I ran as fast as I could. Almost Mr. Abdul--the school guard, closed the gate.
After staying up late to do the Aster Gang's errands, I was finally able to sleep a few hours. I'm really lucky, usually, I can only sleep an hour before going to school.
The reason why I was always ranked number one in school, was not because I was born smart, but because I had to study harder to be able to do the homework for members of the Aster Gang, who of course had different majors.
This is where I am, at Gemilang High School. A beautiful place, but terrible.
I stopped running when my name tag fell, a beautiful name written on the name tag made me feel sad.
Kei Innaya Susilo, that's my name. It means a Beautiful flower growing on the rock. I should be as strong as the name my parents gave me. But in reality, it's the opposite of what was expected.
I am weak. That's why they bother me. The Aster Gang. A group of fierce spoiled girls, and stupid men who always do all the girls' orders.
The only thing I can do right now survives.
I put the name tag back on my uniform, then ran back to class 3 IPS 1.
"Wow, progress! You're not late!" Miranda said while clapping her hands when seeing my presence.
Suddenly one class immediately turned towards me and noticed me. I'm so used to it. I know they feel sorry for me, but there's nothing they can do because they don't want to be bullied for sticking up for me.
I took out their four books and put them on the table.
"You already know the order, right? Last time, you made a mistake and made me get a lower score than Feby!" Lenny snapped, kicking my leg.
Lenny--leader of the Aster Gang. She created the gang and included three other people in the gang. That's what I heard.
"I've arranged it, Feby, Miranda, and Marko's grades will be lower than yours," I said quietly.
Lenny smiled faintly, she then pinched my cheek very hard, to make me nurse in pain.
"You're really smart! So cute, adorable!" Lenny shouted regardless of my moaning.
My cheeks felt hot and sore.
After laughing with satisfaction, Lenny removed her hand from my cheek which I'm sure was very red.
"Go away, I'm disgusted by your messy hair!" joked Lenny while pushing my body with her index finger.
As fast as possible, I ran out of Lenny's class and headed to my class.
My class is not much different from Lenny's class. Everyone ostracized me. They think I'm jinxed for getting Lenny and the gang to come around, and play here.
"Please put it in the warehouse, and bring a new chair," said Mrs. Yuni, pointing to a broken chair in the corner of the classroom.
I nodded, then immediately lifted the chair for me to move to the warehouse.
Along the way, I kept praying to God to keep me away from the Aster Gang. I'm so tired today, if I meet them again, my day will be ruined.
I half ran, and went into the shed there I put the chair down, then got a new one. But alas, I'm too late.
With a strange grin, Lenny and her friends went into the barn and locked the door.
"It's too dark here! She can't see clearly!" Lenny exclaimed in a cute tone.
To be honest, that kind of tone sounded awful to me.
Within seconds, the lights were on, and I could see their faces very clearly.
"Siti, let's play! I'm bored!" Miranda exclaimed as she sat me down by force in the chair I was holding tightly.
And of course, the weak me can only surrender when she does that.
"I have something that can make Siti much prettier!" Lenny exclaimed excitedly.
How I hate to hear the name Siti that they address to me. My name is Kei, not Siti. They always do this, calling me whatever they want.
Lenny took out henna from her skirt pocket.
"We'll see how skilled I am at painting Siti's face," said Lenny with a meaningful look.
I immediately left my chair and ran towards the exit, but Marko was there. The man immediately slapped my face with his big hand.
"Siti, honey, don't fight back, Marko is in a bad mood, you'll get slapped again later!" Miranda called out, pulling me back into the chair.
Miranda, and Feby holding both sides of my arms. Meanwhile, Lenny was happily scribbling on my face with henna.
I wanted to scream, but the more I raised my voice, the more they enjoyed torturing me.
"You know why I enjoy watching you suffer so much? Because it makes me realize that my life is so much luckier than yours! Isn't that so much fun?" asked Lenny then smiled so broadly.
If only I could reply just once. If...
"Siti, life is sometimes unfair, so you have to get used to it!" Lenny exclaimed while continuing her action scribbling on my face.
"Her hair is too tangled, it hurts my eyes!" said Miranda.
Lenny stepped away from me. She then looked at me from head to toe.
"We have to make our dolls look beautiful!" muttered Lenny while looking around the room.
