THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 193

That Party

“I’ll be there,” said my ex-crush.
He rose and left, tucking
his book under his arm.
Not once did he look at me.
But it doesn’t matter now.
“What party?” I asked Gary.
“I didn’t tell you?” He slapped
himself on the forehead
so hard it left a mark.
“It’s just a party
for my un-birthday.
No real reason behind it.
You will come, won’t you?”
I still had an image
of my ex-crush, his eyes wide,
yet somehow guarded.
He’s going to be there.
But it doesn’t matter now.

“Well,” I echoed him.
“I have to.
I’m your girlfriend.”

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 192

What Party?

Should I go in?
Before I could contemplate
the question anymore,
I twisted the door’s handle.
The hinges squealed
and Gary and my ex-crush
looked up.
Gary’s face broke into a wide grin.
“Hey! I missed you!”
I stepped over to his side,
and he squeezed me tight against him.
My ex-crush said nothing.
His face showed no emotion.
“So you guys are coming, right?” Gary asked.
“To my house? For the party?”
Party? What party? I don’t do parties.
“Yes,” I said, but my eyes
stayed on my ex-crush.
“Good.” Gary smiled.
“You have to.
You’re my girlfriend.”

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 191

Cloud of Daydreams

I floated on a cloud of daydreams
until I reached the library.
It was almost like
force of habit
drew me there.
I touched the cold handle
of the door,
then jumped back.
The metal gave me a small shock.
I did not go in.
I looked into the library’s windows
and saw my ex-crush,
but he wasn’t reading a book
like usual.
He was talking to Gary.
A bigger shock jolted me,
but I kept watching them.
Nothing really happened.
They were just talking.
Talking can mean anything.
They could have been reminiscing
about middle school.
(But what was there
to reminisce about?)

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