F ebr U ary - Valentines Day competition

My name is Eron, pronounced, "Air-on". It's really Eros, but I gotta keep cover, people study about me. Most people would know me as Cupid and well, that is true. Every February - gross - I find 5 people their true loves. IF I don't find their true loves, my grandfather, Zeus, punishes me by taking away my wings and bow for the rest of my life. Do I get anything good out of it? Nope, just me doing a favor for everyone else.

(Valentines day competition entry! This is the writing part :)

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15. Chapter 13: Valentines Day

It’s finally here. The day of dread. The day where I could die within the next 24-hours. The day where I come face to face with Priya Bloom.

 

Valentines Day.

 

            There were streamers and hearts flying around everywhere outside of my bedroom window. Apparently there was a parade outside and I just happened to keep my window open last night. Tonight was the dance, and I am prepared to face Priya and reveal myself. Well, without actually letting her see me.

“ERON!!!! It’s Valentines day!!” My mom shouted as she busted into my room throwing a bad of pink cookies at me. I started to gag.

“Mom – I hate valentines day. Please get out.”

“No! This is your day! This is your month!”

“I’m going to die today if I don’t finish my task.”

“Well -WAIT WHAT?!” She exclaimed, yanking the cookies off my bed. She crossed her arms and scowled at me. I raised my hand in defense.

“Mom, it was hard this year.” I said, sitting up and pulling blanket over my shoulders because the window was blowing in a bunch of hearts and cold wind. She marched over and shut the window.

“Well, tonight you can change that. Just be where you’re supposed to be and do what you’re supposed to do.” She kissed my forehead before leaving my messy room.

            I like how she showed zero care in how I might die. She’s my mother, so I can’t really question her. As I get up, I slipped on a regular outfit before I would wear my tuxedo. My tuxedo was black and there was a rose corsage in the front pocket. Tonight, had to be perfect – which I know this sounds like a girl thing for a guy to think, but I disagree. I slapped on my smiley face and walked out of my room.

 

Me: Priya, tonight, you will realize how much you mean to me.

 

            She texted back quickly.

 

Priya: Aww <3 You’re so sweet! I can’t wait to see you too!

 

Me: But you won’t see, see me. It’s going to be dark.

 

Priya: As long as I can feel you, I’m good.

            I met Harry at a nearby park with Penelope. She was wearing a black and red dress that looked good on her. Harry was wearing his same old band t-shirts and black clothing.

“Hey, guys.” I greeted, “Guys already dressed up for the dance?”

“Yea, Harry said if I wanted to hang out with him without my mom being super pissy, I might as well just get dressed and act like I ran away!” Penelope exclaimed, plotting a juicy kiss on Harry’s cheek.

“Brilliant, right?” Harry asked with his smile. I pretended to think it was a good idea by noddeing with a smile.

“What are you planning tonight? Any mischievous Cupid –“

“AHEM!” I cough-interrupted as I nudged my head at Penelope. Harry realized and corrected himself.

“And mischief happening to you tonight?”

“Just meeting up with Priya.” I said, ruffling the top of my hair. Penelope covered her mouth as she smiled.

“Omg, you guys would be so cute!”

“Thanks I guess.” I thanked, waving her off. Harry fist bumped me and said, “If you need a ride, be outside of your house exactly by six o’clock.”

            He patted my back and left holding hands with Penelope. Maybe this was the first normal relationship I’ve ever created. Later that night, I had on my black tux, a red corsage, and my blonde hair slicked back. My mom kept calling me Mr. Handsome.

“Oh – Eron you look so, “ She tears up while saying this, “ Handsome!”

“I heard you the first couple of times mom.” I laughed, hugging her. She was supportive, she was sometimes a pain. I loved my mom.

“Remember Eron, get your task done.” She reminded as I headed out to Harry’s honking car horn.

“Will do. “I said, saluting her on my way out.

            As I got into Harry’s black Lamborghini – yes, he had a black Lamborghini – Penelope was already drunk. She was harassing Harry and causing him to laugh. I didn’t feel like an outsider anymore. The past couple weeks have shown me that I do have a purpose, and I’m not a loser.

