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Right around the end of March or early April – springtime – high schoolers, especially seniors, start planning for prom. Even though Anthony’s senior prom wasn’t until the last week in May, all the kids at his school were already making plans about who they were going to ask to prom, and how they were going to do it, coming up with crazy and elaborate promposals.
Anthony, a planner, figured out who he wanted to ask, and made sure he had a back-up just in case his first choice rejected him. The first girl he wanted to ask was a Junior that he had talked to a lot at parties and who he had lunch with every once in awhile – he liked her a lot.
After school Anthony went to CVS and bought poster board and magic markers, brought it all home and got to work – the promposal sign was good to go!
The day he was planning on asking her to prom, her friends and a bunch of other people found out what he was planning. He had only told one person, so it was pretty obvious who had let his secret out. Those people went to that same friend and told him to warn Anthony that if he asked this girl out, she was going to say no and reject him – she was already planning on going with somebody else.
So, even though he felt a little bit down about the fact that his first choice was already spoken for, he picked himself up and was thankful that he had a backup! His backup was a sophomore who Anthony thought was a lot prettier than the first girl anyway, but they had hardly ever spoken to each other and only shared one class together – gym. Still, he felt like he had a good chance – and he told a couple of his close friends about his plans. A bunch of kids overheard him telling them, and this one kid came over and told him not to ask the girl out because he would get dumped. Anthony told him to mind his own business, but inside, it made him a little nervous for sure.
The next day, with flowers and his sign, and his best friend, he headed out to prompose, blasting the Red Hot Chili Peppers and getting psyched up – to the gym for when she got out of class.
He was feeling anxious and excited at the same time! He got his sign and flowers and stood outside the gym doors, waiting, while his friend stood on the side to watch and cheer him on.
Finally class ended and people started to come out of the building. As they walked out they saw Anthony with his promposal sign and flowers and they wished him luck, patted his back, gave him thumbs up and crowded around to watch. His heat started pounding faster and faster, when suddenly, one of the girl’s friends saw him outside and started laughing, and pointing. Anthony’s heat sank.
The girl never came to or through those doors, instead, she snuck out the back door using her friend to shield her and block her from view. After everyone had given up and left it was just Anthony and his friend standing there.
Anthony was so upset as he drove back home. He wanted to tear up his sign and trash the flowers – but he didn’t. Later he was hanging out in his room, feeling pretty down, when that girl, his backup who had snuck out of the gym, DM’d him on Instagram, saying that she heard he was planning to ask her to prom, and that she was flattered but didn’t feel like she knew him well enough to go with him. She was actually really cool and nice about it, and it made him feel better.
Of course, when he went back to school on Monday everybody knew what had happened, and they all talked and gossiped about it. He let it roll right off his back and didn’t let it bother him. He went to his senior prom with a friend (a girl), and he had a great time!
The most important thing he learned was that even though things didn’t work out as he had originally hoped and planned, he kept trying, and in the end, making his best effort to have fun, he brought someone he really knew and liked and had an amazing and memorable prom night. Even though it was one of those prom fails or promposal fails, it was a great experience for him.
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