The story so far:
A couple seconds went by and then Mikaela just lay there, breathing in and out. When she finally got up, I gave her a horrified look. She gave a tired laugh and then explained, “Sorry about that, did Jade tell you what was going on??” I shook my head from side to side for I couldn’t speak. “Oh, well during the summer after eighth grade, me, Robert, Ellen, and Jade were hanging out in a park. Then when me and Ellen were whispering secrets to make Robert upset because we said they were about him, that happened. Then Robert started panicking and injected me with some of his insulin because he’s a diabetic so he had some on him. Well, some kind of chemical reaction happened or something because then it just stopped within a couple of seconds. It happens every so often and the nurse just injects me because I’m not allowed to carry it around in school.” She said this all so matter-of-factly that it stunned me.
“Oh, wow.” I said because I didn’t know what else to say. “What is it like?” I asked, mostly because I was curious, partly because there was nothing else to say.
“Honestly, it feels like someone is dragging me slowly through a pile of razors that is lit on fire while someone else is peeling my skin off and then snapping my bones.”
“Oh my God, do you know what causes it?”
“No, the doctors said they’ve never seen anything like it before in their whole careers.”
“But the insulin, that stops it?” I asked.
“Seems to.” She shrugged and then went over to sit at our table. Jade was already over there and they started talking.
Biology went by in a blur. I wasn’t really paying attention to anyone. I was thinking about that look that Jade gave Mikaela a split second before whatever that was happened to her. Was it a coincidence? Did she have something to do with it? If she did how was she doing it? All these questions were the only thing on my mind. I didn’t even notice that the bell rang until Mikaela started pulling on my sleeve to get me to move.
“Hey, you okay?” Mikaela asked as I started to get up.
“Uh, yeah, I’m just still a little, freaked out is all.” I replied. I looked over at jade waiting by the door. She was moving her lips extremely fast as if she were whispering a song. But no words were coming out. As soon as she saw me staring, she stopped immediately. Then she smiled and blushed a little. I smiled back to be polite, and then turned to Mikaela who was talking to me about some new hair care product that was working wonders for her split ends.
“So I got three cases of it because the store was closing and knowing my luck no other store in the world sells it!!” she started laughing and even though I didn’t really find it that funny I forced out a laugh to amuse her.
“Oh I know that you just got here and you have to unpack and all that but do you think that you could possibly come to my house tonight? I’m having a party and I would really like it if you could come?” she looked up to me with a pleading face. Wow, I’m going to have to give that a name because she keeps turning statements into questions, I thought to myself as she was staring at me with those big blue eyes.
“Oh, yeah sure, I need to meet these people sooner or later,” I gave a genuine smile, “who else will be there?”
“Oh, well let’s see….” She was looking at the floor trying to remember who she had invited, “well, basically, everyone. But don’t worry I’ll show you around.” She smiled again and then hooked one arm through mine and the other arm through Jade’s and started walking at an extremely fast pace. I turned to talk to her but I could tell that she was deep in thought. Probably planning for the party, so thought it best that I leave her be.
Well, well, well. I thought to myself. Looks like I’ll really be able to talk to Jade tonight, I’ll ask her some questions and then this will all be straightened out. I smiled to myself in thinking up some of the questions I was going to ask her. This will all be over by tomorrow. I thought slyly. I should have known that things never go so smoothly….