After a whole week of furiously cleaning, getting the room ready, and some more cleaning, the Keaton household was ready for their new guest. Her name is Charlotte Oliver, and she is a British exchange student coming to stay with the Keatons. The very excited Mr. and Mrs. Keaton drive off to the airport to pick her up. They get to the airport and held up a sign saying, "Welcome Charlotte". She sees the sign and she walks over to them to introduce herself. They hop into the car and drive off to the Keaton's house.
Back at the house, Alex, Mallory, Jennifer are all waiting by the door anxiously. "When she walks in, lets give her some space," Alex commands. They all hear the door unlocking. The girls start smiling uncontrollably. They are very excited. They see their parent walk in, then, behind them is a slender, blond girl carrying a suitcase. This is Charlotte Oliver.
She walks over to 10 year old Jennifer. She shakes her hand and says, "I am please to meet you. You're Jennifer, right?" Jennifer nods and answers that she is very excited to meet her and tell her all about England. Charlotte walks over to 15 year old Mallory and says, "And you must be Mallory. I hear you are the fashion queen in this house. I can't wait for you to fill me in on the fashions in this country." Mallory smiles broadly and replies like wise. Finally she comes to the end of the line to 17 year old Alex.
They shake hands and lock eyes. Something almost electric happens between them. She looked farther into his eyes and saw something beyond anyone could see. But at the same time everyone could see the moment all at once. "Hi, you must be Alex" she says quietly. Alex replies in a sort of dazed voice, "Uh huh". Mallory side comments, "For once he is at a loss for words." Mr. Keaton starts to pick up Charlotte's baggage, but Alex bursts out and exclaims, "Dad don't strain yourself. I'll carry them for you." Mr. Keaton, in a confused voices answers, "Sure Alex. Are you feeling alright?". Alex retorts, "Yeah fine Dad, just want to make a good first impression". Jennifer adds, "This is a first".
Alex shows Charlotte her room and sets her bags down. He shows her around the room. She politely says thank you. She starts unpacking, hanging up dresses and such. Alex decides to strike up a conversation with her. "So Charlotte, what do you like to do?" he asks. "Well I enjoy ice skating. I also enjoy big band music and swing dancing. What do you like to do?", she inquires. " Actually I like all those things. If you ever want to borrow some of my records, feel free. What other kind of music do you enjoy?" Alex asks. "Well I enjoy the Beatles quite a bit," she answers. "Any hobbies you enjoy?" he asks. "Well my uncle is a chef so I love to cook and bake. I will have to make some of my dishes for you sometime," she replies. Alex answers that he would enjoy that. Alex quickly asks how old she is and what grade she is in. "I am 16 and I am a junior. What about you Alex?" Alex says he is going to be a senior when school starts next month.
“That is neat. I think you will like the school. Maybe we will be in a class together.” Alex adds. Charlotte looks over to him and says, “I think we have most of the together according to your mother.” Alex looks back at her in shock. “Oh really? Th-th-that’s great” is all Alex can get out. “I will leave to your unpacking.” he says as he steps out the door. She just smiles at him. Alex closes the door behind him and trips all the way to his bedroom. He shuts the door behind him and falls onto his bed. “She is beautiful. How am I going to survive school with her in almost all my classes? Alex! Get yourself under control! You are in control of the situation. Keep your head together. How can I when she looks at me and how she smells when she walks by? Or how her hair shimmers and looks so soft? It will take some effort but I will have to figure something out.” He paces back and forth across his room until he hears the door open. He jumps and turns around to find Charlotte looking at him peculiarly and says, “Your parents sent me to come get you for dinner”. The only thing Alex can manage to do is rapidly shake his head and mumble “Uh huh”. She closes the door and Alex immediately falls on his bed and says to himself “Why me?”.
When everyone sits down, the dinner conversation is centered around Charlotte. She happily answers many of the Keaton's questions. They seem so fascinated by her life at home. After the dinner is finished at the dishes washed, the Keatons beg Charlotte to tell them more about her life back in England. Night soon falls and everyone reluctantly goes to bed. When waiting for sleep to overtake her, Charlotte thinks of her very eventful day. "I really like this family. They all seem like interesting and fun people. That Alex is quite something too." Finally she slips into a blissful sleep.