Robb leaned over his short friend and grinned. “Can I see your schedule?” I was surprised he wasn’t asking for my cell phone number as well. I shrugged, handing it over, but Crystal snagged it from my hands and glared at Robb. “Don’t you stalk this girl down,” she said. “She’s nice.” “Exactly why I want to get to know her.” Robb looked at me. “You, I mean,” he said, stuttering. “I didn’t mean to talk about you like you weren’t here. Right here.” “It’s okay,” I said, and Robb hung his blushing face before walking away. As he disappeared into the crowd, I shook my head. “He never gives up, does he?” Crystal groaned. “He’s disgusting,” she said. “Believe me, I’ve known him since birth. There are better guys in Hayworth than him.” I laughed. “Don’t worry; I’m staying away,” I said. “But thanks for the warning.” “No problem. It’s my job to make it crystal clear—no pun intended,” she joked as she skimmed over my schedule. “Well, Jess, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.” She handed my schedule back, and I raised my brow. “What is it?” “The good news: we share homeroom, and you’ll be stuck there for the next two years, so you’ll learn to like it.” I gulped. “What’s the bad news?” She cringed. “We have the crazy science teacher, and she’ll force us to have a second chemistry class.” Her eyes lit up, and she hit herself on the forehead. “Oh, and Robb just happens to be in it, too.” I sighed. So much for escaping his flirtation.
“Can’t wait,” I said, and Crystal linked her arm with mine. “Jess,” she began. “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” My heart beat with excitement. “Casablanca?” I asked, recognizing the famous movie line. She spun us in a tight circle. “I knew I’d like you,” she said, and I grinned. “It’s my favorite movie.” “Mine, too.” Maybe this high school thing wouldn’t be too hard after all.