Year 2: Post 32: And Life Goes On

Hey Queendalers! So if you guessed “Hawks” you guessed right! I couldn’t resist using our loveable mascot as a code word! Next week’s code will be a pretty easy one as well, in honor of it being my final post. But we will get to that later. Onto the post!

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So since Sarah and Ricky rescued Evanglina from Jake and Henria, Ricky has been spending a lot of time with her. It’s almost as if they are trying to make up for eighteen lost years in just a month! I spotted them Thursday afternoon hanging out at McDoogles. They had a nice lunch of burgers and fries and then played some of the arcade games.

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I even caught them playing a game of foosball at one of the tables in the back. Man, it has been so long since I have played that game. I used to love playing it as a kid.

Anyways, Evanglina and Ricky seemed to be having a good time laughing away. That is until he brought up a certain subject,

“So, have you heard from your mother lately?”

That seemed to kill the mood right there.

Evanglina stared down at the foosball table without even looking up.

“Yes. She has called my cellphone a few times. Auntie Sarah also said she called the house a bunch of times this week.”

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“And?” Ricky asked.

Evanglina shrugged. “And nothing. She called and I haven’t spoken to her.”

They are quiet for a few minutes.

“But, don’t you think you should?” Ricky asked.

Evanglina then let go of the table. “No I don’t,” she said, a bit too loudly, causing people to stare. She then turned and walked out the door with Ricky following behind her.

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Then they seated themselves on a bench at the McDoogle playground.

Evanglina sighed. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have snapped like that.”

Ricky smiled. “It’s okay. I understand. I shouldn’t have pushed you. I guess I just wanted to know how you were feeling. This whole situation is-”

“Crazy,” Evanglina finished. She then exhaled sharply. “I just wish she had been honest with all of us a long time ago. Then things wouldn’t be like this. I’m just so confused and I don’t know how to feel.”

“She is still your mother though, Evanglina. You need to talk to her eventually.”

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“See, that’s what I don’t get,” Evanglina then said, shaking her head. “My mother lied to you. She lied to you! She didn’t tell you that you were my father and hid it for eighteen years, and she was going to keep hiding it if Aunt Sarah didn’t find out the truth. Why aren’t you angry with her? How can you just forgive her and want me to talk to her?”

Ricky looked at Evanglina quietly for a minute and then sighed. “I am angry, Evanglina, very, but it won’t change anything. What happened, happened and as much as I hate it, I may have been part to blame for why she lied in the first place.”

“Because of you and Aunt Sarah?”

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“Yes, that. I didn’t deal with the situation very well; neither of us did, and we really hurt your mother in the process. I’m not saying all this was okay, but I do see where she might have been coming from. I think she has been carrying what happened between us for all these years.”

Evanglina lifted her shoulders. “Fine. Maybe you’re right. But what about Jake? Ever since she started dating him, she has been all about him and never about me.”

Isn’t that the truth.

“She has taken his word over mine so many times that I have lost count! Every time I tried to tell her about something that he did to me, she would never believe me! Every time he slapped me, cursed at me or even threatened me, she never listened. He even beat me up in front of her twice and she just watched!” Evanglina shook her head. “All that I have gone through because of her, I can’t forgive.”

Wow. If you had ever wondered how Evanglina was feeling about everything, there you have it in a nutshell.

Meanwhile, Ricky just watched her quietly, taking in every word Evanglina said. He then exhaled deeply before opening his mouth to speak again.

“It always amazes me when you talk about it. It makes me so angry that you had to go through all that. I wish I could have been there for you.”

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Evanglina’s face seemed to soften when he said that. “You are now. Just don’t defend her to me.”

“I’m not trying to defend her. I’m not even asking you to forgive her. I just think you should talk to her. Maybe she wouldn’t be hounding you so much if you told her what you just told me.”

Evanglina stared at him for a moment in silence and then nodded. “Maybe you’re right,” she said. “I just don’t know if I am ready to.”

“You don’t have to do it right now, but I think you should eventually. It might help you move on as well.”

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After that they both rose from the bench and Evanglina gave him a hug.

“Hang in there,” he said to her. “Things will work out. You’ll see.”

Evanglina grinned and looking happier than I have ever seen her. “Thanks…dad.”

Ricky then gave her a look of surprise, quickly turning into a wide smile.

A moving moment for sure!

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After leaving McDoogles, they both head to the beach and skip some stones into the ocean. Ricky has a long arm and is able to get his stone to skip several times before it drops underwater. I have tried to do that so many times, but I can only get mine to skip twice.

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They then take a dip in the ocean, splashing around in the water. The sky starts to darken, but they both didn’t seem to care. I can’t help but feel happy for her. Evanglina finally has the family she has always wanted.

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In other news, Claude and Emilie have been spending a lot of time together. I have been seeing an awful lot of them around town. I guess with him leaving, Emilie wanted to get as much time with him as possible. The day before he left, I saw them hanging together at Marcelle Park.

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It was a nice summer day, and I saw them heading to the gazebo facing the lake. Somewhere from nearby, you could even hear music playing softly.

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They both then took a seat on one of the benches and cuddled together. Boy did the two of them look adorable!

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They stay like that for almost thirty minutes and even shared a few passionate kisses before leaving. I think it helped that the park happened to be empty that day. Not that I think either of them would have cared all that much.

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I then saw them later in the evening downtown, coming out of the movie theater. They were all smiles and laughing, making me assume that maybe they saw some romantic comedy.

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It was after that that he dropped her off at home and they had their final farewells. I could tell that Emilie was having a hard time.

“So, when is your flight tomorrow?” she asked.

“About seven in the morning.”

Emilie pulled him toward her. “I wish I could see you off,” she said.

Claude smiled. “Me too, but I don’t know how Claire would react to that.”

“Good point.” She stroked his cheek with her hand. “I’m really going to miss you.”

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Claude gave her a quick peck on her lips. “I’m going to miss you too,” he said. “Terribly.”

“You promise to write?”

“Of course, and I hope to hear back from you.”

“Even in the fall?”

Claude grinned. “Especially then. I want to hear all about how things are at Columbia. I’m so happy you got accepted. I know how much you wanted to go there.”

Emilie’s cheeks reddened. “Thanks, and I am happy for you for getting into the University of Cambridge. I want to hear all about that too.”

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They then pull in for a kiss and spend the next few minutes doing so in the warm summer breeze. They seem almost lost in each other and I am starting to feel like a hidden third wheel. Not that I haven’t felt this way many times before.

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They then share an embrace; one they hold for quite a while.

