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Vacillating Brown and Black: Vol. 1


Vacillating Brown and Black

Vol. 1

Ian Schrauth





Original owner: Robyn Gallant

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Copyright © 2014 by Ian Schrauth All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author.

First edition: December 2014

Revised edition: August 2015

This novel is a product of the author’s imagination. The events described in this story never occurred. Though, Buildings, and businesses may exist. This story is to only entertain readers.

For Lija. You were a gift to all.


People say Nick and I are the perfect couple at Oak Tree high school. They never see us getting into arguments, and we are always together. One kid even asked if we were going to get married someday.

Yea, you could say we are the happiest couple in the school…but not for long…

I was holding hands with Nick in the hall, heading home, and when this girl passed by, she waved at him, and said, “Hey there honey!”

He smiled, as we walked off.

This was a sign that something was up…

And I got MAD!

I pulled him off to the side, and said, “OK, so, who was she and why did she call you honey?”

He smiled at me. “Tammy, it was nothing.”

I smacked him in the face. “Don’t say that to me! Tell me everything!”

He pushed me into the locker, and said, “You know what? Here is it! That girl is the girl that you will be replaced with!




“So, you’ve been cheating on me?” I asked.


I just looked ta him in ager. How could he have done something like that?!

I looked around, and everyone was looking. Some people were whispering, and some were just staring. They were probably thinking “What is happening? They’re the happiest couple in school!”

“You know what Nick Vancover?!” I yelled. “We’re done! You can be with the girl you have been with for…for…”

“Nine months.”





“You ass hole!” I yelled and walked off. As I walked off, tears filled my eyes…I couldn’t stand this! Why would he do something like that?!

As I headed to the bus, I thought on how that I will never be in love again. I am that type of person that I need someone to be happy. I mean, I can be happy without them, but I wouldn’t be AS happy.

I thought I was going to be alone…I thought I was done…

Not until this shit started…

Chapter 1

I was just waiting at the bus stop the next day. I couldn’t believe Nick and I had broken up last night. It was the most hurtful thing any boyfriend had ever done to me. I didn’t want another love to get into my heart for a while.

I then noticed my friend, Taylor ‘Black Widow’ Demt walk down. He is like my best friend in the world, but we are JUST friends. I have no desire to be in a relationship with him.

The reason his nickname is “Black Widow” is because he is slick. Like a Black Widow.

“Hey!” he greeted me. “How was it yesterday?”



“Nick and I broke up.”

“I knew he was trouble! Don’t worry, you’ll find someone else.” he cheered. Taylor is a very kind person, and he never gets mad at me.

We got talking about the stupidest stuff, and soon enough, the bus came up to us. We climbed onto the bus, and I sat in the back with him. He sat in a seat above me, and put his headphones on. He’s zoned out. Great, now I have to deal with these kids, and if they ask about my breakup … that won’t be good because I might start crying.

While I was just sitting there, this kid decides he’s going to sit next to me and when he sits down, I flew up a little bit. He’s that big.

“Hi, I’m Justin. Justin Brown.” he said. He had a little bit of a deep voice—the voice that I love.

He was the most gorgeous looking teenager I have seen in my entire life! His face was like diamonds, with his eyes like pearls. His skin soft, and his face shaved. What a dream!

“I’m Tammy. Tammy Louis,” I said and shook his hand. I could feel my heart rate getting faster and faster by every motion registered.

“Quick question,” I said. Wait, I don’t have a question.


I tried to speak, but couldn’t. My lips opened, but nothing came out. I couldn’t think, until he smiled. His smile … Oh my god! That smile!

“Are you single?” I asked. Yeah, he’s ‘gonna move up to the front.

“Yes,” I replied.


when he asked that, the memory of Nick asking me out for the firs time caught into my brain…

oh god, I don’t want another relationship for a long time…

Uh oh! “Just curious.”

“Don’t get sassy with me”

“I wasn’t sassy!”

“Whatever. I thought I could just be nice to you and try to make a new friend, but no! You had to be a jerk!”

“I wasn’t trying to be a jerk! I just had a question.”

He then snapped his fingers in a Z motion, and grabbed his stuff. “Good day ma’am!”

When the bus stopped, he moved up about ten spaces. I just looked at him as he sat down, and put his head on the window. I couldn’t believe I had ruined it! This kid, he could have been my next love! Now it’s ruined!

I just sat in my seat, and looked out the window. While I was just looking, Taylor was staring at me.

“What?” I asked.

“What was that before? Getting a little sassy?”

“Nothing. Just … go back to listening to your music!” I replied. Taylor always gets in my business!

“OK …” he replied and sat back down in his seat. Sometimes I can’t stand Taylor. He’s sometimes a pain in the butt!

When our bus arrived at school, I got out and headed to the cafeteria to meet up with my friends, Emily, Madison, Rachel, and Jessie.

“Hey Tammy!” Emily greeted me as she ran up to give me a hug.

“Hey, I have something to tell you girls.”

They all looked at me, and Jessie spoke up. “Are you now single?”

I looked at them with surprise. “How did you know?”

“Well, for the last two years of high school, that boy talked to us about this other girl. We got the hint later last week.”

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“We didn’t want to hurt you. Hey! We love you anyway!”

I then walked over to their table, and we talked until the bell rang.

“See you at the library at lunch girls!” I said and waved them goodbye.

“See ‘ya!”

I walked out of the cafeteria, and headed to my math class with Mrs. Ron. Mrs. Ron is the sweetest person in the entire world! She refuses to have me fail, even though I suck at math … like, a LOT.

“Hello Mrs. Ron.” I greeted.

“Hello Tammy! Hey, I will be moving you today.”


“You asked. Remember?”

“Oh yeah!” I replied. I had asked her to switch seats because the boy behind me wouldn’t shut up! He is always flapping his gums, and loudly too! I couldn’t stand it!

He asked me if I was a virgin! And I can’t forget the time he asked me if jumping Santa clause would start a zombie apocalypse. Stupid kid.

“I’m putting you next to someone new. His name is Justin. Justin Brown.”

Great! I have to sit next to him!

“Where is the seat?” I asked with fake happiness in my voice. All the parts of my body wanted to screech NO! NOT NEAR HIM!

“Right next to Gary Heckerson.”

GREAT! Gary is the gay boy who the first kid TALKS TO!

But Gary never listens…

“OK. Thank you.” I replied and sat down in my seat. I brought out my laptop, and checked my grades. The school has given us laptops for our school work. They are the best because they’re Macbooks!

But they’re old…

The students piled in one by one, two by two, and three by three within the six minute passing time, and then Justin came in. He sat his stuff down next to his desk, and plopped down.

“Ok. Before you take out your homework, we have a new student. His name is Justin Brown. Justin, welcome. Now, take out your homework,” Mrs. Ron announced. “And then I will give you time to study for your next test.”

