It was the morning of the day that we were leaving for Washington, D.C. I had all my bags packed and had gone over my dads' checklist several times, but it still seemed like I was missing something. It's probably just a little stage fright, I told myself. Nothing but a little pre-spelling bee jitters. Nonetheless, the small nagging feeling lingered in my mind as I paced across the living room carpet.
The doorbell rang loudly. "I've got it!" I called out, wondering, Who would be showing up here right now?
I slowly opened the door to see a familiar boy standing on my porch yet again. "Hey, Leaf!" I greeted excitedly.
He beamed as he responded, "Hello again, Schwartzy."
"So, what's up? Did you come to whisk me away on another adventure?" I joked.
He seemed a little confused by my comment. "No, you're going to Washington, right?"
"Yeah." I paused for a second. "So, what brings you over here again?"
He reached over into the basket of his bicycle and retrieved a fairly large book. 10,000 Words to Make You Sound Smart. "You left this the other day." He handed it to me.
"Oh!" How could I have forgotten that? "Thank you."
"And also I wanted to wish you good luck."
How sweet! "Thanks!" I wrapped my arms around him in a tight hug. Before pulling away, he planted a small kiss on my cheek. I could feel myself blushing as he smiled at me.
"Remember what I told you, okay?"
"Got it," I responded with a grin. "And thanks again." It's funny how a guy who claimed to be "not that smart" was perhaps the best person for the job of helping me prepare for this spelling bee.
A/N: I hope you guys liked it, and I apologize again for the hiatus in between chapters 2 and 3.