The White Opera

In a world that’s falling apart, Lillia Jane seeks to find the light. Dancing is her soul and passion, but it isn’t always the answer to her problems. She witnessed the murder of her best friend Sophie and won’t be forgetting the feeling of isolation any time soon. Lillia’s parents have moved to Queensland for the summer so now it’s just her and her older brother Brian, as they embark on an amazing adventure through Sydney Australia.

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19. New Beginings

Our visit with Hannah was short; I had the feeling that she needed some time alone so Lucas drove us back to his house. The past few weeks have been a blur of stress and worry but with Lucas, I seem to forget most of my troubles and live life like a normal teenager. I realise with satisfaction and triumph that I am finally ready to let go of Sophie Parker – she leaves me with both happy and horrifying memories.  

Lucas and I retreat back to his room and return to our sitting positions on his bed, our backs propped up against the wall, legs dangling off the side of the bed.

“I’m gonna get some chips from the kitchen, I’ll be right back.” He promises. I stare blankly at the ceiling and hear a soft buzz come from his phone, which has been abandoned by my side. Sophie. With the familiar feeling of curiosity creeping through me, I slide the text from Sophie to the right and unlock the phone.

Lucas: Sophie, I don’t think we can do this anymore.

Sophie: Can’t do what? The flirting?

Lucas: Exactly the flirting. I don’t want you getting your hopes up.

Sophie: Where is this coming from? I thought we were just having a little fun, no need to be a spoil sport.

Lucas: Sophie.

Sophie: Lucas.

Lucas: I like someone and with any chance she might like me back so I’m putting an end to the games.

Sophie: Oh.

Lucas: I’m sorry but you are a great girl and you can do better than flirting around with anyone who gives you the slightest amount of attention.

Sophie: Ouch, way to rip the band aid off.

Sophie: Okay here’s the deal. I’ll leave you alone if you tell me who the Lucky girl is.

Lucas walks back into the room, his hand already in the packet of chips with a cheeky grin spread across his face. In a panic I throw the phone to my side and try to act natural but there is no point trying to hide it, he already saw me with his phone. Why do I always put myself in these positions? He’ll never be able to trust me again if all I do is go around invading his privacy.

Positioning himself back on his bed, Lucas reaches for his phone and writes a short reply to Sophie, dropping it onto my lap for me to see. He doesn’t seem to care at all that I was looking through his messages.

Lucas: Lillia

My stomach flip and my breathing quickens. Lucas leans closer to me and searches my eyes for any sign of disapproval and the next thing I know his lips are on mine and we are kissing. It is over too soon, I rest my head on his shoulder, our bodies close together.  

“Too soon?” He asks worriedly.

I shake my head no and nuzzle my head deeper into the crook of his shoulder, breathing in his sweet scent of cologne.

“You free tomorrow?” he is stroking my hair with his slender fingers, his head resting on mine.

“You bet.”

I think about rehearsals and wonder how on earth I’m going to learn the routine before the concert. My brother told my parents that we were going to be staying a few more weeks because of the unexpected ballet recitals. I had listened to them screaming over the phone about how disappointed they were that we left without informing them and how dangerous it was to be on our own without adult supervision. They’re hypocrites. Brian is basically an adult and who were they to tell us that we shouldn’t be leaving without notice when that’s exactly what they did themselves. I don’t mind though, because now I have Lucas, and that is all that matters. 

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