Seltham Community College Prom Night Special 2

As I've taken the decision to unpublish this book along with Prom night Special 1, I thought I'd put it here so you can still read it if you wish...


 Seltham Community College
Prom Night Special II
 
Heather Mar-Gerrison
 
 
First Published by Heather Mar-Gerrison
 at Smashwords 2012
 
 Heather Mar-Gerrison
Copyright 2012
 
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Sapphire sighed as she took her dress down off the front of her wardrobe.

“What was I thinking?” She muttered as she ran her fingers over the soft fabric. “What am I gonna do without Joe there?”

Joe would normally have been allowed to go to her Prom, being a year older meant that he was allowed to go along as long as he had a valid ticket – so that wasn’t a problem.

Sapphire’s problem was that his parents had booked the weekend away and he was fully expected to go along with them and his younger brother.

He had been gutted not to have been able to go with her, and she was equally so having to go without him.

Her best friend wouldn’t even be there now that she’d transferred to the Performing Arts Academy. Sapphire felt like crying. What was she going to do?

Katie had been sympathetic and had offered to go with her.

“I won’t have a date either, so at least we can be two saddo’s together!”

Sapphire smiled at the thought. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all – and of course she could keep in touch with him by text…

An hour later and she was dressed in her lovely Prom dress, which was ivory with stitched diamante detail around the top of the bandeau style top. She looked stunning. Amethyst had helped her with her hair and it now sat in a loose topknot with tendrils curling around her face.

“You look exquisite!” her mother sighed. Ruby and Topaz stood on either side of their mother and cooed along with her.

“Beautiful.” Murmured Ruby.

“Absolutely gorgeous.” Agreed Topaz.

Amethyst grinned. “She looks fab doesn’t she?” She said proudly. “Now hurry up – Katie will be here any second – and let’s face it – her dad won’t want to hang around – I’m guessing he likes his wheels!”

Sapphire snorted. “Yeah, okay – I am ready!”

 

***

 

Katie wobbled a little on her new heels. “Knew I should’ve practiced before I wore them out.” She muttered through gritted teeth as she made her way to Sapphire’s front door.

Sapphire thankfully was ready and making her way down the drive to where she stood.

“Oh, thank goodness you’re ready – I’m not sure I could’ve made it!”

Sapphire grinned. Katie seemed to lurch from one disaster to the next. “Shoes?” She asked.

Katie made a face. “Yeah.”

Sapphire grinned widely. “You didn’t practice did you?”

“Hell no – what would the fun be in being able to walk in a straight line?” Katie grinned back good-naturedly.

They made it safely back to her father’s car and climbed in the back seat.

“All ready ladies?” He smiled.

“All ready!” They sing-songed back to him.

 

***

 

Shelley Smart was getting ready in her room. She stood studying herself in her full-length mirror critically. “I look too fat.” She muttered to herself.

In truth, she looked absolutely perfect, but like every other teenage girl, she wasn’t ever satisfied with the way she looked.

“Danny’s bound to dump me now!” She wailed to her reflection.

Danny and Shelley had been an item for a while now – ever since they’d been cast together in the school production the year before and Shelley had been on cloud nine to be his girlfriend.

More recently though, he’d been making excuses not to see her and he seemed to be spending an awful lot of his time with Chloe Daniels.

She frowned. Chloe isn’t even that pretty, she thought bitchily; then she sighed, because actually Chloe was really very pretty and smart and vivacious and in all honesty, she rather liked her.

Danny was supposed to be picking her up and they were going to the Prom together. Shelley just had a terrible sense of foreboding that tonight was going to be their last night together…

 

***

 

Chloe Daniels was feeling miserable. She really fancied Danny Coulter, but knew that he only saw her as a mate.

And of course he would – he’d been going out with Shelley Smart, like, forever!

She allowed herself a small smile at the fact that he’d walked with her home from school last week – Shelley was doing some extra work on her art project and he’d been going home at the usual time. She’d been a bit surprised when he’d caught up with her and had fallen into step beside her.

She looked up at her prom dress. It was perfectly lovely. She’d picked it because it had been so similar to her brother’s girlfriend’s dress the year before. Becky Willis was almost like a celebrity at the school and Chloe adored her. Becky was absolutely perfect to Chloe and she wanted to look the same.

Of course looking the same as Becky was pretty much impossible, with her pale complexion – Becky was after all mixed race and had olive brown skin. Still it was a minor detail as far as Chloe was concerned.

