“How Zoo tonight at 7:00 and walk around and

“How many times do I have to tell you I don’t flirt with any other girl?” I texted. “But when you compliment girls you don’t know, it’s flirting,” Katie replied. “That’s not what I intended when I compliment,” I ranted. On Snapchat, we went back and forth.

Neither one of us could approach a resolution. I laid in my bedroom and her on her living room couch. She said a day before that she needed some time to think about whether we should continue our relationship the because someone told her that I flirt with other girls, and no matter what I could do to convince her that it’s a misunderstanding, she remained unmitigatedly concerned. I never thought she’d consider ending our relationship over something so trivial. I stopped texting her that night and laid silently on my bed and shut my eyes. My mind was entrapped in confusion.

Where would we go from here?    The next morning, I texted Katie. I apologized for our argument and said that I wanted to make it up to her. Both her and I were in school. I stood in the locker room before gym class and she was at her school in math class. “What did you have in mind?” Katie asked. “Why don’t we go to St. Louis Zoo tonight at 7:00 and walk around and look at the lights?” I offered her.

“Okay sounds good,” she texted back.     After school, I drove home and lingered in my room. I rested in bed attempting to recuperate from school. Three hours later, I glanced at my phone and it said 6:00. I threw some clothes on and swiftly drove to her house. This was the time I hoped we could make things right.

She rushed outside her house to my car and her dogs stood at the door barking at her departure. I got out of the car and     politely opened the door for her. “Why, thank you,” she said to me. I got back into my car and away we went. It was a perilous journey getting to the zoo. As we tread on I-64, I gazed with fascination at the side of the roads ahead.

Two vehicles pulled over after an accident, four police vehicles arrived on the scene, and I saw an ambulance bolt past me. As the emergency lights shun, we continued our drive. The darkness surrounded me; the glimmering of the headlights from the opposing cars blinded me. I attempted to change lanes to the right as we approached our exit.

“LOOK OUT!!” Katie shouted. Two other cars collided, and I swerved back into my lane. That thought never left my mind. We arrived at the St.

Louis Zoo parking lot, paid our admission, then went into the zoo. The lights surrounded us. We were both amazed at the beauty and imagination that went into decorating the zoo. It was covered in multiple different colors, outlined many trees and walls that ran parallel with the rivers and ponds, and it was as if we were strolling on a bricky road through a marvelous rainbow wonderland. As we sauntered, we came across young couples, families with the most adorable babies anyone could imagine, and others trying to get pictures in front of the lights all around the zoo. Many times, me and Katie attempted to get a picture but it took a while before we found a picture we could both agree upon.

We continued our stroll through the zoo, our hands grabbing, her grasping my jacket for warmth. We came across a river. We sat down on a bench and she laid her head on my shoulder. I then pressed my hand against her cheek, turned her face towards mine, and said, “You’re the only one I could ever want. Don’t ever think otherwise.” I kissed her, and she gazed upon me with the most gorgeous smile I never thought otherwise. That smile never left her face.An hour later, we went to our car and I drove her home.

She felt merry since we made things right, and so did I. I pulled alongside her house. “I love you,” I said to her. “I love you too,” Katie said back.

We kissed one last time before she let go of my hand leaving me in my car isolated wanting her touch once more.