“Amanda Lee, Roger’s here.” Mrs. Cohen called out standing by the door. “Roger, you look... nice.” she laughed as he stood before her wearing torn jeans, a torn t-shirt and chains. He had on his leather jacket and his hair was spiked in all different directions and he was wearing eyeliner.
“Thank you, Mrs. Cohen. It was Amanda’s idea.” he laughed as he waited for Amanda to come down.
“Mom, would you stop using my middle name. You know how much I hate it.” she said coming down wearing a short skirt, fishnet stockings, combat boots and her hair was a teased mess. Her make up was smudged and she was wearing black lipstick.
“My daughter, the punk. I’m so proud.” Mrs. Cohen laughed as Roger smiled. Even as a punk she was stunning.
“Mom, we’re Sid and Nancy from the Sex Pistols.” she laughed looking up at Roger.
“If I remember correctly, that ended tragically, didn’t it?” her mother asked catching her by surprise.
“I can’t believe you know that. Go mom.” she laughed looking over at her mother.
“You look amazing, Amanda.” Roger smiled, breaking his silence, as his palms began to sweat.
“Thanks. You look great in punk too.” she laughed looking up at him. “Come on Marky. We gotta go. Hurry up.” she yelled up the stairs as Roger helped her put her leather jacket on.
“I’m coming, Mandy. Geez, don’t rush me.” he yelled coming down the stairs. “Why do I have to go to this dance anyway? I look like a dork.” he complained dressed like Jason from the Friday the 13th movies.
“Because it’s high school and we only get to do this once. You might as well have fun. Who knows? You might meet a girl.” Amanda said smiling up at him.
“Not likely. Have you seen the girls who go to our school?” he muttered looking at his sister and Roger, who looked so happy.
“Roger, don’t keep them out too late and drive carefully, OK?” Mrs. Cohen said smiling up at him.
“Don’t worry Mrs. Cohen. They’re in good hands.” he smiled still staring down at Amanda. She looked so beautiful.
“Mom, he drives us all the time. Now come on, we’re gonna be late.” Amanda said looking up at Roger and Mark. “Bye mom. I love you.” she said kissing her mother’s cheek before rushing out before the boys, leaving black lipstick smudged on the older woman.
“I love you too, sweetie. Have fun.” she laughed as they rushed out the door.
“You really do look great, Amanda.” Roger said as he opened the car door for her.
“Thanks. You don’t look too bad yourself.” she smiled at him before getting in the car.
“Do you think Margaret, Addie and Jamie are gonna be there?” Mark asked from the back seat.
“Of course they will. They’re the cheerleading squad. They never turn down an opportunity to intimidate the student body. But I don’t much care. I’m not gonna worry myself with them.” Amanda said looking back at him as Roger drove to the school.
“They’re gonna give you guys a hard time, you know?” Mark asked playing with his 35 mm camera.
“I know, but I don‘t care. I’m with my two favorite guys.” she smiled as she looked up at Roger who took her hand and squeezed it.
“They better not mess with my girl. I want you to have fun tonight.” he smiled kissing her hand before paying attention to the road.
“Don’t worry, I have a feeling tonight is gonna be unforgettable.” she smiled as they pulled into the parking lot of the school. As they got out of the car and entered the gym, Roger put his arm around Amanda. She held on to the back of his leather jacket tightly. Everyone’s heads turned towards them as they walked over to the bleachers.
“Do you think anyone notices us?” Roger asked smiling as Amanda laughed.
“Yeah, I‘m pretty sure everyone does.” she laughed as he swept her into his arms.
“So let’s give them something to stare at.” he whispered as he swept her into a sweet, tender kiss.
“This is gonna be an amazing night.” she said as he caressed her face.
“I hope so.” he whispered as he held her close. The music played and they danced every slow dance as everyone watched. They enjoyed their night dancing and laughing with each other.
“I had a great time tonight, Roger. Thank you.” Amanda said as Mark got out of the car to go in the house.
“We’ve been dating for a while now, right?” he asked looking into her eyes.
