I love summer vacation. Who doesn't? I guess people who work at beaches, hotels, gas stations, restaurants, and touristic places. They have a whole lot more work one their hands. But I can assure you that all kids from ages 5 to 18 love summer vacation.
And so ended another school year. We had all kinds of plans and lists of things to do. There's so much you can do in Amarkia in three months. I mean a lot. But I definitely didn't expect to start things with such a bang.
It was June 8th. It was about a week after the incident with Robert in the previous story. That morning, I woke up late and when I did I went in the bathroom to take a shower. Unlike other people I know, I like to be clean, thank you.
Anyways, I was in the middle of taking of a shower when guess what happened? Some idiot burst in the door. Naturally, the idiot was Larry. He didn't even seem to notice that I was in there. I mean, a guy needs privacy when he's cleansing his body.
Not only was he being disrespectful, he had gone in to…well, use the bathroom. I mean there I am, showering and he comes in sits on the toilet. I peeked through the shower curtain. "Hey! Do you mind?"
Pfft! "Oh, excuse me, Spiny. I didn't hear you."
"Couldn't you go use some other bathroom? In case you haven't noticed…this one is being used!"
"It's okay, I don't mind. You can go ahead with your shower."
Ugh! I didn't have another choice. I turned the water to its hottest point and pointed the shower at him.
Oh, ho ho ho! You should've heard him scream! It was hilarious! It made him jump like a cat in hot water.
Larry has no good sense of humor. And he sure shows anger in the worst ways. You know what the jerk did to me? I played a perfectly innocent joke on him and you know what he did?
He threw a firecracker in the tub.
And I'm sad to say that I didn't have time to put it out with the water or to get out in time. So, I was more or less in the middle of it all when it when KA-BOOM! I wasn't hurt or anything, but it sure did shake the place up. The glass broke, the curtain fell down, and parts of the wall and plaster fell off.
Well, I'd have to find a later time to get even with him. I didn't have time to be childish. I had a whole agenda of things to do. Summer vacation was starting and I intended to start off with a good day. And a good day included being far away from certain people.
Anyways, after I got out of the shower, I got all dressed up and stepped out on my room's balcony. I had a table and several chairs with some decorations. I would often step out here, especially on nice days or in the evenings or sometimes late at night when I couldn't sleep.
And if it's raining, I can cover it with a sun-proof and waterproof shade. I read or play the guitar and sing or listen to music. Or sometimes Lilia and I would go out there alone and just talk and…moving on.
Anyways, it was a nice day out and I decided to go out, feeling fresh and clean.
I took a deep breath, taking in the late spring air, and letting the morning breeze run through my hair. It was serene. It was peaceful. I had a great view from up here.
I could see all the way to the other side of the city. Sometimes I would wonder what people in my viewing area would do. You have this feeling of…I don't know. I can see people from far away but they can't see me and I wonder who they are or what they're doing or they're lives are like.
It makes me feel like I'm doing a fine job as King and leader in the country.
A little closer within my viewing area, I saw the Wood's home right across the street from us. I could see Lilia walking out and saw her lying down on the hammock in her front yard. She was reading a book.
I smiled to think of her. In the month and a half that we'd been together, we'd saved up enough memories to last several thousand years. Or maybe a lot more.
My peaceful thoughts were abruptly interrupted by a whistling sound, a hissing, then an explosion. I looked around in all directions. Huh. Where did that come from? Hmm. Maybe I'd imagine it. That can happen sometimes, you know.
I ignored it.
Anyways, where was I?
Anyways, at that moment I began to think of the last date that we'd had. We'd gone stargazing. She had bought a new telescope and had wanted to show me. So about two days ago, she came over and had dinner with us.
We waited until it was late then went up to My Special Place. Where we'd had our first kiss. We set the telescope there and pointed it up to the starry heavens. The air was so clear that we could see not only stars but also comets, shooting stars, planets, the Milky Way, and even one supernova from far away.
They can last about a month you know, and during that time, they look like a whole bunch of stars all shining as one. And the moon was also very beautiful. We looked through her telescope for about three hours.
