"Have you seen the hottie with the Nutella t-shirt?" Carly, Zoe and I were sitting in the quad eating lunch."Wipe the drool from your mouth, you predator," Zoe laughed."No, what guy?" I jumped in.Zoe, finger-on-the-pulse of everything Hart High, launched into his profile. "Name - Jose (pronounced with a hard 'J' please!) Bruno, hails from the exotic, erotic country of Brazil, swimmer extraordinaire, family owns a vineyard...""Oh, never mind," I groaned, "Exchange student, ugh."Thanks to my brother Jake, our family had the excrutiating privilage of hosting the last exchange student. This student, country of origin shall remain nameless, caused us/me no end of embarrassing encounters, least of which involved a decidely absent knowledge of bathroom etiquette."Oh yea, I totally forgot!" Carly snorted. "What did we call that guy-Spanky? as in spank the...""STOP!" I screamed throwing a Dorito her way. "That is a distant memory and I'm trying to keep it that way!""Oh my god, my mascara's running! Stop it you guys!" Zoe pleaded. "Come on, we better get to class."It was then I noticed that the entire student body was buzzing with an unusual energy. The halls sparkled with enthusiasm. The female teachers had a spring to their step. Even Ms. Grant, the sour secretary, cracked a smile when I turned in the swim team roster.Hmm, was this due to the Brazilian? How good-looking could this guy be? And anyway, foreign exchange students were highly over-rated. Weird customs, foreign accents that appear cute at first but become annoying later. I still hadn't seen one glimpse of this Joe-zay character. Probably conducting a wine tasting with the janitors no doubt. Or impressing the girls with his Nutella t-shirt and Brazilian accent.Two hours later I'd forgotten about wine snob, nude beach going, Joe-zay. I had swim team practice and had to focus on besting my record with the free-style.Deep in thought, going over a strategy to improve my time, I left the locker room. And there he was. Standing at the edge of the pool, perfectly tanned and toned. My heart thumped loudly and I swallowed hard. He looked straight at me and smiled, revealing startling white teeth.Maybe whoever dreamed up this student exchange program was brilliant after all.
Aww, I love it! "Spanky" cracked me up--LOL!!