Just A Dare
By Laura and Elisa
The night was dark; the stars twinkled in the velvet sky above me. I gazed out at the stars. Why is my life in such a mess? Everyone else’s seems to be perfect! I'm seventeen; other girls my age have been dating since they were fourteen, but me? I’ve hardly been asked out much less gone on a date. In fact, I don’t seem to have the courage to ask anyone at.
Dillon is a totally different story; I can't get him off my mind. He’s 6 foot, blonde, and has the most gorgeous eyes I have ever seen. I know I should ask him out, but I’ve been too chicken to even look him in his eyes. I can't even be a fifteen feet from him without my knees wobbling. So how can you expect me to ask him out? He probably doesn’t even know I exist anyway. Nobody does. When will they see me and not the quiet girl in the back of the room? With my luck, never. Pulling my thoughts away from Dylon, I tried thinking of the partner project tomorrow. The teacher would be telling us who we'll be working with. I wonder who I'll get. Then anyone would be fine as long as it's not any of the bullies in the class. Or better yet, maybe I'll get Dylon. I slipped myself; I wasn't even supposed to think about him until tomorrow. Finally, after a long time, I fell asleep.
The birds were singing in the trees and I wondered vaguely what time it was. Turning my head to the side, I glanced at my clock. When I saw the time, I hurriedly scramble out of bed and got dressing. If I didn't hurry, I'll be late and besides, I'll be in big trouble with the head girl Kate. I barely caught the but and ran in advisory just as the teacher walk in. I ducked around to the back of the room, not looking who was sitting beside me until I had everything sorted out. When I looked up, there he was, all six foot of him. I blinked, he isn't in my advisory, so why was he here now? He must have been switched. He smiled at me,
"Hi Sophie, someone told me you're in this advisory too. I was getting worried when you didn't show up."
“Me? Well.......I.......you see........and then...." I absolutely hate myself! The one time he talks to me I can’t manage to say a single knowledgeable word! I put my head in my hands and sighed. "This is gonna be a long day." i muttered to myself. I had left my homework at home, my lunch money on my dresser, and my ability to talk in the trash. Might as well get it over with.
"Sophie, she's calling your name for role for the fifth time." Dylon said a smile in his eyes. Snap! "Here!" I managed to squeak. "Its about time Ms. Robinson." my teacher said coldly. I sank low into my seat.
Yupp, it was gonna be one of those days.
"Listen up people; I don't want to repeat it again. So here it is, Gloria with Kate, Michael and Sam," the list went on and on and on. Then I heard my name, "At the back row, Sophie and Dylon." I caught my breath sharply; I couldn't believe I'm that lucky. Dylon must had heard me because he looked at me anxiously, "Sophie," he put out a hand to steady me as I stupidly didn't keep my balance on my chair and almost fell. One thing about our school, it has the worse facilities in the whole world. The chairs only have three legs; so if you aren't paying attention, you would most likely end up on the floor. I had just made that mistake, I was thinking about Dylon.
he steadied me as I was about to fall.
"I'm ok." I said, feeling like an idiot. But he kept an arm around me anyway. "I said I'm ok Dylon." I said anxiously. If he kept his arm around me like this i was bound to have a nervous breakdown. He took his arm back with a hurt look on his face
"Ok whatever, you want Sophie." I turned back and pretended to be interested in the ends of my hair.
All I wanted was out of this class. I felt so confused I wanted to clear my name and let it all out to my best friend Kate. "I'm sorry Dylon, having an off day today." I managed to stammer out as the bell rang. He just nodded his head with a solemn look in his eyes and walked out the door. I heaved a sigh and headed to math class. I was dying for some advice from Kate. I eventually found Kate rummaging in her locker. I tapped her shoulder,
"Hey Kate, got something to ask you."
"What is it?"
"I really like this guy, Dylon, but I don't know how to show him that I like him." Kate paused a minute then looked at me as if she didn’t understand "Who'd you say Soph?" she asked.
