"Kindness of Strangers?" Part I
Summary: Trent, Jesse, Jane and Daria decide its time to head to Santa Monica for
a weekend of beach fun. however, as they have more and more fun, Trent starts to feel
something hes never felt before about Daria, and isnt sure how to deal with
it. He cant tell Jane or Jesse, they might spill it to Daria. Whats he gonna
Heres how this is gonna go down:
*Italics are for when people are thinking things ex. Just then Quinn
tripped. Oh God I hope no one saw!
*These (-------------) are used to separate scenes
*A persons name followed by a colon (:) indicates dialogue example Daria:
Hi Jane, whats up?
*(text in here) indicates what a person is doing during dialogue
*And regular text like this is used to describe whats happening.
I now give you "Kindness of Strangers?" Part I
It was August, the summer sun melting Lawndale and its citizens into
puddles of bubbly goo, or so it seemed to Daria. bored, Daria sat down on her bed and
turned on the TV. It was a Thursday at 1:00 in the afternoon, so things like the Brady
Bunch and Charles in Charge were on.
Daria: Damn, why cant MY backyard be covered in Astroturf ???
(disgustedly.) Oh my God, now Im talking to myself. I need to get out of the
house...... ah! shut up!
Just then Quinn passed Darias room, and, upon hearing this, poked
her head into the room.
Quinn: Looks like youre your only friend, Daria.
Daria: Better than having yours. (hurling a pillow at quinns
Quinn: Fine Ill leave, (looking around Darias room) Ugh,
especially since your room is so creepy! Ill be at the mall!
Daria walked to her bookshelf, and looked at the spines to see if there
was anything worth reading...again
Daria: nope...nope.....read it twice.....nope....uh uh....hell
Daria pulled out a teen magazine, with Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover
with the words "How to nail that Boy," "Quiz: which tones are right for
you," and "True Story: Dateless for the Prom."
"God" Daria said in disbelief, then emerged from her cave to
Quinns room, where she planned on returning the magazine right away.
Daria: Quinn, I dont know how or why this got in my room, but I
dont want it to ever happen again. how could you read such pointless crap?
Quinn: God Daria, you just dont get it do you?? No wonder you
dont have any friends or boyfriends!
Just then Quinn got up and yanked magazine out of Darias hands and
slammed the door in her face.
Daria was angry now, her eyes tight and her hands clenched. I DO have
friends, and they treat me a hell of a lot better than Quinns ever will, and she
says I dont get it? Damn it!
Daria picked up her phone and dialed Janes number. she answered
after the third ring, all the while Daria waiting impatiently in anger.
Daria: Hi Jane its me (said quickly and sounding annoyed)
Jane: Whoa Daria is something bothering you? Other than your parents I
Daria: (regaining her composure) Um, no Jane.....I dont know why I
sounded like that. (fingers crossed behind her back) Anyway, do you wanna do something?
Maybe we can get some pizza. Im bored out of my skull and fed up with the people in
Jane: No can do, Trent and Jesse and I are heading to the record store,
but you can come if you like....Im sure Trent would love your company (said with a
sly grin and a hint of hopefulness).
Daria: Jane, he barely knows I exist, let alone likes me. *sigh* I hope
you dont say anything to him about how I...you know... because I have strong
connections with the Mexican Mafia, and they sure as hell dont tolerate your kind.
Jane: Me too, but MY Mafia is Russian. They smuggle caviar AND have cool
accents. Looks like youre outdone.
Daria: Whatever, just dont say anything. So are you picking me up or
Jane: Yeah, well be there in Trents love-mobile in 10 minutes.
Daria: Shut up.
Trent pulled up in the van, an empty seat next to him with Jesse and Jane
fooling around in the back.
Trent: Cool it you guys, its barely been 10 minutes and were just
going to a record store. Plus youre my kid sister, Janey, and I dont wanna see
Jane: aw, Trent, are you jealous? you know they outlawed incest in
Trent: Shut up, Janey, dont make me sick.
Just then Daria came out of her front door, wearing her usual outfit and
carrying a small bag
Jane: Hey daria, looks like Trent saved you a seat
Daria just glared, knowing that if she said anything, Trent would begin to
Trent: Hey Daria
Daria: Uh, hi Trent.
Jane: So, whats in the bag?
Daria: Um, books. In case I get bored.
Jane: Books? At a record store?
Trent: Hey Daria, maybe you can help me pick out some new alternative
releases instead of bury your face in a book. (said in a friendly way with a slight smile)
How bout it?
