She's Eccentric

A story of a boy that met a girl who changed his life.

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14. She's Eccentric Chapter 13

Chapter 13

            It was a wonderful Thursday morning. We are preparing for the Christmas Vacation Party that will be held tomorrow.

            Everybody’s excited about it, and of course, I am too. Our class is in charge of decorating the stage.

            Our stage is a theater on our gymnasium. Each people has his/her task to do and I was tasked to put some decoration at the top of the stage.

            I removed my uniform’s top so it won’t get dirty. I don’t want Aimee to have a hard time washing my uniform. I may not know a lot about household chores but I still know that it’s difficult to wash white clothes.

            Aimee was tasked to put the decoration on the stage itself and she was with Rhea, Rhea’s other friends, and Serena.

            Some other guys from my class are bringing the chairs and other stuffs that will be used tomorrow.

            After I put the decorations I am tasked to do, I went in front of the stage. I will be singing there tomorrow with Aimee. I am filled with excitement.

            I actually had a plan. I will tell Aimee about my feelings after our performance. I am gonna do it no matter what.

            I know it might shock Aimee and she might not be happy about it. But I don’t have any way around. I can’t keep it like this.

            I want to be able to say ‘I love you’ when I want to. And I think, tomorrow is the perfect time for it.

            I already went to a flower shop last Sunday to buy flowers and asked them to deliver it this coming Friday.

            I am just hoping that things will end up well. This will be all or nothing for me. It could mean a love affair, or a heart break. I prefer the first one.

            I went to the stage and stood at the middle. I looked around. I’ve never thought this place can be this big. It was pretty amazing.

            I didn’t realize that Aimee already saw me. “Boo!” she gently said. She actually said it in a way that will not really surprise me.

            “Hey!” I said as I turn to look at her. I looked around again trying to grasp the realization that I will be singing in this place with Aimee tomorrow.

            I didn’t expect it but I saw Jenna walk towards us. She had an expression that will kill a devil. She actually looks as if she’s extremely angry.

            I expected that she’s going to talk to me but I didn’t expect her to walk pass me and pull Aimee’s hair in an instant.

            It was fast that I wasn’t able to react. “You, bitch!” Jenna shouted as she pulls Aimee. Aimee is not defending herself nor fighting back.

            “Pick who you’re bitching with! You, slut!” Jenna screamed. I was hit with reality and realized what’s happening so I tried to stop them.

            “Jenna, stop!” I cried out and pulled Aimee away. Our other classmates pulled Jenna away but she keeps on attacking. Even Rhea tried to stop her

            I embraced Aimee to cover and protect her. “So, you won’t get back to me because of that bitch? Rhea knows about this huh? And she hid this from me! You asshole!” she shouted.

            I didn’t replied nor turn and look at her. I am upset. Even if she was my ex-girlfriend, the fact that she hurt Aimee makes me really mad.

            “Is it like that? Huh, Chase? You are replacing me for a bitch just like that!” Jenna screamed out. It keeps on making me fire up.

            “Don’t call her names! She’s not like that! And I met her after we broke up.” I said in frustration. Everybody looked at me.

            Jenna became more irrational and cried. “So it’s true! It’s true that you replaced me with that bitch!” she shouted. Jenna knelt down and cried while Rhea tried to comfort her.

            Everybody is looking at me and waiting for what I’ve got to say. I looked at Aimee and she’s just silent.

            I have to say what’s on my mind. I have to tell the truth. “No. She’s not my girlfriend. We’re not going out.” I said.

            Jenna looked at me with tears still flowing in her eyes. I looked at her. I actually felt sorry for her, that I cannot return her feelings. Rhea tried to calm her down

            I looked at everyone. I saw Serena fixing Aimee’s hair. She looks at me as if she’s begging. Begging for what? I don’t know.

            I guess truth can’t wait for tomorrow. “It’s true that we’re not going out. But I do love her.” I said as I look at Aimee.

            Aimee looked surprised with what I said. She stared at me for a while. I heard Jenna said some things but I did not listen to it.

            It is like the whole world is now revolving at Aimee and me. It is like we are the only one existing. I was about to reach her and help her stand up.

            I offered my hand to her but instead of reaching it, she ran away. I was frozen when she ran off. I felt Serena follow her but I am too shocked to notice that.

            Jenna stood up and hit me again and again while cursing but I am not able to react. I am scared, now that Aimee knows about my feelings, what is gonna happen?

            I am scared, is she going to leave me? Will Aimee hate me? Will she still talk to me? I am so confused that I don’t know what to do.

            Later on, it was our lunch. I noticed that Aimee is ignoring me. She won’t even look at me. But I want to speak with her.

