How to Build a Better Princess

Well Isn't This Just A Perfect Princess day

Riley's POV

I walked up to the stairs of the school, and took a deep breath, the necklace sitting peacefully on my collarbone. I took my first steps inside, and was instantly greeted by Lucas.


"Hey." I said surprised, and he grinned.


"How are you, princess?" he asked, and I could feel a slow blush creeping up.


"I'm fine," I said, as his gaze slowly fell toward my neck.


"You're wearing it."


"Yeah, why wouldn't I?" His look of surprise made the necklace feel like lead, as I fingered it. The bell rung suddenly, and we both rushed to our classes, our teachers looking at us questioningly. I took my seat and stared at the teacher in the room, as he began teaching. But my mind seemed to wander away.


Normally, I was a good student, and I only ever got out of line whenever I had Maya around. But all I've seen, since 18 hours ago, is his blue eyes, and his small dimple in his smile in the back of my mind making me feel right, I could only think of Lucas, and how much things have changed. Everything has changed I thought, smiling ironically. The only thing I could think about was his blue eyes, and the way he could hang out with us, and everything would be so normal when he was around. The class ended almost too quickly, and I sprang up, the first to the door. I reached out for the doorknob, when the door swung open before me.


"Woah… hey." I stammered, as he stared back for a second before smiling.


"Hey princess. Here you go," he said, holding the door wide open, and my heart melted as I walked by, when suddenly someone rammed into me.


"Oof!" I moaned as I slammed into Lucas, dropping my things.


"Hey lovebirds." Maya said, standing triumphantly, even though both Lucas and I towered over her by a few inches.


"Maya! I thought you were supposed to be my friend!" I exclaimed, but Lucas just chuckled.


"You will never cease to amaze us, will you?"


"Huuuur that's right cowboy!" Maya laughed, running off to her next class, and I shook my head, picking up my things.


"Shall I escort you to class?" Lucas said, his words warming me to the core, and I sighed happily.


"Suuure…" I said dreamily, barely able to keep my thoughts together. Dang it! I shouldn't lose it in front of him! Especially now since… "Hey, I'll be fine, actually. You can go ahead to your next class," I said painfully, it killing me to reject Lucas for something simple as this.


"But I need to. Since yesterday, everything has changed." He said, grabbing my free hand, and I walked in a daze the rest of the way, mumbling nonsense at my dad who passed by, a stern look on his face, but I could barely think. Finally, we arrived, and to my disappointment, he walks away with barely a goodbye, and Maya watched me as I took my seat next to her.


"Awww… did Ranger Rick give you a smooch?" she said, grinning from ear to ear, and I could feel the heat rising to my face again for the second or third time today.


"No! Maya!" I argued, but stopped as the next teacher walked, and my mind wandered yet again, to the only boy that put butterflies in my stomach, and made me take flight, making me feel so right.




The lunch food sucks. Just putting that out. Geraline is such a great person, but her food…. not so much. I poked at the lump that was supposed to be a burrito, and pushed it around on my tray, trying to ignore my rumbling stomach. Lucas finally appeared, taking a seat, and I looked wistfully at his food, which he always packed himself. He unwrapped a sandwich, and was about to take a bite when he stopped, seeing my unhappy face.


"You want some?" he said, and I snapped out of my hungry misery to focus on his face, which showed concern, and I smiled.


"What are you talking about?" But he took a slice of his sandwich and put it in front of my mouth.


"Just eat it." he said, and I took it gratefully, taking a tentative bite.


"What is this?" I asked, rolling the bite around in my mouth, savoring the taste. He just shrugged and took a bite himself.


"Just some sprinkles and peanut butter I slapped together." he said, just as Maya came.


"Hey lovebirds." she grinned, taking a bite of her food, before she froze, and I could see the gears turning in her brain. Finally, she turned to Lucas and rose one of her eyebrows, giving him a sly look.


"You slapped what now?" she said, before turning to me, wiggling her eyebrows. "You better be careful with this one. He's a ladies man, and soon he'll be aaaalll over you," she winked, and I shuddered.


"No, he's not going to be all over me. He is going to save me, like he did now with this sandwich!" I said, shaking the sandwich slice I held in my hand for emphasis. "I could've died Maya, I could've died."


"Yeah yeah yeah, I get it. But you be careful now ya hear?" she waved her fork at me, and I rolled my eyes. Suddenly, the bell rung, and we all got up, finishing our lunches as fast as we could, before dashing to class. I took my seat as the next bell rung, and sighed, looking around. Today wasn't a day I have a class with Lucas.


"Riley." Farkle said out of nowhere, and I smiled back wearily.


"Hey Farkle." I moaned, and he looked at me, a concerned on his face.


"What's wrong Riley?" he asked, folding his hands on the desk, and I could instantly tell from the tone in his voice that he was listening.


"Well... " I began, but the teacher walked by, and I hurriedly turned back to my work, my ears burning. I "worked" for five minutes, before turning back to Farkle, who had taken a seat next to me. "Farkle." I whispered, and he nodded, turning back towards me.


"Farkle is listening. I can read your eyes, and boy do they have a story to tell, but tell me verbally anyways"


"Well... You see..." I said, racking my brain for an explainable answer.


"You're in love with Lucas, but you don't know how to tell him, or what to do." he said with finality, and I staggered back, astonished.


"You saw all that in my eyes?" I said, surprise in my voice, but he shook his head.


"Nah, I can see it on your notebook," he pointed out, looking at the doodles I had drawn on the sidelines, some of them concerning Lucas. Well, all of them...


"Gah, oh boy, you did not see that." I yelped, covering it hurriedly, but Farkle just sighed, as if this was something almost irritating to him.


"You need to let your walls down." he said, but the words seemed to mush around in my head.


"You don't get it do you?" he sighed again, and I nodded. "You're acting all defensive and awkward, always trying to please him," he said, noting my clothing and fake smile I plastered onto my face as the teacher walked by.


"But... I want him to like me!" I argued quietly, but he shook his head.


"Let him know the real Riley. I'm sure he'll fall in love with with that. I'm know I sure did." he grinned, and I let a small smile slip out.


"Thanks Farkle."


"Sure no problem. Now, can Farkle get one right here?" he pointed at his cheek, just as class ended.


"Still no. Sorry Farkle." I laughed, gathering all my stuff with a swoop of my arm. I got up, giving Farkle a side arm hug before running out the door, leaving a slightly disappointed Farkle behind.

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