You guys are amazing! 27 reviews In barely a week! Wow! You've inspired me,.. and threatened me (J j/k) but that's besides the point. Wow! Well, Jesse and Nicole…they've got quite a few more obstacles to go….geez….if it weren't based on so closely on my life I would just cut them out and hook them up this chappie…but then that wouldn't be so good for my readers. I got to keep ya in suspense…hehe. I love you guys, though. Seriously! I want to finish this thing in a day. But that's also not possible since I have 6 more days of high school in my public school career and I've got to study for finals…eww! So anyway. On to my thank yous.

Starlett Cristal: Ya, Crystal is my mother's maiden name. I appreciate you reading my story and your positive review. I'll make sure to keep a lookout for your updates!

Beautifuletdown: May I say that I love your choice of a pen name. It's very clever. Nicole's my middle name! Hehe. I'm glad you like it. Jesse's my cousin's name, that's who inspired it in me. It just fit the character…well, other than his real name which I refuse to expose, but you know what I mean. And the really stupid parts, where you want to smack Nicole upside the head, those really happened…unfortunately for me.

Pandapotato: No laugh away! It wasn't funny at the time, but I laugh now at what a moron I was. Also, the fact that your laughing means that I gave a decent description of the event. So laugh all you want. Thanks for your review.

Princess Sara: I have nothing to say to you, you're mean. (And for those of you who think I'm harsh on her, she's my sister and it's an inside joke)

L.N.Y. Wun: I could have pages to say to you little miss, but I won't! I wasn't thinking that's the point. You need to think when it comes to boys, but it seems like they have this special power to make your forget your sanity and do crazy things. "Stop looking at my shoes…"….and yes I'm singing…again!

Snowtiger13731: I'm glad you like the orchestra thing, and yes, I am principal cellist. Not where I'm going, cause I'm going to be a freshman, but for now, yes. And just for you I'm going to incorporate a bit of music into this chappie because it plays a huge role in my life although not so much in the story. But, I'll find a way to stick it in there anyway.

Lizzy2: I hope the good girl always gets the guy! That means I'll get him soon!

Katelyn devaney: No I'm not too bruised up…*smiles sheepishly*, but I did get another one last night. My sister came in and smacked me randomly, laughing uproariously, and obviously she was laughing about that incident in the last chapter. I'm such a dumbass. Why?! But yes, you want to know a secret. I'm going to Nicole and Jesse too, but she has a good, two or three more people..um…er, obstacles to go! And yes, Jesse is really kewl, the character and the real guy. I'm glad you like my characterization of him. Thanks for all the reviews…they really help so much. I don't know what it is about them…they just give you this adrenaline rush and you're like "I have to write now!"

Miss joey: Yes, much to my embarrassment, that did actually happen. Ug! And yes, the situation is hilarious and I will never live it down…my sister won't let me forget! And the massage was….omg!..so nice! No, this is not the end…there are at least…4 or five chapters left…I could make it longer. Ya I will. Ok, I'm stretching prom week and the week after! It's going to be over 10 chapters more. I Just planned it out…so you guys are in for an emotional ride.

Egdiugs: Yes I updated…and YES, I'll update again…just keep that cheese to yourself…*ducks behind a chair*…just leave me cheese- free long enough for me to type it out! J And you are so enthusiastic…it makes me want to jump up and down instead of type…*eyes the cheese* well, not THAT enthusiastic… I'll have this chappie posted this afternoon!

Shadowgirl618: Lisa thinks she appreciates your reviews, even though Lisa also thinks that shadow girl should stop talking in third person. Maybe Lisa should also stop talking in the third person. J

Moomy: Yes, I gave it away. Chris is the guy that Jesse is based on *sigh* . I slipped up. But I changed it. Thanks for catching that!

Ravenblack27: YOU can't wait to see what happens next….you are going to feel so badly for Nicole when I post what happens next! Hehe. Hold onto your horses…it's going to be a bumpy ride!

