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This is my first short story. It's a bit long but it was how it is. I could write longer but I tried my best not to write too long. Feel free to comment.
Feeling a bit woozy, I headed to the cafeteria. Then, I have to go to the Chemistry class. I had taken some pills to ease my headache but the pain seemed to be worse. My name is Melissa and this is my boring life. I couldn't think of anything else except go to school, go back home, eat, and sleep and so on.
"Hey, Lisa!" a familiar voice boomed through the hallway. I turned to look my best friend, Izzat, pushing through the crowded place and walked over to me. Seeing him once a day was enough to make my heart feel happy for a week. He was my childhood playmate and had been there for me at times when I needed him the most. As he moved towards me, a few girls from other classes sighed and looked at him longingly. I snorted slowly. So much for being the cutest guy in town.
He had many fans from our school and many girls from other schools also had a crush on him. He ignored them anyway. I had asked him one day, "Do you have a girlfriend because I never had seen you hanging out with other girls except for me and my friends?"
And he had told me that he did love someone but didn't have the courage to tell her. Oh, and I had smacked his head for admitting to be such a coward.
"How are you? Haven't seen you much this week. So, what's up?" he said as he twined his arm around my neck, making it hard for me to breathe. My face was reddening up for the lack of air and it felt like he was strangling me. I thrust his arm away and elbowed his ribs, then, I walked away.
"You can't just walk away from me like that. No girls ever turn away from me, you know?" he bragged about himself as he followed me from behind, who was still lacking of oxygen. I pouted and pinched his arm. He jumped. "Why did you do that?" I rolled my eyes over and went to sit at my usual spot in the cafeteria.
As soon as we sat down, I smacked his head hard with my Chemistry book. I snapped before he said something, "You idiot! You could've killed me with your arms. Thank God I'm still breathing at this moment!" I rubbed my neck.
"Aw…come on, I'm just playing around with you." He patted my head.
I muttered under my breath, "More like fooling around with me, if you ask me." Then, he tried to strangle me – of course, playfully, like buddies. We struggled and heard a sweet, lovely voice that rose above our arguments.
"How nice. Buddies playing wrestling with each other." Ugh… It's Mia, the number one Queen Bee of the school and the female version of Izzat. She was famous among the boys. Well, a bit of a dimwit but still, the boys were after her, except for Izz. She also had a crush on him but he kicked her right out of his way. She wouldn't stop flirting with him unless he came to her.
"What do you want?" Izz's voice was harsh.
Mia's lips twitched at the corner. "I just wanted you to know that I'm having my birthday party at the Hilton's this Saturday night. You are invited." She glanced at me and the others at my table. "I'll be waiting for YOU." What she meant was we were not invited. She turned and started to walk away before saying over her shoulders, "Tux and tie, please." She giggled menacingly.
I looked at Izz questioningly. He frowned at Mia's back, and then turned to smile at me reassuringly. "Don't worry. I'll never betray you guys by going to her party, which was…well, dedicated for snobbish rich persons." Our table roared with laughter. He said in a low, velvety voice to Amy, Ella, Rita, Hairi and me, "There is no way I am going to miss our weekly Saturday night celebration!" We laughed more at some joke that Hairi told us.
Right after school was over; I dragged Izz along with me to the mall. As I was trying out a few clothes in the Ladies' Section, he asked, "Why do I have to follow you here?"
"Because…" I trailed off and opened the door of the Fitting room. "…you know what's best for me than anyone else, right?" I turned around in a full circle. "What do you think of this blouse and the skirt? Is it okay for me?"
He considered the clothes that I had on. Then, he snickered, covering his mouth. "What's so funny?" I asked him. It only made him laugh harder. A few other women turned to look at us before ignoring us completely. "Did I forgot to put on my skirt?" I looked down and he shook his head, holding back more laughter.
He pointed at my clothes and said, "You forgot to button up your blouse." Stricken by horror, I looked down and shrieked. I snatched my jacket from his arms and covered the front of my body. This was too embarrassing! Thank God I wore my camisole today. Feeling my face heating up, I smacked his head again with my five-ton-weighed purse. "I'm sorry." But he didn't stop laughing. I turned around to button up when he grabbed my shoulder and turn me to face him. He looked serious – and I had expected him to laugh any minute from now. "I meant that, okay? I'm sorry." I thought that he was joking but he had this REALLY serious face on him. "By the way, it looked okay if you don't button it up."