“You know, if you ever decide to study abroad, England would be a great destination.”

Emilie laughed. “I will definitely keep that in mind. I promise.”

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Then with a final hug and kiss, Claude took off, leaving Emilie standing in front of the gate watching after him. My heart breaks for her. I can’t imagine gaining my first boyfriend and then having him leave me to return home. Another reason why I don’t do long distance.

Anyways, I guess we are all left to wonder if the two of them will really stay in touch. For Emilie’s sake, I hope so.

So that makes the end of this week’s posts. I can’t believe it, but next week will be my last post as Lexie. It’s crazy how time flies. That said, keep up with your guesses, because in just a week you may just know who Lexie really is.

 

Kisses,

   Lexie

(Code Clue: a season that brings warmth and sun, vacations and fun for everyone)

 

(Thank you all for reading and following my blog! One more week of Kisses, Lexie! Any guesses to the identity of Lexie Wright? 😉 )

 

-Evanglina

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Year 2: Post 31: Graduation! Pomp & Circumstance!

Hey my Queendalers! If you guessed the code word “fight,” you guessed right! I hope you Queendale High students knew that one because if you didn’t, you need to get some school spirit! Anyways, I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in a month. Things have been so crazy with school ending and graduation that Lexie has not had time to write; but fear not! Lexie is back and has some juice to share about graduation and grad night!

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So as I said earlier, the night of graduation has finally arrived!  In the early evening of the wondrous day, I spotted Evanglina and Kara leaving the house to go to the City Hall auditorium. It is crazy how much people can change in a month. It feels like everyone has already matured into adults!

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I thought this as I reached the city hall and saw Maria Henderson arriving in her cap and gown. She looked absolutely beautiful as she walked up the steps, just like a young woman. Time really goes by, doesn’t it?

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After Maria had arrived with Josephina and her parents and went inside, more students started arriving. I happened to notice Angel as she passed by and entered the building. Her hair was tucked neatly into her cap which is the first time I have really seen her face, clearly. Is it rude for me to say she looks older than I thought she did?

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I saw Claire and Adam arrive together with Claire in a snow-white dress. I was a bit confused, but then I heard that Claire had accidently misplaced her graduation gown! Awkward! She was going to have to walk onstage dressed out of uniform. I guess her mother had tried to make her feel better by letting her borrow one of her formal dresses, but honestly, I think it just makes it more obvious that she forgot her cap and gown.

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The ceremony itself, went very well. There were choir and orchestra performances and then the valedictorian, Emilie Nelson, said a few words. I was not surprised it was her, for she was the most studious student in the whole school. She even founded the Pre-Med club, something that has not been done before around here. Senior Class president was originally Abigail Best, but since she was still gone, the task was given to Claire. I do have to say it was awkward with her dressed in that white dress.

I was surprised, but Claire gave a surprisingly good speech. Not as good as Emilie’s, but not bad. By the time the ceremony was over, all the seniors were pretty pumped.

As Evanglina came out of the building, she threw her diploma in the air and cheered. Sadly, her mother was nowhere to be seen, not that I think she was missing her too much.

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I also spotted Derek and Adam coming out through the doors together with him twirling his diploma in his hand. I swear he grew an inch or two from May till now! Adam too!

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A few minutes later, I saw Derek standing with Evanglina (surprise, surprise). They shared a warm embrace and kiss, as they stood there together. I’m sure Angel and Claire were not too happy about it. They have been giving her the cold shoulder all night!

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I then saw Kara standing not too far off tossing her diploma as well. Ricky was standing nearby smiling along with Sarah. It sure is nice to see them all looking so happy after the whole thing with Jake and Henria. And was it just me, or does Sarah’s stomach look a little bigger than usual? Could she possibly be eating for two? Time will tell!

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I also saw Emilie coming out of city hall as well. She was grinning from ear to ear and carrying her diploma. She looked extremely proud of herself, which I think was totally well deserved. Those last words of her speech, “No matter where we go or live or what we become, we will always be Queendale Hawks at heart,” really resonated with me, and by the way everyone was cheering, it resonated with them too.

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It was starting to get a bit crowded in front, until people started dispersing. Then through the crowd, I saw Maria chatting with David Maxwell! I thought it was a bit awkward, but from what I heard, he was congratulating her and wishing her well. Something tells me that he has been talking to Adam lately. I also saw Angel watching them from the corner of her eye. I’m telling you, if that girl could rid the world of Maria and Evanglina…

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A while later I spotted Claire finally emerge from the city hall doors, yes, still in her white ball gown. I am surprised that she didn’t get grief about it. The principle is pretty stringent about those kinds of things. Then again, the Maxwells have donated a lot of money to the school, so maybe the principle decided to look the other way.

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Thirty minutes later, the crowd started to thin out some more. I was then able to see Paul and Brian Nelson coming out of the building. He had traded his cap for a baseball one and was wearing a little smirk.

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“Hey seniors!” he called out then, “Don’t forget! Bonfire starts at the beach in thirty minutes!” This was followed by loud cheers, which I saw many parents cover their ears to.

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After that, many people headed off, probably for the beach. Before Evanglina left, I saw her turn and give Ricky a hug.

“I’m so proud of you,” he said, with a smile. “Have fun and be safe.”

Evanglina grinned. “Thank you. It means a lot coming from you,” she said, and then with a little wave, she heads off to Derek’s motorcycle where he was waiting for her. Wow. It is amazing how close the two of them have gotten in such a small amount of time.

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An hour later, the bonfire was in full swing. The beach logs had been piled on top of each other and engulfed in a bright yellow-orange flame, and with the smell of the ocean air along with the waves from the sea, it was a beautiful view.

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I caught Derek and Adam even stopping to take in the scenery. And may I say, they both looked fantastic in their bathing suits. All rock hard and chiseled. Even I’m getting all hot and bothered!

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Paul was also looking pretty good as he waded in the ocean with Kara. They seemed to be having a nice private party with just the two of them, so I decided to take my leave.

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It looked like someone brought over a portable boom box and started blaring some tunes from the speakers. I even saw an ice shaving machine! Maria took advantage of this as I saw her walking off with a lemon ice shaving. I even happened to snag a cherry and blue raspberry flavored one without anyone noticing. Delicious!

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I spotted Josephina arriving a bit later in a pair of boots. She totally had that pirate thing going on! There was a buffet table up on the beach lookout, and it seemed both she and Adam were heading right up to it.

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Inside the lookout, I found Evanglina and Emilie hanging by the pool table deep in conversation. Evanglina seemed to be telling Emilie about her acceptance to Bridgeport University.

