One thing, leads to another…
"SHUT UP, JOEY!!!"
"Okay, we know, we know," my friend Shea replied. "You're gonna meet Rider Strong."
"And you wrote him a poem…"
"It's close to his birthday which is December 11, so you also bought him a card."
"ALSO…," my friend interrupted, "ALSO he likes girls with short dark hair and big lips and glasses and you meet 2/3 of that. He's the cooliest person alive, Boy Meets World is the best show ever, and you've loved Rider since…forvever!"
"Okay," I admitted, "Maybe I've been talking too much."
"And I've been on this plane way too long with you!!!!" Shea complained. Then she started mocking me, "Jack plays the tape. And the tape is Shawn snoring and dreamtalking. Shawn goes 'I'm going to the market to buy some eggs. Rub 2 eggs together, you get a spark! My head's on fire, somebody PLEASE put it out! Then Shawn get mad and stops the tape and goes…"
"Okay. Point taken. I've been bugging you about BMW this WHOLE TIME."
"It's alright, I guess."
"It's just that I'm going to see BMW LIVE today!!"
"We know, WE KNOW!" some person sitting across the aisle from me complained. I was kind of embarassed so just giggled a bit.
"Sorry, we are limited on seats, and we can only have 2 more people come in," the person said.
"Oh, darn! We're never gonna get in," I cried to Shea.
"And….can we have… Mike and Harry come in?"
I burst into tears. Everyone started leaving but I was just stood right there, refusing to budge. Even Shea left!!!
"Hey girlie, what's the matter?"
I didn't turn around to see who it was, but just kept crying that, "I can't going to go see BMW Live!"
"No problemo, I'll getcha in!"
I turned around and standing there was none other than Danielle Fishel???
"THANKS!" I hugged her so hard I practically suffocated her.
Danielle took me backstage to meet all the stars.
"How would you like a small part on this show?" Ben asked.
"But, it's a SMALL part. You just walk in the halls."
"No problem! I can walk!"
"ATTENTION!," the producer screamed at the cast, "Katie Holmes whom was supposed to make a big guest appearance on our show, can not show up. She's caught in some movie or something… that no good… AHEM… anyway, looks like we'll have to cancel the live filming."
"But…but," I cried, "There are SO MANY people out there! You can't let them down!"
"I'm sorry, but we can't do anything about it."
"Yeah we can." The voice I recognized so well. I turned around, and sure enough, it was Rider Strong.
"Well, WHAT?!?" the producer asked.
"Just get this girl right here to do the part." Rider said.
"But she's walking in the halls!" Ben exclaimed.
"Agh, she'd rather do the other part, than walk in the halls, right?" Rider asked.
Even if I hadn't wanted the 'other part', whatever it was, how does someone say 'no' to Rider??
"Of course. So what's the other part?" I asked.
"Simple." Ben told me.
"Yeah, you play the girl that likes Shawn." said Will Friedle.
"Yeah, then, I see you kiss Shawn, and he's kinda kissing you back too, even though he's with me, so…" Trina noted.
"See? Simple!" Ben said. "You're a pretty big part today, so PLEASE try your best!!"
"Yeah, you have a couple scenes with Rider…you all talk. Then you kiss him, and Angela sees. That's the end." Maitland and Matt said at the same time.
"JINX!" Matt said.
"Ok…we're going to have a really short 2 minute rehearsal with you before we get on stage, okay?" Rider asked.
I was kinda nervous…did I look okay? How would I kiss him? This would be the first kiss of my entire life!
"I guess…" I shrugged, trying not to appear nervous.
"Alright. You can talk…so we can skip that part… lets skip to the love scene." Rider suggested.
"Why so fast…I..I…," I stammered.
"Sorry," the producer announced, " Gotta get on stage now. Good luck…um…"
"Joey." Danielle finished for him.
I was sooo nervous. My palms were sweating so much, the sweat could've filled in the Pacific.
I did my talk scenes with Rider, which I did pretty good on. I was still kind of nervous around Rider though. Because, as I wrote in one of my poems to him (which I hadn't given to him yet)… 'What do you say to the love of your life?'
