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Clara Romance



Long before my huge infatuation with Ben Hidalgo, there was Jake Madrigal. Tall, ruggedly handsome, mean-looking Jake. I had my eye on him the moment he walked into our classroom during the first day of our junior year—no, actually, everyone stared at him and his fitted black shirt, dark jeans and leather boots. I was thankful we were not required to wear uniforms during our first day of classes. Otherwise, I wouldn’t get that rare chance to see his broad shoulders and flat stomach.

It wasn’t hard to learn more about Jake by the time the dismissal bell rang that day. As a new and attractive guy in school, girls were quick to gossip about how his father had to donate a huge amount of money to Luna East Arts Academy’s Student Assistance Fund so he could be accepted to study here. It wasn’t because Jake was not smart enough to pass the entrance exams. It was rumored that no school would accept him after an incident at his previous school two years ago. Whatever that was, nobody knew.

But I was only into Jake that first week. A lot of girls were already into him and I didn’t want to join his “fan club.” When I entered senior year and became obsessed with junior hottie Ben Hidalgo, the memory of Jake in his fitted black shirt suddenly vanished into oblivion.

Until the night at the prom. And the few days after that.

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Head First, Fearless

Kristel S. Villar covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. In between, she takes care of her husband and son. She has also penned Blast from Two Pasts, a contemporary romance novella, and “The Rumor About Me”, her first short story for the Luna East anthology. “One on One” is her second Luna East story.

2 Responses to “One on One”

  1. Nina

    I know it’s a short story, but I’m kind of wishing that there’s a novel instead so I’d know what’s gonna happen next. Hmmm… Kind of feel what Hazel Grace from TFIOS felt with AIA. I want to know what will happen to the characters next. Haha.

  2. Florence Joyce

    This isn’t really the typical badass guy meets prim-and-proper girl (at least that’s how I’d like to call her). But somehow, I kind of wished this was longer. I mean, I’d like to see more of their journey together as they finally became closer, even just a friends.


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