"Really?" I asked him back. Then, he grinned and said, "Just don't forget to wear another shirt under this blouse."
I sighed, "I'll remember that," and rolled my eyes.
But within a few minutes, I didn't feel embarrassed of the incident anymore. Maybe it's because I regard him as my only brother because I didn't have any siblings. Well, (sigh), just me in my family. Since I was little, I had no one to play with. One day, I was staring at the flowers near the gate in front of my house. That was the time that I had first met Izz, who was cycling by. He lived a few blocks away.
We became friends in no time. After that, he brought me and introduced me to his friends, who were my friends too now. He knew every secrets in my life, every misery I had been through and every cuts and bruises that I got. It was so common for us to punch or kick each other in the public. I'm not a tomboy…just what in the anime world was called, tsundere.
And since we were twelve – which was six years after we met – we made up our own Saturday night group gatherings. We invited our friends (Amy, Ella, Rita and Hairi) to either of our houses. We would talk of world issues, discuss next week's plans and do lots of teenager's stuff.
Sitting in the LRT, I glanced at Izz who was asleep beside me. Probably, he was tired from my shopping spree just now. To say it honestly, I really do think that he looked very cute but there was no way that I would fall for him. Amy asked me the chances of us to be together and I had said, "If you are going to see me dating Izz, you would have to wait until Brad and Angelina started to think that children are such a nuisance and decided not to take care of their children again." True. I could never look at Izz as if he was my lover. Not at this age.
The speaker announced the next stop, our station. I shook his shoulder and after he picked his school bag up, he followed me out. We walked to our home. I asked him a question that I had been keeping quiet for a long time. "Izz, when do you plan to confess your feelings to that girl that you like?"
He stopped dead in his steps. I looked back and he removed his gaze from me, not wanting to meet my eyes. He sighed and reluctantly answered, "Soon."
"How soon?" I demanded for a more exact answer.
"In a while," he replied curtly.
"How long is that while?" I pushed him deep into his thoughts.
"You'll see. I'll let you know." He seemed to blush. Even in the dark, without the lights, his pale skin was very visible. We walked in silence after that. I hummed my favourite anime songs. Before we knew it, we were in front of my house – Izz's house was a bit farther. I turned to look at him and smiled. "Goodbye," I said.
"Goodbye," he replied. Just after two steps, he called me. "Lisa…" I turned and saw the miserable look on his face. "I…I might as well tell you something right now. I…I..." he stopped talking and stared at the grass on my lawn.
"Izz…" I walked towards him and gently, placed my palm on his arm. Then, he looked into my eyes. I froze, seeing his troubled eyes and said, "Are you sick? Come, sit down."
I began to drag him with me to the only bench a few yards away. He grabbed my hand a bit harder in return, and held both of my shoulders to face him. His touch hurt me a bit but nothing could hurt me more than seeing Izz in pain right now. I reached up a hand to touch his cheeks when suddenly, he blurted out the words. "I love you." My hand paused halfway to his face. Again, I froze. I patted his arms like I always did when he was sad and said, "Of course you do. We all love each other. Why…?" I stopped because he put a finger on my lips.
"That's not what I meant," he replied in a husky tone. I blinked, again and again.
"Oh…I…I see…" I let his arms go and frowned, thinking, ‘This is not what I had expected. This is wrong. All wrong.' I faced him again and asked in a serious tone, "How long?" His answer surprised me: "Four years." After that, there's an awkward silence between us. I gathered all my thoughts and began composing my words at the same time as I told him. "Izz, it's not that I don't like you or despised you. I'm sorry but I cannot accept it right now." His eyes searched mine and found it instantly. Looking straight into his eyes made it harder for me to say it out loud. "I'm sorry but I can't. Don't be disappointed but I love you as a friend. You're my best friend. I…"
"Lisa! Are you outside?" mom shouted. I apologized to Izz. "Sorry. Mom is calling for me. I think she's in a bad mood. Well, meet me here on our Saturday night. Tell the others to bring their stuff, okay?" I placed my palm on his cheek for a while and strode off. Then, without a glance, I rushed inside to see my mom. I felt pain in my chest as I recalled what I had told him. I recalled back all of our memories, all of the looks that he gave me and I was surprised to find out that they were full of love. I kicked myself internally for rejecting him. I loved him too. Maybe that explains why my heart fluttered every time I was with him. I desperately wanted to tell him that I loved him too but when I peeked out of the window, I couldn't see Izz. Perhaps he was gone. I thought, ‘No, it's not too late. I'll apologize this Saturday.'