“Dylon! Gosh you need hearing aid like my grandma!" I told her exasperatedly. She rolled her eyes and said
"Sheesh, you make one mistake and suddenly you’re deaf! Don’t you want my help or not. Never mind, don’t answer that, the bells about to ring." She gave me a quick hug and hurried down the hall.
I guess she was right, if I didn’t hurry I was going to be late. But as I walked to my next class, I wonder why Kate had acted so strangely. Usually, she was friendlier. I couldn't think properly in math and got all my answers wrong. Mr. Roberts looked at me.
"Is something wrong, you're usually good with math." I shook my head,
"No sir." I said even though I knew that it wasn't true.
"Well, run along now." and then he dismissed the class. In the halls, I passed Dylon. I gave him a tentative smile and his return smile was so warm, he could make my day. Then Kate saw us and hurried towards us.
"Hey Dylon, I have to talk to her, she isn't feeling that well.
" "Ok, take care Sophie." then he walked away, throwing me a worried look. His voice was gentle as he spook the words, then he was gone. Kate took my arm in hers and started walking in the other direction. "OK, so i just overheard like the worst thing ever. Dylon was taking to Colton and Dylon was all like
'I just think it’s funny how Sophie thinks I like her, this dare was sooooo worth it'" My mouth fell open
"He said........but I thought......." I stuttered
"I am really sorry I had to tell you but as your best friend I figured it was only fair." She said giving me a sympathetic smile. I couldn’t believe it. It was all just a cruel joke. I felt something inside me brake away; I had like Dylon, seriously believed that he felt the same too. I felt my eyes began to blur and I rushed away, leaving Kate behind. I still can't believe that he was just pretending. He was so gentle, his smile so warming and it had all just been a joke. I didn't say hi to anyone when I got home. I went up to my room, locked the door and buried my face in the pillows. A bit later, mom called up to me,
"Sophie, dinner's ready."
"I don't want any!" I shouted back, not bothering to keep my voice steady.
"Honey, I don’t care how upset you are, you have to eat or you'll be a dang anorexic like your sister." My mom Said in a voice that ended the conversation. I drug myself downstairs and sat down at the table next to my little brother.
"What’s your problem?" My brother asked critically.
"Your ugly face asking me stupid questions." I shot back. My mom gave me a warning look to tell me i should mind my mouth. At that moment, I couldn’t have cared less. I was hurt. I didn't bother to finish my dinner, I ran up the stairs and slammed the door. I went to bed.
The next day, when the clock shouted in my ears, I got up slowly, I wasn't real excited to get to school and to see Dylon, that liar. I arrived in the advisory early, despite my stalling. I set at the back of the room and began to read a book. A little later, I sense someone beside me, I didn't look up. I was in no mood at all. Someone touched my shoulder,
"Sophie, you don't look too well. You ok?" I recognized the voice at once, it was Dylon, I looked at him, he looked concurred and for a sec I wanted to through myself into his arms and cry and cry and cry. Then I remembered, he was only acting.
"What’s it to you?" I replied curtly and went back to reading my book. I could sense him studying me with a concerned look in his eye. He was probably just concerned that I had just found out his secret. I had to try to convince myself of this else I would probably give in to his pleading eyes. I turned further around in my seat so my back was to him. He had by then figured out that I was mad at him so he left me alone like the good guy he is. I mean because he's such a jerk.
I have to stop thinking of him as sweet and cute. It was gonna shatter my plan. The bell rang and I gathered up my books. Without looking at him, I walked out the door. I stumbled slightly and I felt someone steady me. I was about to thank whoever it was when I saw it was him. His eyes were confused and worried. I ranched myself away and was about walk away Dylon grabbed on to my hard. Hs grip was strong and I couldn't free myself.
"Sophie, wait! What's wrong with you?" I glared at him, "Why are you treating me like this?" I held back the hurt I felt and answered him steadily,
"Because I don't like people how lie to me."
"Sophie, what do you mean?" I yanked my hand from him and ran away, tears rolling down my face. I ran into the restroom and tried to calm myself. But i couldn't stop crying. I just sat there crying, with breathing becoming very painful. I had to get out of here. I ran out of the bathroom and out the front doors. I just ran. I ended up at my grandma's house. I walked in just wanting her to make everything better. 2 hours later, I was asleep in her guest bedroom.
