“Pummy. Can I talk to you for a second?”
“I l-like you, like…really LIKE you.”
“I Like YOU.”
I had practiced all morning in the mirror. I knew it was true and the only plausible thing I could do was tell him. I mean we were BBF’s he would understand. Maybe it would go somewhere or maybe it wouldn’t, but at least I would know.
I went downstairs to have my breakfast, but I was so nervous I could barely keep it down. I had this goofy nervous grin on my face that I couldn’t shake. Just as I finished washing my plate I heard the bus pull up. I put my plate in the dishwasher and ran out the front door.
I climbed on the bus. “You can do this Apricot.” I whispered under my breath.
When I got to school, I found Pumello in the library. I was doing good. This was it! I was so proud.
“Hey you!” He turned around and all my confidence went right out the window.
Gah! I totally froze. My super awesome plan… *poof*
“Y-ya never better.”
*RING* I don’t know if it was the bell, but I got a second wind. My head was screaming “JUST DO IT! LIKE A BANDAID! Quick and Painless!”
“Uhhh Hey Pummy meet me at the Berry Bell after school. I need to talk to you about something.”
“Sure thing! See you after class!”
That had to be the longest school day I had ever experienced. Minutes seemed like hours. I sat staring at the clock the entire day. Mrs Dolceto was none to pleased.
“Miss Chiffon, do you have somewhere more important to be?”
“Well then can you please watch the presentation and not the clock?”
While I was having the most excruciating day of my young life, my family was busy with their own things. Peach Puff decided to play hookie that day. Her and her boyfriend La Shawn spent all afternoon at Rainbow Skittles Park. I still don’t know how she didn’t get caught. She was right out in the open!
Mom spent the morning playing her guitar. She waited till almost 11 am and finally decided to check on Sunset. He had been incredibly depressed since the accident and spent almost all of his time in his room.
“Its sure nice outside today. Wanna come sit outside with me for a while?”
We were all really worried about him.
Even Dad had tried talking to him, but nothing seemed to help. He was hurting so bad, and all we could do was watch. It sucked being so helpless, but really all we could do was be there for him until he was past the worst of it.
The only time he went out, was for his morning jog. He would head out about 5am and then wouldn’t be back until about 11. Then he was back to his room, where he would stay for the rest of the day. I had tried a few times to talk to him, but he wouldn’t even answer his bedroom door.
Peche Jr. had been studying hard for his culinary exams. He either had his nose stuffed in a cook book, or he was in the kitchen practicing. That particular day he had been working on his spring salad recipe. He may not have been as good as Dad just yet, but he really did have the passion for it.
Back at school the bell finally rang. I was on my way to the big berry bell. My little feet skipped down the big marble steps. I was just heading out the front doors when the unthinkable happened.
There was Olive Bitters kissing Pumello. I stopped dead in my tracks as I gasped. What was she doing? What was he doing? How could he? With her? I could no longer see either of them as the tears welling up in my eyes blurred my vision.
I busted through the front doors and ran all the way home. As I ran I could here Pumello yelling. “Apricot! Wait! Come back!” But I didn’t wait, I kept going. By the time I got back to the house my chest ached from all the running and crying.
As I went up to my room, my sadness had quickly turned into anger. I started working the dummy, quite aggressively I might add. “Stupid Olive! Grawwwwww. Who does she think she is!”
I stopped my work and peeked out the hall window.
“Mrs C, can I please talk to Apricot? Please?”
“I am so sorry honey, I wish I could, but she gave me specific instructions that she did not want to see you or anyone else today.
Looking completely defeated he nodded his head and left.
Determined not to turn into another Sunset. I sat and meditated. I knew the last thing mom needed was another one of us all mopey and depressed. It was almost her and Dads birthday, and I was going to be a happy birthday guest if it killed me!
Mom made a wish and blew out her candles. She never said what it was, but I knew. She just wanted to see her baby boy happy again. If it had worked, it wasn’t an instantaneous thing, because he did not emerge from his room for the entire party.
She may have been a little older, but she looked just as beautiful to me.
Dad was up next.
I loved my daddy, he was so handsome and has he aged, he looked even more distinguished.
What Apricot did not see~
“Apricot! Wait! Come back!”
“Whats your deal Olive?!”
“Why whatever do you mean Pummy?”
“Don’t you ever call me that again! You hear me!?”
“Wow and after the nice favor I did for you. Keeping that loser off your back.”
“Loser? There is only one loser here Olive and thats you! You are a horrible person and no body likes you! I don’t know what you have against poor Apricot, but if you ever hurt her again, you will be sorry. You got it !?!”
*Piff* “How rude!”