"There it is!" shrieked the girl as she picked up the weed shears that were lying on the broken table on the other side of the barn.
"No, please!" I whispered.
What is she going to do to me with those scissors?
"Calm down Siti, calm down! Just trust me! I guarantee you, you will look much prettier after this!"
After saying that, Lenny came over to me. I, who couldn't move anymore, could only cry silently when Lenny cut my hair off with Marko's help. The beautiful hair that my late mother had always praised was now slowly falling to the floor.
"Our doll is too pious!" Feby exclaimed, pointing at the skirt I was wearing.
Again, all I could do was shake my head weakly with tears that couldn't stop coming out of my eyes.
At random, Lenny cut my skirt to show my upper thigh.
I tried to close it, but Miranda and also Feby held my hand.
"Well, it's better, isn't it!? This is just beautiful!" Lenny exclaimed happily.
"One more time I see you pass Ferdy's class, I will finish you off!" Lenny snapped and grabbed my neck.
Before I really could not breathe, Lenny let go of her hand.
Tight, hot, and sore. My head felt so heavy that my vision became blurry.
"See you tomorrow, Siti!" Lenny pinched my cheeks, then left me.
I hurriedly locked the barn door for fear that someone would see me in this condition. In this cramped, dark, and stuffy room, I cried silently.
I'm tired God, can't you give me just a little bit of your mercy?
I picked up the broken mirror that was lying under the bookshelf. I cried, even more, to see how my face was destroyed because of the henna that Lenny had painted on my face.
Of course, those horrible streaks won't disappear easily because Lenny uses Henna.
I can only wait silently for everyone to leave the school.
After covering my skirt with the dirty tablecloth in the warehouse, I ran to get my bag and went home.
When I got home, then I could cry and scream as much as I wanted.
Lenny was right, life is not fair.
I ran into my room, locking myself inside with the music playing loudly. Ah, no! Very hard precisely because only then I can cry to my heart's content. No one wants to live so miserably like this.I'm not a bad girl, I'm a good girl who never hurt anyone, but why did God put me in this position? Why?I paused and covered my mouth tightly when I heard a knock on the door. I know exactly who is behind that door. Yes, it must be Dad. I thought he was not at home as usual."Kei, have you eaten?" shouted Dad from behind the door.No, I haven't eaten, and it's better not to eat than to show my face covered in dried henna streaks. Dad would be very hurt if he saw his only daughter become a victim of bullying. And of course, I don't want that to happen."I already ate at school!" I shouted."Could you open the door?" asked Dad."No! I don't wanna see anyone! I'm on my period!" I shouted while holding back my tears."Alright, meet Dad whenever you want!" shouted Dad.I put my ear to the door t
I could only cry when slap after slap landed on my cheek. They call this punishment for a brat like me who usually only complains. Not just a slap, now Lenny even strangled my neck.Don't ask how it feels, I almost lost my mind if only Lenny didn't take her hand off me. They were angry because I entered the counseling room. Of course, they knew what chat we had in there. The only problem in my life is them, so it's pretty easy to guess."What did you say to Mrs. Merry? You told me how much you suffered because of me? This idiot thought the counseling teacher could stop me from hurting her, really stupid!" Lenny shouted, pushing me against the wall until I hit my head."Don't waste your time! Do you know this is a private school? And the biggest donors in this school are my parents, instead of getting into trouble with me, those stupid teachers would rather let you be my toy!" exclaimed Lenny while putting her hands on her hips with an annoyed look.That's right, they are stupid teache
"Why? Who are you? Why do you want to help me?!" I said to the man.I've asked for help from everyone close to me, friends, teachers, and relatives, but none of them wants to help me, why does this unknown man want to help me?"Because a woman as beautiful as you is too fond of being bullied," said the mysterious man casually.For some reason, I doubt what that man said. It didn't make sense for him to bother helping me just because I was pretty."Forget it, you won't be able to help me!" I cried desperately."So what? Are you trying to commit suicide again? Don't you have a family at home? Is there someone waiting for you at home? How do you think they would feel if they found out that you died in vain because of a useless bunch of humans ?!" cried the man as he stood up, and came back to me.I was slapped by the man's words. He was right, Daddy worked all day long to provide a good life for me, and he would be very hurt if I died by suicide."And those bullies, they will never chang
