“I think it’s perfect! You don’t know anything, Shawn! His name is going to be Bubba!” She sat there fuming. Neither she nor Shawn was willing to give in and they didn’t speak with one another for the rest of the day!
Dale’s immediate feeling was to tell her that she couldn’t go, but he remembered his conversation with Alissa. “Well, you know what I think about your friendship with him, but since you seem determined, just make sure that you are careful, Sharlee.”
Sharlee heard Noah drive up. “Bye Daddy!” She rushed out the door.
Dale watched out the window as she ran over to Noah. He saw Noah’s bike and looked as Noah helped her onto the back. “Of course, to top everything off he has a motorcycle too!” He decided that he would take Sharlee shopping for her car the following week.
“Alright.” Sharlee closed her eyes. She was filled with excitement.
“Just a few more minutes.”
A few minutes passed and Noah helped her rise and led her a little distance away from the bench.
“You can open your eyes now!”
Sharlee opened her eyes.
Noah had set up a lovely candlelit table at the edge of the lake in front of the waterfall. There were rose petals blanketing the ground leading to the table. He had a table set to the side with their dinner placed on it.
Noah held her in pleased surprise. He realized that he didn’t really know anything about women, but he was determined to learn everything about Sharlee.
“I’m glad you like it! Come and sit down, and I’ll get our first course ready.” He turned on some soft music and served their Caprese salads.
Under the soft glow of the candles, Sharlee looked like an angel to Noah. The firelight made her eyes dance and formed a halo around her head. Her smile made his heart throb. Holding her hand made his pulse race.
“You look beautiful Sharlee.”
Sharlee smiled in pleased surprise. “Thank you, Noah! You look great too!”
Sharlee thought that he was the handsomest boy that she had ever seen. He had even worn a tie! She could see that he wasn’t used to wearing one because he kept fiddling with it. She smiled because she knew that he had done it for her. His eyes danced in the candlelight. She loved the sound of his voice. Sharlee’s heart quivered in response.
He was proving to be very thoughtful and considerate. He was so brave, and she thought that he would be a loyal friend. He was also really romantic. He was more than a friend. He seemed to feel more for her too. She was so happy!
After they finished dinner, Noah asked her, “Would you like to dance, Sharlee?”
Noah didn’t want to upset Sharlee’s parents. He wanted to gain their trust. So before it got too late, he took Sharlee home.
“Noah, thank you for the most lovely, romantic evening that I have ever had.”
“Sharlee, it’s time to come inside now!”
“Of all the timing!” Sharlee thought to herself, annoyed.
Noah whistled as he started up his bike. Things were going well between him and Sharlee. She seemed to feel for him what he felt for her. Maybe not as strongly yet, but hopefully she would soon. He didn’t use the word love because he hadn’t tried to put a name on his feelings for her.
Alissa and Sharlee both laughed at Dale’s reaction.
“Dad, I mean that I had a very nice time. Noah surprised me with a romantic candlelit dinner beside the lake at my favorite park. He had nice soft music playing in the background. After dinner we danced and looked at the stars and talked like I never have with anyone else. To relieve your mind Dad, he was a perfect gentleman the whole evening. He didn’t even hold me close when we danced, and he brought me home early because it’s a school night!”
She went over and joined Cara at the chess table.
“Well, Sharlee has had a completely different background from mine. She has had both of us to raise her. I think that we are going to have plenty of opportunity to get to know Noah. I think this relationship may be long term.”
Both Jonathon and David had been suspended for three days for their part in the fight and passing the flyers around. They also were not going to be permitted to play in the next two football games. Dale and Alissa were consulting a lawyer to decide if they should take any legal action against them.
A lot of Sharlee’s classmates felt bad that Sharlee had been treated like that by the two boys who were supposed to represent the best of the school. However, a lot of the students were hostile toward Sharlee, especially the girls. They felt that Sharlee should have been flattered and honored by the attention that she had received from Jonathon and David.
“There she is, Miss High and Mighty!” Lila, one of the cheerleaders said as Sharlee walked by. “Noah isn’t here to protect you now! We know what you had to give a cute guy like that in order to get him to fight for you the way that he did. “
“Lila, I don’t need anyone to fight my battles for me! I give Noah my friendship and my respect, and that’s what he gives me! Those are two qualities which I bet you have never genuinely received nor given in return! Do you have any other nasty, low comment you want to make to me?”
“Does anyone else! Because I am sick of this mess! You all need to grow up!” The other girls remained silent and didn’t meet her eyes. Sharlee continued down the hallway to her next class. After that, they left her alone and the gossip about her stopped.
A special thanks to Zhippidy for the last dinner hand holding pose. I tried to make the first dinner pose look as good as yours, but I still need more practice.