“Yeah?” she asked smiling up at him.
“I wanted to tell you something.” he said looking down nervously.
“What’s the matter, Roger?” she asked looking at him. He looked up at her and smiled. The street lamp hit her eyes just right.
“I’m… I wanted to tell you that I’m in love with you, Amanda.” he said holding her hand as he gazed into her bright blue eyes.
“I‘m in love with you too.” she whispered as he moved closer to her.
“Really?” he asked in disbelief.
“Yeah, I’ve... never felt this way about anyone or anything before.” she said smiling up at him.
“Me neither. I love you, Mandy.” he repeated leaning in to kiss her.
“I love you too, Roger. But Marky’s the only one who’s ever called me Mandy.” she laughed kissing him again.
“Do you think he would mind if I called you that too? I kind of like it.” he whispered as he leaned in to kiss her again.
“I’m sure he’ll be fine with it. I like the way you say it.” she laughed kissing him again.
“It looks like your mom wants our date to end.” he laughed noticing the porch lights go on and off.
“But I don’t. I had such a great night. I love being with you, Roger.” she said looking up at him.
“I love being with you too, Mandy.” he smiled kissing her again. “But if you don’t go inside, I won’t be able to call you when I get home.” he said caressing her cheek.
“OK. I’ll talk to you soon.” she smiled enjoying the feel of his soft hands on her cheeks.
“Bye, Mandy. I love you.” he smiled dropping his hand so she can get out of the car.
“I love you too, Roger.” she smiled as she shut the car door and rushed into the house. She watched from the door as he pulled out of the driveway and began to drive home.
“I take it you and Roger had fun tonight?” Mrs. Cohen asked smiling at her daughter.
“We had so much fun, mom. Roger is so great. We danced all night.” she said smiling at her.
“He’s a very nice boy, Amanda. Just don’t move too fast, OK? You’re still young and you just started dating. You have plenty of time to get serious.” Mrs. Cohen told her as Amanda took her leather jacket off.
“Mom, we’ve been dating for almost 2 months. I really like him and he really likes me. He makes me feel so special.” she said looking up at her mother.
“You are special, Amanda. You‘ve always been special. Don’t ever forget that.” Mrs. Cohen said taking Amanda’s hand.
“You know what I mean, mom. Roger makes me feel like the only girl in the world.” she said smiling up at her.
“I know, Amanda. Just make sure that boy knows he’s lucky to have you as his girlfriend.” she smiled kissing Amanda’s hair sprayed head.
“I think he knows, mom. At least, he acts like he knows.” she said looking up at her.
“Good. I’m glad.” she smiled as Amanda went upstairs.
“Roger’s gonna call me when he gets home, so I’ll get the phone in my room when it rings, OK?” she said looking down at her.
“OK, good night sweetie.” Mrs. Cohen smiled watching her daughter rush to her room.
“Marky, are you up?” Amanda asked knocking on Mark’s bedroom door.
“Yeah, come on in.” he said sitting on his bed. His mask was discarded next to him and he was playing with his camera.
“Did you have fun tonight?” she asked sitting on his bed.
“When do I ever have fun at any of these things? I liked watching you and Roger together though. It pissed Margaret, Jamie and Addie off.” he laughed looking over at her.
“Yeah, they were really shooting daggers at us, weren’t they?” she laughed looking down at her black nails.
“He really likes you, doesn’t he?” he asked looking over at her.
“He‘s in love with me, Marky.” she said smiling at him with tears in her eyes.
“Isn’t it a little soon for that?” he asked looking up at her.
“I’m in love with him too. I don’t know what it is about him. I mean, the way he makes me feel and the fact that he treats me like I’m a princess, I couldn’t help it.” she smiled looking over at him.
“You are a princess, Mandy. Glad he‘s smart enough to see it.” he said smiling over at her.
“He is, Marky. I promise. Oh, Roger wanted to know if it would be OK for him to call me Mandy. I like the way he says it and I would really like him to. I mean, I know you‘re the only one who‘s ever called me that, but I would like it if Roger did too. Would that be OK?” she asked in a sweet voice looking over at him.