“Kara got accepted too,” she was saying. “She also got accepted into the University of Aderson and Cleveland University, but she chose the same as me.” She laughed. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy about it.”

Emilie smiled. “That’s great! I hear Maria and Derek are going there as well. It’s nice that you will all be together.”

“Yah, but it won’t be the same without you.” Evanglina sighed. “Still, I’m so happy you got into Columbia University.”

“Me too, but not as happy as my mom. She is telling everyone she can about it.” They both then laughed.

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“So has Paul decided where he is going?”

Emilie shrugged. “I’m not totally sure. He seems split between Alfred State and Bridgeport, but if I could place a bet, I’d say Alfred State. I think its Kara that is making him confused, what with them now dating and everything.”

“Which brings me to ask, how are things with you and Claude?”

Emilie looked surprised and then blushed. “Good. Very good.”

“You two have been spending a lot of time together lately.”

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Emilie rubbed the back of her neck still blushing. “Yes, I guess we have.”

“Well, I’m glad things are going well with you two.”

“Yah, only thing is that he leaves in a week, so we are trying to spend as much time together as we can before then.”

“Understandable. That must be hard.”

“I’m trying not to think about it.”

Evanglina smiled. “You should get out there then. I saw him arrive a few minutes ago.”

She doesn’t have to say that twice, for Emilie then perked up and was on her way out the door.

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Out on the deck, Adam and Josephina were still munching on the buffet food. But that wasn’t all. It would seem that Adam had a bit of an ulterior motive for eating with her. As they ate, he seemed to be asking a lot of questions about Maria and how she was doing, including, asking where she was thinking about going to school.

“She’s thinking about Bridgeport University. It’s between that and NYU.”

“Oh. So she hasn’t decided yet?”

Josephina laughed and rose from her chair. “Adam, if you want to know so bad, I think you should just ask her.”

Adam swallowed. “I…can’t. She won’t talk to me.”

“Trust me Adam. Talk to her,” she said, and then she left the deck. Goodness. If Adam is still after Maria after all this time, I really think that boy is head over heels. Seriously. I even feel a bit bad for him.

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Maria, however, was off with Evanglina by a fire pit that someone had started. They were deep in a conversation about college and even their band.

“I say we should do our own video,” Evanglina was saying. “If that one that someone put up got 250,000 views, I think we could do one of our own and get just as many.”

Maria shrugged. “It’s worth a shot. Anything to get “Evarie” on a roll.”

“It’s going to be hard with you in San Mario, New Mexico all summer, not to mention if you end up going to NYU.”

“I know, but I haven’t decided yet! I still have a week to give NYU an answer.”

“And are you any closer to figuring it out?”

Maria took a deep breath. “I really like NYU, but the music program at Bridgeport University is amazing. Also, I have always wanted to go to school in Bridgeport.”

“Well, in the end, you should go where your heart is.”

Maria sighed. “Isn’t that the truth. I wish it was that easy.”

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Evanglina pulled Maria into a hug. “You’re talking about Adam, aren’t you?”

“I just wish I knew what to do about him. He’s been trying to get us back together since Prom, but I’m not sure how I feel about it.”

“I think you just need to talk to him about it. Really talk to him. Make him understand how you feel. At least then you both aren’t walking on egg shells.”

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Maria was quiet for a minute and then she shook her head. “I hate relationships. They can be so stressful.”

Evanglina laughed. “You’re telling me! Look at everything Derek and I went through the past year. You think college will be any easier?”

They are both quiet and then laugh. “No!” They say in unison and then walk off toward the bonfire. Here’s to wishing them both a stress-free summer.

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After that, the night seemed to go along more smoothly. Maybe that was because Claire and Angel were nowhere in sight.

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Which was probably a bit of a relieve for Paul and Kara who had moved from the ocean and were stargazing together by the shore. The last thing they probably needed was Angel bursting in on their private moment.

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Derek and Evanglina seemed to be getting a little mushy by the fire pit while dancing to the music from the boombox. Seeing them together so happy, I can’t help but wonder if they will still be together this time next year. Then again, if they can get through everything they have been through over the past year and a half, I think they can get through anything. They just might be the couple that will someday make it down the alter.

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As for Adam and Maria, who knows. Things aren’t looking that great for them. Although I did happen to catch them finally speaking to each other before the party ended. Adam seemed to want to go on, but Maria didn’t seem ready. I heard her say something about meeting up later this week and then she turned and left. Adam looked crushed, but a little hopeful. Don’t worry my Queendalers, I will keep my eye on that development.

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As the night dragged on, people started to slowly disperse. Soon, only a few people were left on the beach, including Evanglina and Josephina, who were still hanging by the warm blazing fire.

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Emilie and Claude were also still left chatting away with each other. It’s so strange to see Emilie with a boyfriend. She has really come out of her shell over the year.

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And before the night came to a close, I couldn’t help but drift back to Paul and Kara, who were alone on the other side of the beach. They seemed to be in a conversation about schools as well.

“You seem to really be leaning toward it though, Paul,” Kara was saying. “I think you really want to go there.”

“But Kara-”

“Paul, I don’t want you to have any regrets about the school you go to. I want you to go to the one that makes you the happiest. Even if that means I won’t be there.”

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Paul grinned. “You know any other girl would be begging me not to go, but you are the complete opposite.”

Kara laughed. “I’m not like other girls. And I want you to be happy. Besides, we won’t be too far from each other. Just an hour away.”

“Forty-five minutes, to be exact.”

“Even better.” Kara pulled him closer to her. “I love you.”

“I love you too.”

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And just like the end of a chick flick rom-com movie, they shared a lip lock under the stars. Not trying to be cheesy, but it was definitely a “The Notebook” like kiss. I guess we now know where Paul will be going. Alfred State, here he comes!

Well, that ends grad night for the seniors! Congratulations to all of you! Go Hawks! And to those of you still guessing my identity, you are getting very close!

Kisses,

   Lexie

 

(Code Clue: The mascot of the mighty Queendale High, fills all the students with spirit and pride)

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 30: Looking Up

Hey Queendalers! Code word for this week, is “calendar.” I thought it was fitting considering how fast time has been flying by. In just a month, school will be out for the summer! Life is crazy, huh? Well I won’t waste any time with my personal rambling. Let’s get right to it!

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So Henrietta was spotted at “The Maxwell” earlier this week. She was having lunch with a friend, one I can only assume was from work. Henrietta has now turned from her life as a lady of leisure and to become a receptionist at one of the local salons. And from the conversation she was having, she wasn’t too happy about it.

