The Magic of Stars

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Chapter 11

It’s Ace, looking very handsome. He has on a suit and his hair is combed to the side with gel. He’s clean and smells like cashmere wood, white amber, and mint. His suit is black with a blue tie and a blue rose in his pocket. He smiles broadly with confidence and holds out the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. It has a black top part which blends into a pretty navy blue. It goes down to the top of the knees and has a halter-neck. I reach out and touch the soft hand-made silk with wide eyes. Ace takes the rose out of his pocket and hands it to me. I’m speechless though and I stare at the rose in his hand. He finally clears his throat after a while and gives me a weak smile. I grin at him and snatch the rose out of his hand.

“Ace, what’s going on?” I ask, still grinning big.

“Remember when I told you I was going to get you a huge meal with everything you love?” he says with a smirk on his face. I can tell that he’s ambitious and he’s not going to let me back out of this.

“Yeah. . .”

“Well, this is it. Get changed and then we’ll go to the car.”

I gasp involuntarily. “What? You have a car? I haven’t ridden in one of those forever.”

“I know. Prepare to be amazed.” He looks like he’s about to kiss me, but I start to remember the last time a boy wanted and did kiss me.

I was walking to the bus stop when Tyler Adler, both of us age seven, walked in front of me with this cute little baby orange in his hand, which I believe was called a cutie. He handed it to me with a very shy face and I almost laughed at him, but I didn’t want to be mean because he looked like he was practicing this moment in front of his mirror for a few days.

Tyler and I have been friends ever since we meet in the preschool behind the high school. There were two types of preschool in our town in New York. One was near “The Desert” where only the poor kids went. But i went to the one where the richer kids went because my family was doing well back then and mom wasn’t sick at the time.

Tyler and I did practically everything together. We were inseparable back then and he was scaring me by looking at me like mom and dad looked at each other. I hoped that he wouldn’t do anything to ruin our relationship, but I knew deep down in my head that he most likely would.

This was the first time I was going on the bus and mom told me that she trusted me to get on it and to stay safe. But Tyler was blocking the way and I wasn’t trying to be rude or anything, I just didn’t want to disappoint mom.

“Can you move?” I asked him. It was ruder than I expected to come form my mouth. I really just wanted to stay friends and I also really wanted to go home.

“Um . . . I h-have a question? You don’t have to answer it. B-but it’s important to me.” He said it so sweetly that I couldn’t just leave him there, standing like an idiot.

“Sure Tyler, dump it on me.”

“Will you be my girlfriend?” I noted that his hands were shaking and I smiled. Not because I was going to agree, but because his hands were shaking and I thought it was funny. I mean, we’ve known each other for a while now and he was scared? I’m not that scary.

I think he took that as a yes though because his face leaned into mine and before I could stop it, he kissed me. It wasn’t one of those really long ones on TV shows where they move their lips around and stick their tongues into each others mouths. It was a little peck that left me blushing and mad. I wasn’t mad that he kissed me. I actually liked the kiss. It was because he didn’t ask my permission and I wanted to give up my first kiss, not have it taken.

I ran to the bus and didn’t look back. One of the teachers gave me a dirty look because they had to stop my bus from leaving so that I could get into it, but I was too mad to care.

Now, Ace shakes my shoulders, making me jump out of my thoughts. “Sorry,” he says, “I didn;t mean to scare you.”

I did the same thing I did to Tyler in my memory. I run away, into my house.

I think for a while and decide that I’ll give him a chance. I change really fast, leaving my bra and underwear on, but taking off my undershirt. It fits really well, but it feels weird, hanging from my neck and leaving my pale skin showing on my shoulders and legs. I’m just not used to a beautiful dress being on me anymore. I brush my hair and French braid it across my head and let it hang down my back. It reaches a little past my butt now that it’s brushed. I know I don’t have any nice shoes to wear so I grabbed the white vans Ace got me when I was a year younger and the only socks I got; the ones I was wearing today. I run outside where Ace was waiting. I haven’t had a reason to wear such nice shoes until now. He looks up and stares. He’s frozen with his mouth open.

“Ace?”

He snaps out of it faster than you would’ve thought and notices what he did. So he smiles a warm smile at me. “You look so beautiful. Absolutely stunning. Come on, let’s go to the car.” He seems really excited and he grabs my hands to pull me faster through all the trees in the way. We reach the road out of breath and he stops in front of a limousine. It’s black and really nice with tinted windows so you can’t see inside. Ace opens the door. “After you, milady.”

I climb inside and take a seat on a really comfortable chair towards the front. Ace takes a seat next to me, really close. His upper thigh is almost touching mine. I smile really big at him and he looks down, messing with the bottom of his shirt, trying to hide a smile.

“This was really nice of you,” I say.

“It’s no problem.”

The car starts and down the road we go. I look out of the window on my side and watch the trees go by. My head gets dizzy and I put my head in my hands.

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