Chapter 43: High School Cliché
“Oh! There you are!” I heard a high pitched voice say as I felt someone’s hand on my shoulder.
My first instinct was to twist the hand that was on my shoulder but judging by how the hand had long talons instead of nails, I decided against it.
I turned around to find a familiar face smiling at me. I frowned as I tried to remember her name.
I swear I remembered her name!
“Lisa?” I asked just to be sure if I got her name right or not. I was sure that her name started with L.
“It’s Leah, silly! Not Lisa.” She giggled in reply.
Well, my guess was close!
“Oh! I am so sorry.” I chuckled nervously due to the load of awkwardness that I was feeling. “So, Leah, why were you looking for me?” I asked as I looked around for an escape route.
Where is everyone? Why is no one coming here to save me from this awkwardness?
Have my friends disappeared off of the face of earth?
I hope not! I can’t stay here and talk to the girl who last I heard wanted to be with the guy who is now my boyfriend!
Am I being a little too dramatic?
Eh! Well, that’s normal for me!
“I just wanted to catch up with you, girl!” Leah replied in a super cheery tone which was probably fake as she linked our arms and started walking slowly.
“Catch up?” I frowned.
I didn’t even know that we were friends or even acquaintances. Why would she want to catch up with me out of nowhere?
“Yeah. I just thought that maybe I should talk to you about the numerous rumours that I’ve been hearing lately. You know, all the silly, nonsense talks.” She giggled, rolling her eyes as if all this was so ridiculous.
That makes sense…
She might act totally chill, just wanting to check up on a girl she’s only ever talked to once before but I could see through the façade.
She was curious.
She wanted to know more about the rumours and probably wanted to know if they were true or not.
“What rumours?” I asked as if I didn’t know exactly what she wanted to ask.
I see through you, girl!
I knew that she wanted to know what the whole school has been whispering about lately.
“The ridiculous rumours about how you and Damien are now an official couple.” She snorted as she pretended to be nonchalant, looking at her nails.
This is so easy! Anyone can tell just how desperate she is to know more about it!
“Le-” I started but she cut me off.
“As if you would ever even think about dating him!” She rolled her eyes. “I mean, You know how he and I are in love. After all, you were the one who brought the two of us together! He’s my future boyfriend. I know you enough to know that you wouldn’t-” She started ranting but I had to cut her off.
“Leah!” I screamed to get her attention.
“Yeah?” She asked in a small voice.
“The rumours that you were talking about, they are true.” I told her, not wanting to beat around the bush.
Screw the twisted talk!
“W-what?” she stuttered as her eyes became glossy with tears.
“Leah, you only went on a single date with him.” I reminded her. “And even if it might have been magical for you, it wasn’t for him.” I sighed.
I just hope that she doesn’t go ape-shit crazy on me!
“I-it wasn’t?” She asked, her voice breaking as a lone tear fell down her cheek.
“Leah, from what he told me, he is not the tux and limo for a date kinda guy. And that’s the kind of guy you were looking for.” I told her.
“So why didn’t he tell me so in the beginning?” she wailed as more tears started rolling down her cheeks. “Why didn’t he just tell me that he didn’t want to go out with me?” She sobbed.
“That’s probably because you asked me to get one date for you and him. I just asked him for the favour and he didn’t want to let me down.” I shrugged.
I didn’t know what to do as Leah leaned against the lockers and started crying harder.
I’m not good with this kind of stuff!
“What am I going to tell the others now? How can I tell them the truth?” She asked as she bit her lip.
Wait a second…
“That’s what you are crying about?” I asked her incredulously.
This is weird…
“Obviously! Why else would I be crying?” She exclaimed as she glared at me. “My image in front of all my friends will go down the drain! They will all laugh at me!” She ranted.
“Leah, I thought that you wanted to be with him because you liked him…” I trailed off as I tried to come up with some other excuse for what she was saying right now.
“Ha! As if!” She snorted. “The guy doesn’t even speak much! He’s almost always expressionless, he observes everything from a distance and never gets involved!” She shook her head.
“So you just dated him for popularity?” I frowned.