Daria: (muffled) OK.
Jane gave Daria a look saying "hmmm, how bout that?" but
Daria just turned around and buckled her seat belt.
Trent: All set? Lets roll.
Driving back from the record store, everyone has small bags of CDs.
Trent: Hey Daria, lets listen to one of your CDs.
Daria grabbed one of her CDs, and not really paying attention to it,
out of nervousness in front of Trent, she quickly unwrapped it, leaned over and popped in
the disk. Her left hand went up to press play, but instead of immediately sitting back,
she stopped, her finger still resting at the controls, and listened in confusion to a man
with a deep voice singing about women and curves. Puzzled, she unknowingly dropped her
left hand down, right onto Trents right knee, and thought to herself what? this
isnt the Wallflowers.....after a about 20 seconds, she quickly realized where
her hand had been so clumsily dropped.
Daria: Um, sorry Trent. I guess I wasnt paying attention.
Jane: (pulling away from Jesse) sure ya werent.....
Trent: (ignoring Janes odd comment) Thats OK Daria.
Daria: This isnt the Wallflowers, is it? (said to whole van)
Jane: Nope, its Barry White, you picked up the wrong "W"
Daria: damn it!
Jane: Um, daria? Could you stop the CD now? Its making me
Daria: Im sure its not making Jesse uncomfortable...
Jane gives her a "Dont you know it" grin and turns back to
Jesse. Daria turns around to face forward again. She stopped the CD and took it out,
placing it carefully back in its case.
Daria: (quietly, to herself) I wonder if I can return this.....
Trent: You can, but you have to exchange it for another item, you
cant get a refund.
Daria: (embarrassed) um....thanks....
Trent just smiled, and continued to concentrate on the road. Good thing
Jane has real friends like daria......alot better than having friends like that
girl.....Darias sister.....what is it? Quinn or something. God...what a ditz.
Jesse: Trent look out!
Trent snapped back to reality in a nanosecond, and narrowly missed an
Daria exhaled in relief.
Daria: You have to turn off there (pointing to an a street up ahead).
Trent: oh yeah. whoops.
Within no time, they were at Janes house, and they were all in the
basement having iced sodas and resting in the cool dampness of the basement.
Jesse: Well, now that weve cooled off...what should we do?
Jane: youve got me.....Trent?
Trent: Daria, have you decided to go with us yet?
Trent: Jane, you didnt tell her? OK, I will. Heres the plan
Daria was paralyzed....she loved it when Trent said her name, it cut
through her like nothing else could; she could die right then and be satisfied.
Trent: since theres really nothing to do around here that we already
havent done, we, meaning Jane, Jesse and I, have decided to go on a road trip.
Daria: Big surprise there (said sarcastically yet in a friendly fashion).
Trent: (cracks a smile, and continues) Weve narrowed it down to the
beach, specifically Santa Monica, because theres more to do. Theres the beach,
theres the boardwalk, with shopping at really unusual stores, and then theres
the Pacific Park, which is that permanent carnival on the pier. Anyway, we leave tomorrow,
and we come back Monday. Thats 3 nights. And we want you to come to.
Jane: Three wild nights....(does the Upchuck tongue roll)
Daria: (gives Jane a glare, then continues to Trent) yeah I can come. even
though my parents will object, then Ill have to convince them---probably outsmart
them--- into letting me come. Youve seen it plenty of times, right Jane?
Jane: Oh yeah. Its even better than watching Cats.
Daria walks into dining room on Friday morning, bag packed and pretty much
ready to go, except for the minor detail of having her parents blessing. Jake is
having a protein shake made by Helen, and Helen is cleaning up the mess in the kitchen
resulting from the protein shake.
Jake: Helen, honey, I know you tried real hard, but---- (Jake is cut off
by a deadly glare from Helen) Ah, nevermind ....its tasty.....(takes a sip, then
squints his eyes and twists his face in disgust) mmmmm (forces a smile)
Daria: Um, mom, dad, Janes brother Trent invited me, Jane, and
Trents friend Jesse to a weekend at the beach.
Helen: Are there going to be any responsible adults present?
Daria: Yes, there will be adults present (purposely leaving out
Helen: Well....how old are these boys, Jesse and Travis?
Daria: Um, its Trent, and theyre 21.
Jake: (spits out protein shake) 21?!?!?!?!
Helen: Daria, if you think for one second....
