“Lily! Stevie!” I yelled across the lunch room. Immediately people stare at me and give me disgusted looks, I don’t blame them I did kill the star Varsity quarter back, sorry Mark. Lily grabs Stevies hand and drags him toward me.
“Happy Birthday Amy!” Lily yells, she smiled and kissed my fore head, which didn’t harm her. “Are you excited for tonight?” she looked at me with her wide green eyes, and her curly red hair hung past her pale face. “Yeah. This will be so fun.” She was so giddy, the last time I had a Friday the 13th birthday was in 2009, back then we were too young to watch scary movies, so this time she was determined to make the best of it. Suffice to say, my birthday falling on this day was a bit ironic considering everybody already thought I was the devil, this pretty much solidified their theory. Lily went on about movies she had already rented. God, was she prepared.
“Oh, and then..” she continued, “ the next time your birthday falls on a Friday the 13th will be in 2026, so don’t make any plans for your 27th birthday, Ok?” she looked at me, a grin that stretched ear to ear wiped across her glowing face. I nodded. “Don’t worry Lil, I barley make plans 1 year ahead, let alone 11.” She shrieked. “This is going to be so fun!” she was so happy. We walked through the lunch line and got our lunches. We then sat at our table, which nobody else sat at. Lily and Stevie talked about our favorite scary movies, while I sat and watched them talk. I envied them, they held hands, kissed, and from what Lily told me, even had sex. I didn’t want to know that because Stevie is my cousin, but lily is my best friend so I but my chin up and listened to what she had to say, which was “OMG, Amy, It was so amazing.” I remember her whispering. I was 15 and she was 16, lily is almost a year older than me.
“Is this seat taken?” a velvet voice Rang from behind me. I turned around, to my surprise there was a young man standing behind me, he was holding a lunch tray, I didn’t recognize him. He was staring at me with large hazel eyes, he had short brown hair that was neatly spiked, revealing his gorgeous face, he smiled at me, as if he was waiting for me to speak. That, my friend, is when I realized he was talking to me. Was he Insane? Wait, this gave me a sense of déjà vu, this is exactly how quarter back, Mark Johnson, approached me the day he died. I need to be very cautious, He wore a red T-shirt, Khakis with no belt, and air Jordan’s, and he looked like your every day preppy high school boy. He cleared his throat; he was trying to get me to answer his question, oh shit, what was his damn question again?
“I’m sorry, what did you say?” I asked him, still staring into his hazel eyes. By now students from surrounding tables were beginning to notice that somebody besides Stevie, Lily, and the teachers were talking to me. He smiled, like he was talking to an old friend. “Can I sit here?” my cheeks turned bright red, I’m sure of it, I could feel them burning up. I was beginning to conjure up an excuse when lily stepped in. “Of coarse, take a seat. He sat next to me, just one chair separating us.
“Im Justin.” He said, holding out his hand. Did he want me to shake it? Kids everywhere were whispering, looking, watching in disbelief, with fear I their eyes. I put my chin up and shook his hand; his skin was very soft and warm. He looked at me, staring at my Pink Floyd T-shirt. He touched it, “I love your shirt, great band.” He was obviously a very hands on person. I looked at my shirt, blue jeans, and black combat boots. I smiled as warmly as possible and said “thanks.”
“I’m Amy; this is my cousin Stevie and my best friend Lily.” Lily planted a kiss on Stevie’s lips, trying to make it obvious that they were together. I rolled my eyes, wow, Lilith Corman, can you make it more obvious? I thought, smiling at the public display of affection. “Why don’t you look familiar?” Stevie asked Justin as I took a bit out of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich. “I just started school here today, seems how it’s the last day of the semester I thought I could get used to my schedule today.” He smiled. “do you mind if I see your schedule?” Lily asked. He nodded and handed her the paper. “You have 5th hour with Amy and I. you have 3rd hour with Stevie, and 6th and 7th hour with just Amy.” She handed him the schedule. “Well then, Amy, will you go to my afternoon classes with me?” he looked at me. “Yes! She would love to!” Lily blurted out before I could even stir up an excuse. I gave her a very cold stare; she smiled and winked at me. I turned to Justin. “I would love to.” I gave him the friendliest smile I could muster.
