I sat on the hard cold seat on the top of the giant Ferris Wheel at our town carnival just as the sun was disappearing. Next to me was my best friend in the world, Garrett. My friends all fit onto the one bench, which left me alone. All of his friends went on a different seat without him to get him mad. So that left us to go together.
His messy brown hair was blowing lightly in the wind as the pew rocked back and forth. It had short stopped at the very top. Go figure with my fear of heights. I looked down and saw the abyssal drop from our position. My face went white.
"It's okay," he said pulling me in, putting his arm around me. "I've got you." He must have seen my expression. He was warm and muscular.
The wheel stayed in place. They were having a problem with the control panel. Some wise guy had spilled Coke on it. It hadn't budged for the past few minutes. That's right. We were stuck on the very top of the wheel and I have a profound fright of heights.
"So," I said, trying to get the conversation moving. "Can you believe that Matt and Taylor broke up?"
"I know," he said. "They were the best couple ever. Plus the longest one since James and Aria." We stared at each other. His eyes shined in the dusk. "They were cute."
"Who do you think would make a cute couple?" I asked curiously.
"Definitely Ben and Peyton, uh, Harry and Frannie, and I think that you would look good with Edward." He gazed at me with regret in his eyes.
"Oh really," I said. "Well then I think that you look good with Sophia."
His face woke up. "What?"
"Yeah. You heard me." Garrett looked down at the rest of the crowd. "Is there a problem with that?"
"Yes," he said sadly. "There is. I actually like someone else, but I don't know how to get her. She would never say yes."
Sometimes he made me laugh well. Garret also had some insecurity, which was hard to believe, knowing that he is the most popular guy in the school. He was gorgeous. No girl would ever say no.
"Are you kidding me? You're Garret Richardson! You're amazing. And any girl would be lucky to have you." He paused.
"Even you?" he asked dubiously.
Garrett made me take an awkward moment. I had always thought of us together someday. I knew it was impossible. I was the ugly loser, quote on quote. I had a crush on him in middle school, but then I said not to risk the friendship. It's hard to find one like this.
"Even me," I said swallowing my words hard.
"Well how would I even get a girl like her? She's the best person ever in the whole universe."
"Well first, you got to get all snuggled in like this," I said demonstrating. We were already in the position.
"Next?" he asked.
"Next you need to say something like, 'I really like you, and I don't ever want to lose you'. And look deeply into her eyes. Now you try."
Garret straightened up and pretended to fix his tie. He cleared his throat. Garrett then looked into my eyes. His gemstone blue eyes glistened in the gone sun. "I really like you, and I don't ever want to lose you." He spoke with kind and gentle words directly at me. "Now?"
"Now," I said. I couldn't think straight. I was getting caught up in the moment. It was a beautiful one. "You have to do something spontaneous. Something that she wouldn't expect. Something that would really sweep her off her feet."
Garrett's mind went away in thought. He looked out at the panorama. The lights of the other rides were shining in blues, reds, and greens. I could see the steam coming from his ears.
Garret then turned back quickly and kissed me. His lips were soft and passionate. It lasted for at least a minute. I couldn't believe this. I was making out with the hottest guy ever, my best friend.
The machine jerked back into motion.
"Why did you do that?" I asked. I was so confused.
"Well," he started. "Did you expect that?"