Disclaimer: I don't own it. If you don't believe me, just ask my bank account.
A/N: I wanted to post this story last year, but time got away from me and I didn't even start to write it. However, as my other stories are being pains in the butt, I figured I could get this one out of my head and maybe that will help get my mind back on my other stuff.
It's complete and will post every day from now until Friday. On Friday, you will get two chapters.
As you can see from the pairing, you only one of them. The other you will not find out until Friday. I know who it is and it isn't going to change, but have fun guessing.
I want to thank my lovely beta, emmzz75. She makes things so much prettier and fixes all my crazy.
I hope you enjoy the story and I'll see you at the bottom.
"Okay ladies, we have one more order of business and then I'll let you get back to your Saturday."
The noise level that had broken out earlier lowered in volume as the voice of my sorority sister, president, and best friend Rose, rang through the room.
I knew what she was going to say and I closed my eyes, trying to block it out.
She waited a beat of a second before she said, "Now, we all know that Valentine's Day is this coming Friday.. For most of you, you know what that means. However, for the pledges I will explain."
She paused for effect and I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. "The week leading up to Valentine's Day is known here on Greek Row as Secret Admirer week. What that entails is that starting tomorrow if any of you have a secret admirer among our fraternity boys, you will receive a gift. Each day has a theme and each gift will be a representation of that theme. On Friday evening, the big reveal takes place before the Valentine's Day Ball, where I might add if you plan to attend it is a formal event and you should all be dressed accordingly. Any questions?"
I opened my eyes and glanced around, seeing one of our pledges with her hand in the air.
"Yes, Stacy?" Rose asked.
"If we happened to have a secret admirer do we have to take them as our date? Because I don't think my boyfriend would like that."
"No, you don't. However, show some tact if you do have to decline. Alright, anyone else?" She asked.
When no one else raised their hand, she dismissed us and I stood immediately to leave the room.
I'd just made it to the door when I heard, "Bella?"
Turning around, I found my other three best friends and my actual biological sister standing with Rose at the table we sat at during the meeting.
"Yeah?" I asked.
"We're all going to the mall to find our dresses, are you going to come?" Charlotte asked.
I gave her an are you serious look and earned a glare from Victoria before she said, "You know this year might be different."
I snorted because that wasn't likely to happen.
"Sis, come on. This is my first ball and I want your opinion." Angela said, causing me to sigh. As my younger sister she knew the exact thing to say.
"Fine, I'll go, but I'm not trying anything on and I'm not buying anything. Deal?"
"Deal," Tanya said immediately and grinned.
Rolling my eyes, I waited for them to walk over and then followed them out to the cars.
On the drive to the mall, I couldn't help but think about why I had to deal with the crappy week ahead of me.
In high school, I would have never thought I'd end up joining a sorority once I got to college. I just wasn't that type of girl. I wasn't a cheerleader or peppy or into the whole we'll be sisters for life motto that sorority sisters seemed to live by. I also didn't like pink or makeup or a lot of the other girly things they were in to. Somehow though, when I got to college, my best friends talked me into rushing with them and I found that while some of the sororities were exactly like I thought, not all of them were.
When I got the bid to be a pledge at Theta Beta Zeta, I was thoroughly convinced that the only reason I was given one was because of my friends. However, I quickly learned that the house prided itself on being open minded and accepting and the group of girls that eventually became my sisters were people that I knew I would stay in touch with long after I left school.
For four years, I've been given some of the best memories of my life and I am so thankful I rushed. Getting to share it with my best friends has just been an added bonus and I really wasn't ready to leave the house behind, but sadly it was inevitable as I had graduated in January. Once I walked with my class in June, I had to leave and I was completely heartbroken about it. I wanted to stay here forever, doing everything that sorority life entailed. Well...everything but this week.
I really did hate it and if I was completely honest it was really only because I was jealous and felt left out. Out of my four years here, I had yet to have a secret admirer. I wasn't sure why, sometimes I thought that I was too standoffish when it came to the fraternities, preferring to stand in the corner and be the sober sister instead of being in the thick of the party. Sometimes I thought it was because I was known as 'one of the guys' in most circles. Once, I even thought it was because I wasn't as pretty as my friends. When I made the mistake of telling them that, they threatened me with bodily harm if I said anything stupid like that again. As the people I loved most in this world, I believed them and quickly put those sorts of thoughts away.
It really didn't matter what it was though. Knowing wouldn't change anything. I was still going to have to stand on the sidelines and watch the other girls showing off their gifts while they speculated as to who could be behind them.
The only consolation I had was I knew my friends wouldn't be so bad. They all had boyfriends and didn't freak out when their 'secret admirers/boyfriends' sent things.
"Earth to Bella," Charlotte said as she waved her hand in front of my face, breaking me from my thoughts. When I focused on her, she said, "We're here."
I nodded and crawled from the back of the car, once again following behind as they walked into the mall. Over the next few hours, I sat outside the dressing room as they all tried on dress after dress. I made comments here and there, but mainly I just tried to forget what was coming. By the time they'd all found that one dress that made them more gorgeous than they already were, I was past ready to go. They knew it too, since they didn't try to talk me into getting a dress, using the excuse of just in case.
Instead, they paid and we walked out to the car without a word. It was nice not to have to argue with them that it would be pointless. And as we drove home, the only thought I had was that this week couldn't go by fast enough.
I know it's short, but we'll get longer now. Hope you liked it.