***

The bell for lunch rang and I quickly headed to the cafeteria. Once there I sat at my usual table with my friends.

"Hey cutie." Brittany, another cheerleader who's fighting for my attention, said.

"Hi Brittany."

"Did you hear about the party tonight?"

"Yeah I did."

"I can expect to see you there, right?"

"Not this time. I'm busy. Maybe at the next one."

After lunch I reluctantly headed to my next class. This day seems to be going on forever. I just want to get home already. Sophia is probably giving my mom a hard time like usual. I'm the only one she actually listens to. For anyone else she gives them a hard time. She can be so stubborn sometimes.

I ran into someone, snapping me out of my thoughts. I looked at the person in front of me and saw a girl. She had long, curly brown hair and hazel eyes. She had perfect full lips and beautiful light olive skin. She has an oval face, high cheekbones, and a celestial nose. She's probably the most beautiful girl I've seen, and I've seen a lot of girls.

"Sorry." I apologized to her. "I wasn't paying attention."
I noticed she dropped her books and I knelt down to pick them up. She did the same.

"Don't worry about it." She said in a soft voice. She picked up half of her books and I got the other half. I stood up and handed her the books. "Thanks." She said with a small smile.

"What's your name?"

"Victoria."

"I'm Aaron."
"I know. You're the most popular person in the school."

"Right. Well sorry for running into you. I've got to get to class."

I walked down the hall in the opposite direction towards my class. How have I never seen her before? She's probably the most beautiful girl in the school. I have to get her to like me.

***

I reluctantly dressed for football practice. I'm so close to going home and being with Sophie, yet I'm also so far away.

"Thinking about Sophie again?" Caleb asked.

He's the only one that knows about Sophie. I couldn't keep something as big as having a kid from my best friend.

"I can't help it." I answered.

"If you weren't the captain. I'd suggest you go home and be with her."

"Yeah, but we both know that can't happen."

We went out onto the field and did some warm-ups. We did a couple of plays and headed home. I showered quickly and dressed. I was the first one out of the locker room. I drove home as fast as I could without breaking the speed limit.

I soon pulled into my driveway and went inside. Sophie was sitting in front of the TV watching Dora. She looked at me when I came in and a huge smile spread across her face.

Daddy!" she exclaimed, jumping up and running to me.

I picked her up easily and placed a kiss on her cheek. "Hi sweetie. I missed you."

"You left me." she pouted.

"You know I can't stay with you all the time. How about we play a game?"

"Don't you have homework?" my mom asked.

"Yeah, but right now Sophie is more important."

*Victoria*

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