“Come on, be serious for a picture Shawn.” Karen complains.
Y/n and Shawn just laugh but do as they’re told and become serious.
She has her left hand rested on Shawn’s chest, his left hand rested on her hip, arm around her back. They both look up at the camera and smile.
“I can’t believe that it’s actually prom.” Y/m/n says as she takes pictures of Y/n and Shawn.
“I’m surprised Shawn didn’t screw this dance up.” Aaliyah mumbles.
Y/n feels Shawn tense and pull her a little closer. Like he’s trying to reassure himself that shes there with him. He’s taking her this time, not another girl.
“It’s about time he got it right.” Manny says walking up behind the Mothers taking pictures.
Shawn clenches his jaw and Y/n looks up at him, knowing that this conversation is making him upset. She moves her hand up to his cheek and he looks at her.
“It’s okay.” She whispers to him and he doesn’t respond.
“I was worried for a second, we might have a repeat of the middle school dance.” Aaliyah says looking at Manny.
“Yeah when she showed up, I worried too.” Manny responds.
This time Y/n’s the one that tenses up.
Lauren was here?
“Can you drop it?” Shawn snaps. His sister and father looking over, finally picking up on his attitude.
“You guys should get going before you’re late.” Y/m/n says setting her camera down.
“Can I have a second?” You ask, walking away before you get an answer.
“Fuck.” Shawn sighs.
“Excuse me?” Karen warns her son.
“Thanks for that.” He glares at his sister.
“What did I do?” She asks.
“You had to bring up Lauren?”
“Sorry, I was just making a joke.”
“Well it was a shitty joke.” He sneered starting to go after his girlfriend.
“Shawn.” Karen says becoming angry. It was disrespectful to speak that way to his sister, or at all.
“Not now Mum.” He waves her off.
“Don’t you dare wave me off, come back here.” She raises her voice.
“Let him go.” Manny says intervening.
“No he,” She starts.
“Karen, he’s going after Y/n, she’s upset.” Manny says quietly.
Shawn ignores his parents as he follows Y/n up to her bedroom. She’s pacing around her room, head in her hands.
“What was she doing?” She blurts.
“Don’t play with me Shawn. What was Lauren doing at your house? Is there something that I need to know?”
“No, no. She came over, trying to tell me about how we should be together and that she wanted me to take her to prom. I told her to leave, and that I was happily taken.”
“Shawn,” She starts taking a seat.
“Stop, please.” Shawn says kneeling in front of her, taking her hands in his own. “Please believe me. I didn’t know she was coming over. She started talking before I could tell her to leave, when she did let me speak those were the first words out of my mouth. I promise you, please.” He was becoming desperate.
“What did Aaliyah mean then? She made it sound like you were excising the idea.”
“No never. Never, I screwed up a dance with you once before. Never will I do that again. I’m yours, all yours.”
“Are you sure, because I see her talking with you in the halls and at lunch.”
“Stop, please please.” He says holding her hands tighter. “We are friends with the same people, she’s just there. I don’t ever even look at her, let alone talk to her. She tries to talk to me but I ignore her. I promise you, you are the only one I want. Y/n you know that.”
“I love you.” He says cutting her off. “I love you, Y/n. I love you so much.”
“I love you too.”
“There is nothing going on, Aaliyah was just trying to make some shitty joke. She’s got awful humor.”
“Yeah, that was a bad joke.” She laughs.
“Are we okay?”
“We’re fine.” She smiles at him.
“Can I go dance with you now? Because I can’t wait to get you on the dance floor.” He smiles at her. She laughs and stands up, taking his hand. They both walk down the stairs going straight for his car, not wanting to talk to anyone but each other.
“That was so much fun.” Y/n exclaims as they exit the school, prom ending.
“You look amazing.” Shawn says staring at her.
“Shawn you’ve told me that like a thousand times tonight.” She giggles.
“I know, but it’s the truth. I’m so lucky.” He says, lightly pushing her up against the door of his Jeep.
“Stop.” She laughs, blushing. He leans down and kisses her, deeply.
“I love you.”
“I love you too.”
“I don’t want to take you home yet.”
“Then don’t.” She dares him.
“Wanna go to the park?” He asks smirking.
“Always.” She smiles at him.
They both jump into the jeep, giggling as they run off to the old stomping grounds.
“Come here.” He says taking her hand and running to the field of flowers. He picks a single daisy and tucks it into her ear. “Beautiful” He whispers.
“Wait stop right there.” She says, she quickly fishes out her phone from her clutch and takes a picture of him in the moonlight. “You look so good like that babe.” She smiles as she shows him the picture. He just shrugs and kisses her cheek.
“I have to tell you something.” He says pulling her close, swaying to some tune that’s in his head.
“Ok, is it bad?” She asks looking up at him worried. He doesn’t meet her gaze. “Shawn, you’re worrying me.”
“So I’m not going to college.” He blurts.
“What?” She asks in shock.
“Um I’m uh” He doesn’t know how to say it.
“You’re what Shawn?”
“I’m going on tour.” He says softly.
“I’ve signed with a record company, I’m leaving to go to LA in a few weeks to go write an EP and then I’m supposed to go on tour.” He says as she takes a step away from him.
“Are you joking with me?” She asks. He shakes his head and stares at her. “SHAWN!” She jumps up and hugs him. He catches her and spins her around. “That’s amazing, you have always dreamed of singing! This is so exciting!”
“You aren’t mad?”
“What? Why would I be mad?”
“I don’t know, because I’m leaving and won’t be able to see you.”
“Awe Shawn no, I’m so excited for you. We can work out of the details of a long distance relationship later! Let’s just celebrate that you got signed!” She’s bursting with joy for him. So proud of him.
So for the rest of the night they stay in their field and hold each other, enjoying the time they have together.
Today we honor and remember singer, dancer and actress, Aaliyah. On August 25, 2001 she died in an airplane crash leaving behind an impressive legacy at only 22 years of age. She may be gone but she’ll never be forgotten.
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