I gripped the broom like a bat, and contemplated taking a swing at his head. It's all you've griped about for a week."How could he be so stupid? It's that simple."But it wasn't that simple, not by a long shot, because Cole was a rare breed of guy — decent. I couldn't date someone who didn't read, much less someone who didn't understand the fabulousness that was Harry Potter."If you see him again before I do, tell him I don't want to go to the dance.""Nope. Lisa was picking me up in an hour for our Friday night Nerd Girl festivities. I opened the gate into the backyard and headed over to sit at the umbrella table. He's a great guy, but he's never read Harry Potter." Nina stated this like it was a crime against humanity. " she asked."I'm trying to figure out if you're Ginny or Hermione.""I'm pretty sure you're Draco," she replied."There you are," Jason called from across the backyard with Cole by his side."I am going to suffocate my brother in his sleep," Nina said as she smiled and waved. Cole and her brother crossed the backyard to join us. I didn't know you were here.""I stopped by because I wanted to ask you something." The poor guy looked at the small crowd of people and seemed to reconsider his mission. ""Actually, there was something I wanted to ask you." Nina pointed at Vicky. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. Subscribe to her newsletter at to be notified about new releases. Like, if you don't have a boyfriend or a girlfriend, the holiday should disappear.That way, single people like me wouldn't be subjected to frilly hearts and cherubs all over the place.Moreover, many students also take the motive from their love and then try to study, to work and be better than before.It is not really bad, so why student can't love in school.That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith.He's funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he's fluent in Harry Potter, but she's not sure he's boyfriend material. She's cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth.I'm sure I'm not the only seventeen-year-old girl whose favorite part of the holiday is all the chocolate that goes on sale the day after. Jason looked at me and then at West like he was trying to figure something out.Which made the fact that I was balanced precariously on a ladder, trying to hang a banner for the Valentine's Dance a little ironic. " I shouted down to the other people who'd been drafted and put to work on the decorating committee."A little higher," Lisa called out."Define a little." I turned back to see my friend tilting her head to the right."Go up two inches," she said. After a minute, he shrugged like he didn't understand and didn't really care. You put it out into the universe that we were going to the dance, so we're going.""Now you sound like Luna Lovegood."I laughed and ran back over to my house.I put the broom and dustpan away in the kitchen pantry. You should ask her to the Valentine's Dance.""No thanks. We were just sitting down to dinner." Her mom stepped back so Vicky could see me. " I asked."My brother told him to ask me on a date.""You don't want to go out with him? Gidget lay by her dog dish looking mildly offended. "I have no idea how you're not bald." She rolled over so I could rub her tummy. ""It's been a few weeks." Not like I was going to share the details of my dating life with her."I bet she's having Valentine's Day Dance remorse.""What does that mean? I like my life drama free." He walked over to the table, filled a plate with fried rice, and leaned back against the counter.