Beep! Beep! Beep! The alarm clock screeched. A teenager's hand smacked the top of the alarm clock setting it on snooze. Ten minutes later it rang again. The boy opened his eyes. 7:10 am. He switched the alarm to off, and scratched his eyes. Through his blue curtains he could see small holes with darts of light shining through them. He groaned as he slowly crawled out of bed. He walked to his closet past the foot of his queen sized bed. The room was light enough that he could see the door to his closet easy enough, the door was cracked open slightly and he swung it open and grabed, boxers, navy blue jeans, a black t-shirt, a hoodie, and a towel. He swung the door to the closet closed and walked down to the bathroom door. After his shower he brushed his teeth, combed his hair and got dressed. 7:25 am, he walked to his desk and grabbed his backpack. After he swung it over his shoulders he started walking to his door and started down the hall. As he passed by his parents door he could hear their snoring. He walked through the arch into the kitchen and walked to the cupboard, swung it open, and grabbed two packs of Cookie Dough Pop Tarts. He opened one and put the other in the pocket of his hoodie. During his walk to school he saw Mary Jane, the girl of his dreams. She was a block ahead of him, he knew she had moved but he didn't know that she had moved so close to his house. He could see her long curly brown hair, and her perfectly proportioned butt in her tight blue jeans. After he realized he was staring at her, he felt awkward and looked to the right and saw a small house with a rather yellow yard. The house was a dull shade of blue, with several pieces of siding missing here and there. Through the window was an old bald lady, or maybe a man? Staring at him as he walked by their house. Distraught he looked away from the man-woman and looked at the dull looking houses to the left. The yards were a full spectrum of wonderful mixtures of green and yellow. People haven't been watering their yards much since the shortage. Before he had realized it he had caught up with Mary Jane. Oh well almost to school he thought. She was listening to music and didn't notice him yet. "Hey MJ, I didn't know you moved around here. " He said to her with no response. Thinking she ignored him his face turned beat red as he shoved ahead of her. "Hey Chris!" She called after him. Thinking she wanted to insult him he pushed on for the next block and took a right, assuming she would wait until Royal street to turn for the school. He pushed the next few blocks, cursing himself for trying to talk to a girl out of his league. Then he took a left and on the block ahead he could see the gray and blue building. It stood 2 stories high and looked as if it could collapse at any moment. Of course it wouldn't because then the state could be sued by hoards of angry parent mobs. As he walked in the front doors he saw the familiar sight. The lunchroom/main hall was filled with students waiting before class. Tables of jocks, emo’s, skaters, hippies, nerds, special ed kids, preppy girls, cheerleaders, and anything in between. Somehow they all co-exist through a treaty of 'stay out of others business'. Rumors don't spread easily, and some are shunned for venturing outside their groups. Of course some groups have alliances based mostly on popularity. Chris saw a couple of his friends sitting at their table. Chris sat down at the table and Joey and Ed were deep in an intellectual debate. "No no no, I told you once I'll tell you again, its simply not possible!" Joey said to Ed. "Says who?" Ed swiftly replies, "The government? Wouldn't be the first lie they have told us. I'm telling you, one day we will find a way to travel back in time. Maybe not in our lifetimes however..." "This again guys?" Chris says to them. "Joey, nothing is impossible. And Ed, perhaps humans lack the capacity for time travel, and will meet our demise before we master time. Your both right and wrong, don't you get it?" "Now we got a philosopher now huh?" Joey says sarcastically. "I don't know, I think he had a point." Ed says in Chris's defence. Chris sighed and looked over to see Mary Jane walk through the front door. She looked around for a second and saw him and waved at him. After a moment of hesitation he waved back and she started walking towards him. Slightly shocked he looked back at his friends and they both shrugged. He looked forward and MJ sat down at their table. Her beautiful green eyes shone like delicate emeralds set in place by a master artisan, in contrast to her jet black eyeliner. "Hey Chris, your in AP Biology right?" She asked. "Yeah, why?" He replied. "Well I know this is pretty random but I'm failing that class and really need a tutor and I figured you were the go to guy for that." She told him, "and well I don't know if you knew but I recently moved and I saw you on your way to school. I called after you but you looked like you were in a hurry." "Oh really? What are you struggling with? I could totally tutor you sometime." He said to her. "Would after school work? My test is in a week..." She said desperately. "Yeah after school would be fine." He said after a hesitation. He tried thinking of plans but had none he could think of. "Oh great thank you so much!" She said as she hugged him. "Yeah no problem!" He told her as he hugged her back. "I gotta head to class now the bell is about to ring. Bye!" She said standing up. "Bye see you after school!" He said as she walked off. "Wow Chris got his first hug from a girl other than his mom!" Joey said teasingly. "Oh whatever! You and I both remember Melinda in 7th grade, and I don't recall you ever