The Glory of Love: Alternate Ending Part Two
We were on our way to the University of San Diego, where graduation would be held. It was awesome riding in the limo! Ice and Cobra were completely giddy with excitement, which was making me laugh. Those two are so funny! It is helping me relax though! I always love it when all my family gets together and spends time together! And I do consider the Ice Crew family for sure. Ice and Cobra are my big brothers.
“My heavens, Andrew! If you bounce around anymore, you're gonna cause an earthquake!” Tag teased.
Ice laughed out loud. “Yo, man! I can't help it! I LOVE ridin’ in this thang!”
“I need to take you and your boys out more often then!” Larry grinned, “Take a spin around Beverly Hills, maybe Rodeo Drive!”
“Yo! You ask and we’ll be there!” Cobra exclaimed.
DJ was nuzzling my neck and giving it little kisses here and there.
“I can't wait to see you do your speech, pretty girl” he said lowly, “I know you’ll do great. Just keep your head in the game like you did with the championship.”
I smiled and blushed a little. I love it when he nuzzles me and kisses my neck. “Thanks, DJ. I will. I got my lucky necklace on and our wristband. And I’ll try to look at you when I can. You're my inspiration for everything, after all.”
DJ grinned and kissed my cheek. “And you're mine as well” he said as he turned my face so that he could kiss my lips.
I smiled as I kissed him back. I ignored any teasing and any sounds of cameras snapping again. This was MY day to shine, and dang right I was gonna enjoy it how I pleased!
We finally made it to the University and got out of the limo. I had to go meet up with the fellow classmates who would be on stage with me, which included Jerome, the boys bball MVP, the Top Ten, and the Class President and Vice President.
“I’ll see you after the ceremony, DJ” I said as I hugged him.
“Good luck, Kaysh, can't wait to hug and kiss my beautiful graduate afterwards" DJ grinned, “I love you.”
“I love you too” I replied as we shared a kiss on the lips.
I then walked off and met up with the other students on the practice court not too far from the hockey rink, which is where the graduation would be held.
“Yo yo! There's K-Dizzle!” Jerome said happily as he gave me a high five and pulled me in for a small hug.
“Lookin’ lovely lovely, girl!” Mitchie smiled as she hugged me next.
I laughed. “Thanks, guys! Ya’ll be lookin’ good too! You ready for this?”
“Oh yeah! But then again, I don't gotta make a speech! Just go up and accept my diploma!” Mitchie laughed, “How 'bout you, Kay?”
“Oh gosh I'm nervous, but I got this!” I said, “I’ll be happy when it's over though. Just hope I don't pass out!”
“Yooooo girl, if you gonna be passin’ out over somethin’, it’ll be about a thought about your boy!” Jerome teased which made him and Mitchie laughed.
I laughed as well. “Oh J-Man! I am gonna be thinkin’ of him and lookin’ at him here and there. If I can find him anyways! But I always can find my boy” I chuckled. “I'm just so excited to graduate and goin’ off to UCLA! LA is gonna ROCK!”
“For sure!” Mitchie and Jerome agreed enthusiastically.
We were walking towards the hockey rink where graduation would be held at. We met up with Nate’s parents, Aaron and Lea McPeek, and Kelly’s parents, Jeff and Ann Underwood, and then we were joined by a familiar group of people. Jackie Chan and company!
“Hey hey!” Nate smiled as they came up.
“Hello, Nate!” Jackie smiled back, “It is good to see you again!”
“Hiiiiiiii guys!” Jade exclaimed as she ran up to me and the crew with a surprising guest: Micky!
“Hey Jade! And...Micky! What a surprise!” I exclaimed after giving Jade a hug.
“Timothy! Becky!” Tag said in surprise as he hugged his younger brother and sister in law. “We thought you were in Hong Kong!”
“Well we were, but a better position opened up in San Francisco so I took it!” Tim smiled, “And we didn't wanna miss out on all the graduation fun!”
“That's WONDERFUL, guys!” Lydia said excitedly, “Awesome awesome!”
“Looks like you guys already met!” I grinned at Jade and Micky.
“Yep! And we’re best buds! Aren't we, Jade?” Micky grinned at Jade as she gave her a hug.
“The best!” Jade replied as she hugged her back.
“Ah, so you're the Mickster Kaysha told us about!” Cassie smiled, “I'm Cassie, and this is Charmaine, we’re twins! And Kaysha’s little sisters.”
“Yeah she told me about you guys!” Micky smiled back, “It’s good to finally meet you! And are these handsome boys part of your crew?” she asked me as she looked at Ice and Cobra.
I laughed. “Yep! Strikemaster Ice and MC Cobra. My best buds and bros.”
“Hiiiiiiii guys!” Micky waved enthusiastically, “Micky McStone, Tag’s cute and perky niece!”
Ice and Cobra laughed. “And another Jade I bet!” Cobra teased.
