The dance was going rather smoothly. Kody was enjoying himself, Kitty and Melaine were having fun together, and even Mischa has a little someone waiting for him. So why was Leonard on the verge of a panic attack? Leonard's heart was racing, and his breathing was erratic. Amanda took one look at him and put up one eyebrow.
"You feeling alright? I never seen someone so tough freak out."
"You're stuttering, no it isn't." She said folding her arms. "You are gonna tell me what's wrong, or I'm gonna twist your arm around until you do."
"I'm bad with women!" Leonard shouted bluntly.
"...Really? I thought you were Mr. Hot Stuff? I see you flirting with some of the girls. Why is it me that you freak out over?"
"I'm fine with the flirty stuff, it's natural for a guy to be able to do that. But...the really romantic stuff is where I lose my cool. The sheer magnitude of it, the atmosphere. It hits me like a brick wall."
"You're afraid of being romantic?" She asked.
"I'm afraid of making a girl upset." Leonard would not make eye contact. His pride would not let him look at her when he said that. He had no idea what kind of face she was making, or what she was doing. He'd rather not look.
"You're a rare breed." Amanda responded.
Leonard slightly turned his head. "Excuse me?"
"Most guys I've ever seen don't give a damn about a girl. They're very judgemental, stubborn, and some are big womanizers. On top of that, some of the more dick heads treat us like dirt, and some of us are stupid enough to stay. But you don't have that air to you, I can tell simply from your confused face."
"D-don't give me too much credit. I'm sure Mischa shares my thoughts. He's a good guy, I live with him so I should know."
Amanda chuckled a bit. "I'm sure he is. But he's somewhere else, and you are right here. Why can't we just enjoy ourselves for now, hm?"
In his head Leonard was trying to kick his morale in gear again. After getting paired up with Amanda it went to rock bottom. But after her compliments, it was starting to rise again. He knew thathe just had to make the best of it. Screw everyone else, their opinion means nothing. Leonard knew never to let others cloud his way of life.
"Damn straight." Leonard said with full confidence. "Who cares what this does to my reputation, I'm awesome, I can keep any guy in his place that dares defy me, nothing is gonna stand in my way!"
"You have a reputation?" Amanda asked.
"Don't take away my moment." Leonard glances at Amanda. "So what now?"
Amanda sighed at his lack of foresight. "I wanna see how well that morale stacks. Kiss me."
"No prob- WHAT!?"
"I'm calling you out on all those words you just spouted. You said you don't care what anyone thinks of you, so get to it." Amanda said pointing at him.
Leonard was mouthing words, but all that came out was fizzled oxygen. No big words, no cocky attitude, no muscle to back him up. His friend was calling out on him, and Leonard had to defend his pride. Leonard took a deep breath, and got ready for it. Amanda wasn't going anywhere, and she wasn't going to let him get away without doing this. He leaned over to her and kissed her. For someone so unwilling, he did it for a good 15 seconds.
Leonard opened his eyes and looked to his left. He quickly broke away when he noticed Melanie looking at him.
Melanie smiled. "Never knew you'd fall for Amanda."
"No no no! It's not my fault! This was all her idea! Hers!" He looked over at Amanda, who's expression had not changed since before he kissed her. "Right?"
"I was just enjoying the moment. You kissed me."
Leonard's expression was now of annoyance to her. "You are an ass, you know that?"
Kitty walked up to Leonard and smiled. "I'm happy for the two of you."
Kitty made him feel a bit better. He could never be mad at her. "Thanks, I guess."
"Now you are coming with me." Amanda said snatching him up. "You got a kiss from me, so now you do what I want."
Leonard sighed. "Yes, my lady."