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- Mandy`n`Nick :
" THE ONE " : Sixthy Part

He’s so incredible! I could never thank him enough for the love, generosity, and caring he has showed me. I love him with all of my heart and soul, and I always will. “Wow. Looks like we’re a little late,” replied Nick. “Oh well!” We looked around for Brian, AJ, Kevin, and Howie. I didn’t see them, but Nick soon did. He pointed to a corner in the room. They were all sitting there looking bored. “What’s wrong?!?” I asked. AJ snapped out of his daze and excitedely asked, “Hey! Do you know where Trish is? I can’t find her anywhere!” “Sorry AJ. We just got here, but I can look around if you want me to.” “Would you?” “Sure!” I went around looking for Trisha like I had promised AJ, while Nick joined his buds, and started to chat with them. “So Nick.. what took you two so long?” “Oh, we were eating. I guess we just kind of lost track of time, AJ.” “Trisha!” She was standing in the middle of a group of friends just chatting away. “AJ’s been looking for you!” “Really?!?” “Yeah!” “Where’s he at?” I pointed out the table and she walked over there quickly. I noticed Diana had been in the ‘group’ as well so I asked, “So where are those friends of yours?” “Oh! Well, Lauren wants to dance with Kevin, and Megan wants to be with Howie, but Melissa can’t come! She’s stuck at home with what they think is mono!” “That would suck so bad!” “Tell me about it!” I pulled her friends together and brought them over to meet Kev and Howie. They talked, then went to the dance floor and got their groove on. Nick and Brian were still sitting at the table. Brian still looked as miserable as he had when I left earlier. I asked Nick, if he could give us a few minutes. “Sure. I’ll go get us some punch.” After he left, I took Brian’s hands and said, “Are you all right?” “Mandy.. It’s just that I miss Leighanne so much.. and what gets to me the most, is the fact that she hasn’t called, or anything. I really don’t know what’s going on.. and it’s really affecting me right now,” he said squeezing my hands tightly. “I can tell Brian..” I looked at his face; his eyes were getting glossy. He tried his best to keep tears from showing, but there was no use. I saw them and they came and came. I pulled a chair up right beside him. I gave him a hug, and he returned it and kept it going for several minutes. “I’m sorry.” He looked at me, “It’s not your fault, Mandy.” “I know, but I still am sorry for what you’re going through. I’ve been there many times. And believe me, I know the pain it brings. It hurts, BAD! But you know.. I’ve noticed that the less you think of it the easier it gets, and it all seems to work out for the best. Trust me.” “I do. Mandy, thank you.” He gave me another giant hug. I noticed Nick standing back behind us, wondering if he should come over now or not. I smiled at him giving him the ok signal. Nick handed Bri a cup full of punch. “Thanks, man.” He took a sip, pointed to me and said, “You know, you’re really lucky to have her.” “Yeah, I know.” Nick got up, came over to me held his hand out and said, “May I have this dance?” “Of course you can.” I started to get up and then sat back down. “Hold on a sec Nick... Brian, I’ve got a favor to ask you.” “Ask away.” “Ok, well... you know how Diana had wanted you to dance with one of her buds tonight? Well, she’s stuck at home with mono.” “Uck.” “Yeah, but anyways.. Kim’s date canceled on her. And you are her ultimate fav. She loves you to bits. She was going to come to our little “concert”, but she wasn’t home. Do you think you could dance with her, please? I mean you don’t have to if you don’t want to, but it’ll really help get your mind off of-” “Sure, I’ll do it. Where’s she at?” I showed him, and he slowly made his way over to her. Nick tried again, “May I have what’s left of this dance?” “Of course.” I replied with a laugh. “Good. It’s about time.” “Ok, ok. Here we go..” Oh, the dance! I had my arms around his neck, while his were placed around my waist. We were as close as two people could possibly be without smothering each other! It was great! I was enjoying every moment of it. The song soon ended, but was continued by another slow song. I noticed Nick staring at me out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look at him. In response he said, “Mandy.. you really do look amazing tonight..” I smiled and replied, “Thanks. You look pretty stunning yourself!” “I know.” He said confidently. We laughed some more, and realized that Brian and Kim were dancing beside us. They stopped. “Mind if I cut in?” asked Brian to Nick. “Yeah! Actually I do! I’m just joking man, go ahead.” Brian took me by the hand and we started dancing. Nick and Kim followed our footsteps. “What’s up?” I asked. “Actually I just wanted to thank you. I’m having a blast! I haven’t thought of Leighanne the whole time. I’m glad I’m not feeling so miserable!” “I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself!” “I am too, and it’s all because of you.” He leaned over and gave me a little kiss on the cheek. “Thanks. Friends forever?” He asked, holding out his hand. “Friends forever.” I said shaking it. “Cool.” “Mind if we switch back now?” asked Nick. “Not at all.” answered Brian. Kim and Brian finished dancing. Nick stood there for a second, then started leading. “So.. what was that kiss all about?” “Oh- a bit jealous are we?!?” “Heck, yeah! I don’t wanna see any man’s lips on my girl!” My girl. Hmm.. I like the sound of that! “Not even Rok’s!” “Hey now. Don’t go jumping to any conclusions or anything, Nick. It was just a friendly kiss that’s all. So, why were you watching us anyways?” “Couldn’t keep my eyes off of you..” He leaned over and placed a kiss on my cheek that sent chills down my back. He leaned back, “Was that a friendly kiss?” “No. That was a ew-I-want-another-yummy-one kiss.” “Oh, really?” “Yeah.” This time we met lip to lip. I didn’t want it to end, but eventually we broke away. I swear they get better each time! If I had to rate it on a scale from 1-10; 1 being crappy, and 10 being oh-so-great, I’d rate Nick an 11! Sizzlin’! After hours