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I Have A Dream

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       Senior Year. Oh lordy, what a time to be alive. To be entirely honest, Eddie couldn’t tell if it was a good time or a bad time. All of the Losers’ Club had definitely grown into their looks. All of them had been asked on at least three dates by the people in their year or the year below. All except for Richie and Bill. They practically had the whole school worshiping the ground they walked on.

       You see, when the Losers grew into themselves, it went a little like this. Ben had joined the track team after the events of the summer of ‘88. He was so worried that he wasn’t going to be able to get away if anything like that It ever to happen again. He figured his best course of action would be to join the track team, so if he couldn’t fight, he could at least run. This, of course, caused him to lose quite a few pounds which just increased when he hit growth spurts and shot up until he hit about 5’11”. Now, this was not intentionally his goal, but he definitely wasn’t complaining, and neither was anyone else.

       Beverly grew to be one of the most envied girls in their year. She made a decision to keep her hair short simply because she wanted to and not because she felt the need to. She let it reach about shoulder length but never any longer. It would curl on some days and simply wave on others. She grew to be about 5’6” which worked very well with the curves in her figure. Bev always remained a very pale colour which only brought higher notice to the freckles dotted all along her skin. She was easily the prettiest girl any of the Losers had ever seen, and most of the school seemed to agree with her. Sadly for them, Ben and Bev had made their relationship official during the summer before senior year. They still seemed to be going strong to this day.

       Eddie, after many fights with his mother, changed quite a bit in his appearance. He decided to stop worrying about his hair so much and just let it do what it wanted to, he changed his wardrobe to clothes that he wouldn’t worry so much if they got dirty after many conversations with Mike, and he finally stopped having an aneurysm if he was out in the sun too long. This is how Eddie Kaspbrak found himself entering Junior Year of High School with naturally wavy hair, faded blue overalls with tee shirts under them, and golden skin to bring out the naturally light honey highlights in his hair. He practically had girls cooing over him throughout all of High School. It’s hard not to think someone is just adorable when they barely reach 5’5”

       Mike had always been muscular. It was just an added bonus that came with working on the farm. However, as he got older, his face started to thin out and he started to grow into his muscles until he reached a decent height of 5’11”. After some serious discussions with his grandpa, many meetings with the Losers’ Club and their parents, and a serious discussion with the principal to guarantee there isn’t another Bowers to worry about, Mike was finally allowed to go the the Derry High School. This, of course, meant that he managed to get much more attention from many more girls. After only hanging out with Bev for so long, he honestly wasn’t sure how to handle it, so he always made sure to let them down gently when they asked him out.

       Stanley Uris never did grow out of his clothing taste. He still found himself in nice button down shirts, but trading the khaki shorts for pants, when he entered his Freshman Year. However, once he hit his growth spurts, the clothes started to look less formal and more fashionable. He started morphing his hair so it hung less in his face and joined Ben on the track team so he started to look more lean than strung out. It caught the attention of the girls at school and his father. His father only noticed because he started to realize that others would notice. This, of course, only spurred him to start pestering his son about finding a nice Jewish girl. Stan absolutely hated those conversations.

       Now, when it came to Bill and Richie, it no longer came to being out of a league. They were playing a whole different game. Bill had managed to mostly lose his stutter, it only coming out when he was either really stressed or really nervous, he grew until he managed to hit about 6’2”, and managed to gain a lot of muscle due to baseball training. He also managed to develop what could only be described as the perfect tan from being out in the sun all day.

       Richie went off the charts. He grew into his gangly body, now standing at 6’ even, he stopped wearing his wildly printed shirts and started wearing just band shirts and jeans with converse, he switched out his glasses for contacts. He claimed that the contacts made it easier to function, but the Losers knew better. He was sick of getting teased and having to explain to his mom why he needed new glasses once every month without saying they were broken in yet another fight. In the end… Richard Wentworth Tozier was hot!

       In all honesty, all the Losers were, and it came to show today. It was the last day of senior year, and not a single member of the Losers’ Club were leaving the school with an empty signature page in their yearbook. In fact, they were each so full, some of the signatures started overlapping the others.

       Eddie sat in his final class of the day just staring in awe at his yearbook. He couldn’t believe that his life had gone from having to kill a motherfucking clown in a sewer to this. He was taken out of his thoughts when Richie leaned over to him and whispered, “I bet you I can get Ms. S’ signature.”

       Eddie scoffed and rolled his eyes, looking up at the teacher. “No way. Ms. S would kill you if you even tried. She’s a hard-ass to everyone, but you know she absolutely loathes  you.”

