Bird Bones plopped her sneakers down on the dining room floor as she entered the house. She had been outside for a short while, running around the backyard to keep herself "in-shape." She grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge as she overheard her sister giggling to herself. BB was left in charge of Brianna as her parents went out to dinner that evening. Her sister's annoying laughter caught her interest, so Bird Bones made her way to the living room.
Her sister Brianna was watching one of those romantic movies that BB often ignored.
"Brianna, you shouldn't watch that crap...It's bad for a 10 year old.." BB said as if she knew what she was talking about. "Instead, you should watch something awesome, like violent cartoons or some wrestling!" Brianna turned her head and glared at BB.
"What do you know, anyway?" she pouted. Taking the remote, Brianna was about to turn the TV off, until she suddenly turned her head around and looked at BB.
"BB Look!" She pointed at the television set. BB, taking a sip of her water bottle was just in time to see a kissing scene. It always made her feel weird seeing people kiss, but she never knew why. BB shrugged her shoulders.
"That's gross." BB said, making her sister sort of disappointed. BB started to take another drink of her water.
"Doesn't the guy look like Eric?!" Brianna said, making BB spit out her water. The guy on the television did have blond hair, and he was passionately making out with a woman with long, dark black hair with a big nose. The image that entered BB's mind was so foreign...She had never even dreamt of it, but suddenly...She and Eric were...
Bird Bones' face nearly exploded from the amount of blush she had going on. She choked and gagged on her water that now spilled all over the carpet. Brianna's eyebrows raised.
"Have you and Eric done that yet??" Brianna asked flirtatiously. Bird Bones flushed with anger and embarrassment, yet didn't know why.
"WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD WE D-DO THAT?!?!" BB yelled, filling the whole house with echoes.
Brianna's face looked smug. She turned the TV off and walked over to her sister. "Well, you know, you two are...you do it when you like someone, don't you?"
Could it be? Could it be that somehow, her ten year old sister knew some hidden knowledge that BB did not about friendship??
"You do?" BB asked, suddenly very curious. She had no idea that's what friends did...And she did like Eric above everyone else....She took her friendship with him very seriously...
"Well, DUH!!" Brianna said. She suddenly blushed and averted her little eyes. "I wish I could do that with Eric! I like him too..." Bird Bones suddenly got jealous of her little sister. If she was thinking about taking her best friend away, Brianna had another thing coming to her!
"Hey! Eric is my-"
"I know, I know. I'm just kidding!!" Brianna joked. BB gave her a serious glare. "I'm not gonna take him away, I'm like ten! Sheesh, Birdy..."
BB loosened up and told her sister to go to her room. Brianna complied, but only because she was going there anyway. Bird Bones watched as her sister shut her door behind her. BB suddenly got really dizzy as the image flashed through her head again. "If that's what you do with people you like, then why hasn't Eric kissed me yet?!" she began to get slightly sad...That's what best friends do, right?! To show their friendship?!
Her parents got home an hour or so later, and told BB that tomorrow once again they would be going out to a co-worker barbeque for her father. BB moaned out loud. She would have to babysit Brianna again...
"Well, invite Eric over tomorrow!" Her mother suggested. "I'm sure the three of you will get together great!" BB smiled at the thought of him visiting, but cringed that her sister would have to hang out with them. As BB went to her room and got ready for bed, she texted Eric the plans for tomorrow. He had sent her a few smilie faces in reply, and wrote, "I like that idea! I'll walk over there around noon then!" BB smiled and put her phone on the charger. She decided to confront him about the kiss thing tomorrow.
The next day around noon, BB said goodbye to her parents as they pulled out in their SUV. Eric should be arriving at any time, but he wasn't there quite yet. BB was suffering from a lot of heartburn for some reason all night and all morning. Suddenly, she remembered that Brianna was home and ran to check on her.
"What are you doing in here?! Get out of my room, B!" Brianna yelled, wearing latex gloves and one of her father's long night shirts. BB cocked an eyebrow.
"I'll leave once I know what you're doing!?" BB looked at her sister's room layout. She had teddybears laying in a single-file row on their backs and Brianna held a butter knife in her right hand.
