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Romance High School Friendship

“Jack!” I whisper-shout at him. He pulls me into a random room and we plop down on the chairs inside. We take one look at each other and begin giggling. I cover my face with my hands in an attempt to silence them, but it does nothing to help.

“We-ohhh my god.” I let out one last laugh before looking at Jack, who’s smiling, face flushed from our running before.

“What now? Where are we anyhow?” There’s a small pamphlet on the table, and we reach out to grab it at the same time. Of course, him being him with his impossibly long arms, he gets it first. I cross my arms and lean back in my chair.

“Come on talk what does it say?” 

He snickers.“Oh, this is going to be fun.”

What’s going to be fun, gimme that!” I snatch the pamphlet from his hands and quickly scan it, flipping the pages. I bite my lip to try and not laugh again but I do, and it comes out as a snort. 

“Oh ho hooo, $1,000 cash prize? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

“If you’re thinking that we should pretend to be a couple in this reality show to win that dough?” I nod eagerly. “Then maybe, I haven’t collected my thoughts yet.” I laugh before abruptly standing up. 

“Come on, our friendship has faced way more challenges before, right? We’ll be fine.” He stands up and picks up my arm over our heads. 

“I hereby declare us boyfriend and girlfriend for the remainder of today!” I grin as he drops my arm. 

“Well, what now?” 

He opens the door a crack and looks left and right before turning back around.

“We find a dressing room? And then we can see where to go from there, okay?” he whispers giddily. I smile and nod. He brings a finger to his lips and opens the door a little more, tiptoeing out. I bite my lip to suppress more laughter at how dramatic he’s being. I mean, really, what’s the worst that could happen if we’re caught? 

He holds my hand and pulls me to the end of the hall, where he looks left and right and chooses right at random. We keep going until I pull my arm away, reading the paper pasted on one of the doors. 

“C’mere, it says ‘Dressing Room A’, should we go in?”

“Shhh! Keep your voice down. Okay, we’ll try this door.” I roll my eyes at his whisper and try the knob. Shoot. It’s locked. Jack comes by me and looks right and left before pulling a bobby pin out of my hair. I hit his wrist and glare at him. 

“What was-mmph mmph!” He puts his hand over my mouth. I bite it. “What was that for!” I harshly whisper once he pulls his hand instinctively off of my mouth. He puts the bobby pin into the lock and jiggles it around a little bit before I hear a faint click and he takes it out, turning the knob. He hands me the bobby pin with a satisfied smirk on his face. I scoff as we quickly open the door and walk-in. 

“Who knew you were such a professional criminal?” He closes the door behind us. He scans the room and lets out a breath once he sees it’s empty. 

“I have experience reading sister’s diaries,” he winks at me. 

“No. You’re joking, you read Lily’s diary?! She’ll murder you if she finds out.”

He narrows his eyes at me. “Which is why she won’t, correct?” 

I laugh. “Looks like I have blackmail material now!” I say in a sing-song voice. 

“Oh whatever. It was a while ago anyway, most of them were entries of her ‘first crush’ and whatnot.” He waves his hand as if to push the topic away. 

“Whatnot?”

“Yeah, what’s wrong with whatnot?” 

“Nothing you sounded British for a second”

“Ha-ha very funny, anyway we never really planned what to do after we made it here.” I scan the dressing room again, racking my brain for an actual plan.

So we’re on the set of some romantic reality TV show in which I believe couples talk about their experiences and their story and that great ol’ cheesy stuff and the couple that the crowd ships most by the end win. Judging by my skim read-only, of course.

“Considering this dressing room is empty, where do you think the actual contestants are?” I ask Jack, who was staring at me. “What is it, do I have something on my face or something? Jack?”

“Oh, nothing, you just looked super concentrated in thought it was funny. Anyway, they either ran away, are in the bathroom, or didn’t show up. You think someone will show up to direct us over to the stage or something?’

“I dunno, never really been on TV before,” I say, shrugging off the first part of his sentence. 

“I say we wait about five minutes and if no one comes we figure stuff out for ourselves, alright?”

“Sounds good.” A minute of awkward silence passes between us. At least I assume it’s a minute; considering it feels like an hour, I can’t really tell. 

“So like-” we speak at the same time and abruptly stop. “Anyway-” We burst out laughing at the second coincidence. I tuck my hair behind my ear and tilt my head to the side. I want to talk again, but I don’t want to burst the magic bubble in the air. Jack laughs and runs a hand through his hair, messing it up. Ohhh, I want so bad to fix it, but he hates when I touch his hair.