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“And that woman wouldn’t know a brush if it hit her in the face,” Henrietta was saying about a customer. “I’m telling you Lisa, the most outrageous people show up at the salon. I don’t know how you have put up with it all these years.”

Lisa rolled her eyes. “Tell me about it. I swear, some people shouldn’t even be allowed in there. I have to fix her split ends and her horribly frizzy up do, and she has the nerve to give me attitude? They are the worst.”

“I miss the days when I wouldn’t have to associate with such people.”

Lisa shrugged. “Well, you had a good thing going with Damien. Shame you wasted it doing that thing with Luke.”

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Henrietta frowned. “Excuse me?”

Lisa smiled. “I’m sorry to give you some tough love, but none of this would have happened if you had just stopped this thing with Luke when I told you to.”

“I did stop the thing with Luke!”

“Did you? Did you really? Henrietta, you kept your affair with him going on until a few months ago.”

“I did not!”

“You only stopped it when he started that whole thing about being Angel’s real father, which ended up being true. By the way, how are things going with the two of them?”

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Henrietta sighed. “How you would expect them to. Angel is refusing to speak to him.”

“Well, I can’t blame her. I’ll bet Luke is like a stranger to her.”

Henrietta nodded. “She’s even said that. Nonetheless, Luke is her real father and he wants a relationship with her. He won’t stop until he forms one. He feels like he has been robbed of a life with her.”

“Well, he kind of was.”

“Whose side are you on anyway?” Henrietta finally snapped.

I am a bit amused by all this and am really liking her friend.

“I’m sorry hun,” Lisa said, “but I’m just being honest. Isn’t that why you keep me around?”

“That and you helped get me a job after the divorce.” Henrietta sighed again. “The way Damien is going, I’m going to end up with nothing in the divorce settlement. He’s basically making it seem like I just married him for his money.”

“And you didn’t?”

“No! I love him!”

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“Didn’t you also claim you married Luke for that reason? What made you two divorce? Wasn’t it because he went bankrupt?” When Henrietta gave her a dirty look, Lisa chuckled. “Okay, all right. I’ll stop. I am on your side. It’s just you are in a pretty sticky situation.”

“I know that, Lisa. I don’t need you to remind me.”

They are both then quiet for a few minutes. I can tell Henrietta is boiling from everything Lisa said.

“So, Angel is graduating in a few months,” Lisa continued, breaking the tension.

Henrietta nodded. “Yes, she and Derek both are. I still can’t believe it.”

“So what comes after for them?”

“Well, Derek seems to be leaning toward Bridgeport University, but Damien really wants him to go to his Alma Mater, University of Columbia Heights. Angel on the other hand, I don’t know. She hasn’t heard back from any of her schools yet, and she doesn’t really seem to care too much.” Henrietta looked away. “I am a bit worried about her.”

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Lisa grinned. “I think Angel is just trying to find herself. With everything going on with her, it’s not a surprise to me that she would be confused. I’m sure she will figure things out in time.”

Henrietta placed her hands in her lap. “I sure hope so. I just want the best for her.”

“I know. And I’ll bet she knows it too. She just needs some time.” Lisa then clasped her hands together. “Now let’s order. I’m famished.”

They then turn back to their menus and begin to order. I still can’t believe Henrietta has a job. Granted, it is a job that totally suits her, but still. I never thought I would see the day that Henrietta would have to work. Karma’s a witch, isn’t it?

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Speaking of Angel, I spotted her later that evening at the club owned by Damien. She was there with Claire and they seemed pretty down. I am not too surprised since they have been that way since Prom. I’ll bet it is the first time that both of them have lost the guys they were dating. They won’t stop talking about it!

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Upon arriving they headed straight to the Karaoke booth and started singing (well, screeching) song after song. And I mean from Paula Deana’s hits to oldies, like the spice girls. It was crazy and extremely obnoxious. Not that anyone said a word. I think they all knew who Angel and Claire’s parents were.

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After thirty minutes had passed, the room started to empty. I think people had heard enough of their squawking and needed some peace. I even felt like I was losing my mind.

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I was surprised to see Claude and Charlotte there along with them. Then again, they do live with Claire, so…

Claude and Charlotte were preoccupied in a game of pool. You could tell that they were desperately trying to ignore all the loud singing of Angel and Claire.

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Finally, they finished and took a break to get drinks at the bar counter (thank God!). They both ordered virgin Pina coladas and I couldn’t help but be a little surprised about them not using their fake IDs.

“So, why’d you bring Claude and Charlotte along again?” Angel asked.

Claire sighed. “My mom made me. She said with them only having a month left here, we should spend some time together. Parents.”

“Tell me about it.” Angel flipped a strand of her hair over her shoulder. “My mom won’t stop bugging me about school, and, well…Luke.”

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Angel then put in an order with the bartender for an appetizer plate and he served it to her a few minutes later.

“So, how are things going with him?” Claire asked.

“Luke?” Angel lifted her shoulders. “I don’t know. Okay I guess.”

“Have you spent any time with him since you found out he’s your dad-”

“He’s not my dad. Well, he is, but-” Angel broke off and sighed. “I don’t know, the whole thing is kind of confusing to me right now. I’m just not ready to talk to him yet.”

“I can’t blame you. I don’t know how I would feel if I found out my dad wasn’t my real dad. I don’t know how you’ve been able to deal with it.”

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Behind them, Charlotte had started to sing some karaoke and was drawing quite a crowd. No surprise there. Charlotte actually has an amazing voice.

“I haven’t really been dealing with it,” Angel said, while taking a bite of some cheese from her plate. “Remember a few weeks ago?”

Claire shrugged. “Hey, you were in a bad place that night. I just wish Claude had been gentleman enough to take you home. I can’t believe he just left you there like that. What a jerk.”

“Well, I guess he only has eyes for Emilie.”

“Ugh, that freak.” Claire rolled her eyes. “I don’t even know what he sees in her. Have you been seeing the two of them lately? They’ve been all lovey dovey and gross.”

“I know!” Angel shivered. “It’s almost as bad as Paul and Kara. I totally caught them making out in the park this week.” She makes a gagging motion with her finger and tongue.

Nice Angel. Very mature.

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“I can’t wait for this year to end,” Claire then said, with a sigh. “It has been the worst.”

“Tell me about it. I’d say it has been that way since the Marsens moved in last year. Not to mention when Adam started dating Maria.”

“Don’t even bring that up,” Claire said shaking her head. “I have been trying to get Adam to just let her go, but he refuses to. I just hope he goes to Duke University so he can be away from her.”

