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Posted: May 28 2018, 08:54 PM
Step lightly. Step fast. Get away quickly.
Those sentences echoed through Lilith's head as she listened to the final announcements of the day. She wasn't paying much attention to what the principal had to say, for she was too busy eying a group of students in the corner. She kept glancing away from the group, fearful of one looking in her direction and making eye contact.
As soon as the bell rang through the school, Lilith was out of her seat. She hastily walked in front of her classmates, clutching her textbooks to her chest. She didn't even stop to fix her drooping glasses as she entered the flooding hall of students. The only thing she stopped to do was occasionally glance behind her shoulder.
Thankfully, nothing happened as she took her first few steps outside the school. The girl let out a small sigh and smiled to some random passerby. She then slowly wandered to the side of the school to stuff her books into her backpack. Ugh, homework was going to take a while tonight... She lightly groaned.
She zipped up the backpack and flung it over her shoulder. She started to smile genuinely. Wow, nothing bad had actually happened today! That was great! Lilith cheered to herself as she recklessly trotted back to the front of the school. Hopefully she hadn't missed the bus...
Suddenly, a sharp voice rang behind her. The girl's smile immediately caved in, but she didn't dare turn around. Instead, she kept walking. Just ignore them. Just ignore them. Just...
"Hey! Don't just walk off on me like that! You don't just walk off when somebody wants to talk to you!"
A hand grabbed the backpack strap on her shoulder. Lilith spun around, trying to get it off. A coldly amused stare burned into her. The dull expression on the boy's face unsettled her. He slowly started to smile, and the girl replied with a growing uncomfortable look. He let out a sigh, and grabbed Lilith by the arm.
She tried to pull her arm away, but his glare immediately made her pause. His smile faded, and he pulled her along with him. "Geez, I just wanted a talk. Be thankful that someone actually wants to associate with your creepy ass."
Lilith glanced to the side and at her feet. As the boy dragged her through the front of the school, her eyes never left her walking feet. She didn't want to look up at him. She briefly wondered where his friends were. It was odd to see him alone.
Finally, the two stopped. The boy let go of Lilith's arm, and she felt the need to run. Before she could, though, she was shoved into sitting on a small wall. She winced, and her eyes grew large as the boy seated himself next to her. What was even happening? This wasn't usually what happened. Then again, this guy and his friends liked to switch up this thing they liked to call a game.
But she expected worse. She had had rocks thrown at her, assignments stolen and copied, and constant negative notes in her locker and desks. Was he finally sick of this? Lilith held that hope high, but knew it probably wasn't likely.
"So, how are you?" He muttered. The girl tensed up in small shock. She... Didn't really expect that passive of a question. She felt uncomfortable with answering, so she remained silent. She let out a squeak as nails dug into her hand. She finally glanced up at the other. He was smiling and his eyes were wide.
"I said how are you?" He chirped. "It's rude not to answer."
Lilith began to stutter as she spoke. "F-Fine! Just fine!.. H-How are y-you..?"
"Other than speaking to you, my day has been great!" The boy smiled, and dug his nails deeper into Lilith's hand. The girl squeaked in pain, and drew back her hand. Realizing her mistake, the girl let out a short worried shout. She didn't dare to stare at the other's terrifyingly amused expression.
Lilith got the sudden courage to stand up and back away from him. She looked behind her. Was anyone looking at them? Please, let someone notice and help. "I-I need to get to the b-bus... See ya!"
The girl quickly spun around and attempted to make a break for it. She didn't get to far though before something grabbed onto her long hair. Lilith let out a small shriek as she was yanked back. A foot was brought out behind hers, and the girl fell backwards. Fortunately, the boy had actually caught her in his arms.
"But the bus is already gone, sweetie! Why not sit and chat for a bit? You can trust me."
Almost immediately after he finished his sentence, the boy released Lilith from his arms. She collapsed onto the ground with a loud thud. Her head began to spin wildly. She groaned as she watched the boy look down at her. He offered a hand, but she had learned her lesson at this point.
Without thinking, Lilith raised one of her legs and kicked him in one of his shins. The other let out a loud hiss and his leg bent at as strange angle for a split second. The girl winced at her actions, but proceeded to kick again. The boy shouted some curses at her as she struggled to get herself up.
Lilith took advantage of her height for a short bit and punched the boy in the gut as hard as she could. Given the muscle she had put on from her constant traveling in the mountains, it hurt quite a bit. The boy yelped and covered where he had been hit with his arms.
Before the girl took off, she mouthed a small 'sorry' at the other. She didn't know why, but she felt the need to. Lilith pulled her hood over her head, and bolted for home. At this point, she knew exactly where to go. She had missed the bus too many times to count, and had had to make a trail home at some point from then to now.
She tried to ignore the shouts echoing behind her as she ran. She had no idea what the boy intended on doing, but she sure as hell wasn't sticking around to find out.
Once she was about a mile from her school, Lilith's pace began to slow down. She took deep breaths as she twisted and turned through the streets of Eterna... Maybe she should skip school tomorrow. Fake sick? She was terrified what to think that guy would do after the stupid stunt she pulled. She was aware enough of him and his group to know that it would not end pretty.
Lilith ran her hand through her hair as she walked. Oh god, what was she going to do? Well... Graduation was soon! If she can just survive a few more months of this... She's home free. No one will have to bother with this mess. They didn't deserve to be stuck with her here.
The words that always followed her around on post-it notes began to swarm her head the further she walked. Insults and names were stuck in her mind long enough that she was starting to believe them... Maybe she deserved all of this mess. This was the world's way of punishing her for being a terrible person.