She took the dress down off the hanger and pulled it on carefully.

She stood in front of her mirrored wardrobe door and sighed happily. It fitted perfectly and the pale colour still looked nice against her creamy white skin – she didn’t look quite as gorgeous as Becky had, but she looked nice in her own way and that was just fine.

She was going to the Prom with two of her friends from her drama class and they would be around in no time. She applied her make-up carefully and stood back to check her handiwork.

“Not bad for an amateur.” She murmured. Looking around her she grabbed her purse and heels and went down the stairs to wait.

 

***

 

“Oh you look stunning!” Sandy exclaimed as she stepped over the threshold of the Daniels’ home.

“Thanks! So do you!” beamed Chloe.

“Isn’t Laney here yet?”

Chloe shook her head. “Nah – she’ll be here in a minute – she’s always running late!”

Sandy laughed and nodded. “Yeah, you’re right!” She agreed.

At that moment, Laney arrived and it was time for them all to set off.

Chloe’s mum and dad had arranged for them to go in a limousine and they all piled in excitedly.

“Enjoy yourselves!” grinned her dad.

“We will – thanks Dad! See you later.” She smiled back.

She leaned back against the plush seating of the limousine and let out a happy sigh – tonight was going to be perfect – she just had a feeling…

“So – what’s going on between Shelley and Danny?” Laney leaned forward conspiratorially.

Chloe frowned. “How do you mean?”

She stared back nonplussed. “Well, you know – when was the last time you saw them together?”

Chloe shifted uncomfortably in her seat. “I dunno…”

Sandy glanced towards Chloe. She knew how much Chloe liked Danny – Chloe hadn’t said as much, but Sandy was quite intuitive and kind of knew even so. “Maybe they’re both just busy with exams and stuff.” She offered.

Laney snorted. “Yeah, right – more like he fancies someone else!”

Chloe felt the heat growing in her face. That was all she needed – him fancying someone else!

“Who?” Sandy asked.

“I don’t know.” She said with a hint of frustration in her voice. “He wouldn’t say.”

“What? You actually asked him outright?” Sandy was outraged.

Laney grinned. “I can’t help it – if I want to know something – it kind of just ends up out there!”

Chloe giggled. She couldn’t help it. Laney really was a liability – but fun all the same.

The limousine pulled up at the entrance of the hotel that was traditionally used for Seltham Community College’s annual Prom.

The driver held the door open for them and they all got out.

Chloe immediately spotted Danny. He was stood just inside the main entrance, outside the ladies bathroom – he looked beyond bored. Waiting, for Shelley, no doubt. Thought Chloe.

She smiled at him as she passed and his whole face lit up in delight to see her.

“Hi, Chloe – you look lovely.” He said.

Chloe blushed bright red. “Thanks – you look really great too.” She replied.

Laney was stood slightly to the side with her head on one side, watching their exchange with slightly narrowed eyes.

She turned to Sandy suddenly with wide eyes and a look of realisation on her face.

Sandy grinned. “Any idea who he might be interested in?” She asked innocently.

“Oh my God!” Laney hissed. “Chloe?”

Sandy closed her eyes and nodded in satisfaction. “I’d say.” She said.

“Of course – it all makes perfect sense now.” Murmured Laney. “We have to do something to get them together.”

“Leave it.” Warned Sandy, but Laney had a look of determination on her face that was hard to argue against. She sighed. It was going to be one hell of a night…

 

***

 

Shelley dabbed at her eye makeup. It was going to be a hellish evening. Danny was already being a right git.

“Come on, Shelley – I hate to see you this upset.” Katie and Sapphire were in the ladies bathroom at the same time.

“It’s all but over – I might as well just give in gracefully.”

Katie shrugged. “Well, I guess – if he isn’t worth fighting for of course.”

“No one is worth fighting for if they’ve chosen someone else – you’re ultimately the loser anyway.” Shelley said miserably. “I even know who it is.”

Sapphire looked up. “Who?”

“Chloe Daniels – and she’s really lovely – I don’t blame him for falling for her.”

“Oh come on – no one is that noble!” Sapphire exclaimed. “You have to hate her on principle!”

Shelley smiled wanly at her. “I really appreciate your support – but honestly; if he wants someone else, there’s really nothing I can do about it.”

