Chapter 8: The Big Fight

After shopping with her Grandparents, Daisy lightly tapped on Connor’s apartment door. It was getting late but she knew everyone was inside, she could hear them. “They must have stayed to play Halo 3 after their run,” Daisy thought to herself.

Connor opened the door with a big grin. “Hey Daisy girl! I’ve been waiting for you!” He grabbed her hand pulling her inside to sit with him on the couch. “We’ve already started the game!”

She was now sandwiched in the middle of Connor, Andy and Maria. Daisy noticed Susan in the kitchen getting two glasses of water.

Connor knew Daisy noticed Susan so he wrapped his arms around her and held the controller with both hands in front of her as he continued to play. His head was right next to hers. “Don’t run off,” he whispered. “I didn’t invite her, Mark did.” He nudged her head with his and smiled sincerely.

Susan came back out of the kitchen and sat on the stool next to Mark. She handed him a glass of water. After a few minutes Andy won the game and Connor gave his controller to Maria.

“Connor, Grandpa Joe wants you to help him move the refrigerator. He dropped something behind it and can’t get it out. Can you go help him?” Daisy asked on behalf of her grandpa.

“Okay, I’ll be back in five.” He stood up and moved slowly to the door. “Don’t go anywhere,” he said with a worried tone. Leaving Daisy and Susan together in the same room did not seem like a good idea to him. Connor shot concerned looks to Andy, Maria and Mark and said, “Watch the fort for me guys.” Then he disappeared out the door.

While Daisy sat on the couch, Susan began to move around the room in an annoying fashion, looking for a new place to sit down. She decided to stand right in front of Daisy Ray as she watched the Halo 3 game on TV.

Daisy spoke up, “Hey! I can’t see! Move Susan!”

“Everybody doesn’t have to do what you say Daisy. The whole team tip toes around you, like you’re some kind of princess.” Susan threw her arms in the air, disgusted. “Well, I’m not going to. So if you want to see the stupid game then you just move yourself!”

Daisy’s mouth dropped open.

Mark, Andy and Maria sat frozen in their spots, wondering how Daisy would answer!

Daisy stood up and walked around to face Susan. “What on earth is your problem!” She glared straight into her face.

“If Connor wants to kiss me it is none of your business, so stop ruining everything for him!” Susan snapped.

“Connor doesn’t want to kiss you so get over it! It was a mistake. He’s not interested in you! So stop making a big deal out of it! AND, now that we are on the subject, I need to add that YOU need to clean all the girls bathrooms at school!” Daisy stared at her without even blinking. She had never been so mad in all her life!

“I’m not cleaning any bathrooms!” Susan shot back.

“OH, YES YOU ARE!!” Daisy yelled. Then she pulled her hand back so quickly that no one even saw it. She slapped Susan across the cheek so hard that it left a big red hand print on the side of her face.

“YOUR NAME IS NOT, NOR WILL IT EVER BE, BAILEY!!!! SO YOU CAN JUST TAKE ALL THAT, SUSAN BAILEY CRAP, OFF ALL THE BATHROOM WALLS!!” Daisy yelled hysterically.

Susan jumped on Daisy like a cat on a mouse.

Mark grabbed Susan around the waist and pulled her off Daisy as fast as he could, yelling, “Maria, get Daisy! Get Daisy, quick!”

Maria grabbed Daisy and pulled her up off the floor and away from Susan. Mark held onto Susan until she quit wrestling with him.

Andy roared laughing at the wild cat fight! “Let’em go! I want to see who wins!” he yelled.

When Susan calmed down, Mark said, “Susan, Connor is not interested in you. You’re going to have to get over it. Plus, you do need to clean his name off the bathroom walls. I’ll help you do it…. if you can be nice about it, and do it quietly.”

Susan slumped over in his iron grip and just mumbled, “Crap.” She rubbed her sore cheek a minute and said, “Why weren’t you at the party, Mark?”

“Because, it was Sunday. I go to church on Sundays. I don’t go to parties and kiss drunk girls, that’s why!”

“You were at church?” Out of all the places she could imagine him being, she’d never thought of church being among them.

“Yea. Maria, Andy and I go to Central Christian youth group on Sunday nights. You should come with me some time. Forget about Connor. He really isn’t interested in you like you’d thought.” Mark’s voice began to soften now.

“Oh, maybe I will some time,” she mumbled, exhausted.

Mark turned Susan around to face him and said sympathetically, “You have all this energy. You could put it to good use if you’d channel it more towards running. I could teach you. You would make a great distance runner.”

“How could you do that?” she asked slightly interested. She’d never really considered running as a full-time thing. It was just something to do after school. But now, Mark had piqued her curiosity.

