→ I was caught off guard by the sight of the older boy, his smile brightening the room as you walked in. “Hayden!” Hayley yelled letting go of my hand and running into his arms. He picked her up and squeezed her tightly. My mom then hugged him, “he’s my best friend Hayley!” She yelled laughing, “no!” She screamed hugging him tighter. They all laughed seeming to understand the inside joke besides myself. I felt a bit alarmed. “Oh!” Hayley yelled turning to look at me, “this is my sister Annie- Leblanc.” Hayley winked when she said Leblanc, I chuckled and so did Hayden. I stretched my hand out for him to take, “hi” I whispered gently. He shook my hand, “hi, im hayden.” He said smoothly, our eyes finding it difficult to stop interlocking. I finally let go, being the first to break our stare. “What’s for dinner?” I asked curiously, trying to change the topic, anything to distract myself from making an uneasy glance at Hayden. “Dinner - your favorite.” On the table there was a huge pot of Mac n cheese and out of the corner of my eye I saw my mom pull out a bag of Doritos. I couldn’t help but start to laugh. “Thank you.” I said hugging her. “Annie has a weird obsession with Doritos” Hayley whispered over to Hayden. “It’s not weird! - it’s not weird.” I said speaking indirectly and then directly to Hayden. He laughed, and stared. Very intensely. I looked away trying to move so he wouldn’t continue to look. But he stared, and I found it in a way relieving. Like I wanted him to stare. We all sat down for dinner and somehow Hayden ended up right in front of me, which made it even more difficult to tell if he was staring at me or right behind me. I looked up a few times and saw him look then look away when we made eye contact. “Were going to Six flags tomorrow! You should come!” Hayley yelled in my ear and I gave her a look, “You should, then you’ll get to catch up with everyone.” Hayden spoke for one of the first times. I looked up at him and smiled, “sure.” I said softly. “Annie, are you okay to go? are you sure?” My dad asked grabbing my arm gently. I smiled, “I’ll be fine.” I smiled at all of them. I looked back at Hayden who gave me a smirk.