Daria: Mom, its fine. Theyre not bad kids. Theyre really
Jake: Ill bet they are! Daria, theres only one thing I wanted
when I was their age and---DAH! OH MY GOD! MY EYE! (Drops everything and puts hand over
his left eye)
Helen: (rushing over to Jake) Daria, I just dont think----
Daria: Look at it this way, mom. Its a really great chance to
broaden my social horizons. Possibly a real eye opener. Just think of the opportunities
Ill have to interact with other people my age, maybe make new friends. I
cant believe what Im saying......but I guess its worth it to spend time
with Trent and Jane....and be away from my Neanderthal family.
Helen: Well......all right then. Just be careful. If you get in trouble,
you know what to call. Oh, and (pauses to take out Jakes wallet from his pocket,
while Jake is screaming about his eye, then takes out hers) here, take this (holds out
$350 combined from both Jake and Helens wallets)
Daria: Mom, I cant---
Helen: Theres no way Im going to let my oldest daughter be out
of money in a strange town away from home.
Daria: Mom, that "strange town" is just Santa Monica, Ive
been plenty of times and its only an hour and a half away.
Helen: DARIA JUST TAKE IT!
Daria: Um, right mom. (takes money and hurries out the door)
Daria is greeted by Trents van, ready to go, with Jesse in the
drivers seat and Jane in the front next to him, meaning Trent would be in the back with
her. Oh hell....
Daria opens the back door, and turns to Jane and Jesse to ask them a
Daria: um, how come Trent isnt driving HIS car today?
Jesse: He was a little beat from a late night practice, so he let me
Jane: Either that or he wanted to spend some time alone with you in the
Daria: Shut up. Its a good thing hes sleeping, because if I
killed you now wed risk waking him up.
Jane: No, we wouldnt want that, now would we?
Daria glared, and climbed into the backseat, which was pretty much a love
seat sofa in the back of a virtually empty van, with no seat belts. Trent was sprawled
across the whole sofa, so Daria was forced to move him. As she was moving him, Trent woke
up silently to see Daria moving him gently, in a quite motherly, caring way, making sure
not to wake him up. She looked beautiful to him---even if she didnt wear tight
clothes or makeup--- to a certain extent. Janey was the same way. He had always liked
Daria, he thought, but in a way that was of friendship and appreciation. He was sure she
was one of a small handful of truly good people in the world and was proud of Janey for
having such good taste in friends. He then closed his eyes so as not to let her know he
woke her up.
Jesse: Ready? (seeing that Daria had moved Trent and sat down next to
Jane: Looks like you did a pretty good job of not waking up Trent.
Hes sleeping like a baby. Even Ive never pulled that off.
Trent smiled slightly to himself, his eyes now closed and faking a nap. How
clever of me Trent thought as he began eaves dropping.
Jane: Yeah, you must really like him Daria.
Daria: You know it.
Trents smile was ripped from his face, however no one saw. What
Jane: Now why cant you just admit it when Trents AWAKE???
Daria: Shut up, Jane.
Jesse knew Daria liked Trent, but chose not to get involved---at all. Jane
knew too, very well in fact, but decided not to tell him out of respect for her friend.
Little did Daria know that she had just admitted everything to him, and Trent was in
shock. What? She likes me?? No wonder she acts so strange towards me sometimes! God,
shes 16 and Im 21! I dont even like her back, not in that way.....oh
crap and if I let her know I heard, shell be embarrassed...and then Ill have
to let her down and tell her I dont feel the same way.....I cant do that.
No.....Ill pretend it never happened.
Sometime in the middle of thinking this through and faking his nap, a real
nap came, causing Trent to fall asleep, his head falling onto Darias shoulder, his
mind cluttered at what to do about this new information. Daria was nervous and
uncomfortable, not knowing if to wake him up or move his head or what. She decided to stay
as stiff as a board.
Jane: (turning around) Aw, aint that sweet. Trent likes Daria!
Daria: Go to hell. (Her body completely unmoving, almost like stone)
Jane: No, were going back in 3 days, remember?
Daria: Oh yeah. Does that make Santa Monica heaven? (dead-pan sarcastic)
Jane: I hope so.
The van pulls up to a parking lot at the beach. Its about noon.
Jesse: OK, were here.....wake up Trent!
Trent: huh? what? (sees that his head is on Darias shoulder,
and pulls it up quickly---but not too quickly--- and continues.) Oh. OK. Everyone get out
and head to the trunk.
Jane: Will do. (unbuckles seat belt and hops out of van)
As soon as everyone but Trent is out, Trent remembers hearing a
conversation that Daria and Jane had. Daria liking me? Shes too smart for that.
