Chapter 19: Overthinking
Alexa shouted my name multiple times as she waved her hand in front of my face. I was still in shock at what I just read that I didn’t even notice her beside me anymore. My whole body was still shaking with fear at the fact that there’s some psycho killer out there murdering people.
“Hello! Earth to Luna!” Alexa yelled out my name again, only this time she began to shake my shoulders.
“Huh? Oh...I’m sorry. I’m just freaking out, now that I know what happened!” I explained to her handing back her phone.
“It’s fine, but I get what you mean! It’s f*cken crazy that someone would do something this horrible. I mean sure Priscilla was a f*cking bitch and so were some of her friends, but I don’t think they deserved to die. Well, at least not this brutal!” Alexa responded sounding surprised and almost sad.
Approaching the school, we were a bit taken off guard when we saw security at every entrance and exit in the school. I don’t blame the school district for becoming more cautious and more secure after what happened. I just hope that Elijah came today, I miss him so much.
“This is insane right, I didn’t think that our school would have security going through our bags. Look! We also have to go through a metal detector, this is crazy!” Alexa pointed out as we neared closer to the entrance.
“It shouldn’t come as a surprise, I’m sure the school district is freaking out right now. I can only imagine what the parents must be going through, I mean....to find out that your child was brutally murdered.....it must be so devastating.” I responded feeling a bit glum, as we passed through the check-up line. We started to make our way in the first period.
“Yeah, I just can’t believe that happened! Do you have any idea how many times my boyfriend called me this morning! I was busy taking a shower that once I answered his call he was so upset at me for not picking up sooner. I guess he was really worried about me after finding out what happened. He even offered to take a few days off of college to come here!” She explained with a bit of cheer in her voice.
I was happy that she found a boyfriend that cares about her so much. Even if he is a bit older than us, he seems like a nice guy.
“Speaking of boyfriend, how are things with you and Eli? I didn’t see him at all yesterday or even this morning for that matter? Is everything okay?” She asked with a concerned look on her face.
“Things are fine...I think. I don’t know why he hasn’t been coming to school though? It’s possible that he could be feeling sick, with winter coming and all. It just sucks not having a phone! If I did, I would be able to call him, and know why he’s been absent!” I explained to her letting out a pout.
Reaching the classroom we took our seats and waited for our teacher to come and take roll call.
“I’m sure he just has a cold Luna, it’s nothing for you to worry about. Unless.....” She took a sudden pause, giving me a smirk.
“Uhh...unless what’?” I asked giving her a weird look.
“Unless...he’s the Killer!” Alexa responded jokingly, as she began laughing.
“Yeah sure, cause Eli is a cold vicious murderer that loves killing people...I don’t think so. That’s not even funny, Alexa.” I answered her with annoyance in my voice.
“Oh relax Luna, you know I’m kidding. I can never picture Elijah hurting a fly. But then again, I don’t know him that well?” She said with a playful smile, as she pulled out her cell phone.
Minutes passed and we continued to talk about random things until our teacher finally came.
“Alright everyone, cell phones away and no more chit chat. I will be taking roll call in just a second.” Our teacher voiced out as she took out her sheet. Right as she was done taking in names the intercom went off.
“ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE GYMNASIUM AFTER YOUR TEACHERS HAVE TAKEN IN ROLL CALL.”
“Alright everyone, you heard the principle. Everyone starts heading towards the gym for an important assembly.” Our teacher ordered us, as she opened the front door of the classroom.
Standing up from our seats we all began to walk towards the gymnasium. And honestly, I still didn’t know where the gym was. Though I don’t think that will be a problem as long as I follow this huge crowd.
“Hey, Alexa, what do you think this assembly is abo-”
Turning my head to the side, I pause at what I was saying. Alexa was no longer next to me! So I started to look around the heavy crowd that was around me, to see if I could spot her. But it was no use, there’s was just way too many students walking down the hall.
“Damnit Eli, this is all your fault! You just had to break my phone didn’t you!” I said to myself feeling frustrated as I made my way through the many students. I could’ve texted Alexa right now to see where she was at, but no! I just had to be phone-less!
Getting through the crowd was a bit difficult for me since I was a bit shorter than most of the students here. I wonder when I’ll hit my growth spurt? Unless...I already did!? Oh my God, I hope haven’t! Being 5 feet cannot be my permanent height! If so, I will always look like a child with whoever I’m standing next to. This sucks! Alexa is like 6 inches taller than me, that’s not fair!
As for Eli, he’s just a giant next to me. I never really noticed his height since I’ve grown used to being so short whenever I’m with him. Still, though, how did he grow up to be 6′2?! I remember there was a time when I was taller than him! But that was when we were kids...you know what! Whatever, I don’t care.
I groaned out in pain, someone had stepped on my foot. I need to start paying attention to my surroundings and stop thinking so much.
“Oh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t watch where I was goi-”
Raising my head, I saw that it was Ren. Why of all people did it have to be him?!
“It’s fine, it’s mainly my fault. I wasn’t paying attention.” I responded a bit annoyed. It was very obvious that I didn’t really wanna talk with him, at least not yet.
“Luna, I know you’re still upset at me. I’m sorry if I had said anything that might have offended you or Elijah. I just wanted to-”
“Ren, please just stop. I don’t wanna get into it anymore.” I said bluntly cutting him off.
Finally making it to the gym, I tried to find Alexa through the many students that were already sitting down on the bleachers. Of course, luck was not on my side since I couldn’t find her. I ended up sitting at the very far corner next to Ren...
“Hey did you hear what happened this morning?!”
“Yeah, no sh*t dude, everyone has!”
“I heard that they all got raped first before they were killed!”
