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Speechless

“Hey, how’s it going?” I shake my head. “Yo, what up!” Ugh, even lamer! I think to myself. Come on Rose, you can think of something cool to say. I’m at Cool Beanz Coffee House, waiting in line to order my drink.

The line is way too long and I’m impatiently tapping my foot. I was looking around the room, busying myself by counting the number of tiles on the floor. All of a sudden the door swung open and a rowdy group of boys about my age nosily hurried in, eager to get away from the chilly snow falling outside.

I rolled my eyes as most of the other customers stopped and stared at the group. I recognized most of them from my school. They’re so immature. I thought as I watched them make their way to where I’m standing; the end of the line.

I was about to greet them when I noticed Chase Sterling laughing with Jake Rivera, another one of the boys from my school. I stopped and immediately turned around. I’ve known Chase since…well since forever, but I’ve hardly even said more than a sentence to him. The funny thing is, I’ve liked him for the longest time.

So here I am, standing in line, waiting to order my coffee, and right behind me is the guy I’ve liked since grade school. Come to think of it, I guess it hasn’t been that long ago…I mean, I’m only in 8th grade. It’s just been a couple years… Man, I wish my best friend, Charlotte were here. My mom dropped me off here a few minutes ago because she had to go to a meeting across the street.

I have to talk to Chase…and I’m trying to think of something cool to say, but I don’t know… “Rosalie??” Uh oh...I heard my name. Slowly, I turn around and wave shyly. “I thought it was you!” So it was Jake who had noticed me. I give a weak smile. “What, not gonna say hi?” He asks.

“Hi.” I mutter under my breath, not daring to look at Chase. ‘Hi?!’ Are you kidding me? What is wrong with you Rose, say something else!! Chase probably thinks I’m a loser now… The boys all snicker. “What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?” Harvey Larch asks. I shake my head and start to turn back around.

“Hey, come on guys. Knock it off, I got the drinks covered. You go ahead and sit down.” A smooth, calm voice says. I’d know that voice anywhere. It was Chase! And he was sticking up for me! OMG OMG OMG!! Best moment of my life ever!

The boys all laugh. “Sticking up for the lady huh? Oooooh! Looks like somebody’s in looove.” Harvey cackles. My heart sinks just then. “Very funny, but you know, the gentleman that I am.” Chase gives a crooked smile which makes my heart melt.

“Whatevs bro.” Harvey grins, and punches Chase playfully in the arm before he, and the rest of his friends walk off. After they do, I’m left standing alone with Chase in this still, very long line. Awkward…


“Rosalie right?”He asks. I nod. Even though I’ve known him since 1st grade, he still doesn’t even know my name! “Yeah, but everyone calls me Rose.” Chase nods. “I’m Chase.” I know. “Good to know.” I answer politely. Inside, I’m silently screaming.


“Aren’t you in my math class?” I nod my head again. Actually, we both have math, reading, US history, science and Spanish together. I don’t mention that though. “Yeah…isn’t Mr. Richmond the wackiest? I mean, his glasses are always so low on his nose!” Chase laughs. “Right? I swear I’m gonna fall asleep every time he talks! His voice is like blah blah blahhhhh.”


After a few minutes of talking about Mr. Richmond, we talk about other things and soon we’re laughing like old buddies. I can’t believe I’m talking to Chase. And I don’t feel weird or anything! We’re almost at the cashier (I guess the staff is really slow today) and Chase stops and stares at me.

“What?” I ask uneasily. “You know, you seem different than I expected.” I frown. “Well, I mean, good…different.” “Thanks…?” I say as we reach the front of the line and order our drinks.

Our order arrives, and I sip my hot chocolate carefully as I take my wallet out to pay. Just as I’m billing a five dollar bill out, Chase places his hand on the hand holding the money and I look up, startled. “I got it.” He says. I smile, and blush, as he smiles back, leaving me speechless.




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jellotinisjiggly24This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm:
This was awesome!!! Very good! I love your work! So simple but great! Good job! The only thing i noticed was, you kept on saying she was going to get coffee but then she got hot chocolet. Sorry I corrected you at the littlest thing. They just set me off and i really want to help! Great job!!! keep writing!!! :)(:
 
SaritaFajita replied...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm :

Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it! :)

Haha, and sorry about the coffee thing.

 
jellotinisjiggly24This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 8:33 am :
no really! thats ok im too observant! It was truelly a really great story!!!! :)(:
 
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BreeTayler This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm:
haha! how cute is this?! I loved the story, it reminds me of the good days lol!!! ... The one thing I noticed right off the bat is: "Ugh! Even lamer! I think to myself.." Since this story is in first person the "I think to myself" is not necessary. Everything outside of dialouge, the character is thinking. Also, have you ever heard a cute boy use the word "wackiest"? lol:) just a thought... But all in all it was a great, feel-good romance:))) i'd like more.
 
SaritaFajita replied...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm :

Haha, aww thank you(:

&Okay, thanks for the feedbackk.! Its so cool you were in the magazine!

And actually, the girl said 'wackiest'. Haha, sorry I didn't make that a little clearer! :)

 
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