Grown-ups usually say, "Take life as it comes.”
" Be positive.”
" Keep smiling, every storm turns into a rainbow.”
What they never teach you is the crushed souls you leave behind. Parents try to teach you about the good in this world, they expect you to obey and live up to their expectations. Life is taken lightly, there are a lot of children who won’t wake up tomorrow. We pray, we search for an answer to the inevitable. We cry, we cling to life although we never truly lived it. Everyone expects you to be at your best, smiling, being confident, and being faithful. The truth is, no one really knows how. Everyone tries their best, they try to learn the unknown and fix everything. When you are a kid, you can dream about fairy tales and run wild with your imagination. Then you come to a certain age where you have to let all that go and grow up, the people who cling to their childhood memories are taken as crazy or weird. We run away from reality, we are scared of change, we end up crushing our soul without even noticing. Until one day you don’t know what life is anymore.
" Brea, you ready ?”
I turned around to see my best friend putting my last luggage in her car.
Taking a deep breath I turned around to take a last look at the house.
" Brea dear, be careful,” Danielle said.
Her husband put an arm around her.
" Thank you for taking care of me," I said bowing my head.
" You are like a daughter to us, if you ever need anything don’t hesitate,” Steven said.
Danielle and Steven are Kayla’s parents, my best friend, they took care of me since I was a small kid.
I gave them one last hug and went into the car.
" Ready for College?” Kayla said shutting the door behind her.
" Is anyone ever ?”
Kayla and I looked at each other and laughed.
She sounded the horn to say her last goodbye to her parents and waved to them from the window.
" We are gonna start new,” Kayla said with a grin on her face.
" What about Jackson?”
" Screw him. New school, new guys." She said puffing her cheeks.
Jackson was Kayla’s ex, I tried to help them reunite but he ended up being a jerk. So Kayla and I made a plan of revenge. Since he moved from one girl to another, we thought that maybe we should give him a taste of his own medicine. We told our friend about this and she agreed to help. She had to seduce him enough to get his attention and she did. She got his full attention. Then we got some pictures of him in a provoking manner and got revenge, we didn’t post them or anything but still, his face when we told him was worth it. Kayla was scared of my pranks, she prohibited me from doing it ever again.
I came out with the whole idea.
" You should really learn to drive, woman,” Kayla said.
" I have you.”
" Yeah as your taxi driver, how is that fair? ”
" You ready for tonight? I’m sure you’re going crazy.” Kayla chuckled.
I jumped in my seat. Tonight finally was the year-awaited Linkin Park concert. They are one of my favorite bands, somehow Kayla got a hand on two tickets, I was going crazy.
The college where we are going to attend was just a 10 minutes travel by car to the stadium.
" West Edge College,” Kayla mumbled.
We were both scared, we went to the same schools and same classes for years, but this year I decided to try something new. I always wanted an English and Archeology Major, this is the only college that offered it and Kayla came with me. She also found a Wedding designer major which always intrigued her.
" You will have to let me plan your wedding ...eventually.” Kayla chuckled.
" Sure you will. If that ever happens.”
New school, new people. I needed a fresh start, everybody used to look at me with pity and I couldn’t take it. Kayla always wanted to live in LA so she figured we should go together.
I saw the trees slip away behind the car. The wind threw my pink hair away from my face.
" Think you should dye your hair?”
I shook my head.
" Not yet, I love this colour.”
We had a four-hour trip to arrive at campus, Kayla complained about it since she would have to drive all alone but we thought about stopping frequently.
“First stop... A diner.”
" Didn’t you just eat ?” I asked her.
" Yeah, so ?”
Got her point. I checked the maps on my phone. There should be a diner in about a half an hour drive.
" First diner insight, is gonna take about 30 minutes.”
" You just started to drive,” I said astonished by her lazy-ness these days.
“It’s already been an hour,” Kayla complained
I checked the time.
Surely enough an hour already passed, I didn’t even notice.
" When you zone out in that mind of yours, time is forgotten.”
" Mind of writers.”
" Yeah, too bad your books haven’t had so much success so far.”
"It's early Kay, I have a lot to learn.”
I turned to her and smiled.
" No one is so positive-minded as you.”
" And no one is good-hearted as you.”
" Oh, but there is, she is right here.” She grabbed my hand and squeezed once before returning her attention to the road.
