C for Compliment
I’m on my way to school when I saw a girl around my age wearing our girl’s school uniform. She’s outside a car talking to two big guys wearing suits.
“Could you please stop following me around? It’s so embarrassing when you’re tailing me the whole day.” Her sweet voice didn’t have any hint of annoyance. It was calm, and it was melodic.
“I’m sorry, Miss. We just want to follow your dad’s order,” said the guy in his suits.
“Then please change into something casual. Your looks got my friends intimidated,” she requested.
Her two bodyguards looked at each other like they’re talking with their eyes.
“It’s not in the rules,” she said and smiled.
She is Cianelle Ramsey, a daughter of a wealthy family. She’s the president of the music club and as far as I remember her voice is amazing. She performed a classical piece last year at our school’s festival, and she got herself her own fan’s club. She’s pretty too.
She caught me looking at her, and she smiled. I don’t know what to do, so I turned my head away and walked as fast as I could. That isn’t nice, Jarren. What did you do? I’m not trying to be rude. I don’t know how to react.
“That’s rude, you know.” I jumped out and almost got a heart attack when a girl popped out from nowhere.
“What?” she asked.
“Are you a ghost or something?” I asked her.
She reached and poked my forehead.
“Ghost can’t touch living things,” she said.
“Now, let’s go. We have classes,” she added and walked straight ahead of me.
How can I get myself acquainted and, most of all, a girl?
This time I decided to go to the rooftop. I bet there’s no one there at this moment since the sports club has its annual program. Everyone who wants to be a part of that club or wants to showcase their talents in sports has the opportunity to be a part of them this start of the school year. Not just those who are interested in joining come to that loud event, those who are sight-seeing a new chick or hot guys are also around.
I took a deep breath as soon as I walked into a place where I belong to a peaceful and empty spot where I can enjoy my lunch alone. I sat on a bench where a cool nice shade is. There I can see our field packed with almost all of the students. They’re having fun.
A volleyball match between groups of freshmen mixed with some varsities on both teams is almost over. The rally was ended with a spike of one of the freshmen from the red team, and the big crowd went louder as the winning team jumped out of victory. As a senior, Jim took the microphone and led the program. He silenced the crowd by his presence, which made him look like a star doing his concert.
“What a nice match. It feels like I’m in an official competition. The future of the Hallray High School Volleyball team lies in your hands. Good job, everyone!” he said, and that let them cheer and applause. You can see some girls giggling, and some are taking his pictures.
I took a gulped from my can of cola, and I had almost spurted it out when someone talked from behind.
“It looks like the feeling is mutual.”
I looked at her as she walked and sat beside me, having a half meter distance away. She has her gray eyes focused on the guy I’ve been looking down at the field.
“The crowd loves him, and so he is,” she said.
The wind let her brunette hair flows like it was the softest thing in the world. Her freckles made her face even more attractive for a girl which beauty no one knows. Did I just compliment her? She caught me staring at her, and I awkwardly looked away.
“You’re not good at people, don’t you?” she asked me as she looked at her cousin as what he told me yesterday.
“We’ve been crossing each other’s path since our freshman year, and from then, I thought that we’re so much alike.” I’m not really good at having conversations, so I stayed quiet and let her speak. I’m a good listener, though.
“Don’t you think?” she asked me.
“M-maybe,” I answered and almost choked my meal since I was munching my lunch.
“Have you eaten?” I asked her and offered her my meal. She smiled.
“I’m full,” she replied.
“You like peaceful places like this?” I asked her since she said that we’re much alike, which I thought made her conclude that.
“Nope.” Don’t get ahead of yourself and conclude things. That wasn't very comfortable. I’m an idiot.
“Oh, so what do you think we have in common?” I gulped the last drop of my cola and squeezed the can. I should hurry and finish my lunch.
She looked at me before saying, “Those eyes you have.”
“My eyes? Well, it’s not as beautiful as yours, though.”
“Those eyes have a lot to speak,” she said. There was a split second where I think everything went in slow motion, and I was only focused on how deep her eyes were.
“But thanks for the compliment, though. You’re the second one to notice it,” she added.
We were in silence, and all I could hear is the crowd cheering for another match and myself eating. I took a glance at her, and she’s too focused on what’s happening below. I should stop eating. I find it awkward and rude if I’m the only one who’s eating. I closed my packed lunch even though I didn’t even eat half of it and put it inside my bag. I took the water I bought from the cafeteria and finished it in one go. How did I end up here with her? I should find another spot to rest alone soon.
“So, any news about those stolen answers from Audi?” I don’t know what to say, so that topic came out from nowhere.
“I heard the exams would be a week delayed since they have everything reorganized.”
“Who do you think it was that made her stole those? We saw her with your cousin yesterday, and even though she’s in a two-week suspension, she looked like nothing bad happened.”
“Hey… Jarren.” I felt an electric running down my spine when she called my name. My heart beats faster, and I don’t know if I should feel nervous or what. I turned my head to face her, and she was looking at me directly in the eyes.
“What?” I asked.
“Do you have a club?”
Well, that’s an easy question, and I could lie about it now, saying ‘yes, I do have a club,’ but I don’t know, my mind can’t function well at this moment. Maybe I didn’t have enough lunch since I didn’t finish it.
“No,” I answered.
“Would you like to play with me?” Her gray eyes could be a little troubling.
“I wish I could talk to you more, but the time wouldn’t let us.” I saw her face a bit dismayed. We’ve finished our lunch, and we only have 15 minutes to go to work.
“Maybe some other time, a steak for dinner, for example,” I told her. She laughed while tugging a bit of her hair on her ears.