Again, the weekly event was finally here. I sighed as I placed the bowl of potato chips in place. ‘Where the hell are they?' I thought. They shouldn't be late. As the doorbell rang, I went to the door. I waited for a few seconds to brace myself facing Izz. My heart beat faster and faster every second. I chuckled. Maybe I do love him after all. I stood there so long that my mom came to see who it was. She opened the door, giving me a weird look, and sure enough, my friends were all there – except Izz. "Oh, come in, kids… Wait, where's Izz?" my mom asked them and they all shrugged.
I heaved a sigh and thought about what he had said on Tuesday. He said he loved me. And for all of this time, I had been the girl who he had a crush on. I was so stupid. How could I didn't see it? We were feasting upon our snack when my phone beeped and said I had a new message. It was a picture with a few words written under it. ‘Look who's having a good time in Hilton. He's on his way to your place now. Love, Sara.' The most painful thing that I saw was Mia in Izz's arms and she was kissing him on his cheek! I couldn't believe it! How could he do this to me? He was going to the party because he was wearing the ‘tux and tie' in the picture. I felt a tear rolling down my cheeks.
"What's wrong?" Amy asked. I shook my head and standing up; I threw the phone onto the couch. I stomped all the way out. My parents were not here because they're attending a dinner at a friend's house…but I didn't care about that. I was actually looking forward to this day just to apologize to him and confess MY feelings towards him. I sat on the garden bench and cried for a long time. Suddenly, I felt stupid for admitting that I loved him.
I heard hurried footsteps and then, someone pushed the gate to my house. I looked up and saw him. Izz. I stood up as he hurried to me. Before he could say anything, I grabbed his tie and said in a slow tone, "Tux and tie?" His eyes widened in horror and he asked me, "How did you…?"
"Sara," I told him and he got angry all of the sudden. He stepped away from me and took his tie off and threw it onto the ground, yelling, "I didn't do anything wrong!" I snapped back, "Well, if you didn't why did you go there?"
"I have to, okay? Her father invited me. You know that my mother works for him at his company."
"But why would you let her touch you?" I yelled back at him. He looked dumbfounded. A minute later, he shook his head and took my shoulders like that night. He pushed me so that I sat on the garden bench and he sat down beside me.
"I don't know why she would do that. You know she's a complete jerk and all that. I came here after yelling at her for doing that. Even if you…didn't look at me the same way as I look at you, I still mean it: I love you." He wiped a tear on my face. I nodded, meaning that I understand what he had said just now. It was another awkward silence for us. Unexpectedly, I began to laugh softly. Izz frowned at my reaction. I said, wiping the last of my tears, "This is ridiculous. For both of us, I mean. We shouldn't be having feelings for each other, you know?" He wanted to ask, "What-?", but I said in a serious tone, "I also love you the way you love me. I just realized that: why I always feel nervous when we talk or why you can make me happy or even why I cried seeing that message that Sara sent to me."
"We're all ridiculous people," he said and we laughed.
I turned to face him and made up my mind, "You know, I still think we're too young for this…I mean, we're only sixteen, for God's sake and we troubled ourselves by throwing our mind into this whole puppy love thing. I still think this is too early, Izz. We've got education things and a future to be set." I paused and he kept quiet, knowing that I had something else to tell him. I didn't notice but now that I did, we were holding our hands all the time. "I do love you. But I am not in love with you. I just realized that."
"I think you're right. I'm sorry for attending the damned party without telling you. Let's go inside. It's getting colder every second now."
And that was our story. It's not so interesting but it certainly was the start of something new. Since that day, we became closer than ever. That was a small part in our lives. Only the two of us who knew what happened that night. Okay….so I told Amy and the others. They approved. Anyway, I was very sure that Izz and I would stay friends always – maybe more than friends like dates but we'll never be less than that.
~~He grinned his crooked smile at me, stopping my breath and my heart. I couldn't imagine how an angel could be any more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon. - Bella Swan on Edward Cullen, novel Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ~~
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