“Yeah, I think it would be OK. As long as he treats you right.” he answered as she smiled at him. He could never say no to her. She was his best friend and always the one person who stood up for him no matter what anyone said.
“He does, Marky. Thank you. I love you too, you know.” she said hugging him.
“I know, Mandy. I love you too.” he smiled, kissing her head.
“Good night, Marky.” she smiled before leaving the room.
“Hi Roger. You look so handsome. What do you and Amanda have planned for tonight?” Mrs. Cohen asked smiling up at him as she opened the door.
“We’re gonna go to dinner and I want to walk around town. Like a grown up date.” he smiled at her standing uncomfortably at the door.
“That sounds nice. Amanda, Roger’s here.” she shouted up the stairs.
“I’m coming, mom.” she yelled rushing down the stairs. She was wearing a pink flowing skirt and a pretty pink blouse.
“You look... beautiful, Mandy.” Roger said as she came into view.
“You look great too.” Amanda said leaning up to kiss him.
“You two have fun. Remember Roger, 11 o’clock.” she told him smiling up at them.
“Dad said midnight.” Amanda said as Roger opened the front door for her.
“Midnight, huh?” she smiled looking over at her daughter.
“Mom, please. We’re responsible and dad thought since I’ve never missed curfew that he’d extend it.”
“OK Amanda, I guess since your father said it was OK, midnight it is. Just have fun and be careful.” she agreed.
“Thank you, mom. You’re the best in the world. I don’t care what Cindy says. I’ll see you later.” she jumped up and down, kissing her mother’s cheek before leaving the house.
“Have a good night, kids.” she laughed, watching her teenage daughter and her boyfriend leave for their date.
“Are you ready, Baby?” Roger asked as she got in the car.
“Mhm.” she nodded smiling at him as he got in the car and she leaned in to kiss him passionately.
“I want this to be the most special night of our lives.” he said pulling out of the driveway.
“It already is.” she said smiling over at him. Roger drove to his house before pulling into the driveway and turning to motor off.
“I love you so much, Mandy. You do know that, right? Nothing makes me happier than being with you.” he asked leaning in to her.
“Of course I know that. I love you too, Roger.” she said pulling him into an embrace.
“I don’t want you to ever forget it.” he said kissing her.
“I won’t. I promise.” she told him smiling at him as they went inside. They went into the house and went up to Roger’s room. His parents went away for the weekend so he had the house to themselves.
“So, you’re sure you’re ready? If you want to wait a little longer, we can. I… I‘m in no hurry. I‘ll wait as long as you need me to.” he asked sitting on his bed.
“Roger, I’ve never been more ready than I am right now. I want you to be my first and only.” she told him sitting on his lap to kiss him. As they lay back on the bed they removed their clothes and began to make love. It was beautiful. It was the first time for both of them.
“Are you OK?” Roger asked afterwards holding her in his arms.
“I’ve never been better.” she told him smiling up at him before kissing him.
“I made you something.” he told her sitting up to reach the radio on his night stand.
“Roger, what did you do?” she asked sitting up watching him.
“You’ll see.” he said pressing play on his tape player. “I love you, Mandy.” the voice on the tape said before the music started. It was Roger’s.
“I love you too, Roger.” Amanda said laying back as tears formed in her eyes. The song started as Roger wrapped his arms around Amanda holding her tight. “Roger, it’s my song. You… you recorded the song you wrote for me.” she said looking up at him crying excitedly.
“Now you can hear it whenever you want and it’ll be like I’m there with you.” he said leaning down to kiss her.
“This is incredible, Roger. I love it.” she said holding him tight.
“I love you, Mandy. I always will.” Roger told her kissing her.
“And I’ll always love you, Roger.” she said listening to her song.
“I gotta get you home.” Roger said looking at the clock on his desk. It was 11:30.
“But I don’t want to go home. I want to stay here with you.” she said holding him tighter.
