Rose walked the empty hallways towards her 2nd block class, smiling slightly, and for what seemed like the first time in forever. She felt so happy that John, the boy she had loved since she was 6, was her boyfriend, and loved her back. Rose giggled quietly as she remembered that in kindergarten, she had made John promise to marry her. Suddenly, she felt herself almost fall over.
" Oh, hey freak."
Rose started walking quickly, trying to get away from Hailey, the girl that was most responsible for making her life a nightmare few months. But it was a weak attempt, because Hailey quickly caught up to her, and slammed her against the wall.
" So, I hear you are 'dating' John." Hailey said making quotation marks with her fingers.
Rose nodded softly, looking down.
" Well, I'm here to tell you to stop kidding yourself. You saw him kissing me, right? Well, whatever he told you, its a lie. He kissed me first, in fact, he asked me out, and well, I accepted, out of sympathy, I need someone to entertain myself with right now anyways." Hailey said nonchalantly, smirking.
" That's not true.." Rose whispered
" I'm sorry, what did you say? I can't hear you with that pathetic voice of yours."
" I said its not true!"
Hailey's face automatically displayed surprise and anger.
" Please, darling, I think it'll be easier for both of us if we just stop lying. I'm sure you have at least a little conspicuousness to know that no one in their right mind would go out with an insane freak that splits her skin with a razor for fun every day." said Hailey grabbing Rose's wrists as hard as she could, and pulling up the sleeves. Tears streamed from Rose's face.
" W-why do you do this?" Rose whispered.
" Do what, honey?" said Hailey her voice dripping with fake sympathy.
" Why do you hate me?! What did I do to you to deserve this?!!"
" Oh please, since when is telling people the truth a bad thing?"
Rose forcefully pulled away from Hailey, head down, crying as she made her way down the hallway.
Behind her, Hailey smirked in defeat.
I sat in my seat waiting for the bell to ring for break, so I could go with Rose. I want to spend as much time as I can with her. She's all I really care about.
Does it matter that Charley just took my pen? Nope. Does it matter that everyone here is a compete jerk? Nope. Does it matter that my teacher is a cult member who's kidnapping girls to sacrifice them? Uh.. OK, so maybe that one's a yes. But I'll worry about that later.
As the bell rang, I quickly scooped up all my supplies and rushed out the door, and hurried down the hallway. I saw her over at her locker. I walked over to where she was.
" Hi.." I said nervously,while I mentally made a note to myself to sound less awkward when approaching her.
"Hi.." Rose whispered, offering me a slight smile. Her face was flushed, and her face looked wet from what no doubt had been tears.
Oh no. It broke my heart to see her like this. She didn't deserve this, everyone making her life a nightmare. She didn't deserve it all.
" Rose.. what happened?" I asked softly, although I already knew the answer.
" Hailey.." she whispered looking sad, then turning to me and offering a weak smile.
" I-I... I don't know what to believe anymore. I want to believe you, everything you say, but.. I can't." she said, her voice breaking as tears filled her eyes.
I quickly put my arms around her and hugged her. We stood there for some time.
" You know what Rose? I'm tired of this. All of this. You don't deserve to deal with it. I hate seeing you cry, seeing you so sad and afraid."
Rose turned up to look at me.
I wanted both of us to get out of here. I didn't care what would happen.
" Come on." I said taking her hand, looking in both directions down the hallway. Thankfully, it was empty.
" Where are we going?" she asked softly, following me as I lead us both quickly out the door.
" Out of here." I said as we pushed out the door quickly, and into the schools back area, a wide field of grass, with basically nothing to keep us in except for a fence that covered only half the yard, leaving a huge gap for anyone wanting to leave, and the rules. Whatever.
I turned around to look at Rose. Her beautiful dark brown eyes looking at me, her dark hair adorned with gold streaks shining in the sun. She was so beautiful, and I just.. I wished she knew it.
" You never break the rules.." she said hesitantly. True.
" That really doesn't matter right now. I want you to feel better, take a brake, at least for today. I mean, if you want." I answered.
" I do want to.." said Rose smiling slightly
" Then let's go."
I smiled as John and I ran across the grass, hand in hand. He didn't see me.