“Ready to win your girl?” Harry asked, starting the engine. I waved at my mom from the car window.

“Bet,” I said, as he drove away.

            When we got there, everything was pumped. The music was blasting, “My house” and Everyone was fist pumping the air. I started to join in and eventually found myself mixed in at the punch table. Henry was standing there alone, a drink in his hand, and head bobbing like a bobblehead. There’s my first target.

“What’s up –“ he interrupted me in a defensive way.

“Eron, I get it. I fucked your mom and now you want to kill me. I know so stop reminding me.”

            I stared straight, holding back a grin. I couldn’t hold back the laughter any longer because the pangs were hitting me hard in the insides. I grabbed my stomach and burst out into laughter. Henry looked at me with confusion.

“what’s so funny?” He asked, raising his drink.

“You dude. I was here to ask if you wanted to hook up with some hot chicks in a cave with me – but whatever offers off.” I waved him off and started taking slow steps away from him. I wanted Henry to change his mind.

“Wait!” He shouted at me. I turned around with the evilest grin in the universe.

“Yes, Henry?”

“I want in.” He said, setting his drink down on the table. I crossed my arms and walked over to him so we were at least 2-feet apart.

“you want in?”

“Yes.”

“Okay, I’ll text you the address when you get there.”

            Before he could say any more, I walked away in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, I saw an abandoned masquerade mask and thought, “why not?” as I snatched it up and put it on. I danced with the crowd, gliding my body back and forth with the music. Couples were dancing everywhere, and I was alone. Craving what they had. Craving their love.

            Suddenly, a slow song came on. I saw Priya Bloom and her minions standing by AJ – who was hitting on her. With my mask on, they wouldn’t recognize me and there wouldn’t be any commotion. I sneakily snuck up on Priya as AJ was asking her to dance.

“Come on Priya, can’t we just go and dance for 2-seconds?” He asked her, trying to force her out to the dance floor.

“No, go with them. I have someone important I’m meeting tonight.” She replied shrugging him off. AJ sighed and shook his head while taking the three girls out to dance. Before he left, I tapped his shoulder.

“AJ – look I’m sorry for being such a dick friend.” I apologized, holding my hands out to plead. AJ shook his head at me and raised his hand in punching form. Within two milliseconds, AJ’s hand flew straight at my face. I fell to the ground and AJ left. So much for apologizing.

“I don’t want your apology. I want you to fuck off.” He reminded, yelling in my ear. I nodded respectfully and got up.

            I went back to Priya. She stood there alone. I tapped her shoulder and gave her the widest grin I could manage. She still had a slight frown from what AJ had said. I took her hand and slowly gravitated to the dance floor. She wasn’t objecting, so neither was I. I placed my hands on her hips, and she placed her hands on my shoulders.

“Who are you?” She asked, staring me straight in the eye through the mask. I couldn’t talk, because if I talked, she would know it was just Eron Hart. A not-so-dreamy boy from her Bio class.

            A bell rang and I knew it was time to go. I slowly kissed her cheek and vanished out of there. Luckily for me, my wings grow once a year.

 

February 14th.

 

            I triggered my wings and flew up and away to an abandoned cave. It was deserted in there. The walls were dripping water and it was as quiet at as fish. There was a beautiful view from the mountain cave. You could see the city, the lights, and the people. Tonight was going to be my night. I quickly whipped out my phone and texted all three of my targets.

Me: Artina, I found your lover. Come to the mountain cave up to the school.

Artina: He better be sexual.

 

            Then I texted Henry, knowing he was going to answer quickly.

 

Me: Henry, the hot chicks await. Meet me in the mountain cave by the school.

Henry: this better not be a joke Eron.

 

            Finally, I texted Priya, feeling regret in my heart.

 

Me: Come to the cave.

Priya: I’m already on my way.

 

            Within 15-minutes or so, I heard Artina walk in. The city lights were enabling me to see bits and pieces of how she looked. Artina was wearing a purple short body-hugging dress and had her hair up in a tight bun. She looked around and sighed.

“Hello? I hope this isn’t a joke.” She said, crossing her arms and leaning against the wall. Suddenly, someone else walked in.

