This is for Vengie's Old
Skool Music Challenge!
Song: Super Electric (isn't
it obvious! :P)
As the metro station was being overwhelmed by utter stillness, two teenagers stood with hands in their pockets and looked towards the tunnel where their awaited train would come through. One was a boy and the other a girl, both attractive with modesty and youth, but still alluring by the way their eyes flicked over to each other. The girl had fidgety feet as she waited for the train and anxiety filled her body for two reasons; their destination, and, there were only two other people in the station besides them. The boy stood next to her with a tense posture and with untrustworthy eyes that scanned the station for any sign of threat or danger every once in a while. They had boarded off the Blue Line Metro about ten minutes ago and were now waiting for the Red Line Metro at 7th ST to head to Hollywood. They had planned this two weeks ago when they first heard that their favorite club was hosting an eighties and nineties night spun by their favorite DJ. They promised each other they would come tonight because they knew this night was going to be legendary.
"The screen says 10:05" the girl commented. She
was a bit taller than average height, 5'5, and with pretty long
dark hair, and creamy skin.
"So that means pretty soon" the guy replied.
Now, he was about six feet with a modest built, dark brown eyes,
and dark messy hair.
"But it's taking so long. It never takes this
long." the girl replied. She looked around and crossed her arms.
She wore a knitted black jumper that went down to her knees, gray
tights, and long boots. She remembered destroying her closet for
an outfit, and had finally decided on something simple.
"Ellie, don't be so anxious" he said and
laughed. He put an arm around her and she laid her head on his
shoulder and they both waited patiently for the train to
"Vince! it's here" she shrieked unexpectedly as
the sounds of train neared. They both straightened up and moved
closer to the edge. they both felt the gush of wind that followed
as the train passed them by, Ellie's log hair blew in the wind
and covered her eyes. The train came to a stop and they both
boarded and sat in a two seater. They sat comfortably in their
seats because it was going to be seven seats before they got to
where they wanted. The windows were pitch black because of the
underground and both stared at their reflection. Ellie waved at
the window and Vince waved back to her.
can't believe I actually sneaked out of my house, and
successfully I might add" Ellie said in triumph and smiled at
"That is yet to be determined" he said and and
kissed the top of her nose.
"Way to be a bubble burster" she mumbled and slouched in her seat. She looked at her hands and noticed that her nail polish was chipped and in deep need of a new coat.
"Reality is a sad thing"
"Yeah so are you" she told him. He turned her
head to her and smirked evilly. "Haha I'm sorry you set yourself
up for it" Ellie sprung from her seat and headed towards the pole
in the middle of the cart and held on as the movement of the
train unbalanced her. Vince also got up and followed her to the
pole. "What are you gonna do? Huh?"
"Don't temp me Elle" she gave him the finger
and backed away from the pole as she waited for his move. She
heard the loud speaker announce their stop and she planned and
escape in her mind. "I'll get you, don't you worry about that."
The train came to the stop and the doors slid open and she ran
for it. She ran out of the train and saw the signs Hollywood and
Vine. She sprinted down the station and turned when she saw stair
ahead. There were no people so she didn't have to worry about
bumping into anyone. She ran up the escalate and into the night.
When she got out of the metro station she looked back and saw
Vince right behind her. She decided not to stop and kept running
she suddenly bursted out laughing as she ran down Hollywood Blvd.
It wasn't as lonely, in fact the street was alive with people
clubbing and sight seeing. She ran on top of the walk of fame,
stepping harshly on each star on the street. She saw the Pantages
Theater and knew she wasn't far from the club. After a minute
more of running she came to an abrupt stop and stared up into the
club. In red neon lights, The Frolic Room. Vince came thereafter
and grabbed her from behind and accidentally threw her on the
floor, he didn't expect her stop and just came crashing next to
her. Ellie's laughter became louder than before and Vince's
laughter was vibrant with genuineness. Ellie as she tried to get
up looked at the star she had fallen on. Katherine Hepburn. How
"We're here" she then said simply. Vince
grabbed her hand and they went towards the entrance of the
building. The bouncer asked for the fee and they both paid
Music blared from the speakers that surrounded them pulsating with beats and melodies that the speakers gave out. Ellie and Vince stood in awe momentarily, staring at the people who danced and the lights that flickered among the room.
"Look" Elli said and pointed to a man who stood
behind a booth spinning. He held a pair of earphones by his ear
while his other hand touched the vinyls and Apple computer.
