Some days have passed since I realized that I liked the Mayor (in a romantic way). And in each of those days the Mayor has barely stopped by the office. I don’t know what to do! Sometimes I want to leave this desk and run outside to meet with her and walk together with her, like we did on that night. I wonder if she holds all the citizens as they walk together, and if she holds their hands like she holds mine… It’s ridiculous, but I get so jealous just thinking about it.
Also, I’ve heard from the gossip of the citizens that Bam; tall, blue haired Bam. The village’s jock and the Mayor, have been getting closer. I know I should not listen to gossip, but whenever he stops by the office, I just cannot stand him! I imagine him and the Mayor, hand in hand, chatting, laughing, kissing… Argh!
Tonight is a cold winter night, as cold as it gets in this village. Just as I am about to close the office, somebody comes through the door in a rush. It is Monique, a snooty cat with blonde hair, and she loves the gossip. Contrary to the Mayor, Monique is always meddling in everyone’s business and spreading rumors. I cannot say that I hate her, because other than being a telltale she is very helpful and kind, but I stay away from her often, to avoid having a bad time.
“ISABELLE! You won’t believe what I just saw! You have to listen to me! You, you are the Mayor’s best friend, aren’t you?!”
I bet I look flustered now, am I her best friend? I’m not sure, we barely spend time together.
“Well, I guess, maybe? You know we spend so many hours just working…”
“Yeah, yeah, okay! I just need you to confirm to me that the Mayor is dating Bam?”
What?! She couldn’t possibly be serious now!
“W-what?! Dating Bam? I don’t think so… She would have mentioned it by now.” I say determined. ‘Don’t fall into Monique’s gossip web’ I remind myself.
“WELL! I just saw them by the cherry trees near the beach, they were sharing a LOVER’S EMBRACE!” She says overly excited.
I can’t believe that. I didn’t know that I wanted to do something about my crush to the Mayor, but now…
“Well, just what do you mean by ‘lover’s embrace’?”
“They were holding each other, and she was resting her head against his chest, and they were surrounded by cherry trees, and it was SO romantic!” She sighs.
This isn’t happening. It has to be a mistake! I want to believe that so much.
“Oh, Izzy, you look so sad… Could it be that you have a crush on Bam?”
“Bam?! NO! I mean, he’s not bad looking or anything… but he’s just… not my type.” I say, fidgeting.
“Then… the Mayor?” She hit a nerve right there, and it showed in my face. “Oh my GOSH, Izzy!!! YOU DO!!”
“No, Monique, please! I don’t!”
“You don’t have to lie to me, Izzy! I have to admit I never thought you’d swing that way. I’m sorry, but I really think that the Mayor is taken.” She says with pity on her face. “But, if you want, I can set you up with another villager! What do you think of Cherry?” I try to count to 10. Monique is making me lose my patience.
“Monique, please. I don’t have a crush on the Mayor. And even if I did, I wouldn’t just…” But I couldn’t think of anything. If the Mayor liked me back then I wouldn’t dare to stop these feelings. I know I work for her, and that should make it a ‘no, no’ situation. But if only the Mayor would show me a sign, that she likes me back. I guess that she has Bam now. And that makes me so angry, that I didn’t do anything about it. “Just stop, alright? I don’t want to talk about these things, and I don’t need rumors going on about me and the Mayor! We are friends. Just friends. Now, Monique, please get out of the office, because I need to go home.”
“Alright, gee! You don’t have to be so cranky about it! So rude…” She whispers the last part. “No chit chat about you and the Mayor, I got it. Now, if you want to consider my other offer I can set you up with Cherry. BAH! Nope! Just think about it!” And with that said, she runs out of the office.
I think that Monique really sucks the life out of every villager. What to do now? I feel like I can start to hate Bam already. NO! I shouldn’t listen to gossip. I just fell in Monique’s gossip web! But if the Mayor already has a boyfriend, then what to do now? I don’t think I can take seeing them together. I feel like going for a drink.
Just as I’m about to head for the club, I hear the voice of my dear Mayor.
“Isabelle! Wait!” she’s out of breath and her face flushed. She looks cute today, with a beautiful mint shirt, a light brown coat and yellow ballerina shoes. Her hair, as always, in a stylish bun.
“Mayor! Are you okay?!” I ask concerned.
“Yeah, I’m fine! Don’t worry.”
“Can I help you?” I say smiling.
“Well, uh, I wanted to… Bam is having a party at his house, and I wanted to invite you. Uh! What do you say?” She smiles at me expectantly and takes my hand between hers. Why must you do this, Mayor? Invite me to your boyfriend’s party and then just take my hand, making me feel so special, like I’m the only one for you.
“I’m sorry, I can’t.” I say before I can consider, toy with the idea of going. “I have important things to do at home.” I try to let go of her hands, but she holds them tightly.
“Are you sure? I don’t want to be insistent, or to make you uncomfortable, but I can help out! You know, you’ve been working so hard, and I have missed you so much. I know it’s partly my fault, but I want to make it up to you, and also, for stepping on the flowers.” She glances to the side with a small smile. That is her signature gesture, the one that warms my heart so much. “What do you say? I’ll help you out, then we go to Bam’s!”
“Can we go somewhere else? I don’t feel like going to a party.” I say seriously, looking at her in the eyes. She looks taken aback, like she did not expect that answer.
“Wow, um. Of course you are tired, what was I thinking?!” I heard her whisper to herself. “I uh, what do you say if we just stop by? I really want to go to this party. Then we do whatever you want, and I will pay! I promise! It’s just important for me that we go to this party.” She says, confidence gone away.
“Why?!” I say a little irked now. “Why is it so important to you?”
She looks confused, “Uh, I… It just is, you’ll see it when we arrive!” She tries one last time.
I can’t go, I know what she’ll tell me. That she and Bam are dating, that they’re in love, maybe? I can’t stand that.
“I’m sorry. I can’t go.” I let go of her hands, but she pulls me towards her and encircles my waist with her arms, tightly. I feel all the warmth of the embrace, and at first it feels like home, and I hold her back. She buries her face into my neck, sending shivers throughout my body. But then, I remember what Monique said. She was holding Bam like this not so long ago. I can feel her wanting to say something, but before she can say anything I push her away. “I said I’m sorry, but no.” I start to run away from her.
‘Don’t look back’ I think as I walk back home.