When we have homework, we circle up into groups of three, but I might have a group of four because of him. Uggg…

“Justin, why don’t you listen to what they’re doing so you get an overall view of what to expect.”

“What are we learning?”

“Multiplying and dividing mixed fractions.”

“I know that. I took it back at Rivershow High School in North Las Vegas.”

“Good. But sill circle up with them so you can know what to do when you have homework assignment.”

“OK.” He replied and circled up with my group.

“OK. Want to go around in a circle starting with you?” the girl next to me asked as she pointed at me.

“Sure.” I replied. “For question one, I got three-fourths.”

“Same.” She replied.

“Same.” The other boy in the group replied.


Chapter 2

For the rest of the day, I could not stop thinking about Justin. I just couldn’t get over on how hot he is!

When I got onto the bus from the school day being over, there they were. Larry, Gary, and Harry. The “gangsters” of the bus. Don’t ask me why their names all have the “ry” at the end. Probably just a mistake their mothers made.

“Tammy!” Larry said. “How’s my buddy?”

“OK, first off, you are weird. Second, I am not your buddy.” I said and passed them. They are just weird people. Not just weird, but weird!

I sat down in a seat, and got out my book I was reading. Twilight. Hey, I had nothing else to do.

I then saw someone come and look at me. I didn’t even know who he was. “Hey ugly.”

That actually really hurt me. How did he find out? “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I replied.

“Don’t hide it. I heard you broke up with nick because you were ugly.” He said.

“Hey! Don’t you talk to my sister like that!” I heard Carrie yell as she pushed him down in a seat, sending his head down onto the window. “If you dare look at my sister again, you will not like what will happen to you!”

“Oh! I’m not ‘gonna let a girl tell me what to do!”

“Hey! Don’t you talk to my sister that way!”

“Quiet donkey face!” he demanded. “I don’t know about you, but I’m leaving.”

He got up from the seat, and started to walk out. When he was near the bus driver, he said, “If you’re going to say that stuff, you will not be able to ride on this bus again. Understand?”

“Whatever.” He said and walked out.

As he walked out, Justin and some other girl got on. They looked alike, so they must be brother-sister.

Justin just looked at me, and then whispered into his sister’s ear. Must be gossip…maybe about me…

“Do I have to defend you by this kid to?” Carrie whispered in my ear.

“Did you see what happened on the bus this morning?”

“No. Dad drove me to school, remember?”

“Well, he was a jerk to me. And…”

“Then yes.”

They both walked to the back of the bus, and when they reached to us, they just continued. “Looks like you don’t have to.”


When he sat down in the one-seater, and she sat in the seat next to it, the boy front before came back on. He went straight to the back to where Justin was. “Up! That’s my seat.” He demanded.

“No! I don’t have to listen to you.” He said.

“Get up you worthless piece of a human being!”

I couldn’t stand this! It just hurts me seeing people get bullied like that. I got up from my seat, and walked up to him. I tapped on his shoulder, and he said, “Oh, looks who’s back.”

“Yeah…me…OK, listen carefully because I’m saying it once, and that’s all! You do not mess with me, or him. Yeah, he is a jerk…but he still is a human being. You are a worthless piece of a human being that shouldn’t be in this world! You are a disgrace to man-kind, and I pity you. Now, get your butt out of this buss, before I make you!”

The whole bus fell silent, and the bus driver said, “Both of you, off the bus!”

“Hey! He didn’t do anything! He was just defending someone!” Carrie yelled.

“Now all three of you off the bus!”

“C’mon!” Carrie said to me as she went back to me and handed me my stuff. “Let’s just go before he throws another hissy-fit.”

I took my stuff from her hand, and all three of us exited the bus.

“Where now?”I asked as we got onto the ground.

“Well, we could call mom.”

“She’s at work.”


“At work.”




“OK, be serious.”

“Yeah Donkey ass, be serious.” The kid said as he passed us, slapping me hard on the back.



We walked inside of the school and into the office. It was empty. Not like that’s anything new.

“What do you need?” The rude secretary asked.

“We need to speak to Mr. Johnson!”

“I’m sorry, but Mr. Johnson is out!” she replied with an attitude in her voice. A major attitude.

“Umm…we need to speak to someone about a bully problem.”

“I’m sorry, but nobody is here! Try again tomorrow!” she replied and left, leaving us inside the office.

“Now what?” I asked.

“Let’s just walk home now.”

We walked out of the school, and walked home.

“OK, so tell me from the beginning. What happened?” Mom asked. She was freaking out.

“This kid overheard me talking to the girls about me being single now, and started to pick on me. As a result, we got kicked off the bus.”

“Why did you get kicked off the bus?”

“Defending another kid.”

“Tammy, you need to just mind your own business.”


“No buts. Mind your own business!” mom demanded.

“What are you going to do about the bully problem?” Carrie asked.

“Tell the principle tomorrow.”

“We tried after school. The secretary was a sassy jerk.” I said.

“Well, try again tomorrow. Now, do your homework.”

We went in our room, and we worked on our homework together.

The next day I woke up, and I wasn’t in the mood to go school. I was just lazy.

“Time to get up.”Mom demanded.

I got up from my nice, warm bed, and checked my phone. One new friend request on Facebook.

Mitch Black would like to be your friend!

I didn’t know a person named Mitch Black. I know a kid named Mitch Harold, but not Mitch Black. I decided to take a look at his pictures.

He was hot! But was he single?

“No. I will not try to ask if he is.” I said to myself out loud. “I don’t want another love!”

I took a look at his profile, and yes, it said he was.

So, I added him.

I put my phone down, and got into the shower. When I got out of the shower, I was greeted with a message from him. Not good!

“Is this the Tammy I knew from first grade?” it showed.

OK, first off… I was home schooled in first grade, so I couldn’t have known him in anyway, and why is he messaging me now?

“Uhh…maybe?” I replied.

I instantly got a message back.

“……” he replied.

“Who are you talking to?” Carrie asked as she barged in to get some socks.

“This kid wanted to be my friend on Facebook last night and he says he recognizes me from first grade.” I said.

“We were home-schooled.”


“Is he single?”

“I checked on his profile. He is.”

“Tammy! You have a secret admirer!” Carrie said. “He just came out to tell you.”

“Maybe…” I said. “C’mon…let’s get some breakfast.”

I got dressed, and walked out of my room. When I poured myself some cereal, I got an idea. Go with the flow.

“I recognize you, so maybe …” I said.

“Now what did he say?” Carrie asked.

“Nothing. I’m going with the flow.”

“He could be a creepy pervert.”

“Maybe. He’s friends with Taylor. I’ll ask him about this dude,” I said and finished my breakfast.

When I got done eating, I gathered my things, said bye to mom, and headed down to the bus stop. There I saw Taylor. “Hey!”

“Hey Tammy! What’s up?” he asked.

“Do you know a person named Mitch Black?”

He was silent for a moment, like he was thinking. “Yeahh. Why?”

“He asked to be my friend on Facebook.”

