“Quien te dijo esa mentira (Who told you the lie)
Que eras fácil de olvidar (That you were easy to forget)
No hagas caso a tus amigos ( Don’t listen to your friends)
Solo son testigos de la otra mitad (They are only witnesses of the other half)”
It was almost noon when Penelope finally saw Josie at the door of the library, she just wanted to ask her one thing, one little answer, and everything was gonna be alright. Or so she thought.
At least at this moment, Lizzie was nowhere to be seen so she could do it without losing the last piece of dignity she had left.
“Hey Josie, can we talk just for a second?” She approached the girl.
Josie rolled her eyes as soon as she asked, but she knew that sooner or later they would have to talk, so with a nod of her head, she encouraged her to speak.
“Did you read the letter?”
“What part of “I’m not going to read it at all” didn’t you get?”
“After everything that happened the day of the show I thought…”
“That was just a slug thing, and as I told you, we’re never getting back together.” Cut Josie before Penelope went too far.
“So, what happened between us was just a slug thing but what you told me wasn’t? That doesn’t even make any sense.” Said Penelope with anger.
“Look I don’t care about what does or doesn’t make sense, what I want you to understand is that we’re over. A kiss or a lot of them, a letter, you helping Hope and MG to dig me up when I was buried alive isn’t gonna erase everything that you did to me. What we had was one of the most beautiful things I know I ever gonna experience but that’s what it is, something that was and it isn’t anymore, you and I are just two strangers with common memories, don’t you get it?” Josie was trying her best to make Penelope understand the pain she once caused her, but while doing so she didn’t realize the pain she was causing the other girl.
“I got it now, don’t worry I would never disturb you again.” And with that Penelope got out of the library trying to stop the tears that were about to run down her face.
Josie sighed as she saw Penelope walk away.
“What did Satan want?” Asked Lizzie who had just arrived.
“She just wanted to talk about what happened between us last week.”
“I just told her it was a thing caused by the slug. I made her clear that we’re never getting back together and that she should understand it.” Said Josie without a little bit of regret.
“Great Josie, I’m proud of you, she hurt you once and you can’t let her do it again.” Pointed Lizzie giving her a hug.
Penelope ran as fast as she could until she found herself in the deepest of the forest next to the Salvatore School and just like that she just let out all the things she was hiding inside herself, that vulnerable part of her that just Josie knew, she felt devastated, so she cried there for what it felt like an hour.
“Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.” She was so deep in her emotions that she didn’t realize there was a girl next to her. “Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” Said the other girl who was looking at the sky while handing her a handkerchief. She took it and started to wipe her tears away.
“Thank you.” Said Penelope after fifteen minutes of absolute silence. “But why are you looking at the sky?”
“Crying is a vulnerable thing, you just do it when you’re alone or with someone you trust the most. You don’t even know me so I thought you might feel uncomfortable if I looked directly at you. I didn’t want to be disrespectful.” She was speechless, who the hell was this girl and why was she being so nice with her? “So, are you decent now?” Penelope laughed at that.
“Yes, I am.” And with that she finally got to see the face of the girl right in front of her, a girl who seems taken from a magazine, 5.6” feet tall, brown eyes, red lips, white teeth, and long hair that looked perfect in the leather jacket she had on. “Penelope Park.” She introduced herself while handing her her hand, she just felt captivated for this girl.
“Avril Ucross” Answered the other girl while shaking her hand. “So, for that S on your coat, I must assume you’re from the Salvatore School.”
“So it seems, but you don’t have an S on yours so where are you from?” Asked Penelope who by this moment just wanted to know everything she could about the other girl.
“From Salvatore School.” At that Penelope frowned her brow. “The first day, I don’t have the uniform yet and I don’t know if I ever will.”
“I don’t do school, I’m a little old for that.”
“How old are you?” Asked Penelope interested, for what it seems to her Avril was just her age but after what she just said she just wanted to be sure.
“How old am I? What else do you want to know? My phone number, where am I from, do I like boys or girls?” Answered the girl with a smirk on her face, and with that, for the second time in the last fifteen minutes, Penelope didn’t know what to say. Avril laughed at that. “Just kidding, I’m 17. As for the rest, if you really want my number just ask. Where am I from? If I told you I would have to kill you. And for the latter, I don’t like being categorized so you just gonna have to find out.” She winked at her.
Penelope was amused, who was this mysterious girl that was making her feel so nervous and left her with no words to say. “Why don’t you do school?” Was the only coherent thing she could say.
Avril knew the effect she was causing on the other girl so she decided to stop with the teasing and went on with honestly. “Because I've never done it, I was raised at home, I never went to school or college, everything I know and who I am today has nothing to do with anyone but me, this definitely isn’t my thing.”
“That makes perfect sense.”
“Now that I’m sure you’re fine I’m gonna go, see you around.” Avril turned around to leave.
“No! Wait! Hey, please don’t go.” Said Penelope, she didn’t know why but she just didn’t want to be alone.
