“Guess what, guys,” Nick said as he and Callie walked into Elizabeth’s room holding Callie’s hand. Elizabeth and Brian looked up from the television. Before they could respond, Nick said, “Callie and I are going out.”
Elizabeth sucked in a sharp breath and clenched her jaw. She felt Brian rub her back. She put on a fake smile and said, “That’s great.”
“Yeah,” Brian said. He could tell Elizabeth was upset, but there wasn’t anything he could do in front of Nick and Callie. They didn’t seem to notice she was upset.
“What movies are we gonna watch, Liz?” Callie asked as she and Nick sat down on the floor.
Elizabeth shot Callie a look that could kill. Callie didn’t see it. Elizabeth hated being called Liz and Callie knew it. “Halloween H20 and Good Will Hunting,” she said.
“Cool. Let’s watch Good Will Hunting first,” Nick said.
“Kay,” Elizabeth said as she put the movie in the VCR. She sat back down on the bed next to Brian.
Not even ten minutes into the movie, Nick and Callie began making out. Elizabeth saw them and sighed heavily. “That didn’t take long,” she whispered to Brian.
“Just try to ignore them, Lizzie,” he advised, giving her a sympathetic smile.
An hour and a half later, the movie was over. Elizabeth put in Halloween H20.
“Turn the lights off,” Nick commanded.
“Yes, sir,” she muttered.
“Nick, I’m scared!” Callie exclaimed.
“Don’t worry, baby. I’ll protect you,” Nick said as he hugged her closer to them. They started making out again.
“I think I’m gonna throw up,” Elizabeth said, quietly. She watched them, not able to look away. She felt the pain and anger build up inside her. “I can’t take this anymore,” she said, quietly as a tear trickled down her cheek. She got up and ran out of the room. Brian followed her quickly.
Brian found Elizabeth sitting outside on her front steps. She was staring up at the moon. He sat down next to her. “Hey, Lizzie,” he said, quietly. Instead of responding, she threw her arms around him and sobbed. He just sat there holding her, silently cursing Nick for hurting her. Elizabeth pulled away and wiped her eyes.
“They didn’t even notice I ran out, did they?” Elizabeth asked. Brian shook his head. “I don’t know why I’m all upset. I mean, it’s not like he was ever mine or anything. I’m just the ugly girl next door. I can’t blame him for not wanting me,” she said, angrily.
“Stop that right now! That’s not true and I never wanna hear you say that again. Lizzie, you’re beautiful. I can’t believe how stupid Nick is not to see it. I want to strangle him for hurting you.”
Elizabeth looked into Brian’s blue eyes. “Why are you so good to me?”
Because I love you, he thought.
“Because I care about you and you deserve the best.”
She smiled and then leaned in and kissed his cheek. “Ya know, you’re right, Bri. If Nick doesn’t want me, that’s his loss. I’m not gonna waste anymore of my time on him.”
“That’s my girl,” Brian said, hugging her. They sat there like that for a while. Elizabeth liked being in Brian’s arms. In that short time, Brian had made her forget all about Nick. I need to move on…I think I might just move onto Brian, she thought as he held her.
Finally, he spoke. “You ready to go back in there?”
“Ready as I’ll ever be,” she said.
He stood up and offered her his hand. She took it and they went back inside.
Two weeks later, Brian and Elizabeth were playing Nintendo 64 at his house. They had spent a lot of time together since Nick was busy with Callie. Elizabeth’s feelings for Brian had intensified over this time. She was completely over Nick. She had told Brian this.
Brian sat down his controller and looked at her. “Lizzie?”
She turned off the game and looked at him. “Yeah?”
He hesitated before speaking. “Do you think you could ever like me as more than a friend?”
“I already do, Brian.”
He looked surprised but happy. “You do?” She nodded. “But, I thought you were in love with Nick.”
“I realized something this past month. I wasn’t really in love with Nick. I thought I was, but it was just a crush. I also realized that you mean a lot more to me than I could ever imagine. You’re the one who’s always there for me. You’re the one who takes care of me. You’re…you’re the one,” she told him.
Brian smiled. “Will you let me take you out tonight?”
