I woke up the next morning, the sun shining in through the blinds. I sat up and stretched, the events of the past night far from my mind. I got out of bed and walked over to my window seat. I pulled the curtains open and stared out at the view, it was raining. I went over to my dresser and pulled out a blue plaid mini skirt, black, ripped leggings and a blue corset with black lace. I walked over to the closet and pulled out a pair of black and white Chuck Taylors. I sat the outfit on the bed and went into the hall. I opened the hall closet and grabbed a towel. I then went and took a shower. When i got out of the shower mom was still in bed. Guess she forgot to wake me up, oh well. I went and got dressed, grabbed my things and walked out the door. When I walked outside it was still dark outside. I put my headphones on and walked up to the bus stop. The song, 10 Thousand Fists by Disturbed came on. I got up there and sat on the stump. I saw headlights approach, it wasn’t the bus, just a random car. After the car passed I had to readjust my eyes to the darkness. I thought i saw someone standing by the road sign. Once my eyes had fully adjusted, i realized that i was just my eyes playing tricks on me. The bus pulled up a few minutes later. When I got on the bus you wouldn’t believe who was sitting in my seat...you guessed it, Ash. So I’m not going crazy, he is real. I shook myself out of my reverie and embarrassed that I had just been standing there, went and sat down beside him.
“What the hell are you doing here?” I asked him. He looked at me incredulously, as if the answer were obvious.
“Well, aren’t we in an effervesce mood this morning? I need to go to school, I’m technically still nineteen.” he said smiling.
“Well, I guess so...by the way, just out of curiosity, did you leave a note on my window sill last night?”
“No,” he looked at me confused. I sat there, staring forward for a few stops.
“What’s your schedule?” I asked for conversations sake. He pulled a little white piece of paper from out of his pocket.
“I have Health for first period. Second period I have Small Animal Care and Management. Third period is Algebra One. Fourth I have P.E. Fifth period I have lunch B. Sixth period is Physical Science and ninth period is English.” He looked up at me from his schedule.
“What’s wrong?” he said seeing the surprised look on my face. “Did you use compulsion on the secretary or something?” he shrugged.
“You have the exact same schedule as me!” I said.
“Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t.” he said playfully, a mischievous grin on his face.
“You do know that if they figured that out, than they could also figure out that you’re a vampire!” I said accusingly.
“Yeah, they’re not that smart.” he said laughing at the unsaid joke.
“Hey, don’t be rude! You don’t even know-”
“Hey, Elvira. What are you doing out in the daylight?” My scolding was cut short from a voice from the seat behind us, a voice that I despise almost as much as it’s owner.
“What do you want, Cody?” I spat his name out like a foul piece of meat.
“Is he bothering you?” Ash queried, wanting to protect me from anything bothersome.
“Oh, is this your new boyfriend, Elvira?” His guffaw rang through my ears, getting louder each time it played through my mind. “Try not to scare this one away too, huh, Elvira?” Another guffaw assaulted my ears, that annoying pestilence was enjoying my agony and it made my blood boil the longer I listened to it.
“I am not her boyfriend. I am in fact the ruler of the underworld and she is one of my upper world minions, so i suggest you leave her be unless you wish to face my wrath.” Ash stated in a calm voice with a small smile plastered on his face; but his tone while level and calm had a sinister undertone. Even though I knew he was joking, he was very convincing. At least convincing enough to fool an idiot. Cody immediately sat back down in his seat, quaking in his boots, looking straight ahead. When Ash looked back at me, I smiled and mouthed thank you. He had saved me from loosing my temper and from further embarrassment by Cody. We sat in silence for a few moments before I spoke.
“My name is Raven, by the way.”
“I’m sorry?” “My name, it’s Raven, I know you already knew it, but I just wanted to properly introduce myself, you know?” When I finished my ramblings I finally looked up at him. He smiled down at me and held out his hand.
“It is finally nice to meet you, Raven.” I smiled at the gesture and shook his hand, blushing slightly.
“It’s nice to meet you too Ash.” I chuckled. I looked up and realized that we were no longer moving. “Oh, we’re here.”
“That’s a long bus ride!” he said.
“Not really, time flies when you’re having fun.” I said, walking off the bus.