“He’s looking for a girlfriend, so he might want to be in you.”

“Great way to put it…”

“No, but seriously. Stay away from this kid. He is just trouble.”

“What kind of trouble?” Carrie asked.

“Why do you want to know?” I asked.

“Just in case he picks on you.”


“Well, he has had twenty girlfriends. Since the first grade.”

Carrie and I were silent. “Umm …” we said simultaneously.

“Yeahh …”

The bus then showed up. We hopped onto the bus, and I noticed that the bus driver was different. We were on a field trip bus instead of our regular school bus.

New driver! Good! And a field trip bus! Even better than a new bus driver! Well, not really because we need that bus driver to drive the bus.


“Good morning!” she greeted me as I got on.

“Morning.” I smiled and walked to the back. When I reached the back, I sat in the one-seat, and Carrie sat in front of me. Taylor sat in the seat next to the one seat.

“So, did you do your math homework?” Taylor asked as the bus started to come alive again.

“We didn’t have any. We have a test…why?”

“Because you could have been with what’s-his-name in a group to check it.”

That ruined my day. “Great! I have to deal with him.”

“I wouldn’t say too much about him. He will be on any minute,” Taylor said.

“Who is it?” Carrie asked.

“That kid who I defended yesterday.”

“Oh,” she replied. “What’s so bad about him? He’s cute.”

“Well,” I said. “He seems like a jerk, but he is cute. And—” the bus then stopped.

“And what?” she asked.

“He’s here,” I whispered.

Carrie looked to her back (She was facing me), and we noticed Justin, and his sister climb on the bus. “Do you have your phone Jenny?” he asked his sister. So her name is Jenny!

“Yeahh. Why?”

“I want to go on Facebook,” he said and then looked at me. “‘Wanna sit back there?”

“Why? I thought he insulted you?” she asked and pointed at me.

It’s not nice to point! Just saying…

“Let’s just sit back there!”


They headed back to where we were, and they sat in the seat next to Carrie’s. What does he have planned?

He then looked at me, and smiled.

“What?” I asked.

“Thanks for helping me yesterday,” he said.

“You’re welcome,” was all I could say. My heart was pounding. His voice was like the words of the inner goddess that listened and admired his voice.

He then continued to talk to his sister.

“Zukunftfreund, biskommenden!” my sister said to me. My sister and I know German, so we can speak to each other like a secret language to others. Except Germans.

She said, “Future boyfriend to come.”

“Shut up Carrie!”

“What?” Jenny asked.


“Whatever,” she replied and looked away. How rude!

Chapter 3

When the bus finally arrived at our school, we got off the bus, and I went to to my girls. “Hey!”

“Hey Tammy!” Emily greeted.

“Listen, do you know a kid named Mitch Black?”

“Mitcheey!” Jessie screeched. “He’s a kid who also hangs out with us.”

“Yeahh …”


“Well, he claims he knew me in first grade.”

“Did you?” Emily asked.

“I was home-schooled.”

“Well, he is looking for a girlfriend, so he might be flirting with you.” Madison said.

“Should I stay away from him?”

“Ehh … sorta,” Rachel said. “He is sort of a weird kid, but then again he is as nice as he can be.”

“Oh …”

“Yeahh. You should hang out with him. He might like that.”

“Sure. Once I get to know who he is, I might.”


The bell then rang. I gathered my stuff, and headed to class. While I was walking in the hall, I was walking right next to someone. He looked like Mitch Black!

I quickly got on my headphones, and turned my music all the way up. That should make him not talk to me! Get the hint boy!

When I reached the classroom, I took them off, and my ears started to ring. “Oww.”

“What’s wrong?” the girl next to me asked.

“I was walking next to someone I hate, and I turned my music all the way up so I don’t have to hear him.”

“Oh. Stupid move.”

“I know.”

Whe the belln rang for people to be tardy, The teacher went up to the front, and passed out the tests. “Now, there will be no talking.” She said and passed them out.

When we were done with out tests, she collected our tests, and we started to pay attention to the lesson.

“Now, today we will learn about solving for positive and negative numbers. Please get out a pencil, and I will pass out the foldable worksheet.” She said and passed out some construction paper.

We each grabbed a piece, and wrote what was on the overhead.

The class came to an end, and it was the longest class I have ever experienced. I just couldn’t stop thinking about Justin, and his beauty. He would be the perfect boyfriend for me!

Every once in a while, he would look at me, and then turn back. I didn’t know if he was looking at my paper to see where we were, or just looking at my beauty.

“Now, your homework is all on the computer, and have a good rest of the day.” She said.

When the bell rang, we all got up from our seats, and headed to our next classes.

While I was walking to my next class, I got a message from Mitch.

“Hey, can I ask you something?” He asked.

Now what does this kid want?

“Yes.” I relied.

“Does my talking annoying you?” He asked.

Now what type of stupid question is that? I don’t even pay attention to what he says. “No.” I replied.

“Good. :3” he replied.

What a stalker. I thought. And that thought gave me an idea. When I would get home, I will see if he is stalking me.

When I got into my room – later on in the day – I jumped onto my computer, and logged onto Facebook. I made sure I appeared offline to everyone so I wouldn’t have to talk to Mitch.

I used the trick that I had learned off the internet, and applied it to action. When I noticed that HE had been stalking me, and I went online, and asked him.

“Hey!” I typed.

I immediately got a response.

“Hey :3 What’s up?” He asked.

“I was looking through my Facebook stuff, and I noticed you have been stalking me. Is that true?” I asked.

It took a while for him to respond, but he then said, “I don’t know.”

“Well, I need to know.” I replied.

He didn’t respond, so I decided to see if he was online. His profile said, “Add as friend.” Good! He deleted me.”

I went back to the messenger app, and noticed he blocked me. Even better!

“Hey Tammy, have you heard from Mitch?” Carrie asked as she came in. Good timing!

“He blocked me.”

“What?” she asked. “Are you sad?”

“Sad? I’m happy.”

“Now, you have to worry about him coming and meeting you in person.” She said. Great!

“Well…I’ll worry about that when it comes.” I replied.

“C’mon, let’s do our acting work.”

“Which is…?”

“Studying our lines.”

“Oh yeah!” I replied as I headed to my backpack and brought out my lines. We had a play to do called, “The Alja” and it was a good play. We had to read the play, and then chose our actors. We had a small acting class, but – hey –the smaller, the better.

We headed into the basement, and we got into position.

“Hello Miss Alja.” I said. I was the part of Lisa Netherd, the maid, and Carrie was the part of Miss Alja, an old lady that is disabled.

“What have I told you?”

“I don’t know. What?”

“I thought I told you to not come back!” She yelled.

“Well…I’m back.”I replied.

We continued this for some time, until I was near the end. When I was about to say the last line, I heard my phone vibrate.


“Hey, this is Taylor.”

“Hey! What’s up?”

“Listen, Mitch Black just called.”

