Paige/Darren - One night.

“Darren, your grounded. You know what that means. “

“Please! Mom you don’t know how important this is to me.”

“Going to a dance? A girl is involved in this I suppose?”

Darren blushed slightly, “Maybe. Fine, yes. But it’s not just for my benefit. Please.”

His mother looked at her teenage son, suddenly feeling a little guilty. “Why is she so special, hmm?”

Darren broke into a smile, “She’s kind and funny, beautiful. She’s perfect.” He seemed lost in his own words.

His Mom actually laughed softly, “I think someone might be in love. What’s this girl’s name then?”

“Paige… we’ve actually been hanging around a lot lately it’s just, I like her more than she likes me.”

Darren’s Mom touched his arm gently, “Has she told you that sweetie?”

“Not in so many words…”

She smiled, “Then you can’t know for sure can you.” She paused then sighed, “Oh fine! You can go. But you have to tell her how you feel.”

“I promise I will! Aw I love you Mom.” He said, pulling her into a tight hug before sprinting up to his room.

What could he wear? A suit obviously. But, he still had to ask Paige to go with him. He gulped, attempting to smooth down his curls unsuccessfully and packing his bag before running to catch the school bus.

*   *   *

Paige wandered around the school yard slowly. Humming AVPM to herself, she wished Darren was there. He always made things fun. He was so interesting too, if she could pay attention long enough before getting lost on his hazel eyes.

But she kept this to herself. All the thoughts. Even though Prom was coming up… what were the odds he felt the same way?

“Hey stranger.”

She jumped instinctively then laughed, seeing Darren walking over to her.

“Why are you here so early?”

Darren winked, “I could ask you the same question.”

Paige bit her lip and looked down to avoid staring. He was wearing his purple shirt, her favourite.

She held her breath as he rested his hand on her shoulder.

“Listen, I have to talk to you about something.”

“Yes?” She tried not to sound too excited at the tone of his voice.

“Will you go to prom with me?” He blurted, inwardly cursing to himself at how fast it had come out.

Paige just smiled, but then stopped. “As friends though right?”

“Um, actually I meant as my date. But if you don’t want to…”

“No! I mean yes! I do want to go with you. Definitely.” She tried to sound calm, but her mind was racing, subconsciously picking out a dress already.

Darren smiled widely, “I’ll pick you up at 8 then.”

As he walked away, it took all his strength not to run back and kiss her senseless.

*   *   *

 

When Darren had seen her in her dress, he had almost fainted. She was… the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. The ride there was quiet, both of them blushing whenever their eyes met. But it was never awkward.

“I love this song.” Paige said quietly as the sound of ‘I’m yours’ by The Script began to fill the dance hall.

“Dance with me.” Darren said suddenly, looking at her with his eyes shining.

She took his outstretched hand and allowed him to lead her to the dance floor. They swayed, his strong but gentle arms holding her around her waist. He ran his hand over her hair, and traced the outline of her face.

She looked up at him intently, searching for something. He stared back, taking a deep breath.

“I’m in love with you.” He whispered.

She didn’t reply. Instead she moved her hands from around his neck into his hair, and pulled him into a slow, soft kiss.

He gripped her a little tighter wanting only to hold onto her forever. He opened his eyes,  surprised to see a tear falling down her face.

“What’s wrong?” He whispered.

She leaned up and kissed him on the cheek, “Silly. Nothing’s wrong, everything is perfect.”

“No, you’re perfect. There are hundreds of girls in here, but I can only see you. I only ever have.”

Paige choked on her words, blown away by his intensity.

“Can I hold you?” He asked quietly, sounding vulnerable. Exposed.

 

She fit herself into his warm embrace, wishing nothing but to stay in the moment forever.

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