This is a little too cliché!
“Why else would anyone want to date him?” She asked in confusion.
“Because he is a great guy.” I pointed out.
“Oh yeah! He has a handsome face and a lean body.” She nodded her head.
“I was talking about him as a human.” I dead-panned. “He is so nice! He does so much for everyone he cares about! He’s so selfless! He’s just…” I trailed off as I tried to find the right words to describe him.
That’s when I realised that there weren’t any words that could describe exactly what I felt about him. I didn’t know how I could describe just how good Damien was.
Whenever I thought about it, I felt this overwhelming feeling as if I was suffocating. I could search all the dictionaries in the world but what I felt for him, what he was to me was still something I couldn’t find a word for.
He’s just so…
I didn’t even know what to do. All I wanted to do as I thought about my feelings was to run to him and just wrap my arms around him and never let go.
I could never let him go…
“Are you alright?” Leah asked, bringing me out of my train of thoughts.
“Yeah.” I breathed.
Am I in love with him?
No, it can’t be… Right?
“Are you not dating him for his fame?” Leah asked me.
“No!” I exclaimed.
“Why? I mean, he is one of the popular ones in the school. Being with him makes you popular too.” She frowned.
“Well, if just being around him makes me popular, then I was popular when I was just his friend. In fact, I am friends with the whole group.” I pointed out.
“That’s… That’s true…” She thought out loud as she glared at the floor. She turned to me with confusion on her face. “Then why are you dating him?” She asked.
“Because I like him.” I smiled. “I like him a lot.” I chuckled at the thought.
“You are so lucky!” She gushed.
“What? Why?” I questioned.
“You are popular and you’re with a guy you like. No one can laugh at you two for being together because you both are in the same social circle.” She sighed with a sad smile on her face.
Same social circle?
“Leah, you should only be with the one you like. Not just anyone!” I told her.
“That’s easy for you to say when it’s so easy for you.” She rolled her eyes. “People say that we shouldn’t care about gossip and stuff but the gossip does affect us. This is high school. It’s all about the gossip and who is more popular and who’s a loser.” She informed me.
Well, that was unexpected…
But it still wasn’t enough to leave me speechless.
“And high school isn’t forever! It’s just four years of necessity.” I stated. “Most of the people who will be around you just because you are popular won’t even remember you after these four years!” I told her.
“But it’s not like these four years of our life are nothing! It’s not like what we feel in these four years means absolutely nothing!” She remarked.
This girl could be a really good debater!
But she won’t win against what’s right.
“I agree with you on that. These four years aren’t totally meaningless. That’s why we need to look for the things we would want to take with us from these years. We should look for amazing memories and lasting friendships. Not the attention of the moment.” I replied.
“Lasting friendships? Everyone is fake in high school!” She snorted.
“Not everyone, Leah. And if they are, the least you could do is not be one of them.” I shrugged.
My comment made her speechless.
“I-” She tried to say something but she couldn’t as she opened and closed her mouth numerous times like a goldfish.
“I’ll leave you to think about it.” I smiled at her as I walked away from her.
That proves it. No one can win an argument against Penelope Brielle Hughes!
You rock, Penny!
Me: We’re keeping it short. But we still have a question for you all.
Penny: And the question is...
Damien: What do you guys expect from the perfect epilogue of a story?
Me: Yup, that’s right. I am writing the epilogue of Sugar and Spice now... *smirks*
Penny: *smirks* She literally cried when she wrote the last chapter.
Damien: *smirks* So did you, Penny...
Me: *smirks* And so did you, Damien...
Penny: *smirks* And so did everyone else...
Me: And they had puffy eyes because of that and didn’t even bother to show up now. *huffs*
Damien: Anyways, the next update will be up on 28th August 2021.
Penny: That’s the day after tomorrow. Saturday!
Me: Technically, I’m already updating fast. But once I finish the epilogue, I might add a chapter each day.
Penny: *grinning* Since Jay-Jay is not here, I’ll take his role. *turning to the audience* Until next time, stay safe!
Me: And eat something healthy for once!
Curtains close as the characters and the author turn into wolves and run off into the woods...