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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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 190

To End All Kissing

Liz caught up with me,
bubbling with energy.
(Isn’t love supposed to
make you feel bubbly?)

“Timothy is the best kisser!
I mean, OK, fine.
He’s the only guy I ever kissed.
But it was, like, the kiss
to end all kissing.”
She paused to catch her breath
and fan herself.
“So… did Gary kiss you yet?”
I didn’t want to tell her about
our kiss. But I didn’t want
to lie either.
I nodded.
“He any good?”
“I really like him,” I responded,
as if that actually meant anything.
“That’s not an answer,”
Liz teased, dashing away.

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