Ruining the ‘moment’ there’s a loud knock on the door. I hear an enthusiastic game show host speaking on the other side of the door. 

“Let’s hope we aren’t interrupting anything folks! Anyone in there?” My eyes widen and Jack stands up. I stand too. We take a deep breath and walk over to the door. Jack opens the door to a big ol’ camera in our faces. He steps backwards into me, surprised. I grip his shoulders and push him back, my face warm. 

“Hello! What a darling couple, and young too! What are your names?”

“I uh-um-” I was never the camera person, and of course flustered me stutters.

Jack steps in. “I’m Jack, and this here is Alice.” He moves to hold my hand, and I almost pull away, before realizing what he’s doing. And I have to play along. It’s not like it’s too hard honestly, his hand is as comfortable to me as anything, I’ve held it since 6th grade. I take a step closer to him so our sides are touching. 

“Jack and Alice ladies and gentlemen!” the host says, looking into the camera. “Well, follow me to the stage! Your fellow contestants are waiting for you!” We walk out and the cold blast of the air conditioner hits me by surprise. It was not this cold when we were first walking through these very same hallways. Then again, we were high on adrenaline. I let go of Jack’s hand and cross my arms in an attempt to warm myself. Jack looks at me. He’s used to this, I get cold very easily. Smiling, he rolls his eyes and takes off his jacket, promptly draping it over my shoulders. I feel my cheeks turn rosy at the gesture. 

“Thanks…” I mumble quietly. A resounding awww that sounds fake is heard. I look up and see we’re at the doorway of the stage, which is in front of a rather large audience. Perfect. Juuuust perfect.

“Wow! You guys aren’t even through with the first half of the competition, and you’re already blowing it up! Looks like the chemistry is natural between you two young lovebirds, huh?” 

Jack grins and brings his arm around my shoulder, brushing lightly across my neck. No not that spot-he knows I can’t resist to-Ugh, I swear I’m like a cat sometimes. I instinctively lean in at his touch. My cheeks warm even more and I’m pretty sure my face is tomato red right now. Heck, I don’t really need this jacket anymore. Once the reporter looks away and back at the audience, Jack shoulders me and I look up. 

“Deep breaths…” he whispers, sending a reassuring smile my way. I smile back, feeling slightly lighter. 

“Why don’t you two have a seat on that red sofa over there!” I turn to find the said sofa on the stage, but all I see is about 3 different chairs, two of them occupied, one of them red. Yeah, no way two human beings that are not already reduced to skeletons are going to fit on that. At all.

Jack takes his arm from my shoulder, allowing me for some reason to release a breath, and nudges me forward. 

“It’s fine, I’ll stand.”

“No, it’s fine, you sit, I’ll stand.” We stop by the chair. 

“Oh for goodness sake, we’ll both stand!” he throws his hands up in the air. 

“What a couple folks! What. A. Couple. Moving on to the first question of today, couple Dan and Sydney, how did you guys meet?” My cheeks warm again momentarily. You’d think we were scripted, seriously, we’re acting like such a couple. But does Jack mean it? I mean it’s not like it’s any different from the teasing we normally do in our everyday life. So why does it feel different? Is it because we’re being called a couple?

Or is it because….

I meet Jake’s eyes and he smiles, sending my heartbeat way out of control.

No...it couldn’t be…

Right?




November 14, 2020 04:09

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LOVE this story! :)

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Amany Sayed
05:11 Nov 15, 2020

Why thank you :)

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My pleasure! :)

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15:56 Nov 23, 2020

Hii! Great job with this story (Like all your stories). It is soooo cute and adorable and I love the weird and awkward love between these two. Also two questions... is there going to be a second story? And are these two going to be a shipppppppp? They are honestly super cute.

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21:41 Nov 23, 2020

Oh and also congrats on 700 followers and almost 40 (amazing) stories!

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Amany Sayed
00:21 Nov 24, 2020

Thank you so much! Possibly possibly. Thank you!

