The Lost Girls Saga
I met Lora in the 8th grade at Quincy Jr High School. I was EIC of the school newspaper, a NERDY assignment for sure but one I loved, and she had joined the class at the end of first semester. It wasn't till two years later that I found out the reason she joined in the first place was not because of some undying love of the written word, but rather she joined to meet yours truly. (That would be me.)
Lora and I became friends, kindasorta, but I, being the fReAk of the school, was too UNtrusting to let myself get close to her and when the school year ended, so did our slight friendship.
9th grade; My arch nemesis since as long as I can remember, Jeffrey Hammond, who teased and taunted me mercilessly since Intermediate School, thought of a GREAT prank to play on the school freak. Over the course of two weeks he put four "secret admirer" letters in my locker. When the time came to meet said admirer, I was pretty excited and hurriedly made my way to the back table of the cafeteria during lunch hour where he said he would be waiting.
Upon reaching said table I found not some handsome prince that would make all the hurt go away and people start liking me, but rather Emmit, the school CPR dummy, with a picture of Charles Manson taped to his face and a sign pinned on his chest that read, "WitchSara your (sic) the perfect girl for me!"
It was a good prank. Everybody laughed. :(
10th grade; Just before Sam'Hain. I open my locked and this half crumpled piece of paper comes fluttering out and lands on the floor. I picked it us and started to read, "Dear Sara, I have wanted to tell you this for a long time..." at which time I immediately crumbled it up into a ball and tossed it over my shoulder. Fool me once...
Two days later there was another.
The next day...another.
I did the same with those as I did with the first. I didn't even read them fully, just crumbled and tossed.
Following Monday; my old friend whom I would see in passing between classes but rarely spoke to, Lorabelle Riley, showed up in journalism class asking if there were any spots open. Lora always wore one of those cheap blue Eskimo coats with the dog hair on the hood and reminded me of the basketcase from that movie "The Breakfast Club."
There weren't any openings in journalism then, but after class I found her waiting for me at my locker. She asked if she could walk me home, a long walk indeed but everyone knew I could NOT stand riding the bus, because she had a problem and wanted my advice. It was pretty laughable that anyone would want my advice on anything but Lora had always been nice to me so I obliged.
We walked straight down Main Street planning to separate at 6th where Lora would turn left and go on to The Hills (Harrison Hills is the city's low income housing projects.) and I would go straight to my step-dad's restaurant where he would give me a ride the rest of the way home. Lora kept babbling about stuff that really had nothing to do with any problem she might have needed my help with.
Finally, as we neared 6th Street, I asked what she needed my advice on. She replied that she really liked someone but didn't know how to tell them. Confused, I replied with the standard, "Just tell them how you feel and be yourself," speech that you always get when people don't know how to answer THAT question.
She was agreeable and as I told her that I had to go and would talk to her later she blurted out, "I put those letters in your locker."
It took about two seconds for me to realize what she was talking about and every quicker for me to start getting very angry.
"Why?" I asked, knowing that the anger was showing on my face. She got a really scared look on her face and said, "Because I like you."
Before I could reply she started trying to explain herself.
"I saw your profile at faceparty (http://faceparty.com/sarapoe) and it said that you were bi so I..."
"Fuck you!" I said interrupting her and then walked away fully disgusted.
Okay, let me make something clear. I had already had a girlfriend. Her name was Nancy and we had one summer together. Plus, my best friend growing up Catherine and I had been DOING IT since we were 12, so her being a girl was no biggie.
What got me made was THE FACT that nobody really liked me and there was no way, NO. WAY., anyone could actually like me-like me. She was OBVIOUSLY part of some new prank by the COOL KIDS who had found my faceparty profile and were planning to screw with my head AGAIN!
It got me so mad that when I got home I could barely think of anything else. I knew that tomorrow at school everyone would know and they would all be laughing at me again. Lora would be right there with them. The NEW cool kid, accepted because she conspired to get the freak with them.
The next day came and there wasn't a word said about it by anyone. I didn't even see Lora in the halls that day. I half expected printouts of my faceparty page to be plastered all over the school but no such thing happened.
The next day came and it was the same thing. Nothing. Then near the end of school as I was getting stuff from my locker I saw Lora walking towards me in the hallway. She didn't even look at me. And as she got closer she actually put her dog fur hood on and hid her face as she passed.
I was confused, to say the least.
That day when I got home Lora was still on my mind. I started to think that maybe she was serious and really did like me. That maybe her LOSERNESS and my LOSERNESS was somehow just right for each other. I decided to dig out my old yearbooks and look for pictures of her. I found only one in the 9th grade year book, and one in the 8th grade jr high yearbook. She looked pretty much the same in both.
Same dog fur Eskimo coat, same hair in the eyes, same unsmiling face.
AHA! I remembered that there was at least one other pic of her. The class pic from 8th grade journalism. So I flipped thru the pages till I came to the pic. Lora's face was easy to spot. She was sitting right next to me, which I didn't remember that she had been, and had her head turned towards me. And she was smiling.
She was looking at me and smiling.
Can you just imagine how that made me feel. I honestly think I fell madly in love with her in that single instant.
So the next day during lunch hour, (All 10th graders ate lunch at the same time.) I went outside in the courtyard looking for her. When I saw her I didn't hesitate, walking right up to where she was sitting, her nose in a book as usual, and said hi, hoping that she didn't hate me for what I had done.
She looked up at me and immediately there was that beautiful smile that I've been deeply in love with every since.
For info on how Lora and I got with Emily read this,
Sic = spelling in context; Square brackets are most commonly used around the word 'sic' (from the Latin 'sicut', meaning 'just as'), to explain the status of an apparent mistake. Generally, sic means the foregoing mistake (or apparent mistake) was made by the writer/speaker being quoting.
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