I was so confused. Did he really love me? Or was he just a liar? A sweet, sweet liar... I didn't deserve him, Hailey was right, and I knew it, and John probably knew it as well. He was probably just a nice guy that didn't want to break the heart of an already messed up girl. There was nothing anyone could see in me. But I loved his lies.. he made me feel so special, so important.. I realized I didn't want him to tell me the truth, if it was that he didn't really love me. Eventually, the truth would come out. I wanted to enjoy this while it lasted.
I held his hand a little harder and sang " Bullet Proof Love".
We quickly jumped out of school grounds through the massive gap in the fence, and unto the pavement, and then ran a little more away from the school.
Panting, we both reached a street lined with houses. I recognized it. I guess I never payed attention to the fact that our houses were about 5 minutes away from here. Probably not. I usually closed my eyes and drowned out the days pain through some punk rock music.
I looked over at John. His chest rose and fell quickly, his cheeks were red. I couldn't help but giggle a little, which I knew seemed childish, but..
John looked over at me.
" What?" he asked, a little worryingly.
" You just.. you look cute." I said, still giggling a little.
He smiled slightly blushing, looking down.
I walked over slowly and kissed him on the cheek. He looked up at me smiling.
" Thank you for getting me out of there. You're... you're so nice.. and you make me feel so special." I said looking down.
" That's because you are." he said taking his hand and softly tilting my chin up to meet his eyes.
I'm not. You're to good for me. Please stop lying and tell me the truth, even if it hurts. I can't deal with this anymore...
" Rose, I know that things are terrible at school, and even if that might not stop, I'm here for you, I want you to stop being so sad, feeling bad because of what people say to you. None of it is true. You're the only person I've ever cared about ever since we started hanging out. And I thought that you are to good for me, and I still kind of do, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have you with me. I guess everyone feels bad about themselves sometimes.. I do sometimes. But.. you just have to keep going, you know? Hailey and everyone else.. its the same for them. They feel bad about themselves, and they need to think that someone is below them even if they're really not,just to feel good about themselves. Because you're not below anyone. I honestly think.. I think you're more beautiful and talented than anyone else."
At that point I just... maybe he was telling the truth. Maybe he did love me. Maybe Hailey was wrong and... it was all just confusing for me. When you're treated like something every day, for a long time, that's what you believe you are... and then to have so many people turn on you, not knowing if anything you do could make the person you care about the most..
I quickly put my arms around John, and my head on his shoulder.
" You're something special, John. Something special in a good, beautiful way." I whispered in his ear. And he was. To pick up the most messed up, stressed girl in the 7th grade, have faith in her, love her... I loved him more than anyone in the whole world.
John and Rose walked hand in hand the rest of the way home. They reached John's house,and after deleting the message on his home phone stating that he had left school without permission, he sat down with Rose on the couch, deciding that today was official " Cheer-up Rose" day. They watched their favorite movies, and huddled close together. John wished he could freeze time, just be here with her, without anyone, to protect her, forever. And he had always felt he had to protect her. He always knew that even though she used to be so care-free, she was so fragile emotionally. 7th grade just.. just broke her. Rose put her head on his shoulder, and he put his arm around her. He was there for her. He always would.
Hatash sat in front of his desk, thinking.
" We have to do something.", his sister, Eliza had told him. " The boy has that information, gave it to the police, and they could find us, find out everything if we don't do something to shut his mouth."
His sister was right. He couldn't risk having him ruin everything. He had taken to many precautions to lose everything from just one mistake. He had even made a new identity for himself and his sister, for no suspicions to arise, and became a teacher, to gain trust. Eventually, his identity had found a way to help him. He knew the addresses of all the girls in school, which would come in handy. Mr. Max and Ms. Pam, the nicest teachers anyone would meet, the parents had said.
Every year, it was his job as leader of The Order, to bring 13 bodies to renew the ones of the goddess. And every year, he would take girls from around the community, him and his sister, and now, some of the girls from school. Poor creatures. Oh well. He smirked.
But that boy. That weakling. Hatash had hated him the moment he saw him. That weakling, but he was smart. And now, he had proof. All the proof he needed to send him down.
Hatash knew the truth would come out eventually, that if not stopped, he would tell everyone.
And the only way to stop him, to keep his mouth shut, was to kill him.
And how do you trap a mouse? By reeling it in to its death with cheese...