Sapphire sighed. Everything that Shelley was saying was absolutely true – it was the same for Cameron and Lauren. If Lauren wanted this Kyle guy, then really – was there anything Cameron could do?

She doubted it and felt terribly sad for him suddenly.

Katie was eyeing her curiously. “What’s up with you Sapphire?” She murmured.

“I was just thinking about Lauren and Cameron.” She said. “Remember me telling you?”

Katie nodded. “Yeah, poor guy – he’s so lovely too.”

“This is turning out to be the Prom night from hell!” Shelley groaned. “I knew I shouldn’t have come.”

“Oh, come on – pull yourself together, forget about Danny Coulter and let’s have some fun just the three of us!” Sapphire said brightly. “Girl power and all that!”

Grinning Shelley agreed and the three of them left the bathroom and disappeared into the hired room without a backwards glance to where Danny was still waiting.

 

***

 

Danny checked his watch. Shelley had been in there for ages. He looked around him. It was beginning to empty out in the entrance lobby and he was just starting to feel uncomfortable. It wouldn’t hurt to go and get the drinks.

He wandered into the hired room and scanned the crowd for a friendly face.

His eyes met with a rather hostile pair across the other side. Shelley was glaring at him. What have I done? He wondered. He made his way across the room to her.

“Why did you come in without me?” He asked, bewildered.

“I thought you’d have come in here.” She said flippantly.

Danny frowned. “I told you I’d wait.” He said a little angrily.

“Don’t start with me.” Shelley snapped. “I’ve had about enough of you.”

Danny was confused, but also a little annoyed at her attitude. He’d come to pick her up, he’d waited around for her and this was the thanks he got?–left in the foyer like a fool and now being shown up in front of their friends? Not likely!

“Well, okay, if that’s the way you feel – fine – because I’ve had just about enough of you too – see you around Shell.”

Shelley watched him walk away. She realised slightly belatedly that she really wasn’t all that bothered that they’d broke up – maybe she’d simply been used to being a couple – rather than happy to be part of one.

 

***

 

Chloe watched Shelley walk into the room with her two friends. She frowned. Where was Danny? He’d clearly been waiting for her earlier. Had they fallen out or something?

Moments later she spotted him striding across the dance floor towards Shelley. Hmm, something is going on there. She thought.

She watched as they argued and then she watched him stomp across the room towards the bar.

Looking across the room, she saw that Shelley was laughing and chatting with her friends again.

She glanced across at the bar. Should she go over and talk to him? Oh why not?

“Hey, Danny.” She tapped him on the shoulder.

He spun around. “Oh, hi Chloe.” He said a little glumly. “How’s your night going?”

“Not bad.” She said. Taking a deep breath she asked. “What about yours?”

“Oh, just great – Shelley just dumped me!” He gave her a rueful grin. “Well, actually we kind of just dumped each other.”

“What? Really?” Chloe wasn’t sure she had used enough sympathy but she couldn’t help it – she was so pleased that he was no longer going out with her.

“Yeah.” He sighed and rolled his head on his shoulders. “It’s probably for the best – I think we were heading for disaster anyway.”

Chloe didn’t say anything. Danny glanced at her. “You look lovely, by the way.” He said smiling.

“Thanks – again.” She grinned.

Danny grinned back. “Oh, yeah – I’m repeating myself, aren’t I?”

She nodded, smiling shyly.

“I really like you Chloe.” He blurted out.

Chloe blushed. “Yeah, I really like you too – but you need to sort out what’s going on with Shelley before you say anything else.”

Danny sucked a sharp breath in and nodded. “It’s over as far as I’m concerned – but I agree with you – tonight wouldn’t be the time or the place to start anything else.”

Chloe’s heart skipped a beat. “I’d best get back to Sandy and Laney.”

He nodded. “See you later, Chloe.” He said.

 

***

 

Danny turned away from the bar and headed in the opposite direction to the one Chloe took. He’d been harbouring secret feelings for her for weeks now and knew that if he followed her, he’d probably ask her out and she’d feel like she should say no and everything would get all awkward. He spotted one of his mates lurking in the shadows. He went over.

“What the hell are you doing hiding over here?”

Samuel Pearson looked up at him with a pained expression. “Polly Perkins.” He hissed.

Danny was slightly taken aback. “Polly Perkins?”

“She’s after me!”

Danny snorted. “After you? Is she some kind of crime busting figure now?”

Samuel glared at him. “No – she fancies me!”

