‘Don’t take life too seriously. You will never make out of it alive.’
~ Elbert Hubbard
Astrid quickly schooled her emotions before turning to Madilyn, a mask of confusion painted on her features. Madilyn raised her eyebrow before smugly replying.
“You know what I am talking about.”
“No. I don’t,” she sounded slightly irritated. She made sure no one had been watching her. Unless she actually made a mistake somewhere along with her plan. The only other plausible reason was that the girl was simply bluffing.
“This might help you remember.” Madilyn pulled out her phone and flashed the screen to her face. Pictures of her jumping over the wall. Though her face was not clear in the pictures, Astrid knew it would get her into trouble if it got out. Panic flashed on her face for a split second before she smirked.
“What makes you think that is me?”
“Still in denial, huh?” Madilyn laughed for a moment before replying. “Nice one anyways. It’s high time someone showed that girl her place.”
Astrid looked surprised as she watched Madilyn walk out as if nothing happened. Though she knew her secret was safe for now, she knew she had to keep her eyes out for the girl. She let out a huge sigh and walked off to class.
She was strolling through her phone, her lunch long abandoned on the table just like how she was, all alone sitting at the table in a corner of the cafeteria. She tuned out on all the ruckus caused by the loud students when someone suddenly slammed their tray of food next to her and she jumped slightly. Thinking it was Asher, she put on her best scowl before turning to her intruder only to find Madilyn.
“I hope you don’t mind me sitting here.” Without letting her reply, Madilyn flopped down next to her.
“Yeah. Go ahead”, Astrid muttered under her breath.
A brief moment of silence passed between the two of them. All this was new to both of them and they did not know what to do next. Then carefully choosing her words, Madilyn spoke up.
“In case you are worried, don’t. Your secret is safe in my hands. As you can see, I am also a contender for the loser position of this school.” Sarcasm was dripping from her words.
Astrid simply raised her eyebrow at her. Though she was calm and collected on the outside, her inner turmoil was making her insides clench. Could she trust her?
“How did you get those pictures anyway?” she asked, curiosity laced in her words.
“I live just next to the school. My bedroom has the perfect view of that side of the school where you decided to jump in,” she replied. The admiration was evident. “What you did was amazing! Like seriously! I would never even think of doing something like this.”
“Not much of a talker, huh? That’s fine. I will do all the talking”, Madilyn happily stated, making Astrid slightly laugh.
“Well, I am counting on you. I have already lost plenty of brain cells trying to have a conversation with all these idiots.”
Madilyn laughed out so loudly that a couple of heads nearby turned to them. Her face suddenly flushed and she ducked down, making Asrird snigger at her antics.
Maybe this would not be so bad.
Madilyn became something close to a friend for Astrid and for the first time in a long time, she actually felt a bit normal. Madilyn was exactly like her cousin and she felt a sense of familiarity around her. For the rest of the day, they both stuck together and Madilyn did not mention the pictures. And Astrid went home with a happy smile on her face.
She had gotten her revenge. And she had finally made a friend.
The next day, Rebecca returned. And she was so determined to find out who made her the laughing stock for the entire school. The school officials were still trying to figure out what went wrong with the cameras. The entire day went by without much problems but Rebecca had somehow got it in her head that embarrassing Astrid was the only way to take the mocking attention off of her.
Madilyn was nowhere in sight and Astrid was walking away from the school when she heard the clicking of heels. She let out a sigh as she understood who was coming and prepared herself to completely lose it.
“Hey, loser!” Rebecca slightly shoved her back. Astrid balanced herself and shoved her hands into her pockets.
“Oh, there you are. I have to say, you did a pretty good job in getting all that glitter off. Must have taken a hell lot of time,” she retorted, smirking.
Rebecca fumed, gritting her teeth and did not reply. Astrid glanced around her and asked.
“Where are your cult members? Did they ditch you or something?”
“No. I ditched them,” she said, flipping her hair over her shoulder.
“Yeah yeah. I totally believe you,” she said, sarcastically. “Anyway I am not jobless like you. I have other things to do. See you.” She mocking waved at her.
She was about to walk off when another idea came to her head. She quickly weighed her options, deciding that the fact that she was all alone was an advantage before making up her mind. She put on her best evil look before turning to the blonde and slowly approached her, like a predator.
Rebecca looked confused for a second as Astrid leaned towards her and whispered in her ear. She looked lost for a second before realisation dawned on her.
“I told you. I always win.”
Rebecca was dumbfounded. She did not know what to do.
“What? All this is because of you?”
Astrid quickly feigned innocence.
“What are you talking about?” she fluttered her eyelashes at her, making Rebecca even angrier if that was possible.
Rebecca was quick in grabbing her arm. She pulled her closer and raged on her face.
“It was you?!”
“I told you. I literally have no idea as to what you are blabbering about.”
“Stop lying!” Her face was as red as a tomato. She was screaming at the end of her sentence.
She was about to raise her hand to slap her and things were about to get ugly when someone decided to intervene.
“What is going on here?” Asher immediately pushed Rebecca off Astrid.
Astrid rolled her eyes when she saw him. How he was always there whenever she was in the middle of a fight, she would never know. She slowly back off before shrugging.
“I don’t know. I was just minding my own business, peacefully walking all alone if I might add. Then suddenly she comes out of nowhere, blames me for something I don’t know and tries to hit me.” She made sure she behaved the same way Rebecca did in the restroom that day, giving her a taste of her own medicine.
Asher looked at Rebecca, raising his eyebrow.
“She is lying. It was her. She was the one who did that to me. This is all her fault,” she was so hysterical at that point that Astrid almost felt guilty. But then she remembered. She was no angel.
Asher’s face scrunched up in confusion as he looked at Astrid asking for an explanation as to what the girl was wailing about. She simply shrugged.
“Don’t ask me. I have no idea what is going on.”
“It was her. She was the one who pranked me. She told me herself right now,” she sounded so angry that Astrid knew she would not hesitate to rip her limbs off.
Before Astrid could retort, Asher beat her to it.
“Can you hear your own words? That is absolutely ridiculous. There is no way in hell she could have done this all by herself. Someone tampered with the security system, Rebecca. Do you think she could do this?” He looked baffled at Rebecca’s accusations.
Though Astrid was happy that he was sticking up to her, she was a little annoyed at the fact that he underestimated her so much. But she shrugged it off. She could always teach him a lesson or two later.
“And why the hell would she tell you that it was her? This is so ridiculous!”
Rebecca looked speechless at this point. She did not know how to respond to him. It did not lake her long to catch up to the fact that she was defeated at this point. No one would believe her. After all, her little worshippers were not there to defend her on this. She mustered up her meanest glare and walked off but not before promising her something.
“I swear, I will make you regret the day you were born.”
With that, she walked off leaving the two alone, one amused and the other confused.
Life sure has its way of creating drama every day.