When morning came, drove me to school in her little car. It's always fun riding with her cause she love driving fast. When I got to school, a wave of dread washed over me. It's another day with Dylon. Sighing, I sat down and waited for the torture to start. A little while later, he came in and sat beside me. He glanced at me
"Hi Sophie," he said hesitantly, it was really hard, but I made myself look away. I wasn't about to give in. "Liar." I muttered under my breath. I saw a hurt expression flash deep in his eyes then he walked toward Mrs. Robinson. He must have asked something because Mrs. Robinson nodded and Dylon went out. I wondered what he had said.
As I was finishing lunch, the school counselor, Mrs. Jones came towards me. I was sitting wing Kate and we were sharing a joke.
'Sorry to break up the fun girls, but do you mind coming with me Sophie? We have to have a little chat."
"Um........... Ok, what is it about?" I said.
"You know the boy Dylon?" I nodded, wondering what this was all about.
"I will explain in my office honey, by the way he is saying things, you are angry at him for no reason." She said looking at me with a concerned look in her eyes. We had reached her office by then and she gestured for me to sit in one of the chair in front of her desk. I sat down, my legs shaking.
"I have a good reason to be upset with him." I said my voice cracking.
"Will you tell me your reason honey?" She asked me.
"Because it was all just a mean prank! Making me think I like him and then flirting with me and pretending to act innocent, then blaming the whole thing on me! I mean how do you think it would feel to think someone is so nice then to have your best friend tell them what they really were!" I burst out. Whoa, where'd that come from? I didn’t know it would be that easy to tell. I swiped at the tears on my cheek with the back of my hand. The counselor was studying me closely.
"Wait for me for a sec ok?" then she went out, closing the door behind her.
What was going to happen now? Is she going for the principle? But I didn't do anything wrong, I had a right to be angry. No, the word isn't angry, it was betrayed. A little while later, the door opened and Mrs. Jones came in, behind her was Dylon. I looked away; I wasn't going to give him the satisfaction of seeing me cry. I wasn’t about to stoop that low. My pride would only let me do so much I could hear him getting closer to me. Then he reached out a hand gently wiped the tears from my face. I flinched back.
"You see, that's what I meant." his voice was strained. "She used to like me, now I can't even touch her." in his strained tones, I could also hear an edge or wistfulness.
"How did you know I like.....I mean liked you?" I blurted. He studied me intently for a moment before he slowly said
"Because somehow, deep down, you made me like you too." My mouth dropped the slightest bit open. Was he telling the truth? It was so easy to believe, and yet how could I not believe the words that came from my best friend’s mouth? My heart felt torn between two places.
"But......I heard from someone that that was a just a......" My voice trailed off. Everything was silent for a minute before Dylon gently said
"Just a what, Sophie?" The kindness and compassion in his voice was killing me.
"A dare." I whispered. I couldn't meet his eyes. Dylon looked at Mrs. Jones,
"This is something between us." she nodded and went out. For a moment neither of us spoke, then he said,
"Why would I do such a mean thing to you? How could I?" I blinked,
"I don't know...... I always believe it when someone tell me someone doesn't like me." he sighed, "And when it's Kate who told me that, well...." he stroked my hair gently.
"Would you believe your fried or this?" leaning over, he kissed me. And not just on the cheek, out tongues met and it was some time before he pulled away. I was so shocked that I couldn't say a single word. he put an arm around me, "So that's why you've been acting so strangely," he pulled me to him, "Are you still angry at me?" I shook my head, my eyes pooling again.
"How could I be?" I said with a smile. Only a second later my expression changed to confused "But.....but why would Kate lie to me?" I asked my voice cracking. Dylon sighed
"That girl has been after me for a long time Soph. She'd do anything to get me as her boyfriend." I smiled a small smile
"I can see why." I whispered before I kissed him.
"I don't love her like she thinks I do." he tightened his arms around me. Then he began laughing.