"If you must know, I am about to give these bears heart transplants!" She said matter-of-factly. "I'm playing doctor!"
"Sounds like I need one of those heart transplants..." BB said under her breath. Suddenly, the doorbell rang, and she knew Eric had arrived.
"Fine. You can play doctor in here if you keep your door shut! Just leave me and Eric alone, okay?!" Brianna gave her sister a thumbs up, but had a weird expression on her face. BB slammed her door, and ran down the hallway, through the dining room and to the front door.
"Hey BB!" Eric waved, holding up a bag of skittles.
"Hey dude!" BB said blushing slightly, anxious about their talk they were going to have...
"As I walked by 7-11, I bought some skittles for us if we wanna watch a movie!" Eric said enthusiastically. BB smiled, invited him in, but couldn't even get excited over skittles! She was so nervous about the kiss thing...But she couldn't help but feel a little hurt that he hadn't done that with her yet...And there was no way in hell she would be the one to do that to him...She liked him as a best friend, but...she hated admitting just how much she cherished their friendship.
Eric stepped into the living room as BB told him the situation.
"My stupid little sister is here today, too.." She said grumbling. "But at least she's in her room and she won't get in our way..."
"I don't mind at all BB!" Eric smiled. "She could come watch a movie with us later." BB cringed and hissed. She motioned for Eric to sit on the couch as she went to get one of her many kung fu dvd's from out of her room. As she entered the hallway, she saw Brianna's door open and then shut really fast. BB got suspicious, but quickly retrieved the dvd and ran back out to the living room to see Eric smiling back at her. Her heartburn was making it hard to concentrate, so she thought that maybe she could confront him about it AFTER the movie...
As the movie began to start, Eric opened the skittle bag and gave her a handful. He looked so much sweeter and easy-going that day for some reason...All of a sudden, a loud bang was heard from the kitchen, making Eric jump into the air and scream loudly. BB slapped him.
"It's just my stupid sister, you sissy!" BB said to him. Eric winced in pain a little bit, but laughed back at her.
"Heh...Sorry. I know I shouldn't have screamed like that..."
"Stay here. I'll handle this.." BB said, rolling up her sleeves. She ran into the kitchen and saw her sister with a pot on the ground that she had dropped.
"Brianna, what in God's green earth are you doing?" BB said, picking the heavy pot and putting it on the counter.
"Nunya!" Brianna said, sticking her tongue out. BB pointed towards Brianna's bedroom, motioning for her sister to go back into her room.
"Hey this is my house too, you know!! I just want a pan or something to put my patient's guts into!" Brianna protested. BB sighed, overhearing Eric laugh in the living room from an awesome movie scene that she was missing.
"Okay, okay. Here." BB handed her sister the pot that she could barely lift earlier. "Now leave us alone, okay, Bri?!" Brianna smiled sweetly at her sister, dragging the pot back to her room quickly. As BB ran back out to the living room, she hadn't noticed that one of the dining room chairs was missing.
"What I miss!?!" BB said, hopping back onto the couch.
"The crappy special effects is all!" Eric said snorting. "This movie is hilarious!"
"It's supposed to be an action film!!!" BB flicked him in the arm, making him wince. He continued laughing anyway. BB blushed. His laughter was really nice...
After a few minutes had passed, Eric suddenly sat up. "Hey, B? Can you pause it? I need to hit the bathroom.."
"Oh. Sure." BB paused the DVD and watched Eric leave. BB fiddled with her fingers and suddenly remembered she had to turn the sprinklers off outside! She jumped up and ran out into the backyard to tend to business. Meanwhile, Eric walked up to the bathroom and tilted his head in confusion at an oddly placed dining room chair next to the bathroom across from Brianna's room. He shrugged his shoulders and then went in.
As BB turned the water off, she suddenly heard a very loud banging sound, followed by a large thump and then utter silence. She paused for a second and ran back into the house. Eric wasn't in the living room, so BB waited a little bit longer for him to get done with what he was doing in there.
