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Middle School Hearts: Love, Friendship, and Growing Pains

Scenario: TEEN ROMANCE (middle school)
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TEEN ROMANCE (middle school)
I remember the first time I saw him.
It was in English class, and he was the new student.
He walked in late, and I couldn’t help but stare.
He was tall, with messy black hair that fell over his eyes, and he had a smile that could light up a room.
I was instantly smitten.
I tried to pay attention to the teacher, but my eyes kept drifting back to him.
He sat down at the desk next to me, and I felt my face flush red.
I hoped he didn’t notice me staring at him.
The teacher introduced him to the class as Jason Lee, and he gave a little wave before sitting down in his seat.
The rest of the class passed by in a blur, and before I knew it, the bell was ringing for lunch.
I gathered up my things and headed out of the classroom, trying not to look too eager to get out of there.
I was halfway down the hallway when I heard someone calling my name.
I turned around and saw Jason running after me.
“Hey,” he said when he caught up to me.
A smile spread across his face, and I felt my heart race.
I’m Emily,” I said.
“I know,” he said.
“I’m in your English class, remember?
You were sitting right next to me.”
I felt my face flush red, and I wished I could disappear.
I was so embarrassed that he had to come running after me to remind me who he was.
I wanted to be the kind of girl who was confident and outgoing, but that just wasn’t me.
I was short and shy, with curly brown hair that I could never manage to style right.
I was the quiet one in the group, and I hated being the center of attention.
I didn’t have a lot of friends, but the ones I did have were really close to me.
Jason was new to our school, but he had already made friends with everyone in our class, including Sarah and me.
He had introduced himself to the class by saying he was from the city, and he liked to skateboard and play basketball.
He told us his favorite color was green and his favorite food was pizza.
When he said he liked pizza, the whole class laughed, and I felt myself relax a little.
He seemed really cool and down-to-earth.
He was different from anyone else I had ever met at our small town middle school.
Our teacher, Mrs.
Green, welcomed him to our school, and then she handed him a textbook and told him to sit down next to me.
Jason didn’t seem too excited about sitting next to a girl, but he did it anyway.
I was thrilled that he chose to sit next to me over sitting with one of the other guys he already knew.
I couldn’t wait to tell Sarah about it later.
As we walked out of the classroom together, Jason slipped his arm around my shoulder like we were old friends.
I felt my heart race as I smiled up at him.
“Do you know where the cafeteria is?”
he asked as we walked down the hallway together.
“I can show you if you want.”
“I know where it is,” I said, my voice barely above a whisper.
He grinned down at me.
“You’re pretty quiet, aren’t you?”
“Yeah, she is,” Sarah said as she came up behind us, her voice loud and clear.
She raised her eyebrows at me and gave me a knowing look, and I felt my face flush red again as Jason turned to look at her.
Sarah was my best friend, and she was really smart and responsible, but she could also be really sarcastic and mean when she wanted to be, especially to me.
She didn’t have any patience for shy girls like me, and she always seemed to be on my case about something, no matter how hard I tried to please her.
Jason gave her a big smile, and I felt my stomach flip-flop as they both looked at me.
“She’s shy too,” Sarah said with a little laugh as she took my hand in hers and gave it a squeeze.
A big part of me wanted to pull my hand away from her so Jason wouldn’t see how close we were, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
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For the rest of class, Sarah glared at me, but that didn’t stop me from staring at Jason and memorizing every single detail about him.
The trouble with having a crush on someone who sits next to you in English class is that it’s really hard to concentrate on what the teacher is saying when you’re busy staring at the new student next to you and trying not to look too eager.
I’d never seen anyone like him before, and I wanted to get to know him better, but I didn’t want to come across as too desperate either, so I just smiled and nodded along with whatever Mrs.I could feel Sarah glaring at me from behind, but I ignored her and tried desperately to concentrate on what the teacher was saying.
She kept going on and on about how important it was to read Shakespeare, but all I could think about was how cute Jason looked when he leaned back in his seat and doodled in his notebook, his long legs stretched out in front of him and his messy black hair falling over his eyes.
