Chapter 15


~*~*~*~*~Twelve noon~*~*~*~*~
"Sam!'' Jamie yelled, "Are you ready?" she stood patiently at the front door.
"Coming!" Sam yelled running down the hall. She stopped as she reached the kitchen. She looked at the figure that was laughing at the two girls, "What?" she asked him.
"Nothing." Justin chuckled.
"What's so funny?" she smiled.
"You two just remind me of JC and me. I'm always late and he's always waiting for me at the front door."
"Oh..." Samantha smiled. She hyperly skipped over to Justin and looked over his shoulder, "Whatcha making?"
"Nothing much....just 2 PB&J's." Justin said putting the final piece of bread on the sandwich.
"Thanks." Sam smiled grabbing a sandwich and quickly walking away.
"Oh, you can have one." Justin sarcastically called after her.
"Thanks again Justin!" Sam exclaimed as Jamie and her walked out the front door.
Justin laughed as he started making another sandwich, ''She's great." he quietly told himself.

~*~*~*~*~At the Mall~*~*~*~*~
"What....are you wear tonight?" Jamie asked.
"I don't know." Sam sighed.
"Good, we'll go find you something."
"Like what?"
"The other day I saw this cute shirt. It would look great on you."
"Ok." Sam smiled. ''Let's go find it."

~*~*~*~*~The House~*~*~*~*~
"Hey Justin!" Lance said, walking into the kitchen.
"Hey man." Justin said putting the food into a picnic basket.
"So whatcha guys gonna do tonight?"
"Jamie's idea."
"Really? I think it was pretty good."
"Yeah, it's awesome. I hope it works though. It sounds like a lot of fun."
"Are you gonna do the second part of the deal?....Kiss her?"
"I don't know. If we do have fun tonight, ya know. That might make her think we're moving to fast."
"Good thinking, J."
"I hope this night will be ok for her."
"It probably will be." Lance said turning to leave the kitchen.
"Wait, Lance."
"Yeah?" Lance asked turning back to him.
"Can you do me a favor tonight?"
"What?" Lance wined.
"Can you set everything up?"
"Thanks, man." Justin said. "All you have to do is lay the blanket down next to the lake where there are a few trees. Then light the candle, leave the basket on the blanket, and then you can go."
"Ok. I'll talk to you later about it."

"Here...." Jamie said handing her a silver shirt and shimmering pants. "Go try them on."
Three minutes later Samantha reappeared.
"You look great!" Jamie excitedly yelped.
"I do?" Sam questioned.
"Yes! You look awesome."
"So...I should get them?"
"Do you think Justin will like it?" Sam asked looking at herself in the mirror.
"Of course! He'll love it."
The girls then bought the outfit and went home. Jamie opened the front door. They saw Justin and JC in the living room.
"Hey baby." JC smiled walking to Jamie and wrapping his arms around her.
"Hey." she smiled, peeking him on the lips, "What'd you guys do while we were gone?"
"Nothing really. Just watched TV." JC said as the three of them walked to the couch. JC and Jamie sat on the floor and Sam sat on the couch.
"Hey..."Sam said putting her hand on Justin's knee. He looked at her hand and then up at her. "What time are we leaving?"
"What time do you wanna leave?"
"Well...I don't know where we're going." Samantha slyly said, "Where are we going?"
"That's a secret." Justin whispered with a smile.
Samantha smiled and looked down. She then looked back up at him, "What time do you wanna leave then?"
"What time is it?"
"About 4." JC said.
"How 'bout around 7."
"I'll help you get ready." Jamie said.
"Ok. Around 5:30?" Sam asked.
At 5:30 Samantha started getting ready with Jamie helping. At 6:00 Justin started getting ready. At 6:30 Lance went to get Justin's picnic ready. At 7:00 Justin went down to the living room and waited.
JC knocked on Sam's door.
"Who is it?" Jamie asked.
"It's me."
"Come in." JC went in.
"Wow. You look great. Justin's gonna love it." JC said, with a smile. "You almost ready?"
"Good, cause Justin's getting impatient."
"I'm ready now." Sam said.
"Let's go."
Jamie walked down to the living room. "Justin..." Jamie said, "She's ready."
Justin shot off the couch and walked to Jamie at the bottom of the stairs. Justin's smiled grew as he saw Samantha appear.
"She's gorgeous," he thought. Samantha smiled as she slowly walked down the stairs to face Justin.
"Hi." she quietly said.
"Hey." he smiled, "You look...fantastic."
"Thank you." she shyly responded.
"You ready?"
"Bye you guys." Justin said as he opened the door for Sam. He let her go first then shut the door. They got in the car and left.
"So where are we going?" Samantha asked.
"You'll see."

