"Peyton?" I asked.

"Do you realize how much you have said my name today?" he asked me.

"I know. I was just thinking about that. I think I set a record. Maybe you shouldn't have such a hot name." I told him.

"It's my parents fault! When my parents named me, they were kind of loopy." he told me.

"Parents should not be allowed to name us." I told him.

"I agree. But did you hear about that kid who was allowed to name herself and her name was Peekaboo? I do not want to be named Hungry. Just saying." we both laughed.

I heard my song on the radio.

"Ooh ooh turn it up!" I exclaimed, and then knocked his hand out of the way when he was going too slow.

"Could we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now. Could we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now." I sang.

"Did you know I've never heard you sing?" he asked me.

"Well, before, I didn't know if you would make fun of me." I murmured.

"Why on earth would I make fun of you Kaci? We should tell Mr. Fredricks to make a talent show, or a Faber Hills Idol." he told me. "You are an amazing singer. Why didn't you ever tell me?" he asked.

"Because I don't think I sing that well." I told him.

"We'll see. You are entering that competition. So I can brag that my most beautiful girlfriend has the most beautiful voice ever. Please?" he asked me.

"Fine. But that's only if Mr. Fredricks lets us do it." I laughed.

"Where the heck does he live? The last time we came here it was dark and the time before that I was half way asleep." I asked him.

"Just up this road here. He lives in the rich part of New Hills" he told me.

"There's a non-rich part in New Hills?" I asked him. I was the only one of Peyton's friends that did not live in a rich community.

"This area right here is the non-rich part." he told me.

I looked around. "Looks pretty rich to me." I told him.

"Well. They live in the more rich part of town. They're very rich I guess." he told me.

I sighed. "All you rich people and your rich houses and rich towns and rich stuff and rich cars. Man. I want to go to Chuck 'E' Cheeses." I told him.

He looked over at me. "Chuck 'E' Cheeses? Why?" he asked me.

"Because poor people can afford it. I think. They might not be able to now. Stupid inflation. Those poor chickens that are in those McDonalds farm things. Having to eat their own kin." I muttered.

"Kace, you're all over the place. Are you excited or what?" he laughed at me.

"I want to after-after party!" I exclaimed.

He looked over at me, his green eyes on fire.

We were both silent with the intensity in the car. When Peyton pulled into Craig and Devyn's place, I saw what he meant by the Rich part of a rich community.

"Wow. That's a big house." I told him.

"You've been here before." he replied.

"But I've never actually seen the outside of the house." I clarified.

"Well, now you have. Let's go." he said, and got out of the car.

He walked around to my side and opened the door.

"Now, when we get in that party, I have one rule. Do not leave my side. Do you understand me?" he smiled.

"Yes sir!" I saluted.

He grabbed my hand and we walked to the house.

When we got in, I saw Craig, Devyn, Megan, Heath, and Riley all sitting on the couch.

"Where's the party?" I asked.

"No one ever comes to the party until they've picked up beer and already gotten drunk." Riley said.

I looked at Peyton, conveying the note that he would not be allowed to drink anything tonight.

He laughed at me. "I promise." he told me.

"Who'd you get to DJ?" I asked Craig.

"Actually, we got that girl that DJ'd at your last party. Gwynn. She was good. And I told her to educate us in music tonight. I want danceable stuff that probably no one here has ever heard before." he answered.

"Well, as long as she's at a party there will be something unheard before, so I guess we're in for a great night, she'll be lookin up the best songs out there." I told everyone.

We joked around untill the house started getting fuller. I didn't let Peyton out of my sight. We went out back to their yard. There was still a swing from their younger days, and that's where me and Peyton were headed. I sat down on the swing and he came behind me and started pushing it.

"You know, I never understood why the kids always went for the high slides when I was a kid. I was perfectly happy on the swings. They're good for your legs, and perfectly good fun. I used to sit on the swings all day long and just think. About everything. It was my own personal heaven. And then, when they put that new playground in town, the old one was my life. Eighteens years old and the only place I feel at home, truly, is that playground." I told him.

He was silent for a moment.

"Kaci, I know I've done you wrong, but I hope that one day, you'll finally feel at home with me. In our own home. I love you so much Akacia. I want to give you the world." He told me.

I drug my feet in the ground to stop the swing. I got off and went around to Peyton.

"Every time I look at you, every time I feel you, every time i think of you, I have the world. Because you are my world." I whispered to him.

We leaned in for a kiss and I knew that it wouldn't end. It couldn't end. Our lives were tied so completely, it was impossible.