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Chapter Forty-Eight

Preston's POV

The main foyer was completely crowded with students all lining up to get their prom tickets. Me, Adrien, and the rest of our friends were some of those students. They were selling prom tickets this week, the first week of May, which meant that prom was only three weeks away.

While I was excited to get my ticket and go to prom, it also came with some unanswered questions that were in my mind. Adrien and I talked about going to prom together when we were dating. I was going to do a whole promposal and everything, and I was even going to give him a corsage. I had everything planned out, but now, I wasn't so sure what to do.

We weren't together anymore, so was it still appropriate to even do a promposal? Give him a corsage? I didn't want to make him uncomfortable. I wasn't sure if he even wanted to date again, and while I perhaps would be up for it, I didn't want to force him into anything or stress him out. All I knew was that I wanted to take him to prom as a date, whether it be just as friends or as partners.

Maybe I should just ask him about Prom, and what he wanted to do. Yeah, that seemed like my best bet at this point.

"I'm so excited!" Phoebe jumped up and down, a wide smile on her face, "prom is going to be so much fun! And I can't wait to go shopping this weekend!"

"Mhm! It's going to be awesome!" Kourtney agreed, "you know what we should do? Perhaps instead of going to the after-party after prom, we could have our own little party at my place??"

"Yeah, that sounds like a great idea actually," Joseph nodded his head in agreement.

"Sounds better than just going to another high-school party," Daniel said, "it would be nice for just the seven of us to hang out."

"You know what else would be awesome?? We could make ourselves a cupcake bar!" Asher chimed in.

Adrien hummed at that, nodding his head.

"I agree with Asher on that one."

"I think you may have a mild addiction to cupcakes," I teased him. Adrien looked up at me then, sticking his tongue out at me.

"So? You're always pretty eager to fuel my addiction."

"Touché."

When it was our turn in line, the seven of us stepped up to the table and we bought our tickets. They were assigning people to tables for the prom dinner, and so the seven of us made sure that we all got a table together. Then, after we bought our tickets, we spent the rest of the lunch hour at our usual table in the cafeteria, chatting while eating our lunch. Phoebe kept talking about prom, pretty much making the plans there and then while Kourtney eagerly agreed, and wrote all their ideas down.

Then, when there were only about five minutes left of lunch, we all parted ways so that we could stop and grab our stuff before class. Adrien and I travelled up to the second floor to our lockers together, and as we walked, I was coming up with how I was going to ask him about prom.

"Hey...uh, do you think we could talk for a sec?" I finally asked once Adrien and I stopped at our lockers. Adrien moved to unlock his locker and glanced up at me with a raised brow.

"Yeah, sure. What about?"

"It's...it's about prom," I said hesitantly. Adrien paused when he finally opened his locker, staring into his locker for a few seconds before he fully turned around to face me. He looked a bit nervous.

"What about prom?" He bit his lip.

"Well...we did make plans that we were going to go together," I said, "but...obviously since we had a bit of a falling out, I just wanted to know if we were still going together or not? It doesn't have to be like, a date you know. We could go as friends, like...date friends? Or something? How would you say that? I have no idea what I'm saying. I'll stop rambling now."

Adrien laughed softly. He smiled crookedly, appearing amused by my sudden rambling and sheepishness. I cleared my throat, rubbing the back of my neck awkwardly.

"So...you still want me to be your date, but like, as friends? A friend date?" Adrien chuckled. I nodded my head slowly.

"Ah, yeah. Pretty much. Whatever you're comfortable with, honestly. I still wanted to give you a corsage and stuff, but like, I could do it as a friend. I mean, that's if you're up for the idea. It's perfectly fine if you say no—"

"Relax, Preston," Adrien laughed, "I'll be your prom date, so you don't need to ramble yourself to death."

"Really?" I blinked, slightly taken aback. Adrien smiled softly, his cheeks heating up as he nodded. I couldn't help the excited smile that painted my face, "okay, cool."

Adrien bit his lip, a hint of a smile still on his face as he turned away, and started grabbing the textbooks from his locker, "Yeah, cool."

I then moved to open my locker, not being able to hide the excitement on my face, as I grabbed my books from my locker. Adrien was laughing to himself just watching me grab my stuff, and once the bell rang for third period, Adrien and I closed our lockers and walked together down to physics class.




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Adrien's POV

"What colour dress do you think would suit me?" Phoebe asked, glancing around at the variety of prom dresses hung up in awe.

"Blue for sure. Like a navy blue. Or maybe gold! Gold would look amazing on you as well!" Kourtney suggested, sipping at her caramel frappuccino as scanned the clothing racks. She stopped when she saw a gold gown and pointed, "oh, try that one!"

It was Saturday afternoon. Kourtney, Asher, Phoebe and I were all downtown, stopping at several dress shops looking for our prom dresses and suits. We had already been to three different stores already in the area, and so far, we haven't found anything we liked. After the third shop, we had stopped at the coffee shop to grab food and drinks, and now, we were back to shopping. I was hoping that this store would have something that we all liked since we've been looking around for a few hours already.

Phoebe pulled the dress that Kourtney pointed to on the hook, and she gasped, "oh, it's so pretty!"

"You should definitely try that one on," Asher said.

Phoebe relented, and so we continued to look around the store, and once we found something that we all liked, we headed to the changerooms where one of the employees helped us. Asher and I went into one changeroom, just because I knew he would need help trying stuff on, and the girls went into the one next to ours.

"Ugh, I swear, getting my clothes off to try these outfits on is literally my least favourite part of prom shopping," Asher groaned. I laughed.

