This is it. This has got to be the perfect turn out for today. Walking here on the path that circles around the best park in town along with the greatest guy in the world on such a perfect day like this. The wind is gently blowing, making the grass dance around us as we walk hand in hand along the trail. The afternoon sun is shining so bright, it's like we have the spot light on us. There aren't many people around to bother us either. It feels like a scene out of a movie.
Just as we were walking past the swings, he stopped.
"Sano?" I asked. He glanced around then looked back at me. I hope he's not considering getting on the swings. This skirt is not the best for swinging.
As I got more anxious, I noticed a smile growing on his face. Believe it or not, that made me slightly more anxious. Sano doesn't always smile. Is he really considering the swings?
"Misa," he started, "we've been hanging out for a while now, and I called you out today to ask if we can make this official. I really would like for you to be my girlfriend." His words were as serious as his gaze was on me. I was speechless. Did he really ask to be official? With me?
"Yes, Sano, I would love to be your girlfriend!" I didn't hesitate to answer. I waited so long to say those words; years in fact. I couldn't hide my happiness as I was smiling ear to ear. This is the happiest day of my life!
"You've made me the happiest guy in the world." The sun was hitting his wonderful hazel eyes perfectly as his warm smile shined just as bright. It couldn't get any better than this.
"Oh, Sano, just kiss me already." I wanted to seal this moment to know it was real. I didn't want this movie to end.
I leaned in as he did the same with his eyes clothes and lips puckered. But I stopped short of his face as I noticed it began to change.
I backed away from him as I watched his face turned into a girl's face.
"Misa!" He called me again. His voice was a pitch higher.
"Sano? What's happening to your face?" I asked. I reached out to touch it, but my hand didn't make contact in time before it disappeared.
Suddenly, the perfect bright and sunny day in the park became gloomy. The world around me was getting darker and Sano was completely gone.
"Misa! Will you wake up?" The voice made me jolt in my seat. When I lifted my head from my desk, I saw my best friend staring at me.
"W-what? Katie?" I was still half asleep.
"What are you doing dreaming? Class is over," she said, pointing to the clock on the wall that showed 3:10pm. I slept straight through the bell.
"I was asleep? I was sure I was just talking with Sano." Still a bit dazed, I was looking around for him.
"What are you talking about? He's already at track practice."
"Really? It felt so real this time." The disappointment that filled me was nothing new. That's the third time I had a dream like that in past week.
"You're so delusional. Come on let's go." Katie just shook her head and turned toward the door. I gathered my things in sadness and walked out the classroom behind her.
What does it take to get the guy of literally your dreams? Is it because of my looks? I'm not particularly short; around five foot seven on a good day, I have long curly light brown hair, and brown eyes. And I think I can dress pretty well, if you ask me. That is, if you consider your wardrobe that consist mostly of skinny jeans and fitted T-shirts along with the occasional skirt for special occasions dressing pretty well.
But I guess Sano doesn't like average height, long brown hair and brown-eyed girls who wears a lot of skinny jeans. Although, I don't really know that for sure since I don't talk to him.
I've had this crush on him since ninth grade, and I'm still too shy to talk to him two years later. The only things I know about him are his incredible features. He's about six feet tall with the greatest dark brown hair, and the prettiest hazel eyes I've ever seen.
He's on the track team and has been since freshmen year. He's kind of quiet, but still popular in our school despite not being the average loud mouth jock. I think that's enough to know about someone you've been crushing on for two years.
"You know, Misa, you shouldn't sleep so much in class." Katie started her lectures again as I was finishing up at my locker, "Your grades are going to continue to drop, and you'll never make it out of high school with us."
"Gee thanks, Katie that helps a lot."
"I'm just saying that you're holding on to a crush that probably won't get anywhere. You're going to waste your whole life on someone you won't get, and you'll be forever alone, still believing and hoping-"
"Katie!" I didn't want to hear such negativity anymore. "You're not helping me here! Besides, you never know, he might come around one day."
And just as I said that, we left the school building and had to pass the track field. The track coach was strict. They were already in uniform standing together as the coach was talking to them.
"Now you guys know we can't leave it all up to Sano again. I need you all to shape up." The coach started.
I spotted Sano instantly standing next to the coach as he continued praising him. Sano is the best runner on the team and has been since he started freshmen year. His legs are small but strong and firm. I don't know how he can be so fast, but running must be his calling.
Watching him as he held his head low listening to the coach made me think of my dream earlier. My heart sank as I still try to hold on to the slim chance of that dream one day coming true. I must have been staring because Katie had to come and pull me away from my trance.
"Look, I'm your best friend Misa. I'm just trying to stop you now before you go and get yourself hurt."
"You're being over protective. I won't get hurt. Plus, I'm already sixteen and going to be seventeen this year. I'm probably the only girl who has yet to have a boyfriend in this school. Probably the whole city. You should be encouraging me to go for it," I tell her.
"I understand what you're saying, but this situation isn't something you should be trying for. I've been down this road before. I was all alone, watching everyone else have fun and be all lovey-dovey while I sat back just looking at my crush go out with another woman. She put her dirty little spell on him. That backstabbing, short skirt wearing whore." Her sympathizing with me turned into anger just like that.
"Whoa, Katie, Calm down. That was like, eighth grade when this happened. We're in high school now. And she was a cheerleader, so yeah, her skirt was short. Plus, you have a boyfriend now." I had to remind her.
"Yeah I know. But did it make you feel any better?" She asked, genuinely thinking that would make me feel better.
But it didn't.
Speaking of said person, we saw the only person that could make Katie's bright blue eyes glow right after calling someone a whore.
