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We don’t know what it is about prom stories, but they tend to make us a little teary eyed. Maybe it’s the fact that for so many teens this is the be-all, end-all evening of magic under the stars… or the water… or wherever the theme happens to be.

Or perhaps it’s because people put so much thought into these events nowadays, between the prom-posals and the expensive dresses and the makeup and the rented cars. Whatever it is, there’s no denying that proms are pretty darned important to a large contingent of people.

So imagine how devastating it would be for your boyfriend or girlfriend to let you down at the very last minute and not go with you?

That’s what happened to a 17-year-old student Haleigh Wiley, when she and her boyfriend had a huge fight the day before their prom, leaving her dateless at the very last minute. Thankfully she had another man in her life who was looking out for her: her five-year-old cousin Bentley.

Haleigh Nicole Wiley
Haleigh Nicole Wiley

The tot offered to accompany his cousin to her prom in her ex’s place, claiming he was a “big boy” who could do it. We mean… how do you say no to that? So the entire family pitched in and got Bentley an outfit, and the pair made the cutest prom duo we’ve ever seen.

She obviously looks gorgeous in her floral frock, and Bentley is a showstopper with his pink tie, corsage and gleaming grin. Look how happy he is to be taking his cousin as her date. It’s kind of adorable.

It just goes to show you that proms are what you make of them… and while a special someone will always make them more memorable, that special someone might not always be who you think.

All together now: awwww.