A first date

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Antonio's POV

I enlisted help for my date with Rain. Mr. Hardwick, my dad, Luke, and Cole helped me set it up. Mr. Hardwick even told me to call him Colton. Said it was less formal.

Once we got everything ready, I waited.  God I hope she liked it.

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Mom helped me get ready and had me follow her. We went downstairs and I walked into another room. There stood Antonio with a table and twinkling lights. He had soft music playing in the background.

I walked over to him, "you did this for me?" I said in wonderment.

"You said no noisy place or flashing lights," he said simply.

"Aww grasshopper you're learning," I said as I pinched his cheeks.

Antonio wondered who the hell I had been talking to.

He pulled out my chair and I took a seat. Then he took one. Cole brought out the food and set the plates in front of us. We had chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and a vegetable.  It was favorite food.

We ate as I bounced around in her seat. I moved her head around as I ate. Antonio just watched me and smiled as I enjoyed my meal.

After we finished, he stood up and held out his hand to me.  I looked at him, "Rain, will you do me the honor of dancing with me?"

I reached out and placed my hand into his. He gently pulled me up as he took me in his arms. This time I didn't look at my feet but at him.

We started dancing.  I wrapped my arms around his neck as he wrapped his arms around my waist.

We moved together and I enjoyed it

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We moved together and I enjoyed it. Antonio was gentle with me. He took his time and was getting to know me.  He didn't see me as a label. He just saw me as Rain.  All I wanted to be was accepted.

As we danced, I liked being in his arms. I rested my head on his chest as he held me while we danced.  Next to my family, I loved Antonio because he was amazing.

I stopped and he looked at me, "I love you," I said simply. He looked at me surprised.  "You're special to me Antonio. You treat me like a person."  Then I laid my head back on his chest.

He wrapped his arms around me firmly and whispered, "I love you more Rain."  That made me happy.  Dad always said when someone loves you, they take care of you. They protect you and treat you special.  Antonio did that.

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Antonio's POV

That was unexpected but I'm so glad she told me. Just hearing her say that made me feel amazing.  Everything Rain did or said, made me amaze and love her even more.

To me this wasn't about school anymore. Spending time with her, showed me a whole new world. She saw things for what they were. There was no complications.

Every day she was learning something new and each day when she did things most people did, we celebrated the milestone.  It was a victory for her and I wanted to celebrate it with her.

I also saw her personality emerge more and more.  I realized when people ignored her, they were missing out.  Here lied this terrific person and people passed her by because she wasn't like them. Good. I prefer her to be her.

I remember I use to walk by that room and I would stop and watch her.  She would work on a puzzle alone. I remember watching her in the halls. She kept her head down and avoided people.  I heard the name calling and whispers.

While they were mean to her, she never was mean in return. While other kids screwed around in class, she would work on assignments. We had a class together and I just remember how she struggled day in and day out but kept going.

If that isn't courage, then I don't know what is.  People think of others as hero's but Rain was one. She showed people how not to be but what they should be. For that she made me want to be better.

I didn't just fall in love with her but I love her. I'm so glad they paired with me.

As we danced all I could think of was I was damn lucky.

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After a few dances, we stopped and talked. I laughed a lot and so did Antonio. For my first date this was amazing. I never understood what dating meant. I never understood why people did the things they did. No one ever explained them to me, until now.

As we talked, dad and mom watched us.

"She's really came out of her shell," mom said to him.

"She just needed the right person. One that can be patient with her and take their time.  Antonio is that person for her," he reasoned.

"I'm glad. He's a nice guy," she smiled.

"If it's anything I learned from you, it was that a kindness goes a long way," he said genuinely to her.  She gave him a kiss and he didn't hesitate to kiss her back.

As the night came to an end, I walked Antonio to the door. Before he left he placed his hand on my cheek and leaned in, giving me a soft kiss.

"Thank you for agreeing to my date," he said to me.

"Thank you for the best first date," I smiled.

"Goodnight."

He left and I closed the door.

"How was the date," dad asked me.

"It was great. Is dating always this fun," I asked him.

"For the most part, yes but it's better when it's with someone you care about."

"Oh then maybe Cole will ask Wade out on a date. I think he will be happier than he is with that doof he's talking to," I said as I walked away leaving dad stunned.

Mom came into the room, "did she have fun?"

"Yeah," he said as he stood there confused.

"Colton?  Why do you looked like you want to hurl?"

He looked at her, "did you know Cole was gay?"

She looked at him stunned.

"Guess not," he said as they both stood there after I dropped the little bomb.  Not my fault. Cole should be honest. He would be happier than hiding who he is. Why must everyone make things so complicated? 

Well, the cat's out of the bag. You'll find out who has been talking to Rain and characters we all love return. That's next chapter.

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