Freshman year, playing soccer outside with most of the boys he would soon call his “Lost Boys”, but he didn’t know that yet. Right now, Peter Banning thought not of fighting, and lost boys, or powers or Pan. Peter only thought of friends, having fun, and keeping his grades high enough to make his father happy. He turned his head to the left when the boys decided they were going to have a round without Peter. He huffed, but that’s when he saw her for the first time. His first thought was that she was really pretty, that is certain. So he plucked up some nerve, and walked up to the girl reading a book in the bleachers. He sat down next to her, a smile on his face.
"Hallo. I’m Peter Banning, I don’t think we’ve met."
The girl smiled, closing her book to look at him, “I’m Wendy, Wendy Darling. And no, I don’t think we have. Pleasure,” she nodded to the group of boys, “Why aren’t you playing? I saw you first game, you were good.”
Peter shrugged, “They won’t let me play anymore. It’s okay though, I don’t mind. It means I get to talk to you.”
Wendy laughed, “You do seem like a fun guy to talk to, unlike most around here…..”
The scene changed then. Things were no longer as simple as they were when they first met that lovely day the year before. Pirates were not their worst enemy anymore. Wendy would be leaving next year, leaving Peter to fend for himself in this dark and scary world.
He could see Wendy in University, falling in love, growing up and forgetting all of her promises. Forgetting Peter, leaving him behind, proving Oogie right.
Flashing back to the time, last summer at the beach. Just the two of them. The day they both vowed to never grow up together. And even though Peter wasn’t awake to acknowledge it, he knew something had changed. Something was different in his heart.
But he wouldn’t have to confront it for a while yet.