Hey, I love writing and wanted to give this thing a spin! As I am jobless right now. Hoping things take off with writing!
TREMBLE By: Sophia Vanguard Chapter 1: Pre-Grad “So…here it is. Our big day……Geez. What are we gonna do?” Chase said as he plopped down with his face cupped in his hands all frustrated. Just sad. That was a ridiculous question, and Chase knew it. Of course, none of us had any idea what we were doing after high school. “What the hell?! What has gotten into you? You’re never like this.” I said with an extreme attitude. Deep down I was scared, and I did NOT want to face the real world. I knew nothing. None of us did. Most won’t admit that. “Yeah, like never.” I loved Lexi’s little stupid remarks. Most of the time. She was such a prep hidden behind a shy persona. The only people who knew her truly were Chase and I. She is kinda a loner…. we all are. “Guys, relax! We don’t have to think of this right now. Graduation is tonight. Our future is tomorrow. Let’s take it one day at a time. Please. Lex, What about this one?” Not even one second after that question, and there she went again with her silly little remarks. Always so quick to respond. “Well I don’t know. I can’t see it.” I was taking one last glance in the mirror before stepping out to face their brutal comments. I knew they hated sequins, but I loved this dress. “Okay, smartass. I’m bracing myself. Sometimes you guys are harsher than Joan Rivers.” I said, rolling my eyes as I stepped out of the dressing room. “So…what do you guys think?” They couldn’t speak. That was rare. “Honestly…. I think I like it.” Lex quickly turned to Chase to see if he agreed but for some reason he was just staring at me. “Uhm…Hello? Earth to Chase!” She said, snapping her fingers in his face. “Gross. I get it, Chase. That dress shows off her curves very well. Hey, at least we know he’s not gay now.” Chase seemed annoyed. “Lex! That was horrible. Not to mention, the guy in the clothing department is gay. Be careful what you say Lex. For once.” Sometimes she seriously had no filter. She didn’t even have anything against gay people. Lex just blurts out what she wants to. “Whatever Lex. You’re just jealous you’re as straight as a corn stalk. You look stunning Chloe.” Lex rolled her eyes and slammed her back up against the chair, crossing her arms. Letting out one big sigh she said, “You HAVE to get that dress. Number one, it looks so good and makes your body bangin’. Number two, I’m getting real tired of Chase and this HAS to be the one hundredth dress you’ve tried on. Number three, the dress will send serious shock waves to the entire senior student body. Everyone suspects you to show up in leggings and a hoodie. You will be the talk of the town. Everyone will want you. Besides, if you have curves, you should flaunt them.” Lex said, shrugging her shoulders. I looked at Chase. His opinion was most important. He was a guy. “Yeah, it’s nice. I like it.” I was shocked. “I did not think you guys would like this. You guys hate sequins.” I said as I was reaching to find the price tag. Great. It was over my budget. Chase knew something was up with my expressions. Lex was too busy scrolling through memes. “What’s wrong? Is it over your budget?” Chase asked sincerely. “Of course, it is. Nothing can ever go right for me.” I was so disappointed. “Well you change and hand all of your dresses to me. I’m sure we can find something.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Leggings and a t-shirt it is! “Yeah, I’m sure we can.” I said sarcastically. I went into the dressing room, got undressed, and threw the dresses over the top of the door so Chase could grab them. “Thanks Chase! Lex. You can go home if you want. We can just walk over to Brenda’s Closet. I know you’re tired. I won’t be mad.” I could feel her hesitating to answer not knowing what she wanted to do. She was so indecisive. “No, it’s okay. I want to make sure I ride with my besties to graduation. Besides, I don’t want to ride with mom to grad. She will ruin my whole night.” I got dressed and we started walking to the front of the store. “Boo!” Lex and I jumped and screamed in horror. It was Chase, of course. He was hiding in a rack of clothing. He always loved scaring us. “What, did you buy yourself a dress?” Lex said, looking down at the bag he was carrying. “No, I bought her dress.” He pointed to me. “Chase! You’re crazy! That was eighty-five dollars!” I was baffled. Chase smiled. “Calm down. I wanted to see you in something different for a change. Besides, you’ve helped me with so many essays this year during my dad’s fight with cancer. I owe you.” I almost forgot his dad had passed. “Chase, I did that to help. I never wanted anything in return…Thank you, though. That’s really sweet.” I couldn’t help but stare at his goofy smile and blue green eyes with lashes to make any girl jealous. “Gross! Hello? Still here! What? Are you guys going to become a thing now?” Chase and I snapped out of it and laughed the moment off and rolled our eyes. “So, I guess off to hair and makeup now? Lex, are we going to your place?” I asked. “What do you think? I’m the only one with makeup here. Actually, I take that back. I forgot about the makeup hidden in Chase’s closet he hides in” Lex said as she pushed him. Chase pushed her playfully back. “Shut up! Oh wait, you don’t know how to. Oooooooo!” Lexi and Chase were always joking around. They were like brother and sister. They were always making me laugh. “Okay, children. Let’s go.” I wanted out quickly. I could tell people were getting annoyed by us. I don’t blame them. On our ride home to Lexi’s place we stopped for some coffee. We were all exhausted already. It took us two hours to get ready. Chase played video games while we got ready, helping us whenever we needed help. He was such a good friend. “Okay. So where are we meeting our parents for pictures?” I asked. “Mom! Where are we getting our pics done?!” Lex yelled, piercing our ears. Candice popped into the room. “So we narrowed it down. We can take pics at Patterson Park, or we can take pics at the school in their garden.” All three of us had the most disgusted looks on our faces. “No thanks. No more of that school please. Let’s do the park. They have a way better garden and lots of cherry blossoms.” Lex said. “Okay, that’s fine. Just thought taking pics at the school would be more meaningful. What do you kids think? The park?” Candice was so nice. She just tried to control everything all the time. We nodded our heads and smiled. “Okay. Park it is. I will text them to meet us there. Lex, I will meet you there. Don’t be too late.” Candice pinched Lexi’s cheeks and walked out gracefully as always. “Sometimes…I think I have a glass doll as a mother. Scary.” We all laughed, Lex was right. Her Mom was so perfect and sweet. Lex was so fortunate to have a mother like her. I wish my Mom was more like Candice. “Let’s roll!” Lex said, swirling her right index finger in the air. We had to catch up. She had to be in control just like her mom. We went to the park and took pics. Of course, my Mom forgot to charge her phone and did not want to be in any of the pictures. At least she showed up. Probably because she wanted to fool Candice, Jeff and Amanda to make it seem like she cared. Unless she sorta cared. Once Dad left she was never the same. She gave up on life, and on me. She became a rock. No emotions.