Finally…or should I say…unfortunately but fortunately. I mean, I had to do this in front of millions of people. Then again, isn't it every girl's…well at least my dream to kiss Rider Strong?
"Shawn…" I stared deep into his eyes. It was part of the act anyway…
"Yeah? Lily?" he asked.
Then I was supposed to like grab him and kiss him or something like that. It was really weird, but I did it anyway. I grabbed him and kissed him. Gosh, it was so sweet. This had been my fantasy as long as I could remember. His lips against mine… And it was like…I dunno… a rainbow shooting across the sky, and waterfalls. pouring over my head. Then Trina poured water on our heads, slapped Rider, and walked away. So I guess it was like a waterfall…. That was part of the scene by the way.
"CUT!" the director hollered.
But Rider was still holding onto me.
"CUT!!!!! CUT!!! CUT!!!!" the director hollered, now becoming annoyed.
But Rider just held on even tighter.
So Rider let go of me.
"WOW!" I exclaimed.
"WOW!" he said.
"Call me!" I laughed, reciting a quote from the episode, "Boy Meets Real World". Then I grabbed a pen and wrote my phone # on his hand, with a dazed look on my face, because I still wasn't over that kiss.
I KNEW that was just an act, even though he had held on to me longer than he supposed to. I assumed he just didn't hear the director or something…
"I've got a favor to ask you, and some stuff to give you." I told Rider.
"Anything," he smiled.
"Well, I want you to help me become a better poet. And here's some stuff I have for you."
"Thanks!" he exclaimed.
"And…also if it's not too much trouble…"
"Not at all! What?"
"I want your autograph, Mr. Daniels's for my best friend, and Will's so I can give it to Mary Rudder."
"Better yet, I'll FLY Will to Mary and William Daniels to your best friend. Err… they will…fly themselves over…."
I started laughing. "No, seriously. Can I just have you all's autographs?"
He signed my poetry book, and got Will to sign this picture of him (Will) for Mary. William Daniels also signed something for my best friend, Joyce. I would've gotten something for Shea, but she doesn't like Boy Meets World anyway, and was watching a filming of something else. She was going to take a different flight home that me anyway, because she was going to stay with her relatives for a week.
"Gotta go!" I laughed. "My flight leaves in a while. I'm sad to leave…but BYE EVERYONE!!!"
"Bye," Rider said.
"Bye!" Everyone else also said.
I knew it. I knew he didn't like me more than a friend. We just shared an on-screen kiss. 'Oh well,' I sighed. 'It was a lot of fun anyway.'
I arrived at the airport, only to find out my plane ticket had been canceled. The flight attendant told me there were too many people on this flight, but she could get me on the next flight. Maybe…
I told her it was okay…and I'd wait until there was an empty seat, even though I was furious.
Was it…No…just my imagination.
I turned around and running in my direction was….RIDER STRONG?!?
"JOEY!!! Good! I thought your plane left already!"
"No such luck," I sighed, "Too many passengers, so I have to wait for another flight."
"I'll get you a flight. Be right back."
Rider arrived back soon, and said:
"C'mon Joey, Gate 11."
"Wait a sec, Rider? This can't be right! This is 'Continental Airlines'. I'm not going out of the states!"
"Yeah, you are."
"I'm taking you to Paris first, then to this really gorgeous place with waterfalls! Then, I'll take you to see Les Miz with me, in Broadway!"
"Huh?" I was still shocked over the whole thing.
"I love you," he whispered.
"HUH?" I said.
He kissed me and said, "I love you."
"Wait a sec…" my brain wasn't slow anymore, "You barely know me though."
"I've been to 'BMW Central, read all your posts on the message board. I've read all your mail you sent me, and…welll…..lets just say I have my ways and leave it to that."
"OKAY!" I exclaimed. Who cares how he got to know me? He knew I existed! He said he loved me. And I could go to all those cool places he mentioned.
"I love you too," I cried, "I love you too."
Then he wrapped his arms around me again, we shared a kiss, and boarded the plane.
I KNEW it…I believe, prayed, hoped, had faith… and my dream was truly fulfilled… Nothing else would matter as long as Rider was around….