"Sinister!" Vince said and Ellie nodded
"Come, let's dance" Ellie took Vince's hand and
led him to the middle of the dance floor. The DJ spun old school
music, seeing as it was not anything current. They recognized a
lot of the music, from their early childhood, or were big fans of
the band. Vince, although he always told everyone he was bad at
dancing with earnest, he was actually really good. He swayed to
the rhythm of Ellie and kept her really close to her body. Ellie
seemed entranced with the music, ever so often closing her eyes
and drowned out everyone except for the music, and she just let
her body do all the talking. Song after song they both danced to
the songs, their rythm changing with the diversity that the DJ
was playing. They even heard music from bands like Garbage, which
they jumped to for a little while. When they got tired they
stepped out from the crowd and walked over to the bar.
"Can I have water" Vince told the bartender,
that didn't really look like one because he was dressed in jeans
and plaid shirt. He went over to a clear door refrigerator and
pulled out an Arrowhead bottle.
"That's gonna be four dollars."
"Four dollars? For bottled water" Ellie asked
outraged. The bartender just shrugged and handed them the water.
Vince handed him the money and they both drank from the bottle.
They looked at each other for a long time without a single word
because it seemed that no words could speak the emotions they
both felt. Ellie opened her mouth to say something, but then
quickly closed it.
"Can we go take some air" she asked him.
"What?" Vince asked her.
"Can we take a breather?"
can't hear you!" He yelled and pointed to his ears. She tip toed
to his level and whispered in his ear.
"Can we go outside?" She asked and she saw him
nod. They passed by the bouncer who stamped their hands to
indicate they paid already. They stepped out of the building and
they felt the cold air on their skin. The city was alive with
multicolor lights, buildings had their lights on, businesses with
the name of their product, and billboards that illuminated. There
were as many weirdos as there were hipsters that roamed the
streets, and that just gave the street and air of mystery. It was
bright with lights, but still dark because of the night. They
stood side by side and both stared at the lights in the entrance
of the Pantages theater. "I - I..." Ellie was fumbling with her
words and her mind was racing as she decided the way she was
going to tell Vince exactly what she wanted to tell her. She
suddenly turned to him and startled him.
"What's up?" he asked her as he raised an
need to tell you something...."
"yeah, okay what is it?" He studied her in
order to get a sense of what she was going to say. She looked
nervous and worried which sequentially made him worry too.
wanted to tell you before. Way before. Like when I found out
before, but Ijust didn't have the guts to tell you"
"Ellie, you're scaring me."
"You wanna sit?" She motioned to the sidewalk
and they headed over to the edge of it where they both sat. "Well
a month ago my dad found out that he was offered in ViaTech
"Well ViaTech International is located in
London" She saw him sigh and his eyes wandered down the street to
the direction of Highland. "And that means we will be moving
"End of the semester"
"That's in two weeks"
"I'm sorry I didn't tell you...really I am
sorry. If I could I'd take it back but, but - I just couldn't do
"No, I get it. So what now"
"Well my dad already found a place, and we
actually started packing yesterday."
"This is a lot to take in, Elle, I mean, you're
going to be celebrating Christmas in London, not with me. You
know we always watch A Christmas Story on the 23rd, and all those
know. We can always Skype."
"That's not the same"
"Yeah Iknow" Ellie leaned her head on his
shoulders and breathed in the fresh air. Even though she knew
about Ellie was still awe struck about the whole situation. In a
matter of days, she'd be leaving L.A for a whole new setting, one
she was foreign to. And above else she was going to leave behind
the one person she loved the most besides her family. She loved
Vince like the best friend she's always had ever since the first
moment she met him in the sixth grade. But she knew that love she
felt for him was much more than that, she loved him...loved him
like a lover. She always wished he'd ask her out or one day
confess his secret love for her, but he never did that. She'd
seen him with girls before and it always hurt her, but never did
she say anything, and never would she, especially now. Nothing
was ever going to happen because she will always be miles apart,
seas apart, worlds apart. It would never work. As she thought
about the love that could have been she began reminiscing about
the old times. Like that one time when they decided to go to as
many them parks as possible. They had gone to Disneyland, Disney
California Adventure, Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags, Legoland, and
Sea World, but still she knew there were more out there in CA. Or
when finals were over and they spend the whole night walking the
streets of West Hollywood, down Melrose Ave trying to be a riot.
When they drove a car to a pole and all they could do was laugh.
When they had movie marathons at his house and ate tons of Red
Vines and buckets of popcorn with chocolate or even Tapatio hot
sauce. Or when all the concerts they went to over the course of
High school. "I'm gonna miss you, Vince"
"Ellie...don't start, not now" He stood up and
offered her his arm. She took it and with his help stood up. They
went back inside and showed the bouncer their hand. As soon as
they walked in they heard the familiar beat to one of their
favorite songs. It was one by Stereolab who were really popular
in the nineties. They went directly to the dance floor and began
dancing accordingly. It was the perfect beat because it was
catchy but not overly happy, just what she was feeling. Epic,
that's what it was. She knew she would never forget this moment,
because it was one of the last she would ever have with
After a while they knew they had to retire, it was getting really late and there were still buses to catch. They walked arm in arm out the door and into the street. It seemed right to be in his arm, like that was where they were meant to be. The future seemed different now, and more unpredictable than she could have ever imagined. Everything they had planned together for their last semester in High School was over and although it saddened her, she didn't want it to define their last days together. Last days together as teenagers, because they could always find each other later on in life. Just when Ellie was about to turn and head for the metro station Vince pulled her the opposite direction.
