Chapter 5: True-Self
By the time I made it to my classroom, the school bell had already rung. I could care less showing up late, besides the teacher wasn’t even here yet. So lucky for me I guess, it saves me the trouble of a lecture.
“Yo Eli! What’s up.” One of my old friend’s Eric said walking up to me giving me a fist-pound handshake that we made up for each other long ago.
“Hey man, nothing much,” I said to him coldly taking a seat at the back of the classroom. I was still annoyed at how Luna rejected my kiss from earlier, I get that she’s always been the shy type but we’ve known each other since we were babies practically. Since her mother and my so-called ‘mom’ have been best friends since their college years.
“What’s wrong with you? Rough morning or what?” My other friend Danny said to me annoyed as he skimmed through his phone looking at the naked chicks that had send him multiple nudes.
“No, not really, I just haven’t been sleeping well lately these past few days,” I responded looking down at my notebook calendar, my birthday was less than a week away. I guess that explains why I haven’t been feeling like myself lately.
“I know what will make you feel better! How about I send you some of these hot naked bitches photos, I’m sure what you need is a stress reliever.” Danny said giving me a playful smile as he waved the phone in front of my face.
“No thanks, I’m not interested in looking at slutty girls,” I said to him, I looked up and gave him a grimace look. Besides, I already have my Luna, and these girls are nowhere near as beautiful as she is. I just wish I could have more time being with her before I leave...I began to lose myself in my thoughts until Eric brought me back to my senses.
“Really!? That’s a first, usually, you’re all for it.” Danny said putting his phone back in his sweater pocket.
“Ha you shouldn’t be surprised dude after all our boy Eli here got himself a girlfriend over the summer, didn’t you bro!? There’s no point in denying it, I saw you two holding hands and flirting with each other at the school parking lot this morning.” Eric said slapping his hand against my back jokingly.
“What the f*ck! Really! Who is it? I bet it’s that blonde hot cheerleader that was trying to get at you last year! F*ck! What was her name again...it began with a ‘P’...Ohh, Priscilla!”
Danny immediately started assuming who I was with and was overly excited about it. I can’t blame him for it, I never did the whole girlfriend thing. I mainly just messed around with girls here and there, but they never meant anything to me. The reason why I associated myself with them was that I didn’t want to get close to Luna, but no matter how many girls I slept with, how many girls I kissed. It was always her who I thought of in the end.
“Why would I date the slut*est girl in the school, and also didn’t you sleep with her like a sh*t ton of times,” I said annoyingly pointing at Danny.
“I only f*cked her twice, don’t be so dramatic bro,” Danny responded amused.
“Whatever man, it’s none of your business who I’m dating anyways,” I said to him.
“Hmm..it’s just weird dude, you don’t usually get involved with a girl this seriously...Ooooooh I think I know who it is now! it’s Luna isn’t it?” Danny responded with a smug look.
“Took you long enough!” Eric said to Danny shoving his shoulder lightly in a playful way.
Before I could tell both of them to shut the f*ck up. Our homeroom teacher finally came in and began taking in roll call.
With my first class over I began to take my leave for my next class. I felt a tap behind my shoulder, at first I was hoping it was my Luna. But I knew she was on the other side of the school, I glanced back to see who it was. He had a familiar face, but I just couldn’t remember who he was.
“Hey Elijah, it’s been a while.” He said running his hand through his hair.
I took a second to try and remember who his name was...Wait! I think I know who he is now.
“Uhh...Ren right?” I said snapping my fingers pointing at him as we made our way down the hall.
“I’m surprised you remember me, let alone my name since we hardly ever talked.” He said laughing smiling at me. I completely ignored his smiling gesture and tried to get to my next class, the sooner I get to class and get it over with it, the sooner I could go see Luna I thought to myself.
“Eli wait up!!” Eric yelled out running towards me, he placed his hand over my shoulder and took a glance at Ren, and then focused his attention back on me.
“Hey, you’re going to the party tonight right? Cause if so I need a ride!” He asked looking at me.
“Are you talking about Luke’s party that he throws every year when a new school year starts?” Ren responded looking back at Eric.
“Haha yeah, that’s the one! So, Eli, you’re going, right? You could bring Luna too, I’m sure your girlfriend wouldn’t mind coming.” Eric said giving me an encouraging look.
“There’s no way in hell I’m taking her to that kind of party, besides she’s not the social type, and I wouldn’t want her to be social with anyone there anyway.” I made sure to make my voice sound stern to let Eric know that I was serious.
“You and...Luna are dating now?” Ren asked me with a questionable look.
“Yeah, we are.”
I looked him dead in the eye when I answered his question. I always knew this guy had a thing for Luna I just didn’t think he would make it so obvious. I mean why else would he mow Luna’s front lawn all the time especially during the summer and he would always find a stupid excuse to talk to her. Though for some reason, I didn’t see him at all this summer. Not that I care.
“Oh...that’s cool. I uhh...better start heading to my class, it was nice talking to you though. I’ll see you around.” He gave Eric and I a wave goodbye and disappeared through the crowded hallway of students.
“Alright then, then just come alone, your girlfriend doesn’t need to know you’re going to a party,” Eric suggested while adjusting his shoulder strap backpack.
“I’m not going dude, just find somebody else to drive you there. Ask Danny, I’m sure he’ll have plenty of room for you in his car with all the b*tches he packs in there all the time.” I said to him as I began to laugh with amusement.
“Ugh...fine, this sucks though. His car always smells like weed and you better come out with us next time.” He said complaining as he turned around and walked towards his locker.
I continued to walk towards my next class and tried to keep myself occupied with the teacher’s lessons. Though deep down I didn’t see the point in learning about the human world and how it all works, it’s not like it’s gonna be useful to me where I’m going. The sudden realization hits me like a ton of bricks, I won’t be with Luna anymore after this week. The thought of leaving her made my chest hurt,“Was that my heart just now?”
I said to myself quietly so no one else could hear. I placed my hand over my chest and felt my slow heartbeat. It won’t be long before my heart completely stops beating. Luna, I wish I could hold you in my arms right now and kiss those soft plump lips of yours that I love so much, you’re the reason why I still feel human at all. You’re the reason why I still want to live in this world with you. I quickly pulled out my phone and sent Luna a quick text so my teacher wouldn’t notice, I told her to wait for me outside of the cafeteria so we could eat lunch together. Hopefully, this teacher’s lecture won’t last long so I don’t keep her waiting.