“I hope so too. Didn’t you get accepted there too?”

“Yah, but I’ve decided not to go. I accepted the offer to Cleveland University instead. That said, I kind of have other plans for after graduation. What about you? Have you gotten accepted anywhere?”

Angel looked down at her plate in silence. “No. I’ve actually been rejected from all the schools I applied to. I haven’t told my mom about it, I just said that I hadn’t received all my letters yet. I don’t know how to tell her.”

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“Well, you need to tell her soon. She is bound to find out.”

Angel nodded. “I know, I just don’t know how. Honestly, I don’t really think I am ready to go to college. I feel like I just want to go out and explore the world for a bit first. If I went, I wouldn’t even know what to study or anything. I just don’t think it is right for me.”

Claire looked at her silently for a minute and then seemed to think of something. “You know, I might have an idea,” she said.

I thought so.

“So, I talked to my mom about me taking some time off before going to Cleveland University. I managed to delay my acceptance to them for a quarter and I talked my mom into letting me go stay with my aunt in France. Maybe if you talked to your mom, you could come with me! Can you imagine the adventures we would have in Paris?”

I sure can. They would probably wreck the city.

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Angel looked up. “Really? You’d want me to come with you?”

“Of course! Besides, it would be fun to have you along. It was going to be a bit lonely going by myself since both of my cousins are going to a university in Barcelona. If you come with me, it could be us against Paris.”

Angel grinned. “I’ll talk to my mom. And you know, she just might agree to it. It beats me siting around and looking pitiful until next year rolls around.”

“I hear you.” Claire then glanced over her shoulder and seemed to finally spot Charlotte singing her rendition of “Blame It On The Weatherman,” by B*witched. “We should go. Charlotte is getting a bit carried away.”

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And boy was she ever.

Charlotte had taken off with the song and was even hitting high notes. The audience that had left from Claire and Angel’s screeching, had returned and were cheering her on. I am sure going to miss having Charlotte around when school ends. She really has given Angel and Claire a run for their money. Well, minus them using her to break up Adam and Maria, and attempting to do the same with Evanglina and Derek.

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Speaking of Evanglina and Derek, I spotted them cuddling under the stars later that evening. They were sitting in an old car that Damien had apparently purchased.

“My dad is hoping we can fix it up together. Like some kind of project,” Derek was saying.

“I think that’s sweet,” Evanglina said with a smile. “I think he just wants to spend some time with you before you go off to college.”

“Yah, probably.” They both then sit quietly for a few minutes. “So, how are you doing?”

“I’m okay,” Evanglina said, and then looked upward toward the sky. “Just taking each day one at a time.”

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“I’ve been worried about you,” Derek said, gently giving her shoulder a squeeze, “especially when you didn’t show up to school for almost two weeks.”

Evanglina nodded. “I know. I wanted to tell you what was going on, but I couldn’t.”

“I can’t believe Jake did all those things to you.” Derek shook his head, and cursed under his breath. “He’s disgusting.”

Whoa, now that’s when you know he is really angry. Derek hardly ever curses!

“No argument here,” Evanglina said in agreement. “I was so relieved when Aunt Sarah showed up with Ricky. I’m just so happy to be out of there. Things have been so much better. It was so stupid of me not to say anything. I should have listened to you.”

“Well, I know why you didn’t. You were hoping things would get better. I’m just sorry that they didn’t.”

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“I never thought my mother would just stand there and watch him do all that to me,” Evanglina continued. “She just stood there, Derek.”

No kidding. It was extremely unbelievable to this blogger as well.

Evanglina exhaled deeply. “I know she was probably high on those drugs Jake uses, but still. She just stood and watched! And that’s not all. She has always chosen Jake over me. I’m just so angry with her.”

Derek nodded. “I understand. I’m just sorry about all of this. I wish I could have helped you more.”

Evanglina smiled. “You have. You’ve been helping me since all this started. I never had the courage to stand up to Jake before I met you.”

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After saying this, Evanglina leaned over and kissed Derek and then they spend the next few minutes kissing gently. It may have been a cool night, but it was definitely heated in that car!

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“Well, my head is spinning,” Derek joked when they finally pulled apart and Evanglina laughed.

Have I already said how much I love them as a couple?

“Mine too,” said Evanglina. She then leaned over to touch something in the car and after, music began to emit from the speakers. Ironically, it was Paula Deana’s romantic hit song, “Without You.” “Can you believe that in just a month we won’t be high schoolers anymore?”

“I know, it’s crazy.” Derek shook his head. “I used to feel like high school would never end. Now, I don’t know if I want it to.”

“Hey, it’s not like we won’t still be seeing each other.”

“That’s true. After all, we are going to the same school.”

Evanglina looked surprised when he said that. “You’re going to Bridgeport University? I thought your dad wanted you to go to University of Columbia Heights?”

“He does, but it’s just not the school for me. I feel more at home at Bridgeport University, and of course, with you.”

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“Derek, I’d love for us to be at the same school, but I don’t want you to be going just because of me.”

“I’m not. I’ve always wanted to go to Bridgeport University. I’ve spent so much time in Queendale that it would be nice to go somewhere different for a change.”

“That’s true. I’ve been mostly everywhere, but the big city. It will be a nice change.” Evanglina looked upward once again. “To be honest, I’ve always seen it in my future. Me graduating from a college in the city and then starting a life there.”

They are both then quiet for a minute.

“I can see that,” Derek then said. “I can also see you and me together, possibly, in a chapel…do you?”

Whoa…was Derek saying what I thought he was saying?

Evanglina looked surprised. “You mean, like married?” When Derek nodded, Evanglina grinned. “I don’t know…maybe. Life is crazy though.”

“So, you don’t see it?” Derek looked a little disappointed, and I couldn’t blame him. She kind of rejected the idea a bit.

Evanglina shook her head. “I didn’t say that. I just think we’re still so young!” She then laughed. “That said, I think that if you and I make it through our four years of college together, then yes. I can definitely see it.”

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Derek then grinned and pulled Evanglina toward him. “I love you,” I heard him say to her softly.

Evanglina touched his cheek gently and leaned closer to him. “I love you too,” she said, and they began to kiss once again.

It’s then that I decided to take my leave and give them a bit of privacy, but not before snapping another pic of them. They are so adorable! I still can’t believe they were cheated from Prom King and Queen! Although, at this point the whole school pretty much knows that Angel bribed Greg Jensen. I’m surprised that the principle hasn’t asked her to give her crown up. He is totally the type to do that! Not that Angel would give it up willingly. After everything she has been going through, that crown is probably her one piece of salvation!

