“Hey, Aiden, I got you something at the mall yesterday,” Jonnie said Monday morning. That caught my attention. What was Jonnie doing buying things for Aiden?
She and I, and Amberlyn, had just walked into the foyer by the gym where we hung out before school. Jonnie still caught a ride into school each morning. My daily dose of masochism.
The cheerleaders congregated in little groups with the volleyball players. The football players ogled both sets of girls and tried to pretend they weren’t.
Jonnie pulled out a red and white polka dot bow tie. What the heck?
“That is so cool!” Aiden took the tie from Jonnie. “Does this match your dress?”
That got everyone’s attention. Connor’s jaw dropped and Jayce said, “What dress?”
“My homecoming dress,” Jonnie said, batting her eyelashes at Jayce. Why was my heart pounding? Jonnie turned to Aiden with a smile and draped her arm through his. “Aiden and I are going to the homecoming dance together.”
“What?” Connor had yet to close his mouth fully.
“How’d you swing that, bro?” Jayce asked.
“You lucky son of a jerk,” Logan said.
Aiden’s smirk seemed a little too… something. Satisfied? Secretive? Like he knew a secret the rest of us didn’t. I narrowed my eyes at him when he raised his eyebrows at me. What did she tell him?
Amberlyn piped into the conversation. “I helped Jonnie pick out the perfect dress. She is going to look a-may-zing!”
“That must have been a fun shopping trip.” Aiden’s face remained passive even as I could tell he was forcing back a chuckle. I pressed my lips together willing myself not to react.
“We had an awesome time,” Jonnie said. Stepping away from Aiden, she draped her arm through Amberlyn’s and pulled her in the direction of first hour. “Come on, let’s get to class.”
The rest of us followed behind the girls, half the guys on the team with crestfallen and confused looks on their faces. Aiden still wore a smirk as we pulled up the rear of the group.
“Did Amberlyn buy you a pretty tie to go with her dress?” Aiden asked, draping his arm around my shoulder.
“Shut up, Aiden,” I grumbled.
He laughed heartily but dropped his arm and patted me on the back, then headed down the hallway toward wood shop.
I was in deep trouble.