After hanging out and playing a few board games together, I decided it was time to go home.
"Thanks, Hattie, I had a really good time here. I hope to see you back in school pretty soon. Bye!"
I was heading for the door when Hattie stopped me. "Wait, Caleb. I.. I have something to tell you. It's now or never, I guess." She gulped. "Will you... will you go out with me?"
My heart stopped pounding. "What?"
Hattie sighed. "I knew it, I knew that you didn't like me the way I did. I'd been too worried that I'd be rejected by you.. so I didn't tell you this sooner, but I've felt that way from the way we met. But if you'd like us to just stay friends, I'm happy with your decision."
I desperately shook my head. "No! I mean.. yes! I mean.. yes, I will go out with you."
A grin spread on her face. "Really? So.. we're girlfriend and boyfriend now?"
I smiled. "Yeah, I guess so."
"Oh. My. God!" Squealing, Hattie gave me a quick embrace, and my face turned red and hot. I wondered if this was all a dream- not only that we were a couple now, Hattie was the one who proposed, and it turned out that she had a crush on me even before I did. This was too good to be a reality.
I wrapped my arms around Hattie, and she giggled, returning the hug.
Just then, the door pushed open and a middle-aged woman with red hair and glasses walked in. She looked like she saw a ghost when she noticed us embracing.
Hattie's aunt, Kelly.
"What the hell, Hattie?" She frowned, and we awkwardly moved away from each other.
"You're too young to have a boyfriend!" Ms Michaels said, glaring at me. "Young man get out of my house right now! I will not tolerate this!"
"But Ms Michaels, you said that Hattie was lucky to have me back in the hospital!" I protested.
"Yes, as a friend." She said, icily. "Now, get. Out."
"Aunt Kelly-" Hattie said, but Ms Michaels cut her off. "You're grounded, Harriet Michaels, for a month. Now go to your room before I extend the punishment."
I reluctantly left the house, wondering if Hattie's aunt was out of her mind.