And for all you guys who think the ensuing drama can't happen…it can…and it did. I think a quote sums it up the best:

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." –paraphrase of Mark Twain

All About a Boy

Chapter 5: Strike One for Nicole

Recap from the last chappie:

"Do you want to give me a back massage? I'll give you one if you give me one." Nicole said quickly and cheerily, to try and dispel her embarrassment.

"Um, sure." He said.

'Damn! Dammit! Dammit!' they both think to themselves.

There was a tense silence for a moment, then Jesse broke it, with his melodious baritone.

"Ok, sure why not. You go first. Turn around."

'Was she really going to ask me? Hmm….oh well, at least I get to touch her now!'

Nicole sat in front of him nervously.

'I'm an idiot. It's official. Where is the nearest window so I can hop out of it because I need to….OOOH!'

Jesse had started his massage and had completely interrupted Nicole's train of thoughts. Every time his hands touched the bare skin of her neck, it sent shivers throughout her whole body.

'I hope he doesn't notice me shivering.'

'Is she shivering? Is that because of me…oh no, the air just turned on.' (A/N: what a doofus!)

"Mmmhmm, that feels so good Jesse! Where'd you learn how to do that?

"Nowhere, but if I had to say, it was when I gave them to my ex, Stef."

Nicole's shoulders tightened at the mention of Jesse's ex-significant other.

"Nikki, you ok?" Jesse said, pausing his massage and furrowing his brows.

"Yes, ya, I'm fine…don't stop cheater!" Nicole said, trying to lighten the mood.

Jesse laughed, a thick, mellifluous sound, that once again sent shivers tracing up and down her spine.

"Are you cold, babe? Hey, David!" Jesse called to the kid standing across the room. "Turn off the A/C."

"Thanks." Muttered Nicole in utter embarrassment.

'Boys are so totally clueless…erg!'

"Ok," he said, patting her shoulders. "MY turn."

'My turn! Yes! J'

Nicole sat behind him nervously, flexing her fingers in preparation. But she wasn't prepared for how his body would feel under her gentle touch.

'Oh my god! He feels so good! He's so muscular! Wow! *drool*' Nicole thought as she carefully massaged his back.

His muscles rippled as he bent his head down and shifted positions.

'Wow, this feels so good. She has nice hands…I wonder if…'

"Jesse...hello?" Nicole queried, interrupting his thoughts that were taking a turn towards a subject that should not be thought about in school. "Do you like it, the massage?"

"Huh?" he stammered. "Oh ya! It's awesome." He said looking over his broad shoulders, flashing a wide grin.

Nicole felt her heart flutter as she tried to concentrate on her task, which wasn't too difficult.

'I could do this everyday. How often do you get to feel up a hot guy without it looking dirty?'

Giggling, Nicole began to massage Jesse's neck.

"What's so funny?" Jesse asked, trying desperately to concentrate on the conversation as her soft, delicate fingers kneaded his sore shoulder muscles. Her hands on his body felt so good…

"Your face!" Nicole retorted, giggling once more.

"Haha, sure. You know I'm devastatingly handsome!" he said, hoping that she really thought so.

"Yes dahling. You are the epitomy of the beauty of man!" Nicole replied earnestly, then: "Actually you, I'm getting tired. I don't have those large arm muscles that you do so I can't last too much longer."

'Damn. She's giving me shivers. Wow, a girl's touch has never done that to me before.'

"Ok. Thanks…and I don't think that these," he said flexing his arm muscles, 'would look very good on you."

"I don't think so either." Nicole said. "Can you imagine? Haha!"

And so the period flew by as they spoke of trivial things and one just enjoying the other's company. When the bell rang, sounding the end of school with its high pitched whine, they were reluctant to part, but they did so. Flashing a smile in her direction, Jesse walked to his car. Nicole stared after him until Marie, emerging from her class directly across the hall and spotting her love-struck friend, tapped her shoulder, signaling that it was time to go home.

