He's My Heart's Desire…
By Mallory Quinn
"A stranger with dreamy colours"
Candy was on the boat with Georges. She was going to England, to St. Paul College in London to join Anthony, Alistair and Archibald. She would’ve gone with them a few weeks ago, but after the accident and Anthony’s illness, she went to the Pony House to recluse herself because the Great Aunt Elroy was blaming her for Anthony’s misfortunes. If it were up to her, she would've blame Candy for all the plagues of the world. The Great Uncle William had adopted her and sent her to St. Paul College in London. Candy didn’t want to leave America, but Miss Pony and Sister Maria convinced her to take advantage of the opportunity that was given to her, to acquire a good education in one of the best private school in the world. The whole Pony house had accompanied her to the harbour in New York; she had tears in her eyes leaving them.
It was December 31, New Year’s eve; there was a party on the boat. Candy dressed for the occasion with a nice long gown; Uncle William had bought for her. She let her hair down on her shoulders, by getting rid of her pigtails. She was very pretty with her gorgeous green eyes. She took some strands of her hair on both side and had them in a half ponytail with a bow the same colour as her dress. She joined George in the party room and took a glass of champagne; she drank it at one. She took another one.
She drank a little from the second glass, put it on a platter and got out to go get some air. She was in a hurry to get to London to see Anthony. To go to the same private school as him, Alistair and Archibald too of course, but she loved Anthony more.
Her head was still spinning, the fresh air was nice, it helped. She saw a young man that was staring at the ocean’s wave.
She came closer and saw a young man with long brown hair; it wasn’t Anthony! The champagne must be playing tricks on her!!! The young man in question had tears in his eyes. He was crying. Candy and her compassionate nature approached him to see if he was all right.
The young man turned around and looked. He saw a very beautiful young woman with freckles on her face. He had a mocking smile.
A far, you could hear the people counting down and scream HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! People were screaming, laughing and kissing…
Before Candy could say anything, the young main took her in his arms and put lips on her in a passionate kiss. Candy was caught totally by surprise! The champagne was still making her head spin. She wanted to say something but she couldn’t with the young man’s mouth on hers. She closed her eyes and put her arms around the young man’s neck and surprised herself responding to the kiss. The delicious sensations that were rising in her, added to the effect of the champagne, had brought her to a relaxing cloud. The kiss seemed to last an eternity.
It was Georges’ voice. Candy had the impression they were pulling her from a lethargic sleep, she had trouble coming back to reality. The young man finally let go of her, with his mocking smile.
In her bed, Candy was thinking about the young man with long brown hair that had kissed her. The effect of the champagne and stupefaction had prevented her to react. In normal times, she would’ve probably slapped him. How dare he? He had no right! It was the New Year; we could give that, the only day when people were kissing with no concern. But she couldn’t stop thinking about anything else but the kiss she received from a stranger she will probably never see again. Once on earth, they will each go to their destination. Anthony…yes, I have to think about Anthony, not a stranger. She fell into a deep agitated sleep, with Anthony’s face replaced by the stranger’s face and confusion.
The next day, she woke up with a headache. The effect of the champagne and a agitated sleep. She got ready and Georges came to get her to leave the boat that had already accosted. The passengers were slowly getting off.
It was Anthony, Alistair and Archibald.
She ran to them with joy. Alistair and Archibald hugged her briefly in their arms and kissed her on the cheeks. Anthony hugged her longer.
Stear and Archie were laughing. The young man from the night before passed near them and had a curious look at Candy. She looked at him for a little while and closed her eyes still hugging Anthony. She had to forget about this young man, she would probably never see him again. But the kiss will be engraved in her memory forever…
They spend the day at the hotel playing having fun and took advantage of their last day of freedom. In college, they will be locked in and they won’t be able to get out. At the hotel, they met Neil and Eliza Reagan.
Eliza came near them and talked to Anthony.
Eliza looked a Candy with disdain who had a satisfying smile.
He took Candy by the arm and left. At night they had diner at hotel’s the restaurant.
So she went on the terrace to get some fresh air. She had a shawl on her shoulders. She was in England, going to a private school to become a lady, to be worthy to be an Andrew, to be with Anthony. Did she have to take the British accent too…? She heard steps behind her. It was probably Anthony.
Candy turned around and saw the young man from the boat.
Candy blushed violently.
