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My eyes scanned the large classroom. There she is. Her long, wavy brown hair was shining in the sunlight coming through the window. Beautiful. I smiled as I made my way through the cramped space in between the tables. Getting closer, I noticed the book on the chair beside her, saving my seat. She turned around in her chair and, seeing me coming, smiled a huge smile, moved the book onto the table, and cast her gorgeous sky blue eyes toward the chair. It was from this that I had given her her nickname--Sky. I know. Original, right? But it suited her, and she loved it. As always, she was wearing the necklace I had made her for her birthday last year, which brought out her eyes wonderfully.
“Morning, Gabe. How was your date?” She waggled her eyebrows up and down a few times. Ugh. Did she have to remind me? The night before, I had suffered through endless pain and agony on the worst blind date of my life. Because of what she called her “maternal duty” my mother had set me up with the “delightful and charming” Amber--daughter of my parent’s affluent neighbors, Stephen and Linda Snelling. Amber was, basically, what every guy (but me apparently) would have wanted in a blind date. She was the ditsy, blond, leggy, voluptuous, bad-private-school girl type, and to top it all off--captain of the cheerleading team. Can you say cliché?
“Don’t ask.”
“That bad?”
“She thought Leonardo de Caprio painted the Mona Lisa.”
Sky’s sweet, lilting laugh filled the space between us. “Ouch.”
“Yeah.” I sighed. Ouch indeed.
“You’ll find someone.” She said as Professor Newmann began the lecture. I wanted to tell her I already had found someone, she just happened to have a boyfriend and was, apparently, completely oblivious to the fact that I had a Y chromosome.
I had been in love with Sky since I first met her in our psychology class at the beginning of the year. It was her sophomore and my junior year at Rayford Barnes University, and the seat next to mine was the only one not being occupied. She stumbled in at the last minute, her hair sticking up, shoes untied, and loaded down with a monstrous backpack and a stack of books in her hand. Trying to put the books on the table, she swung her backpack around and brained me in the face. When I woke up, the first thing I saw were those dazzling eyes staring down at me. I was hooked. Since then I had been upgraded to best friend status, helping with problems and giving advice, all the while secretly pining like the hopeless loser I am. And, as a best friend should, I learned every possible thing about her. Things not even her boyfriend knew. Like she had been diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia when she was ten years old and had a complete remission. And she still slept with her teddy bear, Ernest, that she got for her third birthday. Everything from her favorite color--viridian (the color you would get if you mixed her sky blue eyes with my dark green ones) -- to her first kiss (junior year, YMCA parking lot, Redmond Wiler--his real name, believe it or not), to the way she liked her jeans to fit (loose in the thigh, low on the hips), I could tell you anything. And I was overjoyed to be her friend, I really was. I just longed for something more.
I felt something warm on my hand. Glancing down, I saw Sky’s hand resting on mine, and I felt a jolt of electricity charge through my veins.
“Gabriel?” Professor Newmann was right next to my desk, a knowing expression on her face. It was beyond obvious that this wasn’t the first time she had tried to get my attention, which probably explained Sky’s hand on mine. Glancing over at her, I could see that she was slightly worried, unlike Professor Newmann, who was smirking at me. She was incredibly young for a professor—probably in her mid-thirties, and wore different rims around her glasses every day. This was my second semester of psychology with her and I had never seen her wear the same ones twice. They were all different colors and shapes. Some had leopard print or rhinestones. It was as if she used them to see inside our heads. She was one person you couldn’t keep secrets from—which, I guess, made sense, her being the psychology teacher and all. Even now, as she looked at me, I could tell she knew how I felt about Sky.
“Sorry, what was that?” I managed, trying to concentrate on talking, rather than the fact that Sky was touching me.
“Your homework, Gabriel.” Professor Newmann said gently as she rolled her eyes. It was all I could do not to moan out loud when Sky removed her hand so that I could grab my bag. I fumbled for the right papers and handed them to her, trying out what I hoped was an apologetic smile. As she took them she shook her head in a will-he-ever-learn kind of way. Moving to the front of the room, she sighed and ran a hand through her thick, black hair before turning back to face the class.
“Please turn to page 253 in your books and we’ll get started.” She said calmly. I read the title of the page we were about to study--Social Influences on Love and Mate Selection. No freaking way.

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Kayashreya This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm
Great story! You have very powerful writing!
Aaliyah02 said...
Apr. 4, 2016 at 10:48 am
Wonderful! I Loved it! I would love to read some more of your stories!
Em129 said...
Dec. 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm
I have had a moment like this and it was nice to read about best friends and one who loves the other. Its almost refreshing. I absolutely love it.
KittyKat1419 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm
Amazing!:) I need more....:)
Jayjay212a2 said...
Feb. 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm
This story was very interesting but in a good way!!!!
JPanda13 said...
Feb. 13, 2014 at 1:46 am
the type of thing every girl wants a guy to secretly be thinking about her
Kasey_renee said...
Dec. 28, 2013 at 1:54 am
I loved it so much! You should really continue it.
Nannette_25 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm
The descriptions and imagery in this story are amazing! Love it!
Yourboggert1 said...
Jul. 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm
i loved this! it was humerous and just great! i would love for you to continue the story! like please!
GotSoccer19 said...
Jun. 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm
This was so awesome. Most "romance" stories are all cheesy and, as you said, cliche. This was completely realistic. To be honest, it'd make a great book if you added on(: Best wishes!
JRaye This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm
Such a great story! I love the way you developed your characters - Gabe is so friendly and in love and, all in all, real! I hope you write more on this later on, you're an awesome writer! :) (PS, the ending was real cute and funny!)
angel_of_silence said...
Dec. 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm
awsome work, the last part made me laugh, i dont mean to sound rude considering this is you work that im commenting on but could you please check out my work??? once again it was awesome
Lonleydandy said...
Aug. 13, 2010 at 8:18 am
AHHHH, where's the rest ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
gymbabe This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

This was so totally awesome!  Incredible! PLEASE tell me you wrote more!  You're an amazing writer!

Also, could you check out my work and comment on it?

tenderheartx3 said...
Oct. 4, 2009 at 12:53 am
five star.
love it
unique style
leaves a sense of wonder
great tone
raevyn_13 said...
Oct. 2, 2009 at 5:29 am
Whoa, I read the whole story so far and I have two things to say:
1. The story's amazing.
2. You're awesome!!!!
Believe me when I say we'll be seeing your name all over the papers (..and the television, and on posters, and in famous bookstores.. you get the point)
Again, WOW!!!
Rorylubinsky replied...
Oct. 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm
Thank you so much! You made my day!
Rorylubinsky said...
Sept. 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm
Hey all! There is more of this story on my website:
I post new stuff every once in a while, so check it out!
readingredhead33 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm
hehehe. that was nice.
Ivory-Wolf said...
Feb. 5, 2009 at 5:59 am
Loved it!!! Remember the little people once you're a famous author!!!
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