Kendra couldn't resist smiling as she shut her locker. Waiting behind it was her best friend Lilly.
"What's got you so happy?" She wondered.
"I can't smile without a reason?" Kendra replied, looking a little more serious.
"No. There's got to be a reason for this." Lilly pressed.
"It's nothing. It's just a good day today."
"It's only 8:30 in the morning." Lilly pointed out.
"Which means I need to be heading to class." Kendra swung her backpack on her shoulders. "See you later."
"I'll find out one way or another Kendra Sorenson." Lilly vowed. Kendra waved back at her friend and continued towards her first class.
The truth was she did have a reason to be extra happy today. Tonight was going to be her first official date with Bracken. He had been promising it for months, but somehow something always seemed to come up. This it would be different though, this time it would work out. Kendra took her seat in the classroom and began to daydream about that night.
"Kendra, Raxtus is here." Her mother called from downstairs.
"I'll be right there." Kendra called back. Taking one last glance in the mirror, she took a deep breath. It was just a date. She ran her hands over her dress. She had bought just for the occasion. Nodding at her reflection, Kendra raced out of her room and down the stairs.
Just outside was waiting one of her closest friends, a dragon. He sat a little ways off. Kendra thought Bracken would have come to get her himself, but maybe he was still setting everything up.
"Hey Raxtus!" Kendra greeted him. "Are you my ride for the night?"
"Not exactly." Raxtus said. He shuffled nervously.
"What do you mean?" She was starting to worry now.
"I'm sorry Kendra, but…" Raxtus started to say.
"Something came up." Kendra finished the sentence.
"He really wanted to make it. Just it was important." The dragon explained.
"Of course. Just like the last eleven times." Kendra mumbled.
"Me and you can still go do something." He offered.
"No thanks. I have still have some homework to do."
"Okay. See you around?"
Kendra nodded and made her way back to the house. She heard the familiar flapping of wings as Raxtus took off. As she entered her home, her mother put two and two together and asked if Kendra needed anything. Kendra declined and slowly ascended the stairs to her room. She let her softly curled hair fall in front of her face. She didn't want anybody to see her crying. She heard Seth enter the house and quickly entered her room. She didn't want to deal with his teasing tonight.
Closing her door, Kendra let out a sob.
The next few days were a blur to Kendra. She felt so hurt and alone. Would she ever get a first date? Needless to say, she was surprised when during her Spanish class, she received a note requesting to meet her at the front of the school at lunch. She had no idea who sent it and what they wanted to see her for, but the way she looked at it, she might as well try. Luckily this was the last class until lunch period.
As soon as the bell rang, Kendra bolted for the door. She wanted to be there as soon as possible. Pushing out the front doors Kendra found the area vacant. Walking down the stairs, still showed no sign of another person. She waited and walked around a bit, but still no one showed up.
Figuring she had been set up, Kendra turned to go back in and enjoy lunch with her friends only to hear her name being called. She looked to see an attractive boy she recognized from several of her classes.
"Wait!" He cried. "Sorry I'm late, but Jeff held me up with some questions."
"It's good Nathan." Kendra said.
"There's something I wanted to ask you." Nathan said stopping beside Kendra.
"Go for it." She invited.
"Well this is just if you already don't have a date, and I know I'm late and you might have other plans…" Nathan began rambling.
"Nathan?" Kendra motioned for him to proceed to the question.
"Would you go to Homecoming with me?" He blurted out.
"What?" She was taken back. "Uh, well, um."
"You already have a date." Nathan concluded. His dark eyes stared at her with concern.
"No. No, of course not." Kendra stopped him.
"Of course not?" He stared at her.
"I mean, I would love to go to Homecoming with you Nathan." She smiled at him.
"Really?" He asked, his voice full of excitement.
"Of course. Who else would I go with?" Kendra was starting to feel excited herself. Bracken wouldn't mind, and besides there was still time for them to have a first date before then.
"Then it's set! I'll pick you up at six!" Nathan said. He gave her a high five before running off to his friends. Kendra practically flew to the lunch room. She couldn't believe what had just happened.