That Friday after school was prom night. I was so excited but I knew that afterward, I’d have to leave the next day, so my excitement was mixed with the anxiety of leaving you without another word, kind of like Cinderella. I talked about what I should say to you if I should say anything to you at all with Annabell. She always gave me solid advice so I went to her with almost all of my problems.
We talked about the situation every night, and finally, we decided that I would tell you after prom; that way we’d have had the perfect prom night without you having to worry about me. That’s how it was supposed to be but things didn’t go as planned, as you know.
Friday, right after school, Annie drove me to the salon to get a makeover. They were giving out half priced makeovers to prom goers and I wanted to look my best for you. Even though Annie went to prom she decided she didn’t need a makeover; something about people touching her and how she liked the way she normally looked.
After I got made over, we went back to her place to put on her dresses. As the time inched closer to prom the anticipation to see you wrecked havoc on my nerves. I hoped that everything would go perfectly; that when you saw me, your jaw would drop because you thought I was the most beautiful girl you’d ever seen. I had hoped that the night would be as wonderful as I’d dreamed every night since you’d asked me.
A sharp loud knock at the door took me out of my day dream and current anxiety, spinning me into a new one. Was I ready? I remember thinking as I checked myself one final time.
“Raraya!” You yelled from the front door. “I’m here!”
I smiled to myself knowing that you still hadn’t changed even if it was a special night. You’d treat me just like any other night we’d spent together.
Annie rolled her eyes and headed downstairs to open the door for you. I did some last minute touch ups and then proceeded to follow her.
The first thing I noticed about you was how handsome you looked in your suit, very sharp and handsome. The second thing I noticed was the big smile you shot me when our eyes met. It wasn’t the reaction I was hoping for, but I was happy just the same.
“Wow Raya, you clean up nice!” You said.
My smile faltered a little. I knew you meant that as some type of compliment but in all honesty, it didn’t feel like it. Annabell voiced my thoughts.
“Was that supposed to be some sort of compliment?” Annie remarked walking past you. I followed her like an obedient puppy, not meeting your eye anymore. My feelings were slightly hurt.
“What! What I do?” You asked following me out the door.
“Annie! Don’t forget your curfew is 12! Oooh, girls, you look very nice! Raya, I love your dress!” Ms. Lee remarked standing at the door to close it.
“Mom! We gotta go! We don’t have time for girl talk.” Annabell huffed.
“Okay okay! Be safe and have fun!”
“Say no to drugs!” Vince, Annabell’s little brother said.
Annie rolled her eyes once again but in a playful way.
“Yes, sir!” She laughed.
Just then a limo pulled up in front of the house. Annie and I were shocked, but you had a satisfied grin on your face.
“You ladies act like you’ve never been in a limo before.” You said as you walked nonchalantly to the limo door.
Annie and I looked at each other with glee then Annie’s expression changed.
“You go ahead, Raya. I know I’m not invited.”
I stared at the ground and shuffled my feet scuffing up my new shoes.
“Hey, Raya and Annasmell, what’s taking so long get in the limo!” You yelled motioning for us.
Annie and I looked at each other once more, our grins matched one another. We knew each other’s thoughts, we took off running towards the limo. I remember you didn’t look pleased that we had a race in dresses, but that was just us, two best friends being childish together.
The limo ride there was nothing to scoff at. There was sparkling cider chilled in silver buckets. The limo was spacious enough to fit me, you, Annie, and all of your friends, but for some reason, it was just the three of us, like it used to be. The ride to the school was a little awkward with Annie questioning your intentions with me, as she should. I’m glad she did that, too bad you’re such a great actor. You answered her questions perfectly, like, why was she in the limo with me, and how long did he plan on having me out and what he was planning on doing with me during prom. I admit the last question had me flustered but you handled them with ease.
“So I wouldn’t be nervous being alone with me in this big limo and just long enough to show me off, and nothing that Annie wouldn’t do.” You responded.
She quirked her eyebrow at the second response but said nothing on the matter. I was oblivious to the true meaning behind your answers because I was immersed in the beauty of the limo, but I should have known something was up.
Just before we entered the gym, where are prom was being held you looped your arm with mine.
“Ready?” You whispered softly into my ear.
The warmth of your breath tickled my ear sending shivers up my spine. All I could do was nod my head and follow your lead. You smiled at me one final time and lead me into the worst night of my life.