"Well, it's a good thing I'm here to help you."

"My hero," Asher joked. I shook my head at him and smiled.

I helped Asher out of his clothes and into the dark blue blazer and high-waisted dress pants he picked out from the suit section. The blazer he picked had a skirt train on it. It was honestly really pretty, and when Asher finally had it on, the blue colour of the blazer and dress pants really made his eyes pop out.

"Wow, the suit looks amazing on you!" I complimented, "the blazer could be a bit smaller around your shoulders, but it really brings out the colour in your eyes."

"You think so?" Asher asked. I nodded my head and smiled.

"I know so."

Asher smiled sheepishly. I then changed out of my clothes and into the blazer and pants that I picked out, and once we were dressed, Asher and I stepped out of the changeroom, already to see Phoebe and Kourtney standing in front of the mirrors with their dresses on.

"Wow, you guys look so pretty!" Asher gushed in awe.

Phoebe was wearing a gold-coloured dress, with a sweetheart top and a skirt that flowed down to the ground, and a slit in one of the legs. Kourtney was wearing a blush pink dress, also with a sweetheart top, but it had straps that hung loosely around the middle of her biceps and a skirt that hugged close to her body.

The two of them looked absolutely gorgeous in their dresses, and if I was being honest, their personalities shined in those dresses. They just looked right.

"Us? Are you kidding? Look at you two!" Kourtney squealed in excitement, "you two look absolutely amazing!!"

I turned and looked at myself in the mirror. The suit I had on was a dark forest green colour, with a peplum style blazer with a deep v neckline with a bow wrapped around the middle. The matching dress pants were high-waisted and fit snugly on my legs, and I was honestly blown away by how nice the suit looked.

Asher on the other hand, as I've already said, looked amazing. He looked surprised with himself as he came to stand beside me in front of the mirror. The dress pants fit nicely, and the peplum blazer he wore was much like mine, only it was much longer and blue. The peplum was long enough to touch the floor behind Asher, creating a train behind him and a high-low effect. It also covered his stomach nicely. He just looked beautiful in it.

"I think we all just found the perfect prom outfits, don't you think?" Phoebe laughed. We all nodded our heads in agreement.

"We have to take a picture!" Kourtney exclaimed, quickly reaching for her purse to dig out her phone. When she grabbed her phone, we all huddled together in front of the mirror in our prom outfits, posing and smiling as Kourtney took a few photos of the four of us in the mirror.

After we finished trying on the outfits, they helped Asher with finding a size smaller blazer, and once we all had our correct sizes, we purchased the dresses and suits. After that, we headed out of the store with our new purchases and our beverages in hand and climbed into Kourtney's car to head home.




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By the time Kourtney dropped me off at my place and I was back at home, I was completely exhausted. Socializing, while it was nice to hang out with my friends again, it was exhausting. I never found it so exhausting before, but I guess that's what happens with being diagnosed with Depression, you have to put on more of a mask in public to hide it. The smiles, your tone of voice, the energy, I had to force all of it on days when I had low moods, and it took so much out of me.

Now, at 9:30 in the evening, I had just taken a shower, and now I sat on my bed in an oversized t-shirt and shorts, writing in my journal. It was a habit I picked up on since Katelin suggested it to me in one of our sessions, so that if there was something that was on my mind and I didn't know how to talk about it, then I could write it, or draw it, in my journal. It was kind of relaxing to do it at night after I've just gotten ready for bed because then it helped quiet the voices in my head and helped me sleep better at night. I don't know why, but it just did.

Just as I finished writing in my journal and set it aside, my phone started vibrating on the nightstand. When I picked up my phone, I noticed that it was Preston calling me, and so I answered the call.

"Hey," I answered, "Is everything okay?"

"Oh, yeah, everything is fine," Preston chuckled on the other phone line, "I just uh, wanted to chat. How was prom shopping?"

I hummed, "Uh, it was pretty good actually. We all managed to find what we wanted, so I'd say it was pretty successful. Well...we went to like four shops but you know."

Preston laughed, "well, if you guys were able to buy your outfits, then that's pretty victorious to me, no matter how many stores you went to."

"Touché," I chuckled. The phone line went silent for a brief moment, and I took that moment to lay back onto my bed, head on the pillow. I put Preston on speaker and rested my phone on the pillow beside me, "so, how was your day?"

"It was good. Joseph and Daniel came over for a bit now that I'm not grounded anymore. So we played some video games, chatted, and ordered some pizza. They just left a few minutes ago."

"Did you beat their asses or did they beat yours?"

Preston snorted, "I beat theirs, obviously. Though... Daniel may have won a few times, but oh well,"

"A few times, or every time?" I laughed.

"...okay, every time. But I still beat Joseph," Preston scoffed.

I shook my head, smiling crookedly. We talked on the phone for about half an hour, and by the time the call ended, I was staring up at my ceiling as I laid on my bed, thoughts racing through my head. For most of my life, I had never known what the future would hold for me. But because Preston was my best friend and because we started dating, I thought that he was for sure the one definite thing that would be in my future. While everything else was blurry, he was a clear path. I could see us together.

But now, after everything, that clear path has gone blurry. And this doesn't mean that I don't want him in my future, because I do. But what happened just showed me that things can change drastically in a short amount of time, and so it was hard to predict what you'll have in the future. It left me questioning it a lot.

And it scared me a little bit, not knowing what the future held. Knowing that things could change suddenly when I didn't want them to. But I knew I couldn't do anything about it. All I could do was hope that I would get better and that my friends stick with me and stay in my life for as long as they can.
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