Well, that’s it for this week. Only a few posts left, and that means only a few posts left to guess who I am. Yes, you guessed it, I am a Queendale graduate this year! So time is running out for you, my dearies! Keep guessing, and I will be revealing my identity in my last post! Guess correctly and you may just get a shout out! More soon!

Kisses,

   Lexie

(Code Clue: “We’ve got spirit yes we do; we’ve got spirit how ‘bout you? Queendale rocks we got the might, come on Hawks get up and ______”.)

 

(Hey my readers! Thank you so much for reading my story! There are only a few posts left of Kisses, Lexie, so stay tuned! Has anyone figured out Lexie’s identity yet? Leave your guesses in the comments! More soon! 😉 )

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 26: The Morning After

Hey Queendalers! If you guessed “gummy bear,” you got it right! I thought I would do a fun code for this week. I cannot believe how fast the months have gone. In just a month, the seniors will be graduating! Time sure flies! Well onto the post!

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I am sure you are all wondering what happened with Evanglina and Derek after she went home with him prom night. Well, let me tell you, she didn’t leave until the next morning! Seriously! I spotted her hurrying out of Derek’s house the very next morning looking very rattled.

“My gosh, my mom is going to be furious!” she was saying.

“Hey, it was an accident,” said Derek. “We just kind of fell asleep.” I feel a bit disappointed that just like last year nothing exciting happened. Again, too many Fabio covered novels.

“I know,” said Evanglina, “but she won’t care. I told you, she has been kind of unpredictable lately.”

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Evanglina then pulled Derek to her and kissed him deeply. They stayed like that for a minute before she pulled away.

“I have to go. Tell your dad that I am sorry for this.”

Derek laughed. “Please, my dad won’t mind a bit. He knows we didn’t, you know, do anything.”

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“Still. Tell him, okay?”

After he agreed, Evanglina waved a final goodbye and then was off.

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I have never seen someone petal so fast to get home. It was like she flew and trust me, that dress did not hold her back one bit! She then jumped off the bike and hurried into her house.

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Unfortunately, Evanglina was not lucky enough to be able to sneak back in. Henria was waiting for her when she came in through the door. You could hear her voice even from outside.

“Are you out of your mind?” she shouted at her. “You just waltz in at eight ‘O clock in the morning and think it is okay?”

“No, I didn’t say-”

“You didn’t have to! It’s obvious what you were thinking! Where were you last night?”

“I was with Derek and-”

“Derek? You were with Derek?”

“Yes, but-”

“Are you telling me that you were alone all by yourself, no parents, with a boy last night?”

“No, I-”

“Oh my gosh!” Henria looked furious. “Oh my gosh!”

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“Mom! Listen to me!” Evanglina practically had to yell. “We had just come back from prom and Derek asked me back inside, so I-”

“So you went in with him?!” Henria looked incredulous. “How could you be so irresponsible! A child like you going over to sleep at boys’ houses in the night!”

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“Mom, I am not a child! I am eighteen years old!”

Henria’s eyes widened. “Oh really? So you think because of that you should be sleeping around with boys?”

“No mom! That’s not what I m-”

“What’s going on down here?”

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Just then Jake came down the stairs. He looked from Henria to Evanglina and frowned.

“What did she do this time?”

I’ve gotta say, you have to just love how he is always ready to lay it into Evanglina about something. Seriously.

“Evanglina, was gone all night and just came in a minute ago,” said Henria. “She then proceeded to tell me she spent all night with a boy, doing God knows what!”

Jake looked at Evanglina with disgust. “Starting a bit early don’t you think?”

Evanglina rolled her eyes. “If you would excuse me Jake, I was talking to my mother. Not you. You are not my father.”

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Jake gritted his teeth and then slapped Evanglina right across the face. “You ungrateful little twit!” He yelled. “After all I have done for you! Giving you a roof over your head? You think you can talk to me like that? You go around whoring yourself to men in the night and then come home and insult your mother?”

“I didn’t insult an-”

“Just shut up!”  Jake yelled. “Just shut the fu** up! I am sick of your attitude and your stupid excuses! You are never seeing that boy again! Do you hear me?! Now get the fu** upstairs! NOW!”

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Evanglina looked at her mother like she was waiting for her to say something, but she didn’t say a word. She just stood watching in silence. Evanglina then burst into tears and ran up to room, with Henria and Jake yelling up the stairs after her. Goodness, the things that poor girl has to deal with. It makes you wonder what is going on with Ricky and the results. He hadn’t been back in past week. Could it be that Sarah had been wrong? That Ricky wasn’t Evanglina’s father? I guess time will tell.

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In other news, I saw Paul and Brian Nelson downtown together later in the afternoon. They were taking a stroll along the sidewalk, something that I hadn’t ever really seen Paul and Brian do. But nearing them, I realized why. They were having quite a serious conversation.

“I am sorry about all of this,” Brian was saying. “I know this has been a lot for both you and your sister to take in, what with it being your last year of high school and with graduation and everything.”

Paul shrugged. “Yah, it has, but that’s life. I figured things were kind of headed in that direction by the way you and mom were acting. Still, I did hope you two could work through it.”

Brian sighed. “So did I. But sometimes there are just some things you can’t get past. Learn from my mistakes, son. You find someone you love and know is the one, do not squander it or take it for granted. You never know if you will get another chance.”

Paul was quiet, but then nodded slowly.

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Afterwards, their conversation became a bit more cheerful. Brian asked how school was going and Paul said it was going well. He also told him how thrilled he was of being accepted at Bridgeport University and Alfred State. He just couldn’t decide between the two.

“I say you should choose the school you feel more at home at,” said Brian. “I also think the academic selection and social life is also important.”

Paul agreed. He also pointed out how Kara was also accepted into Bridgeport University, something his dad stopped him at.

“Don’t go to a school just because of a girl, son. Make sure you are there because you really want to be there. If not and you two don’t stay together, the situation gets messy. Besides, Bridgeport University and Alfred State are only an hour from each other or less. Either way, you two will still be able to see each other.”

That Paul couldn’t argue with. Which gets me thinking. With all these couples still in high school, it is so easy, but when they all move to college settings, will they all be able to last?

Well, that’s it for this week. We are winding down to the final weeks of the year and you all are still up with your guessing of who I am. Good guesses and I think one of you might have figured it out…Also, I have noticed that more people are starting to follow my blog, funny, as it is coming to an end. It’s only a matter of time before it spreads to certain people…More soon!

