“How many times do I have to tell you I don’t flirt with any other girl?” I texted. “But when you compliment girls you don’t know, it’s flirting,” Katie replied. “That’s not what I intended when I complimented,” I ranted.
We went back and forth. Neither of us could approach a resolution. I laid in my bedroom and Katie laid on her living room couch. She said this morning she needed some time to think about us, and no matter what I could do to convince her that it’s a misunderstanding, she didn’t know what to think. My heart filled with terror; I never thought she’d consider ending our relationship over something so trivial. I stopped texting her, laid silently and shut my eyes. My mind was entrapped in confusion.
Where would we go from here? The next morning, I texted Katie. I apologized and said that I wanted to make it up to her. I stood in the locker room before gym class and she was another school in math class.
“What did you have in mind?” Katie asked. “Why don’t we go to St. Louis Zoo tonight at 7:00 and walk around and look at the lights?” I offered. Katie texted back, “Okay sounds good.” After school, I drove home and lingered in my room.
I collapsed in bed attempting to recuperate. Three hours later, I glanced at my phone and it read 6:00. I swiftly drove to her house.
She came outside to my car and her dogs stood at the door barking at her departure. I got out of the car and politely opened the door for her. “Why, thank you,” she joyfully said. I got back into my car and away we went. It was a perilous journey getting to the zoo. As we tread on I-64, I gazed with fascination at the side of the roads ahead. Two vehicles pulled over after an accident, four police vehicles arrived on the scene, and I saw an ambulance bolt past me.
As the emergency lights shun, we continued our drive. The darkness surrounded me; the glimmering of the headlights from the opposing cars left me unsighted. I attempted to change lanes to the right as we approached our exit.
“LOOK OUT!!” Katie shouted. Two other cars collided, and I swerved back into my lane to avoid. What happened never left my mind.
We arrived at the St. Louis Zoo. Although the scent of putrid animal odors never left our noses, we were both astounded at the beauty and imagination that went into decorating the zoo. It was veiled in multiple colors, outlined many trees and walls that ran parallel with the rivers. It was as though we were strolling on a pathway through a marvelous wonderland. As we sauntered, we encountered couples, families with the most adorable infants, and others trying to get pictures in by the lights around the zoo. Many times, me and Katie attempted to get a picture but it took forever before we found a picture we could both agree upon. We continued our stroll through the zoo, our hands grabbing, her grasping my jacket through crowds.
We came across a lake. We sat down on a bench and she laid her head on my shoulder. I then pressed my hand against her cheek, turned her face towards mine, and uttered, “You’re the only one I could ever want. Don’t ever think otherwise.” I kissed her, and she gazed upon me with the most gorgeous smile. That smile never left her face.An hour later, we went to my car and I drove her home. She felt merry since we made things right, and so did I.
“I love you,” I said to her. “I love you too,” Katie said with a chuckle. We kissed once more before she let go of my hand, leaving me in my car isolated.