" Let’s fight college,” I said putting my fist slightly upward.
" You are making it sound like hell. I take what I said back, worst best friend ever.” She said pouting.
" Hey now, what do you want me to say? Parties, getting drunk, ending up having sex with a complete stranger, and then oh oops look who’s pregnant.”
Kayla burst out into laughter.
" Fine, fine.” She said through laughter.
" You know for a girl who likes, rock, you are too sweet,” Kayla said chuckling.
" Who knows, I am weird.”
" That you are.”
I shook my head and smiled.
" Earth, sweet Earth.” Kayla cried when she got out of the car.
" You complain too much.”
Kayla opened her mouth.
" Oh no, we are not going down that road. I am too tired.” I said not letting her speak. If we ended up arguing it would take hours.
She grabbed my hand and pulled me after her.
When we went in, a waiter greeted us and showed us the way to a table.
" Your menus.”
" Thank you.” Kayla and I said in unison.
" What are you going to have Bre?”
" Don’t know yet, maybe toast.”
She pulled the menu from her face.
" A toast? Seriously?”
" Well, Danielle cooked for us before we left so I don’t need much.”
" We won’t have time to eat once we are there, we have to go to the concert immediately.”
After a few minutes, a waiter came.
" Shall I take your order?”
Kayla looked up and smiled.
Oh, he’s in for it.
" A toast and a salad for two please.” She smiled.
The waiter kept staring at her and smiled.
I shook my head.
Kayla was a boy magnet, she didn’t do it on purpose but she is beautiful so she pulls them to her with a single smile or flick of the hair.
The waiter nodded and left.
" Poor guy,” I said.
" You smiled at him, he will probably give you extra cheese.”
Kayla looked at me with eyes wide open then laughed.
" Maybe he liked you instead.”
" Yeah right, sister,” I said.
" Why not?”
" Have you seen yourself?”
A guy passed and nodded to what I said.
I laughed and soon Kayla joined me.
" You are beautiful too.”
I smiled, she always did that, I like myself enough but I don’t feel like I can compete with her. Although there is nothing to compete about and there never will be but she smiles and guys melt to her feet. I smile pigeons crash into the wall.
Our order came flying after just a few minutes, the waiter almost crashed into an old lady while looking at Kayla.
" Gonna leave your number?” I joked to Kayla while we got up to leave.
" You make me sound like a slut, but I dare say he is cute." She said peeking a look back at him.
" He seems nice, maybe you should leave it,” I suggested.
She shook her head.
" No, let’s get you to Chester.”
Chester was the lead singer in Linkin Park.
The waiter looked at her walking away like a sad puppy.
I guess I’ll have to bring her here often.
We rode in silence for a while, then ‘It's my life' by Bon Jovi came on the radio. I busted it up and sang it like a crazy lady.
Kayla laughed at the whole song.
Then ′ Cheerleader’ came and Kayla almost left the steering wheel. If you haven't noticed it's one of her favourite songs. We sang it loudly. Cars passed by and some people slowed down to listen to us and laugh.
We stopped one more time to stock up our sweet supply since our monthly visits were beastly to both of us.
Hours passed by like lightning, we were soon in the campus range. College students walked around, some looked new, some explained to people where they had to go or some groups they could enter. We wanted to lay low so no groups for us, we drove away to the dorms. When we arrived the landlady greeted us with a smile and gave us the key, we were fortunate enough to share the same room. A lot of people get separated, but when we called they have the last room free for both people.
" The landlady looks nice,” I said as we entered the room.
Kayla crushed on the nearest bed.
" I guess I’ll take this side.” I chuckled.
" We start lectures in two days, why did we come so early?” Kayla complained.
" So we could go to the concert remember?”
She got up immediately.
" I’ll take the shower first.”
Thankfully at West Edge college, they had a private bathroom for each room. Of course, the rent is higher but it’s worth it.
I pulled my luggage on the bed and unzipped it.
I grabbed my posters and put them on the wall. We don’t have much time till the concert so I don’t have time to put my things away. I grabbed the clothes I decided to wear and laid them on the bed.
Ripped jeans, check.
Linkin park shirt, check.
Leather jacket, check.
Comfy shoes, check.
" You look eager,” I said to Kayla when she came out of the bathroom, already dressed.
She decided to go with jeans, a tank top, and a leather jacket.
