'You said 'yes', right?!" Megan eagerly asked a few hours later on top of her bed.
Adelaide sat at her work station, doing homework, wearing her reading glasses. She faced her roommate from her spin around chair, barely paying attention to her studies.
"Uh-huh." she smiled and nodded. "We're going to a movie, and he says he wants to surprise me afterward."
"Oh my God, that is so cute! I knew you guys would end up going out sooner or later." Megan could barely control her excitement. She was practically bouncing up and down on her bed.
Adelaide gave her roommate a grin. She was pretty excited too. It'd been a long time since she'd been out on a real date. She tapped her pencil repeatedly against a book to try to channel her nervousness elsewhere.
"So, what movie are you guys gonna see?"
"I don't know. I think I wanna see that movie, Unbroken Vows."
"The one with Leo DiCaprio?"
Unbroken Vows starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Keira Knightley. Essentially it was a chick-flick about a recently married couple who begin to have doubts about their fast paced relationship.
"Yeah. That sounds like fun. It looks good."
As Adelaide turned her mind back to her studies, Megan headed over to the mini-fridge to get something to eat. She scoffed in disbelief and amusement when she saw the contents of the inside.
The blonde looked at her friend. "What?"
"Do you have to label everything in here?" Megan asked.
Every piece of food in the fridge that belonged to Adelaide had been marked with a sharpie. Milk cartons, water bottles, the eggs. Any food that couldn't be directly labeled was placed in a plastic bag and subsequently written on. Normal people don't do these kinds of things.
"I just want to be able to tell what's yours and what's mine." Adelaide explained.
Megan chuckled as she grabbed her Multi-Grain granola bar out and shut the door.
"What?" Adelaide asked of Megan's smirk.
"What?" Adelaide repeated.
Megan sat on her knees on her bed, while unwrapping the bar before taking a bite.
"Everything has to be perfect for you, doesn't it? I've seen you. You follow the exact same pattern every day. When I wake up in the morning, you're asleep in the same place as you were the day before. All of your clothes are color coordinated. Hell, last night, you tried to color coordinate my clothes."
"What's your point?" Adelaide asked.
Megan then walked over to Adelaide's set of pencils on the desk that were perfectly aligned, and moved one of them to a 30 degree angle.
"Tell me that doesn't bother you." Megan challenged.
Adelaide tried to give off the illusion of indifference, but the antisymmetry of the pencils did indeed start to bother her a bit. She stared at them, then back at the brunette. What was so hard about this? They're just pencils, right? Who cares what order or disorder they're in? Right? Right?
"This is stupid." she said, as she fixed the position of the pencil.
"Told ya." Megan smiled.
As she opened the door and walked into her room, Cameron pulled her backpack off of her shoulders and placed it on top of her bed.
She unzipped the bag and brought out the pot that Winnie had given to her to hold for her earlier that week. Ever since that incident with Principal Snyder, Cameron had become the one to turn to whenever Robert or Winnie needed her to "hold" their drugs for her.
As she looked at the bag, she thought of where she should hide it. A place where no one would look. She opened her bottom bed drawer, and stuffed the marijuana near the back of it, behind some old school papers that she hadn't cleaned out yet.
Nobody would find it in there.
Later, that evening, after Richard had picked up his date, they stood in line at the box office, waiting for their turn. It was pretty close to dusk at the movie theater. Adelaide wore a thin white hoodie, over a yellow horizontal striped shirt and a pair of blue jeans, while Richard had on a black oxford shirt and dark blue pants. Since it was their first date, they both figured casual would be best instead of dressing as if it were prom night all over again.
Not many people ahead of them in line, the two young adults stared up at the list of films on the slots.
"So, which movie do you wanna see?" Richard said, as he placed an arm over Adelaide's shoulder.
She smiled at him. "Um, how about Unbroken Vows? The trailers for it looked good."
"Aah, who wants to see some boring chick-flick with Leonardo DiCapricock? Didn't we get enough torture with Titanic?"
"I love Titanic." Adelaide said with a facetious sad expression.
"Well you would, wouldn't you? You're a chick." Richard said. "I wanna see Executioner."
"Oh, it looks awesome. It's got that guy from Avatar."
"Okay, now that was a boring movie." Adelaide teased.
"How dare you?" Richard sassed back.
They both giggled at the little joke.
Adelaide wanted to further insist that she'd rather see Unbroken Vows, but before she could say anything, it was their turn in line, and Richard had already asked the saleslady for 2 tickets to Executioner.
As was expected, it was a pretty mediocre flick. It was about some guy who stalks and eventually murders a serial killer that had stalked and eventually murdered his wife. Pretty basic plot and 1 dimensional characters. Aside from all of that, and having to listen to Sam Worthington's godawful attempt at an American accent, Adelaide actually had fun seeing the movie with Richard. Somehow seeing it with him made it more entertaining.
She had really wanted to see Unbroken Vows, though.
As Megan was dancing around, blasting Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" through her iHome, she heard a knock on the door. She turned to music down slightly, and answered it.
"Mmm. Hel-lo." she smiled.
Standing there with a book in his hand, was Luke Jackson; Adelaide's friend from her history class.
"Hi. I'm Luke. Is Adelaide here?" he asked.
"Oh. No, sorry. Why, do you need her for something?"
