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Dorry's POV

I got up from my chair to close the window in Darry's room. As soon as it slammed down it was followed by the door swinging open. Darry stumbled in, he looked like he had been running. His hair disheveled, a thin line of sweat running down his temple, and he kept clenching and unclenching his fists.

"Hey, hey, hey... Is something wrong?" I approached him slowly, then rested my hands on his shoulders.

"You are not gonna believe what I just saw." He breathed, his eyes darting around the room.

I put my hands on his face to make him looks at me, "What happened?"

"I was walkin' back here and I thought I heard somethin', so I turned around and I looked at this bush and there were two eyes lookin' out at me!"

"What? Do you know who it was?"

"Yeah! They got up and ran away, it was that new Jo girl... It really spooked me Dorry!" He finished, putting his hands on his hips.

"Well yeah! Wait, does she even go here?" I asked, trying to remember if she was a resident or not.

"No, we saw her at one of our parties, remember?"

"But... Does she even work here?! I don't think I've ever seen her do anything around here!" I said finally letting go of Darry.

"I don't know! Something strange is goin' on here though..." He said as he began pacing the room.

I grabbed his wrist to get his attention as he passed in front of me, "Don't worry, it probably isn't even that big of a deal."

"You think so?" Darry asked, still looking panicked.

"Of course, maybe she just wanted to get away from someone and she didn't see another option. Sound familiar?" I raised my eyebrows at him. He looked up at the ceiling and I saw a small smile begin to form.

"Yes," Darry said slowly, "I'm still sorry about that you know."

"Sure, of course you are." I smiled up at him then pulled him down to my level by the front of his shirt, "I'll forgive you, on one condition..."

He kissed me and then looked at me expectantly.

"OK, maybe two conditions." I told him, smiling even wider. This time he put his hands on either side of my face and pulled me in slowly. It was one of those kisses that lasts and lingers and only leaves you longing for more.


"Good. And you're really sure this whole Jo thing doesn't mean anything?"

"Yes. Just forget about it, no big deal."

"No big deal. Now, where were we?"


Like hell it was no big deal! That was basically my only thought as I walked back down the path to get to Anna's room. After Darry and I, well, dirty danced, he fell asleep, but i couldn't get what Jo did out of my head. It kept nagging at me until I knew that I had to do something about it.

"We have a situation!" I yelled as I practically broke the door to Anna's room down.

"Do you think this dress looks OK on me?" She asked, looking at herself in a mirror.

"Yeah, that really is your color actually... Not important though!" I remembered, getting myself back on track.

"Right. What's the situation?" Anna asked, putting her business face on.

"It's about Darry."

"Oohh, juicy!"

"No, it's about Darry and another girl!"

"That bitch! Who is it and what did she do?"

"It's that weird girl Jo that literally doesn't do anything here and no one knows anything about. Darry's freaked out because he saw her spying on him in some bushes and we need to find out why!" I explained.

"Alright, let's go around to each room and ask the employees if they know anything about her."

"Good plan. Meet back here in an hour?"

"Done." Anna nodded. We shook hands and marched out the door to start our search.


"OK, word on the street is that she's been seen leaving Billy's place before." Anna reported.

"Billy, huh?"

Anna and I waited in her room until we knew Billy's shift out front was over. His room wasn't too far from ours so it wasn't long before I was loudly knocking on his door.

"Hey Dorry, what's going on?" Billy asked with a smile.

"I was actually looking for someone else. Has someone been staying with you lately, Billy?" I questioned, trying to look around him and into his room. He noticed my efforts and put his hand up on the door frame.

"I dunno what you're talking about." He tried to cover up a nervous swallow but didn't succeed.

"You sure about that?" I leaned in closer and tried my best to look intimidating. Billy looked around and began stuttering out sentences that didn't make any sense.

"Listen, punk," Anna practically jumped on Billy, pushing him about two feet into the room, "If you don't tell us where she is, bad things are gonna start happening."

"Like what?" Billy asked skeptically., regaining some of his confidence.

"Well, stuff like... Dorry look!" Anna pointed at the back door hanging wide open.

"She's on the run, let's go!" I yelled, bolting off the porch.

"Sorry Billy!" Anna called over her shoulder as she followed behind me.

"Where do you think she went?" Anna panted, neither of us were runners.

"Maybe," I slowed to a stop to catch my breath, "Maybe she went to spy on Darry again. He has a private lesson in about ten minutes. Let's go to the studio."
"Right behind ya." Anna agreed. We followed the main path to the dance studio for most of the way, but once we got close we cut off into the woods and went around the back.

"So, we'll hide here and just wait to see if she shows up I guess." I told Anna, squatting down behind the biggest tree I could find.