"What's so funny?" I asked puzzled. He chuckled,
"Oh, nothing, it's just that we’re talking about this in a counselor's room." I started laughing too. Then Mrs. Jones came in." she smiled at us,
"It's good. Well, looks like every-thing's fine."
"Yeah, definitely." I said with a laugh.
"Ok then yall may go back to class" She said with a smile. Dylon and I walked out of the room.
"I don’t know where to sit now" I said with a frown. Dylon thought about it for a second before saying
"Well I would say you could sit with me but I know you'd feel uncomfortable so I might suggest a table of girls that you think me be nice." I nodded my head. Then it hit me, my stuff was still at Kate's table. What was i going to do? Dylon must've seen the worry on my face because he offered
"I could get your stuff for you if you want." I looked up at him gratefully.
"Would you really?" he nodded, then he walked over to get my stuff.
"Hear you go." he smiled sweetly. "Sure you don't want to sit with us, the other guys wouldn't mind you know." I shook my head,
"Not yet, Kate still doesn't know I know. I think I should wait. for a while." he squeezed my hand gently and went to join his friends.
"Hey Anna, would you mind if I sat with yall?"
"Sure. There's a spot hear." I sat down relieved; They had invited me back like nothing had ever had happen at all. We chatted, laughed, and then Anna said.
"So have Kate ask Dylon out yet?" Claudia snorted.
"Not a chance, he doesn't like her." he shifted to me. "Have you seen how he looks at Sophie?" Anna laughed,
"Yah, he's fallen for you Sophie." I felt my face burn hot and I was glad that they didn't seem to notice. Claudia continued.
"You know, he really should bring you out some day Sophie. I give anything to see Kate's face."
"Me too." Anna said thumping me on the back. "Sure, the whole school knows he likes you. Why, I think he take every chance to be near you." Claudia nodded.
"You know, he persuaded the principal to switch his advisory?" listening to all these, I felt as if I had been hit by a truck and just noticed.
Anna must have noticed my surprised face because she softened a bit and said
"Oh, I’m sorry. We're pounding you with all these things when obviously you’re having a roller coaster day." I smiled. Now I remember why I had been such great friends with Anna.
"Thanks Anna" I said meaning every word of it. The bell rang signaling the end of lunch and we all got up to leave. I walked to my next class with Anna (we both had math) and sat down next to her. i was starting to get comfortable when Kate came in, walked over, yanked me out of my desk, and plopped me into an empty seat next to hers.
"Why did Dylon come get your stuff at lunch Sophie?" she asked in an agitated tone.
"I don't know, he volunteered." Kate's face reddened in anger. Across the room, Anna shot me a sympathetic glance.
"Why are you sitting with them?" she injected as much venom as she could into the last words. I decided to play along with her. I slugged,
"They invited me, and cause I want to." then I asked innocently, "So has he asked you out yet?" her eyes widened in surprise,
"Dylon of course!" I said like I was saying that the sky was blue. "Oh, uh, no but I think he's going to 8th period." she said. I nodded my head and ten got up to go back to my seat. As I got up I looked back at Kate to make sure we were cool when I ran right into Dylon. We dropped our stuff everywhere.
"Sorry." I muttered, embarrassed.
"Its ok." he smiled.
"Why do I somehow think your laughing at me?" I narrowed my eyes at him. He burst out laughing,
"Why can't I ever fool you?" He said with a chuckle. I grinned mischievously,
"Oh, because I'm smarter than you." I said with an air of aloofness. I ducked under his mock punch at me. Just at that moment, Kate walked up to us. She smiled sweetly at Dylon.
"I thought I saw you come in here. Sophie can just be so clumsy at times. I hope she didn’t mess up any of your work." She said sweetly as she bent down to gather Dylon's things. "Uh, thanks a lot Kate but, uh, I can get them. You dont have to." Dylon said awkwardly. "Oh, no problem!" Kate replied cheerfully a she handed his books back to him. "See you in eighth period." She said sounding very casual yet very persuasive. She winked and glided away.