That hit me. Why is this kid stalking me? “What did he want?”

“He wants to meet up with you.”

That made me mad! This kid was more than in love with me, he is a stalker in love with me!

“Listen, tell him that I will NOT meet up with him, and tell him to stop stalking me!”


“No! Tell him!”

“Are you angry at me?”

“Not at you. At Mitch!”

“OK. I will tell him.” Taylor replied. “I’ll let you do your thing.”

“Thanks,” I replied. “Bye!”

“Bye.” He said and hung up.

“Who was that?” Carrie asked.


“What did he want?”

“He wanted to tell me that Mitch says to meet up with him.”

“Are you?”

“NO!” I yelled. “I don’t want to be met up with my stalker!”

“Gosh! You don’t have to give me any sass!”

“Sorry, I’m just mad.”

“SUPPER!” I heard mom yell from upstairs.

We rushed up the steps, and Carrie stopped me. “Do you want to tell mom about this problem?”

“Yes. PLEASE!”

We got upstairs to the dinner table, and sat down. After we had said grace, Carrie looked at me, and gave me the tell-her look.

“Mom?” I asked.




“I have a little bit of a problem.”

“What is it?” Mom asked. “Is someone picking on you again?”

“Yes, but that’s not what I was going to say.”

“What is it?”

“This creepy kid is stalking me.” I replied. It felt as if a weight fell off my chest.

“How do you know?”

“He said ‘Do you remember me from first grade?’ and we were homeschooled.”

“That’s right.” Mom replied.

“And he stalked my Facebook account too.”

“Stalked?” Dad asked. His eyebrow went up. Not good…


“Well, he sort of blocked me for asking him.”

“That is why we don’t want you to have a Facebook account!” Mom said. “There are creepy people out there that want your identity!”

“This kid goes to our school.” Carrie explained. “Tammy’s friends and Taylor friends know him.”

“What’s so bad about him?”

“Well, he has had fifteen girlfriends since the FIRST grade.”

Mom and dad were silent. “Say that again.”

“He has had fifteen boyfriends since the FIRST grade.”

“I think we need to see the principle about this.” Mom said. “Rick, don’t you agree?”

“Yes Tilly. I do.”

“Are you seriously going to talk to him?” I asked.

“Yes, now…not another word!”

We then continued to eat in silence.

Chapter 4

“Oops! Sorry ugly.” The bully said. The day and night had passed by quickly, and it was already the next day. Great…

“Don’t say anything to my sister! Or God so help me, I will break your neck. Trust me, it will happen.” Carrie said in defense.

“OOO! I’m so scared of a girl.”

“Good! You should be! Us girls—”

“And UGLY girls! Take it as an offense Tammy.” He said.

“Don’t forget kids who can’t even get passed English I without failing.” I said. The WHOLE school knows that he is failing English one. Even though he is a SOPHMORE!

We could tell he was getting angry! He punched the front seat, and said, “You punks are going to get it. At least I don’t go to my mommy like a wimp. ‘WAAAH I WANT THIS KID TO STOP PICKING ON ME!’” he said.

Carrie stood up from her seat, and said, “Oh yeah, how about this. Bring your girlfriend, and met us behind the school.” She made quotes with her fingers when she said girlfriend. “There, we will bet you up and prove to you who’s the wimp.”

“How about this, after school, behind the Wal-mart.”

“How about this. Get off my bus!” The bus driver said as she stopped and opened the doors. The bus driver was the rude one AGAIN. Too bad it wasn’t the NICE one forever.

He got his stuff from his seat, and headed out of the bus as Justin and Jenny walked on.

“We’re so dead.” Carrie said. Thank you captain obvious!

“What’s the worst that could happen?”

“A lot.” Justin said and continued on his phone.

“He looks hot!” I whispered.

“He’s single you know.” She informed.

“We could tell.”

“I thought you didn’t want another love?”

“I can make acceptations.”

The bus got to the end of its stop, and I got off at the stop where the four girls live. They all live in the same neighborhood, and there but sis always one head of us, so I could catch up to them easily. “Hey Tammy, do you want to go to the mall with us tonight?”

“Which mall?”

“The West mall. We need to shop for some clothes there.”

The girls go to the mall every Wednesday as a “girl’s night out”. They usually don’t invite me because I’m busy, but since they now know I’m single, they must want me. “Sure!”

“Where do we meet?”

“Well, we’ll meet in the Telegraph Plaza, and we’ll carpool over to there.”

“Sounds like a plan.”


“Are you leaving now?” Mom asked as I got my shoes on. It was later on in the day and I was ready to go.


“Will you have dinner there?”

“I think so.”

“Well…have fun.” Mom said and hugged me. “If anyone is rude to you, beat them up.”

“Yes ma’am.” I replied and headed out.

I got outside, and hopped into Emily’s car. “Ready?”


We then drove off.

Emily drove faster than the cops trying to chase a criminal, so we made it to the West mall by three-thirty. It had been a while since I’d had been to the West mall, and the excitement was overwhelming. We listened to pop songs while Emily jabbered on about the boys we hung out with.

The West county mall was a humongous mall for people to shop at. From the Apple store, to JCPennies. Emily and Rachel knew it well, so they didn’t plan to waste time on the stuff they weren’t here for, and to the stuff they wanted. Clothes, shoes, and a LOT more.

“Hey Tammy, do you know that new kid name Mitch Black?” Madison asked dubiously as we walked through the front doors of the store and right into JCPennies.

“Yeah,” I tried to convince her, not wanting to confess what happened. “He’s kind of a stalker.”

“Why?” Emily demanded.

“He wants to meet me, and I caught him stalking my Facebook page.” I answered honestly.

She looked confused. “You do know, he loves you,” she reminded me, “and he is the type for you.” We were in the shoes section now, scanning the rows for new shoes.

“What about Justin,” Jessie asked quietly.

“Oh! Oh! Oh! Justin told me that he thinks you’re cute,” Emily informed me pride in her voice

“He said what?” I sounded like my mother just died.

“I told him that a kid named Mitch had your heart,” Emily murmured to me.

I was silent, still lost in shock that she would say that! My heart was set for Justin, if he wasn’t such a jerk! I don’t even know who that Mitch person is too.

I grinded my teeth. “Why does that Mitch kid want me? I had never met him before! Is he a whore?”

“Maybe,” Madison snickered. “He could be, or he couldn’t be.”

We then picked out some shoes, and moved over to the cloths. It wasn’t much, but we found a lot of things to try on. While they were chatting, my mind was spewing.

Why would she say that?

Does she hate me?

Is Mitch actually good for me?

Madison was torn between two shirts — one a long, strapless, shirt that shows one shoulder naked, and the other a neon blue shirt with a Demi Lovato picture on it(Love it!) with the shoulder naked as well. I encouraged her to go with the Demi Lovato one; who doesn’t love good ‘ol Demi? I know I don’t.