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00:29 Nov 24, 2020

Of course! Yay! If you decide to come out with another story with these two (or frankly any story) then please let me know! Also, would you like to go on an upvote for upvote spree anytime soon? If you don't have time or just don't want to then that is totally okay! :)

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Amaya .
19:34 Nov 14, 2020

1.) OF COURSE I CARE AB UR STORIES AMANY 💕 2.) I loved thisss, ur so good at romance it's not fair. But anyway, this was cute and the characters were amazing, I would say maybe a bit more backstory? 3.) Convo? Bored

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Amany Sayed
05:11 Nov 15, 2020

THANKS THANKS Aw haha thank you. Yes yes everyone is saying that. In y defence, I wrote the whole story in one day and just was rushing to get something done. Ack super late answer so sorry

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Amaya .
19:09 Nov 18, 2020

haha that's okayy because this answer is even later lol

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Rhondalise Mitza
05:09 Nov 14, 2020

(First comment, and, of course I care about your stories, Amany.) This was rather cute, though it felt rushed at the beginning. There wasn't a lot of context to the background of the story, which would have been nice, but the characters were great, I liked them a lot. Looking forward to a part two if you make it!

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Amany Sayed
16:19 Nov 14, 2020

(yes yes I am aware, I was just debating on telling people or not) Yeah, I know, I started and finished this yesterday since I really wanted a story out. The second half I feel like I got more in the flow. Thank you so much!

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Gracie Katerina
15:20 Nov 23, 2020

cute story i like the ending a lot and the quirky/a bit of awkwardness between the two also great job with showing not telling

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Amany Sayed
15:24 Nov 23, 2020

Thank you so much Gracie!

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Fezan Javed
10:43 Nov 15, 2020

I admire the sharpness of your prose; it gives the story a smooth pacing. Also, your crackling dialogue helps to give a narrative authenticity to the story. All in all, an enjoyable read. I would very much like to know how the story continues🙂

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Amany Sayed
22:27 Nov 16, 2020

Gosh, thank you so much! This is really sweet, made my day!

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Fezan Javed
02:36 Nov 17, 2020

My pleasure 🙂

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OOOOOH! DAT ENDDDDDD!!! Of COURSE I care about your stories. But anyways...great job! Super-sweet and super-creative. Jack and Alice are so quirky together 😂 Part two NEEEEEDS TO HAPPEN! I mean, c’mon, you’ve set up an “oh-wait-maybe-he-actually-likes-you-BACK” scene and it needs to have a finish. SIKE. Okiiiii well bye now, awesome story! P. S. Daily poem? Noice! You know what you should do? JOIN APPPP! Lol why not? It’s super fun. Almost 50 Reeders have joined so far! We have a fun group where we chat 24/7. You can post poems easily and...

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Amany Sayed
05:11 Nov 15, 2020

HEHE YOU THINK IT WAS NICE? Aw, thank you, I was just debating on telling people or not. Thank youuuu. Haha, indeed they are. Okay okayyyy hehe Idk.... maybe ALWAYS :) BAI

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Amaya .
19:09 Nov 18, 2020

i love how she was like JOIN JOIN JOIN JOIN JOIN and u were like "idk maybe" for some reason that made me laugh

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01:27 Nov 15, 2020

This story is now one of my favorites on Reedsy! I love how you subtly describe their relationship throughout the story, great job! I only noticed that near the end, you called Jack, "Jake". Other than that, great job!!

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Amany Sayed
05:12 Nov 15, 2020

Wow!!! That's high praise :) Oops, I'll fix that. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked it!

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17:56 Nov 15, 2020

Thank you for writing it! 😊

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B. W.
23:45 Nov 14, 2020

hey, i think that this was another really great story that you did and I really enjoyed it as well ^^ 10/10 :)

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Amany Sayed
05:13 Nov 15, 2020

Thanks B!

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B. W.
05:13 Nov 15, 2020

no problem ^^ do ya think you could maybe help me with something?

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Amany Sayed
05:16 Nov 15, 2020

What is it?

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B. W.
05:17 Nov 15, 2020

well its kinda with a new story because I'm having trouble with the prompts

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17:54 Nov 14, 2020

I love this prompt!! They are SO cute together, and I love the contest idea! In my mind when I first thought of the prompt, the Hunger Games popped up, where the contest has nothing to do with love, but this is so creative! And the dialogue is so natural! I love it!

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Amany Sayed
18:59 Nov 14, 2020

Thanks so much Kylie! Aw, thanks! Yeah, I didn't really know what to do, so I just went with the flow lol. Thanks so much! I'm so glad!

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22:52 Nov 14, 2020

Haha, it's great!!

