"Hey Coulson!" Phil turned when he heard his name called. He tugged on Ellie's arm so she would stop walking as well while the two boys approached them. "We're going to play football. Do you want to come?"
"Sure." Phil said. "Come on Ellie."
"I'm good." Ellie said. The pair were now sixteen years old and while they were still very close, sports was the one thing they didn't have in common. Puberty had been a factor in finding girl friends and had plans to go over to Anna's house tonight.
"Why not?" Phil asked, even though he knew the reason.
"Sports are stupid." Ellie said. "Besides, Anna's waiting for me."
"Suit yourself." Phil said, running off with the other boys. Ellie turned around and walked the few blocks to Anna's house. Anna greeted Ellie at the door and the two girls ran up to Anna's room, slamming the door closed behind them. Two other girls, Bethany and Lisa, were already there, applying makeup to themselves. All three of the girls were envious of Ellie's complexion and freckles and used her as their own personal Barbie doll, applying makeup to highlight her eyes. Ellie had accepted her scar and tried to not be self conscious about it as Bethany leaned forward, focused on her face.
"You know who's the cutest boy in our class?" Bethany said, using eyeliner to draw cat eyes on Ellie's lids. "Phil Coulson."
"He's my best friend, guys." Ellie said.
"You spend so much time with him, El." Anna said, flopping on her bed on her stomach. "Have you ever kissed him?"
"What?" Ellie turned to stare at Anna. "Are you serious?"
"I'd kiss him if I got the chance." Lisa sighed. "His eyes are gorgeous."
Bethany finished Ellie's makeup and giggled with Lisa and Anna. "I'd kiss him too."
"I'll be sure to let him know." Ellie teased, laughing when Anna threw a pillow at her face. They talked a little longer but Ellie had to go home for dinner. The first thing she saw when she got home was Phil holding an ice pack to his right eye. "What happened?"
"Nothing." Phil shrugged and smiled at her. "You look good."
"Thanks. Bethany did this." Ellie got in her chair at the table. "By the way, she thinks you're cute. So do Anna and Lisa."
"Good to know." Phil chuckled as he held the ice pack on his eye. Mrs. Coulson served them dinner, scolding Phil once more for getting into a fight. They finished off their dinner and went to their separate rooms to finish their homework. Their rooms were across the hall from each other and if they left the doors open they could see into each other's rooms.
"How'd you get the black eye?" Ellie asked, writing in her notebook.
Phil laying was on his bed reading a book. "Football."
"Did it hit you in the eye?" Ellie said, putting her pencil down and joining Phil on his bed.
"Maybe." Phil said distantly before closing his book and sitting up. "Have you ever kissed a boy?"
"You too?" Ellie groaned. "Anna, Bethany, and Lisa wouldn't shut up about that when I was over there. What's the big deal with kissing anyway?"
"It's just a question." Phil said. "No reason to get so defensive."
"No. I haven't." Ellie said. "Have you? Kissed a girl I mean."
"Nope." Phil admitted. "You really want to know how I got my black eye?"
"I do. Is it a good story?" Ellie asked.
Phil shrugged. "Adam and Brian said that they saw you behind the library making out with Seth. Then they said a lot of really rude things about you so I punched them."
"You didn't have to do that." Ellie said. "Now you're in trouble."
"Eh. It was worth it." Phil said with a smile.
"Does it hurt?" Ellie asked.
"Not really." Phil said.
"So you've never kissed a girl?" Ellie said.
"Why is that such a surprise?" Phil asked.
"Because you're popular and according to my friends you're "hot and totally kissable." Ellie put air quotes around the last of her sentence.
"Haven't met anybody recently that I wanted to kiss." Phil shrugged. "What about you? You know people."
"Yeah but I'm just the popular kid's friend." Ellie said. She ran a finger along her scar. "Plus this isn't exactly a guy magnet."
Phil pulled her hand away from her face. "I've told you that nobody notices that."
"I know you have but guys are superficial." Ellie said. "Anyway I should probably finish my math homework. I have a test tomorrow."
Phil watched her stand up to leave and let her take several steps toward the door before he spoke. "Do you want to?"
"Want to what? Finish my math homework?" Ellie asked, turning around. "Not really. I hate math."
Phil stood and closed the distance between them, chuckling. "I meant kiss me. Your friends do. Do you?"
"I don't know." Ellie admitted. "Do you?"
He tucked some loose hair behind her ear and nodded, letting his hand linger on her neck. "May I?"
Ellie nodded and smiled. "You may."
She was nervous as Phil pressed his lips to her gently. His lips were soft and warm and he tasted like the lasagna they had for dinner. Ellie felt him put his free hand on her waist, letting it rest there and she had let her own hands rest on his hips. She was unsure of what to do with them. Phil seemed to know what to do with her hands because he moved them so her arms were wrapped around his neck and he slipped his arms around her waist, deepening the kiss between them. Ellie buried her fingers in his hair, her nails accidentally scratching his hair line, causing Phil to shiver. When they pulled apart, he kiss her lips once more quickly and chastely before he rested his forehead against hers, their breath mingling.
"Anna was right." Ellie said softly, her green eyes meeting Phil's blue ones.
"About what?" Phil asked.
"You are totally kissable." Ellie joined Phil as he laughed. "I should study for my test tomorrow."
Phil nodded and moved away from her, claiming her right hand as she turned to her room. He pressed a kiss to her hand, smiling at her before he relinquished it. Ellie blushed and closed the door to her room so she could focus on studying. When she clicked off the light and crawled under her blankets to go to sleep, she replayed the kiss in her mind and fell asleep with a smile on her lips.
Phil had already left for school the next morning and when Ellie got to her locker she found a sunflower with a note that read Good luck on your test. She smiled and rubbed one of the petals between her thumb and forefinger before closing her locker and heading to class.
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