“He said there was going to be hot girls. Not one hot girl.” Henry complained, strutting in and standing over by Artina.

“Henry? What are you doing here!?” She exclaimed in question. Henry facepalmed,

“I’m here for hot chicks. What are you here for?”

“I’m here for a late-night hook up.”

“Did Eron send you here?” Henry questioned, looking around for me. I was hidden on a ceiling ledge.

“Oh my god that asshole sent me here too,” Artina replied, grumping a bit.

            Finally, a beautiful red-headed girl wearing a red gown walked in. She noticed Artina and Henry and her eyes turned to sudden betrayal realization. Priya looked sad. Almost like she wanted to see me, kiss me, then kill me.

“I can’t believe this.” She moped, kneeling down on her knees, “I should have listened to my friends.” I didn’t want to see her sad like this, so I put a stop to it.

            I shot Henry right in the left arm causing him to groan. Artina yelped as she tried to help him, only getting a shot to the arm as well. Priya started to scream.

“I should have known not to trust you!”

“Shhh....” I said, hushing her. She was panting while whining and pacing around the cave trying to protect herself. Artina eventually got up and so did Henry. The two started to make out like peanut butter and Jelly.

“I have some things to explain.” I started, saying around the tops of the cave.

“you really do!” Priya shot back, avoiding Artina and Henry’s kissing.

            I reached in my back and felt something else along with the bow. It was a piece of paper. I pulled it out and remembered it was a poem I was going to use to explain myself to Priya. My hand grasped the poem and I threw it down at her.

“Read it,” I ordered, grabbing the golden bow and preparing to shoot. She picked up the paper with her delicate hands and opened it hesitantly.

“Don’t worry, it won’t bite.” I added, flying to another ledge. She winced and turned in my direction. I was still hidden.

            I watched her read it. I watched her read my poem in her head. Priya had a slight smile from the side of her lip as she spoke the words out for me to hear.

“Roses are red, Cupid is me.” She started. I watched her sniffle a bit because it was cold.

“I’m in love with you, but I can’t, see,” She peeked back at me, and I hid under my wing.

“It’s weird I know, But I have arrows too. I shot Pandora, she loved herself. I shot Penelope, she fell off the shelf. AJ was a dick, but he liked Daphne. I was going to shoot you, but then you’d like Henry. Artina and Henry, forever happy. You and I well -we’re a bit sappy. This month I dread because of one clue.” Priya paused as I dropped to the ground behind her. The arrow was in my hand.

“I can’t love, so, February, fuck you.”

            Priya turned around and there we were. Face to face. I had my mask on, but it wasn’t long before she lifted her delicate hands and untied the back of it. Just plunge the arrow in her already! She can love Henry and get over it!

            The mask was pulled from my face and she lifted her phone to act as a flashlight on my face. The light reflected off my skin and revealed my entire face. Was I a slug to her? Was I not enough? Priya dropped the mask and stepped back. I was a slug to her.

“You don’t look like a slug to me Eron.” She revealed, stepping closer. I looked at her lips, then back at her eyes. The golden arrow was still in my hand. I shook my head and looked at my feet. The arrow was still waiting to be plunged, and so I did. I plunged it into myself.

“Ow, that hurts like a mother fucker.” I said, kneeling to the ground. My insides were feeling strangely normal. Nothing changed about me. The only difference was that Priya finally knew who I was, and I’ve always been in love with her.

“I can’t believe you’re Cupid.” She said, pulling the arrow from my stomach. “And you didn’t have to pull a dramatic stab yourself thing. I still like you.”

            She likes me. Priya Bloom likes me. She said, “I still like you.”  Something abnormal happened. Priya Bloom, the girl I’ve been chasing forever, likes me.

“Well – I like you too.” I said as she helped me up. She took my hand and we walked out to the Cave entrance.

“You want to know what else?” She asked, looking up at me.

“What?” I asked cluelessly.

“Happy Valentines day, Cupid.” Priya plopped her red cherry lips right onto mine and my watch dinged. Fireworks were shooting up in the sky and creating hearts.

            I got the girl. She loves me, and I love her. Valentines day isn’t so bad when I’m with her. Now, I finally know what love feels like.

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