"What's this?" I asked confused as soon as Kenan showed me the various photos that I knew belonged to the Aster Gang which were neatly pasted on the blackboard."Take your target's photos!" said Kenan casually.The man was still busy pasting photo after photo on the blackboard.As usual, we always meet in this old building every morning. Kenan regularly invites me to exercise in the morning, trains me in martial arts in the afternoon, and at night we just talk. We've been doing this routine for almost a week."If you want revenge, you have to get to know them deeper. That way, you can find their weak points." Kenan shouted while pointing at the blackboard in front of us."Okay. So, you spied on them? What did you get?" I'm starting to get excited."There are four members of the Aster Gang. Their leader is Lenny, then the two useless maids, Miranda and Feby, and the idiot who can hit women, Marko! You have to know the ins and outs of their family!" Kenan exclaimed while pointing at the
"Wait! "You wanna wear that uniform?" Kenan shouted while glaring at me in disbelief, making the employees in the store also surprised and look at us with strange looks that made me feel uncomfortable.Alright, I don't see anything wrong with the school uniform I'm holding. Well, it's new, clean, and nice; what makes Kenan surprised by those glaring eyes?"Now I understand why they targeted you from the start! You must look nerdy wearing a big-size uniform like that!" Kenan with his hands on his hipsYeah, actually, I never cared about anything like looks or anything; I just wore what made me feel comfortable. Is it wrong? And just because someone wears a dress that makes them look weird, stupid, or whatever doesn't give you the right to bully that person.Kenan shook his head slowly, then left me to get a uniform in another size."Try this," Kenan said as he handed me the uniform."You don't think this is too small? Well, I need a comfortable uniform to move around freely in case I h
Kenan smiled broadly as I came out of the house. Even though I refused, Kenan still insisted on taking me to school. Luckily, Dad had left for work this morning, or he would have interrogated me about Kenan. Where is his home, who are his parents, and so on? Ah, that would be too troublesome."Wow, you look beautiful!" Kenan praised me while giving me a helmet.I just smiled faintly and put on the helmet that Kenan gave me."Are you nervous?" asked Kenan while winking one eye at me.Nervous? Of course. Am I brave enough to fight them? Well, I'm sure I can face Lenny, Feby, and Miranda. But Marco?"What are you worried about?" asked Kenan after starting his motorcycle engine."Marko," I answered quickly."Kei, we already have Marko's ace card; just relax; he won't dare to bother you again," Kenan said casually.Kenan drove his motorcycle through the busy streets of Jakarta. A refreshing woody scent wafted from the jacket Kenan was wearing. It's quite impressive; why would a handsome an
I waited on the terrace of the house while eating my favorite snack. This afternoon, Kenan changed our practice schedule because he wanted to take me somewhere. I don't know what he's planning today; he didn't say anything but sounded rushed."Don't eat too much; you're a girl," said Dad, who had just come home."You're home early?" I said it quickly."Yes, my work is done, so it's better to hurry home and accompany you home," Dad said as he sat beside me."Too bad, I'm going out with my friend. You better get some rest, drink coffee, and read the paper!"Hearing what I said, Dad immediately squinted and looked around."Where do you want to go?" he asked suspiciously."Um, this is young people's business; you don't need to know," I said, then winked mischievously.Dad just shook his head slowly, and he then walked away from me. I put the snack back in my mouth. Kenan said my body was too thin; I could fly just because the strong wind hit me. So, I had to gain weight; I hit less hard b
"Ready to meet Marko today?" Kenan asked, then smiled at me.I just smiled and took a deep breath."Remember to call me whenever you need! I'll come and finish that guy off if needed!" After saying that, Kenan patted my arm lightly.I nodded slowly, then said goodbye to Kenan and entered the school. As I walked down the school corridor, the whispers of other girls kept my ears ringing. They kept gossiping about my transformation, and not only that, they wondered how a nerdy girl like me could know a cool guy like Kenan, who always dropped me off at school and picked me up.This is quite surprising because they know Kenan. Is Kenan so popular that everyone knows him?Whatever the case, the most important thing is that I can be free from Lenny and the gang for a while. I wanted to do a lot of things that I couldn't do at this school because of Lenny. I want to hang out in the canteen, I want to read a lot of books in the library, I want to take part in extracurricular activities like ba