Ch. 6 - Where I Belong
“Akira, you might want to come over here.“, my mom said one Friday afternoon, making me walk over with my head down low.
“Your dad is coming back in two days.“, she revealed, making my head snap up. “He said the problems with the property are all solved and his flight is tomorrow.”
“Oh, okay that’s good. Wait...does that mean I can go back to my old school once he comes back?”
“Maybe, but I’m not really sure. We’ll have to see.”
Her saying maybe almost always meant yes, so I was almost fully sure that I’d be going back.
“I can see Mat, Liam, and my other friends again.“, I thought to myself as I walked back to my room to tell Sunny the good news.
I facetimed her while trying my hardest not to scream when I saw that she picked up the call.
“Hey Kiki, what’s up?”
“SUNNY SUNNY GUESS WHAT? I MIGHT BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE SCHOOL FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS!”
“Wait...WHAT?!“, she gasped. “OH MY GOD REALLY? I’M SO EXCITED!”
“I know right, me too! I really want to see Mateo.“, I said, my face falling at the thought of him.
“Yeah, I hope he goes back to normal and we can all see him smiling like before again. Also, Liam is going to be so happy if he sees you.”
“Now let’s just pray things turn out right. I’ll talk to you later Sunny, I’m gonna go sleep.”
That weekend was probably one of the worst weekends I’ve ever had. It felt as though each hour was an eternity, and the time just didn’t seem to pass. I was eager to know if I could go back or not and my impatience was really showing. On that Sunday, I didn’t get to sleep for even one bit because all I could think about was being able to see Mat’s face once again.
I was getting ready for school the next morning, and my dad was already back; he was in the living room eating breakfast. I went up to give him a hug, and then he said that he would try to get me back to my old school, but I’d still have to go to this new school for a few hours until he fixes things. I of course agreed and did as he said.
At school, I said bye to everyone that I became friends with, saying I’d be going back. Most people were pretty cool about it, and the teacher was acting like she cared and was going to miss me, when it was pretty obvious she was just being fake and didn’t actually mean it. But I didn’t care what she thought or felt to be honest.
What I really cared about was what Aaron and Alex would think. After telling them, I realized who actually cared about me more, which I think was already obvious since the beginning. Alex just shrugged his shoulders and said that it was fun spending time with me, but he didn’t seem to care much about me leaving. Aaron on the other hand was a little different.
“Akira, I’m really going to miss you. You made this past month turn out to be filled with some of the best moments in my life. I’ve never had as much fun with someone the way I did with you.“, Aaron said in a genuine tone.
“Aaron stopp, you’re making this hard for me. You’re one of the only reasons I’m remotely sad about leaving this building today. You’re such a great friend to me, and made coming here bearable. I really don’t want to lose you.”
“If we’re meant to be at least friends, I’m sure we’ll see each other again one day. I love you Kiki, don’t you forget that, okay?”
I got emotional and was more than happy that he loved me so much even though I was so sarcastic towards him all the time. While I was saying bye one last time and giving him a parting hug, the teacher told me my dad was at the parking lot waiting for me.
Running outside in joy, I jumped into the car and squirmed in my seat as he drove me back to my old school where I knew my friends were waiting for me.
I found great solace as I took my first steps inside and breathed in the familiar scent. After quickly checking in with the office, I ran all the way up the stairs to the fourth floor where my classroom was.
I knocked on the door all out of breath, and didn’t miss the look of surprise on Mrs. Reneé’s face. Sunny jumped up and ran to the front to hug me, letting a few tears slip in the process, and Grace and Bella did the same once she let go of me.
All of a sudden I heard the whole class besides Mateo, scream, “WELCOME BACK KIKI!!”
“Thank you so much everyone!!“, I yelled back, smiling like an idiot.
Then I looked over to Mat, who’s eyes were wide open and his lips parted in surprise.
Sunny was right, he looked like he weighed a lot less compared to before I left. He was sitting at a desk in the corner, and I felt my heart ache but chose to push it off so as to not make the mood gloomy. Instead, I used his own line on him.
“Um excuse me...why are you staring at me as if you’re going to eat my soul out?”