Waving to Marie as she drove away, Nicole fumbled with her mess of keys. Finding her house key, Nicole unlocked the door, turned off the shrieking alarm, and went to dump her messenger bag in her room that was littered with school books, clothes, college papers, video games, shoes, stuffed animals and whatever else one can imagine.

'Geez. This place is a dump. I really have to clean it up. Oh well, not right now.' Nicole thought as she headed for the piano.

She always played piano or cello when she was really stressed or had something on her mind. Right now, she had a very big something on her mind: Jesse. Pulling out the bench and grabbing her sheet music (although she didn't need it), Nicole began to play a nocturne by her favorite composer, Chopin. She began the lyrical melody, her fingers flowing over the keys without thought, her body swaying to the lilting melody of the music. The piece reminded her flowing water, always changing, taking away the old, brining in the new. This idea proposed by the music gave Nicole a venue to sort out her feelings over Jesse: her insecurities about her appearance, his feelings for her, their possible relationship. As the last chord rang through the strings of the upright piano, Nicole felt at peace with herself. She released the damper peddle, ending the sound, and with the end of the sound, Nicole came to a decision. She was going to pursue him. But first she had to make it known so that none of her friends would go after him. Then it would just be the situation with Laura all over again.

'Wow. I feel so much better, knowing for certain what I'm going to do. That's why I love music! But now, I'm hungry.' Nicole thought as she pushed the piano bench back in, leaving her music on the piano, and making her way towards the kitchen. Rummaging through the fridge, she pulled out some carrots to munch on and headed towards the sofa to watch some t.v. before she started her h.w. Before she got there, however, the phone rang.

"Hello?"

"Hey Nikki? It's Mel."

"Oh hey Mel. What's up?"

They proceeded to talk about prom and what they were going to wear. Mel, or Melanie, had been Nicole's friend throughout high school. They were off and on friends, not because they fought, but because the strength of their friendship depended on whether or not they had classes or lunch together. This year, senior year, they were lucky enough to have lunch together and they became close once again.

"So Mel, who's the lucky guy who gets to take you to the prom?" Nicole said, knowing that Melanie could hear the smile in her voice.

"Well, no one yet but…" Melanie murmured a bit hesitantly.

"But what? Who is it? Oh…you like someone! Who?" Nicole questioned, first softly, then growing into a shout.

"Well…." She began, waiting for Nicole to interrupt, but she didn't, so Melanie continued. "You know that kid, Jesse? The one that Ben hangs out with?"

"Ya," Nicole breathed, her heart sinking.

"Well, I kinda think he was really hot, so I've been dropping hints hoping he would ask me out, but I don't think he's gotten the picture yet."

'Damn, she got there first.' Nicole thought, tears filling her eyes. 'No! I'm not going to be this way. She called it first, I have to help her, be a good friend…just like with Laura.'

"Well, stop waiting for him to ask you and just ask him yourself." Nicole chocked out before she chickened out.

"But, I'm scared. I don't want him to say no."

"Who cares if he says no? You'll never know until you ask him?" Nicole said, getting a little irritated. At least she had the chance to ask him, she should just take it.

"Hey, you have him in one of your periods, could you ask him for me, to see what he would say if I asked him? I'll still ask him. Yes, I will. Tomorrow after school. I just want to know what he's going to say beforehand. Please?" Melanie asked, hope sounding in her voice.

"Ya, I guess so. Leave it to me." Nicole responded, dejected.

"Great!" Melanie exclaimed, oblivious to her friend's change in mood. "I'll talk to you later ok? Bye"

"Bye." Nicole said, sounding dead.

'If I go after him now, it will seem like I'm taking Mel's man, and I couldn't do that to her or our friendship. Why does this always happen? I wish I had no conscience. Life would just be so much easier.'

Yes, I know. What an idiot and what rotten luck, eh? Maybe I broke a mirror that I'm unaware of…R/R please. Thanks you guys. You are the best!

Hey you guys! My brother put up a short thriller called, "The Watcher". I'd really appreciate it if you'd read and review that. He worked really hard on it. You can get to the story by searching for it or by going to my favorite stories. His penname is Ha-sone.