We saw just about every planet in our solar system and several others. And we saw some nebulae and a whole bunch of cool stuff. After a while, we got tired and we lied down on the grass under the tree side by side and held hands. We talked and talked and talked. If I wanted to say everything that we did, it would probably take up four chapters.
But our conversation was really memorable. Well, I'll try to make it a little bit shorter and summarize it while still leaving in the best parts.
When we finished looking, it was almost eleven o'clock. We had just lied down the grass, looking up the dark, starry skies through the branches of Our Tree. I grabbed her hand in mine and interlocked fingers.
"Sure is nice out here tonight," I said.
I heard her sigh. "It sure is."
"It's so peaceful and serene."
She turned to look at me. "And romantic."
I looked at her. Even in the darkness, I could tell she was grinning. "Romantic? What's romantic about it?" I said teasingly.
"Oh, I don't know. We lying under the stars, it's late, we're alone, like a million miles away from everyone, holding hands, and no more than a foot away from each other."
I raised my eyebrow. "All that trouble to be romantic? Phew, just thinking about all the effort makes me want to reconsider and dedicate my life to be hermit."
She laughed. "Well, some people think it's worth the effort."
"Well, I guess it's a greater effort on some people than to others."
She held my hand up to her face and put it to her cheek. "To you it's a natural-born talent."
"Being romantic. You can't help it. It's just part of you. That's what I like about you."
"What you like about me? I always thought it was my blue eyes."
She giggled. "That's when I had a crush on you."
"When? You mean you don't have a crush on me anymore?"
"No. Now I'm in love with you."
I laughed. "Well, there's some good news."
She hit me playfully in the ribs. "You hush up, buster or you'll make me mad." I laughed more.
She looked back up the stars. "But what I like is that you don't have to pretend to be someone else so you can be nice and sweet to me. A lot of boys think that's sissy stuff so they have to practice and pretend to be something they're not with girls. And it doesn't come out natural."
"Yeah, but with you it's different. You're just yourself around me. You're so honest and sincere…but I like it. You're always sincere and open. I like the way you treat me, because you make me feel important. Like a queen." She looked at me. "And that's just one of the thousand or so reasons why I love you, my dear."
I smiled at her. The moonlight pouring through the branches made her face shine with pure beauty. I couldn't help but admire her beauty and sincerity. "I love you too, you know?"
"Tell me why."
"Tell me why you love me."
"Don't you believe that I do?"
"Oh, I do. Very, very much. But I want to hear you say the reasons why. Just like I told you."
I laughed. "All right. Let me think." I looked up. "Hmm. Was that a trick question? Hey, stop it!"
She started tickling me, that's why I said that. "I told you not to get me mad." We both laughed.
"All right, all right." She lay back down beside me. I put my arm around her and she put her head on my shoulder. "Well, you're a great person. You're smart and like to learn. You're very nice to all my friends. You're loyal and I can trust you. You respect me and my family. You're part of a great family. You treat them right. You're not selfish. You're always helping others in need and you're a good friend. And you don't judge by appearances and don't worry too much about foolish things like clothes or money. And you're a good student. You're hardworking and punctual and dedicated." Then I looked at her again. "But you know what the main reason is?"
"The main reason that I love you is because…you love me too." We both smiled at each other, staring for a good long while. She blinked her eyes. It seemed as though as if she was crying. "I do. I really do."
We both leaned our faces closer and kissed each other tenderly. Lovingly. Deeply. Caringly. Affectionately. We stayed there for a while longer, without saying anything. We didn't really have to.
Our mutual silence expressed what we felt in a better way than a thousand words would have.
Since it was so late, Lilia decided to sleepover with Kathy and Patty. We talked more on the way back to the Palace. We had hot chocolate and drank it in the living room, while we watched a movie, our arms round each other.
And when it was time to say goodnight, I helped her with her bag and carried it upstairs to the girl's room. Even after we said goodnight, as I lay in my bed, hearing Larry make all his ridiculous sleep noises, I was lost in deep thoughts.
So you can understand that, now, standing on the balcony in mid-morning air, feeling fresh and full of life, I was so surprised when I heard another WHISTLE! HISS! BOOM!
Now, I was pretty sure that I hadn't imagined that.