What am I thinking? This could be dangerous, what if he gets the wrong idea? I really don’t want him to think that I’m “Available” who knows, he might think of me as just a friend, I could be getting ahead of my self, I don’t want to assume.
The bell rang, Stevie went to Chemistry, Lily, Justin, and I headed off to Spanish. Ms. Gandly introduced Justin and told him to pick a seat, In every class there is always at least one empty seat next to me, so he strolled his happy ass over and plopped down next to me. Lily was sitting on my left and Justin on my right. Students were baffled; the girls who had been gawking at him since lunch were amazed. Out of four extra seats, he chose to sit next to me. It was strange for me too, Justin was not only a guy, but a super nice and cute guy, and he belonged with the football players. Had he not yet heard the rumors? Would it be wrong or immoral of me not to tell him? Well I’m sure once we were separated he would be verbally attacked with information about my rather interesting past. So I could just let him believe I was normal for the rest of today, and if nobody told him Id tell him by the time we left for the day. Was it wrong for me to want to feel normal for a day, especially on my birthday?
“Hola.” Ms. Gandly began. “Its the last day of the marking period so I figured we Could take a break and watch the Lion king in Spanish today and finish it on Monday.” Everybody smiled and began to whisper. She turned out the lights and turned on the projector.
“So is your full name Amanda, or is it just Amy?” Justin whispered. I giggled. “No, it’s Amethyst.” I replied. He looked puzzled “February’s birth stone.” He said. I nodded. “When’s your birthday?” he asked his eyes staring into mine. “Today.” I replied my face heating up as we stared at each other, I quickly turned toward the screen, and it was too dark for him to notice my blushing. “Happy birthday, are you 16, or 17?” I smiled, “I’m 16.” He chuckled. “So your birthday is Friday the 13th.” I nodded. “Lily and Stevie’s 3 year anniversary is tomorrow, on Valentines day.” He laughed, “Mine was the 3rd.” my heart dropped, he was dating someone? I thought. “Oh, you have a girlfriend?” I asked he laughed. “I meant my birthday; I don’t have a girlfriend, never really found a girl that was right for me.” He stared into my eyes again. “Happy belated birthday.” I finally managed to choke out. Just then Lily saved the day, for once her budding in helped.
“After school we are going to my house for her birthday party, but its Friday the 13th so we are going to watch scary movies as well. You are more than welcome to come; I have a short practice today so the soft ball team will get out early.” She smiled, never mind, Lily did not save the day, she made it worse. Justin smiled at me. “I’d love to come.” He said, not taking his eyes off of mine. I felt my cheeks heat up. We got to a little over halfway through the movie when the lights turned on and the bell rang. Lily kissed my forehead and ran to English. It was my job to escort Justin to Home-EC.
“Do you have any brothers or sisters?” Justin asked, breaking the silence that had fallen after Lily left. “Yeah, four, two brothers and two sisters; all of us are named after our birthstone.” I said looking up at him, he raised his eyebrows. “We are adopted...” I began, “My oldest sister is Ruby, and she is 24. Then there are the Twins, Alexandrite and Pearl, Alex is a boy, pearl is a girl, and they are 21. Then there is Peri, he is 13, we are really close.” He was listening with a look of interest. “What about you, any siblings?” he smirked. “Yes, two older brothers. My eldest brother Jack was 20 when he passed away 2 years ago.” He looked down. “I am so sorry, a friend of mine named Jack just moved out yesterday, he lives in Vegas now.” He smiled. “My older brother Erik, he is 18, you will meet him soon enough.” He rolled his eyes and sighed.