“A steak looks promising. I’ll look forward to it. You have my number. You can call me,” she said.
“I want to know more about you.” Her honesty can be seen in her eyes.
“And I’m a little bit curious about the old you and how you end up being friends with Audi.” That made both of us laugh. I opened the door before her and made her go first. I slowly walked her to her car, which is not too far from where my car is.
“I’ll have everything remembered just for you,” I told her.
She smiled before she hopped into her car.
“I’ll see you next for dinner,” she said before saying goodbye. I watched her drove off before getting into my car.
I turned on the engine and drove off from the parking lot. Our company is just a 5-minute drive from here, so I have nothing to worry about. I was patiently waiting for the traffic light to turn green, and I saw a woman wearing a red scarf, which almost covered half of her face, crossed the pedestrian lane in front of me. That made me feels the same thing I felt before. The electric running down my spine, my heart beats faster than it normally does. My brain couldn’t process what my eyes saw at those seconds of eternity, a pair of gray eyes, freckles, and brunette hair that as soft as the first time I saw it. If I wasn’t mistaken, she looked at me when she passed in front of my car. I heard she went abroad after the incident with her family. So she came back to Hallray now?
I came back from reality when I heard cars horning behind and some drivers mouthing and cursing at me. I saw the traffic light went green, and I immediately drove off from that place. Well, that was embarrassing.
C for CuriosityFlashbackThree days had passed since the last time that girl named Rev and I met on our school’s rooftop. My days were back to normal, and I can enjoy my own time during snacks and lunch breaks. Now I’m here at the back of our school’s academic building. It’s pretty cool here. The air breeze is cold. I want to thank the tall trees for that. I think it’s nice to take a nap here.I knew she’s one of them, like those people who come and go. Temporary as what they called them. That’s because I have those answer keys Audi stole that our lives crossed each other. A weird girl who met a boring boy is not going to happen.“It’s just a coincidence.” I closed my eyes.
D for DesiderataWe were in that position for five seconds, but it feels like it’s been five years.“They’re gone,” she said as she stood up while fixing her skirt.My arms felt numb, and my heart almost went out of my rib cage. I sweat like an athlete running for 10 laps in hot noon. I can’t feel my legs, and I tried to stretch them, but they felt so soft and wiggly. This was the first. The feeling is unfamiliar, and I'm not too fond of it that I overthink it this much.“I’m sorry,” she said.She sat on the grass again and started to clean up the board. She flipped it and put the pieces inside it one by one. Her wavy brunette hair covered almost her face making it impossible for me to see it. I felt weird. It feels like if I don’t see
E for an ExcuseI thought I couldn't spend my Fridays aside from the arcade. I mostly spent most of Friday’s free time there until I have no coins to drop. I’m not really a gamer addict. At least, I want to do something fun, and the arcade is my word to describe it.But now, why am I here at the burger shop near the city sitting across a girl who looks stronger than I am? This scenario looks like a boy being bullied by some badass girl who wants to eat a burger, and he has no other choices but to buy her one or else his life would end up pure tragic the next day.“Here’s your cheeseburger extreme, beefy nachos, soda, and a milkshake.” The waitress made sure she served our order right.“Really
E for ElatedSunday for us is where we should spend our time together. My mom always cooks food, but Sunday is her exception. My dad and I decided to have barbeque today. We were having trouble with who should cook and who will set up the backyard.
F for FearlessThe good news mom announced yesterday made our simple barbeque dinner became a celebration. We called Jurien through a video call since she’s out of town. That made her extra happy. I never thought we would have another member in our family.I’m looking forward to it. Now they won’t have to call me their baby.I smiled while I was walking my way to school without even realizing it. That’s why some people who passed by looked at me like I never smiled before.“You look so happy today,” that voice wouldn’t get me surprised anymore.“You don’t look surprised? You’re getting used to my presence now, or you’ve been waiting for me?”“Why are you still following me?” I asked her.&ldquo
F for FervidWe were invited to a small celebration party tonight at Miss Jon’s house, our club adviser. I’m not supposed to go, but I was told that my application would be rejected if I’m not coming. I think they’re just trying to scare me, but maybe they’re really doing it if I don’t show myself up.Our club’s secretary, Wenna, has my number and promised to text the address not later than what was planned. I went home from school, having hopes that maybe I could see Reverie on my way. I wanted to ask her if she could come, but unluckily, she didn’t show up when I expected her to.“You’re going somew
G for GratefulI was told to stay in the club room if I have time to spare every Tuesday and Thursday. Since Miss Jon allowed me to be a club member, I should learn how to play chess, even just the basics since we are small in numbers, and our key players didn’t have enough people to practice with. If my performance increases, she might let me stay in the club whenever I want, as Reverie does.Reverie and I have been hanging out regularly for two days now, and she’s been teaching me ever since. Of course, I could not win against her. She’s too strong. I wonder why she didn’t become a key player even though she has skills like the others.We decided to have our lunch together on the rooftop today. She said she has something to tell me and didn’t even say what it is all about. This is the first time I’m
G for GlareI’m in the arcade playing one of the games I play in here. The time comes so fast that I didn’t even realize it’s already Friday. I took my cellphone and saw one new message received. It was her.‘Look around you,’ she said in her message.I looked around and found it odd to see no one was with me. I looked at the clock. It was 8:56 pm. The arcade’s going to close minutes from now. I stood up from where I was sitting, but my left foot happened to be tied up in a chain. I started to think that maybe I’m just dreaming. Yes, this is just a dream.“It’s not a dream. It’s your subconsciousness.”