Kisses,

   Lexie

(Code Clue: A fly that is like butter, it brings beauty to it as it flutters)

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 24: A Night T0 Remember!: Part 1

Hey Queendalers! Code word is “limo,” and thankfully a lot of you guessed it! And yes! The Night has finally arrived! Prom Night! Boy, do I have juice for you! It was a wonderful night filled with tension, drama, and romance, even all the way up to the morning after! I will fit as much as I can into this post. Here we go!

So It was a long week, only because people (mainly seniors) were anxiously waiting for the coming Saturday night. There was a lot of gossip about whom was going with whom and of course who Prom King and Queen would be. My guess, of course, was Angel or Claire and I’m pretty sure everyone figured it would be either one of them. Although, it also wouldn’t surprise me if Charlotte managed to snag it from both of them. Then again, Evanglina and Maria weren’t doing that badly either, something that both Claire and Angel seemed a bit miffed about this week. Aside from them, the runners up for King where Derek, Adam, Paul and Claude. My money was on Derek or Adam.

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So after a long Saturday of pampering, the night was on! As I was heading over to the main event, I happened to catch a glimpse of Charlotte coming out of the Maxwell manor in her prom dress. It looked very chiche! I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a Paris original (sorry, I know nothing about fashion!)

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I also saw Claude as well wearing a very neat tux. And may I say, he looked fine!

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They both entered into a white cream colored limo sitting out front and then the car slowly pulled away from the curb. I suspected that Adam and Claire must have already been inside, because there is no way that they would be leaving without them.

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My theory was right, for after the limo pulled up at the Queendale Event Center, both Adam and Claire emerged from the car behind Charlotte and Claude.

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Everyone looked great! I saw Angel dressed in a revealing tight black dress (surprise, surprise) and behind her, Maria was wearing a beautiful red gown.

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Josephina was even there wearing a to die for, purple cheetah print dress. Wondering why she made an appearance? Apparently, she had been taking advanced classes along with some college-level ones at the local community college, and because of this, she was graduating a year early! Now that is what I call an accomplishment! She may be quiet and shy, but the girl definitely has the brains!

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So, the Prom’s Theme was “A Night To Remember,” based off the prom scene in the teen romantic flick, “All In.” It’s a teen comedy/drama/romance movie that came out a few years back, about a group of friends basically trying to figure out their feelings for each other. It’s similar to an old 90’s teen flick called, “Can’t Hardly Wait.”  I must say, they really went all out! The upstairs room for dining was decked out in purple just like the movie! The chairs, the walls and even the tables had little glasses on them with cute mini party hats. Hats off to the decorating committee.

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Well, after everyone arrived, they all headed up to the upstairs dining room. At Queendale High, it is a tradition for the Prom to first have a formal dinner right before. It’s very different from what other schools do, but the tradition seems to have stuck.

After being seated, everyone slowly made their way to the buffet lines and served themselves food from the tables. Everything smelled absolutely delicious!

The dinner for the most part seemed to go well, with everyone chatting with one another, and then to everyone’s surprise, it was announced that Maria would be preforming a song! Even I was stunned. Normally, I know everything that goes on in town, but this was something I wasn’t expecting.

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Sure enough, Maria picked up her guitar and stepped on stage. She announced her song as “Life As We Knew,” and then began to play. I must say, her performance was amazing. She had the most beautiful singing voice as she strummed on her guitar. The whole audience sat quietly, in tune listening.

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I even spotted Evanglina and Kara standing closer to the stage to egg her on. After she finished, she had a standing ovation from everyone. Way to go!

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However, I think that no one was prouder of her than Juanita, who was at the dance chaperoning. She watched the whole performance looking in awe of her daughter. She even clapped the loudest when she was finished.

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Marian and Brian were also there chaperoning and had a bit of an awkward run in with each other. They are still in the middle of figuring out the divorce, so I guess it is to be expected. Still, they both dealt with it very well, giving each other a polite “hello”, having small talk, and then being on their way. Angel watched the whole thing from the corner with an amused look on her face. I swear, everyone in town now knows about them. I guess I didn’t help with that, huh?

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Afterwards, the real party began! Everyone headed down to the ballroom to check it out. The room was decorated with the same purple floral patterns as the upstairs dining room and even had a disco ball hanging from the ceiling, along with bubbles and other effects going! It was like a zoo of effects! Anything to be more realistic to the movie I suppose. Trust me, that scene in the movie (for those of you who haven’t seen it), was just as crazy as this. The movie even had a crazy parent chaperoning as DJ and calling out stupid catch phrases to the seniors.

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It’s funny how right after I thought this, I looked over and saw Ricky Emerson behind the DJ booth playing some tracks. No I am totally serious! Ricky Emerson! And even he was trying out some phrases of his own. Sarah was standing nearby and just laughing. Glad to see that they were having fun, even if it was at everyone else’s expense. Yikes!

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May I say that Evanglina Marsen looked fantastic in her baby pink dress! She came down the steps into the room gracefully just like a princess. If I could stuff the ballot box, I would say she would be the best choice for Prom queen. Honestly, I think there was a conspiracy behind who actually won, but I will get to that later.

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So everyone seemed to be having a good time including Claire and Paul. Sure enough, just like Kara had said, he was grooving along with Claire to the beat from the DJ booth. Even so, I happen to notice he seemed a bit distracted. He couldn’t seem to stop staring at Kara. Lucky for him Claire didn’t seem to notice. Well, not at first.

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Evanglina and Derek of course looked wonderful together. I spotted them dancing together in a quiet corner, not that it was that private. I happened to notice many people smiling and whispering about them the whole night. From what I could see, they were definitely the cutest couple on the dance floor! They seriously had my vote for Prom King and Queen. Well, them and Maria and Adam.

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Emilie on the other hand, was a bit of a wallflower. She remained mostly toward the sidelines just watching as everyone else danced. I happened to notice her standing with Maria for a while, but then when Adam came in with Charlotte, Maria seemed to disappear into the crowd. Who can blame her? I don’t know what possessed Adam to come to Prom with her, but he definitely had some explaining to do!

Kara, however, seemed to be making the night work for her. She was on the dance floor dancing on her own, while avoiding Paul, something he was surely taking notice of.

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But Maria’s dinner performance was not the only one that night! After an hour, Ricky announced that Maria and Evanglina would be preforming a song for the class! Truthfully, there have been some rumors that the two of them were starting a band together, but I was unsure of the truth behind it. Seeing them on stage jamming together however, was perfect confirmation. They performed a song call “Always Remember,” and it was quite good! They may have a future of playing music together!

