Story: Isabelle's Crush (chapter 1)

Authors: JuliettInJapanese

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Chapter 1

Title: Is it a crush?

This day is almost like any other day. Today, the Mayor is out again. She works hard every day to see it that the villagers of this town are satisfied and content. She works on public projects most of the time, and the townsfolk trust her and rely on her (sometimes too much, though). She is very a very responsible and hard working person, and I can’t help but admire her a lot.

The first days at the office she would spend a lot of time with me, doing the paper work, idly chatting, laughing until we were crying… But lately I hardly ever see her. She’s just here once or twice a day and then she runs off and goes to the aid of the townsfolk. And I can understand why, but I started to feel a little lonely sitting in my chair, not listening to the cheery humming of my- our Mayor.

It is very weird, what I’m feeling. I first thought it was pure admiration, nothing more, but now I am very confused. It may be… physical attraction. She is not so tall, but taller than me. She has big, blue eyes that are kind of sleepy, and her hair is dark brown, and always in a stylish bun. Her looks are a mixture between casual and formal; she tells me ‘I want to look formal, but it’s difficult since I’m running around all day…’ as she glances to the side with a small smile.

I don’t know what to do anymore. It’s like I’m always waiting for her to enter by the door; and, from time to time, I look outside my window just to see if she’s running around shaking trees, and accidentally stepping on the flowers. She always looks at me with a noticeable blush, embarrassed to say the least, when she steps over the flowers that I plant under the ordinances. ‘I’m so, so very sorry, Isabelle!’ She would say, ‘I promise to be more careful! P-Pinky promise!’ she would seriously say. She is so clumsy, but I feel like I can forgive her for anything. Anything except, maybe, ignoring me for so long.

It’s getting dark soon, so maybe I should leave. But then again, I have so much paper work to fill in… So many complaints to reply. So many events to plan… ‘I’m so sleepy’ I think as I black out.

“Ummm…” I hear a quiet voice. “Isabelle?” Oh, Mayor! Am I dreaming? I feel a gentle hand arranging my hair. I yawn, as I open my eyes to find the gentle stare of the Mayor.

“AH! M-Mayor! It’s not what it looks like!! Okay, it’s exactly what it looks like… But I was dreaming about work! I promise!!”

At my sudden confession, the Mayor starts laughing. She reaches out for my hand and takes it between her warm hands.

“Isabelle, you work too hard. I was walking back home and I saw that the lights still were on. I was ready to scold you, you know? For working until late at midnight, but it’s difficult to be mad at you. Plus, I appreciate your efforts a lot.” She glances to the side still holding my hand. “Why don’t you go home, now? I can finish tidying up and closing the place up.”

“No way! I’ll help you out! It’s the least I can do for making you worried.” I say, embarrassed.

“Alrighty’ then!”

We finish stacking up the papers and head outside. I wait for the mayor to lock the door and stare at the floor.

“I’ll walk you home, Isabelle.” She says, “If that’s okay with you!” She adds quickly.

“Oh, you don’t have to do that!”

“Oh, it’s fine by me. I wouldn’t let you walk alone in the darkness! Even though it’s very peaceful, I don’t want to take any risks.”

She puts an arm around my shoulder as we begin to walk together. I become a little self-aware that she’s holding me. I mean, isn’t this how couples walk together? And I can smell her perfume, too… “Plus, I feel like I haven’t been able to chat with you properly! I know you don’t like to gossip, but a lot of things have been happening lately…” She tells me about her day, and about the citizens. I realized a long time ago that she likes to gossip, but she’s on the light side. She would only comment on some things that happened, or some things that she noticed, and how some villagers looked at each other, and everything she did while holding me from the side. Her hand hanging on to my shoulder, her eyes throwing glances at me every now and then, and then I realized… I like her. I want to go out with her! Gee, that’s embarrassing, isn’t it? I glance at her and her lips, still talking casually, unaware of the effect that they have on me.

“Alrighty’ we’re here!” She steps aside, but I don’t feel like saying goodbye. “So, I was thinking that maybe you want to take the day off? You know, get some more sleep?”

“No! Definitely not… I’m fine, I really am.” I say and bravely take her hand between mine.

She stares at our hands and smiles a little. And then she gets closer and kisses me on the front.

“Alrighty’ then, see you tomorrow!” With that said, she begins to run off to her house while waving goodbye. Being as clumsy as ever, she tripped on the flowers that were just planted this morning.

“I’m so, SO very sorry, Isabelle!!” She yells at me. “I-I will make it up to you!! And I’ll be more careful!! Gee, I don’t know what’s wrong with me!” She says more quietly.

“IT’S OKAY, MAYOR! I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW!” I yell back. How could I be mad at her, after she has been so sweet? “I don’t know what’s wrong with me, either.” I whisper to myself.

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