My Head In My Hands

"Hey Sere!" Andrew greeted her as she walked into the arcade.

"Hey Drew" Serena giggled when Andrew winked at her from behind the counter. She took a seat right in front of him. Serena waited a few minutes for Andrew to finish what he was doing. Finally he was done.

"What'll be for the pretty lady?" he asked smiling. Serena blushed.

"Chocolate Milkshake with whipped cream and a couple of berries." She looked around the arcade when Andrew turned around to complete her order. The arcade was quite busy. They were kids all over, sitting in booths, playing games. After a couple of minutes Andrew returned with her order.

"One Chocolate Milkshake with whipped cream and lots of berries for the princess" he grinned when she smiled.

"Thank you" she said meekly. Andrew laughed.

"Since when have you become shy, I guess Darien is rubbing off on you" he told her. Serena blushed.

"So how have you been Drew? I missed you" Serena sipped of her Milkshake.

"Yeah it was getting lonely in here without you"

"Well you're not lonely anymore, I'm back. I just had a big test and I didn't want to waste time coming here." She said absent mindedly. Andrew put his chin up.

"So when you're with me you're wasting time?" he asked in a mock serious tone. Serena's eyes widened.

"No, no not at all. I meant having fun, you know because I had to study an-. . . . I'm making things worse aren't I?" Serena asked finally. Andrew grinned and nodded.

"Aww don't worry Serena I know what you meant"

"Andrew! That's so mean of you to do that!" Serena whined pouting.

"So Serena why didn't you come to the party? I was expecting to see you there" Andrew said while putting cups away with his back turned. What party?

"What do you mean?" she asked drinking form her shake.

"You know, Darien's party on Saturday. He said you couldn't come because you had things to do. I thought you'd be there certainly since it was a college party" he answered her with his back still turned. Party? Darien had a party? Maybe I forgot about it. But why would Darien tell Andrew I had stuff to do? He knew I was at home doing nothing.

Serena had a sinking feeling at the pit of her stomach.

"Serena?" came Andrews's concerned voice.

"Huh?" was her smart answer.

"You okay?" he asked worriedly.

"Yeah I'm fine; I just remembered I have to go somewhere, so bye Drew" She dropped a few dollar bills on the counter before walking out of the arcade leaving a surprised Andrew behind.

"Okay. . . . ."

Serena walked towards the park. She had decided that Darien had thought that she was busy, and that's why he didn't invite her.

But he could've at least asked.

Maybe he thought if he asked me I would drop whatever I was doing to go to his party.

It doesn't add up, he knew you weren't doing anything. YOU even asked him if you guys could do something, he said he was busy.

There it was that sinking feeling again.

Serena walked to the rose section of the park. They always cheered her up. Serena scowled at herself. Why was she making such a big deal out of this? It was nothing.

Serena's face brightened when she walked in to the glass house. It wasn't her first time here, but still the place awed her every time she came. Serena noted that the roses where more alive looking than usual. She knew the gardener that took care of the roses. He was a chubby old man, who had the cutest toothless grin she ever saw. He was always pleasant. Serena felt bad for him, his wife had passed away a couple of years ago and his son wasn't taking care of him at all. He had packed up one day and left his old father by himself. The old man didn't think badly of it though, he told her his son must have had a good reason, and he was welcome back anytime.

She kneeled in front of a bunch of roses and smelled them.

They're beautiful

The place was deserted for except some obnoxious girls who were giggling and laughing really loudly. Serena frowned, this was a peaceful place. Serena wasn't listening to the girls but the mention of a certain dark haired boy had her full attention.

"Oh my Gosh! Darien's party was, like, so awesome." Said the dark haired one.

"I swear! He's like so hot!" The other three girls nodded enthusiastically. Serena felt good knowing that the hot guy they were talking about was indeed her boyfriend.

"I would, like, kiss the life out of him if he ever looked at me!" exclaimed the tall one.

"I would, like, go out with him, and give myself to him, like, on the first date!" Serena blushed.

"Yeah too bad he's dating someone!" said the other girl.

"He is!?!" the rest yelled a bit too loudly making Serena wince.

"Yeah, Andrew told Anne to lay off after she like approached him the 13th time, saying that he had a girlfriend!" said the one who was quiet through the hole thing.

"No way! I didn't see her at the party though!"

"Yeah me neither, why wasn't she there?" asked the dark haired one again.