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Everyone seemed really engaged with their song; they were all dancing, screaming and cheering them on. I noticed Paul and Emilie standing up toward the front and they both seemed to enjoy it as well. By the time the song ended, there was full applause.

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Afterwards, Evanglina seemed to take a bit of a break from Derek and dance with the girls. I got a nice pic of her dancing it up with Maria. I don’t know if I have already said this, but they both looked amazing in their ballgowns! I mean it! I was loving the light red of Maria’s dress with the black bodice sequins. Amazing!

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But no sooner had they started dancing, when Adam suddenly appeared at Maria’s side. He had been watching her from the sidelines with Charlotte all night and I guess took his opening to dance with her. However, Maria was not having it.

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“Adam, I can’t,” she said when he asked her.

“Why?”

“You know why, Adam.”

Adam sighed. “Okay, you’re right. But come on. It’s one dance, at the last dance we will ever have in high school. Could you at least give me that?”

“You sure you don’t want to dance with Charlotte?”

“Maria,” Adam looked a little frustrated, “I am only here with Charlotte because we both didn’t have anyone else to come with. We aren’t here as a couple, just as friends. Now please, dance with me.”

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I’m shocked, but this actually works! Maria takes a long look at him, and then finally agrees. They then move onto the dancefloor and begin to slow dance together. Even though Maria was reluctant, I can totally tell that she is extremely happy to be dancing with him. I won’t even say anything about Adam, because I am pretty sure you can already guess how happy he was.

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While they seemed to be content with each other, some other guests were not. I overheard Emilie speaking with Evanglina about Claude once again. Apparently, seeing him with Angel (Yes! They came together!) was a bit much for her to take.

“I mean, I knew he didn’t feel the same way as me,” she was saying, “And I know there was that thing between him and Angel, but I guess I just…I don’t know.”

Evanglina smiled. “It still hurts to see them together?”

Emilie sighed. “I hate to admit it, but yes. It kind of does.”

Evanglina gave her a hug. “I’m sorry.”

“Hey, it is what it is. I’ll get over it. Not soon enough though.”

What a good sport. I don’t know how reasonable I would be about this situation.

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Too bad she couldn’t have heard the conversation between Claude and Angel going on outside. The two of them were definitely not as happy as Emilie thought they were. One of our amazing readers, overheard Claude telling Angel that he wanted to speak with Emilie and Angel was not happy about it.

“Why would you want to waste your time with her? She’s a nobody.”

“Angel, I told you not to talk about her like that.”

“Why do you care? It’s not like you even like her or anything.” She then gave him a look. “Do you?”

Claude cleared his throat. “My feelings toward Emilie don’t concern you.”

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“The hell it doesn’t!” Angel snapped. “I’m your date! You shouldn’t be talking to anyone but me, let alone that freak!”

“Angel, Emilie is not a freak, and I think you are a bit mistaken. You and I agreed to come as just companions. Nothing more.”

Angel looked like she was going to explode after he said that. “Excuse me? Companions? Are you saying we just came as friends?”

Claude nodded. “Yes. I never said we would be anything but. If you got the wrong idea, I apologize, but I never said this was romantic.”

“So you are telling me that when you asked me to “accompany” you to the prom, you didn’t mean as your date?”

“No, I did not. I meant as a friend. I recall you mentioning something about how you couldn’t go to prom by yourself, so I asked if you would like someone to accompany you so you wouldn’t be alone. Truthfully, I was not going to come at all, but I felt for your situation.”

 

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Angel apparently just stared at him like she wanted to punch him in the face.

“How dare you pity me! I am Angel Richmond! I can get any date I want! In fact, I had other offers, I was just being nice since you asked!”

Now I know for a fact that that isn’t true at all, but whatever floats her boat!

Claude however looked amused. “Then why didn’t you say that? You made yourself seem very desperate.”

Angel didn’t seem to like that comment one bit. “Fu** (censoring) you Claude! I am not desperate! And if you love your little Emilie so much, just go find her then! See if I care!”

And with that she turned and stomped off. If only I could have seen that exchange! That is too juicy for words! For once a guy puts Angel in her place! Thank you to our fellow reader for the info!

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Meanwhile, back in the prom, Evanglina and Emilie were seriously grooving to the beat! They were doing some pretty fun moves that even people started to copy them! I was a bit surprised to see Emilie so energetic. She is normally so in her shell. Well I guess people can surprise you.

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An hour later, it was getting time to announce Prom King and Queen. Now here is where what I said much earlier comes in. Junior Greg Jensen was in charge of counting ballots, but there was a bit of a problem. He had a huge and I mean HUGE crush on Angel, and this was something she knew about. Around the time the final votes were cast in, I caught Angel speaking to him, very flirtatiously. Josephina, who was also hanging around the ballot table (it seemed she and Greg might have come together), noticed as well. She then tried to accuse Angel of trying to change the votes, but it didn’t seem to go very well.

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In the end, Angel walked off triumphantly as Josephina stood staring after her in anger. Her plan to somehow change the votes, seemed to being going according to her plan. Also, Josephina’s date seemed to crash and burn right there. What a total witch.

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That said, it seemed that she was not the only one losing the attention of her date. When Claire left to speak to Angel (probably about the whole ballot scam), Paul finally made his way through the crowd to Kara. She was dancing with Evanglina to one of Paula Deana’s singles, “Hot Mess.” Kara tried to move away, but not fast enough. Paul then pulled her aside to talk.

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“You can’t keep avoiding me,” I heard him say as I neared them. “We need to talk about…about what you…said.”

Kara’s cheeks turned pink and she looked totally uncomfortable. “Paul, please. I am so embarrassed that I said that to you. I’m trying to forget it.”

Amazingly, Paul actually looked a bit hurt. “So, did you not mean it?”

Kara exhaled deeply. “Paul, does it even matter?”  she asked.

“It does to me,” he said.

Kara looked confused. “Why?”

“Because I-I can’t seem to get what you said out of my head, and I…I think it’s because I feel the same way.”

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That seemed to shut Kara up. Her eyes lit up and she smiled at him. “You do?”

Paul nodded and then stretched a hand out to her. “Dance with me.”

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Kara then took his hand and followed him onto the dance floor. I have to say, it’s the happiest I have seen her in months. She looked over the moon. However, I didn’t think Claire would be too happy about it when she saw them.

Well, I think this is where I should leave off. Don’t worry my dears, I shall not be long. Stay tuned for my continued post about the excitement of prom night. As a treat, the code word will be the same as before!

Kisses,

   Lexie

-Evanglina