Dylon shook his head at me,
"She just never give up." he sighed, "Well I better get going. Hey want to go out with me next week?"
"Of course." I said not daring to look at him. As I turned away, I heard Dylon's friend Rick whistle.
"So you finally found the guts to ask her out? Took you long enough." I didn't stay to watch what happen next. My blush was probably very evident as I walked back to my seat. Anna gave my hand an excited squeeze but said nothing. She could be great like that. I was wondering if Kate had noticed or not. I better steer clear of her just in case. That day, I did not hear a word of what my math teacher said. All i could hear in my mind was next week next week next week.
When the bell rung, I got up with Anna and walked with her to next class. As I entered the room, I was ambushed by Rick, I signaled Anna to go on while I faced Rick.
"What do you want?" I asked puzzled.
"Are you gonna be good to him? You're gonna be good to him right?" Rick said in a serious tone. This was really taking me by surprise because I've never seen Rick be serious before. "What do you mean?" I asked him in a confused voice. "You’re not just using him are you?" Rick asked me.
"Are you gonna be good to him? You're gonna be good to him right?" Rick said in a serious tone. This was really taking me by surprise because I've never seen Rick be serious before.
"What do you mean?" I asked him in a confused voice. "You’re not just using him are you?" Rick asked me
"Why would I use him?" Rick looked me straight in the eye,
"I knew him since we were in kindergarten. And I know him better than anyone does. When he likes someone, he never lets go. But he doesn’t take fake affections well." I just stared at him. "What I'm trying to say, is that when Dylon says he likes you, he means it." I nodded.
"Don't worry; I could never let him down." Rick smiled then and became his old self again.
"K, then, see ya lather." he smiled and made his way to Dylon standing in the doorway.
Dylon looked at Rick then me then back to Rick. When I got to the door he grabbed my hand and asked "What was that all about?" I looked at him straight on and said
"You have a good friend who cares about you Dylon. You are one lucky person." He looked at me quizzically then shrugged his shoulders
"Whatever you say," he said with a grin.
"Have to go now," I said seeing that other people were beginning to notice us.
Then on Sunday, Dylon came over to pick me up.
"What do you say to seeing a movie?" I smiled,
"Sound's perfect." I called into the house, "Mom! I'm going out! Will be back soon!" from upstairs, she called back."
"Ok, but don't stay out too late!"
"Do you need to tell you mom where you're going?" I shook my head,
"Nope, that's one good thing about her. She wouldn't get men unless you did something really bad." Dylon smiled,
"Let's to then." and he took my hand in his.
We were nearing the movie place, when I felt my head spinning. Not this again. I begged silently. Once in a while, something would seem to get hold of me and I couldn't do anything about it. Then the shaking began. Dylon looked down at me worriedly,
"You alright? Are you cold?" by this time, I was shaking so badly, I couldn't talk. He dragged me into a back street and stood over me. I knew what would come next; the spasms.
I had to get out of here, quick. I stood up and managed to say "I need a restroom and I ran into the theater and into its restroom. I knew this wasn’t gonna stop until at least tomorrow. Figures. How could I leave without either hurting his feelings or looking like a total dork? I had to get someone who knew me enough to know what to do and get me out of this mess. Anna. She was the only one I had ever told about this and when I was little and had a cell phone I would just call her and she would get her mom to take her to come get me. Would she still know what was happening now? I knew that by now I have lost the ability to talk sensibly. I took out my phone with shaking hands and dialed her number. I can't believe I still remembered it. It rung once, twice, three times before Anna picked. "Hello?" she said. Then i remembered what we would do. I put my hand up to the phone and let its shaking make noise. There was a pause before Anna said "Oh! Omigosh! Where are you Sophs?"
"Movies." I croaked out in a hoarse unrecognizable voice.
"Ok I'm on my way." When Anna came into the bathroom I practically collapsed into her arms. I was so glad to see her. "Did you come here alone?" she asked in a concerned voice. I shook my head miserably, not able to say anything. I saw it click in her mind "Oh! I saw Dylon outside the door with a worried expression, are you here with him?" I nodded my head. Lucky for me she still remembered what to do. I could tell she knew she needed to go talk to him for me.