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Awwwwwwwwwwwww.... Love them! What i think of you: She of the Sunflowers. She of the Poems. Weaving together love.

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Amany Sayed
05:09 Nov 15, 2020

Tysm! Aw, this is sweet!

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Sarah 🖤💖
17:12 Nov 14, 2020

Amazing story (I'm not surprised honestly), and it was a very pleasant read! Aaaaand, I got nothing else to say I really need to plan out my comments before I write them...

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Amany Sayed
17:40 Nov 14, 2020

Thank you Sarah! Haha, me too tho.

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07:20 Nov 14, 2020

So sweet and so wholesome. Great piece Amany. I want these characters together so bad. I wish I was Jack so bad... lol. Thanks for sharing. This was a really heartwarming Piece, Can't Wait for a part two (Possibly)

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Amany Sayed
16:20 Nov 14, 2020

Thank you so much! Aw, haha, I'll take that as a compliment. Aw thank YOU for reading!

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19:23 Nov 14, 2020

My Pleasure :). Thanks for writing!

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I.B. Dunn
18:59 Nov 19, 2020

This was a refreshingly light and fun read. So many times on Reedsy I have to get out a notebook and take notes to try and keep up with what is going on. I don't like that kind of writing I like yours. It feels real. It feels like it could actually happen. The dialogue and the interplay between Jack and Alice was intoxicating. I too hope there is more to come. I am a hopeless romantic and hope if the story continues they find the connection that was already there. I wrote a story this week called "Silence". I think it might be one...

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Amany Sayed
03:17 Nov 20, 2020

Thanks so much! I totally get what you mean. Same here ;) I'll be sure to check it out asap! Thanks for your time!

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Niveeidha Palani
00:31 Nov 17, 2020

Adorable.

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Amany Sayed
01:33 Nov 17, 2020

That's what I was going for! :D Thanks for reading! Also, if I were to hypothetically say make a Part 2, would you rather it be a backstory or a continuation?

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Niveeidha Palani
07:17 Nov 17, 2020

Hmm, I would say a backstory? I would love to know what happened before that!

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Amaya .
21:55 Nov 16, 2020

heyyyy Amaya here so i changed my name from biblio_phile to amaya, and its required to have a last name (ugh) so Im prob gonna do an emoji for it. And I realized that Amaya and Amany look super super similar AND our names will both have emojis. I just wanted to make sure u were okay with ittt and if ur not i completely understand, dw ab it

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Amany Sayed
22:27 Nov 16, 2020

Cool beans! Of course I don't mind!

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Amaya .
22:32 Nov 16, 2020

aw thanks!

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01:59 Nov 15, 2020

POSSIBLLYYYY??? Aww this was cute!! I just love your romance short stories! They are so amazing and sweet! I love the whole atmosphere you created with these two characters, though I really wanna know how they even got there in the first place😂. I like both of the main characters, Jack is such an interesting guy and Alice is veryyy cautious! That dressing room scene thoughhh😏😏 cute cute cute😌 Anyways great job Amany as always!! And keep writing!

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Amany Sayed
05:12 Nov 15, 2020

MWAHAHA Thank youuuu! Hehe yes yes yes. Thanks thanks. Thank you I will you tooooo!

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07:06 Nov 14, 2020

Awww soooo cute!! Rhonda's right about the backstory, maybe you could show us a little from the 0ast and how they met. But overall, very cute! Btw, cute shopping bags, loll

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Amany Sayed
16:19 Nov 14, 2020

Thank you Sia! Haha, just some random aesthetic from Pinterest lol.

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05:45 Nov 15, 2020

Welcome! Haha, lol

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22:00 Nov 23, 2020

I love this story! It is so cute, sweet, and emotional. Their love was unique and it was fun watching (well reading) them together.

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Amany Sayed
00:20 Nov 24, 2020

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed!

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02:36 Nov 24, 2020

No problem! :)

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Faith Foster
22:09 Nov 19, 2020

Cute story. It was really enjoyable. I know word count is limited, but I would have liked it to have gone on for longer before they got to the 'actually, I think we really are a couple' stage. Plus, it would have been fun to learn more about the 'couples contest'. By the way, I liked the term 'whisper-shout', I understood it immediately and it made me smile.

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Amany Sayed
03:17 Nov 20, 2020

Thank you! Totally understand and will take your advice to heart. I'm so glad :)

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