Thank you to WanderingScot for taking the time to edit this story for me. He makes it a much better read.
College was on summer break and my girlfriends and I decided to take a vacation to Virginia Beach for a week. We wanted to go during spring break but couldn't get away. We're cheerleaders and we had to practice for a show during spring break so we decided to just make it a summer break instead. God knows we needed the time off after a grueling season.
There were six of us going, all seniors. Cybil was borrowing her parents van so the six of us were traveling in one vehicle. We were lucky enough to get Sandy's aunt's condo for that week. They were only charging us a hundred dollars each for the week. Their condo was right on the beach front. She did tell us "No boys allowed in the condo." We promised to respect her wishes.
We were so happy to get away after a pretty rough year of practice, shows and cheering at sporting events. The only problem was that I would miss being with Jessie. We have been considered a couple for just under a year now. We first met in our English class last year.
I had gone to a Technical College for two years and received a nursing degree. I wanted to further my nursing studies and decided to attend State and receive a higher degree. I wanted to be a registered nurse. Right after I was accepted I decided to try out for the cheerleading team. I was a cheerleader in high school and also at the technical college.
I found out that if I made the cheerleading team that they would help pay for my education. At first some of the present members of the team laughed when I showed up for tryouts but quickly changed their opinion once the tryouts started. You see, my high school team made it to the state finals. I was also very good in gymnastics.
To make a long story short, I was accepted on the squad. I found out that the squad was a close knit team and always stood together. Even though we all had different personalities and backgrounds we respected each other. Needless to say all the girls were beautiful in my opinion. I was proud to be part of the squad.
On my first day of school I entered my English class and saw this hunk sitting there. I mean to me he was gorgeous. Probably 6' 3", blonde, big blue eyes and really looked physically fit. He was sitting in a chair in the back of the room. Most seats were taken so I sat in the one next to him.
He looked at me and smiled. "Hi, I'm Jessie. You must be new here. There's no way I would have missed you."
Usually I don't like come-ons but the way he said it made me feel special. "Hi, I'm Lisa, just transferred in from Tech. Glad to meet you."
Before we could say anything else the teacher said to everyone still standing to take a seat. I was doing my best trying to listen to the professor but I had a hard time concentrating. After class Jess said he would see me around. I just smiled and said, "I hope so."
The rest of the day went a little easier. Jess wasn't in any of my other classes. In the afternoon I went to cheerleading practice. There were twelve girls in all and I was in the starting eight. At games and events we were told that all the girls would get their turn on the field.
If we visited high schools we would break up into two squads of six. We could visit a lot more schools that way and it brought in a lot more students to State. It was part of State's reaching out program. Everywhere we went large crowds would come out to see us.
Back to my first day on the field the football team came out. They didn't have full gear or even their helmets. It was more of an exercise day for them. The girls all stopped and cheered the players as they ran onto the field. It was then I noticed number twenty-five. It was Jessie.
He noticed me but looked a bit surprised but still smiled. Cybil asked me if I knew him and I told her he was in my English class. She gave me a wicked smile and we went on with our practice.
I had English three days a week and when I went to class the following day Jessie was sitting there talking to his friends. The seat I had sat in was taken so I sat closer to the front. Jess did smile at me but it wasn't quite the same. It couldn't have been something that I had done wrong because I hadn't even talked to him.
I wanted to say something to him after class but he was already gone. I did see him on the practice field but it was somewhat off limits to talk to the players while they were practicing. My friend Cerise saw me looking toward Jess and asked me what was wrong.
"Oh, nothing. I met Jess a few days ago and he really seemed nice, then all of a sudden he doesn't even talk to me. I have no idea what I did wrong."
"You're a cheerleader, that's what's wrong. Jess doesn't date cheerleaders," replied Cerise.
Cerise dated one of the other ball players. She and Bubba were a couple. His name is really Taylor Alexander but everyone calls him Bubba because of his size. He was an offensive lineman at 6'4" 285 lbs. Cerise said he was nothing but a big teddy bear. They've been together for more than a year.
"What's his problem? It's not like we have lice or something," I said.
"His problem is Cybil. Jess as a freshman was not a partier and usually didn't attend the after parties. After all home games we usually have a party, mostly the team and their girlfriends. Of course some of the cheerleaders and a lot of the players aren't going with anyone. When Jess became a sophomore and had more playing time he decided to come to the parties. Cybil went up to him and put the make on him. For the next couple of games you would have thought they were a couple.
"The problem is that Cybil is just a party girl. Jess must have taken it the wrong way, and he missed one of the parties. When he came to the next one, Cybil was with Tony. Jess flew off the handle and decked Tony. It took two guys to get him off of Tony. Since then Jess hasn't dated Cheerleaders."
"He and Tony talked it out but Jess rarely talks to Cybil. I guess that really hurt him and embarrassed him also."
"Thanks Cerise, at least I know why I'm being avoided."
After that day I always smiled at Jess when going to class but never spoke with him. I was hit on by a number of other players but I always gave them a gentle 'No, I'm not interested.'
I spent most of my time studying. After classes and practice it didn't leave me much time for a social life. Our first game was coming up and everyone was excited. It's one thing to practice but it's something else to perform in front of a hundred thousand people. That's what cheerleaders really are, performers. Cybil asked me if I was going to the after party and I told her I was. I had to wonder if Jess would be there.
For some reason I couldn't get that guy out of my head. I wasn't at college to date or party. I was one of those who actually wanted the education.
It was great running out on the field and cheering for our team. I couldn't help but watch number twenty-five on most every play. He was an outside receiver, and I must say a pretty good one. He caught a number of passes.
After the game we all cleaned up and went to the after party. They had beer from a keg and some sodas. I wasn't much of a drinker but took a glass of beer.
Everyone seemed to be having a decent time. The music was overly loud and everyone was yelling at each other. I spotted Jess sitting with a couple of other players. He was having a beer but seemed to be staring at me. I wanted to go up to him and say, "What the hell is your problem?" but knew better.
I did dance with a couple of guys but they seemed to be all hands. I felt more like I was wrestling with them than dancing. Tony asked me to dance and I politely refused. I remember Cerise saying this is the guy that Jeff had the beef with the year before.
He kept trying to pull me out to the dance floor and I kept telling him 'No' but I think he had already drunk too much. It was at that moment that I saw Jess standing there.
"Tony, she's with me. I suggest you find someone else to dance with."
Tony looked scared. "Sorry Jess, I didn't know she was with you." He then made a hasty retreat.
I looked at Jess, "Thank you, I don't know what the protocol is to get rid of people like that. I'm not exactly the party girl type."
A slow number came on and Jess asked, "Care to dance?"
He took me out on the dance floor and we danced like we were meant for each other. I saw Cerise and Bubba dancing and she gave me a smile and then a wink. I spent the next hour with Jess and then he walked me home. Our night ended in a gentle kiss.
The next time I entered the room of the English class there was a note on the chair next to Jess where Troy usually sat. It said, "Reserved for Lisa if she wants to sit here." I picked up the note, put it in my book and sat down. Our relationship had officially started.
We unofficially became a couple. We were together for all after game parties. I didn't date anyone else and either did Jess. It's just that our schedules were so hectic we had trouble spending any time together.
We were both rather smart students and decided we would meet in the library a couple of nights a week and do our assignments. Even though we had different subjects, except for English, is was nice just being together.
During the first few parties we did a lot of kissing but not much more. I was wondering when he would ask for more and how I would react. Then one day at the after party he asked me if I wanted to go up to his room. We both knew what that meant. It was now decision time for me.
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