“No way! That’s f*cken crazy!”
“It’s creepy! I had sex with one of those girls! What if she comes and haunts me or something?!”
“Your f*cken retarded bro, but I do wonder if Priscilla is still alive?”
Hearing the many disturbing conversations that everyone was discussing. I just wanted to get up and leave, how can some of these people be so calm and joke about something like this. I was starting to feel sick to my stomach, and I could feel myself getting nervous by the second, so I averted my eyes to the ring Elijah gave me and watched the many colors beginning to move around, and started to feel a little bit more relaxed as I focused on the beautiful colors that were starting to glow.
“That’s a very nice ring.” Ren pointed out looking at my ring that was on my finger.
“Thank you....it was a gift,” I replied shifting my gaze at him.
We both stared at one another for a split second until we heard someone echoing through a mic.
Everyone soon went silent and paid their attention to the person who was standing on the podium.
“GOOD MORNING STUDENTS, I’M SURE YOU’LL ALL HEARD OF THE TRAGIC NEWS THAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING. AN I’M HERE TO-”
I guess the principal has a few words to say about the tragic event that happened. I don’t feel like listening to this again, we all know what happened. So what’s the point in talking about it...
Suddenly, I felt someone putting something in my ear. As I turned my head I saw that Ren had put an earbud in his ear, we were both now sharing his earphones.
“Ren....what are you doing?” I whispered at him so no one else could hear me.
“I could just tell you’re not exactly in the mood to listen to whatever depressing thing the principal has to say, so I figured you’d rather listen to something more pleasant.” He said giving me a warm smile as he scooted himself closer to me to where we were touching shoulders.
His gesture was really sweet that I couldn’t help but form a bright smile as I watched him pick a song. I looked around and noticed that not many students were paying attention either, most of them were on their phones or chatting quietly within their groups.
I then heard a soothing song beginning to play. The wonderful instruments blended so well with the person’s voice, closing my eyes I began to imagine myself getting married one day and living in a peaceful loving home with my husband. We would grow old together and watch our kids play outside in the warm summer. I would watch them grow into becoming adults and help them raise their children...
I wonder what Ren is thinking about when he hears this song? I slowly opened my eyes and turned my attention towards him. He was already looking at me so intently with his bright green eyes, it was almost as if he was wanting to tell me something but he couldn’t. Is that why he decided to play this specific song maybe? Quickly avoiding his stare I began looking at my ring again, only this time the colors were no longer bright like it was earlier. Hmm...that’s strange? As the music soon came to a sudden end I overheard the principal making one last announcement.
“THAT BEING SAID, THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL TODAY OR TOMORROW. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, SO EVERYONE IS TO GO HOME FOR THE DAY, AND PLEASE BE SAFE IF YOU’RE OUT AT NIGHT, THANK YOU.”
“Wait, so does that mean we get to leave early today?” I asked myself pulling the earbud out of my ear.
“Looks like it,” Ren answered my question as he stood himself up.
“Well that’s great...my dad isn’t picking me up until school is over, which isn’t for another 5 hours!” I mumbled quietly to myself annoyed.
“Let me give you a ride home, Luna.”
Ren offered as he took a few steps closer to me, I could feel myself getting nervous as his body was only a few inches away from mine. We were the only ones standing still as I saw the many students walking right past us.
Distracted by everyone making their way out of the gym, I felt someone’s warm hand on top of mine. Shifting my gaze I saw that it was Ren who had grabbed it.
“Wha..what are you doing? Let go.”
I said to him confusedly, I then hastily tried to pull my arm away but Ren quickly snatched the earphone that I was still holding in my hand as I pulled away from his hold.
“Sorry, I was just trying to take my headphones back.” He responded giggling as he started to put his phone away in his pocket.
“Well, you could’ve just asked instead of grabbing my hand like that all of a sudden!” I voiced out at him. I then turned myself around and made my way towards the exit doors of the gym.
“Wait! Don’t you want that ride home?”
He asked eagerly, I could hear his steps following close behind me as we walked down the halls.
“Thanks, but no thanks. I’m fine with walking.” I answered him coldly as I reached the back doors of the school.
“Luna, I’m not letting you go walking by yourself when there’s a f*cking pyscho killer out there killing and raping girls!” He yelled out with anger in his voice as he grabbed hold of my arm, stopping me from going any further.
I was fully aware of some crazy killer that was out there, but I’m trying to distance myself from Ren. I know that he’s a good guy, but if I stay being friends with him...Eli won’t like it.
“Look, you don’t have to talk to me. I could still see that your upset with me still, but I don’t care right now. I will never forgive myself if something were to happen to you, I’ll fucken lose it. So please...let me drive you home.”
He begged with worry in his voice as he lightly gripped his hand around my arm. I took a peek behind me and saw the anxious concerned look that Ren held on his face.
I would be lying to myself if I said I wasn’t scared of going walking. Even if there is daylight outside, I still don’t wanna take any chances. An Ren is being kind enough to offer me a ride yet here I am being stubborn.
“Alright...fine, but only because there’s a psychopath out there,” I said to him as I adjusted my backpack. I watched his tensed up shoulders dropped down with relief as he finally lets go of my arm.
“Thank you, here let me get that for you.”
He responded with relief in his voice as he kindly opened the door for me. I nodded at him and we both continued to walk towards the parking lot together.
Approaching his car I made my way around the passenger side. However, Ren made sure to open the door for me as I entered his vehicle. Adjusting my seat belt I slowly began to get nervous, I know this isn’t my first time getting in his car. However, I was too distracted the first time to even care, now that I think about it. I can’t believe I was crying the last time I was in here, it’s so embarrassing that I could feel myself turning a bit red.