"Well, I was just gonna ask if she was interested in studying with me tonight. You know, the Epic of Gilgamesh isn't an interesting story at all." Luke explained. "I tried texting her, but I think her phone is off."
"Well, Adelaide isn't here right now. She's on a date."
"A date?" Luke said in a less than enthusiastic voice.
"Yeah, she shouldn't be back for a while, either. Should I tell her you stopped by?" Megan asked.
"No, it's okay. Thanks anyway." Luke said before turning and leaving.
After leaving the theater, Adelaide and Richard walked hand in hand down the street, chatting to each other about the movie.
"Did you like it?" Richard asked.
"It was okay. I think it could've been better, though." Adelaide answered. "The ending was kinda stupid."
"I bet it was better than DiCaprio's movie."
Adelaide noticed that as they continued walking, she didn't recognize this part of town. She smiled, and started to wonder where they were actually going.
"Okay, so where's this surprise place you're taking me?" she asked.
"It's right up here." Richard said.
As they turned the corner, they found themselves staring at a sign that said "Club 5".
"A dance club?" Adelaide asked.
"Yeah. Megan told me you're taking a dance class, so I thought, since you're such a bookworm, why not have fun and study at the same?"
He grabbed her hand, and lead the way into the club.
It was pretty loud in there. The music boomed, people sat at the bar drinking, others were on the dance floor getting their groove on, and many just sat at a table holding up a conversation. Something about this reminded the blonde of the night she and Megan went to that frat party.
"Well, let's go."
"Richard! Richard, wait! Wait!" Adelaide complained as Richard pulled her onto the dance floor.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"I...I can't do this." she said.
"What's the matter? I thought you like dancing."
"I'm not very good at improvising it."
Richard smiled. She didn't know whether he was being understanding, or condescending.
"It's okay. Look around you. None of these people can dance, either." he said.
Adelaide gazed around the dance floor and noticed that Richard couldn't have been more right. It was pretty embarrassing to watch some of these people try to dance. It almost reminded her of that scene from The Terminator. Pretty much everyone was doing the same thing.
"Here, come on. Just move your hips and arms back and forth." Richard said, demonstrating.
Adelaide started laughing so hard, she put her hand to her mouth.
"You're dancing like Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." she giggled.
Richard laughed as well. "Don't worry about the moves, Adelaide. Just do your own thing."
Sighing, Adelaide finally took a chance and began to do whatever felt right to her. Within a few seconds, she was moving along to the beat of the music. She was sure she looked ridiculous, but she actually was starting to enjoy herself.
"There you go." Richard applauded, taking her hand and spinning her around.
"Do you have any moves?" Adelaide asked.
"I know a few."
Richard then started slowly moving his hips back and forth. Adelaide didn't know what it was, but it was pretty sexy.
They continued dancing together. Adelaide felt it rather freeing that she didn't have to worry about exactly what to do, or how to move; she just danced. She started to understand what Mrs. Morris had meant about letting go and expressing herself. Somehow Richard had helped her see that, and suddenly she felt closer to him than ever.
When the song ended, Adelaide giggled and brought her date into a tight hug.
Still embracing each other, the DJ changed the music to a slow song.
The two of them brought their heads inches apart to gaze into each others eyes.
"Having a good time?" Richard asked. She nodded.
"This is the most fun I've had in a long time." she said. "Thank you."
Richard shrugged. "Hey, thanks for going with me."
When he smiled at her, she was mesmerized.
"You have such soft skin." he said, running a finger down her cheek.
Adelaide basked in the sight of his hazel eyes, and felt the pounding of her heart. It wasn't long before their faces slowly got closer together. Richard leaned in and planted a small kiss on her lips. It was so soft and passionate, it left the girl hungry for more. When he started to back away, Adelaide gently put her hands to his face, and kissed him back slightly harder.
As they continued slow dancing in the crowd of people, their lips rarely stopped touching.
Minutes later, in Richard's car that was parked back at her dorm building, they couldn't keep themselves off of each other. It was Make-Out Central. There was a sound of intense breathing and lip smacking going throughout.
Richard rested his right arm behind Adelaide's shoulder while she sat against it in her seat. She ran her fingers through his hair and started to moan.
His lips traveled from her mouth to her cheek, then her neck, and he began to softly peck it. Adelaide closed her eyes and enjoyed the feeling of the forming hickey. His left hand cupped her cheek, as the other moved down her body, until it reached her ass.
"I wanna make love to you." Richard mumbled.
Just then, Adelaide sat back. She was lightly panting.
"What?" she asked.
Richard, realizing what he'd just said, assumed his spot in the driver's seat. He rubbed his eyes in humiliation.
"Oh, my God. I'm sorry." he said sincerely. "God, I can't believe I just said that. You must think I'm a total creep."
"It's alright." Adelaide said, putting a hand to his face.
"I'm sorry. I meant no disrespect at all." Richard insisted.
"It's okay, really. Maybe we were going a little too fast."
"I would never want to make you feel uncomfortable."
Adelaide actually wasn't offended. She just knew that now wasn't exactly the right time.
"Let's just agree to take things slow for right now, okay?" she asked.
"I'm completely fine with that." Richard agreed. "Whatever you want to do."
"Well, I guess I'm gonna go in now."
Adelaide smiled, and leaned in for another passionate kiss.
"Thank you. I had fun." she said.
She exited his car, and headed back to her dorm room. This had been the first time she'd done something like that with a guy in a long time.