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Secrets
Maggie, Age 14, Portland, OR

May 16, 2006

Handsome , smart, funny. Yes, he's all of that his voice is beautiful. Though when he speaks and I don't know it's him, it is somewhat annoying. I've known him since, like forever. The only question I ask myself now is why I didn't see it before. Ever since I can remember we've been running up and down the six flights of stairs, from first floor to seventh, it was cool. Until now, we were friends, and then he got first girlfriend, on my thirteenth birthday. I had it planned out.

I was going to be on my bed, he flings the door open. We would share our first kiss. But noooooooo! It had to be Lauren as his first kiss. My ex-best friend, she knew I liked him. We both knew he liked her, and she didn't like him. And for some reason, she had the guts to kiss him right in front of me. The nerve of some people. Sad, isn't it.

With Love,

Valerie

   ****

"Valerie," my mom yelled. "Come down here, we need to talk."

I hesitantly walked down the stairs. I started to get sweaty palms. There was Tucker, the handsome, smart, funny guy. He's so cute!

I flashed back to the bucktoothed loser I used to see him as. How could someone so ugly turn into someone so gorgeous?

"Valerie?" My mom was waving her hand in front of my face, "We lost ya, hun."

"Sorry, I... I was thinking about school today. It's going to be great." What! School is always horrible; never will school be great. I guess Mom thought the same because she looked confused.

"Are you okay?" she asked.

"Yeah fine!" I said in my fake happy voice.

"Why on Earth would school be great? Okay, maybe, but never great." Tucker exclaimed.

"Yeah, that's what I meant." I covered.

"You know," Candice, my older sister, said, "there's this hot senior, Jesse. He's really hot!"

"Jesse Larson?" Tucker asked.

"Yeah, you know him?"

"Of course, we're going to the movies after school. You should come." Tucker offered.

"Really? You would take us! I mean, yeah, that would be cool." Candice started to blush out, excited, then lowered down to a smooth conversational voice.

"Smooth, sis." I giggled.

"You guys are going to be late for school if you don't hurry." Mom said as she handed Candice her lunch.

As Tucker and I sat down someone said, "OOOOOOOOOOO!" As if we don't sit together every day. Like it was something new. But we just ignored them as if the weren't even there. "So, the word in the hall is you like a new guy, but you're afraid to tell him. Since when? I mean, you always tell a guy when you like them. But they always run. Anyway I forgot I was mad. How come you didn't tell me this, I thought we were best friends." He said in a fake crying voice.

"I haven't told anyone about that! How did you find out? I can explain I was going to tell you. I just wasn't sure how." I said in a panic.

"Why would you need to explain? Most girls like Jordon."

"Jordon? Jordon Tomlan?" I asked puzzled. How could he possibly think I like Jordon? I like him, not Jordon. I just can't let him think I like Jordon, which would ruin everything.

"Yeah, I guess I should tell someone." Oh, god, what have I done? If I tell him, he'll think something's up. What if he found out? What would he do? He would kill me. maybe he wouldn't tell me and see if I'd lie again and catch me in the act. He's my best friend, why would he do that. He wouldn't, would he?

"Val! Hello, is anyone home?"

"What?"

"I asked what we we're going to do today after the movies. Are you okay, you've been acting funny for the past couple of days? What's up?" He asked.

"Oh, I'm fine. Um, I don't know what do you want to do?"

"Everyone, get off my bus." Jared, our bus  driver, grinned. He's a funny guy -- well at least he thinks he is.

We all stood up in a single file line to exit the bus. Because Tucker was sitting by the window, our bodies were pressed together between all the anxious students. His warm hands grabbed my shoulders as if to guide me. I wanted to tell him so bad. I reconsidered, but it didn't help.

"Why are you so tense, Val?" Tucker asked sounding as calm as ever. I couldn't stand it any longer. I whipped around.

"Tucker I have something so important to say, it could change our whole friendship." I blurted.

"Valerie, would you please exit the bus." Jared's voice came from behind me. I turned around to find everyone in front of me had already left the bus.

When we got off the bus, I grabbed Tucker's hand. "Val, what's up, you're acting so weird and now you have something to say that could ruin our friendship?"

I was scared out of my mind.

"Tucker, I've been having strange feelings about you. Feelings I've never had before." I couldn't help but giggle while saying that.

"What did I do? If you don't want to be friends, I'll deal. I mean, I won't like it, but I'll deal." He said, his voice shaky.

"No that's not it. It's the complete opposite." I admitted.

"Why didn't you tell me this before?"

"'Cause I thought you liked Lauren like a girlfriend and me as a friend."

"No that's not it. It's the complete opposite." He giggled. We kissed and went to class.

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