-"ok so we're at the party. Now, can we go home?" I looked at Bessie hopefully.
-"not so fast, Angel. The fun has just arrived!"
-"what? Where? I can't see it?"
-"too bad I don’t have a pillow! I told you not to be cynical!"
-"yeah lucky me… you know, I have pillows at home.. you can use them!"
-"chill out, Angel. Don’t fret so much!"
-"Bessie.. I mean Devil. look its lame! It’s crowded too."
-"don’t say my name or I'll use yours and every one will know who you are! Ok? It’s better now that it's crowded. No one will care who we are."
-" ok so what do we do now?"
-" we dance!"
-" no way .. I don't know how!"
-" ok suit your self then. Sit at any place… but me? I'll dance till I drop!" she matched words with action and danced her way to the dancing floor. I knew this was not a good idea! I sighed and walked to the food table to have something to drink. All this excitement made me thirsty.
At the table I could see almost every one. Outrageous costumes were every where. I saw medieval costumes, cartoon characters, vegetables, Vikings, eastern outfits, aliens, animals and almost every thing you could imagine. Actually, I just sat there gazing upon these costumes and observing those people who wore them. Some couples wore matching costumes but others didn't. like there was Donald Duck dancing with a Stone-age girl. Now, that's something you don't see every day. There also was a vote for best costume and I voted for the Mermaid girl.
Some time passed, but I didn't know what time it was because Angels don’t wear watches as Bessie said. I looked for my friend but she was busy dancing with some French sailor. I sighed. This was becoming really boring. I had no one to talk to.
Suddenly, there was a commotion between the crowds. Loud laughs could be heard and I think I heard some one reading poetry. I couldn’t believe it. so, I looked more at that group and realized that there really was some one reading poetry, a guy wearing a Shakespearian outfit. I wasn’t sure but I think it was Romeo. Until now, I thought that this was quite amusing. But as I was watching the scene silently, the Romeo guy started moving towards me while shouting about finally founding his Juliet. I was frantic! This can’t be happening to me. I looked behind me. perhaps he is talking to some one else. But no one was behind me. worse, every one was looking at me. I looked for Bessie. This is all your fault, Bessie! Save me! but alas, she was perhaps one of the few who weren’t looking. Ok, Suzie. Don't freak. It would make everything worse. God! I hate you Bessie. Now concentrate. What is that guy saying!
-"my love! I've found you at last! Why didn't you come last night? I waited hours for you!"
There was a last night??? The guy must have mistaken me with some one else. Though I must admit I never thought that people my size had "last night" stuff going on.
*-" I think Romeo, that you have mistaken me with some one else. I'm not Juliet."
-"and who are you?"
-"I'm …uh…" what WAS my name? “my name is Angel."
-"that’s it! that’s my Love's name! She is Angel!" with this he grabbed my hand. Oh great, the first time a guy takes my hand in his was by mistake.
-"I don’t even know you!"
-"sure you do! Here, the proof of my love! I gave you this ring remember?" this was it. he was bluffing! I personally made this heart-shaped ring in an art class two years ago! No way could there be another ring like it. he was making fun of me in front of all his buddies!
-grrrrrrrrrr! ok, Suzie don’t show your anger or confusion. That would only make him happier.
-So , what should I do?
Think, God damn it! what would people on TV act like?
… um they go along crushing the enemy with their own freaking lie?
Excellent! Now, apply this here!
Oook if I say so.
Meanwhile, Romeo was saying things about his love:
-"… and my love is bigger than the seven seas. I whispered it more than rain dropt over a tropical forest. The sun shuns when you come for you are goodness personified …"
-"oh yeah. I remember now. Yes I'm the Juliet girl. " I acted along.
-"you poor thing! The Evil Master must have brainwashed you!" he was amused that I went along with his lie.
-'' yes. It was awful! "
-"I know, my love! That mean old Evil Master is a wicked person." He hugged me while saying this. Enjoy while you can, Romeo. ‘cause I'm blowing your victory.
-"did you kill her, Romeo!"
-"duh! The Evil Master! Your mother!" he was completely in shock. People cheered at the development of events. Mothers are always everyone's weak spot. This will dull his thinking while I make fun of HIM!
-"oh my God! You’re in denial! You poor thing!"
-"my mother has nothing to do with this!"
