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The Complicated Life of Mary

Chapter 3: Vanessa the Evil, Brock the Good

The next day seemed to be pretty normal for a spring day. It was nice and cool out, but not so cold that you needed to wear a jacket. I sat in my library, awaiting the arrival of Gray, though I knew he wouldn't be there for quite some time. Suddenly, the door opened. In walked Brock. I was pleased to see that he had decided to come to the library. My mood quickly fell when a blonde head followed quickly behind him. Vanessa investigated my tower closely.

"This place is so… dark. No wonder you're so pale." Vanessa commented. I shot the farmer a glare before turning to Brock.

"Can I help you?" I asked, promptly ignoring Vanessa.

"Oh, no thanks, I was just seeing everywhere. Wow… How many books do you have?" He exclaimed.

"Too many to count."

"I see… hmm… you know what? I think I'll take a book out." I smiled.

"Well," I said standing up, "what genre do you prefer?"

"Romance. I'm a softy at heart." Brock replied. I showed him the way upstairs to where all the best romance novels were located. Vanessa followed. I scrolled through all the books. I pulled out a couple of good romance stories.

"These are really good. I've read them." I told him, handing him the books.

"Thanks." He said taking them. He then made his way back down the stairs, leaving me and the Devilette alone.

"Wow, these books are so old looking." Vanessa noticed. She looked at the walls. There was a short pause.

"Why do you even bother with books? They are just a waste of time." She stated shortly after.

"Uh-huh… You know, I'm just going to pretend you didn't say anything." I decided. She stopped and looked at me.

"Oh, you don't agree? You think books are… useful?" She questioned.

"Yes, because they are, and everybody you would ask probably agrees with me." Vanessa smiled sweetly.

"Well, apparently they don't agree with you, judging by the fact that people never come here. And I can see why, this place is horrible. They should just knock it down. It's a waste of space, just like these books." She said to me, venom coating her words. I glared at her, and I swear I would have killed her right then and there if the door hadn't opened from downstairs. I gave the blue-eyed witch with a B one last menacing glance before running down the stairs. I entered the small main floor to find Gray and Brock talking.

"Oh, hello Gray." I greeted. In an instant, Vanessa was downstairs.

"Hey Mary." He replied.

"Ohhh, so you're Gray. Nice to meet you." Vanessa said sweetly. Gray shook her hand, and Vanessa giggled flirtatiously. I rolled my eyes.

"Sooo… you come here often?" She asked Gray, twirling a strand of her golden hair around a slender finger.

"Yeah, I like reading." Gray replied honestly.

"Oh my gosh, me too. I read all the time. Books are so cool to me." I stared at her, my mouth hanging open. She just completely lied to impress Gray!

"Oh, cool. Maybe I'll come by your farm sometime." Gray said. Vanessa giggled again.

"I'd like that." She said. Gray smiled. I glared at the back of Vanessa's head as she left the building. Brock left soon afterwards. Gray went over to his usual spot and started to read his current book. I shook my head and sat down at my dusty, old desk. I decided to put all thoughts of Vanessa out of my mind and focus on my writing. I had finished my fairytale, so I decided to write a new story. A more modern story. I wrote about a girl who was in love with a guy who only considered her his friend. Then, a very beautiful, but very evil, girl came and stole the man of her dreams, so the girl was lonely. I had written many stories like that. The only difference now was that I was afraid it would really happen. Vanessa was such a flirt. She could probably get every single guy in Mineral Town to fall in love with her within her first week here. I rolled my eyes at the thought. I continued to write about the girl in my story's misfortune until 4. Gray left quickly, flashing me his amazingly cute smile. It made me melt inside.

"See ya tomorrow Mary." He said before leaving. I sighed when he left.

"Oh my Goddess Vanessa, why did you have to come to Mineral Town?" I silently asked. I thought about Brock. He was nice, funny, smart… it was hard to believe that he and Miss 'I lie to get what I want' were related! I shook my head and walked out of the library, locking it behind me. I decided I would go to the inn, talk to someone. I entered the inn to see Karen and Ann talking. I walked over to them.

"Hey guys." I said. Ann waved and Karen just nodded in my general direction. I took the seat next to Karen.

"So, how are you today Mary?" Karen asked. She was already fairly drunk, judging by the fact that there were about 20 empty wine glasses near her, even though it was only about 4:10.

"Oh, fine." I replied. I decided it would be best if I didn't tell them about mine and Vanessa's little encounter.

"How do ya'll like Vanessa?" Ann asked, addressing both me and Karen. I thought about the question, even though my answer was totally clear to me. I didn't really want to tell Ann and Karen that I couldn't stand Vanessa (though she had only been in Mineral Town 2 days), seeing as how those two were the next generation of gossipers, especially when one of them was impaired.

"I don't mind her." I lied.

"Well I hate her." Karen replied.

"Ya me too. I mean, she's just so annoying! She came here today, ya know. At least she has a nice brother." Ann agreed. Karen smiled.

"I love him." She said, in a daze. Ann raised an eyebrow.

"Karen?" The red head said.

"Ya?" Karen asked.

"You're an idiot."

"I agree completely." I laughed. Karen scowled at me.

"Wasso funny?" She asked, slurring her words together.

"You." I replied, still giggling.

"Ya well, you're a purple pony with an afro, like Cliff." Karen smiled triumphantly. I blinked.

"Ooookay then… Karen?" I said.

"Ya?" Karen asked.

"I think you've had too much to drink." Karen frowned.


"Okay Karen, whatever floats your boat." I said.

"You seeee? You are very jealous of my awesomeness." Karen confirmed before passing out and falling off her stool. Ann peered over the counter at her drunk friend.

"Wow… I think that's a new record." Ann exclaimed.

"Yep." I agreed. Ann walked around the bar counter towards the blacked-out Karen. She attempted to pick her up, but failed miserably (and just to clarify, Ann isn't that strong, though she is very threatening). She looked at me.

"Are ya gonna help me or are ya just gonna sit there lookin' at me like an idiot?" She asked. I rolled my eyes and hopped off the stool. I picked up the drunken girl, along with Ann and we walked towards and out the Inn doors.

"Oh Goddess, this girl is heavy!" I exclaimed.

"I believe it's all the wine she drunk." Ann said.

"Ya, well, I wouldn't be surprised." Ann laughed, and so did I. It felt nice to laugh with someone. I never really had any friendships with anyone, except for with Gray. Soon we were at Karen's house, so we pushed open the door and let her mother take over. We walked outside together.

"Well, see ya." I said to Ann.

"Later." She replied. As I walked back to my house, I thought about the day I had just had. It was… interesting. I was pretty sure Ann was my friend. Well, that would make two friends.