Jessie decided on a pair of black and yellow Yoga pants that looked simply amazing on her! She definitely has the body of a yoga master.

We headed over to the phone store to get us some cases. While they were looking at the cases, I played with the new iPhone 6. The girls’-night-out kick was wearing off because I couldn’t stop thinking about what they said.

“Tammy?” Emily asked.

“Yes?” I asked as I looked up from the phone.

“Is everything OK? You seem mad, and sad at the same time.”

“Well, I didn’t appreciate that you told Justin that my heart is on Mitch, I don’t even know the kid.”

“If it makes you feel better, I will have you meet up with Mitch, and you two could talk it over. How about this. If you want to be together, it will be the truth to Justin. If not, I will tell him you two broke up. OK?” Emily always has good ideas!

“Thanks!” I thanked.

She smiled, taking the case off her phone, and walked up to pay for it.

“Who wants to eat?” Madison asked. “I’m like…starving!”

We planned to go to dinner at a fancy Chinese restaurant in the mall, but the GNO hadn’t taken as long as we’d expected. We walked out of the store, and I noticed a Borders book store! “Hey, want to look at books?” I asked.

“Eww!” Jessie said. “Books…reading…Eww!” Such a drama queen…

“Well, I will catch up with you girls. I’m going to look at some books.”

“OK.” They said and we went our opposite ways.

I had no trouble finding what I wanted in the bookstore, but it wasn’t a good price. Twenty dollars for a novella! Wow! That’s expensive!

I walked out of the bookstore with the book I wanted, and walked over to the Chinese place.

I ordered my food, and sat down with the girls.

“What book did you get?” She asked.

I pulled out my book, and showed them, “The host” by Stephanie Meyer.

“Oh my god! I LOVE that book!” Emily commented with a mouthful of rice.

“I heard it sucked, but it rocks at the same time.” I said.

“It sucks.” The person behind me said.

“Oh well, one person’s opinion.” I said and turned around.

“We better hurry and eat.” Madison announced and started to eat.


“Why are you so late?” Mom asked as I walked in the door.

“We shopped for a while.” I replied. “Why?”

“It’s ten o’clock!”


“You have school tomorrow!”

“Fine, I’ll go to bed.” I replied, walked up the stairs, and went to bed. Such a crab.

Chapter 5

I got up the next morning, and went to school. I sat next to Carrie, and Justin didn’t even look at me for the whole ride to school, and inside the school! The bully has been picking on me, and I have been complaining to the principal about it.

They do nothing. The last time my parents complained, they said they “Don’t consider it as bullying.” When it CLEARLY states in the guideline book that harassment IS considered bullying. I guess they’re trying to get out of it because our layer sent them a letter saying that either suspend him, or else. That’s what I got out of it.

When the bell had rung, I was sitting talking to the girls. “Well, bye.” I said, got up, and walked away.

When I had reached my math classroom, I pulled out my bible, and started to read it.

“I’m sorry Tammy, put that bible away. You are not allowed to read it in my class.” The helper walked up to me and said. WHAT?!

“I have the right to read this.”

“Don’t you smart back to me!”

“I’m not smarting back to you, I’m just saying the truth.” I sassed.

When the bell rang and everyone was in the classroom, the helper went up to the front, and said, “Tammy, get up here.”

I walked up to the front, and she handed me her cell phone. “You are to call your parents, and tell them what you have done.”

“What did I do?”

“You read the Bible in class.”

“HEY! He has the right to do this!” Justin announced. “First amendment.”

“Quiet. Now, dial the number.” She said. God dammit!

I dialed my dad’s number, and put it on speaker. “This is Rick Louis.”

“Dad, this is Tammy.”

“Who’s phone are you using?”

“The teacher’s cell phone.”


“Listen, I am standing in front of the class, and she made me call you to tell you that I was caught reading the bible in class.

He was silent for a moment. “What did that teacher tell you to do?”

“I’m up here in front of the class, with her trying to humiliate me.”

“Let me speak to her.”

I then handed the phone to her. “Hello?” She said.

“I will have you know, it is LEGAL for my daughter to read the Holy Bible in class. He has freedom by the first amendment, so he CAN do it.”

“Sorry, not in this class.” She smarted back.

“Well, let’s see what the head principle has to say about this.” He said. “In fact, I will come up myself and talk to her.”

“Good. Because I’m sending a write-up down to the office with Tammy’s name on it. You can discuss his punishment.”

“No, we will discuss YOUR punishment.” He said and hung up.

The assistant teacher went to her desk, typed up something, and said, “Now, go down to the office Tammy.”

I walked out of the room, and I heard someone walk behind me. “Hey! I’m coming with you.”


“Why? I thought you hated me.” I asked.

“Well…I am a religious kid, and I think that since you defended me, I should help defend you.”

“Thank you! I dearly appreciate it!”

“Sure.” He replied and smiled.

As we were walking. I felt someone hold my hand. It was Justin!

“Um…” I said. Didn’t mean to say that.

“Sorry.” He said and let go.”

My inner goddess said NO! KEEP HOLDING IT!, but I didn’t say anything.


We reached the office quickly, and the secretary looked at us. “Over there.” She growled and pointed to Mr. Johnson’s office.

We entered the office, and I noticed that he didn’t look too happy. “Sit!” He demanded.

We sat down in the seats in front of his desk, and he pulled up some papers. “Now, you are here because you read the Bible in class. You are not permitted to read religious books in this school.” He said.

“Says who?” I asked.

“Says the school.”

“This is a public school! He has the right to do so!” Justin defended.

“I’m sorry, but we don’t listen to the law. We have our own laws, so we can do whatever we want.”

“You’re talking about a private school. And they do let you read the bible in school!” I said.

“We will just see what your dad says.”

While he was dialing the number, I heard my dad come in, and say to the secretary, “Where is Mr. Johnson?”

“I’m sorry, sir, do you have a pass?”

“I’m a parent, and my student needs me!”

“I’m in here dad!” I yelled.

My dad walked into the office, and the secretary came in and said, “SIR! You are leaving the building now!”

“No. Leave him here.” Mr. Johnson said.

She just walked away. Good! Blow away with the wind you old bag!

“Now, we are here to discuss your son’s punishment.” Mr. Johnson said.

“First, who’s this kid?” He asked and pointed at Justin.

“A witness.”

“OK. Now, you have no right to do anything to my son, and you have to follow the law!”

“I’m sorry, but we have our own laws.”

“Are you called a public school?”


“Then you have to follow what the government says!”

“I’m sorry, but I am the head principle, so I make the rules. So I will suspend your son, and he will not talk about God. OK? Ok. Good OK.” He said and typed something on the computer.

“Prepare to hear from my layer.” Dad said.

For some reason, that stopped him. “Well, we’ll let this fly just once. Next time, he will be suspended.”

“You’ll still hear from my layer.” Dad said. I highly doubt that.

“Whatever. Just get out!”

