“Good morning, did you sleep well?” Fate walked in with pants on, but not a shirt!
“Put some clothes on!” I slowly reacted, but then I threw a pillow at him and fell back in my bed. He rushed over to me and noticed that I didn’t get a wink of sleep.
“You’ve been a bad girl,” Fate took his index finger and pressed it gently on my forehead. My eyes opened and before my eyes was a body of a man. I quickly covered my eyes. This is too embarrassing, not once have I seen a man’s body like this before. He must be teasing me, “Shame on you, I told you to sleep,”
“I-I-I,” I stuttered, I was still in shock from yesterday’s event. I was so sure I would win, but his looks are too good to be true! No, I will fight.
“It seems our parents went out on a trip, their message was,” He paused and pulled out a note, “We are leaving to the golf tournament, please take care of each other, your parents,”
“No way,” I finally woke up, “They did not just leave me in your care,”
“Why do you think so low of me, you naughty girl!” Fate chuckled in victory and with a lot of arrogance behind it, “Now, let daddy take care of you,”
“I definitely will not accept you as my father,” I declared, I started feeling dizzy and hot.
“Alright then, let your husband take care of you, and you should do your duty as well for a wife,” He stubbornly insisted.
“I will not,” I stood up from my bed and noticed my dress was still on and my hair was a mess, “I will not be in any relation to you, let us just take care of ourselves. So, you take care of you, and I will take care of me. Do your parents know what you act like when they’re not around?”
“Do your parents know that you sneak out at night?” He pinned me to a wall, he definitely had me cornered.
“Well, uh,” I stopped, “Oh, well, I’m going to a friend’s house!”
“Oh no you’re not,” He insisted, “You’re going to stay here and be a good girl, now I’m gonna go take a shower, you stay in your room, and wait,”
“You crazy…” Wait, I can sneak out, “Fine, take your shower, I’ll stay,”
“Good girl,” He smiled and closed my door. I heard the shower come on from his bedroom.
“What are you smiling at, you jerk?” I threw a pillow at my door. Okay, here’s my chance. I slowly opened my door and looked around, no Fate. Good. I continued to the next door, but as soon as I was going to touch the doorknob, I was caught.
“And where do you think you’re going?” Fate asked as I could feel his breath on my ear, I decided to fight back.
“I’m leaving, so don’t stop me!” I pushed away from him and went for the door again. He grabbed my wrist, which was starting to get annoying, and then he tossed me over to his bed, “W-w-what are you doing?”
“What does it look like I’m doing?” He had a wet washcloth in his hand, for which I never noticed. He folded it in his hand and then got on the bed. He drew closer to me, and then started to pat my head. I hadn’t noticed how cold it was, “This is ice cold water, did you notice?”
“Well,” I started, but he already knew the answer was no.
“If you haven’t noticed earlier, you have a fever,” He noticed. I felt more shocked, how did he know? He set me up, “You need to take better care for your body,”
“That’s something I don’t want to hear from you,” I wanted to dash for the door, but I could feel the fever surrounding me.
“Shh,” He brought his finger to my lips and just before I could say anything more, I felt my body weakening. I fell asleep, “Kathleen, Kathleen?” Fate was calling me as I felt myself coming back to consciousness.
“No, go away,” I turned my head, but felt his hand turn my head back towards him. A wet cloth was being pressed to my head. I rose up quickly, “That’s too cold!”
“So you finally noticed,” It was Fate. Did I just fall asleep in his bedroom!?
“Where’s mom?” I ran for the door, but this time he didn’t stop me.
“They’re still gone, but it seems you’ve gotten better,” He smiled, “I told you to let daddy take care of you,”
“Once again, I will not be in any relation to you!” I ran for the kitchen.
“But why?” He really sounded serious, “Why do you hate me so much?”
“I don’t know, maybe, because, I,” I stopped and realized why I hated him all this time. He’s a guy who is under the same roof as me and he is way too smart.
“You haven’t fallen for me, have you?” He asked, but I didn’t hear him, I had my mind set on finding food.
“Maybe,” I stopped as I brought my fingers to my bottom lip to think about that kind of dish I was in the mood for.
“You have?” He got surprised, but what he was thinking was completely different from what I was thinking.
“Hmm, maybe I should make something easy,” I looked into the fridge, “So, what were you saying?” I lifted my head as I noticed him speaking.
“You mean you didn’t hear me at all?” He saw my face and saw that it was blank, “Never mind,”
“Whatever,” I quickly turned away from him and searched for something, but nothing came to mind, “That’s it, I’m calling the Chinese restaurant!”
“Oh, you’re hungry,” He replied slowly. I have a feeling he’s acting like he’s slow and stupid.
