Chapter 12: Heart-to-heart with Romeo
After looking into every classroom on my way, I found Damien sitting under the bleachers in the ground.
There were people around with their friends but no one noticed Damien who was hiding under the bleachers as he sat and observed the freshman as they fooled around in the ground. I silently walked up to him and sat down next to him on the ground.
“What do you want, Penny?” Damien asked me after a whole minute when I didn’t say anything to him. I turned my head to look at him but he was still not looking at me as he glared at the scene in front of him.
“I don’t want anything.” I shrugged as I turned to look ahead too. Damien sighed beside me before I saw him turning to face me from the corner of my eyes. I smiled as I turned to face him. “Do you wanna talk about anything?” I asked him when he said nothing but just looked at me.
“I don’t want to talk. That was why I came here. I wanted to be alone for a while.” he told me with a bit of irritation in his voice.
“Why do you wanna be alone? Do I bore you already? We are not even together yet!” I joked as I pretended to be serious. Damien rolled his eyes but I could see a small smile forming on his face.
“It’s not that, Penny. You don’t bore me. It’s actually the opposite. You are quite interesting to be completely honest. Your personality, it’s refreshing.” He explained. I couldn’t help the huge smile that made its way onto my face as I heard his compliments.
“Then what is the matter? What made you become so upset?” I questioned, feeling curious. Damien sighed before he ran a hand through his beautiful dark locks. He looked at me for a few seconds before looking away. I could see that he wasn’t much of a talker and he was trying his best to open up to me. So I didn’t say anything and let him take his time to form his words.
“Ever since Xander got together with Ellie, it feels like people expect me to take his place. They all expect me to become the playboy that he was.” Damien told me. I frowned slightly at his words but didn’t say anything. “I’ve been receiving a lot of attention now. It’s like they have chosen me as their new playboy.” He added.
I waited for him to say something else. I didn’t want to speak up unless I was sure that he would say anything more because if I interrupted before he had gotten it all off his chest, he wouldn’t really tell me everything. And I surprisingly wanted to know it all. I wanted to help him.
When I was sure that he wouldn’t say anything else, I decided to put my views forward.
“You don’t have to take Xander’s place if you don’t want to. You can be whoever you want to be. No one can force you to be someone or something else.” I stated. Damien looked at me, his eyes looking straight into mine as if he was looking at my soul.
“But they all want me to-” Damien started but I cut him off.
“Care about what you want, Damien. They can expect whatever they want but they can’t control you. You are the only one who controls you. If you wanna be a saint and have no relationships with any girl, no one can stop you. They can’t force you to be someone else.” I told him. I sighed as I reached for his hand. I intertwined our fingers before looking back into his eyes. “And you are amazing just the way you are.” I whispered with a small smile on my face.
Damien silently just stared at my face. I could see the conflict ending in his eyes as a small smile formed on his face. He squeezed my hand a little.
“Thank you, Penny.” he said after a while.
“Anytime.” I smiled back. “But if you really do want to be a saint, can I just kiss you once before that? You know, like the last kiss of your life?” I asked him with a hint of playfulness in my voice. Damien threw his head back and laughed at my question. My heart almost stopped beating as I heard his carefree laugh. I couldn’t stop the smile on my face from turning into a huge grin.
“I am not going to become a saint, Penny.” Damien told me with a smile when sobered up from his laughter.
“You can kiss me even if you don’t want to be a saint.” I shrugged. Damien chuckled as he got up. He offered me his hand and I took it and stood up too.
“Did Ellie send you here to cheer me up?” Damien asked me. I frowned slightly at his words.
He thinks I just came to make him cheer up because someone told me to?
“No. I wanted to check up on you since it was something related to me that angered you.” I told him honestly. Damien looked taken aback.
“You came to check up on me on your own?” Damien asked.
“That’s what I said, Romeo!” I rolled my eyes as I started walking away from him. I wasn’t sure why but the fact that he thought that I couldn’t come up to check if he was alright, it hurt me more than it should’ve.
“Penny!” Damien called after me as he rushed up to me. I regarded him with a raise of my eyebrow as I scowled. “I am sorry! I thought that Ellie asked you to check up on me.” he explained.
