I stood up and carried my bag, I dropped it again when I realised my ugly jacket is still on my body.
I loosened the ropes around my body and took off the jacket.
“No fucking way” Jason scoffed.
“What?” I looked up at him.
“You look hot!” he smirked.
I rolled my eyes.
I grabbed my bag, “Thanks for the compliment but I think I’ll get going now.” I said and hurried to the door.
“Okay good bye Jason, good luck with your birthday, that means I’ll be seeing you on Tuesday right?” I said.
“Wait!” He said. I paused and turned to him.
“So you’re not attending my birthday party!” He asked.
“No and besides I was never invited.” I replied.
“Well now you’re invited. Don’t you want to come?”
“To a teenage boy’s birthday party, full of teenagers with similar attitude like you. I rather stay home” I tell him and he laughed.
“It won’t be as bad as you think!” he said.
“I’ll think about it!” I assured him.
“Okay, whatever” He shrugged.
“Okay good night” I said about to leave again when Jason called me again.
“What?” I sighed, frustrated.
“Let your hair down so it will go with your full look” Jason said.
“Goodnight” I said and slammed the door.
I hurried down the stairs and good thing I didn’t come
I made it out of the Huggins residence and walked to the place Neil and I plan to meet, as I hurried to the place, I yanked the rubber band off my hair letting my hair cascade around my shoulder, maybe I should just listen to Jason This once.
I saw Neil standing beside his car, dressed in a perfect black clean suit that matched his brown hair that he jellied all back.
He looked up and smiled seeing me, and I noticed as his eyes dart from my legs to my face.
Okay, he’s checking me out. That’s nothing new.
“Hey.” I said and my voice shook, I was freezing, it was a cold night and my shoulders are bare open letting me shiver.
“HI.! Wow! You look gorgeous!” Neil said with a flushed expression.
“Thank you!” I smiled. “You look good too” I added.
Neil opened the car door for me and I got into his car.
He got in and closed the door and I breathed out a sigh of relief when I felt the warmth of the car.
He started to drive the car and he just couldn’t stop complimenting me of how beautiful I look, he was just making me blush for all he cares.
But I did appreciate his compliments.
The night sky was beautiful, the street lights brightened up the whole street and I just felt this date night just perfect for the weather.
“So I guess you were just back from your work?” Neil asked.
“Yep, actually coming from there” I said and
“My jacket!” I gasped.
“What jacket?!” Neil looked at me.
“I was actually wearing a jacket this morning, and I left it at my work place!” I said pulling out my phone from my bag.
I can’t believe I got super careless, and I won’t be going to work tomorrow or next.
I called Mrs Huggins and she picked up at once. One thing I love about her.
“Miss Elsa?” she was surprised.
“HI Mrs. Huggins, sorry please can I speak to Jason!” I said.
“Oh okay!” she said and cut the call.
Neil just watched me as I looked out the car impatiently.
“You’re always like this!” Neil laughed.
“Always like what?” I turned to him.
“You’re never patient and you always do that weird tap with your feet” He said and looked down at my legs making me look down to see I was actually tapping my feet on the floor.
“Oh.” I said.
“You really have to learn how to be patient” Neil stated glancing back and forth at me and the road.
“Well I can be pat–
My phone interrupted me from completing my sentence and I whispered a little “Excuse me” to Neil before picking up the call, the number seems unknown though.
“Elsa?” I heard Jason’s voice.
“Oh thank goodness Jason!” I breathed out.
“Why are you calling me? do you miss that much!” Jason teased.
I ignored that anyways. “My jacket, the one I left in your room!” I said.
“What jacket the ugly one?” He asked and I rolled my eyes.
“Yes the ugly one!, I left it in your room, beside your study desk I think!” I tell him.
“Okay, yeah it’s still here, but what do you want me to do about it?” He asked.
Well I’ve confirmed it’s there, but I don’t know what to say, looks like I’ll come get it myself tomorrow.
“Okay, keep it safe for me, I’ll come get it tomorrow!” I said.
“Oh okay, but why do I feel like you purposely left your jacket here so you could come see me tomorrow!” Jason said sounding so serious.
“Get lost Jason!” I scoffed.
“By you saying, get lost means it’s true!” Jason said and I hanged up. I don’t have the strength for his silly jokes.
Neil cleared his throat “And if I can guess, Jason is the boy you’re currently tutoring right?” she asked.
“Yes” I replied.
“How old is he?” Neil asked.
