"Are you okay?" she asked, concerned.
Matthew threw his arms to the side, "I've got something to tell you..."
"Oh! You got that raise, didn't you?!" she asked.
Seth smiled. "You're pretty amazing yourself." Gathering up some courage, Seth asked hesitantly, "I was wondering if maybe you wanted to... you know... go steady?"
Whitney cringed and sadly shook her head. "I'm really sorry. It's just that we're all about to go off to college... And you know... Who knows what will happen there..."
Seth felt incredibly stupid, but managed to throw on a smile. "Yeah, sure. I understand. You know. College! Parties! People! Who knows! Well, hey... I gotta finish up some homework. You know... busy, busy!" Seth could've kicked himself for sounding so incredibly stupid.
Whitney smiled. "I'm sorry. Congrats about the job again!" she said, then leaned forward and kissed him under the moonlight. "I'll see you in college!"
Brandi smiled warmly. "She knows, Seth. It's hard when you do something that she's not going to do. She has her own path to travel."
"Moooooooom!" Susie yelled.