How much longer do I have to stay like this?
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As you mindlessly doodled on your book during English, you heard someone hiss behind you. Turning around, some kid shoved a piece of paper in your hand. Quickly taking it from him, you unfurled it, and read the handwriting in the round, over-inflated letters.
What's up, stud?
You turned around, and saw Emma, the girl from the lunch line yesterday wave at you. Eyes widening, you quickly turned around, and sunk into your seat, making a mental note to avoid her.
You were one of the first to leave class, when the time came, and on your way down to the lunch room, you thought someone had called your name. Turning around, you collided with a stranger, sending the pile of books in her arms flying.
"Damn, sorry about that," you muttered, as you crouched to pick up a few of the books.
"Accidents happen," she laughed in reply, as she picked up some. "Oh, hey! You're the new guy, aren't you? Alexander?"
"Mmhmm." You looked up, to find yourself talking to Elizabeta. She had the reputation of being one of the toughest girls in the school, which seemed a bit misleading considering that most of the time she seemed to be smiling, or somewhat looking out for that Feliciano. And it had always puzzled you how she had even dated that prissy class president, Roderich.
She smiled benignly at you and the extended her hand for you to shake. "Elizabeta."
"And you already know my name." You replied, returning the courteous gesture.
"Oh, well" She dusted her skirt, standing up. "You'll be late for class if we don't leave soon, but I hope to see you later."
"Later." You replied, not sure on how to interpret her gestures. You'd never really talked to her before, despite being in the same school as her.
"Oi, Alex!" You heard Antonio call, making you turn. "Was that Eliza you were talking to?"
"Hmm?" You replied. "Eliza?"
"Elizabeta." He replied, swinging an arm around your shoulder. "I wouldn't be surprised if she was into you, ya know."
"W-what?" you replied, increduled.
Antonio just shrugged. "She only talks like that to Roderich, you know..."
"Well, I don't need any more chicks after me." You muttered.
Antonio stopped in his tracks, and turned around, standing in front of you, laughing. "We can't call ourselves the Bad Touch Trio anymore, can we? You're fitting in so well with us, amigo!"
However, over his shoulder, you'd spotted Emma, with her friends, looking in your general direction.
"Oh, fuck. Hide me!" You exclaimed, holding Antonio by the shoulders, and turning him around, so you could hide behind his back.
"¿Qué?" Antonio asked, but whatever he was about to say was cut off by Emma's voice.
"Oh, hey Toni!" She exclaimed, with a hint of a flirtatious lilt in her voice.
"Hey there, Emma." He replied, a smile in his voice, as he ran his hand through his hair.
"You seem to be pretty good since the last time I saw you."
"Can't complain about much, chica."
Whilst those two flirted, you slipped into the crowd around those two, and made your way to the cafeteria as quickly as you could.
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"Ici, Alexandre!" You heard Francis call you, and shrugging, you went and sat down beside him.
"Ça va?" he asked, as you silently sat down beside him.
"Fine" you replied, shovelling some of the so called 'food' from the school cafeteria.
"'Sup, Alex?" Gilbert asked. You looked up, realising that you'd taken a seat opposite to him.
"Nothing much." You replied, trying to sound casual, even though your stomach was turning somersaults.
Gilbert opened his mouth to say something, but Antonio rushing into the seat beside you in a hurry, made him stop, and stare at Antonio, slightly surprised.
"Damn, Alex. What've you been telling Emma?"
"Emma…" You were lost. "I've been trying to avoid her!"
Antonio looked at you for a minute, and then burst out laughing. "She's completely for you, man! She was asking me whether you had a girlfriend, or not! I told her I didn't know. She wasn't even half as much into me, when we dated! There's Emma, and Elizabeta, too! What's the secret, amigo?"
Your eyes widened, as you remembered that just up till a few months ago, Antonio and Emma had been dating.
"I…er...bro, I'm really not interested, okay? Sorry about Emma and you, but-"
"So…are you just not interested in les femmes?" Francis asked, leaning forward, interested.
"It's n-not that!" You protested, waving your hands in front of his face.
"So, what is it, hmm?" Antonio asked, as he pushed his tray aside. "It took me so long to get a date with Emma, and she's running after you!"
"Sorry about that..." You started, but Antonio slapped you on the back jovially, stating that he had nothing against you about it.
"And what was it about Elizabeta?" Francis asked.
"Oh, Eliza's completely into Alex! You should've seen the way she was talking to him!"
"You guys gossip more than girls..." You muttered, picking at your food.
"But, mon ami, you really must tell us your secret! Gilbert here has been trying to get a date with Eliza for a long time, but all he gets is the frying pan!" Francis retorted, and burst out laughing, with Antonio joining him.
You could feel your face reddening, as you quickly glanced at Gilbert, who was diligently staring at his food in front of him. You decided to follow suit.
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"Okay, everyone, find a partner for the science fair experiment!" You heard the teacher call, and you suddenly froze.
Who would want to partner up with me?"
All of a sudden, you felt a hand on your shoulder. You felt your shoulders twitch, as you turned around.
"Wanna work together?" You saw Gilbert standing behind you, arms folded.
"I didn't even know you were in this class..."
"Yeah," he shrugged. "It's kinda my sleeping-in class."
You simply nodded.
Gilbert looked at you, almost as if waiting for you to reply, before you realised that he really was waiting for a reply.
"Y-yeah…we could work together, I guess..." You managed to say.
"Awesome. Let's sit together, then." He motioned to the empty seat at his desk, at the back of the classroom. You silently took your messenger bag, and followed him.
"Dude, I'm sorry about Eli-" You started to apologise, but he just waved his hand, almost dismissing you.
"That's old stuff. Don't bother with it."
"You're really a lot like your cousin, you know?" Gilbert stated, all of a sudden, as he took out his phone, and started pressing away on the touch-screen.
"Really?" You asked, almost automatically.
He just nodded. "Oh, Alex. Toni and Francis are coming over to my house this evening. We're supposed to be going over to the library from there, and studying, but..." He simply shrugged. "You wanna join us?"
You could feel your heart thudding wildly against your chest. Not only did he remember the real you, but he was virtually asking you to come over to his house! You were probably the luckiest girl in the world!
"Yeah, sure. I'll be there."
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As you put your stuff away in your locker, and got ready to go to Gilbert's house, many emotions and thoughts ran through your mind. But the most predominant one was –
"What would it take to become a girl, and catch Gilbert's eye?"