“I’m going to do it today,” I said confidently.
“Grow you full set of antlers?” Jaxon asked jokingly.
“No! My antlers are growing in just fine.”
“Yeah, right,” he chuckled. “So what are you going to do then?”
“I’m going to ask Maria if she would like to go with me to the waterfall.”
“You’re still hung up on her? I thought she was with Jacob.”
“Her? Never. She’s too good for a buck like him. He’s too strung up on himself.”
“You’ve got that right, but didn’t she reject you before anyways?”
“She didn’t per say reject me, she just blushed and laughed.” I said defensively. Maria was the most beautiful doe out of them all. She had this sweet look to her and she was very polite.
“You know, her father is the leader of the herd.” I started to drift off into Maria land. “Hello! Are you listening to me?”
“She’s so beautiful. Have you ever noticed that she has a rosy tint to her cheeks?”
“No, I haven’t,” Jaxon said irritated. “Snap out of it and listen to me!” Jaxon then rammed me in the side.
“Hey, what was that for?”
“So you can listen to me. You do know that her father is the leader of the heard, right?”
“Yeah, I always forget, but that doesn’t matter.”
“What do you mean it doesn’t matter? He’ll kill you if you try to do anything with Maria. Why do you think she’s single?”
“It doesn’t matter, alright? He was good friends with my Father, and he was there to help my Mom and I after he died. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if I took Maria to the waterfall.” I hope at least.
“How are you going to ask Maria?”
“How are you going to ask me what?” someone asked. Jaxon and I turned around. It was the beautiful Maria. I swear she was absolutely flawless every time I saw her.
“Oh, what’s that, Dad? You need me? My Dad needs me, I’ll leave you two alone. See you later, Elijah.” Jaxon said.
“See, ya.” I turned back to Maria nervously.
“So what was it that you wanted to ask me?” she asked.
“I-I-I.” Oh no, I was starting to stutter. I didn’t even say anything and I was ruining it already. I looked down and felt a wave of embarrassment flood me.
“Hehe, it’s okay. You can talk to me.”
“I was just wondering if you wanted to go to the waterfall with me.” There, I got it all over. That was painless.
“I would love to. I’ve never been.”
“You would, really?” I couldn’t believe she said yes.
“Yes, I would, Elijah.”
“Wait, you’ve never been to the waterfall?”
“That’s great, I’ll show you around. My Dad and I used to go there a lot.” I said.
“For how long?” someone asked. We turned around and it was him, Maria’s father.
“Oh, umm, not that long. Since she’s never been there, I figured I could just show her around and whenever she wanted to go, we could go. Or whenever you wanted us to go, we could go then as well.” Why was more comfortable talking with him than I was with Maria? Maybe it was because he didn’t blush like she did. Or maybe it’s because he doesn’t have a soft looking mane like Maria did. Wait, what are you doing, Elijah? Snap out of it! “Is that alright with you sir?”
“Is what alright?” he asked sternly.
“Is it fine with you if I accompany Maria to the waterfall and show her around?” At the moment, he looked a lot bigger than I remembered seeing last, and that was this morning.
“Well, if you’re anything like your father, yes.”
“Really? Thank you, sir. That means a lot to me.”
“Just don’t stay out too late, you two. And don’t call me sir, just Ben.”
“Thank you, Daddy,” Maria said.
And since that day, Maria was mine forever and ever.