“Alright, I would like Sesame Chicken…” I started, but Fate took the phone and hung it up, “Hey! That’s not fair, I was ordering!”
“If you want food, you can just ask,” He smiled the usual arrogant smile.
“Ask who?” I asked as I retrieved my phone back from him.
“Me, of course,” He went back over to the kitchen and I quickly ran to the balcony. When I approached the railing, I turned towards a storage room where all my instruments were stored. I opened it to find my acoustic guitar, my violin, my electric guitar, and my three recorders, from elementary school, all together as they‘ve always been. I grabbed my violin case and opened it, everything I needed was there. Rosin, bow, extra strings, a tuner, peg drops, and the violin. I rosined my bow with one of the top expensive rosins ever known. It gripped my violin strings perfectly and created sounds even a beginner could make without any trouble at all. I placed the violin to my collar bone and rested my chin firmly on the chin rest, and then placed my bow above the violin strings and I began to play Beethoven’s Violin Sonata “Spring.” Right when I was at the last note, my pinky slid causing the skin to break open, “Ah!”
“Careful,” Fate grabbed onto the violin and gently laid it onto the patio. He quickly observed my bleeding finger and then raised it to his lips.
“What are you doing?” I asked as I fixed my eyes onto his eyes that grew worrisome.
“Fixing the bleeding,” He smiled as he showed me with his eyes that he will continue to do what he thinks is right.
“There are other alternatives for fixing an injured finger,” I nervously commented, but he ignored and carried on. I looked away, because it was too embarrassing that a guy was sucking my blood. Great, I bet this is going to make a big difference, we might actually be connected to each other, “Never mind, find another way to fix it,”
“Do you really believe all that stuff? People can’t connect when someone tastes someone else’s blood,” He read my mind.
“What the…” I stopped for a moment, “But how come you heard what I was thinking?”
“Seriously, it’s written all over your face,” He poked my cheek and laughed. I covered my eyes with the only hand that was available, “What, did I embarrass you?”
“No,” I picked up my violin and placed it back in its case and locked everything back up to where it needed to be.
“Liar,” He turned around and went back down. I looked at my finger and saw a Band-Aid wrapped around it.
“How did he do that without me noticing?” I examined it and noticed that it was carefully done, “Maybe he can care when he wants to,”
“So, what will it be?” Fate asked as I exited the balcony and reached the bottom of the stairs while closing the door behind me.
“What do you mean?” I looked at him with a confused expression as he approached me.
“What is it you would like to eat?” He hovered over me to examine my face.
“Ham,” I walked away from him as I felt my head begin to ache and I felt I had to give him an answer sooner or else he will never leave me alone to my decisions.
“Ham it is, let’s go.” He grabbed my wrist and we headed out the door. This time I didn’t care if he dragged me through town.
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“Ah, that was good!” I laid back in the chair while staring at the sky in satisfaction.
“Satisfied?” I forgot Fate was sitting right in front of me and then my mind finally returned to me.
“Fate, right?” Jin found us sitting at a patio and she looked like now was the best time to make an approach, “I was just going to the store and I happened to have recognized you,”
“I feel appreciated,” Fate smiled stupidly in front of me.
“I’ll be going now,” I carried my tray to the trashcan and dumped it to where it needed to be and then I placed the tray on top of all the other trays that lay silently on top of the trashcan.
“Hey, you’re that smart kid people are talking about,” Jin recognized me through the eyes of others as she gave me an irritated look that could kill the ones who are weak and helpless.
“It’s Kathleen,” I corrected her and walked past her quickly and went to Fate, “I’m going home alone, no need to take me,”
“But…” Fate started, but I silenced him. He saw that I was upset and offended.
“Just let me go, I’ll be fine, Thanks for the meal,” I waved and looked at Jin’s jealous face. I finally made my home, but switched directions to Amy’s house. I raised my hand to knock, but then stopped. A force was holding me back. I stepped away from her house and stared at the door for a minute, and then finally made the decision to just go home.
“Kathleen?” It was Amy at the porch, “What is it?”
“I thought maybe I’d come visit, but I forgot to call, so I thought it would’ve been rude,” I lied.
“Kathleen, what’s wrong with you?” She asked confused as if she saw someone new inside me, “You know you can come over whenever you like,”
“I’m sorry,” I cried and she ran over to comfort me, “I ran away from home!”
“Why would you do that?” She asked even more confused, “Did you fight with your parents,”
“Yes,” I lied again, “Their not home now, but I think they might worry if they see that I’m not home, so I’ll call you later,”
“Okay, but are you sure you want to go back by yourself?” She wiped away my tears.
