Together they launched into the air. As they plunged into the water, the friction tried to tear their hands apart. Xander held tight. When their downward momentum stopped, Xander was about to kick his feet and start back to the surface, but Kristin tugged his hand. She pulled Xander close and kissed him. Then she pulled back slightly, smiled her great smile again, let go of his hand and shot to the surface.
Xander hung in the water for a few seconds digesting what had just happened. Holding hands with Kristin, the jump and the kiss swirled over and over through his mind. Especially the kiss... ‘My first real kiss.’ That meant, ‘She likes me, too!’ It sunk in, ‘I have a girlfriend.’ A few bubbles escaped from his mouth, ‘I, Xander Bookman have a real live girlfriend!’’ Much to the delight of both girls, a cheer erupted from his mouth as he finally surfaced.
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