She sat until it became embarrassing...So BB got up and walked down the hallway, surprised to see the bathroom door open and Eric nowhere in sight. But BB could hear a faint giggling from Brianna inside her room...She put two and two together, and banged on Brianna's door.
"BRIANNA!!!!!!!" BB screamed, red-faced. The door was locked. That little brat!
"GO AWAY!! I'M IN SURGERY!!" Brianna called back, laughing maniacally.
"DON'T MAKE ME KICK DOWN YOUR DOOR LIKE THE LAST TIME!!" BB threatened.
"If you kick my door down again, Dad will yell at you again, because you messed up the wood, remember?"
Darn her sister!! BB's face was red and about to pop a blood vessel she was so upset. She knew Eric was held prisoner and who knows what kind of monstrous deeds her sister was performing on him! BB put her ear on the door and heard a faint murmur from Eric, followed by a loud clashing Pot noise, and then silence again.
"THAT'S IT!! I DON'T CARE IF I GET THE BELT, I'M COMING IN!!" BB screeched.
"NO!!! NO, DON'T!!!" Brianna yelled back, but it was too late. BB kicked the door in, damaging it a little, just like last time. When BB's eyes hit the scene, she saw Eric laying unconscious on the ground with his shirt off, and her sister holding permanent marker in her hand. She had marked his whole chest up with dotted lines as if she were going to cut him open, and she had the pot in her other hand from where she banged him on the head. BB's fury grew to the point of seeing red, and she charged her sister. They began running around her sister's messy room and scattering barbie dolls everywhere. Eric meanwhile, laying completely unconscious and useless.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH MY FRIEND?!?!" BB yelled as she chased after her sister out the bedroom door and into other areas of the house.
"I WAS TREATING HIM! HE WAS SICK! HE HAD A BIG BOO-BOO ON HIS FOREHEAD!!" Brianna called back, panting as she slid on the linoleum floors in the dining room and out the front door. They ran all around the house, yelling and screaming the whole way. After running for a short while, both being out of breath, they stopped running momentarily to get some air.
"Eric needs kisses for his boo-boo's!" Brianna panted. "And I'm going to have to fix him!" BB's ears rang and her face became redder than before. Her heartburn was back, and so was her rage.
"HE'S MY BEST FRIEND!! I GET TO DO THAT!!!!" BB screamed, threatened at the thought of her sister doing something that only best friends could do...
They began running back to the house, in through the front door, sliding on the linoleum floors, running on the carpet, and down the hall. BB got ahead of her sister finally, and squished through her sister's doorway. Brianna screamed as BB slammed the door shut and locked it. Brianna wouldn't stop banging and pounding on the door.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! MY PATIENTTTTT!!!!"
Even with all the commotion going on, BB felt like the room got quiet. Her eyes focused their attention to her pitiful friend, laying unconscious on the floor in a pink and white ballet-themed room, next to teddybears and other plushies. BB's eyebrows twitched as she approached him. Her legs felt all wobbly...her breath became more shallow...Her heart was beating a thousand times a minute. She knelt down by her friend, about to share the same fate as the teddybears. She stared at his unconscious face, and remembered the movie from last night...
BB looked away. Was she really going to do this?? She couldn't help but feel it was a little too weird and gross..But if she wanted to solidify her friendship with Eric, she KNEW she had to do this...She liked Eric...She liked him a whole lot as a friend...And she wanted to make sure no one else..not even her sister could kiss him.
She had never done it before, so she was very nervous. Was there a certain way to do it?! Was there only one way?! She began to sweat as her sister's banging and screaming continued out in the hall. With a big gulp, she finally mustered up her courage, and began to lean in close to his face...
She closed her eyes tightly as her lips neared his..Then..she took a small peek...
"uggghhhhh..." Eric moaned, opening an eye. He had suddenly came to. BB jumped, and Eric, not knowing what was happening, quickly sat up, not aware BB was so close, and they bonked heads.
"OWWWW!!" They both screamed in unison. They held their heads in pain for about a few moments as Brianna's banging on the door stopped.
As Eric got his bearings, he looked down at himself.
"WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SHIRT?!?!? WHY AM I-?!" He yelled, panicked.