Probably some twisted dream.
And Trent dismissed it like that, which was very fortunate for an
At the back of the van, everyone had their beach gear, and were deciding
where to stay and how much money they had.
Jesse: OK, Trent and I together have $300, from a gig last week, minus $25
for gas money on the trip back home.
Jane: OK, I have $100, from tutoring Kevin in art class last May. I
havent needed it yet, so here it is
Trent: Daria, how much did you bring?
Jane: How did YOU get $350? Did you blackmail Quinn a few times?
Daria: Well, I have, but thats not how I got it this time. My mom
worried and told me to take it.
Jesse: OK, that means we have $750 in total. That was way more than I
expected. Which is for today, Saturday, and Sunday, not counting Monday. We only need $25
for gas and like $30 for breakfast on Monday cause were leaving early. So that
leaves (stops to think) exactly $231 and 66 cents per day.
Jane: Jesse, Im impressed. So guys, should we just divide the money
evenly, or just let each person have their share?
Daria: even though I have the most, I say we split it up evenly. That way
we wont cause any confusion
Trent: Are you sure?
Daria: Yeah. Its all for us anyway (slight smile).
Jesse: That settles it. So what about Hotel accommodations?
Trent: hmmm.....well I know a guy that owns a Hotel around here. It costs
about $120 a night for a suite with 2 beds in each room, but Im sure hell give
us a good deal on it. I know because the band had to stay in the exact same kind of room 3
months ago for a gig around here.
Jane: This wouldnt be Seth, would it?
Jane: (explains to Daria) Seth was really good friends with Trent, and
Trent saved his life one night, so---
Daria: saved his LIFE?
Jane: yeah, they were 17, and they were walking across the street one
night after a movie, and a truck came along and almost plowed Seth down. However, with
Big-Brothers quick thinking, Seth was pushed out of the way in the nick of time.
However, Trent suffered a hit-and-run, and his leg was practically torn from his body.
Daria: Sounds like an episode of Rescue 911.
Jane: (continuing) Trent was a local hero, for about a week, until Tommy
Sherman won the 1994 State Football Championship for Lawndale High. The rest is history.
Trent: That week was horrible, I was popular with everyone, even teachers.
I have a real problem with authority, and them liking me just didnt work.
Daria: I see.
Jesse: Anyway, now that thats settled, lets walk over there
for lunch (points to a small restaurant about 50 feet away) and then go spend some time in
the waves (points to shore, about 80 feet in front of restaurant)
Jane: OK, lets go.
Its after lunch, and theyre down to about $190. They decide to
lay down their towels and prop up their umbrella on their piece of the shore.
Jane: OK, Im set (takes off clothes, has a one-piece purple speedo
underneath, and is first to jump into the water)
Jesse: (calls to Jane) What about sunscreen????
Jane: I put some on before we left! It should still work!
Jesse: OK! me too!
Jesse takes off his shirt, and already has his trunks on, and goes to join
Trent: ( to Daria) so I guess that leaves us. Are you going in to?
Daria: I dont know---
Trent: oh come on....do it for me?
Daria: (pause) OK.
Trent: OK (takes off shirt, is already wearing trunks as well)
Daria cant help but stare. Trent always came across as a skinny
stick-like guy, but who knew underneath that he was actually pretty well built?! Daria
hated to admit it, but with the goatee, the cute hair cut, his sexy, low voice, and now
his bod......Trent was hot.
Trent: Daria......arent you gonna take off your clothes too?
The way Trent said it made Daria a little embarrassed.....take off my
clothes? what is this an orgy? when she remembered that everyone else had bathing
suits underneath, she quickly answered .
Daria: Um, actually, I dont have my bathing suit underneath. I need
to go change.
Trent: OK, the bathrooms are up over there (points to bathrooms 40 feet
Daria: OK, dont wait up for me.
Trent: Sorry, I think I have to, I dont wanna be by myself while
Jesse and Janey get it on.
Daria: OK, I see your point. Its just too bad he has to see me in
the ridiculous suit mom made me bring.