having a girlfriend either!" He said. "He has you there." Ed said to Joey. "Shut up! Both of you." Joey snapped. "Must've hit a nerve with that one." Chris says as the Warning bell rings. "Time to go." Chris said as he stood up. On his way to first period gym he saw Garret down the hall. His bald head and thick neck stood out from his grey wife beater. But what stood out the most was the zits on his face and they covered his bald head too. When their eyes met Garret spat on the floor, and growled. "Whatcha got for me today twerp?" Garret growled in a deep threatening voice. "Get lost!" Chris said to him and tried to bash his shoulder. But when their shoulders met, Garret's stood strong and Chris's gave out. The force of the blow was enough to spin him around and make him lose balance and slip. When he crashed Garret looked back at the noise and just laughed, "what a pussy!" He howled as he kept walking. After setting himself on his feet again Chris began to walk toward the locker room door. He opened it and the smell of body odor infiltrated his sinuses. He got changed and headed back out the door to the Gym room. As the day went by from first period to sixth, Chris just floated by. He couldn't get Mary Jane off of his mind. She was on his mind while he worked out in Gym, and wrote in English, calculated math, and talked about history, while he experimented in Biology, even during a business lecture, which usually had him enthralled. But she was much more captivating to him. After the final bell rang he walked out the front door and looked around to see if M.J. was out yet, but she wasn't. He waited for about fifteen minutes before he saw her walk out the door. "Sorry, I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long." She apologized. "My boyfriend was upset I couldn't see him tonight." "Its alright." Chris said as his heart sank. "Shall we start walking?" "Yeah sure." She said. Most of the walk was awkward silence. Chris didn't know what to say, and MJ just thought that he looked cute shy. But as they got closer to his house she pointed at the house on the corner of his block "that one is mine." She said to him. "Oh really? I didn't know anyone had bought it yet." He told her. "This one is mine." As they turned into a narrow driveway to a cracked white house. The green trim was brighter in his youth, but age has faded its color. "My parents are at work so I have to unlock the door really quick." He said as he fumbled for his keys. "That's fine." She said, smiling. After he unlocked the door he showed her into the kitchen to set up things for study. He pulled his biology book out from the bookshelf and set it on the table. "Do you have any siblings?" She asked him. "No, I'm an only child." And he asked, "and you?" "I have two brothers, one is a senior, the other is in prison." She replied. "The youngest huh? Did you get picked on as a kid?" He asked. "No, we all had to stick up for each other in those days. But now me and my brother moved away from our parents, and now things are different." She said looking away as if in pain. "I'm sorry..." Chris said, sorry he had brought up a sensitive subject. "Shall we get started?" "Its okay, it wasn’t your fault, you didn’t know," She said. As the night grew long, and they had shared many stories, MJ checked her cell phone and said "Its getting late, I should get going." "Alright, thanks for keeping me company." He chuckled. "Sorry, I'm sure you had better things to do than teach me." She said apologizing, assuming he was being sarcastic. "Don't apologize, its better than being home alone." He told her, as he walked her to the door. After he opened the door she began to walk out and turned around in the doorway. "Earlier, when I told you that my boyfriend had kept me late, I lied. I was taking a test, I don't even know why I lied. But I thought I should let you know that." She said and looked away, blushing. "Don't be sorry, sometimes we don't know why we do things. It doesn't matter to me." He said sympathetically. She looked up into his deep blue eyes and felt her heart skip a beat as her nerves almost bent beyond return. Her urge to kiss him was unbearable, and she wondered if he could see the agony in her eyes. He looked into her eyes and was swept over with the best feeling of his life. She looked so vulnerable standing there. Like a gentle breeze could blow her over. He never felt like this before and was over taken by the moment. When she looked up into his eyes, something took over him, and he leaned in and kissed her. Her lips tasted like peaches, and the moon shone beautifully over her long hair. The breeze blew her hair gently as they kissed. It was magical, how he had always dreamed it would be. He never could have imagined he would kiss the girl of his dreams. But here and now, it happened. After they kissed they both withdrew, and blushed. "I better get going." She told him, "good night and sweet dreams." He couldn't hide his flushed cheeks, and could see her blushing and smiled at her, "good night, sweet dreams." He closed the door after she was out of sight behind the bushes surrounding his house. As he walked back to his room she was all he could think about. He couldn’t sleep much that night, when Mary Jane was on his mind. He wondered if she was having the same troubles as him. But there was no way to know. He was still awake tossing and turning as his mom returned home from work, and his day after her. He wondered why they would take the same work hours in their jobs, but decided it was to spend more time with each other. As this momentarily pulled his mind away from Mary Jane he was able to finally doze off around 3:00 am.