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is just so cute!" Eliza Campbell gushed as she propped her chin in
her hands and stared at Randy as he sat at a table across the room.
"Would you quit mooning
over Randy Lamont and help me study for this test!" Maggie shot her
friend a hateful look and began to quickly grow annoyed. "My mother
will absolutely kill me if I don't pass this test! If I don't get my
grades up, she'll never let me go to the Fall Dance."
"You'll do fine,"
Eliza assured. "Just stick with me and I'll get you through.
You just have to help me get Randy to ask me to that dance!"
"We tried that
already." Maggie gritted her teeth and glared at her. "It
didn't work, remember? Just give up on this little crush of yours and find
someone else to take you."
"I don't want
anyone else to take me! I want Randy!"
Maggie slumped back into her
seat and rolled her eyes. "Your mother is going to have a fit!
You know Randy lives in that old farm house out by my family's stables. His brother works there! She'll never let you go to the dance with
him! She can be rather...rather..."
And Maggie couldn't say that she disagreed with Eliza's mother...at least not in
this case. Though Eliza's mother Corinne Campbell had made several
unkind remarks concerning Maggie's mother Francis, Maggie clearly understood her
position as far as boys like Randy were concerned. Girls with the social
background and upbringing that Maggie and Eliza had did not associate
with boys like that!
"I don't care what she
thinks! She's not dating him!"
"And apparently, neither
"Would you quit being so
argumentative and just help me!" Eliza folded her arms across her
chest and stuck her bottom lip out in a pout.
"If you want to go to the
dance with him so bad, then why don't you just ask him yourself?"
"Oh, I couldn't!"
Eliza gasped as her hand flew up to her chest in shock. "I couldn't never
ask a boy for a date! That just wouldn't be proper!"
"And I suppose conning
him into asking you out would be?"
different! You know as well as I do that boys don't ever know what they really
want. It's always up to us girls to make up their minds for
them." Eliza allowed her eyes to drift over to Randy again and she
let out a small sigh.
"That's it!" Maggie
spoke up as she shot up out of her seat. "I see that I'm going to
have to take drastic measures if I have any hopes of getting you to focus your
attention on me and my problems!" She grabbed Eliza's hand and
pulled her out of her seat.
"What are you
doing?" Eliza gasped as she tried to resist. "Let go of
"Not until we settle this
once and for all!" Maggie kept her firm grasp on Eliza's hand and
drug her over to where Randy was sitting. "Hello, Randy," she
spoke up as she glared at Eliza before turning to face him.
"Um, hello, girls,"
Randy muttered hesitantly and quickly grew nervous. He could tell
something was clearly up, but what?
"Randy, are you still
dateless for the Fall Dance?" Maggie asked rather pointedly.
"Y-yes, I am."
He blushed slightly at the awkwardness of the situation. "In fact,
I've decided that I'm not going."
"Well, you're changing
your mind!" Maggie smirked slightly and then looked at Eliza.
"She's dateless, too! Or, rather, she was."
Eliza's jaw dropped in
horror. Surely Maggie wasn't going to do what she thought she was going to
"I don't think I
understand what you're getting at." Randy's eyes jumped from Maggie
to Eliza and then back again.
Maggie let out a sigh and
rolled her eyes. "What I'm saying is that you two aren't
dateless anymore." She looked at both of and saw the looks of
confusion on their faces. In one, swift movement, she pushed Eliza towards
Randy and took a step away. "You two are going to the dance together!
That's final!" As Eliza's jaw dropped in horror and embarrassment,
Maggie quickly turned on her heel and stormed away.
"Oh, I can't believe she
did that!" Eliza gasped as she turned to face Randy. "I'm so
"Well, it's not
necessarily a bad idea." he commented as he smiled at her.
"You and me going to the
dance together isn't such a bad idea. Neither one of us has a date.
Why don't we go together?"
"Why, Randy, if I didn't
know better, I'd think you were asking me for a date!" Eliza lowered
her head coyly and faked a blush.
"Well, maybe I
am." He smiled at her and suddenly began to grow excited about the
As a grin began to spread
across Eliza's face, she decided that maybe Maggie did know what she was
doing after all.