The entire class was standing in the hallway, buzzing about who would get to sit next to who. I was popular with my classmates. I could sit next to anybody and it would probably be the highlight of their trip. I stood a ways back waiting for her. She was just as popular and I knew other people wanted her attention just as much as they wanted mine. Still I couldn't help myself. I needed to be around her. I found her presence intoxicating.

The teacher started loading everybody onto the bus. I held back for a while. Finally when she walked out through the door I followed her. As I made my way through the bus I passed by many of my peers (practically begging me to sit beside them). I knew even before I sat down where I wanted to be... with whom I wanted to be next to.

When I finally made my way through the crowd that's when I spotted her. Sitting alone at the row before last on the back of the bus.

"Hey." I said, the words barreling out of me like a locomotive train reaching an abrupt stop.

"Hey." She replied, half smiling and half analyzing.

"Can I sit next to you?" I asked somewhat embarrassed for even having to ask and fearing her answer at this stage in our friendship.

"Sure." She said making sure to scoot as far towards the window as possible.

I took a deep breathe and plopped down next to her.