"Let's take a walk" She looked at him curiously
but eventually said yes.
"Have you ever had the sensation to run down a
crowded street before" she asked him suddenly.
"All the time" he said with a laugh.
"So let's do it now. Yeah it's not crowded but
we can still run."
"Okay, I'll race you to the Chinese
"Alright, looser has to buy dinner"
"Deal" he said with a nod.
"Ready positions," Ellie said.
"ready...set...go!" And off they went. The ran down the streets
leaving all their inhibitions behind, leaving all their worries
and concerns and just being the free spirits they really were.
Vince was ahead of her and he turned back to look at her once in
a while just to see where she was. Since there were no cars rhey
didn't care about the stop lights, so they just ran. They passed
by Zara and H&M and Forever 21 and the other stores. They
even passed El Capitan theater and crossed the middle of the
street to get there. But something happened Ellie won when it was
clear that Vince was going to win.
"You jerk, you let me win" she said as she bend
her body to catch her breath.
"No I didn't" he said as he did the same.
"You so did!" she went over to him and shoved
him playfully. Vince laughed and stumbled backwards but didn't
"Okay maybe I did..."
"Hmph" she said and turned around to see the
Chinese theater. It had all the mechanisms that any structure in
China would have but with bunch of hand prints on the cement
signed by celeberties. "Look how nice" she said and pointed at
it. "So many lovely lights"
"Yeah...how much electricity do you think they
use?" he asked her as he put an arm around her. She felt a rush
of heat coming from his body and because she felt really
lot. It's probably super electric in there. Imagine someone
getting electrified...scary thought, yeah?"
"Hell yeah I know this guy that had to have his
arm removed beca-" Suddenly there were many sparks coming from
the lights and they both stepped back a couple of steps. The
lights were flickering like they were about to turn off while
many tiny sparks were flying out. But then it stopped flickering
and it lit with twice as much force as before, its brightness had
increased. It was like it was giving up and then found courage to
keep going twice as stronger.
"Okay maybe we should get going." Ellie began
walking away in the direction of the closest metro station which
was now in Hollywood and Highland instead of Vine.
"Ellie!" he called out softly and made her
"yes?" she asked curiously. They were standing
feet away and Vince suddenly felt like there was something the
had to do. He walked to her and the stood directly in front of
the Chinese Theater. Vince looked down analyzed the hand
"You're leaving in two weeks, and I have this
feeling in the pit of my stomach that if I don't tell you this I
will regret it for ever"
"Well what is it?" she asked softly.
"I'm afraid Iwont ever see you...that's a scary
thought...and you have been my best friend"
"you're my best friend too"
"No, that's not where I was going...I love you.
I love you so much that sometimes it hurts to be around you and
know you're not mine" Ellie looked at him with wide eyes which
just made Vince nervous all over again.
"I've loved you since I first met you. And I
feel like I have just wasted all these years doing shit about it.
And now you're leaving and I won't ever be with you. I hate
myself for not ever telling you" He held her hands and caressed
her palms. "I know it's too late now but, I've always wanted to
tell you. And now is the perfect moment. I love you...I love you
goddammit! And i want everyone to know. I always get this feeling
when I'm around you, like the world doesn't matter and nothing
else matters but you. You are the one who invades my thoughts,
and Iknow I sound like a fucking looser telling you this because
I can hear the cheesiness coming out of the words I speak. Tell
me it's not too late...or tell me it is"
"It's not. It will never be, because I have
felt the same way." She hugged him tightly and wished that the
could stay like this forever.
"really." she responded. He touched her chin ever so slightly with the most softest of touches, and raised her head to a tilt. Their eyes met, in that moment, and suddenly they knew that it didn't matter that she was leaving town, it didn't matter if their time was going to be limited all that mattered was that it eventually happened. They happened, and that's exactly what they wanted. She looked into his eyes and saw the years they were together. He looked into her eyes and saw their potential future. Slowly their faces got closer and his lips touched hers, willing it to be real, and it was. Her lips were soft as the silk in gowns, and his were rough and careful. When it was right, they closed the space between them and kissed each other with all the courage they could both muster. Her hands went behind his neck and his arms went to her lower back bringing her closer. Their tongues intertwined slowly and roughly taking their breath away. They slowly drew apart and touched their foreheads together. They stood their silently for several moments until Ellie broke the silence.
"Let's go home" They drew apart and clasped their hands together and walked down the street down to the metro station hand in hand.