Chapter 9

The next morning Ophelia woke up in a surprisingly good mood and she had Daniel to blame for this. She could still remember the way he looked at her, like she was a piece of art he couldn't take his eyes off. And his kisses, so sweet and soft against her lips…

"Melody is going to be so happy when she hears I've decided to go out with him." She said and giggled thinking of Melody's reaction. She could picture her yelling in delight, clasping her hands in joy.

"Yes, today is a good day." She decided and for the first time she went to school with a smile.

When she arrived she didn't have time to look around her because a small hand grabbed her and dragged her in an empty classroom.

"Tell me everything." Melody said excited.

"I don't know what you're talking about." Ophelia feigned innocence.

"Oh, no. Don't play dumb with me Ophelia Mortenson. You know exactly what I'm talking about. What happened between you and Daniel last night?" Melody asked annoyed.

"Oh about that…" Ophelia said casually.

"Yes about that. Tell me! I'm dying here!" Melody pleaded.

"Well, we sat in the room alone after you left to go see that vase." Ophelia started throwing an accusing look at Melody to which she just batted her eyelashes innocently.

"and then we talked a little about the movie, he asked me out, I said yes and we kissed." She finished in the same neutral tone.

Melody yelled happily and hugged tightly her friend.

" I'm so happy for you Lia. I knew you and Daniel would get along. It's great! We'll go out all four now as couples. We can even go on vacation together." Melody rambled excited.

"Melody chill. We just said we'll go out sometime. I'm not his girlfriend or anything." Ophelia tried to calm her friend.

"You are not his girlfriend yet. But you will be soon. Daniel is only waiting for the right moment to ask you." Melody replied and then she stopped for a moment and eyed her friend seriously.

"You will say yes if he asks you, right?" she asked.

Ophelia froze. What was she supposed to say? She had decided to go out with him but she didn't know if she wanted to become his girlfriend. Was she ready for a relationship? Would she be able to love him?

"I don't know." She answered truthfully. " It's too early to know about that. We'll see."

Melody thought for a minute and then she nodded satisfied.

"You're right." She said. "Sometimes I just get too excited, you know? I don't want to rush you or anything."

"Don't worry about it Mel. I know that you have good intentions." Ophelia reassured her and hugged her.

"Ok, we should go to class now. I can't wait for school to end so I can see Justin." Melody said back to her happy self.

Ophelia smiled. It was times like these she realized why she liked Melody so much. She was like a sunshine always lighting up everything around her.

'Yup, that's my friend'. Ophelia thought and she followed her back to class.

The day passed quickly to Melody's delight and she bid Ophelia goodbye as soon as the bell rang. Melody seemed so happy with Justin. Maybe she could be like this with Daniel as well? If she decided to become his girlfriend would she always have a smile on her face and would her eyes glow every time someone mentioned his name?

She packed her things slowly. She didn't have anything to do so there was no reason to rush. And as if someone had read her thought her cell phone started ringing at that very moment.

"Yes?" she asked.

"Hi Ophelia, it's Daniel."

Her heart skipped a beat hearing his voice on the other line.

"Hey Daniel. I didn't know you had my phone number." She admitted.

"Oh yeah." He laughed nervously. "I took it from Melody. I hope you don't mind."

"No, no not at all. I don't mind." She answered a bit too eager.

"Ok then." He said in a light tone and she could almost sense his lips curling in one of those beautiful smiles. "So I was wondering if you wanted to meet today? Go out to lunch if you want."

"I'd love to. What time do you want to meet?"

"How about now? I could come and pick you up from school." He suggested.

"But I'm not dressed properly." Ophelia hesitated.

"I'm sure you'll be beautiful as always." Daniel said and she felt her cheeks burn.

'How does he know what to say every time?' she wondered.

"Ophelia, you there?" Daniel brought her back in reality.

"Oh yes, I was just thinking sorry." She laughed nervously. "Ok come and pick me up from school."

"Great. I'll be there in ten minutes. See you soon." He said.

"Bye!" she replied and hung up the phone.

Ophelia ran to the bathroom and examined herself in the mirror. She wore torn jeans, snickers and a purple tank top with a matching jacket. Her hair were in a messy ponytail, strands falling in her face. She didn't have even a brush with her.

"I can't let him see me like this. God what am I going to do?" She panicked. "Just my luck, today I need Melody and she had to leave early."

"That's it!" She realized happily. Melody always kept a few things in her locker just in case anything happened.

"You have to be ready every time." She had said once to Ophelia and right now she couldn't help but think how right her friend was.

She ran to Melody's locker and opened it easily. There was everything she needed. A brush, make up, lip gloss... She grabbed the brush, mascara and a pink lip gloss and ran back again in the bathroom. She brushed her hair and decided she didn't have time to put it back up, applied her make up and went to find Daniel.

He was already there waiting for her patiently with a single rose in his hands. He was dressed casually, wearing jeans as well. When he saw her he offered her a warm smile.

"Hey." He said

"Hi." She replied eyeing the rose in his hands.

"That's for you." He offered her the flower.

She took it and examined it. It was a beautiful rose with petals that were a dark pink and turned to a fading one near the center of the flower. She had seen it before, she realized. It was from Justin's garden. He must have noticed yesterday how mesmerised she was with the flowers and now there he was with the single most beautiful rose she had ever seen. She smelled it slowly appreciating its scent .

"Thank you Daniel. It's beautiful." She whispered her eyes still locked at the flower in her hands.

"Yes it is." He agreed knowingly,looking at her the whole time.

Ophelia blushed, not really knowing how to respong. For a moment they just stood there, lost in each other's eyes.

"Shall we go?" she asked a minute later, breaking the silence.

He nodded and gave her his arm.

'Always the perfect gentleman.' She thought as they made their way to the restaurant.