She left the terrace quickly. This young man was making her nervous. Her life was perfect, she was adopted by the Great Uncle William, she was in school with Anthony. She didn’t need complications, and this young man, was complications.
St. Paul college was big and very spacious. Candy had to separate from her friends to go to the girls, dormitory. She knew no one, expect for Eliza…
In the hallway, she met a girl with brown hair and glasses; she was a little chubby and short.
Eliza was with her group of friends; mean and evil girls.
She left with Patty, leaving Eliza fuming. Candy knew Eliza was dying to hurt her, but because of Anthony, she was refraining herself, she didn’t want to look bad in his eyes. She swallowed her anger and thought about ways to get back at Candy without looking bad. Later she talked to Patty to force her to play a trick on Candy, Patty obeyed against her will. So she told Candy to put the grey dress instead of the black one for church.
Once she was outside the next morning, she saw she was the only one dressed in grey. Anthony Stear and Archie come near her.
Candy looked at Patty who looked down ashamed. Eliza had a mocking smile. Candy got yelled at by the sister, of course but was allowed to go to church. During the mass, there was an incident. A young man, interrupted the ceremony, he entered and was making noises.
He turned around and looked at the students. Candy rose her eyes and looked at Terrence Grandchester and was surprised to see that it was the young man from the boat that had kissed her. She thought she’ll never see him again, but he was there in the same school as her. He saw Candy in her grey uniform, their eyes crossed and Terrence winked at her, she looked down ashamed and stunned at the same time. Terrence at a mocking smile ans got out of the church walking with a lot of noise on purpose. Eliza saw the wink and seemed stunned too. She was happy inside, maybe there was a way to separate Candy and Anthony, and Terrence Grandchester is going to help her without even knowing it. The students were whispering among themselves.
After church, Candy went near the boys that were talking about the incident with Terrence.
She knew Eliza was behind that, but she couldn’t prove it. But what was the point anyway?
The boys started laughing. The bell rang and Eliza mad couldn’t answer Candy’s remark..
After class, Candy was on a small hill getting some fresh air. The boys were finishing a little later. She thought about the events from the morning, about Terrence Grandchester… Why was she thinking about him? Since the incident on the boat, she could get him out of her head. His rebellious behaviour intrigued her. It was like he wanted to get kicked out of the school. He was crying when she saw him for the fist time.
"All that was only a cover, said Candy to herself. He’s sensitive and loving."
Candy blushed when he talked about the kiss.
And he left like there was nothing to it. He wasn’t that bad after all…What was going through her mind? She was with Anthony, she loved him, she’s going to be with him for the rest of her life. He loved her too. Terrence Grandchester…Terry…No, she had to stop thinking about him.
Candy didn’t answer. Terry’s room was next to the boy’s room? Why did that detail interest her?
She went back to her room and met Patty ashamed in the hallway.
She went to her room and got ready for school for the next day. After studying for a few hours, she saw the sign at the window in the boy’s dormitory. The light was flashing three times.
She took a rope she made and threw it at a branch on the tree and started swinging from branch to branch with incredible agility.
Terry was in his room and thought he saw something passed on the trees, he went to the window and saw Candy jumping to the boys room. He had a little laugh.
But he felt his heart hurt. She had a boyfriend! She wasn’t available. He might never admit it to himself, but he was jealous! But he couldn’t stop thinking about her. Ever since the night on the boat, where he couldn’t stop himself from kissing her…
Candy landed not too bad in the boy’s room. She landed in Anthony’s arms.
They got out of the room, leaving them alone. Anthony sat on the bed and took Candy in his arms.
Stear and Archie entered the room at that moment.
She walked to the window.
He followed her and hugged her.
Candy was thinking. Anthony was very jealous. She could never tell him about the New Year’s kiss. She didn’t like keeping secrets, but she had no choice. If Anthony learned that Terry had kissed her… My God, she didn’t even want to think about it. She stayed with the boys for a while. They laughed; they joked, and were mocking Stear’s inventions.
She hugged Anthony.
Candy laughed and returned to her room the way she came. A pair of deep bleu eyes was looking at her returning to her room with the same agility as Tarzan.
Candy was in her bed thinking about the fight with Anthony. Why did she take Terry’s defense? ! She couldn’t help herself. She couldn’t stand to hear them badmouthing him, why? Well the answer will have to wait, because for the moment, she had to sleep to be shape in the morning.