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segment twelve


... Taylor and I were at the duckpond having a small picnic. The ducks were swimming nearby and having fun. We laughed as I fed the geese some of our left-over sandwhiches. Nothing like an after school picnic with Taylor Hanson. I felt last night repeat itself all over again in front of my eyes. Taylor began to get quiet as he stared into my eyes. Would he kiss me... maybe. I smiled at him to let him know I cared. I watched as a slight breeze ruffled his long blonde hair.

"Has anyone ever told you how beautiful you are?" he asked and we both blushed slightly.

"No. I usually don't get those types of comments from boys."

"Well, you are. And you've got a great personality." I blushed even harder and just sat there and smiled. "Will you go out with me?" he suddenly asked.

I was shocked of course. "Huh? What do you mean?"

"Like, will you date me. Be my girlfriend?" he got shy. I could sense that he wasn't sure what my response would be.

"Of course I will, silly," I told him and got closer.

"Good, I was afraid you wouldn't."

We got close again like last night. He leaned in to kiss me. I felt his lips touch mine and I closed my eyes. I kissed him back. When we pulled away I looked into his eyes and kept smiling...

...And then I woke up. Someone was shaking me.

"Jennifer! Eartha Jennifer! Hey, are you awake?" I heard someone say.

I looked up and saw Taylor smile down at me. Funny, the slight breeze around me had stopped. To bad I hadn't noticed that I wasn't at the duckpond anymore either.

"So, do you want to go out tommorow?" I asked drowsily.

Suddenly, I realized where I was. I sat straight up. Taylor looked surprised.

"What?" he asked confused.

Oh my god! I thought. I just asked Taylor Hanson out on a date! No I didn't, that was part of the dream. I'm still dreaming. Wake up Jennifer, wake up!!!! Wake up before he answers! But nothing happened. I didn't know what to do! What would I say to him. I couldn't just change the subject. I thought fast, but I didn't get a chance to talk.

"Uh... sure. Why not? I'd love to," Taylor interupted my thoughts. My worries suddenly disappeared and my heart skipped a beat. I thought over and over.

I thought for a few seconds. "Not... not.. really a date.. but more of just..." I tried to come up with a word. " a hangout.. type... thing... yea. Just for fun." Did I just hear myself say that?!

Tay shrugged his shoulders. "Sounds good to me. So.. tommorow. You're on!" He backed up and smiled at me. "Well, I gotta go get..."

"Wait! Tay!?" I interupted him before he left.

"Yea?"

"Umm.. about last night. What we're you trying to do?"

He blushed and looked down at his feet sheepishly. "I guess I sorta like you," he said quietly. I almost couldn't hear him. His face turned purple with embarassment and he quickly left the room.

I got up from my bed. I must have been so exhausted from such a hyper day with Zac that I'd dozed off without realizing it. So, he likes me? He really truly likes me? This was all way to over my head. Had Taylor Hanson just admitted that he had a slight crush on me? Nah. I could have just misheard him. But I stopped my reality check and let my heart take over just once more. Ahhh! He likes me!!!!!!! I smiled and felt like dancing around the room.

My cat, Charlie, wandered into the room. I scooped her up. "Did you hear that Charlie? Taylor likes me. He likes me!!!!!!" I felt light-headed as I jumped back and forth with excitment. If this was a dream, I sure as heck didn't ever want to wake up!!!!

The phone rang and I happily danced over to pick it up. "Hello?" I asked sounding really out of it.

"Uh, hey Jen. This is Emily- "

"He likes me!!!!!!!! He really likes me!!!!!!!!!!" I interupted.

"Uhhh.. did I miss something here?" she asked confused.

"Tommorow... date.... Taylor... he likes me!" I breathed out and then sighed into the phone.

"Jennifer! Did I just hear you say the words 'Taylor' and 'Date' in the same sentence?" she asked, this time a tad angry.

"Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I like Taylor. Did you know that I love Tay's eyes. Aren't they such cute baby blues. Ohhh, and his voice- his HAIR! His smile!!!!!! He's soooooo cute. OoooOoooh. I love Tay. I- "

"Hello???? Jennifer? Are you awake? Stop blabbering on and tell me what's going on!" she demanded.

"Taylor! Taylor's going out on a DATE with me tommorow! With me! He likes me!"

There was dead silence at the other end. "WHAT???"

"I asked him out... err.. on accident, but he said YES!" I explained the whole story to her. Emily grunted into the phone.

"Uh! You took him! Tay's MINE!!!" Ooops! I forgot that she and just about every other fan in the world liked him just as much as me if not more!

"I hope this doesn't get out," I whispered to her. "Don't tell anyone!"

"Don't worry, I won't."

"Power Ranger promise?"

"Huh?"

"Just a fancy way of promising. Do you promise?"

"Uh, okay. I won't tell a single soul," said Emily. "I hope you know this means that you owe me big time. You have to introduce me to him privately and I have to be able to talk to him!"

"Don't worry. You'll get a chance."

"Yes!"

I couldn't stop smiling. I loved this day so much. After I hung up with Emily I remembered something. Where's Tay? I thought. I had to go tell him how happy I was. Besides, I couldn't stand being away from him. I sighed again and skipped up the stairs to find him. I wondered if I had ever felt this happy before!


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