Chapter 1 HAVE YOU MET ME?
Sitting in the waiting room gets Everly anxious every time she has to come to the third floor. Everly doubled checked her bag for the fifth time to make sure that she had a cookie and orange juice ready for her disposal. “Everly Santana?” She practically jumped out of her seat and speed walked to the nurse who was holding the door for her to enter. “Good afternoon Ms. Santana.”
“Oh, hi good afternoon,” she awkwardly followed the nurse into the dialysis room. Everly sat in the chair as the nurse prepared the dialysis machine and hooked it up to her. Her eyes gazed around the very familiar room. The fake plants were still in the same spots and the wall hangings were still colorful. The nurse smiled at her and left the room as Everly sat back to wait until it was over. She closed her eyes, but jumped a little when her phone buzzed. Everly answered it with a start. “Hey, mom.”
“Hi darling,” her mother’s cheerful voice responded back. “I’m about two minutes away.”
“Ok, I’ll stay put then,” she chuckled when she heard her mother scoff in amusement.
An hour later, Everly and her mother Marisol left the hospital and drove home. Everly was greeted by her black and white shih tzu dog who happily followed her upstairs to her bedroom. As she plopped on her bed, her dog jumped up to lay by her side. It was Friday and nap time until her mother’s delicious dinner was ready.
Everly watched as her older brother Norman and her parents Marisol and Javier talked and laughed during dinner. Norman was a senior at their college and has been preparing for the scout meet. Norman spoke about his basketball game, while Javier talked about work at the warehouse and Marisol talked about needing a new food processor. She smiled as she quietly ate her food. Her dog Chen Chen had finished eating his food and was under the table waiting for scraps to hit the floor.
“Everly,” Javier called out her name. “How was school for you today huh?” She smiled at her father who waited for her response with a warm smile.
“It was fine papa. I had a science test today and I think I did very well.”
“I know that you passed it because you are smart...like me.” He winked at Everly.
“Ahhh, are you serious right now?” Marisol rolled her eyes playfully at her husband. When he nodded she playfully hit his hand making both of their children laugh.
Later on that night, Everly laid in bed holding Chen Chen in her arms. She gently patted him as he fell asleep. She checked her phone and saw that she had five missed text messages from her best friend Anna Maria.
Text Message 1: Hey girl, did you make it to your appointment?
Text Message 2: Bitch, answer me!
Text Message 3: Sorry, didn’t mean to call you a bitch
Text Message 4: I love you
Text Message 5: Bitch, you better call me!
Everly giggled and decided to call Anna Maria before the girl came to her house and caused a scene. Anna Maria picked up on the first ring.
“Hey girl, yes I made it to my appointment, I love you too and stop cursing. It’s not ladylike.”
“Ugh,” she rolled her eyes even though Everly couldn’t see it. “I was worried. You know the rules. Call me when you get to your appointment and call me as soon as you get home.”
“Sorry, my mind was on other things, but anyway, what’s up?”
“Ohhhh girl, you missed it!” She squealed in excitement making Everly pull the phone away from her ear. “There was a big fight after school today.”
“Who was fighting?”
“Paisley and Dorian,” she laughed at the memory. “Those two girls went at it like, one minute I was walking to my car and the next minute I saw a huge crowd screaming and cheering. Of course I had to squeeze in and take a look. They had each other by the hair and fell on the ground at the same time.” She chuckled. “It was awesome.”
“Only you would think a fight is awesome,” she chuckled as well. “Two grown women fighting like cats on college campus is beyond immoral standards. Do you know why they were fighting? I thought they were like best friends or something.”
“Ex best friends,” she sighed. “Anyway, from what I heard, it was over that senior guy Rihan.”
“Oh him?” Everly shook her head. “I don’t know what’s the big deal with that guy. Like every girl in the school drools over him. He’s such a big player and doesn’t he have a girlfriend?”
“He doesn’t commit to any girl Everly. Why stick to just one when he can have a different girl every day? If I looked like him, I would do it too.” She laughed. “Besides, Rihan is exaggeratedly handsome, sexy….Ugh, it should be against school policy for someone as gorgeous as him to attend. Like, he should attend a school in heaven or something like that.”