“Why? Aren’t we friends? Do I not have any rights to even talk to you until someone tells me to? Especially when it was something related to me that made you angry?” I questioned. Damien sighed as he closed his eyes. He opened them again and looked at me.
“We are friends, Penny. And it wasn’t anything related to you that made me angry. You are not related to Ethan!” Damien told me. Then something clicked on his brain as he added, “Are you?”.
“Are you crazy? Why would I want to be related to that airhead?” I frowned.
“Thank god! I really hate him!” he sighed.
“But why do you care?” I asked Damien. He frowned at my question. “Why do you care if I am related to him or not? Why do you care if I go out with him or not?” I questioned as I crossed my arms.
“He just has a reputation of never dating any girl and just going on dates with them.” Damien answered. “I don’t want you to get your heart broken.” he added.
“So you care about me?” I smirked. Damien rolled his eyes.
“Yeah, I do.” He sighed. “Just like you care for me.” He told me.
“And I think that you are hot. Are you going to tell me that you think that I’m hot too?” I spoke as I pretended to look at my nails. I then realised that my nail paint wasn’t exactly as glossy as I would have liked.
Note to self: Get new nail paints! ASAP!
“You are hot. And I won’t lie, I do think you are an amazing person.” Damien chuckled. I gasped dramatically looking up at him, forgetting my not-so-glossy nails.
“Did you just compliment me?” I whispered dramatically looking around, making sure that no one was looking at us.
“Yes I did. Don’t let it get to your head.” Damien commented. I gave him a ‘are-you-kidding-me’ look.
“Gee! I won’t.” I raised my hands in mock-surrender. I sighed before placing a hand on Damien’s shoulder. “I just hope that you don’t fall for me. I don’t want to see you heart broken, buddy.” I told him. He raised an eyebrow at me in question.
“Really?” He chuckled. “I’m your buddy now? Are you friend-zoning me, Penny?” He asked with a hand on his heart as if I was hurting him. I shook my head at him before looking away. Just then, the bell rang, signalling the end of lunch break.
“I have to get to class. Bye, Dami! I’ll see you later!” I said before placing a small kiss on his cheek and rushing off to class.
Mason: *whispering* Are you sure that they are all locked?
Jason: *whispering excitedly* Positive!
Mason: *turning to the audience* Welcome to THE TWIN SHOW!
Jason: Where I am the more intelligent twin!
Mason: *rolling his eyes* And I am an idiot’s twin!
Liam: *walking onto the stage* Where is everyone else? *narrows his eyes at the twins*
Mason: They are on a vacation!
Jason: What are you doing here? I thought you were not going to show up today...
Me: He was rescuing us. *glares at the twins*
Mason: What? You were in danger?
Damien: We all were. We were all locked in a room by two maniacs.
Penny: But since they were just a couple of babies, they forgot that we had our phones with us. *smiling super sweetly*
Ellie: *loading a gun* And do you know what we do to foolish people trying to mess with us?
Xander: *smirking* We get even.
Me: *smiling sweetly* I would like to quote one of the best singers ever. ‘There is nothing I do better than revenge’.
Penny: *snaps fingers and a baseball bat appears* So, what are we doing? *swings the bat*
Jason: It was Mason’s idea!
Mason: *glaring at Jason* What happened to twin-code?
Jason: I wanna live!
Me: Oh! You are both gonna live. You are just going on a little... Let’s call it an adventure.
Mason: That sounds like... fun!
Me: Yeah! You’re going in search of aliens!
Jason: That actually sounds like fun!
Penny: And I’ll help by sending you to space for that!
Jason: *gulps* Wh-what?
Me: Do it!
Penny: *hits Jason with the bat and he flies off into the outer space* That was fun!
Me: *snaps fingers and a cannon appears* *smirking* This is gonna be better. *snaps fingers and Mason’s in the cannon*
Ellie: I’ll do the honours! *sets the cannon off and Mason flies off into the sky*
Me: Our work here is done.
Penny: Vote on when we should be back!
Me: The default is on 3rd May 2021.
Xander: But you can vote and change that. And your options are:
Damien: Option A- On 30th May 2021.
Liam: Option B- On 3rd May 2021.
Me: So, see you guys soon!
All the characters: Bye! Have a pizzalicious day!
Me: And don’t forget to VOTE, LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE!
Curtains close as the characters and the author go to pull pranks on their enemies...