“He’ll be eighteen soon… Very soon!” I said.
“Oh wow, judging by the way you talked to him on the phone, it seems like he’s one hell of a teenager.” Neil said.
“You have no idea.” I shook my head. “Jason is like a pain in the neck”
Neil laughed. “Teenagers, don’t worry he’s just going through puberty”.
“That’s what I tell myself any time he gives me one of his rude attitude or indirectly insults me, I just let it slide. But sometimes I don’t.” I said and Neil laughed.
“I know you never let anything slide, I could tell by our days of the student council” Neil smiled.
“Yeah.” I smiled too.
I started. “Honestly student council days used to be fun when we both ran it together but, after you graduated and I became president it wasn’t that fun anymore, I had to do everything myself.”
Neil’s laughter filled the car and it made me smile.
“You’re one lazy president”
“No kidding” I rolled my eyes.
Few minutes later Neil parked his car beside a building and the street seemed kind of empty.
This time around I let him open the car door for me, cause it’s our date night and that’s how it’s supposed to go.
Neil guard me as I made my way out of the car and the feeling felt beautiful.
“And we’re here!” he said, Making me gaze at the big building we stood underneath.
“Where is this?” I asked.
“A restaurant, it’s not very popular but it’s the best.” Neil said and took my hand as we both walked inside.
A lady helped us get the door and as we walked in the main building, a tall man with a book or whatever he was holding greeted us politely and asked for our names.
“Reservation for Neil and Elsa!” Neil tells the man and he checked his book before telling us to follow him.
We followed him to the second floor of the building and he opened an expensive looking door at the corner of the hallway.
Inside the door was a very good looking room.
It has just a single table with two chairs facing each other at the end of round table.
On top of the table was a small vase and a single rose in it, and it looked so cute.
The room has dim lights and roses were placed on the wall, it almost looked like a rose jungle but it was still beautiful.
Neil and I got in and he got the chair for me as a nice gentleman he is.
A waiter walked in and handed us the restaurant’s menu.
After picking whatever I want and Neil picking his too. We handed the menu to the waiter and he left to get us our foods.
Neil and I were served water first, and we both started to talk about things,
What we talked most, was about our high school days, Cause that’s when we got to know each other grew fond of each other and all and Neil shocked me when he asked.
“So do you still have a crush on me?” He said making me almost throw out the stake I was enjoying.
“What the hell…” I laughed. “Where did that come from.?”
“Sorry I startled you, I can clearly recall you had a crush on me back then in high school!” he said.
Well I did.
“But I never told you that!” I said.
“Yeah, you didn’t but Andrew told me!” Neil said eyeing his food and me at the same time.
“Andrew. I didn’t tell him either!” I smiled. Andrew used to be Neil’s best friend.
“So you did had a crush on me?” Neil smirked.
I giggled. “I did, I sure did!” I admitted and he beamed even more.
“Okay wow, thanks for admitting that.” he chuckled.
“But how did Andrew know?” I asked.
“I don’t know he just said he’s been watching you and he could tell you had a crush on me and honestly, I didn’t know and when he told me about it I started to finally see you had a crush on me.” Neil expound making me release a hideous cackle.
I drank a lot of water to help my laugh die down. And it did help.
“So you couldn’t see I had a crush on you but Andrew did. Ugh Neil you’re so pathetic!” I rolled my eyes.
“I didn’t, so do you still have a crush on me?” He asked.
I rolled my eyes. “What kind of question is that?”.
“It’s just a question!”
“Well that was just a teenage phase all girls pass through, I don’t have a crush on you anymore” I let him know.
“A phase all girl pass through?” he repeated.
“You know in high school there is always this one guy a girl likes but after school it just dies down, don’t you think it’s a phase” I tilt my head at him and he laughed.
“Well for some people, it’s a phase, for some, it’s not, I guess it was just a phase for you” Neil said disappointed. And I shrugged
“So do you think you can still crush on me or maybe fall in love with me again?” He grinned.
“I don’t know, let’s see what you got.” I replied.
Neil and i walked out of the huge restaurant and he led me to the car, I got the door myself and got in, while he got in the car too.
The drive home was quiet, we both didn’t say much and I was kind of sleepy too.
The date night was cool, I honestly enjoyed it.
Neil pulled over in front of my house and I could see the lights from my kitchen window on.
We both walked out of the car and he smiled at me.
“Hope you had a wonderful night?” Neil started.
“Yeah I had a great night” I said sincerely.