“Yeah, I’d love that.”
“Great. I wanna make tonight really special,” Brian said with another smile.
The doorbell rang at exactly seven o’clock. Always on time, Bri, Elizabeth thought as she ran down the stairs to answer it. “I’ll get it,” she called to her parents.
She opened the door and let Brian in. He look great in his blue button up shirt and tan slacks. Elizabeth was wearing a light blue sundress that hugged her curves. It was a couple inches above knee length and had spaghetti straps. The dress was very flattering on her. He hair was curled loosely and cascaded over her bare shoulders.
Brian’s eyes widened and his mouth dropped when he saw Elizabeth. He quickly composed himself. She looked so beautiful. He rarely ever saw her all dressed up. “Wow, Lizzie. You look amazing. Absolutely beautiful,” he said.
She blushed. “Thanks. You look great.”
“Here. This is for you.” He handed her a red rose.
“Thank you. It’s beautiful,” she said.
Elizabeth’s mother, Anna, came up behind her. “Hello, Brian. You look very nice…I’ll put that in water for you, hun,” she said, taking the rose from Elizabeth. “You two have fun.”
“Brian, have her home by midnight,” her father, William, called from the living room.
“Yes, sir,” Brian called back.
They walked outside to Brian’s green jeep. He opened the door her and she got in. It was something he always did for her. He was very polite. She always teased him about it. She didn’t tonight, though.
“So, your parents don’t have a problem with us dating?” Brian asked as he pulled out of her driveway.
“No. They trust us and they really like you,” she told him.
“Where are we going?”
They arrived at the beach as the sun was setting. Brian parked his jeep and they got out. He took a wicker picnic basket and a blanket out from the back of the jeep.
They found a spot on the empty beach and spread out the blanket. They sat down and Brian unpacked the picnic basket. It contained their favorite food, home made macaroni and cheese as well as garlic bread, two cans of Dr. Pepper, two plates, silverware, and napkins.
“I can’t believe you did all this just for me,” Elizabeth said as Brian dished her out a plate of macaroni. He refused to let her do anything. He did it all for her.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a really long time,” he said, looking into her brown eyes.
She smiled. “You are so sweet,” she told him as he handed her her plate.
They ate their food and talked about everything from their childhood memories to the movie they saw the night before. After they were done eating, they decided to take a walk. They slipped off their shoes and stood up.
Elizabeth and Brian walked along the shoreline. The warm water washed up over their bare feet. The light from the full moon reflected off the water. Brian held Elizabeth’s hand as they walked. Brian suddenly stopped walking.
Elizabeth stopped walking also. “What’s wrong?”
“May I have this dance?” Brian asked in response.
She looked at him strangely. “But there’s no music.”
He smiled. “There will be,” he reassured her.
She wrapped her arms around his neck and he held her tightly against him. They slowly swayed back and forth. Elizabeth liked being in Brian’s arms. She laid her head on his shoulder and breathed in the scent of his cologne.
Brian liked having Elizabeth in his arms. It felt so natural to hold her. He gently caressed her back as he began to softly sing to her. It was her favorite song, “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You” by N Sync.
Brian finished singing the song and then pulled away from Elizabeth and looked at her. She was crying.
“Aw, sweetie. Please don’t cry,” Brian begged.
“I can’t help it. That was so sweet,” she said as he wiped away her tears. “I’ve liked you for a long time. I thought you’d be like Nick and never like me back.”
“I’m not Nick,” he said, gently, looking into her eyes. “I do like you and I promise that I will never hurt you.”
They stood there for a while just looking at each other. Then slowly, Brian leaned in to kiss her. Elizabeth leaned in and closed her eyes. She could feel her heart pounding as their lips touched. It was a long, sweet kiss followed by several short ones. They pulled apart and looked at each other.
“Wow…That was my first kiss,” Elizabeth said.
“How was it?” Brian asked.
“Incredible. I’m glad it was with you.”
“Will you kiss me again?”
He wrapped his arms around her small waist and pulled her close. She put her arms around his neck. He brought his lips to hers and kissed her. This kiss was more passionate and lasted longer. It left them both breathless.