Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and the students at JHS are getting a bit antsy as they anticipate the upcoming love-filled holiday. Some people have already found their valentine, while others are still in search. Brooke and Finn find themselves in a sticky situation as they remain single towards the upcoming holiday…
“Come on. We’ve known each other for how long now? You need to just tell me who it is,” Finn complained.
“But it’s embarrassing,” Brooke argued.
They’d been going on with this for days. Brooke continued to ask Finn for advice on how to ask her crush to be her valentine, among many other things, but all of her attempts failed once she got too nervous to go through with them. Finn started to get fed up with her recent behavior. After all, it is just high school. He’d been begging her to come clean about who this mystery guy was, but she wouldn’t budge.
“Brooke, just think. My crush is so much more embarrassing than yours,” Finn pressed as he got more impatient.
“Your crush? You like somebody too?” Brooke questioned.
“Oh, great. That wasn’t something you were supposed to know,” Finn sighed.
“You know what, if you tell me yours then, I’ll tell you mine,” Brooke proposed. An eye for an eye, a leg for a leg, a crush for a crush.
“Absolutely not. You’ll have to stay in the dark about that one. Anyways, what are you planning next with this guy?” Finn asked to change the subject.
“I wanted to invite them to the Valentine’s Day dance,” Brooke admitted nervously.
“I mean, from what you’ve told me, it sounds like he likes you back. So you should just go for it,” he suggested.
“Are you sure? What if they say no?” she pointed out.
“Oh, please. I don’t know why he’d say no other than if he can’t go,” he replied while rolling his eyes.
“Fine, then. I’ll ask them,” Brooke decided.
“Does that mean I can know who it is now?” Finn eagerly asked.
“Once I ask, I’ll tell you,” she replied.
“Yes!” he exclaimed.
They went about the rest of the day in their expected moods. Brooke was nervous to ask her crush out, and Finn was eager to know who it was so soon. He had his guesses on the mystery guy for a while, but she was hiding the secret from him well. He was also hiding his crush from Brooke well; he knew that she had no idea who it was. Finally, the end of the day rolled around. Brooke gathered enough courage to ask her crush to the dance, but she ran into a slight problem.
“Yeah, that was horrible. I don’t know why she expected us to know things we never learned,” Finn replied to Rosa, one of his and Brooke’s best friends, as they stood at their lockers. Harry walked up as well, clearly just as frustrated from the experience.
“It’s honestly so crazy. We didn’t even know what we were learning until halfway through class!” Rosa exclaimed, exasperated.
“Hey guys,” Brooke said as he walked up to them, visibly nervous. Finn’s face lit up in realization. His guess must’ve been right.
“What’s up?” Finn replied with a smile.
“So you guys had just as horrible of a class, I assume,” she sighed. Finn started to whisper something to Rosa that was inaudible to Brooke.
“Definitely. It was one of the worst classes I’ve ever sat through!” Harry exclaimed.
“Alright, I better get going. My mom is probably already here to pick me up. See you guys later!” Rosa said as she grabbed the last of her school books.
“See ya!” Harry replied.
“I probably should get going, too,” Finn added, straying from his usual routine of leaving last.
“Are you sure? I need to talk to you about something,” Brooke replied. She lost her courage as the group had grown larger. She might as well tell Finn who it is now.
“Oh, uh, sure. Can you walk out with me?” Finn replied.
”Yeah. See you tomorrow, Harry!” Brooke exclaimed.
After they walked out of Harry’s earshot, Finn asked, “Why didn’t you ask him then?”
“You’re such an idiot. I’m not asking Harry to the dance,” Brooke laughed.
“What?” Finn replied in shock.
“He has a girlfriend already, anyways. I was gonna ask Rosa,” Brooke explained.
“Oh, you’ve gotta be kidding me!” Finn exclaimed.
“What?!” Brooke asked.
”Please tell me you’re kidding,” he sighed.
“Why would I joke about this?” she replied.
“I don’t know, but I wish you were.”
“I was gonna ask her to the dance!” he laughed.
“No way!” she smiled.
“Yes way!” he replied.
“So which one of us do you think she likes, then?”
“I have absolutely no idea. Should we go to Harry about it?” Finn suggested.
“Not him! I think you should just ask her. I didn’t have much of a chance anyways,” Brooke replied.
“But I don’t want to take the chance from you. After all, you are basically like my sister,” he argued.
“No, you should do it. I’m a girl, she’s a girl, and you’re a guy. You have more of a chance,” she pointed out.
“If you’re so insistent about it, I guess I will…” he replied. He knew deep down that she was right, however much he didn’t want to admit it. He wanted her to finally have a chance with someone after being the first one to date a long time before.
“Yes! Just, maybe do it soon since the dance is in two days.” Brooke suggested.
“I’ll do it tonight,” Finn agreed.
“Yay! Keep me updated, and see ya tomorrow!” she replied.
“Talk to you later!”
Later that night, Finn called Rosa to ask her to the dance. However, things didn’t go as planned.
“I am so sorry, Finn, but there’s someone else I really would want to go with,” Rosa replied.
“Oh, that’s okay. Does it happen to be somebody else we’re both friends with?” Finn asked.
“Uh, yeah, it is,” she answered.
“Please tell me it’s Brooke,” he smiled.
“How did you know!?” she replied with shock.
“She wanted to ask you to the dance but figured I had a better chance. Can you text her to ask?” he explained.
“Oh, uh, are you sure?” she checked.
“I am absolutely certain.”
Rosa asked Brooke to the dance, and she was about as stunned as a deer in headlights. They went together and had a blast, Finn third-wheeling the whole time. Valentine’s Day was a success at Juniata High School. No ghost sightings and no snowstorms, it was all perfect. The only downside was that they still had homework over the weekend, but that’s to be expected in high school. Who knows what adventures they’ll be up to next?