As soon as Michael walked into the Cub Scouts pack meeting, he saw a little girl with black hair standing in the corner, facing the wall. Even though Michael couldn’t see the girl’s face, he couldn’t keep his eyes off of her.
“Okay, Nikki,” the Scout Master said. “You can come back.”
A cute little Asian girl came out of the corner. As Nikki came out the corner, Michael kept hoping that she would sit next to him, but she sat next to a couple of other girls instead. When the Cub Scout meeting was over, Michael went to talk to Nikki.
“Hi,” Michael said nervously. “I’m Michael.”
“Hi, I’m Nikki,” she said. “I gotta go.”
Once Nikki left, Michael’s face turned red with embarrassment.
Throughout the next year, Michael and Nikki began talking to each other. Eventually, they became best friends. The problem was that Michael was developing feelings for Nikki.
It was the night of the middle school semi-formal.
“Ask her to the dance,” Michael’s sister Shelly said.
“What if she says no?” Michael asked.
“It would be awkward as Hell,” Melody said. “Just ask her to dance and get it over with.”
“I don’t want to ruin our friendship,” Michael said.
“Then don’t ask her to the dance,” Shelly said. “”Let her move on with someone else.”
“I don’t want that,” Michael said.
“Then ask her out.”
“I don’t want to ruin our friendship.”
“Make up your fucking mind!” Shelly said.
Michael nervously walked up to Nikki.
“Hey, Michael!” Nikki said.
“Uh…listen, Nikki…I,” Michael said.
“I like you too.”
At first, Michael didn’t believe what Nikki just said. Maybe Michael just heard what he wanted to hear.
“Really?” Michael asked.
“I’ve liked you since I first met you in Cub Scouts,” Nikki said.
“Do you wanna dance?”
“I thought you’d never ask.”
Michael and Nikki made their way to the dance floor. Michael nervously placed his hands on Nikki’s hips and Nikki nervously placed her hands around Michael’s neck. They held each other close and they shared their first slow dance. Michael and Nikki dated for three years. When Michael and Nikki were in grade 10, Nikki’s parents landed a job out of the country.
“Is there anybody you can stay with?” Michael asked.
“No,” Nikki said. “My mother’s parents lives in Tokyo, my father’s parents are dead, and my uncle’s in prison.”
“We can make a long distance relationship work.”
“It will be too hard.”
“So, that’s it then, after three years?”
“Michael! This is my last night here. I don’t want to spend it arguing with you. Just hold me.”
Michael climbed onto Nikki’s bed and they held each other.
“To think, you’re mother’s from Tokyo, you’re father’s from New York City and you all ended up in St. John’s,” Michael said.
“Yeah, my dad made me join Cub Scouts so I could make friends,” Nikki said.
“That’s where me met. It’s clear that we are meant to be together.”
“What’s so funny?” Nikki asked.
“We liked each other since we’ve first met,” Michael said. “Everybody knew except us.”
“What was funnier was the song that we had our very first slow dance to. Don’t Let Me Be The Last to Know, by Britney Spears.”
Michael and Nikki shared a laugh. It was the first time they’ve laughed together since Nikki’s parents broke the news to her. As soon as stopped laughing, Michael and Nikki once again laid on Nikki’s bed in a somber silence.
“Maybe a long-distance relationship could work,” Nikki said.
The next morning, Nikki and her parents took a plane to Toyko. Michael and Nikki tried a long-distance relationship for a few weeks, but it was too hard for the both them. So they’ve decided to end their relationship.