"No!" I said. "Why can't one of your friends do it?"
"Because they are all going to the dance already!" Caroline explained.
"Well then ask one of the twins to go!"
"I already told you. The twins are upperclassmen and they aren't allowed at the Freshman/Sophomore Spring Dance," Caroline responded.
"This is crazy!" I insisted. "I am not going to a prom!"
"But it's NOT a prom!" Caroline insisted. "It's just a school dance. Robert's cousin, Mark, is visiting from Arizona next weekend. Robert's parents say that Robert can't go to the dance unless Mark can go too. Please, Tiffany! If you don't go as Mark's date, then Robert can't go with me. PLEASE!" She looked like she was about to cry.
I hated seeing Caroline so upset. I knew that going to the dance with Robert was important to her. "Oh, alright. I'll go. But only as a favor to you."
"You're the best, Tiffany! Thank you!" Caroline gave me a big hug and then ran off to call Robert and let him know that she had found a date for his cousin.
The week went by quickly and the Friday of the dance arrived. Mother took me out of school early so that I would have plenty of time to get ready for the dance. When we arrived at the house, Aunt Jenny had already laid out five or six of her nicest dresses for me to choose from. Mother suggested that I wear the tailored, sleeveless, pink dress with a blue floral pattern. I slipped it on and it fit perfectly. At 5:00, a lady arrived at the house to do hair and make-up for Caroline and me. We were finally ready at 7:00 when our dates, Robert and his cousin Mark, arrived. I was surprised to see that Mark was driving Robert's family's car but then remembered that Mark was a couple of years older than us and had a drivers license.
It turns out that Mark was very tall and and handsome. And he seemed to like how I looked too. When we were introduced, he came right up to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before! I was really embarrassed because everyone was watching when he did that. But it also felt sort of nice.
Mother insisted on taking pictures of Caroline and me with our dates and then we headed off for the dance.