“Hi Kate!” A seventeen year old Kate Beckett sauntered over to her group of friends on the first day back to high school after the summer break and greeted them with hugs. “How was your summer?” Madison asked.
“Yeah, Kate, what’s this I hear about a guy…?” Lanie grinned and nudged her with her elbow, only to be rewarded with an eye roll.
“So what if there was?” Immediately on the defensive, she folded her arms and sat down on the bleachers. “It was nothing.”
“Oh come on, I saw you sucking his face off under the pier, so you can’t deny it!” Kate turned to Jennie with her mouth open wide in shock. “What? Was it meant to be a secret?”
Kate growled. “Fine! We met at the beach, went swimming, bowling, just spent a lot of time together I guess.”
“And was he cute?” A smile bloomed across her face that she couldn’t stop from spreading, making the girls laugh at her as she blushed with her head in her hands.
“Hey guys, I want you to meet Rick, he’s just started here today. Rick, this is Javi, Bob, and Tom.” He gave Kevin a nervous smile before turning to the other three guys with a little wave. They chatted for a bit, asking Rick about where he’d been at school before moving to Raybell High and discussing gossip from the summer.
“So Rick, what did you get up to over the vacation?” Tom asked.
He ducked his head and studied his fingernails in an attempt to hide the blush creeping over his cheeks. “I met a girl, at the beach.”
“All that way for some girl?” Javi wasn’t impressed, nudging Bob and pointing at Rick with a low chuckle and shake of his head.
“She was special.” He told them a bit about what he and this mystery girl had got up to and Kevin was grinning by the time he finished.
“She sounds real nice, Rick,” Kevin observed and Rick just smiled sappily. “What’s her name?”
“Kate Beckett.” Rick was too busy wandering his mind’s eye to notice the looks and raised eyebrows the guys passed between each other.
“Well, I think she sounds marvellous,” Bob piped up.
“Yeah, maybe if you believe in miracles,” Tom began, his sentence picked up by Javi.
“Your summer sweetheart will show up again…”
“Somewhere unexpected,” Bob finished it off, and the three of them headed off to class, holding in their laughs.
“Do you really think so, Kevin?” Rick asked, eagerly.
Kevin hesitated, but tried to be as positive as possible in his reply, “Sure.” He grabbed his bag, “We should head to class.”