“I know and I want you to stay with me too. But your mom will kill me if I don’t bring you home.” he said kissing her head.
“I know, but this has been the most magical night of my life. I just don’t want it to end.” she told him smiling up at him.
“Mine too, Mandy. But we’ll have more great nights. I promise. A lifetime filled with them.” he told her leaning down to kiss her.
“I do not doubt that.” she said reluctantly getting up.
“Hey Mandy. I love you.” he said as they got dressed.
“I know. I love you too, Roger.” she told him leaning down to kiss him.
“Good.” he said smiling as they finished getting dressed.
“I had such an amazing night.” she told him sitting in the car in front of her house.
“Me too. I love you, Mandy.” he said leaning over to kiss her.
“I love you so much, Roger. Am I gonna see you tomorrow?” she asked kissing him again.
“Well my parents aren‘t coming home until tomorrow night. Do you wanna see me tomorrow?” he asked caressing her face.
“Of course I do.” she said smiling at him before kissing him and getting out of the car.
“Good night, Mandy. I love you.” he told her smiling before she closed the car door.
“I know. I love you too, Baby. Good night.” she said laughing before closing the door and running into the house.
“Amanda, is that you?” Mr. Cohen called out from the living room.
“Um... yeah... yeah daddy. It’s me. Where’s mom?” she asked quietly looking around the room.
“In bed. She appointed me to wait up for you since I‘m the one who extended your curfew. So what did you and Roger do tonight?” she asked putting down the newspaper.
“We had dinner and then just hung out.” she answered sitting on the couch.
“Well that sounds really nice. How are things going with you two anyway?” he asked smiling at her.
“We’re great, daddy. We’re in love.” she answered as his eyes widened.
“Already?” he asked seeing her smile.
“Daddy, we’ve been dating for almost 6 months. I’m in love with him and he’s in love with me.” she said as her smile got wider.
“Has it been that long already? Time seems to be just flying by.” he said smiling at her.
“Yeah, it does.” she told him folding her legs under her on the couch.
“I think that’s the longest you’ve been with any boy.” he told her laughing.
“Well daddy, Roger’s different. He’s sweet, he’s kind, he writes me songs and he’s really good to me.” she told him shifting on the couch.
“Well good, because my little girl deserves the best that boy’s got.” he said laughing.
“He is the best, daddy. I’m gonna go check on Marky and go to bed. I’ll see you in the morning.” she said getting up to kiss her father good night.
“OK honey, good night.” he said as she ran up the stairs.
“Hey Marky.” she said knocking on Mark’s bedroom door.
“Hey. How was your date with Roger?” he asked looking up from his book.
“It was magical.” she said plopping on his bed.
“I don’t want to know.” he said putting his book down and getting up.
“Come on, Marky. You’re my best friend. Who else am I supposed to talk to about this?” she asked looking up at him.
“Anyone but me. Please. You’re my sister and Roger’s my friend. I don’t want to know what you guys do.” he told her looking over at her.
“OK, but I’m really happy. Roger is so amazing.” she told him getting up to approach him.
“Well, I’m glad you’re happy, but he better not hurt you.” Mark told her hugging her.
“He won’t, I promise. He loves me. I mean really loves me.” she said hugging him back.
“I’m glad.” Mark told her smiling at her.
“Thanks. I’m gonna go to bed now. I’m gonna hang out with Roger tomorrow.” she told him smiling at him.
“OK Good night, Mandy.” he said smiling back.
“Good night, Marky. Thanks for being so cool about Roger and me.” she told him as she left the room . As she got changed for bed she recalled the events of the night. Being with Roger was amazing. She put in the tape he made her and played it as she fell asleep.
“Amanda, telephone.” Mrs. Cohen called out waking Amanda up.
“Thanks, mom. Who is it?” she asked looking up at her.
“One guess.” Mrs Cohen joked handing her daughter the phone.
“Hi, Baby. What time is it?” she grumbled into the phone.
“8:30.” he replied holding the phone to his ear.
“8:30? Are you crazy? It’s Sunday.” she asked.