-"then she must've brainwashed you as well." The crowd roared with laughter. Perhaps I look weak, Romeo. But I can make you hate the minute you were born. TV teaches lots of things these days. And you better realize that being a bully is NOT a good thing!
-"I can't kill my mother! I love her!"
-" oh? And where did all your love-talk about me? your mother is Evil and I'm goodness personified, you said it your self! it seems to me that you love your Evil too much! Thus, I must leave you now to dwell in your Evil. Good bye!" I saw people I didn’t know raising a thumb up and "you go, girl!" being said while I rushed to the girls room. I think I'm going to throw up!
It took me some time in the rest room to gather my thoughts. I had to focus on what had just happened and believe that I actually did it! I felt happy at first but when I thought more of it I felt a little guilty. Those people who I thought were his buddies were the same people who cheered me. I don’t think that they WERE his friends. He probably thought, like Bessie, that its fun to dress up and go have a blast without anyone knowing you. And perhaps I looked a little lonely and he thought that I might enjoy some attention. Oh God, I so suck!
I looked at the mirror and suddenly remembered a proverb :"if dreams were horses then the riders would be the fools." I certainly was a fool. What was I thinking? Why did I come here? I just kicked my chance of having fun! I want to go home… I took a deep breath and decided to wait for Bessie somewhere quiet with no people.
I headed strait to the gardens, sure that no one would go there unless if they were going to the parking lot where I intended to meet Bessie getting out of the place to her car. Unfortunately, she was my ride home. I sat by a tree almost hidden from passers-by.
-"hi." Some one said behind me. I turned around to find that it was no other than Romeo.
-"oh no its you!" I stood up planning to leave.
-"no, please, stay." I looked at him and sat down silently. I could see that he also had trouble talking. So I acted busy looking at the ground.
-"look, I .. uh.. I'm sorry for what happened back there." He pointed vaguely at the back. “I’m usually not like this at all. you know. People do strange things when they're drunk."
-"you were drunk?" I said amazed how can a person sober so fast.
-"no I actually wasn't." he smiled.
I chuckled. I couldn’t help it. that poor guy was trying to apologize to me. me! I'm the one who should be apologizing. So, I decided to go easy on him. Perhaps, then, he would be easy on me when I apologize.
-" so why did you hint that you were?"
-" I was getting to my point when you interrupted me."
-"ops. Sorry, please continue."
-" well. Ehm you know what people say about drunk people? They say: they weren't them selves and I wasn't my self. I was acting Romeo."
-" and where was the real Juliet?"
-"there was no Juliet."
-"can I ask you something?"
-"why did you choose me out of all those other girls?"
-"well. For one thing, you didn't have a date who would kill me the minute I said a thing to you."
-"and I was bored."
-"yes. Aha! So kill me."
-"no, thanks. I already did." We laughed.
-" you're ok, Angel."
-"you're not that bad your-self, Romeo."
-"it's Justin Elroy." He took off his mask offering his other hand for me to shake it. Oh my God! Justin! our neighbor! I want to die!
-"..uh .. nice to meet you, Justin." I shook his hand and let go of it as quickly as possible.
-" and you are miss?"
-"me? I'm…" at this minute the big bells rang, which only meant one thing. It was 12 o'clock.
-"Cool! the bells! Ok Angel off with your mask. It’s the rules. hehe "
Ok. Don’t panic. Act natural. God! This never sounded so absurd! How can you act naturally? Oh who cares how ridiculous this is. I'm in deep shit!
-"well, choose either my name or my face, Justin." Ok good stall him.
-"this is a difficult choice."
-"is it?" oh please God! Lend me courage!
-"I choose…" I heard noise coming from the bushes behind us and suddenly…
-"Su… I mean Angel! What are you doing here!" Bessie looked at me with wonder. Her cheeks were flushed, her mask was off and the French sailor was still with her. Apparently, she was drunk. Not from punch ‘cause I drank from it. it must've been something else.
-"so what do you know! Hick! You really have an Angel for a friend. Hick!” the drunk sailor wasn't better off then my friend. Justin looked at me earnestly.
-"can I choose now?" oh God! Please let him ask for my name! I can easily lie about it!
-"yeah sure." I looked at Bessie. She was laughing hard at something her companion said.
-"your face." Oh god! Why! Ok ok keep your face strait. Smile politely. Then, GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!