“It's good to meet ya, kiddo” Ice grinned.
“Hello DJ” Tohru smiled as he came up with Sarah, Hiroshi and Hinata.
“Hey T-Man!” I grinned as we first bumped. “I’m real glad all of you guys were able to come!”
“We wouldn't miss it for anything!” Sarah smiled, “Although I might miss part of the graduation because of these kiddos!”
Tohru chuckled. “Don't worry, kitten, we’ll take turns!”
“Yo! Even you made it down, CB!” Ice exclaimed as he spotted Captain Black.
“Of course! Even the head of a secret organization gets some time off every once in awhile! A miracle, I know!” Captain Black teased.
I laughed. This was gonna be a great day!
We got to our seats, which were reserved and in the clubhouse section. All the family and friends of those who were gonna be speaking on stage got reserved seats on the clubhouse level. Sweet! Front and center! Perfect.
A few minutes before, Ice and Cassie took out their GameBoys and started playing Robot Mercs.
Tag laughed out loud when he saw this. “My heavens, you two! The ceremony hasn't even started yet!”
“So? We’re on Adventure Mode! It's gonna take some work! We’ll pay attention to all the important parts, we promise!” Cassie smirked.
“Young people are so silly! But the again, My Yung did bring some knitting to work on!” My Yung teased as she pulled a thing of yarn with knitting needles stuck in it, “I cannot pay attention whole time! Either I sleep or I knit, and it is better if My Yung knits!”
“You are a crazy lady, My Yung!” Lea teased, “But that's why you're such a good friend!”
I chuckled at this. My Yung was definitely a pretty entertaining person for an old lady.
Game time. We were lined up into position to walk out onto the stage. We were just waiting for our cue. The music began and slowly, we walked out to the stage. I looked around as we came out. My gosh, there's so many people in the audience! I spotted my family and friends almost instantly. Front and center on the clubhouse level! Nice! Then again, I was the only graduate today that had a sumo in her group. But I wouldn't trade these guys for anything!
Once we got to the stage, I stood in front of my chair while we waited for all the other graduated to walk in and take their seats as well. This was gonna be a long ceremony but hey, once in a lifetime thing! Enjoy it!
Once all the graduates arrived, we remained standing for the national anthem and then finally sat down.
Principal Turner made her opening remarks to the crowd, the last one that she would be doing for a graduation. After 21 years of service, she was going to be retiring. She’s been an awesome principal and would be missed. Though I've heard that the new principal is a pretty cool guy. Skyview should be left in good hands! After Principal Turner made her remarks, we heard from the Superintendent of the school district.
After the choir and orchestra performed a song each, the class and vice president made their remarks, and then Jerome. He did awesome! The dude is a natural public speaker. I'm proud of him! He and Mitchie are such a good couple and great friends to me!
“Before we have our Top Ten make their speeches, we will have the four time MVP of the girls’ basketball team make her remarks for our graduating class. Please welcome to the stand, Kaysha McPeek!” Principal Turner announced.
Oh gosh. This was it. Jerome patted my shoulder and smiled at me before I got up. “You got this" he mouthed to me.
I took a deep breath and made my way to the podium. Principal Turner smiled at me as well before going to sit down. Here we go…
It was time for Kaysha to make her speech. Poor thing is probably crazy nervous! I hope she makes it through ok. I perked up in my seat a bit in anticipation of how things would go down.
“I’m not sure what more I can add to what's already been said and what's yet to be said, but...Since I'm an athlete, I’ll just default to what I know best: basketball” Kaysha began, “Basketball, or any team sport for that matter, is both an individual and a group effort. The individual has to discipline his or herself into bein’ the best he or she can be at their sport, and their efforts transcend into their team. Each individual has to come together to achieve a common goal: to win. Life is like that, and leaving high school to go out into the real world, whether it's straight to the workforce or straight to college, is no different.”
“This isn't the speech she shared with us” Kelly whispered to Nate, Lydia and Tag, “This is completely different!”
“It is!” Lydia whispered, “But she's doing so well! I say go for it!”
I was surprised as well. Kaysha had rehearsed her speech with me many times but...This was different! This seemed like...Improvisation. As if Kaysha was speaking from her heart rather than something that had been rehearsed and manufactured. And...She seemed so calm, so confident, so….herself. This made me even more interested in her speech.
“Now I'm a rookie at this thing called life, but from what I've gathered so far...As individuals, our skills and talents serve to accomplish something greater than ourselves. As a group, if we band together and work together, then there's so much we can accomplish. Whether it's charity work, or creating the newest advancement in modern technology, or...Helping restore justice to the world….” Kaysha continued as she looked straight up at us.
I smiled as I understood the reference she made towards the Triangles quest that we had gone through this school year.
