Monday morning came all too fast. Erin and I had stayed up until early in the morning, talking about everything that has happened and what I’m going to be facing at school. I told her how I just want this year to be over with so I don’t have to deal with stupid petty people and spoiled rotten brats who can’t take no for an answer.
I do not want to go to school anymore. I sometimes wonder what the point is, it’s not like I’m going to be able to go to college. I told Erin I was really thinking about just dropping out and getting my GED so I can have more time for Josh.
“Willow, you and I both know that would be the easier way out of this mess, but it won’t work. For starters, Josh needs you at that school for now. Second, if you drop out you are only giving those jerks and Ashley exactly what they want. You will be confirming what they say about you. You are not a loser freak!"
She stares at me with a confusing mix between a glare and a loving concern. "You are a beautiful, smart person who deserves so much more. Lastly, I would go crazy without you at school. You are the only good thing there and not to mention I would have to deal with a one tall, dark and sexy broody guy. Broody guys are not fun!” I know she is right but I don’t want to admit that.
“Come on, you have Toby now, and I happen to think broody Cole is sexy,” I tell giggle.
“You would!” She threw her pillow at me and said it was all going to be okay, I had her and Cole and they always had my back.
Now here I am standing in front of Erin’s closet while she’s rummaging for the best outfit as she puts it. After about ten minutes and a pile of discarded clothes on the floor, she finally has found the right outfit. She throws it at me and tells me to change. I obey.
“Erin, I don’t know about this!” I yell from her bathroom. “This is definitely something I would not wear.”
I could hear Erin in her bedroom giggle; she must have gotten another text from Toby. Apparently, they have been texting a lot over the weekend. I smile because I’m happy to see my best friend who has had so much crap in her life happy. She deserves someone great too. A few minutes later she comes into the bathroom and looks at me, her face lights up with the biggest grin.
“Oh heaven help me because when Cole sees you, he is going to kill me!”
“See, I told you this wasn’t a good idea!” I remind her.
“Oh, Willow, you look hot and I will gladly let Cole kill me,” she smirks. “I think you should leave your hair down but with a halo braid.”
She proceeds to braid my hair and after she is done with my hair she leads me into her room and sits me down at her vanity and does my makeup. I usually don’t put this much effort into my appearance and I’m guessing she is doing this so I will feel better about what I’m facing today.
“Toby thought it would be fun if all four of us went together to the dance this Saturday,” she blurts out. “I agree with him, this is the first time we get to dress up and have two amazing and gorgeous guys with us. What to do you think?”
I had forgotten about the dance, but once I did think about it, I had to agree. I ended up telling her about my dream and how nervous I was about going. She said it would be good for us to go together then. If something happened I would have her there with me.
“I will talk to Cole about it, I’m sure he would agree.”
“Toby already asked him and he was good with it,” she informs me. “Voila, you are going to make his heart stop, Will.” She turns me so I’m in front of her mirror. The girl in that mirror is not the girl I know; in front of me is a strong and beautiful young woman.
“I don’t know what to say…thank you!” I tell her and start to fidget. She takes hold of my hands.
“Stop fidgeting, Will, you look great! I know you are worried about today but it will be okay. You’ve got on a killer outfit, and with those boots, you can walk with your head held high and if Ashley gives you crap you can kick her in the ass with the heel. You’ve got this babe! Now let’s go. Cole is here.”
At the mention of Cole, I feel my heart beat faster, my palms start to get sweaty and I’m pretty sure I was in the middle of starting a full-blown panic attack. Why would I have a panic attack? He’s Cole, my loving and incredible boyfriend.
“Willow, just knock it off or I will tell him to come up here!” Erin states and she isn’t bluffing. I take a deep breath, grab my bag and make sure everything is in it and follow Erin out of her bedroom.
“There’s my gorgeous girl,” I hear as I’m walking down the stairs. I focus my attention on him and it’s as if all my problems fade away. I don’t think about Ashley or Tyler, I don’t think about what we are going to face at school. I don’t think about anything but him.
He has a wicked glimmer in his eye and I betting ten to a million it has something to do with the way I look. I thought I would feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, but no. With the way, he is staring at me right now and he eyes are following my every step. I feel like I’m the most beautiful woman on earth. Okay, that might be a little vain.
“I was thinking you were never going to come down and I was going to have to beg Mrs. James to let me go up,” he starts to pout. I tease him by walking even slower down the stairs and give him the same wicked look he gave me.
“Oh, I just needed a few extra minutes to get dolled up for you,” I say to him as I finally make it to the last step. I hear Erin giggling as she grabs a couple bananas and orange juice bottles from the fridge. I can almost see her rolling her eyes too.
“Come on, lovebirds, we are going to be late,” she laughs.
This time I roll my eyes and still looking at Cole I ask him, “Do we have to go? Can we just play hooky today?”
The corner of his mouth pulls up in a half smile. He walks over to me and pulls me into his arms; he leans down and whispers in my ear, “If we did that then I wouldn’t be able to show off how smoking hot you look today, and even though I would love to be able to hide you from the world because I know there are bound to be guys drooling, I’m sure there will be some jealousy from them and even me, but I also want to walk into that school with you in my arms so I can shout to everyone that you are my girl! Is that good with you?”
I reached up and placed a quick peck on his mouth, “Yep, but only if I get to shout out that you are my guy!” That gets a chuckle out of him.
“That would make me the happiest man on earth!” My cheesy boyfriend. “Okay, let’s get on with it then.” He hands me my keys and Erin hands me the food in her hand.
”Where’s Josh?” I ask.
“Abby is taking him today,” Erin answered. “We thought it would be easier for you. I hope that’s okay?”
“Yes, it is. I’m very grateful since I don’t know what we are going to be walking into. Thanks.”
“Anytime,” she replies. “Now let’s go!” Cole takes my hand and we all walk out to my car.
I don’t know what we will be walking into, or if it will even be as bad as I’m making it out to be, but whatever comes I know I can handle it. I’ve got my strong as nails bestie, my incredibly sexy boyfriend, and my kick ass boots. I say bring it on.