Danny gave him an incredulous look. “Again – why are you hiding? Polly’s lovely!”

Samuel raised his eyebrows. “You think?” He asked, his voice going up an octave in surprise.

“Don’t you?” Danny frowned at his friend.

“Well…I guess.” Samuel shrugged.

“Look – if you don’t fancy her, for God’s sake don’t go encouraging the poor girl – there’ll be enough broken hearts in here by the end of the night as it is.”

Samuel looked up sharply. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Well – me and Shelley just broke up for starters.”

Samuel’s jaw dropped. He craned his neck around Danny looking for her. “Really – oh man, that sucks!”

“I guess.” Danny shrugged.

“I saw her talking to Damon Allcock last week – they seemed pretty fond of each other.”

Danny nodded. “Yeah, well – she’s welcome to him. I’m not bothered.”

“Wow – you’re in a good place.”

Danny gave Samuel a funny look. He wasn’t usually all deep and sensitive about things.

Samuel looked slightly affronted. “Look, I’m trying to be supportive here.”

Danny grinned. “Then please – don’t feel you have to be – it really isn’t you.”

Samuel punched his arm. “Better?” he asked sarcastically.

“Much better!” laughed Danny.

 

***

 

“You didn’t?” Polly Perkins stared at her best friend in horrified disbelief.

Francesca Kingston had the good grace to look ashamed. “I’m sorry Polly – I didn’t mean for him to hear – I was talking to Katie in science and I hadn’t realised that he was behind us.”

Polly closed her eyes. “And what exactly did you say?”

“I only said that you thought he was cute.”

Polly shook her head and opened her eyes again. She fixed her friend with a beady stare. “You must have said something else – he’s been hiding behind that plant all night!”

Francesca gave her friend a weak smile. “I might have said that you were going to get him on Prom night.”

“Get him?” Polly’s jaw dropped in disbelief. “Oh. My. God! You make me sound like a Canadian Mountie!”

Francesca let out a small giggle but seeing the look on her friend’s face, she was instantly contrite. “I really am sorry, Polly – would you like me to go and talk to him?”

“No – I’ll go and explain that I don’t want to go over there, rip all of his clothes off and ravish him senseless.” She sighed. She didn’t fancy him all that much anyway – she’d only said he was cute!

She marched over to him. “Hey, Samuel.” She called.

His head snapped around and he had a very definite hunted look about him.

Polly rolled her eyes. “Oh for goodness sake, Samuel – get over yourself will you – Francesca got the wrong end of the stick, as usual – I do not want to go out with you – and even if I did think you were cute – so what? It doesn’t mean I’m going to do anything about it.”

Samuel looked relieved. “Really?” he asked.

“Yes, really.” Polly snapped. “I have to say though, Samuel – having sat with you in history all year, I thought you were a nicer person than this – am I really that awful that you felt you had to hide behind a fake tree all night just to avoid me?”

Samuel’s face fell. “No! It isn’t like that.”

“From where I’m standing that’s what it looks like.” She said.

“I really like you, Polly – it’s just that I really like someone else too…”

“Shelley?” Polly asked quietly.

Samuel looked at her, shocked. “How did you know?” He whispered.

Polly shrugged. “You get to recognise the signs.” She said wisely.

“I’m sorry Polly – I just didn’t want to hurt your feelings – and I ended up doing just that.”

She smiled at him. “Look – I’m happy to forget all about it, if you are.”

He grinned at her. “Cool – shall we go and show the others how to dance?” he offered his hand.

“Sounds great – Shelley might even see your moves and realise you’re the one!” Polly took his hand and they made their way to the dance floor laughing and chatting all the way.

 

***

 

Sapphire sat down at the table and fished her mobile phone out. She’d got a message.

“Hey babe – hope you have a great Prom – and you’ll always be my Prom Queen!”

She grinned. Joe was funny. She texted one back.

“And you’ll always be my Prom King!”

“We’re on our way back – Mum said she’d drop me off – is that cool?”

“Brilliant! What time?”

“I’ll be with you in twenty minutes.”

“Fantastic! Love you.”

“Love you too.”

She put her phone back in her purse and tapped her fingers on the table impatiently. Twenty minutes and he’d be here! Her knight in shining armour! She couldn’t wait.

Katie came back from the bar. “Guess who I just saw at the bar?” She asked excitedly.

“Dunno.” She said.