       Eddie turned to Richie then as he watched him get out of his seat with a wink. “Watch and learn, Kaspbrak. Watch. And. Learn.”

       Eddie watched as Richie made his way to the front of the room as the whole class went silent. He started slouching in his chair, preparing for the chaos that was about to ensue.

       Richie reached Ms. S’ desk and cleared his throat. The teacher looked up and immediately started glaring. “Is there something I can help you with, Mr. Tozier?”

       Richie got that awful glint in his eye that he always got right before he was about to something “funny”. “Why, yes, gorgeous!” Ms. S rolled her eyes. “There is something I would just love for you to do!” He pulled the yearbook up onto the desk and said, “Is there any way that I could manage to get my favorite teacher to sign this book. Golly, that’d be great, Ms. S.”

       Ms. S just continued to glare. “I will be doing no such thing, Richard. Go back to you seat.”

       Richie started to make his way around the desk while glancing at something. Eddie followed his gaze to the clock. There were 30 seconds left of the school day. This couldn’t end well. 

       “Well, you see, Ms. S, I feel like there is most definitely a way I can get you to sign this yearbook.” Richie said as he got into Ms. S’ space.

       “This is highly inappropriate, Richard. Go back to your seat.”

       “What do you mean inappropriate ? All I’m doing is getting a signature in my yearbook.”

       5 Richie was getting way too close now.

       4 “Richard, I am warning you.”

       3 Eddie was genuinely getting concerned.

       2 The whole class was holding their breath.

       1 Ring!

       Richie leaned forward and planted one right on his teacher’s lips. Ms. S looked appalled as Richie pulled back with a huge smirk, waving his year book and slinging his backpack onto his back. “See ya at graduation, Ms. S!” With that, he was out the door.

       Eddie just sat in shock. He had this weird feeling in his stomach. Yes, a majority of it was discomfort at the fact that Richie had just kissed their teacher. However, there was something else, something lying just beneath that. 

       Jealousy. Eddie realized he was jealous. Of his teacher. Eddie was jealous of his teacher because she just got Richie to kiss her in front of a whole class, and Eddie would never be able to have that. Not just because they were graduating, but because Eddie and Richie could never be like that in general. They could never love each other. At least, not publicly. They couldn’t even love each other privately because Eddie would never be able to tell Richie how he felt. Hell! Eddie didn’t even know how he felt until just now. Looking back on it now, though, it all makes sense. Of course he’s always been in love with Richie.

       Eddie left his classroom in a haze. Mike was waiting outside his class door like he always has. “Hey, Eds! What’s got you in a haze?”

       All of the sudden there’s and angry head of curls in between them. “Richard kissed Ms. S! That’s what’s got him in a haze. I was so stupid! He’s going to be in so much trouble!”

       Mike got a grin on his face. “Is someone jealous their ex is moving on?”

       Stan got a look of worry on his face before it changed to one of disgust so quickly that Eddie almost didn’t notice. “Ew! No! I don’t care who Richie moves on with. I just don’t want that asshole to end up with a court order on his hands.”

       Mike just grinned. “I know, Stan.” He ruffled Stan’s curls carefully so as not to mess them up. “I was just teasing.”

       “Well, stop teasing.” Eddie spoke up. “It was genuinely one of the most horrid things I have ever had to witness in my life.”

       “What? Did you catch me and Sonia last night, Eds?” Richie came up to Eddie’s other side, wrapping an arm around his neck. Eddie immediately clenched up and started gagging.

       “That is so disgusting, Richard! And don’t call me that! I was talking about the fact that you just kissed our 53 year old teacher. On the mouth!

       Richie started laughing so hard he was leaning over as he walked which only got him a smack on the ass as Beverly walked up to join them. “Is it true? Did you really do it, Rich?” She was grinning super wide and practically bouncing rather than walking with her excitement.

       Richie threw his arm around her neck and placed a wet kiss on her cheek. She just scrunched her nose up with a grin. “You bet I did, Miss Marsh. Layed one square on Ms. S’ lips. She was practically begging for it!”

       “Not to happen!” Stan shouted.

       Beverly was giggling when Ben walked up and wrapped an arm around her waist. “So it has to be true. You had to have actually done it if you’ve got her giggling like a little school girl.”

       Richie put his free hand to his chest. “I am insulted that you don’t think it could have just been one of my jokes, Bentholomew!”

       Bill came up on Mike’s other side saying, “So it wasn’t a joke?”

       Richie turned to grin at him. “Came straight from the heart, Billy Boy. True love and all that good shit.”

       The whole group started laughing at this. What a way to end the year. Happy and surrounded by friends. Then, why was that jealousy still eating up at Eddie?