Being For The Benefit Of Paramount Kites
Author: Sega Parks

Chapter 7
Finding A Date

   Reese McKinley sat in Algebra class doing her assignment with Damien Marshall. She leaned her head over his shoulder, her dark-blond hair falling over her face.
"So you put the seven on the bottom and turn it into a negative?" Reese asked, pointing her bic pin on Damien's paper.
"Yep." Damien said. "That's how you do it."
"Awesome!" Reese said, hugging him.
"Do you have a date to the dance?" he asked her.
"Unfortunately, no."
"That sucks." he said sympathetically. "You'll find someone, I promise."
"I know you don't have to go with a date, but almost everyone else is." Reese sighed, before jotting a few answers onto her own worksheet. "Can you please go with me?"
"I wished you would have asked me before Stephanie."
  Reese frowned. Stephanie Dice and him going out was like a cat and dog having a romantic love affair. "Great." she groaned. "Who else can I go with?"
"John Griffin." Damien suggested. "He doesn't have a date either."
Reese thought about his suggesting. John was good-looking. Her and John were good friends and made a connection that most people didn't make.

"That's actually not a bad idea." she said. "I'll ask him."

A sea of students made their way down the hallway as Reese, Damien, Jamie Klein, and Maris Fields lagged behind.

"My mom says I need to get my grades up or else I'm---" Maris started, but Jamie interrupted.

"Can you believe that!" Jamie said, pointing to a poster. "Neon Lights? That's the theme for homecoming? You got to be kidding me. Why couldn't they have come up with something more creative?"

"I dunno." Reese said. "I think it's pretty tight."

"Yeah, it's not that bad." Maris chimed in. "

"Okay, so maybe it's not." Jamie said. "But it's still pretty unoriginal."

Jamie was a finicky person. Nothing ever seemed to satisfy her enough.

Reese saw John Griffin heading towards them. He was five-seven, had dark-brown hair, and green eyes. He smiled when he saw them.

"Now's your chance." Damien whispered to her.

Reese approached him. "Hey."

"'Sup, Reese?" greeted John, embracing her in a hug.

"Hey, I don't mean to be blunt or anything, but can you go to homecoming with me?"

"Well, thank goodness." he said, relieved. "I thought I was gonna go dateless."

Reese grin. "Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it."

"No problem." he said, hugging her once more.

  "Looks like everybody's happy." Maris said, twirling a blond curl with her pinky-finger. "You got a date, I got a date, we got a date, problem solved."

Reese felt bad for both Jamie and Carter. Carter felt like he had to take Jamie to the dance and Jamie couldn't take Darien to the dance. Every situation they had was always complicated.


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