Caller ID: James

January 7, 2008
By Laura Kochendorfer, Davisburg, MI

Sitting on a grassy hill, looking out at Lake Erie, and watching the waves crash on the side of the big square rocks, called the sea wall that lined the side of camp that was on a hill. They spent four hours talking, laughing, and enjoying each others company. Ann and James were one the cutest couples the camp had ever seen. Ann was 16 years old, long brown hair, green eyes, girly but still has a tom-boyish side and lives in a suburb of Maine. James on the other hand was 18 years old, shaggy brown hair to his ears, big brown eyes, wears a black pair of pants and t-shirts, and lives in New York until he leaves for college in a few months, and from there is moving to New Jersey to go to a technical school to major in Computer Science.
They were inseparable even when they went to cedar point with camp. They spent the whole day with him and her friends. Their first kiss was seen by many of their friends and everyone walking by the spray on tattoo place at cedar point Where her camp friend walks up just as he kisses her and right after her friend says in a low voice “you… me…bathroom…now.”
Ann quietly says to James as she starts to walk away “excuse me I need to use the restroom.” He nods as she turns and walks away.
Her phone starts to sing his ringer, “I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad carry you around when your arthritis is bad all I wanna do, is grow old with you.” She answers all excited “Hey, Sweetie, how are you?”
He replied “I’m doing alright. What about you, gorgeous?” Ann could tell he really wasn’t okay by the tone of his voice. The night before, they had talked about her going off to college and studying abroad, he didn’t take it very well.
“I’m okay, but seriously hunny what’s wrong? I know you aren’t okay you’ve never been good at lying to me.”
“Oh, I’m fine; we’ll talk about it later. So how was your day today? Did you do anything fun?” The problems begin.
How can I have a relationship if the key thing in the relationships is to talk?
“If today is not a good day to bring it up then when is?” she raised her voice in irritation.
“Fine, I just don’t know what I’m going to do about you going off to college, I really want you to move closer to me for college,” he rambled on “ and I don’t think we’ll stay together if you do a study abroad program.”
“Umm… I don’t really know what to say. I’m most likely going over seas no matter what for at the least a semester; can you please support me in this?”
“We’ll see what happens, for now let’s just be happy and make the best of what we have.”
She started crying, not knowing what else to do. James felt ashamed that he made Ann cry again. He tried to calm her by saying, “everything’s going to be alright, I promise. I love you, gorgeous.”
James started freaking out to his friends, especially his roommate, Rex who was just like James in personality. Rex was starting to get distraught, and started talking to Ann to see what was going on and to see if he could help them out. He knew they both cared about each other so much that they couldn’t live without each other.
Not long after James started panicking, then Ann started panicking about everything too: James living in New York and Ann living in Maine, Ann going off to college even though it wasn’t for another year and a month, seeing each other 3 or 4 times a year, him always playing video games and sometimes picking them over her, and so many more. They had made it through so many problems; why was it so hard to do get through these specific ones? Ann pondered these questions
James got freaked out and called her one day; they both knew things between them weren’t going as well as they hoped. She answered the phone with a cordial “hi” and he reply with a “hi” and the dreaded words began.
“We need to talk” James said.
Ann’s heart dropped at that moment, she knew what was going to happen before the call ended.
“I’ve been thinking about all the things that have been going on and I just don’t think I can deal with them. We probably won’t even make it through you’re first semester over seas.”
Ann didn’t know what to say except “if that’s what you need” as she started to sniffle and tears started running down her face. She hurried and got off the phone to cry for hours by herself in her room she had a box of tissues by her side and her stuffed dog, butterscotch. Her dog had always been by her side whenever she needed her, not like her friends.
She finally calmed down enough to try to call someone so they could try to get her mind off of him. She called one of her best friends, Delanie. Delanie decided that she would take her beloved friend out for some coffee and to talk things out.
“Ann what happened?” Delanie started their conversation
“We started talking about me going off to college a couple weeks ago and he flipped out and broke up with me,” She said through her tears. “I don’t know what to do,” she continued “I love him so much and I don’t want to give him up because of college, but I don’t want to make the same mistakes as my sister!”
Delanie started with questions before her advice, “do you love him?”
“Yes” Ann answered
“Is he worth your time?”
“Of course!”
“Do you think he’d wait for you?”
“I know he would!”
“Would he be willing to follow you?”
“He would only be able to follow me if he got a job that moved him to where I was after he graduates.”
“Well, what is your heart telling you?”