“I missed you and couldn‘t wait any longer to see you. I wanna take the love of my life out for breakfast.” he smiled.
“Aww, that ’s so sweet. OK, let me just take a shower and you can pick me up in a half hour?” she smiled, sitting up in the bed.
“I‘ll pick you up in like 45 minutes. No rush.” he looked over at the picture of him and Amanda that was on his nightstand.
“OK, I’ll see you then. I love you.“ she replied.
“I love you too Baby. Bye.” he said hanging up the phone. Amanda rubbed her eyes and got out of the bed. She put her bathrobe on and left her bedroom to go into the bathroom to shower.
“Where are you going so early?” Mrs. Cohen asked looking up from putting the clean linens in the closet.
“Roger wants to take me out to breakfast and we’re just gonna hang out today. Maybe go to the mall.” she said smiling at her, taking a bath towel out of her arms.
“OK, well have fun, sweetie.” she said before Amanda went into the bathroom. “Mark, can I ask you something?” Mrs. Cohen asked as Mark came out of his room.
“Mom, I wish you wouldn’t. I don’t want to be put in the middle of anything involving Mandy and Roger.” he said walking down stairs.
“Fair enough, Mark. I’m sorry.” she said smiling at Mark before going down stairs to make Mark and Mr. Cohen breakfast.
“Bye mom. I’m gonna have dinner with Roger, so I won’t be home until curfew. I love you.” Amanda said before running out of the house without waiting for a response as Roger pulled into the driveway.
“Hi, Baby.” Roger said smiling at her as she got in the car.
“Hi yourself, handsome.” she said leaning over to kiss him. He placed his hand on her face and deepend the kiss.
“So where to?” he asked smiling wider.
“Well, I’m starving, so how about breakfast first and then we can go back to your house and do what we did last night. I don’t have to be home until later tonight.” she said as he pulled out of the driveway.
“Great idea, Baby.” he said driving to the diner for breakfast.
“Well if it isn’t the ex cheerleader and the freak.” Margaret said as Roger and Amanda entered the diner.
“I am so over this with you. Aren’t you late for your bitch of the month club meeting?” Amanda asked holding Roger.
“Aren’t you sick of dating him yet?” she asked looking them up and down.
“Why don’t you just lay off, Margaret? You’re just jealous that my girl is a better cheerleader than you.” Roger said holding Amanda tighter.
“Not a chance.” Margaret said insulted.
“Yeah, that’s why the only reason you’re head cheerleader is because Amanda quit. Otherwise, she’d be wiping the floor with you.” he said kissing Amanda’s head. “Come on, Baby. I don’t want you to lose your appetite.” he said leading her to a back table.
“Oh my God, Roger. You were incredible.” she said jumping into his arms and holding him tight.
“Well no one messes with my girl.” Roger said holding her close.
“Thank you. That’s the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.” she told him smiling at him.
“Get used to it Baby. I’m never gonna let anyone hurt you.” he said smiling back before they sat down.
“You are amazing. How did I get so lucky to get a guy like you?” she asked gazing into his eyes across the table.
“You said yes when I asked you out.” he told her smiling.
“I am so smart.” she said laughing.
“The smartest girl I know.” he said leaning over the table to kiss her.
“I’ve been thinking, maybe you can take Mark out one day. Just the two of you. I’m afraid he’s feeling a little left out. Last night he called you his friend and I‘m afraid neither one of us are acting like it these days.” Amanda told him holding his hand across the table.
“OK. I can take him out next weekend when I go to the mall.” he said picking up his menu.
“Why are you going to the mall next week?” she asked looking up at him.
“Your birthday, remember?” he said smiling at her.
“Oh right. I can’t believe I almost forgot.” she said laughing.
“I wanted to get you something special and Mark can help me out with it.” he told her holding her hand.
“I already have something special. You.” she said as he reached over to caress her face.
“We should eat. I want to get you back to my house and do what we did last night.” he said leaning over to kiss her.
“I would love that.” she said kissing him back.