We got out in silence, and we walked back to class. Dad went home.

Chapter 6

Things have changed since then. Justin is waving to me more, and I haven’t heard from Mitch in a long time. He probably got a girlfriend like him.

Strange and annoying. Hey! That would make the perfect couple!!But I just hope he won’t come at me again like he did in November.

Today was Saturday, and I was hanging with the girls at the mall. We were looking around, when we saw a spa that just opened up!

“‘Wanna go in?” Emily asked us.

“Sure.” I replied.

We all walked into the new spa, and we signed up for a spot. “OK, all five of you?”

“Nah, they can do it. I think I’ll pass.” I replied. I’m not into spas that much.

“OK.” Madison said. “Then all four of us.”

“There will be a wait.”

“That’s fine.”

I then walked out of the spa. While I was walking, I passed many people. Some I didn’t know, and some I thought I knew but didn’t.

While I was walking, I saw someone familiar.

“Hey!” he said.

“Who are you?”

“I’m Mitch Black.”


“I messaged you.”

“I know…”

“Why did you block me?” he asked.

I had to think fast. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings, but then I didn’t want to add him again. “I deleted my account.”

“Wow. Why?”

“Because my parents thought it was a distraction to my school work.”

“Oh. Is it OK that I talk to you for a moment?”


“Mitch. We’ll catch with you later.” One girl said. “Bye!”

“See ‘ya.” He replied and they walked away. “Now, Do you think we could…We could…”

“Could what?”

There was then a pause. “Bye.” He waved and stormed away.

What was that for? I thought. Did he want…want…Nevermind.

“Tammy!” I heard some yelling. “Over here!”

I then turned around and saw the girls. They were done already?

“Done already?!” I asked.

“No. Too long of a wait, Emily said. “Hey, did you see Mitch?” I asked.

“He’s here?” Emily asked. “What did he say to you?”

“He asked why I blocked him.”

“Why did you?”

I started to sweat. I didn’t want them to know I hated him. “Because he was stalking me.”

“On Facebook?”

“Yup.” I replied.

They just looked at me, and then Emily said, “Tammy, I think you like Mitch.”

That made me frozen for a little bit. He was cute, but not my type. My desire was to be with Justin. I didn’t want to be with him. “No, I don’t like him.”

“I think if you get to know him more, you might get to like him.” Emily announced. “How about this. I will get Mitch thought and you two can talk.”

“Mitch is here now.” I said. Why did I just say that?!

“Good! Let’s find him!” Emily said as the girls went the way Mitch did. “C’mon Tammy!”

I couldn’t believe they would do this to me! I would be mad at them for the rest of my life!

“C’mon Tammy!”

I rolled my eyes, and folowed them.

“Hey Mitch!” Emily yelled.

“Emie!” Mitch said and hugged her. “How are you?”

“Good. There is someone who wants to talk to you.” He said and turned around.

I was gone. I was hiding in the girl’s clothes section.

“Tammy!” Emily yelled, grabbed my hand, and dragged me hand over to Mitch. I wasn’t scared of Mitch, I was trying to avoid this boy.

“Mitch, this is Tammy.” Madison said and then stomped on my foot. “Shake hands with him!” she thought in an ungrateful tone.

She was a menie!

I stuck out my hand, and he shook it. His hand felt like white fluff from the heaven above. It got me a warm feeling inside.

“So, why did you introduce me to her?” Mitch asked as he let go of my hand.

“I think he wants to know you better.” Madison said. “Isn’t that right?”


“Good. When you’re done talking, call me.” Jessie said. “We have to go the spa.”

“You were just there!” I said, trying to make an excuse for them to stay.

“Do these nails look done?”

“No.” I replied.

“There you go.” She replied and walked off. Why did they have to put me with him? WHY?!

“So…what do you want to know about me?” He asked.

“Are you single?” I asked.


“I thought you had Justin?”


“The new kid.”

“Oh. What make you think that?” I asked. Something in my mind was hoping one of the girls didn’t tell Mitch.

“Emily told me.”

How was I going to get out of this one? “Well…Uh…She’s lying.”


“Are you looking for a boyfriend?” I asked.

“I’m straight.”

“Cool.” I replied. Why would he tell me that? Maybe he wants me and he’s telling me know that he is open and not a homosexual…just saying…

It was then silent. “Well, I better get going.” I replied. “Bye.”

“Bye.” He replied.

“That wasn’t so bad.” I whispered to myself as I walked farther and farther away from him.

It had been a week since I talked to Mitch, and I have not seen him in school. He might have been sick, or he could have skipped. Oh well, that’s his problem.

I was sitting in my house – on my computer – when I got a Facebook message from someone.


When I got to the messenger app, it was Mitch! I had no idea how he got unblocked, but I had the feeling this was going to be bad.


“What’s up? :3?” he asked.

“Nothing much. U?”

“Same.” He replied.

I could tell this was going somewhere.

“What do u need?” I asked.

“I just ‘wanna talk.”

At first, I didn’t want to talk to him, but now I had the feeling he might be a nice person to talk to. I sort of wanted him now.

“R u in love with me?” I asked.

I could tell that made him think for a moment, because he took a while to respond.

After about five minutes, he finally responded.

“Why do u want 2 no?”

I had to think quickly. I didn’t want him to know that I loved him just yet.

“Just curious.”

After the reply, I got no message back. Something told me that he was going to tell someone about this. But as I put my phone down, I got reply.

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

Now this was going to be bad; he might be hitting on me. Buttering me up is the words to explain that situation.


I immediately got a response.

“How about me?” he asked.

As I was about to reply, I heard my door open. “Tammy?”

“Yeah?” I asked as I exited out of the app.

“Who were your talking to?” Carrie asked as she walked in.

“Nobody. Why?”

“I can see it in your face; who were you talking to?!”

I couldn’t hide it any longer. I just had to tell her. “I was talking to Mitch.”

She looked confused. “Why?”

“Apparently he got unblocked by someone and…and…”

“You think he’s hot.”

I could feel my face burning and hot flashes going everywhere. “Yes.”

“Then why don’t you ask him out.”

“Because Taylor says he’s trouble.”

“In what way?”

Now why was she asking that?! She heard what Taylor said, why do I have to repeat myself?! “You know what Taylor said!” I replied.

“That he has had a rough past?”

“YEAH!” I shouted.

“Well, you don’t have to have sass with me.” She replied with sass.

“Then why are you in my business?” I asked,

“I just got the feeling and I wanted to protect you.” She replied.


“Yeah,” she said and walked in. “I thought you blocked him.”

“I did. Someone must have unblocked him.” I replied and showed her my phone. When I showed her my list, I got a message from Mitch and she read it.

“Hey, Mitch said he wants to hang out with you.” She said.

I immediately took away my phone, and read it because I didn’t believe her. When I noticed that he had actually said that, I asked Carrie, “Do you think that I should?”

“Do you think you can handle him and his wanting?” She asked.