“Okay so… Goodnight?” Neil smiled.
“Yeah goodnight” I replied
I wanted to go inside cause I was freezing but Neil called me back.
“Yes?” I replied politely.
“Yeah so,” he begun and starts to rub his neck nervously. “On Monday, so on Monday is my graduation and we get to invite friends and family, and honestly, you’re the only friend I’ve got!” he said.
“For real?” I scoffed.
“Yep.!” He said and I sighed. “Okay fine, I’ll be at your graduation but you’ll be the one picking me up” I tell him.
“Of course, if I don’t, who will then?” he laughed.
“Okay then Neil, I’ll see you on Monday?” I smiled and he nodded.
“Thank you for tonight Elsa, good night and also have a wonderful night” He said and with one brief hug, his legs walked to this car and with one last smile and wave, he got into his car and drove away.
I covered my freezing body with my skinny hands, not like it covered anything though, and ran into the house.
My house was warm as always and the sweet smell of turkey filled the whole place.
“Elsa is that you?” My mom asked as she heard the door close.
“Yes it’s me!” I yelled.
“Youre just in time for our late dinner.” my mom said coming out of the kitchen.
My mom paused seeing my outfit.
“Oh no, it’s okay I’m already full.” I said.
“Did you go teaching, dressed like that?” she asked.
I glanced down at my dress. “What? No am I crazy? I went on a date.” I said walking towards the couch and resting my butt down.
“A date?” my mom’s voice was as curious as it was excited.
“Yeah, with Neil!” I said.
She knows Neil.
“Neil? Neil? Who’s Neil?”
“Neil? The guy you once called a very simple minded guy, who came home with me on time from school!” I recalled her memory and She gasped.
“Oh you mean that Neil? Oh wow.! It’s been ages, so you’ve been in touch with him?” my mom asked.
“No not really, I met him the night before yesterday, coincidently at the bus stop. We were both surprised seeing each other” I explained and my mom smiled.
“You guys met the day before yesterday, and he already asked you out on a dinner date?” my mom sounded weird which made me laugh.
“Yeah? What’s wrong with dinner dates?”
“Nothing, I mean so quickly, don’t you think he likes you or something!” my mom smirked.
“I don’t know mom” I stood up. “I’ll be in my room, it’s been one stressful day.”
“Okay good night sweetie.” my mom said behind me and I nodded.
I brought my phone out from my bag and dropped my bag on the floor beside my bed.
I checked for any missed calls or messages but none. So I just dropped my phone.
I got up from my bed and removed the skimpy dress from my body.
I felt like I could breathe again, immediately the dress was off my body.
I made it to shower and spent almost an hour under the hot runny water…
That night as I tucked myself under my blanket, my head buried in the pillow, my phone brought a message tone and I looked at the screen to see a goodnight message from Neil.
I smiled and texted him back before falling asleep.
‘The sun is surprisingly hot today’, I thought as I came down from my bed to check the time.
I gasped when I saw it was 1:3pm, wow did I really sleep that late? Was I really that stressed out yesterday?.
I breathed out a sigh of relief when I figured out I won’t be going to work today, but sighed when I remembered my jacket, I have to go get it.
That afternoon I ate the applejack cereal as brunch and after taking my bath and watching a little bit of modern television, I left the house and made my journey to the Huggins residence.
Thankfully the road was free Today, the bus wasn’t full and I made it in the Huggins residence in no time.
Mrs Huggins gasped seeing me walk into her living room.
“No, you can’t work extra time. You get to work on weekdays, I don’t want you to get stressed out” Mrs Huggins said.
“Uh no, I’m actually here for something else.” I tell her.
“Oh really?” she giggled.
“Yeah” I replied. “I left my jacket here yesterday and I came to pick it up” I expound and she nodded. “Right Jason told me about that, anyways you can go get it, Jason kept it waiting for you, he’s in his room” Mrs Huggins said and I nodded and made my way to Jason’s room.
I knocked on the big wooden door that leads to Jason’s room and I heard his voice saying. “Come in, it’s open.” from the inside.
I pushed the door opened and walked in, he was on his bed with a boy beside him with curly hair, they were both playing with their phones they didn’t even bother to look at whoever walked in until I said
Jason and his friend looked up immediately.
“Elsa! Wow can’t believe you’re here. Your jacket is over there, you can take it and leave, you’re welcome” Jason rushed his words and turned back to his phone.
“Dude.” his friend nudged him.