Daria went into the girls bathroom, which was actually quite clean and
more like a locker room, and began to change in a stall. she pulled the top of her skimpy
bikini out and looked at it in disgust. It was white with the words "Tommy" and
"Hilfiger" in dark blue on each breast. *sigh* another of moms pathetic
attempts to make me more like a "normal teen." As she tied the strings
around her neck and behind her back, she began to wonder if she even had the right body
for this sort of thing. I probably look like I have the figure of a pencil. Since
her only other suit was also a bikini, she had no choice. she searched for the bottom, and
upon finding it looked at it in disgust. God. The bottom was almost like a diaper,
in the way that the sides werent connected, and she had to tie the sides up. It too
was white, but this time had the plain Tommy Hilfiger flag on the front. when her bottoms
were securely tied, she slipped on her sandals and headed out of the stall. She stopped at
a mirror, which happened to be full length, and checked herself out, a rarity for Daria. What
kind of parent buys a string bikini for their 16 year old daughter?........mine. She
took off her glasses and gave her hair a last minute brushing, took a final look at the
mirror and thought well, I guess Im not getting any better looking and wished
herself luck, praying no one stared out of disbelief about how horrible she looked in a
She walked back to the towel and lawn chairs which were theirs, and found
Trent asleep. She bent down to wake him, and when he woke up, got quite an eyeful. There
was this beautiful girl, whose long legs were towering over him and whose chest was less
than one foot above him. He closed his eyes again and thought what any red-blooded
American boy would: This is it Trent, youve died and gone to heaven.
Trent couldnt believe it. That voice. It was Daria. he could barely
recognize her. A bikini? Daria? He couldnt believe she would buy something like
that. Not that he didnt like it, because he REALLY did, but it was just
so.....un-daria. Nevertheless, he answered her.
Trent: Sorry daria. I had a little bit of a headache. Im fine now.
Daria: Yeah, but I need sunscreen....lemme see if Jane can help m---
Trent: Jane and Jesse went for some sodas. But I can do it if you want.
His voice practically killed her---again. She loved it whenever he said
her name, always more than the last time. She always got some sort of thrill out of it. It
was almost......silent ecstasy even.
Daria handed him the bottle, and thought that Trent was just trying to be
nice. She had no idea how good she really looked, or that every male who had seen her walk
from the bathroom to where Trent was had nearly toppled over at the sight of her.
Trent squeezed a little in the palm of his hand, and Daria faced her back
to him. Nervous, Trent began to smooth some into the center of her back. He marveled at
how soft her skin was, almost like silk. he worked up to her shoulders, and when daria
told him not to miss a spot, he nearly had a heart attack. Trent, get a grip.
Shes 16! But I cant help it. No, this attraction is only physical...itll
wear off soon. He was sure of it. He calmly continued to rub the lotion into her back,
still marveling at how soft her skin was, but certain that this attraction meant nothing,
and would pass shortly. He paid no mind to it, and tried to block it out of his mind
Trent: OK, all done.
Daria stood up, turned around, and took the bottle from him, and with a
slight smile thanked him.
Daria: Thanks Trent. I can get my arms and legs.
With that, Trent laid down and shut his eyes. When he opened them a few
seconds later, he nearly had a second heart attack, there was Daria, her legs propped up
on the lawn chair, spreading lotion into her beautiful legs. He forced himself to shut his
eyes. Trent, what the hell is wrong with you??? Shes 16 and youre 21! Just
get over it!
Just then Jane and Jesse returned, carrying 4 small sodas with them. Both
Jane and Jesse stopped dead in their tracks. Daria was actually wearing a designer
swimsuit? And a bikini no less? Even Jesse, who was madly in love with Jane, couldnt
help himself to stare. Jane began to think Ha! never knew the kid had it in her! What?
And Trents not even looking? Whats wrong with this boy???
Just then Daria looked up.
Daria: Yeah I know its ridiculous. Gift from mom. Are we ready to
Jane: I am. Jesse?
Jesse: (a little too excited) Hell yes! uh....Trent?
Trent: huh? (opens eyes, to see Jesse, Jane, and Daria all standing over
him and waiting for a reply) oh yeah, lets go.
Trent stands up, and walks with his friends to the shore, leaving their
sodas for later.
A half an hour later, after the festivities really began, Trent began to
see a whole new side to Daria. Jane had seen it a few times before, so it was no biggie,
but Trent was in awe. Who knew that under that sarcastic, expressionless shell there was
really a fun loving girl? She was great at swimming and jumping through the waves, and was
even a pretty good boogie-boarder. Daria also saw that there was more to Trent. He too
loved to be active, provided it be something worth-while, besides being in a band. He
wasnt lazy, and he was simply loving the ocean and all it had to offer. Trent,
Daria, Jane, and Jesse were all sure that this was one of the best times of their lives,
and were enjoying each others company immensely.
Before they knew it, it was 4 hours later, after initially starting at
Jesse: (looking away from his water proof watch) Hey guys! Its six
oclock! Wanna head back?!?!?!
