Once In A Lifetime by France Chapter 5

Republisher’s Note: We continue with skating Michelle and learn that there is only a two year gap in their ages in this story.

Once In A Lifetime by France Chapter 5

Danny sat in front of the television set next to his sister a big bowl of popcorn between them. He had never watched a Figure Skating competition on television before and frankly he hoped this was the last one he would be watching, although he knew it would not be. His eyes were trained on the set as he tried to conceal his nervousness, he knew how much Michelle wanted to win that gold medal and how hard she worked for it.

As what seemed like the 20th commercial aired, thoughts of Michelle invaded his mind. He didn’t know exactly when Michelle suddenly became more that just his sister’s smart-mouthed friend or when spending time with her became more fun than shooting hoops with the guys. She occupied his thoughts constantly and people were beginning to catch on. After witnessing their good-bye two days ago, before Michelle flew out to Michigan, Mick had teased him mercilessly about how uncool it was for a 15 year old guy to hang out with a 13 year old girl. He knew he would catch hell for it if his friends ever found out, but he couldn’t help the way he felt, Michelle was not just any thirteen year old she was special. He smiled as he remembered how excited she was about competing, her excitement was contagious.

“Can you believe I am actually going to skate on the same ice as people who have been to the Olympics, how cool is that?” she inquired happily as they sat at the edge of the pool in the Santos backyard. “Thousands of people are going to watch me skate, well they won’t all be there just to see me,” she babbled on “but it’s still so unreal to think about skating in front of that many people and plus millions of people who will be watching on television,” she paused and looked at him “Danny?” she asked her voice suddenly barely audible

“Yeah.”

“I know that Figure Skating, isn’t exactly your ‘thing’ and I know you have better things to do on a Saturday night than sit at home and watch television but will you watch?” she asked shyly

“Of course I will, are you kidding?! Do you think I’d miss seeing you win that gold medal, besides what else am I gonna do?”

“Oh I don’t know, go to the movies with Halle,” she offered.

“Michelle, after I left her at that movie theater and went out to find you, the last thing Halle wants to see is my face, trust me.”

Michelle giggled.

“Really? So does that mean she has stopped hanging all over you?”

“I guess you can say that,” he laughed.

“In that case I think you owe me a thank you.”

“What?” Danny couldn’t help but laugh “I owe you a thank you?”

“Well, I helped rid you of the obnoxious cheerleader didn’t I?”

“Ahh so that was the plan all along huh? You wanted me all to yourself didn’t you?” he joked.

As soon as the words came out of Danny’s mouth he wished he could take them back. He liked Michelle a lot and did not want to push her or hurt her feelings, just being here with her like this, kidding around meant the world to him.
The atmosphere of laughter quickly dissipated, replaced by silence. Both Michelle and Danny sat quietly their feet dangling in the warm water of the pool. Finally Michelle broke the silence.

“It wasn’t a plan, but I’m glad you left with me and…” she paused “I’m glad you are here hanging out with me tonight and not off somewhere with her.”

Danny reached for her hand and held it loosely between them “So am I.”

“Ohh isn’t that just sweet,” a voice interrupted from behind them. “My baby brother is in love.”

“Shut the hell up, Mick,” Danny yelled at his brother.
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“Oh there’s Michelle,” Pilar’s voice interrupted his thoughts. He turned his focus back to the television set as an image of Michelle looking gorgeous in her powder blue costume stood talking to her coach at the far end of the rink, all the while absently fingering the pendant he had given her.

“Do you think she looks a bit nervous?” he asked

“Just a little, but Michelle said that’s a good thing–something about adrenaline.”

Pilar stopped talking as Michelle began her program. Danny sat nervously on the edge of the sofa, both watched quietly as Michelle nailed jump after jump, before she was even finished skating the arena erupted in cheers the whole crowd were on their feet. “Wow, she really did I!” Danny said awed.

“Did you ever doubt she would?” Pilar asked

“One thing I have learned about Michelle Bauer is that when she wants something she makes it happen, she is one tough kid,” he answered.

“Now, she is a kid?” Pilar teased “Two nights ago at the pool you were acting like she was much more than a kid to you ‘oh I’m glad you are here Michelle,’ ” Pilar mocked.

“You were spying on us?” Danny asked incredulously “You litlle brat!”

“Chill, I wasn’t spying on you. I was just coming to tell Michelle her mom was on the phone,” Pilar explained.
“Danny, you really like her don’t you?”

“Michelle is a great ki–person, everyone likes her.”

“Arghh you jerk, that’s not what I meant and you know it,” Pilar yelled as she went up to her room.

“I do like her,” he whispered to himself.

Two hours later as Danny was getting ready for bed the phone rang.

“Hey there champ,” he said before she had the chance to say anything.

“How did you know it was me?”

“You are the only one who would call me at 2 in the morning, Michelle?”she laughed.

“So, how does it feel?” he inquired.

“Oh My God Danny it was awesome. I have never felt anything like this before, it’s the most amazing, incredible, exciting feeling ever. Everything was perfect, absolutely perfect..except for one thing.”

“O yeah, what was missing.”

“You, I sorta wish you were here.”

“You do?”

“Danny?”

“Michelle?”

“It probably doesn’t mean that much to you, and maybe tomorrow I will bang my head on a brick wall for saying it. But being here for two days, away from Springfield winning this medal, hearing the crowd cheering for me, all of it was great but the whole time all of this–this chaos was going on all I could think about was you. And I don’t know what that means and I don’t know why I am telling you this. Maybe I feel like I can take on the world tonight” she laughed “and I don’t care that it sounds crazy but I think I really like you.”

“I’m a likable guy, how could you resist?” he joked.

She laughed, he loved hearing her laugh, it was contagious, indescribable—a uniquely ‘Michelle laugh’.

“Michelle?”

“Yeah?”

“As crazy as it sounds, I really like you.”

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