Chapter 1: "The One"

"Hi,uh may I sit here?"
Without taking her gaze from the computer screen, Ada nodded. "just a sec," she muttered.

Putting the finishing touches on the paper she was writing, she looked up, and smiled.

"Hi! I'm Ada Peterson. I'm not sure we've met?"

The cute guy in front of her smiled apologetically. "Yeah, sorry. My name is John Stewart. I just transferred here from Georgia.

"Well, welcome!" Ada said, and they shook hands over the table.

There was a moment of awkward silence, and John said, spying the chess board in the corner of the coffee shop, "do you play?"

Ada shrugged, "yes and no. I learned how to play when I was a kid, but I haven't played in a while."

John stood up. "Will you play me anyway?"

Ada shrugged again. "Sure, why not?"

"Checkmate," John said, and Ada groaned.

"That's the fourth time you've beaten me!" She said, laughing.

John sat back, and savored his victory.

"Yep, I guess I wasn't as bad off as I thought I was."

Ada smiled. "Yeah, sure."

All of a sudden, she looked down at her watch, and jumped up. "Oh my gosh! I totally forgot!"

She picked up her coffee cup, and the rest of her trash. "Sorry, but I have to go. I have a date with a few of my friends, that I can't miss. Thanks for playing! It was fun, even if I did lose everytime."

She paused and continued to gather up her stuff.

John shifted in his chair, then asked awkwardly, "Hey I was wondering...Could I have your phone number and email? Ya know, so we can play another game sometime."

Ada couldn't help but smile. "Sure thing," she said.

"Yes! And he asked me out, too!" Amanda said excitedly.

Ada laughed along with her other friends.

"Well, Tommy put a bunch of roses on my doorstep." Jamie put it.

Loraine rolled her eyes. "Nothin's changed between me and Dave. He still won't talk to me," She said with her cute southern accent.

She turned to Ada. "Have you met 'the one' yet?"

Ada smiled and shook her head. "No, not 'the one' as you call it," she paused for a moment, then said thoughtfully, "though I did meet someone."

Ada was exhausted. She had walked around the mall three times, with her friends, and now all she wanted was a nice cup 'a tea, and a book. She turned off her car engine, and walked up the porch stairs, fumbling for the house key.

"Hey, Ada," a voice said behind her. Ada stopped and turned great, she thought. It was her next door neighbor, Sam. For some reason, he had had a crush on Ada ever since she and her family moved into the neighborhood.

Ada faked a smile. "Oh, hi Sam! What are you doing here? I mean, uh since you usually had so much homework." She asked, fumbling for words to hide her annoyance.

Sam shrugged. "It's summer...I don't have homework."

He stared at her weirdly for a sec. "Listen, uh I was wondering. Would you care to join me on Saturday at the coffee shop, for a little coffee?"

Ada's stomach turned in disgust. "Wait. Let me check my calendar." She opened the door, and stepped inside. "Wait a minute."

In a minute, she was back. "Yeah, I'm free. See you then." she started to close the door, but he stopped her saying, "May I pick you up around 9 o'clock?"

Ada sighed. "Sure."