"I heard she, like, is still in high school, maybe he didn't want her to be at like a college party like that one!" Serena nodded absent mindedly, that sounded like her Darien. Of course he would do that!

"Or maybe he was ashamed of her so he didn't, like, invite her!" they all burst out laughing. Serena couldn't keep the hurt expression of her face.

"Did you ever see her?" the tall one asked the girl next to her.

"Yeah, she isn't that bad looking but she has this absolutely horrible hairstyle. They're, like, two buns on top of her head!" all of them laughed again. Serena's eyes watered. Before the other girls could say anything else, a tall red head walked over to them.

"Hey Anne!" they all greeted her.

"Hey what were you girls talking about?" She asked putting her hands on her hips.

"About Darien" the tall one answered. Anne had a weird glint in her eyes before it disappeared, and she smirked.

"You mean my future boyfriend?" she asked over confident. All of them smirked.

"But he, like, has a girlfriend" the quiet one added.

"That ugly creature? She's no competition at all. Even if she was so precious why wasn't she at the party? I was, and I had a great time with Darien" All of them giggled. Serena frowned, tears spilling over and running down her rosy cheeks.

"What did you do with him? Did you, like, sleep with him?"

"Not sleeping but we had a good kissing session in his bedroom!" all of them gasped. Serena's eyes widened. No, it couldn't be. Darien would never cheat on her right?

"And anyways I heard Darien telling Andrew that he was sick of his girlfriend's childish behavior and that he felt like he was babysitting her all the time-" Serena couldn't listen anymore. She turned and started running off in the direction of her house sobbing the whole way

Serena hit the snooze button on her alarm clock. Instead of lying back as she always did, Serena stood up and went to the mirror. It had been two days since she heard the girls talk, and it had been two days since she last talked to Darien. She had gone to school like normally but today everything came done on her for real. Everything that was said made a damage now, and she was feeling sick.

She realized that she was the one who called him always and that he never bothered to call her. These past days were an example. She had prayed to Selene that the things she heard from the girls a couple of days ago were fake and untrue, but His unforgivable silence said everything she needed to know.

"Serena, honey you're going to be late. You've been punctual these couple of months we don't want to ruin that now-. . ." Ilene stopped talking after she saw her daughters pained face and ill appearance from the mirror. She took a couple of steps to reach Serena.

"Honey, are you alright?" she asked worriedly.

"Mom I don't feel so good" was the last words form her before Serena disappeared in the bathroom and cleaned out her stomach.

Ami looked at the clock in the classroom. She frowned, it was almost time for lunch and Serena still wasn't here. She looked over at Lita who returned her worried glance. They both nodded to each other, telling each other that they would go to Serena's house and check on her
"Hey Darien" Andrew greeted Darien as he took a seat by the counter. "Coffee?" he asked smiling. "You know it" Darien replied. Andrew turned to make Darien's coffee, while Darien himself looked around the arcade. It was almost 5 o'clock and surprisingly there was no Serena.

"So Dare where is Serena?" Andrew asked casually as he placed his coffee in front of him.

"Wasn't she here?" Andrew shook his head.

"The last time she was here was two days ago and even then she didn't say long. She said she had something to do and just left. I thought maybe you knew where she is" Andrew said cleaning the counter.

"I don't. She hasn't called me in two days. I don't know where she is" Andrew raised his eyebrows. "What?" asked Darien.

"So because she didn't call you have no contact?" Andrew asked. Darien nodded.

"And you didn't bother to call her why?" he asked. Darien shrugged.

"I don't know, normally she calls me two times a day so I guess I didn't bother calling her because I thought she would call me" was his only explanation.

"So Dare, why couldn't Serena attend your party?" Andrew asked giving another customer their banana splits. Darien shifted uncomfortably.

"Uh, I don't know she had some stuff to do" he said avoiding his friend's eyes. Andrew didn't notice though.

"She acted like she didn't know what I was talking about when I asked her" he said casually. Darien straightened up his eyes widening.

"You did what?" his voice breaking.

"I asked her why she didn't come and she didn't know what I was talking about, then without answering she just flew out of the arcade" Feelings of dread rushed into Darien's heart.

Without another word, he flew out of the arcade leaving a surprised Andrew behind.

"Seriously, what's up with these diva goodbyes. . ?" he shook his head before returning to another customer.

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