            “What’s up with that Chase? I thought you guys are going out. Why would she walk out when you tell her you love her? And earlier, you said you’re not going out.” Rhea asked.

            I looked away. I am extremely confused right now and here she goes asking me questions. This is not what I needed right now.

            “Do you want me to talk to her, Chase?” Rhea asked. I turned to look at her. I know she just wanted to help, but I want to talk to Aimee face to face.

            I shook my head. “I need to talk to her myself. I need you to talk to Jenna. She has to apologize to Aimee.” I said.

            “You know Jenna, she will not apologize even if it’s her fault. She’s hurt about what she has found out. Give her a little time and understanding too.” Rhea said.

            I know I was being too selfish but I can’t help it. I am in the middle of a very complicated situation and there is a chance that I might lose the girl I love the most.

            I ran over to the cafeteria where Aimee is sitting with Serena. They haven’t started eating yet so, I think it was the right time to talk to her.

            I ran towards them and pulled Aimee away. “Hey!” Serena shouted. She was about to follow us but Arvin stopped her. He actually arrived just in time.

            Aimee is not resisting and it’s actually a good thing. I pulled her towards the back of our school building. There was an abandoned home economics room there and I brought Aimee there.

            When we got inside, I closed the door to be sure that no one can interrupt us. I turn to look at Aimee but she was just staring at her feet.

            “Aimee.” I called her name. She didn’t even try to look at me so, I held her hands. I am really nervous now, scared even.

            I can feel the fast beating of my heart. It is getting harder to breathe. But I came here to talk to her, not to just look at her.

            “Please, talk to me.” I said. But Aimee still kept her lips closed. I know she is confused as well. But I do not know how she feels about me.

            “I am sorry if I just blurted it like that. I just couldn’t help it. I was mad and I feel bad that my ex-girlfriend did that to you.” I said.

            She finally put hear head up and look at me. “But, telling the others that you love me. It’s not really necessary,” she said.

            I pulled her hand and planted a kiss on it. “I am sorry Aimee. It’s really difficult, believe me. I cannot lie about my feelings anymore.” I said.

            Aimee cupped my face and made me look at her. “So, you are telling me that you do love me?” she asked.

            For some reason, I just stood there looking at her. I already said it earlier, why can’t I say it now. Is this situation scarier?

            “You’ve got to tell me straight, Chase. I don’t want to make assumptions or anything. I want to hear everything from you,” she said.

            I looked at her eyes. I know that she knows how I really feel by now. But why is she still asking, is she just giving me a chance to lie?

            “What I said earlier are all true. I love you, Aimee. Even if you don’t feel the same for me, I love you.” I said.

            Aimee removed her hands from my face and turn back on me. Is she turning me down? I don’t know if I should speak or just wait for her to say anything.

            “Why, Chase? Didn’t I tell you that you can’t love me? Didn’t I tell you again and again,” she told me even though all I can see is her back.

            “I am sorry! I am sorry that I did! What can I do? I can’t help it. This is really difficult for me. I am loving you but I can’t expect that you will love me too.” I said.

            Aimee remained silent. “Do you know how much it hurts to love you alone? I am not used to this but I am trying! Because you messed my life and now I cannot live without you.”

            “I’d rather hide this. I’d rather hide the fact that I love you than to let you leave. But it’s killing me. I don’t want to say I love you but I can’t stop hoping that you’ll somehow love me too!” I said.

            I felt my cheeks turn warm and my eyes are now watery. I’m a guy, I know I shouldn’t cry. But I am caught up by the heat of the moment.

            The only thing that I can do is to stop the tears from falling. I have to let it stay in my eyes until it disappears.

            I know my voice is trembling now and even my body is shaking. Aimee’s silence is just making it worse.

            Aimee now turned and faces me. She ran towards me and gave me an embrace. I held her tight and kissed her head.

            “I’m sorry, Chase. I am sorry for putting you in this mess. I thought I can control this, but it’s so bad that I can’t.” she said.

            I cupped her face and looked at her. I am confused with what she just said. Does she mean that she thought she can control my feelings?

            “I thought I can manipulate everything, but I can’t. I can’t even control my own feelings. Hurting you means hurting me too. I love you too, Chase,” she said.

            She loves me too. Aimee loves me. The nervousness I felt earlier turned into relief. I embraced Aimee again.

            “Please, say it again. I just hope I heard it correctly. Please, say it again.” I said. Aimee pulled away from me and looks at me.

            “I love you, Chase. I do love you,” she said. And with that I embraced and carried her in my arms. I was so happy.

            I can’t believe she felt the same way about me. “You’ve just made me the happiest man in the world Aimee.” I said in between my smiles.