Chapter 16


~*~*~*~*~*~15 minutes later~*~*~*~*~*~
"Okay close your eyes." Justin said.
"I don't want you to see."
"Okay." she smiled closing her eyes.
Justin looked over at her with a grin, "She's so pretty," he thought. All of a sudden he stopped the car.
"Don't open them yet." Justin said, hopping out of the car. He walked over to her side and opened the door. "Can I have your hand?"
"Sure..." she grinned, putting her hand out in thin air. When Justin's warm hand took hers, it sent chills down her spine.
Justin slowly helped out of the car, "Can I...ummm," he thought for a moment, "Can I wrap my arms around you, so I can direct you better?" he blurted out, as she gracefully got out of the car.
Samantha smiled grabbed his hands into hers. She then wrapped them around her stomach, "That's fine."
Justin gulped, with a sigh. He then slowly walked her down to the glowing candle in the distance. " ready to open your eyes?"
"Yeah, can I?"
"Go ahead." Justin caught his breath, waiting for her reaction.
She looked around at the scene and sighed. She turned around and looked at him with a tiny smile playing on her lips.
"It's great," she said, wrapping her arms around his neck and hugged him.
"You like it?" he asked, wrapping his arms around her waist.
"I love it." she smiled, pulling back.
"Great." Justin said, helping her sit on the blanket.
"So what are we going to do?" she asked.
"I was thinkin we could sit here and talk as we ate the picnic. If that's alright?"
"That's great."
"Good." Justin said, "Do you wanna eat now or later?"
"Later....but if your hungry, we can eat now."
"I'm not hungry yet."
Over the next hour and a half they just sat there and talked. They even laughed and joked. They were having a great time. They really got to know each other. It was close to perfect.
"Are you getting hungry?" Justin chuckled as he heard Samantha's stomach growl.
"How'd you know?" she asked with a grin.
"I have no clue." he smiled opening the picnic basket. When Samantha saw him pull out some sandwiches a smile spread across her face.
"What?" Justin asked with a confused smile.
"Tell me."
"Tell me." he said, tickling her side.
"All right, alright." she laughed pushing his hand gently away. "I was glad you didn't try to impress me."
"Like how?" confusion obvious on his face.
"Like with the picnic. I thought you would have brought something really expensive....And even tonight. I was thinkin we would have gone to a fancy restaurant or something." she looked at Justin with a smile. "Just telling you that I'm not really into expensive dates. I know sometimes those places are romantic, but I think a thing like this is just as romantic."
"Good, cause I like this a lot better." Justin smiled and handed her a sandwich. He pointed to the inside of the basket, "What else do you want?"
"Chips?" she asked.
"Of course. What would a picnic be without chips?" Justin smirked tossing her the chip bag.
"Thanks." she chuckled.
"No problem."
After they were through eating they both laid next to each other on the blanket. They just lay there looking up at the stars. Justin knew he had to break the science.
"Okay... I have a question for ya." Justin said, turning on his side to face her and supporting his head with his hand.
"What's your question?" Sam smiled over at him.
"Okay...if there was one thing you would not be able to do, what would the one thing be?"
"Dares... if someone dared me to do something I would do it. I can't stand being chicken shit about it. I just can't."
Justin smiled, "So, if I dared you to go jump in that lake, you'd do it?"
"Yep." she smiled, "You want me to?" she asked starting to get up.
Justin held her down, "No, no don't. Then who would I have to dance with?" Justin smiled standing up. He then held his hand down to her, "Come on..." he said.
"Right here, right now?" Samantha asked, placing her hand into his.
"Alright, but to what music?" she asked as he wrapped his arms around her waist.
"Okay. I'm like in a group. *N SYNC ya know? I got that handled.""
"Oh, okay." she smiled, wrapping her arms around his neck.
"What song?" he asked, leaning back to look at her.
"This I promise you?"
"I guess I can." he smiled, pulling her closer. He cleared his throat and began singing:

"When the visions around you,
Bring tears to your eyes,
And all that surrounds you, Are secrets and lies,

I'll be your strength,
I'll give you hope,
Keeping your fate when it's gone,
The one you should call,
Is standing here all alone,

And I will take,
You in my arms,
And hold you right where you belong,
Till the day my life is through,
This I promise you,
This I promise you,

I've loved you forever,
In lifetimes before,
And I promise you never,
Will you hurt anymore,

I give you my word,
I give you my heart,
This is the battle we've won,
And with the vow,
Forever has now begun,

Just close your eyes,
Each loving day,
I know this feeling won't go away,
Till the day my life is through,
Ooh....I promise you...

Samantha smiled closing her eyes. This was her favorite song they sang. She put her head on his shoulder. Justin smiled as he continued to sing to her.

Over and over I fall,
When I hear you call,
Without you in my,
I just wouldn't be living at all...

And I will take,
You in my arms,
Till the day my life is through,
This I promise you

Just close your eyes,
Each loving day,
I know this feeling won't go away,
Every word I say is true,
This I promise you,

Every word I say is true,
This I promise you
Ohh...I promise you..."