Yes, we love Leather Jackets.
I headed to the bathroom and washed.
When I walked out of the bathroom, Kayla was organizing her books carefully on the shelf.
I sat in front of the mirror.
" Don’t go all Rah-Rah on me.” She said.
" When did I ever?”
" At Halloween remember? You scared me to death.”
No rah-rah but I wanted to look pretty so I did some extra makeup.
" Come here,” Kayla said.
She curled my hair and pulled it into a high ponytail.
" You look beautiful.” She said.
" So do you.”
Kayla applied only a bit of makeup, the usual mascara, and lipsticks. Lastly, she twisted the edges of her short light brown hair.
" Shall we go?” She asked.
" Screams, here we come,” Kayla said doing the rock symbol.
I shook my head and laughed walking after her.
After a lot of hard work trying to find parking, there was a long cue to wait.
" Why did I come with you exactly?”
" Cause you love me,” I said blinking my eyes.
" I hate you right now.”
The cue moved and I skipped and twirled. Yes, I do that sometimes, keeps life interesting you know.
" Please don’t be yourself in a cue filled with people,” Kayla said chuckling and covering her face.
The guy behind her laughed.
" First concert ?” He asked.
" Then I can understand.” He chuckled again.
" Nice shirt.” His friend told me.
" Same to you.”
Their shirts were far more beautiful than mine.
Kayla put her hand around my shoulders, smiled at them, and pulled me away.
" Didn’t my mum ever tell you not to talk to strangers?” Kayla said.
Thankfully the cue didn’t take long and we rushed in.
There weren’t a lot of people so I could see the park clearly.
" So, about the guys from before, were they hot?” Kayla shouted in my ear.
I looked at her and my eyebrow shot up.
" Your mother told me not to speak to strangers. Plus I looked at their shirts more than their faces.”
Kayla pushed me lightly.
It took forever for the band to show but when they did, screams burst in my ear, I didn’t care and I shouted with them. Kayla covered her ears. She liked the band but wasn’t their biggest fan. She was more of a One Republic fan, which we went to concerts more often.
They started with ′ In the End’. I screamed and sang with them, I didn't care the slightest to who could hear me. Actually, no one did since everybody did the same as me, so no one took care of the people around them. Kayla kept her grasp on my elbow just in case we got separated but in the end, she ended up singing loudly with me.
The concert will be soon over and Kayla shouted in my ear.
" If we get separated meet me at the car.”
I nodded and continued to jump.
Soon later, they finished and said goodbye to everyone. It was one of the happiest days in my life, the heck, I think it was the best day of my entire life. Once they left the stage, the people started to push to get out. Everything was going smooth at first but then the man in front of me fell backwards into me and he crushed his elbow into my chest. I lost my breath, red spots appeared in my vision, I fell back but someone caught me. I looked up to find the guy from before.
" Thanks,” I shouted.
When I got to my feet I checked for Kayla, but she was nowhere near me.
Panic welled up inside me, I arched my neck to look for her but I couldn't see well due to all the people in front of me. Two strong hands grabbed my waist and pulled me up. I looked down, he tilted his head to the crowd. I looked, Kayla was there she waved and pointed to the outside, I nodded and he let me go. I rubbed my chest, still thumping with pain.
A strong push came from behind me and I fell forward. This time an arm came around my waist and pulled me upright, he didn’t let go so I looked up at him but he kept looking forward.
We moved slowly, he never let go of my waist and if someone pushed too hard, he would push them away and hold me upright. When we finally got out, I could breathe, he let go of my waist.
" Thank you,” I said.
He nodded and walked away.
" Um,” I called to him.
He stopped and looked at me.
" Thanks,” I repeated myself.
He smiled softly and walked away without a second glance.
I turned and saw Kayla come running and jumped on me.
" Dammit, don’t scare me like that." She yelled.
" Sorry, someone elbowed me,” I said rubbing my chest.
She let go and looked at me with concern.
" You okay?”
" Thanks to that guy, I am fine.”
Kayla looked at me.
" What guy?”
" The Stranger.”
Then she realized who I was talking about and said an ′ Oh.′
" Yeah, his friend helped me too.”
" See? I guess it’s good your mother didn’t tell us not to talk to strangers.”
Kayla laughed and pulled me after her to where she parked the car.