nadine immediately.
“Nad!” Jocelyn said before Nadine could even mutter a hello.
“Yeah?” Nadine replied in a groggy voice. Nadine was tired. She had been up late and Jocelyn’s phone call had woken her from a very deep sleep.
Jocelyn could tell that she had awoken Nadine, but didn’t seem to care, “Nad. Listen. You’re gonna love me!”
“Joss, I do love you,” Nadine replied in an early morning sort of sarcastic humor.
Nothing was going to pierce through Jocelyn’s proud mood, “Nad, I got you a date - with Luke Stone!”
Nadine was normally the quiet one who brushed things off. But not this morning. News this huge couldn’t afford a delayed response, “Oh my god! What? Where? When?!”
After a long and detailed explanation, Nadine shoved her face into the sheets of her bed drowning herself in excitement. She had told Jocelyn that she would call her later with details on what to wear and so on... but these few moments were what Nadine was giving herself to prepare.
Never had Nadine ever gone on a real date. Sure, she had had boyfriends in the past, but there was only the sense that they were together. They always broke up before getting the chance to go on a real date. And Nadine wasn’t going to let herself ruin this chance.
There was something different about Luke. Maybe it was the fact that he had eyes that turned from blue to green depending on the lighting of the room. Or it could have been his absolute cuteness. But even more, it was his personality.
Luke was the guy who was friends with everyone, and knew how to act. I am not saying that he had manners or anything. Teenage boys of this time and age simply have lost the chance of really having those.
No. Luke Stone knew how to act when he was with certain people. He knew when it was the time to make jokes, and when it was the time to seem shy and quiet. This is what Nadine loved about him most. His way of actions.
As an example, when Luke was just hanging out with his friends, he was loud and funny. But when he was with Nadine, he was quiet and romantic. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Luke didn’t care for Nadine in the same way that she cared for him.
He loved her too. And that is why Jocelyn was so happy to arrange a date for the two. Because when Luke was with Nadine, he was being the shy version of himself and would never get to asking her out... but lucky for Nadine, with a little help from her friends, everything was going to go perfectly.
The date took place on a cool night. Paul Summers picked up Nadine from her house and drove both his daughter Jocelyn and Nadine to the movie theater. The girls were early and had just enough time to look at their reflections in the window of a car in the parking lot to reapply their lip gloss.
Nadine motioned to a bench where they would sit down, and Jocelyn sat beside her. It was cold. But not for long.
The next person to arrive was Luke. He saw that the girls were cold, and gladly gave his jacket to Nadine who shared its warmth with Jocelyn.
“Have you guys bought the tickets yet?” Luke asked in a friendly tone.
Nadine looked to Jocelyn who answered, “Oh, we forgot to buy them. Um, you two can go inside, I’ll meet you next to the popcorn with the tickets in five minutes?”
Luke replied smugly, “Take all the time you need,” he wasn’t saying this in a creepy way, but in a polite and comforting sort.
Jocelyn smiled with pride for what she had accomplished, “Alright,” she answered before getting in line at the ticket booth.
There was a couple in their mid twenties standing in line ahead of her holding hands. Jocelyn smiled. They made it to the front of the line and the man kissed the forehead of the woman. Jocelyn smiled again.
The approached the man working at the booth and bought two tickets for the same movie that Jocelyn, Nadine, Luke, and all of their friends were going to see.
And Jocelyn thought to herself that has to be a sign.
It was Jocelyn’s turn and she almost tripped over her own shoelaces but saved herself from the fall by grabbing hold onto the railing of the cones keeping the customers in line. Embarrassed, she walked up to the ticket booth hiding her smile and quickly told the man at the booth which movie she wanted tickets for.
“And how many tickets are you buying?” asked the man at the window.
“Five,” answered Jocelyn.
“Alright, your total will be $38.66,” the man said through the microphone.
Jocelyn reached into the jacket pocket to get her wallet. She pulled it out and realized that what she was holding was not her wallet but a package, and that the jacket that she had pulled the package from was not her own, but belonged to none other than Luke Stone.
Just a girl...