            Aimee smiled too. “I think it’s time to be honest about what we feel now,” she said. “I can’t pretend that I don’t feel anything about you anymore.”

            This is just really great. But the bad thing is, the flowers I ordered will arrive tomorrow. It will be late, and the planned proposal is now cancelled.

            This is good enough anyway. As long as I have the girl I love here in my arms, as long as Aimee loves me too.

            So later on, we informed our friends about it. Serena doesn’t look too happy about it for some reason, but anyway, she said that I should not hurt Aimee. She might just be worried that I’d hurt Aimee and that’s understandable.

            But anyway, I asked Aimee to go ahead after school and she said its okay. I just have to do one more thing since I received a blessing.

            I waited after school for Jenna. And when I saw her, I immediately approached her. The first thing she did was slap me.

            “Isn’t it enough? You’ve hurt me too much! I didn’t deserve it but you’ve hurt me too much!” Jenna shouted at me.

            “I’m sorry Jenna I really am. But I want to hide anything anymore. I want to be honest to you.” I said.

            “You’ve already told me you love that bitch earlier. What else do you need from me?” she asked.

            I really feel sorry for Jenna. “Aimee decided to go out with me, after I told her my feelings earlier.” I said.

            Jenna hit me in my chest. “So you’re here to hurt me more, huh? You asshole. I don’t deserve this at all!” she cried out.

            I stopped her arms from hitting me. “Jenna. I am telling you this because I want you to know the truth. I care for you even though I don’t feel the same way about you. I want you to move on and be happy.” I said.

            Jenna pulled away from me. “You denied my feelings and loved another girl. Now, you want me to be happy? You just took my happiness away! How can you expect me to be happy now?” she cried out.

            “Jenna, look around you. There are lots of people who adore you. You should take notice of them.” I said.

            “And then what? Your bitch will take them away from me again? Hell no!” she said as she ran away.

            I guess it’s not yet the time to talk to Jenna. Even though I didn’t intend to hurt her, I accidentally did by loving Aimee.

            So after our confrontation, I went home. I still have to prepare for the party tomorrow. I shouldn’t let the things that happened get on my head.

            The next morning Aimee left ahead of me since she has to borrow clothes from Serena. I was left alone at home.

            I prepared the clothes I am going to wear and my guitar. I will be performing with Aimee later so I better be ready.

            Time flies so fast and it’s the start of the party now. It was opened with the speech of our school Principal. I didn’t make a speech for this party because it’s not actually needed.

            Aimee is wearing a cute, pink sun dress. Her hair is tied up in pig tails and she looks so radiant. She’s very pretty.

            I got the flowers I ordered and put it somewhere in the stage before Aimee arrives. I’ll give it to her after we sing.

            The emcee now called us so we went up the stage. I held her hand as I guide her all the way up and she gives me the sweetest smile.

            When we got up the stage, Aimee held the mic while I reached the guitar. I sat at the chair and Aimee gave me a signal that she’s ready. We are going to sing “Falling Slowly”.

I don’t know you but I want you all the more for that

Words fall through me and always fool me and I can’t react

And games that never amount to more than they’re meant

Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home

We’ve still got time

Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice

You’ve made it now

Falling slowly eyes that know me and I can’t go back

Moods that take me and erase me and I’m painted black

You have suffered enough and warred with yourself

It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home

We’ve still got time

Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice

You’ve made it now

Falling slowly sing your melody

I’ll sing along

            Aimee and I are looking at each other while we’re singing. It’s as if we are the only ones who are existing that moment.

            I continued plucking the guitar until it finishes. Aimee gave me a smile after the song. I stood and took the flowers then gave it to her.

            She blushed when I gave her the flowers. I even heard the crowd cheering and it made me really happy.

            Aimee became teary and whispered ‘I love you’ to me. I whispered ‘I love you too’ to her. I feel happy that I made her happy.

            After we preformed, we went down the stage and Aimee gave me a hug. She was very pleased with what I did.

            Serena and Arvin came to us. Serena even gave Aimee a hug while Arvin congratulates me for the good performance.

            Rhea went to us and greeted us too. But she also asked about us. I told her what happened yesterday and she said she was happy for us.

            Rhea even said that she’ll talk to Jenna. I hope that Jenna moves on. It would be better if everyone is happy.

            Later on, Aimee needs to get back to the stage for her second song. She was now accompanied by Serena who’s going to play the piano for her.

I don’t need a lot of things, I can get by with nothing

Of all the blessings life can bring, I’ve always needed something

But I’ve got all I want when it comes to loving you

You’re my only reason, you’re my only truth

I need you like water, like breath, like rain

I need you like mercy from heaven’s gate

There’s a freedom in your arms

That carries me through, I need you

You’re the hope that moves me to courage again

You’re the love that rescues me when the cold winds rage

And it’s so amazing ‘cause that’s just how you are

And I can’t turn back now ‘cause you brought me too far.