I had to think about that for a moment, “I think I can handle it.” Actually, I couldn’t. I just wanted to see him at his house.

“Well, why don’t you go ask Mom if you can go.”

“Sure.” I replied, walked out of the room, and walked up to mom. “Hey mom, can I go over to a friend’s house?”

“Who is it?”

“His name is Mike.” I lied. I don’t want her to know that I was going with the stalker that I told them about?”

“What’s his story?”

“He’s my age, and cool.”

“Is he single?”

“No.” I lied again.

“Well…Sure. Ask him when you can come over.” She replied. Yes!

I couldn’t believe that I could go! I was kinda in love with this boy, and I really wanted to go!

I grabbed my phone, and I asked, “When are you available?”

“Tomorrow after school.” He replied. “I’ll drive you.”

“He will drive me.” I replied to mom.

“OK. I will pick you up when you call.”

Now all I had to do was wait.

Chapter 7

It was FINALY the day to hang out, and I was super excited to go over to his house! I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day, and I got caught daydreaming in my math class.

When the final bell rang, I rushed out of the classroom, and met Mitch at the library.

“Hi there!” he said. “Follow me to my bus.”

We left the library, and I followed him to his buss. His bus was filled with girls, and some boys.

I followed him to the back of the bus, and we sat together in the seat next to the one-seater. “What do you have planned?” I asked.

“A surprise.”

I could tell it was going to be something with love. While we were talking, I heard a knock on the window.

“Im Ernst, du bistmitihmgehen?!” She yelled. That means, “Seriously, you’re going with him?”

I rolled down the window, and said, “Yes.”

She rolled her eyes, and walked to her bus. I could tell she was mad and surprised at the same time.

We reached the bus stop in about thirty minutes, and we got off the bus and walked home. We were the only ones at the bus stop.

“What’s the surprise?” I asked as we reached his house.

“A surprise.”

“In bed?”

“Maybe…” he replied as we entered the house. “Mom, I’m home.”

“I’m watching TV.”

We walked over to the room where the TV was, and his mother was watching it with a broken foot on a chair. “Is this Tammy?”


“It’s nice to meet you.” I said and shook her hand.

“Tammy and I are going to play some Xbox in my room.” Mitch said. God, I hate Xbox!

“Don’t do anything stupid.”

I followed him into his room, he closed and locked the door and gave me a controller. His room wasn’t that big. He had a king size bed, the latest generation iMac sitting on a work desk, and a TV in front of his bed with the Xbox on a shelf-like-stand drilled into the wall.

I’m not much of an Xbox fan, but anything for him. Yeah, I do play it sometimes.

He walked over to the drawer on the desk, and pulled out some games. “What would you like to play?”

“What do you have?”

“Halo, C.O.D—”


“OK.” He replied, put the game in the Xbox, and started.

I could tell something was up, because he sat close to me as if he was in love with me. Oh wait, he IS in love with me!

We were halfway through the game, when he suddenly paused it. I thought it was for no reason, but it was for a good one.

“Listen, I was thinking…”


“Kiss me.”

I couldn’t believe what I had just heard! He wanted to kiss me. “Why don’t you just come at me?”

He looked at me like I was some type of whore. “Um…Sure?” he scooted closer to my body, grabbed my face, and started to make out with me.

His lips felt divine pressing and rubbing on mine. It was just a perfect moment in my life! His lips felt wet, his breath wasn’t that good, and I could tell it was his first. He was TERRIBLE at it. Oh well…I GOT KISSED! BE HAPPY WITH IT!

“Mitch!” His mother then yelled, and he let go of me. “Sorry, I have to go tend to my mother.”

“Why?” I asked.

“I promised her I would since her leg is broken.” He said, got up, and walked out. “Come on! I’m not going to do this alone!”

I got up from my spot, and headed to where his mother was. “Yeah mom?” Mitch asked.

“Can you get me my lotion in the cabinet in the bathroom?” She asked. “What is Tammy doing with you?”

“Just in case you needed help getting up or something, I came.” I replied.

“Aww. That’s sweet!”

Mitch came back with the lotion, and she said, “Thanks Mitchey.”

“Mitchey?” I asked and giggled a little.

“Don’t ever call me that Tammy. Please!” he said.

“OK Mitchey.”

He looked at me in anger.

“Chill! I’m just joking!”

“Oh.” He replied. “Well, let’s continue the game.”

We then walked into his room, and sat down. Instead of continuing the game, he walked over to his bed, and laid down.

“What?” I asked.

“I’m tired.”


“Want to nap with me?”

That was getting out of hand, but it was just too damn good! “Sure.”

He scooted over, and I laid down with him.

“MITCH!” His mother yelled.

“Jesus Christ! Not again!” He said.

It was basically that for the rest of the time. Sleeping and helping his mother.

Chapter 8

“OK, so let me get this straight, you MADE OUT with him?!” Carrie yelled. She was driving me home at seven o’clock at night, and I could tell she was surprised.


“Oh my god! How did it feel to kiss someone?!”

I couldn’t tell if she was mad at me, jealous of me, or both. “It felt divine!”

“LUCKY! I wish I could make out with a guy.” She said. Yeah, she was jealous.

“You mad?” I asked.

“No. I wish I was just in your shoes.”

“Are you going to tell mom and dad?”

“NO! I will not say a word to anyone about this.” She replied. I knew I could trust her!

While we were driving home, I noticed that she was going the wrong way. “Where are we going?”

“Did you have dinner?”


“Mom gave me some money and she told us to have diner somewhere.”

“How much did she give you?”

“Forty bucks.”

Moms, the best people on the planet. What will you do without them? “Can we eat at Steak ‘N Shake?”

“Sure.” She replied and drove into the Steak ‘n Shake near our house.

We exited the car, and we entered the restaurant. It wasn’t that crowded, but not a ghost town.

“Hi! Table for two?” The waiter asked. I swear, she was just a cow in Steak ‘N Shake cloths.


“Or how about a booth?”

“Yeah, a booth.”

“Follow me.”

We followed her to a booth, and I sat right behind someone. I could feel that person turn around, and kiss my hair.

“Hello there.” The voice said.

I looked up, and noticed it was Mitch!

“Hi!” I said. “Mitch, this is my sister, Carrie. Carrie, this is Mitch.” I introduced.

“Nice to meet you.” He said. “Are you two only here?”

“Yes. Are you alone?”


“Why don’t you join us?” Carrie said. THANK YOU GIRL!

“Sure.” He said and sat next to me. “So, how did you like today?”

“It was good.”

“Good?” He asked. I could tell he was joking around. “I thought it was peaceful.”

“What, that you two made out?” Carrie asked. OK, now this girl is evil!

“You told her?” Mitch asked me.

“Wait, you two made out?” she lied. Good!

“Yeah.” I replied.

“Don’t worry, the secret is safe with me.” She said and brought out her phone. “Hey Tammy, have you ever heard back from that bully?”

