I'm not sure about this," Stanley Fitzpatrick sighed with a shake of his
head. "Do you really think this is gonna work?"
"I'm positive," Eliza
Campbell grinned broadly. "You just do exactly like I told you to and
everything is going to happen exactly like I said it would."
"Ah, gee, Eliza, I'm gonna get
punched!" He shook his head with nervous worry as he pondered all of
the negative outcomes of her plan. "You know how Mags can be!"
know exactly how Maggie can be," she sighed. "That's why this
has to work. I don't need some false friend trying to hang all over my
boyfriend." She froze when she caught a glimpse of Maggie Callison
walking down the hallway. "Now, quick, get over by your locker.
Here she comes. I've got to get outta here so you can work your
"Ah, gee," he muttered and
frowned. No matter how strongly she protested to the contrary, he was
certain that Eliza's little plan was going to backfire.
"Hello, Stanley," Maggie
spoke up half-heartedly as she reached her locker which was just a few over from
"Oh, hi, Mags!" he beamed
as he quickly shut his locker door before walking over to her. "How
did you do on that English quiz?"
"I got a 'B'," she
muttered in response as she rummaged through her locker for her books for her
next class, not even bothering to look at him.
"That's great!" Stanley
exclaimed and leaned against the locker next to hers to look at her
nervously. "Um...Mags, I...just wanted to thank you again
for...giving me another chance. I know that I shouldn't have stood you up
for the dance, but I was sick and..."
know," she sighed. "You were sick and couldn't help it. I
understand. There's no reason for you to keep apologizing about it over
and over and over."
"I know but...well...we were
getting kinda serious---well, we could have been---and I...well..."
"Stanley, just spit it
out!" Maggie snapped, her patience starting to wear thin. "What
are you trying to say?"
"Well, I..." He
paused and swallowed hard as his nervousness began to take over. He'd
never exactly been the type to be overtly forward with girls, so what Eliza was
asking him to do was more than a little difficult for him. "Would you
like to go to the movies with me on Saturday night? I mean, as a real date
"Stanley, I don't know,"
she sighed wearily. "With everything that I've got going on at home,
"Oh, but, Mags, a movie is
exactly what you need!" he insisted. "It would be good to take
your mind off of things. The new Shirley Temple movie is playing at the
He stuck out his bottom lip and gave his best pitiful look. If he couldn't
get genuine excitement out of her, he could at least play on her pity.
"Oh, all right," she
relented after realizing that there was no way to turn him down without having
him go on and on about the movie. It was just easier for her to say
"Ah, great!" he
exclaimed. "You're gonna have the best time. I promise
And, with that, he grabbed her and
pulled her to him so that he could give her an overly affectionate kiss on the
lips. Naturally, Maggie was taken quite off guard and wasn't sure about
how to react.
Meanwhile, guess who should
"happen" to be strolling down the hallway? Randy
of books in one arm and Eliza hanging onto the other.
"Well, well, well," Eliza
chuckled at the sight of Stanley and Maggie. "Would you just look at
"Y-yeah, it's...Stanley and
Maggie," Randy replied uncomfortably as he tried to keep his true
awkwardness over their public embrace hidden.
"I...um...don't think that we should b-bother them right now."
"Oh, I wasn't going to bother
them!" she laughed. "I'm just tickled pink that everything is
working out for them. I know that Maggie has wanted it to for some
Eliza's eyes darted from Stanley and Maggie to Randy. "In fact, just
the other day she was telling me how much she really liked him and how she hoped
that he'd ask her to go steady."
exclaimed. "And, from the looks of things, he just asked her and she
accepted! Isn't that wonderful?"
"Yeah, it's just...great,"
"Speaking of going
steady," she smiled slyly. "You know, we've been seeing one
another for quite a while, now, and..."
I know," he grumbled as he followed Eliza while she led him down another
hallway, away from Stanley and Maggie.
"And, well..." She
paused and bit her lip nervously. "I think it would be just wonderful
if we could go steady. I mean, neither one of us is dating anyone else and
it would be the next logical thing to happen and..."
steady?" Randy pulled away from her slightly and furrowed his brow as
he looked at her.
"Yes. I know...that I'm
probably being a little forward, but..." She hesitated and lowered
her head in order to act embarrassed by her actions. "Well, since
Stanley and Maggie are obviously going steady now, I'd...well...feel a little
left out. I mean, I hope I'm not sounding selfish or anything,
"N-no, you're not sounding
"But?" Eliza popped
her head up and eyed him curiously. "Oh, you're going to say
"no," aren't you?" She threw her bottom lip out and began
to pout pitifully.
"Well, I...no...I wasn't going
"Really?" She nearly
beamed with excitement. "So, does that mean that you will ask me to
Randy looked at her intently as he
tried to figure out what he was going to say. He really didn't want to go
steady with her, but how could he tell her that without sending her into a
hysterical fit? He knew exactly how high strung Eliza could be and was
certain that her reaction would nearly be more than he could deal with.