I saw the faintest of smiles trace his lips as he opened up his arms, waiting for me to go hug him. I literally launched myself onto him and hugged him back tightly. The feelings in my chest were indescribable as I found comfort in the nostalgic scent. After such a long time, I felt like everything would be okay as I listened to his heartbeat against my ear.
I heard the whole class going “awww” at us, so I quickly pulled away and pretended to cough.
I explained what happened and why I left to everyone, and the teacher seemed really happy to have me back for the end of the school year.
I went to lunch with everyone and Liam was so happy when he saw me. Then I went to the computer lab like always, feeling like I was finally back where I belonged. Mat looked at me after I sat down next to him, and started speaking after a little bit.
“Kiki, I really didn’t think I’d see you again. This past month just felt so weird and boring, and I didn’t feel like I had a reason to talk with anyone else. I love you so much Kiki, please don’t do this shit again.”
“I promise, I’ll never do something like this again and you better get it in your damn head that I’m never leaving you. Even if there happens to be a day where you leave me, there’s no way that I ever will.”
Well then you don't know what's coming for you, Kiki.
We went back to our classrooms and started building little rockets to launch together, and that was how the rest of the day went by.
The last two weeks of the school year went by really fast and it was the day of graduation already.
I wore a pink net gown that had crystals around the neckline and had the bottom bordered with lace. I paired it with silver wedge heels, did my hair, and wore makeup to compliment the jewelry.
Mat looked at me with his mouth wide open when I walked into the building that our graduation ceremony was going to take place, and just whispered, “Wow..pretty.“, thinking I wouldn’t hear him. Then my friend Brian said, “Damn, that pink lipstick though.”
Mat was wearing a black suit with a white shirt and red tie, and his long hair was done too.
Ugh, he looks so fucking handsome for what?
We both walked into the auditorium together and took our seats as we waited for our class’s turn.
Mat got called up and then my name was said right after his, making me giggle as I walked up to the stage. I stood next to him and could feel him tickling my back to try and get me to laugh in front of everyone, but all it took was one glare from me to get him to stop.
After getting our certificates and awards, we all sat down and Mat decided to put his head on my shoulder as he made stupid puns/jokes to make me laugh. A few minutes later, he lightly dozed off and fell asleep on me while other people received their awards for the next one and a half hours. I don’t think the teachers ever noticed that he fell asleep since all the lights were dimmed besides the ones on the stage, not that I wanted them to notice anyways.
When things were wrapping up I tried to wake him up but the idiot kept saying “five more minutes” before nuzzling into my shoulder even more, making my heart flutter.
Since talking to him wasn’t working, I decided to harshly pinch his cheeks, which did the trick. Everyone in the auditorium then stood up to sing a song together that we had all practiced a week prior. Mateo and I were looking at each other while we were foolishly singing our hearts out, and then started laughing because people nearby were clearly judging us, but we didn’t care.
Once that was over, we all ate food at the buffet outside and then proceeded to take some final pictures with each other before we parted.
Bella and Sunny were both going to Lincoln Middle School, Grace was moving to Colorado, Mat was going to Washington Middle School, and I was going to Thomas Edison Middle School.
I really wished I could take even just one picture with Mateo but I couldn't since he was a guy and I had to pretend like I didn’t know him in front of my parents when we were outside.
The next day, it was officially the last day of school and we were all getting our yearbooks signed in the morning, and Mat wrote a cute note inside of mine, far away from everyone else's.
Gosh, stop being so cute.
Sunny and the others started crying as we all got into a group hug, but me being me, I didn't let any of my tears fall in front of them.
When it was dismissal time, Mat and I walked outside together and he had his arm around me the entire time, something he never did before. We said our goodbyes and he hugged me one last time before I left.
I got scared when I tore my eyes away from him because my dad was a few feet away from us and I thought he might've seen me hugging him, but gladly he didn't.
Arriving home, I sat down at the edge of my bed and let all the tears I've been holding back, slide down, knowing it would be the last time I'd ever see some of them again.
But that's just part of life, right? You meet people who make you happy for a few short moments, and then you have to part ways because life goes on and people will always come and go.
It was around the evening when I suddenly saw that I had gotten a text from someone on my iPad. I went to check, and wasn't happy with who it was.
Juliana Garcia, otherwise known as Jules, had just texted me for whatever reason.
"What could she possibly want or need from me?