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“I’m deaf from the band,” I intertwined my fingers with hers, “But I’m willing to hear you out.”
Waiting Around – Part Five
Maisie climbed onto my table, then a band member handed her cymbals. She planted her feet in the center, then clanged the cymbals together. Once she muted them against her shoulders, she nearly fell backwards. A trumpet player pushed her back up so she could catch her balance. The whole room was silent.
“I’m in love with you,” Maisie shouted at the whole cafeteria, “You’ve been my best friend since middle school and even when I ditched you in high school, you still treated me like a friend. I don’t care that you’re a complete nerd who’s always telling us useless science facts.”
“That’s a little harsh,” I mumbled.
“I don’t care that you have action figures all over your room and that you spent an entire weekend staging them in battle positions and pretending you were the General.”
“Okay, I don’t think we need anymore examples.”
“I don’t care that you have horrible fashion sense and, like, never run a comb through your hair.”
My cheeks flushed red. “Maisie. Stop.”
Maisie cleared her throat and stepped off the table. Rosie grabbed her arm, but Maisie tugged it back. “You’re committing social suicide!” Rosie said.
“I don’t see it that way,” Maisie said softly. She grabbed my hands and kissed both of my cheeks. “I am not embarrassed of the boy I’m in love with. I want everyone to know how much he means to me.”
Rosie kept tugging on her sleeve, but she continued looking into my eyes.
“Your profession of love was a mess,” I said.
She bit her lip and averted her gaze.
“I thought it was perfect.” I placed my finger under her chin and brought her gaze back to me. “Thank you for showing me how much you care. I love you.” I cradled her cheeks in my hands and kissed her lips.
“I hope you know how much I embarrassed myself for you.”
“Shut up,” I said, and kissed her again.
Dedicated to Aung Cho – a great supporter and friend.
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