First Date This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     My heart is pounding; the more I think, the more I start to panic. I don’t even know if I should get out of the car. Maybe I should just leave. No, no, I can’t. I am already 15 minutes late because I couldn’t decide what to wear. I hope she doesn’t mind what I am wearing. I don’t even know where we should go. I said dinner but I’m not hungry. Maybe it is because I feel as if my stomach has caved in. What’s that smell? Oh, no, it can’t be my sweat! I guess I have to keep my hands in my pockets for the night. Then how am I supposed to open the door for her, or hold her in my arms? Should I even hold her?

Maybe I was just not meant to love; I am cursed. My cell phone is ringing, it’s her! Should I talk to her? Should I let it ring? What if she’s worried, or sees me outside her house? Should I have gotten her flowers, or chocolates? Should I try to kiss her or would that be taking things too quickly? But I want to be close so badly I could scream at the top of my lungs.

What if she’s dating me out of pity? I don’t even know if I should talk to her because my breath is starting to get strange. Why didn’t I bring gum, or body spray? I am feeling so sick I want to cry. Why am I so immature? I thought I was a man but apparently not, or maybe this just shows how much a woman can make a man’s life go upside down in less than two minutes.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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