“No. Why?”

“Well, I heard he got sent to P.S.F.N.C.” she replied. If you don’t know already, P.S.F.N.C is a school that bad kids go. Where the drug users, the sexaholics, and the kids who fight all the time.

“Hello, my name is Kristy.” A waiter said as she walked up to our table and gave us some silverware wrapped in a napkin. “Can I get you something to drink?”

“Water all around.” Carrie ordered.

“And are you ready to order your food?”

“I will have the double steak burger.” Mitch said. “On a separate check.”

“What will you two have?” the waiter asked.

“I will have a steak burger and he will have a triple steak burger.”

“Thanks.” I said.

“OK, that will be coming right up. And I will get you your waters.” The waiter said and walked away.

I then felt an arm go around my side, and my body start to slide closer to his side. Mitch wanted me closer to him.

“So, do you two plan on doing anything else?” Carrie asked.


“I shouldn’t say it in this place.” She said, and winked at me.

That wink…it gave me the hint…THAT JERK!

“F.Y.I, we will not have coidis, and second, this was only once. We probably won’t make out for a while.” Mitch said. “Unless Tammy wants to. I will be more than happy to do it with her.”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! He wanted to make out with me when I want to! Not like I will take advantage of it, but hey, it’s nice to know that…Maybe…

“So…are you two in a relationship?” Carrie asked.

“What is this? Twenty questions? And Romeo and Juilette?”

“I think so.” She replied. OK, now she was getting on my nerves.

“I don’t honestly know where Tammy wants to go with this.” Mitch replied. “All I know is that I want to be in a relationship with her.”

She looked at him like he was crazy. “Seriously?!”

“Yes.” He replied and then looked at me. “Where do you want to go?”

“OK, here is your food.” The waiter said and placed our food on our table. Saved by the waiter!

After she put our food down and left, Mitch looked at me. “Where do you stand?”

I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to be with him, but then I did also live Justin. “I don’t honestly know.”

“Have you been in a relationship before?”

“No.” I replied.

“This is normal for someone new to the relationship world.” He replied. “I honestly think you do want to be in one. The way you made out with me.”

Carrie looked at me with a weird look. “Umm…”

“Don’t ask.” I replied and elbowed Mitch.

“What was that for?”

“You weren’t supposed to say that!” I whispered.

“Oh well.” He replied and took a bite of his hamburger. “Can you pass the seasoning?”


“Well, that was a good meal.” I said. I was the last one finished, and our bills had just come. “How much is it?”

“Are you paying?” Carrie asked.


“Then shut up.” She replied, and we walked up to the front counter. “How was your food?”

“It was good.” Carrie replied and handed her the money.

The cashier cashed out the bill, and after Mitch paid for his, we left.

“Where are you headed?” I asked Mitch.

“I guess back home.” He replied. “See you tomorrow at school.”

“Bye.” I replied. Before we went our separate ways, he grabbed my face, and kissed me. Right in front of my sister.

It must have lasted a while, because I could feel Carrie’s arm grab mine and walked away with me. “Bye!”

“Bye.” Mitch yelled back and went to his car.

Carrie dragged me into the passenger’s seat, and she hopped into the driver’s seat. “I can’t believe you made out with him in public!”

“You don’t have to be mad about this!” I said back.

“People could have saw you! You know how much you hate public humiliation!”

She was right. I do hate public humiliation. I have always hated it. “And your point is…”

“You would be humiliated!”

“Are you going to tell mom?” I asked.

“I will not…only on one condition.”

I was scared of that. “What?”

“That you do not make out with him in public anymore. Understand?”


We rode the rest of the way home in silence.

When we got home, I walked into my room, and looked on my phone.

[ One missed call from Justin ]

Now what does he want?

I slid the icon over, and gave him a call.

“Hey there.” He said.

“Hi. I’m just answering your call.”

“Oh! I was wondering…do you want to go out to eat tomorrow night?”

Like a date? Oh my gosh!

“Like a date?” I asked.


Oh wow! I think he has feelings for me!
“Sure.” I said. “When do you want to meet?”

“Five? Maybe at Ruby Tuesdays?”

“Sure!” I said. “See you then.”

“Until then.” He said and hung up.

I put my phone down and I had a huge smile in my face. I had a date! My first date! YES!

I walked out of my room, and walked into mom’s room. “Hey, I’m going on a date tomorrow, so can I go?”

“Sure.” She replied. “Who are you going with?”

“The same guy I hung out with today.”

“Oh. Well, what time are you going?”

“Probably around five at Ruby Tuesdays.”

“I do have to ask, what’s he like?”

“You’ll see, when he comes over.” I said.


“When I ask you if he can come over.” I said.

She looked at me, like I was crazy. “As long as you two aren’t in a relationship, he can come over. I don’t want no boys with you alone in your room.”


“Promises made.” I said and went to my room.

I walked to my desk, and brought out my homework.

Chapter 9

Five o’clock had it, and I was still in the car. Ugh… why did we have to be late?!

Oh well, it was my fault…

I was getting ready.

When we reached his house, I said my goodbyes to mom, and walked up. I knocked on his door, and he answered.

“Hey there!” he said. You look fabulous!”


I swear I blushed a little.

“Thanks.” I thanked. “Ready?”

“Yup.” He said and turned around. “MOM! I’M LEAVING!”

“OK!” she yelled back.

We walked to his car, and he drove off.

There wasn’t much conversation in the car, because we were seven minutes away from the place. Well, I was hungry, so it helped.

We got out of the car, and went inside. The inside was like your average Ruby Tuesdays – tables, a waiting area, and a kitchen – but there was also a salad bar!


“Table for two?” the waiter asked as she came up to us.

“Please.” Mitch said.

She led us to our table, and handed us menus. “Your waiter will be with you in a moment.”

“OK.” I said and she walked off.

I opened up my menu, and looked at it. It all looked so good, but it was all so damn expensive!


“Hey Tammy.” Mitch said.


“Can I ask you something?”


~ Vacillating brown and Black: Vol. 2 out now! ~

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Vacillating Brown and Black: Vol. 1

It’s 2014. Tammy Louis is just your average teenager. She has her occasional shopping trips, her seventy-two bottles of fingernail polish, and a hot boyfriend. But one small event can change her entire year. When Tammy Louis’s Boyfriend, Nick, comes to her at a random time during school, and announces he has been cheating on her. Instead of apologizing, he choses to be with her, and walks away. From her standing at that spot, and from her life. As this new kid named Justin Brown comes into her life, she is not only in love, but is now troubled on who to love. Justin Brown, or Mitch Black, the strange kid. But who will she pick? And will she be happy with her choice?

  • ISBN: 9781311013064
  • Author: Ian Schrauth
  • Published: 2015-10-31 20:05:13
  • Words: 11169
Vacillating Brown and Black: Vol. 1 Vacillating Brown and Black: Vol. 1