Trent: (Turns around to look at Jesse, a giant wave comes up from behind
him and knocks him down. He stands up, and walks over to Jesse) Yeah, I think we should.
We could have dinner somewhere. Let me go get the girls.
Just as Trent turned around to get them, Jesse grabbed his arm and said
something to Trent that really made him think.
Jesse: Trent, I know you like Daria
Trent: (pauses, then answers softly) Is it that obvious?
Jesse: No, I just know you well enough. I dont think Jane or Daria
can see it. I think you should go after Daria.
Trent: Are you insane?? Im five years older than her!
Jesse: Trent, do you think its weird that Jane and I are together?
Trent: Besides you being my best friend and Janey being my sister? No I
Jesse: Well were the same ages as you and Daria. I dont think
age is the only thing stopping you. Youre pretty mixed up right now. You need to
figure out what you really want.
Trent: (after a long pause) I guess youre right.....but not right
Trent turned around and walked to the girls, who had been pushing each
other into the waves to whole time, oblivious to the fact that Trent and Jesse had left.
Jane: Oh hi Trent. I didnt even see you leave.
Trent: Thats OK. Its six oclock, and Jesse and I thought
that maybe now was a good time to get our rooms and go out for dinner. We still have $190
left, so we have more than enough for dinner and our room.
Jane: Cool. Are you OK with that Daria?
Daria: Fine with me.
Trent: (smiles at Daria) Cool. Lets go then.
Jane: OK, but Daria and I need to change. And no boys allowed.
Trent: OK Janey, Jesse and I will pack up the stuff.
Jane: Great. (grabs Darias hand) Lets go.
Its about 20 minutes later, the girls FINALLY finish changing, and
Trent and Jesse are sitting on the beach towel talking about the next gig.
Jane: (walking back with Daria) OK. Werent you guys supposed to be
Jesse: we did, (points to everything they brought in a stack) we just left
out one beach towel to rest on, since we didnt know how long it would take for you
girls to get back.
Daria: (mostly to Jane) Yeah, getting out of ridiculous bathing suits can
take a while, especially when they dont even fit you well. I hope mom doesnt
go shopping for me in a long time. Or ever for that matter.
Jane: (slight snicker) OK, so what are we gonna do first, check in to the
hotel or get some dinner? Which reminds me....Trent, did you call the hotel beforehand to
make sure they werent out of rooms?
Trent: yeah, they have a suite reserved for us. Seth gave us $65 discount.
We only have to pay $55 a night, which leaves $175 a day.
Jesse: wow, so we have $135 left. After dinner it should be around $100,
and then we can save it for later or use some of it tonight. Maybe we can go to Pacific
Jane: Sounds great. Jesse, lets take this stuff to the van. (to
Trent and Daria) You guys coming?
Daria: Yeah, but I have to fold my towel.
Trent: (To Daria) I can help if you want.
Daria: (mumbles) OK.
Jane: All right (whispers to Daria) Have fun you two.
Daria glared as Jane walked away with Jesse.
Trent: Whatd she say?
Daria: Huh? Oh, something about spending some quality time with Jesse. I
tried not to listen.
Trent: Yeah I know what you mean. (long pause as they fold the large beach
Daria: God, he said it again. Hmmm?
Trent: You know what you said earlier? About looking bad in your swimsuit?
You really shouldnt be insulting yourself like that. Youre a beautiful girl,
and you should be proud of yourself. Dont let anyone else tell you different,
because they dont know anything. OK?
Trent wasnt sure about alot of things right now, including if his
feelings for Daria meant anything. But he was sure of this. Daria deserved alot more
confidence, and if she couldnt get any by herself, he was going to help. He knew
that she was a good person, and she had everything to be proud of.
Daria, meanwhile, was in shock. Did Trent just say this? Her Trent? Hes
just be trying to be nice. But I guess I shouldnt be saying those
things....SOME of them anyway.
Daria: OK Trent. I guess youre kinda right. Thanks, by the way.
Trent: No problem.
With that, they took the now folded beach towel to the car to join up with
Jesse and Jane.
It was now about 7:30. They decided to go for dinner first, and then check
in. They were now in their rooms, Daria and Jane in room 208, adjoined with Trent and
Jesse in 209.
Jane went to knock on the door between the rooms.
Trent: (opening the door) Yes Janey?
Jane: Were all unpacked....you?
Trent: Yeah I think so.....Jesse, are you done?