"Hey, Katie." He walked up to us.
"Eden." Katie called as they greeted each other with a kiss. Eden is one of the few in our school who can surprisingly put up with her like I can. Most people steer clear of her in fear of getting on her bad side. And not only was he up for the challenge, he's been with her for almost three years. He's on the quiet side too, which is totally opposite of Katie.
"So Katie, what time were you able to go today?" He asked.
"Around maybe five or so? I have to help Misa get the last of her things from my place."
"Where are you guys going?" I asked a bit surprised seeing as I was not informed on couple plans today.
"What, I didn't tell you? We were just going to hang out after you left since you said you had to be home by a certain time. I mean, you can come along with if you don't have to get home. We were just going to the mall." I could hear a little guilt in her tone. She had no problem inviting me along when she thinks she's cutting time with me short.
"No, its cool. My mom was pretty clear on getting home early." Even if that wasn't the case, I still would rather go home than third wheel after today.
We set off for Katie's place. We both live a few blocks from the school so riding the bus hasn't been a thing since middle school. I was on the left side of Katie and Eden was on the right of her. No since in him leaving and coming back in a couple hours so he's coming along with us.
I kind of trailed back a bit and watched them walking hand in hand making small talk about his classes. I doubt either of them really noticed I'm not next to them. Their relationship makes me jealous sometimes, but I know Katie would never let a guy get in the way of our friendship.
We've been friends since first grade. When we got into high school, she cut her hair to a short brown to do that 'reinvent myself' thing. She's also known for her blue eyes, which could be used for beauty and for bad.
We've always had classes with each other, and she's the one who always look out for me in my time of need. Even though she's been with Eden a lot lately, she'd drop any plans she had in a second if I needed help. We even lived together for a while due to my parents' job being far, and I didn't want to move away.
When I say their job is far, I mean it's over two hours away. Recently, they've been using a lot of their vacation time and coming back home, so I've been there. Yesterday, my mom told me to stay home for something she has arranged, so I'm getting the last of my important items from Katie's place.
"Speaking of parents, Misa do you really not know what your mom wants?" Katie looked over to me and stopped after seeing I wasn't on the side of her anymore.
"No, I don't," I said catching up to them, "she told me it's something we've talked about before, but she goes on and on about everything it's hard to remember exactly what she's referring to."
"That really doesn't explain anything. Maybe it has something to do with her being able to come home so much now. You think she might be getting fired?"
"Please, that's the last thing to consider. You know my mom did everything to get into that Masidone Company. She would never do anything to risk getting fired from the biggest company in the country. She'd do anything to stay there."
My parents work at the most successful business around today. The Masidone company produces some of the most well-known designs and computer software. After three years of trying, my mom finally got in, and through some stroke of luck, so did my dad.
"I guess you're right. Your parents even act like strangers to avoid having in office relationship problems. This Masidone Corp. must really be top notch for them to go that far just to keep bragging rights."
"They only hire the best. You have to pass like four different interviews to get in there, and they apparently have amazing benefits along with amazing pay. My mom said they've even had meetings with some famous people." I sighed wishing I could know more than that, but they aren't allowed to talk about the people they meet with.
"Let's not forget the special apartment rates for employees at the complex he owns which is what sealed the deal for them. You know I would've been long gone if your mom hadn't been cool with me staying with you."
"My mom applied once. Didn't make it past the second interview. She said it felt like she was being interrogated and couldn't handle the pressure. I bet it wasn't that bad." Katie said with a straight face. This is coming from a girl who stared down the principle who almost suspended her after she threatened another girl with her own notebook.
"You probably would have intimidated the interviewers." I laughed at the thought.
"I would not! I'm perfectly capable of being nice when I need to be. Right Eden?" She turned to him and he looked away.
"Of course, Kay, you're always sweet."
"See?" Katie said.
"Well, aside from the other day when you yelled at a girl for bumping into you in the hallway, and last week when you weren't feeling well and told Mr. Hallens he was talking too much when he went off subject again. There was also that day when I was coming to get you, you were about to yell at someone else who accidently stepped on your book you had on the floor. Not to mention—"
"Basically, he agrees with me." I stopped him before he ended up saying too much, even though none of that was a lie.
"I can't believe either of you. I'm the nicest person ever and could pass any interview with no problem. Besides, I'm sure you'd want to give that place a try when you get old enough since your mom and dad got in." She said.
"No thanks, I don't want anything to do with that place. It's making them crazy, so I don't need to be a part of that. I'm perfectly fine with living my normal life without being a part of the Masidone company." Even if I wanted to, someone with my grades would be laughed at for applying, but I don't need to remind her of that.
We finally reached Katie's house and I went straight for my already packed bag I left on the floor next to her dresser. I hadn't forgotten about these couple plans and didn't want to stop them from being together by adding me in.
"Misa, you really don't have to hurry. We still have all evening to do stuff."
"No, it's really okay. Plus, I told you, my mom wants me home. I'm surprised she hasn't called me yet even though its only been about forty-five minutes. Let's plan something for this weekend if you two don't already have plans."
"That works. He has a family thing, so it'll just be you and me."
"Sounds good." I told her. I grabbed my bag and threw it on my shoulder with my bookbag and said bye to everyone and headed to my house that was only two blocks over.
Leaving Katie like that happens sometimes. That's what happens when your best friend has a boyfriend and you're stuck dreaming about a boy who probably doesn't even know you exist. I guess I can only dream until it's my turn for cupid to shoot his love arrow. Someone like Sano doesn't come around often. One of these days I have to work up the courage to talk to him. I mean what's the worst that could happen?