“What aren’t you doing?” I heard Lil growl somewhere near to my head. She sounded pretty angry, but what’s new about that and I honestly couldn’t care less. I pressed my pillow even further against my face.
“I’m serious, Michael, what aren’t you doing? I’ll tell you what you’re not doing and that is calling MIA!”
“I can’t Lil. I’ve upset her enough for one day.”
I heard her grumble under her breath.
“Yeah, ok, that might be true, but you have to fix it.”
“Oh yeah Lil?” I asked as I lifted my pillow off my face and glared at her, “and how do I do that?”
“Ring her,” she exclaimed in frustration, “explain to her that you meant what you wrote, though why you couldn’t have just told her out loud is beyond me.”
“It won’t change anything.”
“It will. Tina thinks that Mia thinks that you meant it as a joke.”
I scowled at her.
“Tina KNOWS!” She shrieked at me, “Mia told her that she thought that it was all just some big joke, that’s why she reacted like she did. She thought you were teasing her or something.”
“Like I would do something like that?” I snapped, feeling angry now.
“I actually don’t blame her for thinking that, actually,” Lil replied coolly, “what with all the sexual harassment comments you used to make towards her and you know, there were some moments when you were actually quite mean towards her.”
“No more than you.” I grumbled but I was coming over all depressed again.
“It’s different. I’m her best friend; you’re the guy she’s like since she was six years old.” Lil said with a roll of her eyes.
“Six?” I asked, startled.
I mean, I know she, apparently, according to everyone else, has liked me for a long, long time, but since she was six? Was that even possible?
“Why do you think she has always been so attached to you?” Lil said with a shake of her head as if I was some lost cause, not that I wasn’t thinking the exact same thing.
“But still, why would she think I was joking about something like this?” I asked.
Lil shrugged her shoulders but I could see sympathy in her eyes.
“I don’t know, it’s Mia. You know she over-rationalise everything.”
I did know that. Very well, in fact, but I hadn’t thought she would need to over-rationalise this, I thought it would all be obvious and that everything would simply work out and we’d be together by now, instead of me having a pity party for myself and Mia, doing whatever she might be doing.
“Just ring her, ok.” Lil said and suddenly she was shoving the cordless phone into my face.
“And say what?”
“I don’t know, something, ANYTHING!” Lil said sounding impatient.
I stared from her to the phone then back again.
I did try.
Ringing her, I mean.
I rang her number several times but every one of those times, it was either Helen Thermopolis or, even more embarrassingly, Mr. G who picked up the phone.
Though actually the last time I called and Mr. G picked up he actually gave me more than “Mia doesn’t want to talk anyone at the moment.”
‘She’s out on the fire escape.’ He informed me almost as soon as I said my name.
‘Calm down,’ he actually chuckled even though he’s step-daughter was currently refusing to talk to anyone and was sitting out on the fire escape that was right outside her window, on a cold, snowy winter evening. ‘She’s just sitting out there; apparently we’re being a little too overbearing in here at the moment.’
“This is all my fault.” That was meant to stay only in my head, except I end up blurting it out to him too.
‘You finally told her you like her, didn’t you?’ he asked, sounding a little too amused for my liking. I smacked my head against my desk.
‘I’ll take that as a yes,’ he replied, ‘Listen just let her calm down and think things over and I’m sure everything will work out, ok.’ He reassured me.
I just snorted.
‘Trust me, you’ll see.’
“How do you know?” I asked a little blankly.
‘Because it’s obvious.’ Which left me with more questions than it answered.
We said goodbye after that and I flopped back on to my bed, feeling, if possible, even more depressed.
“You’re not coming to the dance, are you?” Lil asked as she stuck her head around the door of my room.
“I’ll give you a call if she comes.” I gave her an ‘as if’ look.
“I’ll call you,” She said in this no nonsense voice, “and you had better get your stupid arse down there if I do.”
“Fine.” I said staring once more at the stars that decorated my ceiling.
“I mean it.” She warned.
“Lil, if you call, saying that she’s there, then I’ll come down to the school. But otherwise, I’m staying right here.”
“Good.” She said nodding and made to close my door, a first.
“Hey Lil.” I called before she had finished closing it. Her stuck back around it, looking curious.
“You look really pretty.” She actually smiled back at me, looking quite pleased and proud of her appearance.
She closed my door and I was once more left on my own.
Thank god, the parental unit are away at some dinner function tonight or I’d never survive.
I must have fallen asleep because when I woke to find the phone in my hand ringing, it was almost eight.
“Hello?” I said, somewhat groggily, rubbing my eyes of sleep.
“Get-Your-Stupid-Arse-Down-Here-Right-NOW!” Lil shrieked back at me over the phone.
“Huh?” was my intelligent response.
“She here, you dumbass.” I sat up a little straighter, my mouth falling open as my mind went blank.
“She’s here. She got here, like five minutes ago, so get your ass down here and clean up the mess you’ve made.” And then she hung up though not before I swore I heard Mia’s voice in the background, asking “Where’s your brother?”
And it was that, more than anything else that my sister had said, that had me tumbling off my bed, scary the life out of Pavlov, who let out this pathetic little bark before going under my bed to hide from my frantic feet.
A part of me just wanted to go as I was, just in my jeans and shirt but thankfully my brains started functioning and found my only worn twice suit at the very back of my closet.
Then I was running.
Hey, I may not like Gym at school or organised sports but that doesn’t mean I’m not fit and when I want to be, I am quite fast and I was at AEHS within ten minutes.
Author's Note: Yeah, yeah, I know very short chapter and it's finishes right when things are about to get good, I'm sorry, but just think, only one more chapter of this fic to go, YAY! So you all should know what's going to happen in chapter thirteen 'grins widely'.
Lilly is such a lovely, considerate little sister, isn't she, lol? But at least she kept her promise to call him when Mia did finally arrive at the dance, for I'm pretty sure when Mia finds Lil hanging up the phone at the dance, that it was Michael that she called. I mean, how else would he have known that Mia had appeared at the dance, right?
So for who Judith should end up with, we have two for Felix and zero for Paul. Poor Paul.
You do know, I'm not going to make it as simple as that right? I've never written a love triangle before, so this could be pretty interesting.
Anyway, thanks for reading and comments are loved, as you all know.