Avril turned around to face her, her expression softened as she understood why the Penelope didn’t want her to leave. “You know this would be a good time for you to tell why you were crying.” Penelope looked at the ground as if trying to hide. “But don’t worry, I’m not that kind of person who pressures you to tell me something you don’t want to, don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about it. It’s just that it is not something that I have to take from you but it must be your decision whether to tell me or not”. At that moment for the first time in a while for Penelope, someone made her feel special.
“Are you sure that you would have to kill me if you tell me where you’re from? Because I’ve never met someone like you, so it mustn’t be from this world.”
“Someone like me?”
“So noble.” Avril laughed at that.
“I just care about other people.” She said as if it wasn’t a big deal. “Do you have anything to do or somewhere else to be?”
“Why?” Asked Penelope.
“What I said was the truth, I don’t do school. My best friend does it, and she’s the one that wants to be here, she’s always done everything I asked for, so I think it’s my time to do the same for her, but I just need another day to assimilate everything, as I said this would be the first time I’m in one of this things and I’ve been here for at least an hour and already feels like a prison, I know you think I’m exaggerating but if you knew where I came from you would understand, so I’m running away from one day, you look like you could use one day off too, and I wanted to ask you if you want to come with me. I know we don’t even know each other but at the end of the day, it’s your choice to make. So, what do you say?”
“You’re asking me to run away with you?” Penelope was surprised.
“I have no idea, I’m new in the town, but we can figure that out on the road.” Avril said with a big smile.
“Do you even have a car?”
“Yes, I do. Actually, it’s parked at the entrance.” Penelope didn’t know why was even thinking about that offer, she didn’t know the other girl and she could get detention or expel for running away, but there was something about the offer and Avril itself that made her want to accept and leave everything behind without worrying about the consequences. “But before you say yes, there is a catch.” Penelope knew it, it was too good to be true. “You would have to leave your phone.”
“There’s no way I’m leaving my phone.” Now Penelope was a little scared.
“Look, when I run away I don’t like people following me around and our phones have GPS, yeah I know you can turn it off but I don’t like taking chances, so that’s why I always leave my phone.” Avril explained.
“But there are witches, they can cast a spell to find us.” Penelope pointed out.
“Those don’t work with me. Believe me, if I don’t want to be found nobody will find me. That’s why I take this many precautions, but I can’t force you to come with me. I know how this looks, you think I could harm you and that’s fine because you don’t know me, maybe next time when we get to know each other.” Avril leave this time without looking back, and while Penelope was standing there she couldn’t stop thinking if what she was doing was the right thing to do, her head told her not to go with her because she could hurt her, but her heart told her to leave aside reason for once and go after the girl that for once in a long time made her feel special.
“This is your car?” Asked Penelope surprised to see the white two-seat car in such good condition that it seemed new, and Avril looked up from the trunk of the car to meet her eyes.
“Yes, a Ferrari 250 GTO 1962, I like the classic ones, so this means you’re coming with me?” She asked with a smile on her face while closing the trunk.
“The reason told me not to. But my heart told me ‘fuck it’.” Avril grinned at her. “So, where do I leave my phone?”
“With me.” Said a blonde while approaching them. Penelope frowned.
“Penelope I introduce you to my best friend Ivy, Ivy I introduce you to Penelope. She’s coming with me.” Ivy looked surprised at the last sentence.
“Nice to meet you, Penelope.” Said Ivy while shaking Penelope’s hand. “You certainly made an impression on Avril I must say.” Avril frowned her brow.
“What do you mean?” Asked Penelope.
“Well, for starters, she has never invited anyone to go with her in any of her adventures.” Avril laughed.
“She isn’t anyone Ivy, she’s Penelope Park.” This was Penelope’s turn to be surprised, was Avril flirting with her or was just her imagination?
“So I see. Now give me your phones I gotta get to class.” They gave her their phones and after that, she left.
“Do you know how to drive?” Asked Avril handing her the car keys.
“You’re gonna let me drive your car? Are you nuts? Who on earth lets a person that doesn’t even know drive their car?”
“Life isn’t worth living if you’re scared all the time.” Answer Avril amused. “Sara Shepard.” For the third time, Penelope didn’t know what to say. “Look, you’re going on a trip to who knows where, with somebody that you don’t know, the least I can do is let you drive, that way you’ll know that you’re safe with me, I’m going where you want me to go, I couldn’t ask for any better, let’s go.”
Penelope saw Avril get into the car, she was astonished, just one person in the world had treated her like she was worth it and that one was Josie, but look at how things had gone. She decided that she wasn’t going to cry again for the same thing, for the first time in a year she wasn’t going to let Josie get into her thoughts, she was going to enjoy this trip with Avril, to let her past behind, as Josie had told her she was her past, and who knows, maybe Avril was her future.
She squeezed the keys in her hand and got into the car with the greatest smile she had.