Every now and then, he would look up and catch me staring at him, and my heart would race.
When he did, he would give me a little smile, and my face would flush red.
I would quickly look away, but that didn’t stop me from sneaking glances at him out of the corner of my eye, again and again until my head felt like it was going to explode.
It wasn’t until Mrs.Green called on me to answer a question that I realized how long I’d been staring at him.
“What do you think, Emily?”
she asked as she looked up from her notes.
I blinked and gave her a blank look.
All around me, people started to giggle, and my face flushed red with embarrassment.
Sarah rolled her eyes, and Mrs.Green gave me a stern look as she waited for an answer.
“I’m sorry,” I said as I stared down at my desk.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
The rest of class passed by in a blur, and by the time the final bell rang, I felt like I’d been sitting in my chair forever.
I quickly gathered up my things and headed for the door, afraid that if I stayed any longer, Sarah would explode.
“Wait for me!”
she called out behind me as she gathered up all of her stuff in a hurry.
“I’m coming with you!”
Together, we walked down the hallway, our eyes scanning the crowd for any sign of Jason.
He had promised to meet us outside after English class, and we didn’t want to be late, but it looked like he had already left.
Sarah sighed as she looked around, her hand instinctively moving to adjust her hair and straighten out her clothes.
It was a sure sign that she was nervous, something she did whenever she was around new people or in new situations, like when she got called on to answer a question in English class earlier.
She leaned in closer to me as we walked, her voice barely above a whisper as she looked around for any sign of him.
“Where do you think he went?”
“I don’t know,” I said as we pushed our way through a group of students who were standing in our way.
“I don’t see him anywhere.”
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“I bet he’s already outside waiting for us,” Sarah said with a smile as she tugged on my arm and quickened her pace.
I tried to keep up with her but my short legs could only move so fast.
By the time we got to the front doors, Sarah was already outside, her eyes scanning the crowd for any sign of Jason.
But he wasn’t there either.
Sarah sighed as she looked around for any sign of him, and that’s when we heard his voice coming from behind us.
“Hey guys,” he said with a smile as he walked over to join us, his backpack slung over his shoulder and his hands tucked into his pockets.
“Sorry I’m late.I got caught up talking to my English teacher.”
“It’s no problem,” Sarah said with a smile as she adjusted her hair and straightened her shirt.
“We were just worried that you had left us behind.”
“Not a chance,” he said with a smile as he walked over to join us.
“I’m really excited to see the rest of your school.C’mon, show me around.”With that, he took my hand in his, and we started walking together, Sarah following close behind.
As we walked around the building, Jason talked about his old school, which was much bigger than ours, and shared some stories about his friends back home, who he promised to introduce us to someday.
Sarah listened intently as she walked alongside us, nodding her head in agreement and laughing at all the right places, while I just smiled and nodded, my heart racing so fast that I couldn’t say anything if I tried.
All I could do was steal glances at him out of the corner of my eye, again and again until my face turned red, and I had to look away.
As we rounded the corner, we ran into a group of students coming from the other direction, their voices echoing off the walls as they pushed past us in the crowded hallway.
Everyone seemed to be moving in a hurry to get to their next class, but that didn’t stop them from taking notice of Jason as they passed by, their eyes lingering on him for just a second longer than they should have, or so it seemed.
I bit my lip and shot them a dirty look as they passed by, afraid that if I didn’t, they would never leave us alone.
But Jason just laughed and shook his head.
“Is it always this busy around here?”
“Only when we’re all trying to get to our next class,” I said with a smile.
“Then it’s good that I have you to show me around,” he said with a smile.
I’m sure I’d be lost without you.”
He gave me a little wink and squeezed my hand in his.
I blushed and looked away as I listened to the sound of his voice, which was soft and low and sent shivers down my spine.
It was one thing to hear him talk in class where there were a bunch of other people around to distract me, but it was something else entirely to hear him say my name when it was just the two of us alone.