“Cameron!” Katie hissed. “And he smiled at me.”

“Did you say anything?”

“No.”

Sapphire gave her friend a sympathetic look. “Oh, well – next time eh?”

“Yeah.” Katie sighed and sat down. She sipped her coke through her straw, looking thoughtful.

Sapphire glanced at her. “You know – I spoke to Lauren the other night – she hasn’t told him it’s over yet – but she’s been seeing an awful lot of that Kyle guy.”

Katie nodded. “I don’t want to be the other woman, Sapphire.” She said seriously. “If he was entirely unattached, I’d go and ask him out – but he’ll still be hung up on her if he thinks he’s losing her. I know how much he likes her – I was at the rehearsals – I saw his expression every time he looked at her.”

Sapphire smiled. She could remember that look too. “It was a long time ago, though Katie – things must have changed between them since then – otherwise Lauren wouldn’t be seeing so much of someone else.”

It was a reasonable point. Katie had to admit. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to go and talk to him.

Sapphire must have been thinking along the same lines, because she suggested it.

“I’m meeting Joe in a few minutes – he’s coming after all – so why don’t you go and talk to Cameron – after all, there’s no law against talking to a guy you fancy!”

Katie grinned. “You know what – I think I might!”

 

***

 

Katie walked carefully across the dance floor. Her feet were beginning to ache in her high heels and she wanted to do nothing more than to slip her feet out of them and to walk barefoot, but that would ruin the look so she soldiered on.

“Hey Cameron.” She smiled as she got to him.

He brightened at the sight of her. “Hi, Katie – you look stunning tonight.”

“Thank you!” She smiled widely. “And so do you – that tux is great on you.”

He seemed to get taller with pride. “Thanks.” He smiled back at her.

“So – how’s life?” Katie liked to get straight to the point.

“Life? Okay I guess.”

Katie frowned. This wasn’t go so well. “I mean – how are things between you and Lauren? – I kind of noticed that she wasn’t here.”

“She couldn’t come – something about a show or something.”

“Really?” Katie raised an eyebrow sceptically.

“You don’t buy it?”

“Do you?” Katie batted the question right back.

He sighed. “Not really – you know I always knew it was too good to last.”

Katie felt a little deflated. “It’s not necessarily over.”

“She talks about this guy a lot.” He said.

Without thinking, Katie nodded. “Kyle.” She said.

Cameron turned huge eyes on her. “Oh, God – you know something – tell me please – is she cheating on me?”

Katie forgot to breathe momentarily. He was so utterly handsome. His hair looked different tonight and that tuxedo was so well fitting and those eyes – she could melt right into them. She opened her mouth to answer him, but nothing came out. Instead she stepped forward and without even thinking about the consequences, she leaned up and kissed him right on the mouth.

She stepped back away from him. Her cheeks flaming red. “I’m sorry.” She gasped. “I don’t know what came over me…”

Cameron stared at her for a moment, a dozen different emotions passing over his face. Finally he took a step closer to Katie and gently touched her chin with his fingertips, tilting her face up to his.

She looked up into his eyes.

He leaned in and kissed her; brushing his lips lightly against hers.

She kissed him back and tentatively put her arms around his neck.

His arms found their way around her and he pulled her in closer to him, his lips moving against hers, sending her legs to jelly and her heart into a spin.

He stopped abruptly and pulled away from her. “I’m so sorry!” he gasped. “I can’t do this!” He stepped away from her and turning on his heel; he actually ran from the room.

Katie watched him go in utter bewilderment. One minute it had been absolutely perfect and the next she was left all alone and feeling like a prize idiot. She glanced around the room. No one had actually noticed – everyone else seemed to be entirely wrapped up in their own dramas.

Katie slipped off her shoes and darted back to the table she was sharing with Sapphire. Sapphire had already left, so she had no one to share her moment of madness with.

She sat down. She couldn’t remember having ever felt so low, so stupid and so alone in her whole life.

 

***

 

Damon Allcock had seen the entire episode unfold.

He’d been standing leaning against a pillar with his bottle of coke and had seen Katie wobble across the dance floor towards Cameron.

Katie was a nice girl and he liked her – he wasn’t so sure of her choice in Cameron. He’d always thought that Cameron was a little bit flaky. Wasn’t he some kind of choreographer? He was probably gay…

Katie didn’t seem to think so though. He glanced back towards them and was surprised to see them lip-locked in a steamy embrace.

