There was a sort of tranquility born from the chaos that ensued the late arrivals of her other teenage peers. Emotions and hormones were high, which wasn’t atypical of such a situation just as this. Aaliyah was correct in her prompt of comparing the different cliques to that of the primal animal kingdom, it was quite the spectacle to watch if you were an outsider…which she was. This was perfect cover for the scholarly wallflower, the perfect escape just what she needed. It was too good to be true however as she was spotted out by her fellow coder and mathlete. How did he see her in the sea of drama that was soon to entangle the entire senior class? Had she give off a smell of fear? Whatever it was she just hoped the two of them could go unnoticed together. Aaliyah and Elijah had history and not just the class they had together 5th period. The two had always been in the same classes, the same extra curricular activities, even had the same hobbies. While Aaliyah never had any friends or anyone ever visit her at her house, she saw some solace when she spoke with Elijah even if she was painfully oblivious to his crush.
Aaliyah was kind of used to the way he spoke when he was around her, it was kind of comforting in that sense. Someone was able to mess up just as badly as she did. Except he didn’t really approach her more so jumped at her in bewildering fashion. As if Aaliyah wasn’t accident prone enough, the sudden shock of "He- Hi- Y- SHALOM."
startled her out of his skin. Having two left feet she tripped over her legs, knocking her to her ground with her books flying out of her arms. Oh no
this would surely take away from whatever was happening around the watering hole and pull all the attention to her. Aaliyah got up as fast as she could which only ended up fanning out more of her books, this was social suicide at its finest. “This is bad this is bad, this is so flipping bad! I have to go, I have to go.”
Sheesh, what a klutz! But it wasn’t her fault, it seemed he scared Aaliyah straight out of her skin- he didn’t think he could see a black girl with such a pale look on her face. ”O-Oy vey! I’m sorry, Aaliyah. I didn’t mean to startle you!”
He watched as she scrambled along the floor collecting her books and papers that had began to scattered from her arms. He dropped down to his knees just as quickly, grabbing up a few of the books and pieces of paper that somehow launched from her arms. Now Elijah felt like a complete putz- great start to the school year. Being significantly on the paler scale, the heat of embarrassment was rising quickly in Elijah’s face. He could feel it too- the eyes of other people turning towards them. Plenty of people had been shocked by Elijah’s rather loud voice as well. Had he really been that loud? He just wanted to say hello.
Then there had been the sound of the falling books, and even more heads were turning their way. She was in full panic mode as well. She kept mumbling that she had to go, and it only caused Elijah’s heart to leap in his throat. Great, so he would be making a fool of himself for nothing as well. Oh dear God, Elijah made a mistake. He should have just taken the safe route and stuck with Johnny and the ever-growing group of strangers there. At least they wouldn’t be staring at him like the Creature of the Black Lagoon. Gathering up the last papers and books that he could help with, Elijah quickly rose to his feet, handing them over towards Aaliyah. Shit, this was probably his only chance to try and recover from the situation, but as much as he wanted to say something, the words didn’t come out. ”Sorry, I think I got too eager seeing a familiar face.”
He asked, concerned and now back to a normal speaking level. His voice was significantly steadier but maintained its sincerity. He could still feel some of those eyes staring. Dear Lord, just look away, would ya?
Aaliyah’s mind was racing a mile a minute, all of her biggest fears were coming true right this very moment. Her thoughts were clouded and her reactions were just giving way to more mistakes, why was she like this. The sweet words spewed out by Elijah were wasted as she could only hear her own thoughts, that was until she remembered her breakfast with her father that morning. She was a King and that made her strong. Why else would the Academy she attended be named one in the same? The familiar voice soothed her as it always did. The memories of her mother plastering her first day pictures on facebook even made her laugh. What was once a mountain regressed into the size of a molehill, hopefully Aaliyah was able to salvage what was left of the situation. Luckily enough for her, the tears and screams of pain might have been enough of a shroud to cancel out her nuclear fallout. The muffled sound of the background began to pour in once more in clear definition. Her pace slowed and became more normal as her blood pressure went back down to resting. She was finally able to see Elijah, except in this light she was the calm sane one and he was the one in hysterics.
The rosiness of embarrassment filled his pale white cheeks which in turn made Aaliyah laugh. “No it’s okay I shouldn’t have been so quick to scare. You just came out of nowhere. I’m glad there’s someone around here who I can talk to. I think you said something about today’s coding news? I did man-“
before she could finish her coherent message she had gathered the remainder of her things off the floor and what Elijah handed her. Except of course when she was talking she was talking more to herself as some kind of dialogue which blinded her frontal vision. As she rose to meet Elijah’s face her skull met his chin before anything else. Good thing her brain was so large her skull had to compensate, a searing pain rushed through her head as she dropped her books once more. Luckily for her the pain outweighed her tendency to freak out. Cupping her hands on her head she began to open her eyes, hopefully she didn’t knock the jew boy out in round one of their heavyweight finals.