“Well, first of all, no more smoking or partying. Secondly, you’d have to start running with me every evening that we don’t have school practice. Sundays you could try out the youth group with me. What do you say?” he asked hopefully.

“Well, I got nothing else to do. When do we start?”

“Now.”

“I guess now is good. Anyway, I think I’ve worn out my welcome here,” she said glumly as she gave Daisy a sort of sideways glance.

“You know Susan, running is great for stress. You’ll see,” he promised, beaming a big grin.

Susan noticed his smile for the first time. It was the type of smile that put one immediately at ease. Why had she never noticed it before?

Maria was still holding on to Daisy’s arm as Mark and Susan spoke. Daisy didn’t really know what to say, she was still extremely ticked off and ready to fight.

Maria spoke up then, “Well, girls, let’s just forgive and forget about this little fight today, shall we?” She pulled on Daisy’s arm, urging her to be a good sport, shake hands and make up.

Daisy took one step forward and grumbled, “Well, if you take Connor’s name off the bathroom walls, I think I could let this go.” She looked at Susan’s face to see if she would comply.

Susan looked at Mark first and then at Daisy. “Deal.” She popped her hand out for a quick shake.

Daisy shook her hand briskly and repeated the word, “Deal,” as fast as she could, and it was all over.

“Let’s go run,” Mark encouraged Susan. She followed him out, wondering what on earth he thought he could teach her. They had already been running once today. If it didn’t help the first time, why would it help the second time?

Once they left, Daisy Ray plopped down on the couch next to a grinning Andy. He thought the whole thing had been very entertaining.

As soon as Daisy relaxed on the couch next to him, he turned to her and said, “Wow! Dumbo! You were hot! The next time you two fight can I watch again?!” He was so jazzed by the whole event that he was actually hoping for a part two!

“Oh my God, you are seriously too much!” She grabbed the sofa cushion that was next to her and began belting him with it furiously. Maria grabbed the other cushion and assisted Daisy in clobbering Andy for his insensitivity. Andy laughed hilariously, thinking it all great fun.

Just then Connor walked back into the room, seeing the commotion, he asked, “So what did I miss?”

Andy started laughing even louder as the girls creamed him with the pillows! He yelled out, “You’ve got to let me tell him! Please let me tell him! I have to tell him! I want to be the one!” He begged and begged and laughed and laughed until the girls let up and finally consented to Andy being the one to fill Connor in on what he had missed.

Connor stood there in the middle of the room with his mouth hanging open as Andy filled him in on the wild event. Of course, Andy told the story with huge amounts of excitement and didn’t miss one tiny bit of information because he’d watched it without blinking an eye. By the time he was finished with the whole story, Connor had an ear to ear grin across his face as well, and he began laughing uncontrollably right along with Andy. Therefore, the girls felt obligated to resume the pillow bashing. This time they included Connor in the assault!

After a few minutes, Connor and Andy suddenly turned on the girls. They grabbed the pillows and threw them across the room! They tickled the girls until they were red faced and could no longer breathe!

The girls screamed, “I give up! I give up! Let me breathe! I give up!”

Only then did the guys finally let up, and Andy said, “Okay, are you ladies going to be nice now?”

“Depends…,” Daisy panted, “on what you mean by nice.”

“Yea,” Maria giggled.

The four of them lay on the floor breathing heavily and laughing hilariously, unable to speak.

Connor then rolled over onto his side to face Daisy. “Do you want to go for a walk on the beach?” He brushed her hair away from her perspiring  face.

“Yea,” she panted.

He looked at her for a minute, smiling. Then he glanced at his friends. “Do you guys want to come?”

Andy had also rolled onto his side next to Maria. “Do you want to go for a walk Care- Bears?”

“Sure let’s go!”

***

              They walked slowly down the street towards the boardwalk. Connor threw his arm around Daisy’s neck casually and whispered into her ear, “Thanks Daisy girl.”

She looked up at him wondering what he was referring to. “For what?”

“For standing up for me. For fighting for me. I didn’t realize until now how much I mattered to you. You got so mad about my name, Bailey, being written in the bathroom. Wow! That was great.” He smiled down at her, truly flattered. “Do you know what else I didn’t realize?”

“What’s that?”

“I didn’t realize until now how much you meant to me either. I was so afraid I wasn’t going to be able to fix things. I thought you might hate me forever.”

“I don’t think I could hate you, Connor.”

He pulled her closer up under his arm. “I’m glad.”

They had reached the beach now and were walking out on the sand. The evening sky was clear, and the stars were out.