Jesse: (finally slams a very stuffed dresser drawer using his back) Yeah!
Jane: OK great. Daria?
Daria: (reading on the bed, or at least trying to look occupied in front
of Trent) Yeah?
Jane: Youre done, right?
Jane: OK. (to Trent and Jesse) I was thinking that maybe since we have
about $100 left, we could go out to Pacific Park and check out the rides. It closes at 11
PM and its almost 8. We can stay as long as we like, it shouldnt be too
crowded and well still probably have $70 left at the end.
Jesse: Sounds good to me....but what would we do with the left over money?
Trent: It looks like well have money left over every day, so
lets take the left over money from each day and pool it at the end, and then figure
out what to do with it.
Daria: Sounds great
Jane: Its settled then. So do we drive?
Trent: Lets not. Its only 5 blocks, really.
Daria and Jane: Lets go.
Its 8:00 and the gang is walking west towards the beach. Jesse and
Jane are hand in hand, whispering to each other, and Trent and Daria are both walking side
by side behind them, looking down at the ground and growing more and more nervous.
Trent lifts his head up to gaze to the right at Daria for a second, then
looks back down. He looks up again, only in front of him, and abruptly and grabs
Trent: (softly, yet quickly) Daria, look!
Daria looked to where Trent was pointing to see the most serene, picture
perfect sunset. She wasnt one for romantic things like sunsets, but something about
the sound of the waves, Trent grasping her hand, and the beautiful orange glow casting
down upon them-----it was too much for her to handle. Yet she could only keep staring at
it. She kept walking, her hand in Trents, her eyes fixed upon the sunset framed by
palm trees and resting upon the seemingly endless ocean. As they walked further, she saw
that they were almost at the Park. A Ferris wheel, a roller coaster that stretched out
over the sea, and other things Daria usually wouldnt be caught dead on. But
shed do it, for her and for Trent. Then she realized it. Trent had grabbed HER hand.
On purpose. He must have forgotten to let go.
Daria: Um, Trent?
That angelic voice. Trent looked up to see Daria indicating towards their
hands clasped together. Does she not want to hold my hand? I guess I was right in the
first place. Shes 16, Im 21. Theres no way shed want to be with
me. Shes young, beautiful, and she can date anyone she wants.
Trent: Oh, sorry. I forgot. (Immediately dropping her hand)
Daria: I was right. But right now I wish that more than anything I
wasnt. (softly) Um, Its OK. Were here now. (points to Park)
Jesse and Jane are already at the entrance, buying tickets for the rides.
Jane: Hey guys! Come on! Were getting tickets!
Daria and Trent quicken their pace and meet up with Jesse and Jane.
Jane: Admiring the sunset?
Trent: Yeah. Its spectacular isnt it?
Jesse: yeah. OK so here we have $100. Do we plan on staying until 11?
Daria: Majority rules.
Jesse: OK, its pretty deserted here. Lets assume each ride
takes seven minutes.......3 hours divided by seven minutes....about 26 rides. 26
times 4.....104 rides, each ride is $0.50....so 52 dollars.
Trent: yeah, but some rides are $0.25, so my guess it that it will be some
where between $26 and $52.
Daria: Then we still have money left over, so were fine.
Jesse: Lets go.
Its 9:00, and so far Jesses calculations are right.
Theyve been on 8 or 9 rides, and now they decide to go on the Ferris Wheel. Before
either Trent or Daria can object, Jane and Jesse have gotten in together, which leaves
Trent and Daria no choice but to ride together.
(Daria) Crap....crap crap crap. Why did Jane leave me alone with Trent??
She knows how nervous I get around him!
(Trent) Crap....crap crap crap. Why did Jesse leave me alone with Daria??
He knows how nervous I get around her!
In unison, they both look at each other, then look away nervously, each
not seeing the others reactions towards each other.
Ride Operator: Are you coming on or not??
Daria and Trent: I guess.....
Jane and Jesse just looked at each other and gave a soft laugh, seeing
their best friends below acting like children without the other one knowing.
Jesse: Should we tell them?
Jane: What, and ruin the fun? Lets leave it up to them.
With that, Trent and Daria were locked in, the ride started, and kissing
ensued between our two spies, Jesse and Jane.
Since Jesse and Jane were right in front of them, Trent and Daria
couldnt look in front of them, for obvious reasons. They certainly couldnt
look at each other, either, so each faced the side which faced outward, with their chins
in their palms. Even though they were looking away from each other, they sure as hell were
thinking about each other. Each of them had the same questions on their minds. They
wondered why they liked each other so much. They wondered if the other person would ever
feel the same way. Most of all, they wondered what exactly was stopping them from telling
the other their true feelings.
