Chapter 2: Chapter 1

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 1

 

I awake to the sound of typewriter keys. A gentle ‘click clack’ releasing me from my quiet slumber. I lift the bed spread over me and tip toe across the room, my footsteps muffled by my bunny slippers. The door moans softly as I open it, walking silently into the hall. I reach the bottom of the stair well and knock tenderly on the door to my dad’s office.

A ghostly figure looks up at me, a wide grin spread across its face. “You’re doing it again,” I tell him sympathetically.

He yawns, stretching his slender body, arms high in the air. “I can’t help it, ever since your mom…” his voice drained away, disappearing into nothing like a tiny flame caught in a gust of wind.

“Since mom died, I know.” I could see him wince as I said the words and wish desperately that I could take them back. But they’ve been spoken and will ever be lost in the open air. “I meant…” I said, but I didn’t finish, couldn’t find the words to continue. Because in fact, I had already said what I’d meant. She was dead and she wasn’t coming back. I just need dad to realize that, but it’s a fact he isn’t quite ready to accept.

“Go get ready for school,” he tells me, turning his attention back to the type writer.

For a moment I hover by the door, staring at the incomplete page of black ink. To my despair I can read what’s on it, even though I had known what to suspect. It’s a letter addressed to my mother. Yet another one that he will burn, collect the ashes of, and thrown into the sea where we had dumped her ashes. I sigh and walk out the door, my footsteps in steady pace with that of my dad’s type writer.

 

 

“Audrey!” I hear my name called from across the room. I need not turn around to check and see who the voice belongs to, it’s one I would recognize anywhere.

Sophie scurries up to me, books in hand " no one has ever seen her without them " and places them on the desk beside me. Unsurprisingly she’s onto yet another novel, the bold words Earthlingstaring back at me. “How’s your book?” I ask her.

Her strawberry blonde brows arch and soon her dazzling sky blue eyes look to where my sight is set. “Oh,” she says smiling. “It’s surprisingly good. The blurb sounded quite boring, dull… a tad bit silly really.” She shrugs. “I’m enjoying it so far.”

I nod. It’s not really the type of book I would pick up let alone actually read. A pastel drawing on the cover, not too light on the eye. “So what’s up?”

Sophie smiles, her freckled face beaming. “I would really, really appreciate it if you could write a before and after article on prom?” There’s silence as she looks up at me, her blue eyes sparkling, head tilted slightly to the side. Then she decided to prolong her description. “I mean, check out what’s going on in the preparations… where it’s going to be, all that jazz. Then for after you say how the prom went, who was king; queen. That sort of thing.” She made these odd, pronounced hand gestures like she was trying to cut the air in half.

I sigh on the inside. I really didn’t want to go to the prom. Who rather have stayed home reading Unearthly than go stag. And I know I would end up helping out the prom committee. I sigh for real this time. No.

“Yeah, sure, I’d love to. When does it need to be done?”

Face palm.

 

Everyone is staring at me in complete silence as I walk into the cafeteria, as if I’m an intruder on their territory. My eyebrow arches and I look toward the table where I usually sit. My friends give my sympathetic looks. I have no idea what’s going on. 

Kasey Queen of Snots gets up from the Populars’ table and crosses the cafeteria, heading straight towards me. It’s completely soundless other than the clicking noise of her heels on the plastic tiled floor. She stands a foot higher than me, trying to seem menacing. I’m not flustered by her height in the heels but take a step back so I can look her in the eyes.

“What do you want?” I ask her, annoyed.

She smirks. “Like you don’t know,” she says with sass.

I tilt my head and bite the inside of my lip. “You’re right, I don’t.” Then I return the smirk, just mine is a lot bigger.

Kasey purses her lips. She’s never had anyone talk like this to her before. It’s about time she’d be taught a lesson. She reaches into the back pocket of her skinny jeans and pulls out a piece of paper. “You posted this on my boyfriend’s locker.”

I snicker and take the slip of paper from her hand. Then I read it out loud, “Dear Jason,” I pause checking to see if everyone’s attention is on my. “I love you, dump Kasey and date me. Sincerely, Audrey.” The cafeteria’s silence is broken by my hearty laughing. “That’s a nice one… Hardly believable though.” I walk around her and head towards my table. I can feel the eyes on my back, following my every step.

I begin to talk to my friends as if nothing happened and the whole cafeteria resumes its normal loud volume of many voices. “What was that all about?” Isabelle shatters my efforts to make ‘normal’ conversation.

I take a deep breath. “I have no idea,” I tell her.

“But did you really write that note,” it’s Jessie’s turn to join in.

I look at her for a moment, my eyebrows raised. “Of course not,” I say. Jason is the last person I would write a love note to. Including all the Untouchables. He’s cute I guess, but definitely the biggest jerk I have ever met… understatement of the century.

Our conversation is interrupted by Lin bursting through the lunch room doors. I had been wondering where she was. “Oh my gosh!!” she squeals as she scurries to the table. More people pile into the cafeteria after her. Lin exclaims, “Cute boy 2’oclock!”


Submitted: April 22, 2012

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maeeam

Once again you leave me speechless :)
Its always a pleasure to read your work, although it has been a while since I've read your work... :)
Great story so far :D
Keep up the good work :) xx

Wed, April 25th, 2012 5:29pm

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Thank you, I'm glad to hear it.

Wed, April 25th, 2012 1:02pm

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