Andy and Maria stared up into the sky. “Wow, aren’t the stars beautiful,” Maria whispered in wonder.

Andy put both his arms around her waist and stood there looking up with her. “Yea, they are,” he agreed. The two of them laid down in the sand to find star clusters in the sky and chit chat.

Connor and Daisy continued walking to the edge of the water. The waves were tiny ripples gliding gently across the sand. They lightly moved in and out barely making a noise. Connor looked down at Daisy and hugged her a bit closer.

“I have the coolest girlfriend ever,” he whispered.

She looked up to see his face in the moonlight, happy that he’d called her his girlfriend. “Do you really think so?” Her eyes searched his.

“Yea, I do, and she is super kissable too.” He touched her face tenderly, running his fingers by her ear into her hair. He leaned into her and softly brushed his lips along her jaw line until they found her lips. He kissed her again, lightly, just like the tiny rippling waves kissing their feet. Gently, almost silently Connor kissed Daisy for the second time, and all was right in the world of Daisy and Connor this night.

***

              Cleaning the bathrooms went without a hitch on Saturday. The Principal was more than happy to allow these “model students” to come and do some community service hours at school painting bathrooms. The kids that ended up coming were of course Mark and Susan, but Daisy Ray, Connor, Maria and Andy all pitched in so things would go faster. Andy secretly hoped another fight would break out between the girls, but Mark kept Susan in one bathroom while Connor kept Daisy Ray in a different bathroom. Just to be on the safe side, the two were never allowed to be alone in the same room.

When the bathroom cleaning was finally over, the Principal even filled out forms stating the number of community service hours they’d accomplished. He was just thrilled with them and took them to lunch afterwards, thanking them numerous times throughout the meal. Andy was a tiny bit disappointed that no cat fight took place, but all in all it was a day well spent.

Andy’s parting words to them as they each went home was, “Now, I hope we can all focus completely on our running and beating the heck out of Surfside Academy next Saturday. See you guys on Monday.”

 

Don’t forget to take a run

 

And laugh a little when you’re done

 

Stress tends to heap

 

When emotions are deep

 

So take my advice

 

And learn to love life

 

Run around the block

 

and please…

 

Please… laugh a lot 🙂

 

 

 

After shopping with her Grandparents, Daisy lightly tapped on Connor’s apartment door. It was getting late but she knew everyone was inside, she could hear them. “They must have stayed to play Halo 3 after their run,” Daisy thought to herself.

Connor opened the door with a big grin. “Hey Daisy girl! I’ve been waiting for you!” He grabbed her hand pulling her inside to sit with him on the couch. “We’ve already started the game!”

She was now sandwiched in the middle of Connor, Andy and Maria. Daisy noticed Susan in the kitchen getting two glasses of water.

Connor knew Daisy noticed Susan so he wrapped his arms around her and held the controller with both hands in front of her as he continued to play. His head was right next to hers. “Don’t run off,” he whispered. “I didn’t invite her, Mark did.” He nudged her head with his and smiled sincerely.

Susan came back out of the kitchen and sat on the stool next to Mark. She handed him a glass of water. After a few minutes Andy won the game and Connor gave his controller to Maria.

“Connor, Grandpa Joe wants you to help him move the refrigerator. He dropped something behind it and can’t get it out. Can you go help him?” Daisy asked on behalf of her grandpa.

“Okay, I’ll be back in five.” He stood up and moved slowly to the door. “Don’t go anywhere,” he said with a worried tone. Leaving Daisy and Susan together in the same room did not seem like a good idea to him. Connor shot concerned looks to Andy, Maria and Mark and said, “Watch the fort for me guys.” Then he disappeared out the door.

While Daisy sat on the couch, Susan began to move around the room in an annoying fashion, looking for a new place to sit down. She decided to stand right in front of Daisy Ray as she watched the Halo 3 game on TV.

Daisy spoke up, “Hey! I can’t see! Move Susan!”

“Everybody doesn’t have to do what you say Daisy. The whole team tip toes around you, like you’re some kind of princess.” Susan threw her arms in the air, disgusted. “Well, I’m not going to. So if you want to see the stupid game then you just move yourself!”

Daisy’s mouth dropped open.

Mark, Andy and Maria sat frozen in their spots, wondering how Daisy would answer!

Daisy stood up and walked around to face Susan. “What on earth is your problem!” She glared straight into her face.

“If Connor wants to kiss me it is none of your business, so stop ruining everything for him!” Susan snapped.

“Connor doesn’t want to kiss you so get over it! It was a mistake. He’s not interested in you! So stop making a big deal out of it! AND, now that we are on the subject, I need to add that YOU need to clean all the girls bathrooms at school!” Daisy stared at her without even blinking. She had never been so mad in all her life!