“Shoutout to my basketball teammates, who worked hard this year to deliver what I believe was our greatest season. To those of them who are sophomores or juniors, I wish you all the best of luck in the future and hope you bring home more trophies. For my fellow graduates today, I wish you all the very best in the future and hope your future careers in college will be successful. Just don't forget to have fun, because what good are sports when you don't have fun along the way? And I wanna give another shout-out to my own personal team in life...My dear family and friends, especially the...Newcomers that have come into my life and have changed it for the better" Kaysha smiled as she looked straight up at us again. “I love all of you guys so much, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us. Especially you and me, DJ. Congratulations, seniors! Thank you” Kaysha ended as she finished her speech.
“Awwwwwwwwwww" everyone around me said as claps erupted throughout the entire audience. They then giggled in amusement of Kaysha’s remark towards me.
I blushed but smiled big at what Kaysha had said. It meant a lot to me and it was really sweet. She killed it with her speech! I'm so glad she changed things up. It was perfect. And I'm proud of her.
I sat back down in my seat smiling and feeling really good about my speech. I totally winged it! I don't know why, but I just felt like changing it. And I'm glad I did. It helped me relax a ton as I spoke from my heart. It was more genuine to me. And catching DJ smiling made me feel even better.
“Nice job, Kaysh!” Jerome whispered to me as he fist bumped me. I smiled as I returned it.
“Well done, Miss McPeek!” I heard the superintendent compliment, which made me feel even better!
The Top Ten gave their speeches and then, it was time for the diplomas! The valedictorian would be first, followed by the salutatorian, the rest of the Top Ten, the class president and vice president, and then Jerome and I.
I watched and readied myself as one by one, the graduates were handed their diploma, shaking hands with the principal and superintendent, receiving a colored cord based on GPA performance, a rose to hand to our mothers after the ceremony, and then getting a formal picture taken in front of an American flag backdrop.
“Kaysha LeeAnn McPeek!” Principal Turner announced.
Several people, including my family and new friends, cheered and whistled loudly as I walked up to receive my diploma.
“THAT’S OUR BABY!” I heard Mom and Dad yell out.
I snorted and laughed quietly to myself. OF COURSE my parents had to say something embarrassing! But things wouldn't be the same if they didn't!
I received my silver cord, the second to best one for a GPA, my rose and then got my picture taken before getting to sit back down.
Jerome got up briefly to give me a hug and I returned it before sitting down happily in my chair.
I chuckled to myself when I noticed Cassie and Ice going back to their GameBoys. Probably playing RoboMercs together! Cassie is more of a Legend of Zelda girl but she does love the game, especially because Ice does. Honestly, I wish I could be gaming right now to pass the time! Oh well, I don't have to move for a while, I’ll just daydream about me and DJ!
After the ceremony, we all waited outside for Kaysha so that we could congratulate her. I'm so proud of her! It's a great feeling to be done with high school and to look forward to an exciting future! I’m so glad I get to be a part of it!
We waited for a while and then I saw someone running towards us. I smiled big when I saw Kaysha running our way.
“There's my pretty girl!” I laughed happily as I held out my arms to her, which she literally jumped into.
“I'm so proud of you, Kaysh” I smiled as I held her close, “Your speech was awesome.”
“Thank you, DJ!” Kaysha squealed, “Gosh I TOTALLY winged it but I just spoke what I was feeling, you know?”
“And you did it wonderfully. I love you so much, mi nina bonita” I grinned as I pulled her close and kissed her.
We kissed for awhile until we started hearing cameras going off. Here we go again!
We laughed after we broke the kiss and looked at everyone around us.
“Wow, shocker!” Kaysha laughed.
“Sorry, darlin’! But Mom and I are so proud of you!” Nate smiled as he pulled Kaysha close and kissed her cheek.
“Thanks, Dad” Kaysha smiled.
I watched with a smile as others hugged and congratulated her as well.
“You did so good, Kaysha!” Charmaine smiled as she hugged her older sister, “And I paid attention to EVERYTHING the ENTIRE time! Unlike these two!” she teased as she pointed out Cassie and Ice.
They both laughed out loud.
“Hey! We kept our word! We paid attention to the important parts! Your speech rocked, Kaysh” Cassie smiled.
“For reals, yo! You didn't even look nervous! You slayed” Ice grinned as he hugged Kaysha.
“Thanks, guys” Kaysha grinned as she hugged him back, “I’m happy that this is all over! Now we can PAR-TAY!”
“Chyeah we can!” Cobra said excitedly.
Jackie chuckled as he hugged Kaysha.
“Saving the world, winning another basketball championship, and graduating in less than a year- it would seem you have a very good life, Kaysha!” he said.
“We can't forget about her meeting the love of her life! Duhhhhhhhhhh!” Jade teased.
Kaysha laughed. “Of course not! That's the best part” she smiled as she snuggled up against me.
I smiled big and blushed a little. “I agree.”