Not gay then. He mused. Funny how you can just assume…

The next moment though, got him to thinking twice – what guy in their right mind would push Katie away? And then run? Gay – had to be. Only explanation.

He watched Katie as she struggled with herself for a moment as she watched him go. He saw her slipping off her heels. It did something funny to his belly as she did it. Then he watched her sashay (there really wasn’t any other word to describe the way she moved when she wasn’t wobbling on those heels) across the room back to her seat.

Pushing away from the pillar, Damon followed her over.

“Are you alright Kate?” He asked.

Katie looked up. “It’s Katie.” She said.

Damon shook his head. “I’m such a douche!” He said. “I’m sorry – Katie – are you alright?”

She sighed. “Yeah – I just made a total fool of myself, but I’ll be okay.”

“That’s the spirit!” Damon said cheerfully. “Mind if I sit down?”

“Go ahead.” Katie waved her hand towards a chair.

“Would you like me to rub your feet?” Damon grinned. “I got the impression they were aching.”

Katie grinned back. “Thanks for the offer – but really, do you want to rub a pair of minging feet?”

He grinned, showing even white teeth. “No, not really, but I do like to rescue damsels in distress, and it seemed the polite thing to offer.”

Katie giggled. She was feeling better already with this charmer.

 

***

 

Cameron didn’t stop running until he got to Lauren’s front door. He had no idea if she was in or out, but he needed to talk to her, and he needed to do that right away. He banged on the door.

Her mother opened the door, a somewhat alarmed look on her face. “Cameron? What are you doing here – I thought it was your Prom – and where’s Lauren?”

Cameron stared back at Lauren’s mother. “I have no idea where Lauren is – she said she couldn’t make Prom because she had a performance.”

Lauren’s mother frowned. “I’ll bet she’s seeing that young Kyle fellow again.” She muttered to herself.

“Is that a problem?” Cameron felt suddenly afraid for Lauren. If her mother didn’t like this guy, maybe he was trouble.

She sighed and looked at him sympathetically. “He’s just too old for her, that’s all.”

“Well, this feels awkward.” Cameron said, trying to smile but failing miserably. “I guess I’ll be going – I’ll be back tomorrow morning then.” Cameron said. “Talk to her then.”

Lauren’s mother nodded and smiled. “Goodnight, Cameron.”

It was quite a long walk home now, since Lauren had moved with her mother out of the family home. They used to only live across the street from one another. He sighed. A lot had changed in the past year. He had a horrible feeling that she had moved on and he had felt something tonight for the first time since they had been going out, that made him feel good about himself – Katie. She had shown him that she liked him; that she wanted to be in his company and that she found him attractive and interesting. He hadn’t felt that in a long time and he had really enjoyed her company too – not to mention that kiss. Wow! It had made his toes scrunch in his shoes!

He felt that he needed to see Lauren – to make certain that if they had something worth saving – they gave it a chance – but really deep down, he knew it was over – it just needed making official…

 

***

 

Sapphire leaned against Joe. “I’m really glad you got back early.” She murmured.

“Me too.” He grinned. “I was missing you.”

“I was missing you more.”

“Missing you most.” He nudged her.

“Not fair.” She laughed.

He wrapped his arms around her. “You look absolutely beautiful by the way – I forgot to say so when I got here – I was just so pleased to see you.”

“Well thank you, Mr Mason – you’re looking pretty darned handsome yourself!”

What do you want to do? Are we staying to see who’s made Prom Queen?”

“Can do.” She said. “Who do you think will be crowned?”

“I think Damon is likely to be made Prom King – not sure about the girl really.”

“I thought it would be Shelley.”

“Maybe.” Mused Joe. “Or Katie – she’s pretty popular.”

“Mm, possibly – Chloe’s looking rather lovely tonight in that dress.”

“Yeah – did she borrow it off Becky?”

Sapphire shook her head. “I don’t think so, no – I think it’s her own dress – she just wanted the same one as Becky – I heard her talking about it to Sandy in class the other week.”

Joe nodded. “Well, it doesn’t make any difference to me – you’ll always be my queen!”

Sapphire giggled.

Mr James was making his way past them up to the stage.

“Oh, look – Mr James is about to announce it.” Sapphire grabbed Joe’s hand. “Let’s get closer to the stage.”

They made their way across the room.