“I’m not cleaning any bathrooms!” Susan shot back.

“OH, YES YOU ARE!!” Daisy yelled. Then she pulled her hand back so quickly that no one even saw it. She slapped Susan across the cheek so hard that it left a big red hand print on the side of her face.

“YOUR NAME IS NOT, NOR WILL IT EVER BE, BAILEY!!!! SO YOU CAN JUST TAKE ALL THAT, SUSAN BAILEY CRAP, OFF ALL THE BATHROOM WALLS!!” Daisy yelled hysterically.

Susan jumped on Daisy like a cat on a mouse.

Mark grabbed Susan around the waist and pulled her off Daisy as fast as he could, yelling, “Maria, get Daisy! Get Daisy, quick!”

Maria grabbed Daisy and pulled her up off the floor and away from Susan. Mark held onto Susan until she quit wrestling with him.

Andy roared laughing at the wild cat fight! “Let’em go! I want to see who wins!” he yelled.

When Susan calmed down, Mark said, “Susan, Connor is not interested in you. You’re going to have to get over it. Plus, you do need to clean his name off the bathroom walls. I’ll help you do it…. if you can be nice about it, and do it quietly.”

Susan slumped over in his iron grip and just mumbled, “Crap.” She rubbed her sore cheek a minute and said, “Why weren’t you at the party, Mark?”

“Because, it was Sunday. I go to church on Sundays. I don’t go to parties and kiss drunk girls, that’s why!”

“You were at church?” Out of all the places she could imagine him being, she’d never thought of church being among them.

“Yea. Maria, Andy and I go to Central Christian youth group on Sunday nights. You should come with me some time. Forget about Connor. He really isn’t interested in you like you’d thought.” Mark’s voice began to soften now.

“Oh, maybe I will some time,” she mumbled, exhausted.

Mark turned Susan around to face him and said sympathetically, “You have all this energy. You could put it to good use if you’d channel it more towards running. I could teach you. You would make a great distance runner.”

“How could you do that?” she asked slightly interested. She’d never really considered running as a full-time thing. It was just something to do after school. But now, Mark had piqued her curiosity.

“Well, first of all, no more smoking or partying. Secondly, you’d have to start running with me every evening that we don’t have school practice. Sundays you could try out the youth group with me. What do you say?” he asked hopefully.

“Well, I got nothing else to do. When do we start?”

“Now.”

“I guess now is good. Anyway, I think I’ve worn out my welcome here,” she said glumly as she gave Daisy a sort of sideways glance.

“You know Susan, running is great for stress. You’ll see,” he promised, beaming a big grin.

Susan noticed his smile for the first time. It was the type of smile that put one immediately at ease. Why had she never noticed it before?

Maria was still holding on to Daisy’s arm as Mark and Susan spoke. Daisy didn’t really know what to say, she was still extremely ticked off and ready to fight.

Maria spoke up then, “Well, girls, let’s just forgive and forget about this little fight today, shall we?” She pulled on Daisy’s arm, urging her to be a good sport, shake hands and make up.

Daisy took one step forward and grumbled, “Well, if you take Connor’s name off the bathroom walls, I think I could let this go.” She looked at Susan’s face to see if she would comply.

Susan looked at Mark first and then at Daisy. “Deal.” She popped her hand out for a quick shake.

Daisy shook her hand briskly and repeated the word, “Deal,” as fast as she could, and it was all over.

“Let’s go run,” Mark encouraged Susan. She followed him out, wondering what on earth he thought he could teach her. They had already been running once today. If it didn’t help the first time, why would it help the second time?

Once they left, Daisy Ray plopped down on the couch next to a grinning Andy. He thought the whole thing had been very entertaining.

As soon as Daisy relaxed on the couch next to him, he turned to her and said, “Wow! Dumbo! You were hot! The next time you two fight can I watch again?!” He was so jazzed by the whole event that he was actually hoping for a part two!

“Oh my God, you are seriously too much!” She grabbed the sofa cushion that was next to her and began belting him with it furiously. Maria grabbed the other cushion and assisted Daisy in clobbering Andy for his insensitivity. Andy laughed hilariously, thinking it all great fun.

Just then Connor walked back into the room, seeing the commotion, he asked, “So what did I miss?”

Andy started laughing even louder as the girls creamed him with the pillows! He yelled out, “You’ve got to let me tell him! Please let me tell him! I have to tell him! I want to be the one!” He begged and begged and laughed and laughed until the girls let up and finally consented to Andy being the one to fill Connor in on what he had missed.