"Be right back." then Anna was out the door. A moment later, she was back. "Come on, can you stand?" I nodded meekly and stumbled after her. "There
s no one around, rest here." she said pushing me in to a chair. Seconds later, she came back with Dylon; He glanced around once and bent over me.
"Sophie, oh Sophie." he said gently, stroking my hair. "I shouldn't have brought you out today." I made a noise that sounded something like a protest. Anna translated it for me. Good old Anna.
"Sophie said it's not your fault" He sat beside me, his eyes stressed.
"Does this happen often?" Anna shook her head,
"It hasn't happened in years, we thought it was gone. But when it happens, it happens suddenly and it could be really bad at rimes." Anna looked at me, "Better hold her tight, this looks like one of the really bad ones." Dylon picked me up and held me firmly against him.
"What will happen?" Dylon asked,
"We never know, just don't let go."
Then I felt the tremors grow more violent and I tried breaking the hold Dylon had on me. I didn't want to hurt him, but he only tightened his grip.
"It ok Sophie, it's ok." he soothed. I felt my body jerk and my back arch. I tried to cry out, but I couldn't make a sound.
Next thing I remember I was in Anna's room. When I looked at the clock it said it was past midnight. Anna was dozing in a chair next to the bed, where I was. When she heard me moving about, her eyes popped open.
"Ah your awake that’s good. Dylon would've stayed around longer if i had not promised that I would call when you were conscious again." She then picked up her phone and put on speaker then dialed Dylon's number, which he had given her. It only rang once before Dylon answered
"Hello? Anna? Is that you? It isn't is it? Is that you again grandma?" he said in a nervous voice. Anna chuckled softly
"No no it’s me, Anna, Dylon. Sophie is awake." We heard a loud sigh of relief on the other end of the line.
"I'm coming over." he said quickly.
"But it's midnight. Are you sure?" Anna said.
"I don't care. I'm still coming over." he stopped, "That is if you don't mind." Anna winked at me,
"Oh, it's no problem."
A little while later, we heard a soft tap on the door. It was Anna's mom.
"Your friend's here I think. Do you want him to come to your room?" Anna nodded. We heard voices and then Dylon came in. "I'll leave you then." then Anna's mom went out. Dylon rushed to my side and sat beside me on the bed.
"How are you feeling?" he said anxiously. He kissed me gently. "I only stayed for a while." Anna snorted,
"For a while? He just went home an hour ago." Dylon ignored her, pulling me to him.
"You scarred me so bad. I thought you'd never wake up." He said with a slight tremor in his voice. I hugged him.
"It's not your fault." he shook his head.
"I'm glad you're fine now." I looked at Anna. "Sorry, we should go. Thanks for helping me." we waved as we went out the house. Outside, under the protective branches of an oak, I stopped. Dylon looked back and came to my side.
"Is everything fine? You fell fine?" I nodded, and then I looked up at him. Seeing my excretion, he laid an arm gently on my shoulder. "Sophie. Every thing's going to be fine." I felt a tear slowly role down my face. Dylon knelt and looked at me concerned. "Come here." his voice was low and I couldn't help going towards him. He held open his arms. "Come to me." I hid my face against his chest. He stroked my hair softly. "What's wrong? Will you tell me?" he sounded so gentle, that it only made me cry even harder. "Oh, Sophie." he kissed me softly. I couldn't say it, but I had to know, I had to ask the question. I held him tight as I said shakily,
"After tonight, would you still want me?" kissing me again, he murmured in my ear,
"Oh Sophie, I'll always want you."
"Even after you know I have this problem?" he nodded, his eyes shining with emotion,
"Even after I know. Especially after I know." I lay my head on his shoulder and he just held me, as I sobbed with relief? I didn't know why I sobbed that night, maybe because I knew that someone really cared.
Never in my life had I met someone that I cared for so deeply and that I knew felt that care right back at me. For the first time in my long life, every night I was able to go to sleep and think someone thinks I'm special and that was enough to satisfy my world.