“Ladies and Gentlemen! I’m assuming there’s one or two out there at least!” He joked.

Everyone laughed.

“Goodness, a year certainly goes fast – seems like only yesterday I was on this very platform!” He made a show of opening the first envelope. “Our Prom King – to nobody’s surprise I’m sure is….Damon Allcock!”

Everyone cheered as Damon made his way up to the stage with a big grin on his face.

“What can I say? Thanks everyone for voting for me!” he took his crown and put it on his head. He gave a low bow to everyone’s delight.

His eyes met with Katie’s as he straightened back up. She was smiling at him, making him feel like a king…

Mr James was ripping open the second envelope. “A big hand for your new Prom Queen – Sapphire Martin!”

Sapphire stood and stared at Mr James in disbelief. “Me?” She turned to Joe. He was clapping hard next to her and looking at her with such adoration she could have cried.

“Well, who else?” he grinned.

“Anyone – everyone looks amazing!”

“Not as amazing as you – go on – go and get your crown!”

Sapphire made her way up to the stage on unsteady legs. The crowd was cheering and clapping. Sapphire felt highly exposed. She didn’t particularly like to be centre of attention and was more used to being the subject of malicious gossip than being cheered on for something worthwhile.

“Um, thanks – this is a huge surprise. Thanks again!” She dipped her head for Mr James to crown her and then laughing and chatting with Damon, who was still on the stage, she made her way back to Joe. “Wow – who’d have thought it, eh?”

Joe grinned. “I knew it was going to be you.” He said. “That’s why I bust a gut to get here!”

Sapphire grinned. “You really are a sly old dog!”

“Yes, I am – but you love me!”

 

***

 

Damon went back across to Katie. “Prom King huh?” he laughed.

“Well, naturally.” Katie grinned. “I voted for you!”

“Really?” Damon beamed at her.

“Honest – I couldn’t think of anyone else more suitable!”

Damon didn’t know whether to take it as a compliment or not. He decided not to pursue it any further. “How are you getting home?” he asked.

“Um, I think I was walking with Sapphire – only Joe’s turned up now, so I don’t know.”

“I’ll walk you, if you can manage to put your feet back in those stilettoes!”

“I’ll manage.” She said with a slight grimace. “Thanks!”

“Shall we go now?”

“Sure – I’ll tell Sapphire.”

She went over and explained to Sapphire that Damon was seeing her home.

Sapphire gave her a slightly knowing grin. “Hmm – I thought you and Cameron were going to be an item by the end of the night – and I’ve gotta say – I didn’t see this coming!”

“Neither did I – but I’m kinda glad it did!”

Sapphire nodded approvingly. “He’s a great guy.” She said.

“Yeah – I’m beginning to see that.” Katie grinned.

 

***

 

Polly glanced across the dance floor to where Shelley was sat. She was sitting on her own at the moment, all of her friends having adjourned to the dance floor for the final slow dances of the evening.

She turned to Samuel. “Hey bud – now’s your chance – go and ask her to dance.”

“Now? Are you out of your mind?” Samuel stared at her in horror.

“No – she’s on her own – no one else will hear you.”

Samuel considered her words. She had a good point. He nodded. “Okay – watch my back.”

Polly snorted. Samuel was hilarious sometimes. “Watching!” She said.

He sauntered over, trying to look cool. “Um, hi Shelley.”

Shelley looked up in surprise. “Oh, hi Sam – are you okay?”

“Sure – I um, I wondered if you would dance with me.”

“Oh – I thought you were with Polly.” She looked confused.

“Polly? Oh, no we’re just mates.”

“Oh. Well okay then.” She smiled and stood up.

Samuel couldn’t believe his good luck. He took her hand and they made their way to the dance floor together.

 

***

 

Danny and Chloe both clocked Samuel with Shelley at the same time. The slow dances had finished and they were over to one side in a rather lingering embrace.

Danny stared at them. He’d no idea that Samuel had feelings for Shelley and he felt a little put out that he’d spent all night trying to avoid a scene by staying away from Chloe – well there was no need for that now…

Chloe had spotted them too. She was now scanning the room for Danny. Their eyes met almost immediately and she smiled. He grinned back and made his way over to her.

“Am I allowed to walk you home?” he asked.

She grinned up at him. “Of course – if you’re sure that’s what you want.”

“I’m sure.” He smiled, putting his arm around her and heading for the door.

 

The End…until the next one…