Elijah could feel his own heart settling as the sanity came back into Aaliyah’s bright brown eyes. She wasn’t tearing away in hasty flight. In fact, she had calmed down enough now that she was speaking back to him. Her voice was so sweet, and Elijah couldn’t help but allow a goofy smile to spread on his lips. It felt as if everything else around him was just starting to melt away. The eyes that were so devilishly staring at them didn’t burn a hole in the back of his head anymore. In fact, it seemed most people weren’t even looking in their direction. Had it all just been in their heads? She had barely started to respond when he felt a sudden, blunt force on the bottom of his chin, knocking his head backwards and causing him to step back a bit. He moved his hand quickly to his chin. ”OW!”
His hand rubbed the underneath of his chin, damn that hurt! She had a hard head, or perhaps he just had a weak jaw. He took a step back, continuing to rub his chin. Ah, how elegant their encounter so far. ”I thought you were hard headed, but that was more than I expected.”
He tried to laugh it off, but he could still feel the pulsing sensation under his chin. Yeah, that was definitely going to become a bruise. Watching her rub the top of her head, Elijah instinctively began to reach out, to place a hand on her head. But quickly he retracted his hand before it could get very far. Even he recognized touching her may have been to bold of a move from Elijah, even it if was genuinely to make sure she was okay. ”Be careful where you swing that thing. You’ll knock someone out.”
He smiled his goofy smile again, fixing his tie that had been knocked out of its tight knot.
His dynamic and percussive voice rang through the air once more, there was such a mix of sounds in the immediate vicinity it was almost like a slice of life tv show. Aaliyah massaged her head a little more before bending down once more to gather her books. “This is sure to leave a bump tomorrow”
Aaliyah finally did her best to recompose herself and assess the situation. Elijah had been massaging his own sore spot which Aaliyah had nicely placed, if anything her aim was solid. Aaliyah recoiled by his comment before playfully punching him in the chest, “Hey what’s that supposed to mean?”
His hand reached out to her, she didn’t know whether he was trying to hit her back or console her. Either or would have been read the same to her as she was socially unaware of any feelings he had. “I’ll probably knock myself out, I should just go back home and start over. Ready to go to first period?”
Elijah listened closely to Aaliyah as she spoke, though it wasn’t necessarily the words he was focusing on. It was the spring that her hair had anytime she slightly moved her head or body. The way her words slipped from her lips like sweet honey, how soft her eyes were. He was completely charmed! He was caught off guard when he felt her fist make contact with his chest in such a playful way. The red heat was rushing back to his cheeks. She was being playful with him, was she trying to be flirty too? He opened his mouth to respond, that was until he heard a scream behind him. He turned on his heel, watching as some girl cried out from being grabbed by Johnny. Elijah’s eyes went wide, oh no! Red alert! ”Uh… yeah! I’ll see you around!”
And with that, Elijah rushed to his friends side, giving a rather half-hearted goodbye to Aaliyah. Though he wanted to continue talking with her, he felt the need to go into damage control. Placing a firm hand on Johnny’s shoulder, Elijah glanced around at the people gathered, the girl who was crumbled to the ground. ”Woah, Johnny. What’s gotten into you?”
Elijah raised a curious eyebrow. It seemed so out of the ordinary for Johnny to “randomly attack” someone. What had he missed?
Aaliyah noticed Elijah’s face was getting red once more but she couldn’t help but wonder why. She was running through everything that happened in the last few minutes, there was nothing too embarrassing that they hadn’t already outdone. It looked like he was going to say something but then he ran off before she could even reply. “Uhhh sure yeah I guess?”
Aaliyah was quite confused as to what came over him, but nonetheless it was time for her to be 15 minutes early to class. That was until her glance caught that of Chanel. She was immediately struck with awe as she the way the girl managed to dress up her uniform so nicely and with accessories to boot. She was a fashion icon, it was almost destined for her to win best dressed in the school yearbook. Aaliyah sighed wishing she was more like her, but the attention of this little caterpillar would never be seen by a monarch like her. Aaliyah didn’t care for much else of what was going on. Some girl was on the floor crying and Aaliyah never did well with that, so off she went off to class blissfully in her own world.
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