"IT'S ALL BRIANNA'S FAULT!!" BB quickly yelled back, as red as can be. "She bonked you on the head with a pan and you became one of her patients or something for her doctor game!"
Eric blushed and quickly put his shirt back on. He opened the door, and Brianna ran down the hall and hid in her parent's room. BB glared at her sister. Eric looked a little pissed off, but he wasn't terribly angry. After a while he cooled off, and sighed to himself.
"Well. I guess I should expect this kind of thing when I come over to your house anyway, BB."
Brianna began to cry down the hallway, feeling bad for what she had done, so Eric had to come in and let her know he had no hard feelings. Brianna hugged him, which put another spark of rage in BB's eyes. After Brianna and Eric "made-up," All three of them finished the kung fu movie and ate skittles and popcorn until BB's parents came home. When questioned about the broken door, Brianna took the blame which made BB forgive her sister for all that happened that day. As Eric went home, BB suddenly remembered that she never got to kiss him yet! She figured that the next day at school she would confront him about it...FOR REAL!
It was finally monday, and Eric had sat by BB at the lunch table. He began to laugh.
"It was really funny that day..." He said. "I almost became a cadaver!"
"eww...I wouldn't like being friends with a magician.." BB said.
"Cadaver..." Eric corrected.
"No, a Cadaver is a...You know what? nevermind.." Eric giggled and held his head which had a huge bump on it. Luckily, it was hidden by his hair. BB began to squirm in her seat. She pulled out her stash of tums again and ate some to prepare herself.
"Say, Uh, Eric!" She stuttered.
"Yes?" He said as he began to eat his sandwich.
"Uhh...You...When you like someone, you kiss them right?" She squeaked. Eric nearly choked on his sandwich. Her face looked beyond mortified, and for some reason the tums wasn't helping at all.
"Wh-Why so suddenly you-?!" Eric asked, blushing furiously, and completely shocked she had taken an interest in a romantic theme.
"I-Uhh...That's what I heard people do when they-..when they...like.." BB couldn't even talk anymore at this point. She was so flustered, and didn't know why. Eric cleared his throat.
"Ahem...Uhm...well.." He said, averting his eyes. Blushing red, he held his chin up and tried to look professional. "Yes. When you like someone, you do things of that nature I suppose..." BB leaned forward.
"B-But!" Eric interjected. BB flinched.
"I think that...deeper closeness comes from emotional ties...and not so much the physical..Although kissing is nice..There are other more beautiful ways of showing affection for someone!"
"D-don't use big words, dude.." BB said quietly.
"Oh. Sorry..." Eric scratched the back of his head.
"I guess what I'm trying to say is...It's good to do those kinds of things with someone you like...But I think it's even BETTER to be emotionally and spiritually connected...Doing things like spending quality time together...and talking and finishing someone else's-"
"sentences?!" BB interrupted. Eric blushed slightly more...
"Yeah...I think that shows a deeper likeness...a deeper connection...than just sensualities alone..."
"So what you're saying is..." BB had to think for a minute. After a moment of pondering, her blush slowly began to go away. "You...like it better when no kissing is involved?"
"Well...I guess you could put it that way..." He blushed and nodded his head. "It's n-n-n-not bad to...but...There are better ways of showing someone you like them on a deeper level.."
BB's face brightened. She knew it all along! Her friendship with him must mean a lot to him as well, because he was already doing things that he prefered with her! BB was ecstatic that she didn't have to do something so gross as kissing with him! She knew her friendship was solid now more than ever! Eric meanwhile, still blushing, not sure what
just happened, caught himself looking at BB differently than before. It quickly went away however, after she leaned over the table and flicked him in his lump.
"OWW!!" He yelled in pain.
"I knew it all along!" she said giggling. "Thanks, Eric!"
Eric, now thoroughly confused, tilted his head and gave her an awkward smile.
The rest of lunch went normally, followed by english class, and later on P.E. BB felt stupid for worrying about a dumb little kiss...But she still couldn't put her finger on why it almost felt good to do that with him...Must be the tums affecting her brain!