After what seemed like forever, the ride began to come to a slow stopping
point, much to the relief of Trent and Daria. Jane and Jesse were at the top, with Daria
and Trent down behind them. When the people below got out, and the new people got in, they
moved up to the top so that the next car could be emptied. All of a sudden there was a
jolt. All of the lights in the entire park flickered out, and the machine running the
Ferris wheel sounded like all of its power had been sucked out of it, an electronic
noise that dropped down until it was silent. The voices of people whispering to each other
about what just happened began to surround a silent Daria and Trent.
Holy shit, this cant get any worse Daria was certain.
Then it did. They said theyd wait 45 minutes for the power to come
back on, and if that didnt work theyd get a fire truck to help people down.
They also said something about a wide-spread brown-out. Apparently everyone in the city
had their air-conditioners on.
Great. I love it when Im wrong.
Daria: This really sucks.
It was the first thing that either of them said since they got on.
Trent: No it doesnt. Its pretty cool. At least we got stuck on
the top. And apparently the lights went out all across the city. (pointing to their left
and right, and sure enough, the city lights were all out too) Now we can see the stars,
and the moon id right in front of us, reflecting on the ocean. Id say were
With that, Trent boldly put his right arm around Daria, pulled her closer,
and with his left began to point out constellations. Neither had realized that they were
so close together, they completely forgot about everything that had been cluttering their
minds before and simply began to have a real conversation.
40 minutes later, they were still talking, still unaware that they were
actually touching. What seemed to be 45 minutes in hell turned out to be anything but.
They just finished talking about constellations and all of the magic that comes along with
it. Their last sentences had been spoken, and Daria began feel self-conscious again. She
looked down, a smile on her face as she thought about the great times she had been having
with Trent. As she was looking down, Trent stole a glance at his brown-haired beauty. The
moonlight played upon her hair like silver with a slight tint of blue. Her glasses were
gone; she had decided to put in contacts before they left the hotel room so she
wouldnt lose them. A soft summer breeze pulled at sections of her soft mane, causing
them to dance afloat in the air. Just then Daria looked up and met Trents eyes with
hers. Her eyes glistened and her face looked so sweet. The moonlight, the breeze, the view
of the soft ocean waves crashing in front of them---it was too perfect for Trent. So he
decided to forget everything he was confused about earlier. He knew what he wanted now.
And she was right there. He leaned forward, all the while looking into her eyes.
Darias mind was racing back and forth. I...I cant believe....what is he....
their lips were so close that Trent could smell her sweet aroma. Strawberries? Vanilla? He
couldnt decide. He didnt care. It was now or never......
The Ferris wheel turned on with a sudden jolt of the gears. All of the
lights flashed on, the 20th century and all its glory pounding into their eyes.
Daria quickly turned her head away, and both were once again silent.
Shit! Trent thought.
He sat back, and pulled his arm back to his side.
I guess she really doesnt like me....or maybe it was just something
she couldnt handle. Either way she apparently doesnt have much of an interest
What the hell was that? It was almost like he wanted to kiss me! No, only
in your dreams, Daria........why would he kiss me when he has tons of girls going after
him at all his gigs?
As they got off, they were greeted by a rather exhausted Jane and Jesse.
Jesse: (slightly panting) Hey guys.....
Jane: (also panting) Was it as good for you as it was for us?
Trent and Daria just gave a look that could only say "Dont
ask" and Jane let it be.
The next morning Jane and Daria where awaken by the sound of pounding on
the door connecting the two rooms. Jane shuffled to the door, unlocked it, and saw Jesse
with a look of concern on his face.
Jane: (groggily rubbing her eyes) Jesse? Isnt it a little early for
you to be up? Its only 8!
Jesse: No time for that Jane--Trents gone!
Jane: (waking up suddenly) Huh??
Jesse: Gone. So is the van. He left all of the money though. All except
Daria: (sitting up very alert in her bed) What? Are you sure?
Jesse: Yeah. He left a note too.
Sorry to take the van, but I needed to go home for reasons you cant
understand. I left enough $$$ for a cab in case you need to go somewhere thats not
within walking distance. Ill be back first thing tomorrow morning, I hope. Sorry,
but I guess youll have to have fun without me for one day. See ya tomorrow.
---Much Love, Trent"
Daria: What the f------?
To be continued...........(dont you just HATE that?)
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