Apology: I had a lot of problems with my game when doing the pictures for this chapter. So some of them are not as planned and had to be taken quickly before my game crashed again.
“Hey! Your routine is terrific.”
Sharlee couldn’t believe his nerve!
“Not so fast, Sharlee. Go out with me tonight!”
He felt his heart sink. During the time he’d been in Mesa Valley, he had asked around town about the Stallworths. He’d found out that Sharlee’s mother Alissa had her own television show and her father was a surgeon. Her grandfather was Matthew Hamming the movie star.
Still he hadn’t let that stop him. He’d asked around school and had the impression that Sharlee did not have a boyfriend, but here she was with Jonathon. He turned around and headed in the other direction.
“Jonathon, I’m only going to say this once. Move away from me and leave me alone, or I will use my foot routine on your nads!”
She had placed her heel on his foot to show that she meant what she said. She might start with his foot, and then he wouldn’t be able to play in the game the following night. Jonathon moved away from her. His face was flushed and angry.
“Oh, I’m glad that I caught you, Sharlee! I have a huge favor to ask you.”
“What’s wrong, Isabel?”
Isabel and Sharlee had become close friends.
“My Mom got called in to work and the babysitter is sick. So she needs me to come home right after school to stay with Dillon. I’m supposed to have my first tutoring session today with a new student. Can you please do it for me? It’s for English. I’ll owe you big time!”
She dug around in her pocket to find the paper where she had written the student’s name and couldn’t find it.”
“Darn it! I left his name in my locker!”
Isabel thanked her again and then left for her next class.
Noah sat in the library waiting. He was experiencing a pain in his heart that he had never felt before. He realized that he had fooled himself into believing that all he wanted from Sharlee was her friendship, but that wasn’t true. He had wanted much more.
The question was should he stay in Mesa Valley or should he leave. He knew that he couldn’t stand seeing her with any other guy. How could he have developed such deep feelings for her in such a short period of time? It was more than attraction. He didn’t know how she had done it, but she had!
Noah was looking at her silently. He was surprised that she was his tutor! Sharlee sat down and finally looked at him and was shocked to see that it was Noah. A huge pleased smile spread across her face.
“Noah! I didn’t know that you were here in Mesa Valley. I am so happy to see you again!”
Sharlee looked around them. She wanted to ask what had happened in Bridgeport, but there wasn’t any privacy there. She considered asking him to go to her house with her, but her Mom and Cara and Shawn would all be there too.
“Noah, I’d really like to talk with you, but not here. Would you like to go with me to a really pretty park that is not too far from here? I mean of course I’ll still give you your tutoring lesson too.”
“Did you drive?”
“Oh that’s what you meant! I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle!”
“Let’s go!” She knew that her parents would probably not be pleased that she was on a motorcycle, but they had never said that she couldn’t do it.
It felt good to be so close to Noah and Sharlee laid her head against him. It felt perfectly natural. Although he was enjoying having her so close to him, Noah wondered why she was laying her head against him so affectionately when she was Jonathon’s girl. He didn’t think that Sharlee would be the type to cheat on her boyfriend in any way.
“Yeah. I like to come here to be alone and think sometimes! It’s very peaceful.”
“He didn’t make it.”
“Oh! I hope you aren’t in trouble because of me Noah.”
“How did you end up here?” She asked.
“That is so great! Noah, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but where are your parents?”
“They live in Bridgeport. I pretty much burnt my bridges with them. Besides, I want to make it on my own! One day I hope to have my own bike shop.”
“Don’t you know what you want to do, Sharlee?”
“Well, my Dad is a surgeon. Even though he’s my stepfather, I’m more like him than anyone else. He’s a surgeon, and I had thought that I wanted to be a research scientist. Lately I’m not sure!”
“Yes. There is still time. Speaking of time, we better get to your English!”
“Yeah, I guess we should.” He agreed reluctantly.
He wanted to ask her about Jonathon, but he was afraid of her answer. The way that she was behaving was as though she wasn’t dating anyone.
Noah got their books from his bike. They sat down, and she helped him with his English. They also did the rest of their homework together. Then she called her parents and told them that she was at the park and would be home later.
“I love my stepfather as though he were my real dad. I mean I care about Bronson, but it feels like he’s a close family friend, not my father. I wish that I was really Dale’s daughter. I have his name, but I wish that he could adopt me. I know at my age that I shouldn’t care, but I do!”
“I understand what you mean, Sharlee. I lived with my stepfather too! My birth father was just a sperm donor! He has never wanted anything to do with me and I want nothing to do with him either! I guess that my stepfather tried, but I know that I didn’t make it easy for him. I don’t think that he really wanted children, but my mom was pregnant with me when he fell in love with her. I know he and my mom care about me, but I prefer to be on my own.”
Sharlee rolled her eyes and made a gagging noise. “Me and Jonathon! I can’t stand him! He thinks that he can get any girl he wants and that we should all kiss his feet just because he is the team quarterback! Well he can’t have this girl! What in the world gave you the idea that I was dating him?”
Noah told her what he had seen in the hallway at school. Sharlee flushed in embarrassment. “You saw that?” She told him what had happened. “After my threat, I bet he won’t try that again! After what he and David said to me I don’t know why he could possibly think that I would go out with him!”
Sharlee wasn’t embarrassed when she was talking with David and Jonathon in front of a lot of their classmates about this subject. However, for some reason talking to Noah made her embarrassed about it.
“I know, I’m weird!”
Noah told her sincerely, “I don’t think it’s weird. I think it’s cute!”
Noah was becoming angrier and angrier the more she told him about those two and their behavior towards her. He didn’t believe that Jonathon would leave Sharlee alone now just because of her threat. Nothing against Sharlee, but she was a petite little thing, and Jonathon was the quarterback on the football team! He’d have to make sure that Jonathon got the message. It’d have to be off school grounds though because he refused to be expelled or suspended from school so soon.
“So you don’t have a boyfriend, Sharlee?”
“You’ve never had one before?”
Sharlee laughed too! “I have dated and I had a boyfriend when we lived in Riverview. It was really just for fun. We both knew it wasn’t anything that would last.”
“Well, I am religious, but I don’t know if I’d say that I was deeply religious. My grandparents are very religious people. My parents taught me that it is better to wait until after you are married before you sleep with someone. My mother wished that she had waited, but she also said that if she had she would not have me or my stepfather.
They said that it is a precious gift, a special intimate part of myself that I should only share with the man that I will love for the rest of my life. That it should be with the man who loves and respects me more than he does himself. Of course, they said that it is my decision, but I feel as they do. Although I do realize that sticking to my decision won’t always be easy.”
“Yeah, he did and they said their first time was very special.”
“Sharlee what if the guy has slept with other people?”
“I’m not a virgin any more Sharlee. I haven’t been for a long time, but I understand what you are saying. I’ve never thought of it like that before, and I wish that I had waited too.”
“That was from my Dad! He says it’s a school night, and I need to come home.”
“I guess that I’d better take you home now.”
“We’re having a barbecue at our house on Saturday, Noah. I’d really like it if you’d come!”
“I get off at 5:00.”
“Well if you want to, you can come over after you get off from work. That’s when we’re starting! My parents host a barbecue for friends and family every month.”
There was a lot of dialogue in this chapter because I thought that Noah and Sharlee needed to get to know each other. I promise that there will be more drama in the next chapter!