            That song she’s singing is “I need you” by Leanne Rimes. She’s looking at me while she’s singing. It’s as if she’s singing for me. So damn I feel it!

            She finished the song and joined us. Arvin, Serena, Aimee and I shared one table. The tables are only good for four people.

            We ate some food that was prepared for us. Suddenly, the principal approached us. We were all speculating the reason why the principal went to us.

            “Hi, good evening kids. I hope that you guys are enjoying yourself,” he said. We all smiled. I just hope that he is not planning on hitting on Aimee because we are going to have a problem with that.

            “Yes. We are having a good time. Plus, the food that was prepared is so delicious.” Arvin said to the principal.

            The principal nodded. “That’s great. I actually needed some favor from you, kids,” the principal said.

            Of course, we got curious with whatever favor he needs. “If we can do the favor you are going to ask from us, then why not?” Serena said.

            The principal nodded again. “Great. Well, we are actually having a problem since the band we hired for tonight did not arrive. I am hoping you can make one more performance while everyone is eating. You see, we have visitors and it’s embarrassing if we don’t find someone to entertain them while they are eating.”

            Okay. That should be fine I guess. As long as he’s not hitting on Aimee then I’m fine with it. Urg! I tend to worry all the time.

            I looked at Aimee and she’s nodding. I think she’s considering another performance. Well, it’s not that bad, and I am sure she’s gonna ask Serena to play for her.

            Suddenly, Aimee turned to me. “Uhm, Chase,” she called out. I looked at her to show that she got my attention.

            “If you know how to play The only exception by Paramore then we could try and pull it off.” Aimee said.

            I tried to think about it. I know the song but I don’t think I know how to play it. “Nah. I don’t know how to play it in guitar.” I said and I saw Aimee frowned.

            “If you really wanna sing it then I can play it for you.” Arvin said. Aimee smiled with what Arvin said.

            So we decided that Arvin is gonna play it in guitar. The two of them went up the stage and set up before they performed.

When I was younger I saw my daddy cry and curse at the wind

He broke his own heart and I watched as he tried to reassemble it

And my momma swore that she would never let herselft forget

And that was the day that I promised I’d never sing of love

If it does not exist

But darling, You are the only exception

You are the only exception, You are the only exception

You are the only exception

Maybe I know somewhere deep in my soul that love never lasts

And we’ve got to find other ways to make it alone or keep a straight face

And I’ve always lived like this, keeping it comfortable, distance

And up until now I’ve sworn to myself that I’m content with loneliness

Because none of it was ever worth the risk

            Aimee sang and it was so mellow. She makes me fall in love with her more and more and more. “Do you think they have a chemistry?” Serena asked.

            I looked at her and she gave me a smile. “She’s really attractive and sometimes I feel scared. I’m scared that Arvin will replace me with her,” she said.

            I just listened to Serena. She looks at Arvin with love in her eyes. “But I should trust him because I am sure of his feelings for me. And I know,” she looks at me “Aimee loves you more than anything.”

            The last thing she said made me smile. “Thanks, hearing that from someone gave me confidence in myself.” I said. I took photo’s of Aimee while she sings.

I’ve got a tight grip on reality but I can’t

Let go of what’s in front of me here

I know you’re leaving in the morning when you wake up

Leave me with some kind of proof it’s not a dream, oohh.

            What a nice feeling this is. I feel like I am floating in the air. I feel so great about myself. Out of all the people in the world, it’s me that Aimee loves.

            After Aimee’s performance, the two of them went down the stage. They were approached by the principal who, I think, is thanking them.

            They had a small conversation and then they went back to our table and shared our food. Aimee looks at me and she seems very happy.

            “Oh, Chase! You just don’t know how great it feels when someone is asking you to sing! And when the crowd cheers, it was so awesome!” she exclaimed.

            I held Aimee’s hand and gave her a smile. “I am happy for you. And I know that song is for me. So I am the only exception, huh?” I teased Aimee.

            Aimee giggled with what I said. “And by the way. Don’t forget that we are going to Leila tomorrow,” she reminded.

            I nodded. “I won’t forget that, of course.” I said. It was a very wonderful day to be with the girl you love. It makes you feel like everything is perfect.

They set up the last part of the party like a disco. So everyone danced and enjoyed ‘till evening. The four of us took lots of pictures of ourselves and had a great evening.

            I am nervous about tomorrow. I hope that Aimee’s Aunt, Leila likes me. If she doesn’t, I’ll turn the world around to make her like me.

 

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