"Wait, look, be subtle," Anna said nodding her head in the direction she wanted me to look. I peered around the tree. At first I didn't see anything. At first. I did a double take on something that looked out of place. It was those eyes. We stared at each other for a split second before we both started to run.

I may not have been much of a runner, but I caught up to her pretty quickly, now I just had to figure out a way to stop her. I took a literal leap of faith and sprung towards her. There was a multitude of grunts and groans as we both went down on the dirt and branches beneath us.

"Badass." Anna commented from above.

"Thanks!" I smiled.

"What the hell?!" Jo screeched.

"That's what I should be saying to you! You're not the one that gets to be angry." I snatched her wrists and pinned them to the ground.

"I'm not the one who gets to be angry? You just tackled me!"

"And you're stalking my boyfriend." I countered.

"Oh, right. Maybe you should be the angry one." Jo answered, looking sheepish.

I got up and let Jo do the same.

"If you've got a thing for Darry, you sure have a weird way of showing it!"

"More like creepy." Anna added.

"Listen, I swear it's not that!" Jo said, eyes wide.

"Then what is it?" I asked, taking a step closer, using the same technique I used on Billy.

"I really don't think you want to know." Jo shrugged her shoulders.

"Would I have chased you down and tackled you if I really didn't want to know?" I asked sarcastically, crossing my arms in front of my chest.

"Right... It's just, I really don't think you'll like it."

"Well you wouldn't have been sneaking around if you had thought I would be happy with whatever it is you're doing. Now what are you doing?!"

"Tell me!"

"OK! OK! Has Darry told you about one of his exes? Baby?" Jo started. I nodded my head, now dreading what she was going to say next.

"Well, you see, Baby is my cousin. We're really close, so when I told her I was coming here to look for a job she asked me to do something."

"And...?" I prompted her.

"She asked me to spy on Darry and find out how he was doing without her, or if he had found someone new." Jo looked at my apologetically.

"OK," I said, trying to hold back the emotions I was feeling, "So if that's all you had to find out, why are you still following him around?"

"I was just trying to help her as much as I could, so I was trying to find out as much as I could."

"So, does..." I trailed off, not wanting to hear the answer to what I was about to ask, "Does she want him back?"

"No, no, I don't think so anyway. I think she just missed him and she wanted some closure, that's all."

"Oh, well, I guess um thank you?" It was a lot easier to get the information than I had thought. "Just please stop following Darry around, OK?"

"Right, sorry, OK" Jo half smiled, I let her walk off.

"So, are you going to tell Darry?" Anna asked me, I had almost forgotten she was there.

"She really scared him, and it's about Baby," I sighed, "Shouldn't I?"

"Whatever you think is right."

"I guess I'll see you later then." I waved goodbye to Anna and headed back to Darry's room, already worried about what was going to happen between us.

I opened the door gently, hoping he wasn't back yet.

"Darry?" I called.

Darry's POV
"Hey, baby. What's goin' on?" I asked Dorry with a smile.

"Baby is what's goin' on!" She huffed and flung herself down on the chair in the corner of my room.

"What?" I asked dumbfounded.

She suddenly looked very scared- like she was debating whether or not to tell me more. She picked at her fingernails and then looked me dead in the eye.

"Well, ya know how Jo's been following you around?"


"Well I sorta started followin' her around, too. Just to see what she's doing, and, well, we sorta got into it and I found out some stuff."

"What kind of stuff...?" I drew out my words.

"I found out her background, and why she's really here, and... and why she's been following you around all the time." She looked away and started picking at her fingers again.

"What is it?" I was starting to get really worried.

"Jo is... I don't know how to put this lightly... Jo is Baby's cousin. And she's here to spy on you and give information about you back to Baby." She looked up at me slowly, tears forming in her eyes.

I walked over to where she was sitting and kneeled in front of her. I wiped the tears away with my thumbs and held her face.

I searched her eyes for some sign that she was lying, but I didn't find one. "Are you sure? That sounds crazy."

"Yeah, I'm sure. She told me the whole story. Baby is trying to check up on you."

I pulled her into a hug. "You don't need to worry about her. I'm with you, and no blast from the past is gonna change that. I love you, Dorry."

Dorry sniffled and a small smile grew, "You do?"

I smiled and nodded, "Yeah. I love you."

She wiped the remaining tears off her face. "I love you, too."


The next couple of days were a guy's dream. Getting it every day and partying every night. We snuck make-out sessions in between dance lessons and went skinny dipping in the pond in the middle of the night.