Everly chuckled, “Don’t let him hear you say that. He’s already arrogant and conceited as it is.”
“Aww come on Ev, you cannot deny that he’s gorgeous. I mean, those sultry I’m gonna fuck you light brown eyes, those high cheekbones, full lips, sexy eyebrows, dark soft hair, nice slim body and being 6 feet 3 inches just add to his sexiness. Also the fact that he can talk you into bed in English and his native language Korean. Mmm, mmm, mmm.”
“If only you put this much effort in your studies, you would be an honor student.” she heard Anna Maria burst out laughing at her statement. “Hey, I’m going to bed. I’m feeling tired. Come over tomorrow.”
“Ok, honey. Give Chen Chen a kiss for me. Good night.” The line was cut off and Everly placed her phone on the charger, turned off the light and went to sleep.
The party at Dario’s was going strong. Juniors and Seniors were dancing, drinking among other things. Dario and Braylon were playing whiskey pong against two juniors when Rihan made his appearance known. Everyone cheered as Braylon got his ball in the other teams cup making them both drink a shot of the hot liquid. Rihan grabbed a bottled beer from the cooler, twisted the cap and took a swig. Once his friends won the game, they came to join him in the kitchen.
“Another victory?” Rihan laughed as both his best friends’ chest bumped each other making animalistic noise. “I should know better than to ask that question.”
“Dude, why are you so late?” Braylon asked as he twisted a cap off his bottled beer.
“What are you talking about? I’ve been here for about two hours.”
Dario looked at Rihan for a few seconds, then shook his head. “Bruh, I hope that you changed my sheets. I don’t want to sleep in you sex secretions.” He shivered in disgust making both of his friends laugh. “Who is it this time or are you tapping seconds?”
Rihan chuckled, wiggling his eyebrows. “When I got here, Penelope spotted me and was very hospitable by giving me an awesome blow job in your parents bathroom. Then as I walked out of the bathroom, Betty guided me into your bedroom and well, I don’t need to explain any further. You get the gist.”
“Fuck bruh,” Dario chuckled. “But you changed my sheets right?” He rolled his eyes as Rihan just smirked. “Ugh, I gotta go change my sheets.” He made a beeline to his room leaving his friends to laugh at him.
“Ri, did you hear about the fight between Paisley and Dorian? It was over you.” He chuckled as he shook his head.
“Yeah I did. I don’t understand why they would fight. I don’t belong to either one of those girls. I made that very clear. I hate clingy bitches.”
Braylon clapped Rihan on the shoulder, “Dude, I can’t wait to see a girl take you down from your horse.”
“Have you met me? Do you know who I am?” Rihan pointed to himself in full blown arrogance. Braylon smirked at his friend then went to dance with a girl.
At school, the three guys met by their lockers just to talk before the bell rings for class. They were talking about the next party when Braylon came up with an idea. “Hey Rihan, I couldn’t stop thinking about our conversation during the party.”
“Oh yea? Did you dream about me that night too? Sorry, but I’m not into dudes.” He smirked.
“What are you talking about?” Dario asked.
“I told Rihan that I can’t wait for the day a girl brings him down from his high horse and he said and I quote Have you met me? Do you know who I am?” They all laughed because he said it in a girly voice.
“Fuck you, I don’t sound like that.” Rihan laughed along with his friends.
“Ohhh, this topic has gotten interesting and my attention,” Dario chuckled.
“I hope to see the day when Rihan gets rejected by at least one girl by the end of the school year.”
Both Rihan and Dario burst out laughing. “Dude, are you high? And if you are, why aren’t you sharing?” Dario asked while laughing.
Rihan clapped Braylon’s back. “That will never happen. I’m too sexy for my own good.”
“Yeah, I doubt that would ever happen.” Dario checked his phone for any text messages. "But, put me down for $100 that he won't fall in love. This will be the easiest win ever."
“Hey, we have to endure a whole school year so there’s still hope.” Braylon said confidently.