of dancing, the time came for them to announce the Prom King and Queen. Everyone waited in suspense as each person hoped that them and their date would be named ‘King and Queen’ of tonight’s dance. “And the couple who has been nominated numerous times... also happens to be the couple who won. I am proud to announce that the King and Queen of tonight’s Prom goes to....” Drumroll. The paper opened. “Nick Carter and Mandy Weidner!” I looked at Nick. He was just as shocked as I was. He then put his arm to his side. I took it and we made our way to the podium that was waiting for us on the stage. By now tears had formed and were slowly coming out of both eyes. Nick noticed them, and gently wiped them away. “Hey!” He whispered, “Be happy!” “Oh I am.” I replied. I am. They crowned us and took a picture for the yearbook. Everyone was still applauding. They waited and wanted a speech, which was not at all prepared. I went up to the podium and just blurted out, “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe this! Well.. thank you! Thank you so much! It means a lot!” I heard AJ and the rest of the fellas screaming, “All right, Mandy!” Nick came up behind me and said, “It’s about time you all noticed how cute she is in that dress! Doesn’t she look great?!?” There were cheers that filled the room. “Thank you all so much for voting for us!” He then turned to me, “And thank you for letting me be your king.” Nick bent down and kissed me in front of the whole student body. *More cheers.* The spotlight went from us, to the center of the room. We made our way to the spot as the crowd parted. The music started, and we swayed to the song together, eyes glued to the other the whole time. I got caught up in the moment and barely realized everyone was still watching. I looked around. Some couples were dancing, but others just seemed to watch in awe. I looked back up at Nick and listened to the song that was being played. It was Brandy’s version of “Everything I Do”. The words danced around in my mind as I listened intently to the beautiful song. There is no love, like your love.. And no other, could give me more love.. There’s nowhere, unless you’re there, All the time, all the way.. You can’t tell me it’s not worth trying for Just can’t help it. There’s nothing in this world I want more.. I would fight for you. I’d lie for you. Walk the wire for you, yeah I’d die for you... You know it’s true- Everything I do, I do it for you.. All the tears of joy I had held back earlier, immediately rushed back. I scuted even closer to Nick. I no longer looked into those gorgeous eyes of his. Instead I laid my cheek against his and wrapped my arms completely around his neck in a hug-like-motion. I closed my eyes, and let the tears flow. There’s nothing in this world I want more.. Boy is that ever the truth! I don’t know what I’d do without Nick- and I hope I never have to find out.. “Why are we here?” I asked looking around the familiar space my dad and I used to go fishing at a lot. “It’s a surprise.” “I think I’ve been surprised enough tonight!” I giggled. “I mean.. the roses, this lovely necklace, being Prom Queen... and now.. now what? What are you up to.. Im almost afraid to ask..!” “Well, you’ll just have to wait and find out..” “Oh, c’mon!” “Okay, okay. Close your eyes.” I did and Nick put his hands over top of my eyes, making sure I couldn’t see anything. I knew my way around here though-eyes closed or not. But instead of letting Nick know that, I just let him lead me to wherever he pleased, and if I wasn’t mistaken, he was now taking me around the lake. I wonder where he’s going with this... “Are we there yet?” I asked anxiestly. “Almost.” “Ugh. Let me take a peek or something!” “Nope. Not yet... Ok... Now. Open.” I looked around. No way! In front of me stood our old family boat. It was all shiny and fixed up. “Man! I haven’t been on this thing in ages! It’s too bad we don’t have the keys! It would be so cool to ride this thing again!” “Oh, contrair my lady! I’ve got the keys right here.” I looked at the keys that were dangling from Nick’s hand. “How in the world..” “Your dad.” “What!” “Yep.” “Why’d he-” “I don’t know. When you and your mom left earlier, he brought me here. We fished and believe it or not we bonded. And he thought it would be a nice little idea for us to take a ride in it, I guess.” “Oh my goodness! Wow. Nick he must really like you! There’s no way he’d have ever done that to any of the others I was once with!” “He already told me that!” He said snickering, “So what do you say... you wanna go for a little ride?” “Definitely!” I took my heels off, and handed them to Nick. He just looked at me strangely with a ‘What the heck are you doing?’ look. I grabbed the keys, and ran up the dock. “Hey! Wait for me!” Nick chased me down the dock and onto the boat. Once he finally caught up with me, he threw my shoes down and started tickling me; the same way he had at the hotel a couple days ago. I had never laughed so hard and for so long! Thank goodness he stopped after awhile. And as he did, I started to get up; just incase he tried to pull that again. He grabbed me and pulled me into his lap. “No, Nick! Don’t.” “I won’t. I promise.” He leaned his head on my shoulder and threw his arms around me. I leaned into his chest, and we just sat there. “This is nice,” I said quietly. “Yes it is,” agreed Nick, “But I know what’s even nicer..” “Really... and what might that be?” I asked, playing dumb. “This.” He lifted my head from his chest, and we met lip to lip once again. “Mmm.. I think I’ll have to agree with you on that one.” We leaned in for another short, but sweet kiss. “Nick! Look at the sunset. Isn’t it beautiful!” “Sure, but you’re even more beautiful.” “Nick, I’m serious.” “So am I.” He kissed the back of my neck. Can’t he stop talking about me for just a minute! Geezle. Not that I’m not enjoying it.. I leaned back into his chest like I had before, and watched the sun go down. I realized after a few seconds that the boat was still in the same spot it was earlier- we hadn’t even put the keys in. Oh well.

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