An Encounter at the Stables
Unlikely commotion was heard spreading inside the St.Paulís college, the time when by rule the bedroom lights should be off. Nuns were gathering around Sister Gray, followed by a red haired girl with a smile of poison that stood behind her. Students had started appearing in the corridors, the buzz from their voices growing stronger.
Eliza!, Patty gasped.
Candy went to meet Terry at the stables, Annie whispered. I have a bad feeling for this Patty.
Patty looked at her. Her eyes widened suddenly.
Annie!! Come with me quick!!
She started to walk with quick steps towards her room. They went in and she closed the door behind them in urgency.
Annie! We donít have much time, she said and went to open the doors of her balcony. Listen...the moment they come out...Iíll scream out here as loud as I can. Thatíll stop them for a couple of minutes. You come out on the balcony and you shout out for help. Iíve fainted. OK??
Her friend was shaking like a leaf.
Weíll do fine, OK??!, she tried to calm Annie down.
Patty went out on the balcony looking at the grounds with worry. The holy group led by the godmother of Rosemaryís baby appeared holding their lamps in the air. Patty took the deepest breath she could. The crowd stopped on their tracks when a blood curling scream ripped the night.
What was that?? Sister Gray said with her grave voice to the nuns.
Iím sure itís nothing Sister Gray, the redhair hissed. I AM TELLING YOU ABOUT TERRY GRANDCHESTER AND CANDY WHITE ARDLAY HERE!
Her voice escalated a few octaves, sounding like a shrill which could make the hairs at the back of the neck to stand up.
Miss Ragan! Iím SURE youíre eager to show us but weíve just heard a scream of a young girl right now! Sister Gray stopped her.
Annie came out pale like a ghost, feeling out of breath. Patty was lying down and pulled Annieís skirt.
He...he...heeeeeelp, Annie managed to shout as hard as she could.
She felt the whole situation unsettling and surreal.
Is someone there?? Sister Gray wondered out loud. We need to find out what happened at once! She commanded the nuns.
But Sister Gray!!!! Eliza shouted, stomping her feet to the ground, seeing her otherwise perfect plan being thrown to the damps.
Not now Eliza!!! Weíll see to your allegations after learning what the matter with your school mates is, she said to her, already on the move back inside the building.
The girl with the snake eyes followed reluctantly the group of nuns muttering obscenities which were hitting the inside her mouth.
Are they coming Annie? Patty asked.
Ye...ye...yes, Annie went back to her stammering.
She felt herself slammed with the immediate consequences of their action.
OK. Donít be afraid. Iíve only fainted. Youíve heard the scream. Came in and found me lying down on the balcony. OK?
It was a mild Septemberís night when, with Candyís message in my hand, I was walking fast to the stables. Hadnít seen her since that last time at the Scottish loch...little minx she slapped me when I kissed her...I slapped her back...she slapped me in return...she made my head spin...how can I show her that what I feel is there between us? That I turn into a ghost at nights. My eyes drilling holes in the ceiling having her face behind them.
I reached the stables, turned around at the sound of a scream. I wondered what that was, but I didnít care at that time. I opened the big heavy door a bit, enough for me to disappear quietly inside. I heard rustling noises.
Candy? I asked and squinted, trying to see in the dark when a faint light hit my face.
She had lit the lamp. I could see her tiptoeing to reach for the hook on the wooden beam that stood upright beside her to hang it. She turned to my direction.
I took a few strides and was right there in front of her, my heart galloping in my chest. Under the flicker of the light, the green of her eyes was stirring. Why did she seem so exciting every single one time I lay my eyes on her?? I was praying for a reaction on her face, a flash impression of her thoughts.
You asked for me..., she said.
I could swear she sounded nervous and shy and it felt like everything had changed since our kiss. And I felt tempted. I had let my feelings show and she knew. I had nothing to hide, I had nothing to lose. I had already tried and I had already been slapped. And I knew that there was something there...What else those tears of hers beside the loch were saying to me? Made me love her even more.
You asked for me Candy!
I didnít ask for you!
Then what is this? I asked once more, not letting this go and I showed her the message on the crumbled paper.
She took it and her eyes turned to me looking puzzled.
Thatís not mine!!
I knew right there and then that weíve been set up. If logic ruled we should run out of there, but there was one small thing I had to get straight.
How do I know? I asked her and turned my back to her. All I know is that Iím here by this message...maybe you thought the kiss we shared a few weeks ago was too short...
I felt her fists on my back, battering me with whatever strength she had I imagined because I could feel her fervour.
Youíre a complete jerk Terry!! I wish never to see you again.
So I turned around and pulled my hand up out of instinct, grabbing her wrist on mid air while she was targeting my face. I took hold of her other wrist too just to cover myself from every corner and looked at her face. I felt like I was definitely freefalling. That nervous excited twist in the pit of your stomach and the racing of the heart as youíre speeding like a rag doll towards the ground.
The brain works in mysterious ways when your feelings are out of control and takes decisions in a fraction of a second. And in that tiny little space of time my lips locked hers and stayed there. I darenít open my eyes, kept them closed and prayed. She stood frozen to the spot, her wrists between my hands, my lips feeling hers, her resistance lessened. I almost felt her mouth parting when I pulled back. But my lungs were fighting for oxygen. I made a mental note to myself that I have to learn to kiss Candy and breathe at the same time.
Her face was deep red with eyes that were throwing glassy green daggers at me and I released her wrists. Naturally, my cheek felt once again the full stinging blow of her hard slap. I turned around to give her a half smile while rubbing my cheek.
You can slap me a hundred times Freckles but I know you like me kissing you all the time, I said and I definitely felt my voice sounding smug.
I hate you Terry, she just blurred out and left the stables in a hurry.
You do that! I yelled back at her, smiling.
I knew that she loved me...only that I had made it my mission to make her accepting her feelings for me too. Never tried the easy road and this freckly Tarzan of a girl was a tough nut to crack but boy I have to tell you, I was relishing every minute of it. She was my girl and deep down she knew it...
As for me...I was hers way much earlier and the way I see the future now, I believe Iíll be hers for a very long time to come.
This shady business of the note came back to my mind. I took care of blowing the lamp out and leaving the place as quiet as a ghost, my shadow getting lost within the lush college grounds. I caught with the corner of my eye, a string of lamps moving towards the stable...I smirked to the thought that they would find no one there...but we had an enemy as it seems and I would keep my guard up silently working out who was that bastard that orchestrated this trap...
The night was quiet and the silver light of the moon was flashing through the foliage of the trees around me, my cheek was still stinging and I licked my lips where hers had touched them. I sighed and pushed my hands deeper in my pockets. Another day and another night were coming to a close in this stuffy place which I used to hate until she showed up. What do you know?? All you need is a little bit of love for happiness and hope to flood your world and right now because of her I was floating. What a life...