“That he doesn’t love me anymore and that I wish he would come back pick me up, kiss me like he has never kissed me before. I then want him to hold me and say ‘everything’s going to be fine’ and I really want everything to be fine.”
“Pray and things will work out the way they’re supposed to”
Ann was still a bit upset but she had to take her best friends advice. Delanie thought she was more upset that he wasn’t going to be at her dance recital that meant so much to her and it was only a week away.
A couple days later Delanie decided to try to call James to see if she could work something out as a surprise.
This is how the conversation went “Hey James its Delanie, How are you?”
“I’m doing okay and you?” he replied
“I’m doing alright, I heard about you and Ann.”
“Yeah…is she okay?”
“Not really she really misses you and I can tell she loves you with all her heart”
“I love her too.”
“Then why did you break up with her?”
“Don’t know”
“Don’t lie James you had a reason why won’t you tell me?”
“…Because…because… I’m scared…and I don’t want to loose her. So if I just break it off now then I can get over it and be okay, with time.” he said hesitantly
“That is the most senseless thing I have ever heard in my life!” Delanie raised her voice in rage
“I know I shouldn’t have but I just got really nervous about things and did it at a random time and didn’t think I’m sorry!”
“Well…I have a proposal for you.” She went on about her little plan that no one would find out until the day it happened.
It was the night of Ann and her friend’s, Lynn who was 4’10.5”blond hair, green eyes, and had an accent because she was from Tennessee first performance of their dance recital. You could see it in Ann’s eyes that she was anxious. Lynn came up to her, held her hands, and prayed “Dear Lord, please calm Ann’s nerves as she’s scared to perform and be with us the rest of the night” and in unison they said “amen.” Ann and Lynn were so excited for the end of the performance because they both had plans to go out after their performance. She was getting all excited because he had been so busy with college lately. Ann on the other hand was just planning on going out with Delanie, which was not her original plan which upset her a little.
They both danced their hearts out and finished their first dance recital, happy and excited to have the next one the next evening. Delanie had said that after Ann’s recital that she should meet her at Gustavo’s for a girl’s night out. So Ann went back to her room, when she got there she found flowers there, they were her favorite purple roses. She read the note attached it said “I love you and I can’t wait to see you tonight” with no name signed. She laughed as she envisioned Delanie putting these in her room for when she came back to her room. Finally she got dressed, put her make up on, and made herself look gorgeous for the night ahead her.
She shows up at Gustavo’s, a very nice Italian restaurant; goes up to the hostess, and asks if anyone for a party of two under the name Delanie was here. The lady nods, and directs her to her table. Instead of seeing Delanie, she saw James! She stood there stunned. She wasn’t sure how to react to this surprise, she had thought they were over…for forever.
After a short delay he stood up.
He slowly walked towards her as he thought Wow what I was thinking? She is the most beautiful girl in the world, the most caring and loving girl, who loves ME despite ALL my mistakes. I am so stupid!!! He tries to start talking and all that comes out is “uhh ehh bluu pfffft lalulalu.” He finally spits something out “You look SOO exquisite tonight!”
She didn’t respond
He walks closer and closer until they were only a foot apart it was his test to see if the feelings they had were still there. She didn’t back up, she stood there, he got closer and closer until their lips touched. He kissed her in a way that made her know exactly how he felt and that he was never going anywhere else. Their lips start to part and as they did he slowly bent down on one knee, by this time everyone in the restaurant is watching. He pulls out a box, he slowly opens it to see a beautiful diamond ring that shimmered in the light, and Ann started crying and couldn’t stop. As she cried he said “will you make me the happiest and luckiest man in the world and make me your husband?” she was speechless.
Everyone around was saying “Aww,” “They’re such a charming couple,” “Young love is marvelous,” and many more comments.
She finally through the crying mustered out a “yes, I will”
He rose to his feet, kissed her and held her like there was no tomorrow.

The next thing she knew she was in a white wedding gown with a halter top. It was a low cut dress but it had some material to cover part of her chest up. It had a lilac sash around her stomach. The beautiful wedding dress had sequins from the sash, just below her chest, up to the halter straps and on the train of the dress. It also had the top part of the dress cut and had lace with white satin behind it for the open area. She had a beautiful headband with diamond looking stones on it with her hair up in all spiral curls and a beautiful, white veil with lilac trimming. As she walked down the aisle with her father, who was dressed in a black tuxedo, she held oh to her fathers arm tightly. She looked down at the front of the Church to see her soon-to-be-husband standing there smiling with the happiest expression, on his face, that she had ever seen. She knew for sure right then that she loved him with all her heart and she would now have the rest of her life to show him how much all her heart was.

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