Quite a lot has happened in the novel since we last saw Taylor. Like, now he’s dating Rosie. What? I know. Here’s one of their few happy scenes before I send the world crashing down on them again.
Context: When they finally got together Taylor promised Rosie he wouldn’t kiss her until she’s ready and that meant that she could initiate all the kisses. Oh, and Rosie told Taylor about her current ideal guy, basically describing her ex. BOIS are android boyfriends and soldiers.
I’m lying on my stomach in the grass outside the auditorium, trying to fill out this form. “What classes are you signing up for?” I ask Rosie, peeking at the form she’s filling out on top of a textbook.
“None of your business, nosy,” she says, pulling it away from me.
“Hmm.” I flip through the elective book. Most of this form is easy. We fill out the classes that come next, no problem. But now that I’ve finished my gym requirement, I get an elective next fall.
“Senior year’s soooo hard,” Kara says. Only last week did she start hanging out with Rosie and me at lunch again. Rosie had been spending time with her after school, but she refused to see the two of us together. She still won’t come to PET-BOIS. I don’t think she liked it much anyway.
“Yeah. It’s all about our future,” Rosie says. “As if we don’t have enough to worry about with applying to college and stuff.” I know she’s thinking about her scholarship speech. It’s coming up, and she’s been worrying about it a lot.
“What do you want to do in the future?” I can’t believe I’ve never asked her this before, actually.
“Fight for BOIS rights, of course. So, let’s see. Maybe something social science-y.”
I make a face. I definitely prefer real science to social science. “I hope I get Craig in advanced chemistry. Science won’t be the same without him.”
“He probably wishes the same thing,” Kara says. “He’s always talking about how grateful he is that you’re his partner on dissection days.”
“Not much dissection in chemistry.” But I grin at her because it’s a compliment and because she and Craig are talking even though they don’t share a club anymore.
Then it’s back to business. I stop at the industrial arts section of the booklet, remembering how Rosie wished for a guy who was good with cars. Even though I know she was just listing Graham’s qualities, I still want to become the guy she always wanted. There’s an auto shop class listed, and it’s during a period I have free.
Of course, maybe I should learn to drive first.
“I should join drama,” Kara says.
Rosie grins. “You’d be great at that.”
I let their conversation slip to the background as I continue flipping through the book, slipping in a mental bookmark for that industrial arts page. I don’t find anything else that interests me until I get to the computer science section. “Hey,” I say, lifting myself up on my elbows.
“What?” Rosie asks.
“Computer science. I want to take that.”
“Really?” She wrinkles her nose.
“Yeah. I love our website, and I’d really like to know more about how to make something like it. It’s really interesting the way Alex can make all those numbers and symbols mean something.”
“Oh. Alex.” She snaps her booklet closed.
“Nothing. You just seem to like her company a lot.”
“Yeah, she’s nice.”
Rosie glares at me. Oh. “Aw, Rosie, are you jealous?”
“You know there’s nobody for me but you.” I push myself up to kiss her. I know this is okay now because last week she totally told me that if I didn’t pick up the slack and stop making her do all the work kissing, she was going to punch me in the gut. I kind of believe her.
Hope you enjoyed the only happy romance scene I’ll probably ever post.
Lots of love,