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Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.
But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.
Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?
Don’t do it Charlie. Don’t do it. Leave now. It’s not too late. I turned around and headed away from J.D. Ortiz’s house, but I only made it about three feet before I made a 180 and was back at his doorstep. Do not push that doorbell. Don’t do it. You will regret it. You can come up with your own ideas. You don’t need J.D.’s help. You are better than this. Only I wasn’t. If I wanted to get Teo personalized gifts, I needed someone who knew him personally. But did it have to be J.D.?
I turned to leave again. Then back around. I may have repeated that move three or four times. I didn’t know what to do. But I couldn’t stand there forever. I had to make up my mind. I could do this. I could do this. No I couldn’t.
This was a stupid idea. I was going home. I should have just dropped Morgan off and kept driving in the first place. I’d just buy Teo a Starbucks card and some chocolate snowmen and be done with it. Operation Secret Santa was officially over.
I made it down the steps, when I heard the door open.
“So,” J.D. said, with one eyebrow raised, “did you just come to spin around at my doorway or did you want something?”
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