We walked into homec, and Justin sat next to me again, but our teacher didn’t just introduce Justin, she introduced Erik as well, Erik was tall, with dirty blond hair, he was lean and muscular, his body looked very much like Justins, the face did too, with some key differences. Justins Face was more round than Eriks, he also had Hazel eyes instead of a bluish green that Erik had. They were defiantly brothers, both of them were gorgeous. Erik sat at a different table than Justin and I, He would constantly look over and stare at me. We got a lesson on food poisoning and proper food storage, and then we watched a video on symptoms of food poisoning.
“Lily likes you.” I said as we watched the video. He nodded and then pealed his eyes away from my face to watch the video. “Lily seems nice.” He responded. “Frankly, I’m surprised, she invited you to the party, and she is usually weary of people, especially guys.” I said wishing that I had just shut my mouth and watched the video. He chuckled though, that was a close one. “Yeah, I’m sorry for intruding on your birthday like that, I can tell you aren’t too interested in me. I can tell Lily that I have plans, that something came up and I can’t come.” He looked away from me. “No, you can come, I would love it.” I said smiling at him. He stared into my eyes; I blushed then quickly looked away.
“Why you are so damn shy?” he asked with a smirk. I leaned back, trying to seem less tense. “I usually keep to myself.” I said; he didn’t seem satisfied with answer. “Let’s just say that you are the first male student to talk to me willingly in a long time.” He frowned a bit, “I can’t imagine why, you’re great. You’re smart, telling by your grades, you’re funny, and you are beautiful, what else could a guys ask for in a woman?” Hmm, I don’t know, maybe for her to not kill him I thought. “Thanks, how did you know about my grades?” I asked. “I saw all the tests you got handed back, pretty much all 100%” I smiled, he is very observant, except for the fact that I’m funny and beautiful. I nodded and the bell chimed, “Next is chemistry.” I said as we walked down the hall, students staring at us. He saw them staring, he grabbed my hand and said “I think it’s great that we have chemistry.” He said. My hand began to sweat and I wiggled out of his grasp. I walked faster; my face, no doubt, was lobster red. He caught up to me. “I’m so sorry if I made you uncomfortable, I was trying to get people to stop staring at you like that.” He walked at my pace. “Well, you just made them all stare more; I’m not someone you want to be caught holding hands with, unless you are prepared to be avoided like the plague for the rest of your High school career.” Great, this whole day was going to be just a fluke, he would probably start hanging out with all the assholes come Monday. “Why? Why do they dislike you so much?” he said. I laughed “Dislike? More like hate.” I walked faster but he easily kept up. “I promise I wont treat you that way, Ill defend you when you get picked on, Just tell me why.” I looked at him and stopped in the middle of the hall. “I don’t need your help.” I stated plainly, his face looked like he genuinely cared. “You need a friend. I’m here to be that friend.” I nodded. “This isn’t the time or the place to talk about my shady past. Ill tell you tonight at my party, if you still want to come.” He smiled “Of coarse I still want to come.”
We flew through chemistry, with my favorite teacher Mr. Rittman, a tall old Australian man with a Santa Clause beard and a bow tie. After school ended I met up with Lily and informed her that Justin was taking me home, she gave me a worried look but agreed to it. Justin and I walked out to the parking lot and stopped by a run down wood paneled station wagon with light blue, rusty doors.
“Nice ride.” I said with raised eyebrows. He looked at me, “Yeah, nice fast, durable, expensive, beautiful.” He looked at me. What the hell is he talking about? I smiled and tried to open the passengers’ side door. He laughed harder than I thought was possible. “Not that thing!” he cried and walked to the jet black Maserati Ghibli, the license plat read 1-N-K-U-B-U-5. “Incubus?” I asked him, he then smiled at me. “You noticed that, huh? She is a very seductive car, got me to buy her just buy the purr of the engine.” I got in and sat shotgun, the smooth black leather was cool against my clothes. I gave him directions to my house which was a 2 story white house, with kids stuff outside for my cousins, nieces, and nephews. I invited Justin in to grab some stuff for the night. We sat back and talked till 4:30, when Lily got out of Softball practice, and then I guided him to her house. Let the Party begin…
On the drive to Lily’s house I learned that Justin was from Indiana, his dad moved here for work.