I made it to his study desk and grabbed the jacket from the chair.
I made it to the door but was stopped my Mrs Huggins who just walked inside.
“Oh, I was about to leave!” I smiled at her.
“But you just got here, why won’t you just stay for tea!” she offered.
“No it’s okay!” I smiled about to walk pass her but she placed both hands on my shoulder and let out a friendly smile. “Please, you should know I don’t treat my guest in that harsh way and you’re more than a guest, you’re Jason’s private tutor for God’s sake.” Mrs Huggins said.
“She’s the tutor?” I heard Jason’s friend whispered to him.
“Okay then fine, but just tea, I have to go!” I smiled.
“Now that’s the spirit!” Mrs Huggins said and led me out of Jason’s room and downstairs to the kitchen.
And my jaw almost dropped.
This shouldn’t be just a kitchen, I couldn’t even describe what I was looking at, every stove, oven microwave, fridge, felt like another Level of technology, it was advanced and the kitchen island was to die for.
Mrs Huggins starts to brew tea on the counter and I just stood still with my jacket and bag on my body and watched her.
Each time she glanced at me, she throws me this heartwarming smile and I just nod lightly.
And then she started a conversation.
“So I heard you went on a date yesterday!”
Okay that is kind of awkward to start a conversation.
“Uhm…Yeah!” i replied.
“Wow okay, I didn’t mean to pry, but I didn’t see you when you left yesterday and Jason said you left in a hurry cause you had a date.” Mrs Huggins beamed.
Of course Jason!
“Yep that is correct!” I nodded.
“Oh okay, so you heard about Jason’s birthday party right?” Mrs Huggins asked and I nodded.
“Well his dad will be flying back tomorrow just for his birthday!”.
I don’t understand why she’s telling me all this. But I’m listening, maybe she doesn’t want me to be bored watching her brew tea I’m not really in a mood to drink.
“Looks like his birthday will be the talk of town,” I joked.
“Not really, just a few of his friends and family members that’s all, we don’t like calling for attention” Mrs Huggins smiled.
Her smile is really beautiful and you gst used to it quickly.
“Oh okay!” I nodded.
“So you’re coming right?” she smiled.
I nodded. “Yeah of course, Jason told me about it, it’s on Tuesday right?”.
“Tuesday?” I heard Jason’s voice behind me and I turned to see him walking into the kitchen and heading for the fridge.
“No silly” Mrs Huggins laughed.
“My birthday is on Monday, wow! Do you have bad memory?” Jason teased.
“Jason watch your tongue!” his mother threatened.
“Anytime he says something like this next time, make sure to reprimand him!” Mrs Huggins huffed.
“Mom you have no idea, how much more of reprimands I get in my room upstairs, I even got slapped in the head one time!” Jason said as he pulled out an apple canned drink from the fridge.
Mrs Huggins laughed. “Looks like miss Elsa, is not an easy person to deal with!”
“She’s not, and she’s rude!” Jason said to his mom.
“Anyways my birthday is on Monday, you can come if you want to and you can rest your butt home if you don’t want to.” Jason remarked.
I rolled my eyes, and then paused.
“On Monday?” I repeated.
“Yeah I told you about it, what the hell? Did you forget already do you suffer from anterograde amnesia”. Jason tried to joke but got a glare from him mom.
“Is anything wrong?” Mrs Huggins asked.
Neil invited me to his graduation ceremony on Monday
“On Monday… Uh I have a place I have to go.” I said.
“On Monday? Where?” she asked.
It’s rude to tell Mrs Huggins this but she’s obviously prying in my business.
“I have a graduation ceremony to attend.” I tell her with a sigh.
“Your graduation?” she asked.
“No a friend of mine, he’s graduating from college and I have to be there.” I said.
“Is it the guy you went out on a date with?” Jason asked.
“And I don’t see why I should answer that.” I glared at him.
“Well that proves your answer to be yes.!” Jason said. “Anyways mom just let her go to her boyfriend’s party, it’s like she’ll be doing anything for us here.” Jason added before leaving the kitchen.
“Don’t mind his words.” Mrs Huggins pleaded.
“Yeah I know” I shrugged.
“I understand if you can’t make it here on Monday, but I really wanted you to be here.” Mrs Huggins sighed.
Why? What does she want to do with me?
I finally had the tea with Mrs. Huggins like she wished for earlier and I found my way home.
In the bus I couldn’t help but think, Jason’s birthday or Neil’s graduation ceremony.
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