Divine Amity
Author: Breeze

Chapter 5
Sorani: A Warning? That's creepy.

“So, are you and Torian on for tonight, or did you decide to cancel?” Ruby asked through the phone as I threw my book bag on the floor in my bedroom.

            “Supposedly,” I groaned, fumbling around in my jacket for my keys. “I would rather we stayed home and just watch t.v. or something. I’m not into this kind of stuff, but it’s what he wants.”

            Tonight was the most dreaded night of my life.

            The dance.

            “Oh come on Ray, it’ll be fun. Me and Andrew are going to be there, so there is no reason to get cold feet.“ Ruby insisted.

            “I’m not getting cold feet I just would rather we did something else. You know how I am.” I explained as I removed everything from my pockets and threw them on my nightstand.

            “Yeah, you hate the outdoors,” Ruby implied, giggling to herself.

            “No, I just prefer the indoors, there is a big difference.” I corrected her.

            “Well Ray you can always play sick. That’s one of your usual stunts.” She joked, laughing out loud.

            I had to laugh along with her since it was true, “So what! Even when I do play sick you still manage to get me out of the house.”

            “That’s because I know you Ray. You can’t lie to me about anything, I can see right through you. That is why I will be there shortly with Andrew to pick you up.” Ruby insisted.

            “No Rube that’s okay, Ian is going to pick me up. I don’t want to upset him by going with you guys instead.” I confessed.

            She seemed to think it over a bit before she answered, “Hmm, I detect no false implications. But you’re right, you two should go together, beings that you two are a couple now.”

            I groaned as I laid down on my bed, “Oh cut it out Rube.”

She sucked her teeth before saying, “What Ray, you two are going to be it girl. You know every girl hates you even more now since you snagged the cutest boy in school, not to mention he is popular.”

I cringed at that thought, because not only was it true but it just made my situation as being unpopular even worse. Girls already hated me for the simple fact that Torian would talk to me, let alone date me. So I was glad, no more like thrilled that next week would be the last week of school. Then good old summer time would be all she wrote.

My phone suddenly started beeping, signaling I had another call waiting.

Peeking at the phone I saw his name on the screen, so I put the phone back to my ear, “Ruby I have another call so I’ll talk to you later on tonight okay.”

“Okay chica.” She said before hanging up.

Flicking over to the other line I answered, “Hello?” a bit nervously.

“You getting cold feet Ray?” Torian’s deep familiar voice echoed through the phone, putting a smile on my face.

“No, I just, I don’t know,” I stammered over my words.

I was tired and not looking forward to going. Parties sure were not my thing but like I had told Ruby it is what he wants.

In all honesty though, I was looking forward to seeing Ian. As much as I had pushed him away in the beginning, it still bothered me when I did because I did like him. I did it all for two reasons. One because I happen to be a nutcase, two is because I did not think we made a perfect match at all, until that night after the movies.

“I hope you’re not, we talked about this,” I could hear the smile in his voice as he spoke. “I want you bright and bushy tailed.”

“I’m going to hop in the shower when we hang up, then I’m going to get dressed. Is that bright enough for you?” I asked, smiling myself.

“That’s perfect Ray. Just take your time. I want to get there a little late.”

“Why is that Ian?” I asked, already knowing what was on his mind.

“First, I want everybody to see how beautiful you are. I want the whole school to see that I chose you as my lady since I seem to be the talk of the town. Maybe then the girls would stop stalking me. Secondly, my car isn’t ready yet.” He reminded me.

Last night his car battery had died because he’d left the lights on all night. He’s getting it re-charged. Meaning we would be fashionably late to the dance and only about an hour would be left on the clock, which was more than good enough for me.

I laughed as I spoke, “You poor thing. I did not know girls were stalking you.”

“Well, a few of them have shown up at my doorstep since I got that scholarship from Princeton. My mom was pissed about that, while others are trying to get me to date them and dump you. Some have actually written me notes, like you did.” He said laughing to himself.

“Shut up Ian.” I tried not to laugh but could not hold it in. “You promised not to bring that up again!”

“I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.” He apologized.

“So what did your secret admirers write to you about? I’m curious.” I asked anxiously.

“Hooking up, that’s about it. I’m not really into flings.”

“So much for details Ian.” I complained.

“What?” He laughed to himself, “One did say some weird creepy mess, but I just threw that one away. She told me not to go to the dance with you.”

“Did she say why?” I asked as my eyebrows furrowed in confusion.

“She said something about it wasn’t safe. I paid it no mind so I threw it in the trash.”

“Oh wow Ian that is creepy.” I thought out loud.

“I know right, but it’s no big deal. Probly one of the freshmen playing an prank as usual.”

“Hey you never know. Maybe we should stay home. I would love to sit home with you and watch a few movies and pop some pop cor-“

“Don’t even think about it Ray. You can forget about that.” He laughed to himself

I laughed also, “Hey, you can’t blame a girl for trying.”

Changing the subject, he asked, “You know I still have your letter?”

My smile subsided, “No, I would have thought you might have thrown it out that day.” Thinking it over I added, “Why would you keep it?”

“I have no idea to be honest Ray. That was a sad day for me you know. I was walking around mopping like a little kid. I actually got lucky when I ran into your mom at the grocery store.” He laughed in my ear then added “I knew as soon as I saw her I could slither my way back.”

I sat there speechless not knowing what to say.

“Ian you know -. “ I started but stopped when I heard keys jingling in the door.

“Ray?” Ian called out through the phone.

“Ray honey!” my mom called to me from downstairs.

“Mom I’ll be down is a minute!” I yelled back down the steps. “Ian, can I call you back when I’m ready to go? First I have to see what my mom wants and second I have to get in the shower.”

“Okay, Ray. Just don’t stand me up.” He warned.

“Ian I wouldn’t do that to you.” I assured him.

“Okay then, I’ll be meeting you later on tonight miss.”

“Okay Ian. Bye”

“Bye.”

Hanging up the phone I then threw on my pair of slippers and went downstairs.

My mom was in the kitchen digging around through her bags as usual. Almost every day she brought groceries home as if the house was still full.

Sitting down at the island I smiled to myself.

“Hey honey, you look happy. You excited about going to the dance with Ian tonight?” she asked a bit too eager.

“Not really,” I admitted. “I promised him I would go so I set myself up for this,” I whined.

My mom felt no sympathy towards me she just smiled, “What are you going to wear?” she asked while walking over to the cabinet to put up the cereal.

That one brought me up short, because I had no clue. So I just shrugged my shoulders. “I’ll just throw on a shirt and a pair of jeans.”

My mom made a face like she had eaten a lemon, “Are you nuts? You have to get all dolled up to look pretty for him.”

“Well it is just a dance mom and it really isn’t a big deal.”

 “Well I think it is Ray. So I will help you get dressed. Whether you like it or not my love”

“Mom, I think I’ll be fine,” I assured her as I stood to go upstairs, trying to escape.

“You can run all you want but when you get out of that shower we are going to get you ready!” she yelled up the stairs to me.

I just shook my head and grabbed my shower bag.

 

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