I was on my way back to my room to get changed after work and I was going to meet back up with Dorry for the party. I opened the door while stripping off my sweat soaked shirt. I threw it over towards my bed as I went to my dresser to get a clean one out.

"Ouch!" Someone said from behind me.

I whipped around and saw Jo perched on the end of my bed pulling my shirt off her face. "Jesus, Jo! What are you doing in here? Get out!"

"Sorry," She put her hands up in surrender. "I won't stay long-" I cut her off.

"Damn right you won't! What do you want?"

She kept one hand in the air and she reached in her pocket and pulled out a folded piece of paper. She set it on my bedside table and turned back to me. "That's Baby's address if you want to write her or something. I just thought you should have it."

"I don't want it, and you need to leave." I pointed toward the door.

"Fine, I'll leave." She gave me a creepy smile as she walked out the door. I put my clean shirt on and sat on the edge of the bed to pull my pants around my feet.

I felt the paper staring at me. I shook my head and went back to my pants. I slid into my clean jeans and was heading for the door when I suddenly just had to know what the paper said. I ran back to my bed and sat down. I took a deep breath and slowly opened the paper.

4269 Jefferson Road

Northampton, MA

That was only two hours away. Baby was only a two hour drive away this whole time and I never knew. I wonder what her house looks like. It's gotta be huge, with a doctor as a dad.

What was I doing? I shouldn't be thinking about Baby like this! She's out of my life. For good. And I have a great girl that I have to be getting to. She's probably getting really worried that I've been gone for so long.

I threw the paper back down on the table and flew out the door. Dorry was walking up the path to my room. When she saw me she stopped and smiled.

"Hey, you okay? I was getting worried."

I smiled, kissed the top of her head and slung my arm around her shoulders. "Yeah. I just couldn't find clean clothes." I lied.

She gave me a peck on the lips and shrugged my arm off to grab my hand.

We walked to the party in silence. My mind was back in my room, looking at that address. I couldn't think of why Baby would want updates on me. We had a mutual breakup and we decided we couldn't be together anymore. Could she just not let go? That thought kinda boosted my ego. The legendary Darry Curtis- he ruins you for all other men. Maybe I should write her a letter just to tell her to let go. That I've found someone new and so should she.

I felt someone hit my back and I looked up to find Soda looking back at me with a worried expression.

"Are you okay? You've been standing here against this wall for hours with that glazed over look in your eyes."

Hours? I don't even remember walking in. Or getting the beer that was now warm in my hand.

I forced a smile, "Yeah, man. Just exhausted."

"Go get some sleep then!" He laughed and walked away.

I nodded like I thought he would see. I should go. Get some fresh air and clear my head. I headed toward Dorry and gave her some lame excuse. She said something back but I'd already turned around to leave.

I walked back to my room slowly. It started to rain during the party and I let the drops hit my face.

I reached my door and pushed it open. My mind was on autopilot as I turned on the lamp next to my bed and sat on the edge. With my elbows on my knees and head in my hands, I exhaled. I slowly looked up and something caught my eye. The address. I picked it up and looked at it again. It was engrained in my memory. I crumpled it and threw it in the garbage.

I tried to lay down but I was restless. I sat up and swung my legs over the edge without a second thought. My mind was back on autopilot and I grabbed my keys. I heard the door slam behind me and I was gone in an instant.

My mind was completely blank as I drove. I didn't know what I was gonna say. I didn't know what she was gonna say. Hell, I didn't even know if she was home. This was a long shot in the middle of the night.

I had to stop for directions at a gas station once I got into town. I pulled in the gravel driveway and just sat there for a minute. I came up with a plan. I was just gonna ask her what the hell she thought she was doing, and then tell her to stop, then leave. Easy enough.

I walked up the front steps and knocked on the door, hoping her dad didn't answer. The porch light flicked on and momentarily blinded me. The door creaked open and I heard a familiar voice, "Darry?"

I rubbed the back of my neck, "Hey, Baby."

The door swung open the rest of the way and she flung herself at me. She wrapped her arms around my neck and I stood there, stiff as a board. She pulled back slightly to look at me. "Oh, Darry." She touched my face, "I missed you so much. I love you."

Those three words made me flinch. She loved me? I sure didn't love her back anymore. I had a girl that I fell for back home.

I heard tires squealing and looked back at the road to see Dorry's car spinning out of the driveway. What was Dorry doing here? She followed me? Shit, I had to go explain everything.

Baby was still clinging to me. I gently pulled her arms off me. I started for my car.

"Where are you going?" She asked.

"To get my girl."

"You're girl?" She asked bitterly.

"I came to tell you to leave me alone, and to get your cousin off my back. Now please excuse me, I gotta go get my girl."