Tanya could be pretty cocky sometimes about the fact that she always knew the right answer. She wasn't all that cute either. She wasn't really fat, but she wasn't thin. She had kind of a round face and short, straight hair all dyed black, and she wore too much dark eye make-up. And she had kind of a squeaky voice when she was correcting people.
Soon the teacher finished lecturing and passed out a worksheet for us to work on. Of course Tanya immediately started scribbling furiously on it. I turned to that day's chapter in the textbook and started looking for some of the words from the worksheet.
"Do you need any help?" Tanya asked softly.
"No," I said, "I don't need any help from you." I looked back down at the worksheet. I really had no freaking clue about any of it. But I figured I could get it done if I spent some time on it calmly at home. I didn't need someone else to do my homework for me. Especially not Tanya.
For the rest of the day at school, I looked for Andrea in the halls every time we switched classes. For the rest of the week as well. I saw her a few times. Every time I did, I said hi to her and she said hi back and gave me a big smile, but I couldn't think of anything else to say to her. I really wanted to get together with her and talk to her more, but there was never any opportunity.
I thought a lot about Andrea over the weekend, and I decided that I really needed to do something. I figured that maybe I could tell her that I'd realized she was right about the whole God question. That might make her warm up to me. Then maybe I could ask her out. I was really nervous about the idea of asking her out on a date, but I didn't see anything else I could do.
The next week I was determined that I would talk to her and ask her out. I saw her a few times on Monday and Tuesday and said hi to her, but she was always with other girls, and there was no way I could ask her out in front of them. Finally on Wednesday I saw her walking down the hall alone. I figured that it was now or never, so I got up all of my courage and went over to talk to her.
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