Colin and I decided to end practice early today and headed home. Since we were at a tie for votes during last week's soccer practice, it was decided that we would be co-captains. It was awesome being co-captains with your best friend, because it meant that we could share the responsibility with someone we trusted.
I parked my red truck on my driveway and shut the engine off. We grabbed our book bags from the backseat, headed inside my house, and made our way to the basement to play some video games.
Colin dropped his book bag on my couch before settling down in his usual seat. "Yo, when's your mom coming home?" He asked.
"Dude, my mom is married. Drop it." I answered, shaking my head in disapproval. My friends always come over just to be around my mom, which is kind of gross considering she's like thirty-five – and also the fact that she's my mom! I mean, sure she could probably still pass as a twenty-year-old, but she's not, so having my friends flirt with her is just weird.
"I just wanted to see how she was doing. You know, being polite and all." He pouted, shrugging off his soccer captain hoodie.
"Sure you do, man." I said sarcastically. That's what they all say…
"Race-It!" Colin shouted, turning on the gaming system.
"Dude, why do you always want to play this game? You know I'll beat you." I laughed.
"You're not unbeatable, man. Remember whenever you played against Addie? She would always win, and you would have to buy her ice cream when you lost." Race-It was my and my old best friend, Addie's, favorite game when we were younger. She was the only person who was able to beat me in the game; I would never win against her.
"Yeah, I remember." I said, reminiscing on the memory.
"Whatever happened to her anyways?" He asked, popping open a can of soda. "We haven't heard from her since the summer before freshman year."
"I don't know," I answered honestly. "We used to call each other every day after she moved, but that all stopped when we started high school. She stopped calling and never answered any of my calls."
"Maybe she got caught in the whole high school hype and completely forgot about us."
"I don't know. I mean, she wasn't the one to fall into peer pressure easily. We're talking about the girl who played soccer with the guys while her girl friends tried to get her to play with dolls."
"Then what could it have been? I mean, you two were inseparable. She couldn't have forgotten you within three years."
"I don't know, man. Maybe she decided to leave everything in Alabama behind and live a new life in California. Which means that includes us, too." Now that we were talking about her, I realized how much I really missed Addie. She was my best friend after all; it's not like forgetting about her was an easy thing to do.
After a moment of silence, Colin sighed and said, "Well wherever she is, I'm sure Addie hasn't forgotten about us! Now, let's put the past behind us and play a game of Race-It!"
"Yo, Parker! Nguyen!" Toby, our goalie and good friend, yelled from across the hallway. "Have you guys seen the new girl?" He asked, when he caught up with us at my locker. "She is so hot, dude!"
"No, I heard about her though. She's a junior like us, and apparently she just moved here." Colin said, popping off the cap from his energy drink.
"Where's she from?" I asked Toby, curious on why someone would come to such a small town just two weeks into school.
"Cali, man!" He answered. "I wonder if she's single."
"What happened to Ari? Aren't you two still dating?"
"She's too clingy, man. I can never get a break with her."
"Hey, is that her?" Colin asked, nodding at someone on the opposite end of the hallway. "Damn, she is hot!"
I turned around to the direction where the guys were looking, and spotted the new girl. Just like they pointed out, she was really good-looking. Beautiful, actually. She was tall and had a killer body. She definitely worked-out or played some kind of sport. She had light brown hair that went passed her shoulders, and the bottom ends were dyed red. On some girls, it would've looked tacky, but on her, it worked. It looked daring and different.
As if she felt me looking at her, her baby blue eyes shot up and carefully looked back at me. I don't know what it was, but there was something really familiar about those eyes. I knew that it was somewhere in the back of my mind, but I couldn't put my finger on it…
"Dude, she's totally looking at you!" Colin said, snapping me out of my train of thought.
"Hey, look. She's with Ari." Toby said, pointing to the petite cheerleading captain, who was standing next to the new girl. Ari was short, pale, and had blonde hair that was endless. I swore it was at least passed her ribs. Unlike some of the other cheerleaders at our school, she was really nice and pretty cool. She and Toby have had an 'on/off' relationship since freshman year, and currently they're 'on.' Or at least I think they are.
Ari walked up to us, with the new girl beside her, and gave Toby a kiss on the cheek. "Where have you been, baby?" She asked him. "I called you like seven times last night!"
"Did you really?" Toby asked, nervously scratching the back of his head. He only did that when he was thinking hard, which meant that he was now thinking up of an excuse to feed her. "Sorry I couldn't answer any of your calls last night, babe. My phone is broken. I, uh, dropped it in the sink."
"Oh, really?" She asked, completely buying his excuse. She turned to the new girl and smiled. "Oh, right! This is Addie; she's the new girl from Cali! I just recruited her for cheer!"
"Hey, nice to meet you all." Addie said, giving us a breath-taking smile.
Wait, did she say that her name was Addie? I thought. No way is this the same Addie from the first grade.
"Nice to meet you," Colin greeted her with a handshake. "I know this is probably unlikely, but is your last name Scott?"
"Yeah," she answered, clearly surprised. "How'd you know?"
"No way! Seriously? You are Addie Scott! When did you come back? Do you remember us?"
"What do you mean?" She asked, confused. "This is my first time meeting you."
"You don't remember me?" She shook her head as he gestured to himself. "I'm Colin Nguyen. You know, we met in the third grade when you asked for a dollar? Accidently spilled soda on your shoes in the fourth grade? You smacked me over the head every time I tried to hit on you?" Once again she shook her head and Colin continued to question her. "Do you remember Tyler?" He asked, pointing at me.
She looked at me for a second and shook her head. "I'm sorry, but I don't." She said. What? How can she not remember me? I was her best friend!
"You don't remember me?" I asked her. Why was she acting like she didn't know us? Unless, did she really forget?
"No, I'm sorry. Am I supposed to?"
"Uh, hell yeah!" Colin answered for me. "You two were best friends since the first grade! You guys were inseparable – pretty much joined at the hip! How can you not remember him?"
Addie looked like she was trying really hard to remember, but for some reason, she couldn't. How could she not remember me? After all we've been through, and she completely forgotten me.
"Guys, stop interrogating her." Ari said clearly just as confused at the situation as we were. "She just got here and you guys aren't giving her room to breathe. Come on, Addie." She said, leading Addie off to her class.
As they were walking away, Addie turned around and gave us a friendly smile. "It was nice meeting you guys," she said before disappearing into a classroom.
"So, I'm guessing you guys know the new girl?" Toby asked.
"She's the girl I used to talk about." I answered. "Remember when I told you that my best friend moved away in the seventh grade?" He nodded. "That's her."
"Dude, she's back." Colin said, still surprised at Addie's homecoming.
"And she can't remember us," I muttered in agreement. Addie is back... She's back and she can't remember a thing. She can't remember me…