“Yeah, I can manage,” I sniffled as I stopped crying… Why am I like this?
“Okay, I trust you, but be careful, you don’t look so good,” She noticed as I could feel the blood in my head drain itself empty. I nodded my head and turned to the next road leading to my house, my face felt really salty from my tears on my cheeks. Why am I acting like this? It was only a school project… Why does Jin have to be so cold towards people like me? I guess that’s the only nature she’ll ever know.
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I arrived home and plopped onto the couch to turn the TV on. The weather channel was set. A big storm is heading our way. Why didn’t I notice this earlier? I ran to the window and saw that the wind was blowing harder and harder. I finally decided to go outside, even though the weather guy said not to.
“Where’s Fate?” I searched the front yard path to see if Fate had been coming or not, but there was no Fate. I finally heard thunder. I screamed and ran to my room. I closed my ears and sat in a corner crying while my heart raced faster and faster. Then the power went out. I screamed some more and cried harder, but then I felt warm arms hold me. I didn’t care who it was, I just grabbed onto the person and cried harder and harder through every flash of lightning and through every roar of thunder. I had finally fallen asleep when I felt my eyes growing weaker and weaker from the exhaustion of crying.
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“Ugh,” I rose up quickly and noticed that I couldn’t remember anything about yesterday except for the fact that my parents went away somewhere. When I stood up, I started feeling dizzy, must be because I’m still asleep. I walked to my closet and pulled out one pair of clothes for the day and continued to the bathroom to take a cool shower.
… 20 minutes later…
I dried my hair and then put it up in a ponytail; of course, it was a little difficult since my hair is long, a bit wavy, and heavy. When I finally achieved the task, I ran for the kitchen.
“Darling!” It was Mom; I looked over to her in the living room and saw that she was drinking tea with… Fate’s parents. I finally remembered that, not only did my parents leave, but Fate’s parents went along as well which brings me to the finally question.
“Where’s Fate?” I drew the question from my head to my mouth, “I mean…”
“He went out with a girl, and I think her name was… Jin,” Bill had remembered perfectly, but it was a name I certainly did not want to here.
“Where did they go?” I grew more curious.
“To the school,” Dad answered and then he set his tea cup of Darjeeling tea gently on the surface of his cup coaster that was nothing but the color black.
“Oh, oh yeah!” I forgot to get my schedule, “I’ll be back, I forgot something,”
“What is it?” Mom called after to me.
“My schedule for this year,” I answered and then she waved me off as if she was in an important meeting.
…15 minutes later…
“Mrs. Lizard, I forgot to pick up my schedule,” I panted at her desk.
“This is the first time you’ve ever been late, Kathleen,” She started looking through the files for my schedule.
“I’ve been sick,” I informed her halfway.
“Ah, here it is,” Mrs. Lizard gently placed it in my hand, “Now don’t get sick on the first day of school, because that’s when we’ll need you to do the back-to-school speech,”
“I promise I’ll be here,” I smiled and ran away to my first period class, Algebra 2, “So, I’ll still have my same Geometry teacher from last year,”
“Oh, you’re here,” Jin approached me disappointingly.
“Of course, why wouldn’t I?” I asked. She had no answer; it seems as if she had forgotten I was class representative, “Anyway, I’ve got to get going,”
“Oh, me too, Fate’s waiting for me,” She glared at me as if I was stepping on her territory, but I just turned away and ignored her jealous attitude.
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“Ah,” I yawned, “Another year to kill!”
“It’s not going to be that bad!” Amy smiled as she kept staring at her phone for another text.
“Why do you say?” I curiously looked at her phone.
“I heard that we’ll be having a lot of transfer students this year, mostly guys,” She cheered as she received another text, “It says, the transfer students might make a huge hit to our school and is rumored that they are the cutest men ever to transfer!”
“I don’t get the point,” I stared out her window while looking at the changing clouds form to different figures.
“What I’m trying to say is,” Amy paused and cleared her throat, “You can find romance,”
“I don’t want it,” I quickly replied with a tiny lie. Truthfully, I don’t want to find romance, but the half of my female heart wants it. It sounds pretty confusing when you don’t know what you really want.
“Well, I do,” Amy cheered as she tossed her phone in the air.
“But, what about you and…”
“We broke up,” Her mood changed rapidly from joy to sad, “He said there was someone else in his life he’d rather be with,”
“Ugh, relationships, why must they look so heartbreaking and useless,” I pushed the emotion aside, “Anyway, I best be going, I need to get ready for tomorrow,”
The first day of school came quick as usual, but I was certain that unpredictable events were sure to occur this year.