Connor stood there in the middle of the room with his mouth hanging open as Andy filled him in on the wild event. Of course, Andy told the story with huge amounts of excitement and didn’t miss one tiny bit of information because he’d watched it without blinking an eye. By the time he was finished with the whole story, Connor had an ear to ear grin across his face as well, and he began laughing uncontrollably right along with Andy. Therefore, the girls felt obligated to resume the pillow bashing. This time they included Connor in the assault!

After a few minutes, Connor and Andy suddenly turned on the girls. They grabbed the pillows and threw them across the room! They tickled the girls until they were red faced and could no longer breathe!

The girls screamed, “I give up! I give up! Let me breathe! I give up!”

Only then did the guys finally let up, and Andy said, “Okay, are you ladies going to be nice now?”

“Depends…,” Daisy panted, “on what you mean by nice.”

“Yea,” Maria giggled.

The four of them lay on the floor breathing heavily and laughing hilariously, unable to speak.

Connor then rolled over onto his side to face Daisy. “Do you want to go for a walk on the beach?” He brushed her hair away from her perspiring  face.

“Yea,” she panted.

He looked at her for a minute, smiling. Then he glanced at his friends. “Do you guys want to come?”

Andy had also rolled onto his side next to Maria. “Do you want to go for a walk Care- Bears?”

“Sure let’s go!”

***

              They walked slowly down the street towards the boardwalk. Connor threw his arm around Daisy’s neck casually and whispered into her ear, “Thanks Daisy girl.”

She looked up at him wondering what he was referring to. “For what?”

“For standing up for me. For fighting for me. I didn’t realize until now how much I mattered to you. You got so mad about my name, Bailey, being written in the bathroom. Wow! That was great.” He smiled down at her, truly flattered. “Do you know what else I didn’t realize?”

“What’s that?”

“I didn’t realize until now how much you meant to me either. I was so afraid I wasn’t going to be able to fix things. I thought you might hate me forever.”

“I don’t think I could hate you, Connor.”

He pulled her closer up under his arm. “I’m glad.”

They had reached the beach now and were walking out on the sand. The evening sky was clear, and the stars were out.

Andy and Maria stared up into the sky. “Wow, aren’t the stars beautiful,” Maria whispered in wonder.

Andy put both his arms around her waist and stood there looking up with her. “Yea, they are,” he agreed. The two of them laid down in the sand to find star clusters in the sky and chit chat.

Connor and Daisy continued walking to the edge of the water. The waves were tiny ripples gliding gently across the sand. They lightly moved in and out barely making a noise. Connor looked down at Daisy and hugged her a bit closer.

“I have the coolest girlfriend ever,” he whispered.

She looked up to see his face in the moonlight, happy that he’d called her his girlfriend. “Do you really think so?” Her eyes searched his.

“Yea, I do, and she is super kissable too.” He touched her face tenderly, running his fingers by her ear into her hair. He leaned into her and softly brushed his lips along her jaw line until they found her lips. He kissed her again, lightly, just like the tiny rippling waves kissing their feet. Gently, almost silently Connor kissed Daisy for the second time, and all was right in the world of Daisy and Connor this night.

***

              Cleaning the bathrooms went without a hitch on Saturday. The Principal was more than happy to allow these “model students” to come and do some community service hours at school painting bathrooms. The kids that ended up coming were of course Mark and Susan, but Daisy Ray, Connor, Maria and Andy all pitched in so things would go faster. Andy secretly hoped another fight would break out between the girls, but Mark kept Susan in one bathroom while Connor kept Daisy Ray in a different bathroom. Just to be on the safe side, the two were never allowed to be alone in the same room.

When the bathroom cleaning was finally over, the Principal even filled out forms stating the number of community service hours they’d accomplished. He was just thrilled with them and took them to lunch afterwards, thanking them numerous times throughout the meal. Andy was a tiny bit disappointed that no cat fight took place, but all in all it was a day well spent.

Andy’s parting words to them as they each went home was, “Now, I hope we can all focus completely on our running and beating the heck out of Surfside Academy next Saturday. See you guys on Monday.”

Don’t forget to take a run

And laugh a little when you’re done 

Stress tends to heap

 Emotions are deep

So take my advice 

And learn to love life 

Run around the block 

and please… 

Please… laugh a lot 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Chapter 8: The Big Fight

  1. elizabeth says:

    Girl Fight! Rrrrrrrrare! (cat sound). 😀 I need to run around the block a few times tonight.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Finally found some time, and just read all 8 chapters at once. Can’t wait to see what happens next! 🙂

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