When everyone yelled surprise at me, I fell back from the shock of everyone screaming at me. Luckily, Fabian was right behind me, so I fell into his arms. He helped me up with a scarlet blush painting his cheeks. As soon as I was back on my feet, I found myself in the shockingly tight embrace of a lady who was a lot older than the gaggle of teens blocking the door.
"Nina, dearie. Do you remember who I am? No, of course you don't. I can't believe I'd even ask you such a thing. I'm Trudy, the House Mother." She said, beaming at me with tears streaking down her cheeks.
"Umm…as much as I love these sappy reunions, I think it will be a lot better for Nina's health if we get her inside." A boy with dirty blonde bangs falling over his head said. Next to him, a girl with shiny ebony ringlets rolled her eyes and elbowed him in the stomach.
"Of course. Fabian called me from the hospital…and we've decided to set you up on the couch." Trudy said, replacing Fabian's arm behind me and leading me into what appeared to be the living room. My eyes were instantly drawn to a figure standing in the middle of a coffee table.
"An alligator?" I asked skeptically, causing the dirty-blonde haired guy and the African American boy to crack up laughing. Next I looked up at the rest of the room. A huge banner with "Welcome Home Nina!" written on it hung above a television, and blue streamers covered the walls in fascinating twists and turns. Surrounding the alligator were snacks of all different kinds.
"Here sweetie. Just sit down. Once you're sitting down we can get you introduced to everyone." I nodded gently, trying not to hurt my head in the process. Fabian and Trudy lowered me onto the couch, placing three pillows behind me so I wouldn't be sitting straight up. The blonde girl brought down a blanket from upstairs.
"Okay…so can you please tell me your names now?" I asked.
The blonde haired girl stepped forward first. "I'm Amber, your roommate. I love pink, and my hobbies include designing fashions, shopping, and matchmaking." She said, drawing out the last word. "Next to me is Mick, and next to him is Mara. That guy who's trying to smell her hair without us noticing is Jerome. The kid who's making kissy faces at him now is Alfie, and finally, the girl who's rolling her eyes at Alfie is Patricia." She said.
"Thank you, Amber. For introducing us in such an…interesting manner." Mara said, still blushing from the fact Jerome was trying to smell her.
"Hey, never mind this lot. Let's dig in." Mick said, stuffing his mouth with food.
"Mick! It's Nina's party. Didn't you learn about waiting until the guest of honor eats before you do in kindergarten?" Amber asked, lightly smacking him on the arm.
"Nina, do you see anything that looks good to you?" Fabian asked. I pointed to some sugar cookies, and he nodded as if that's what he expected me to pick.
"What is it?" I asked.
"These have been your favorite ever since you got to Anubis House." he said.
"It's true." Patricia said. "The first time Trudy made them after you got here, you practically wolfed the whole plate down."
"Now now, let's not exaggerate." Trudy said.
"Yeah, at least you weren't as bad as Mick." Amber said, pointing towards him. His mouth looked like it should've been bursting open from the amount of food in his mouth.
"How does he do that?" I whispered.
"No one knows." Mara said.
"We might be sending him to a science lab for testing this summer." Alfie said. Everyone burst into laughter as Mick looked up, making a sound of protest that caused crumbs to fly out of his mouth. Anyone standing laughed so hard that the fell onto the nearest piece of furniture. Unfortunately for me, I ended up being Fabian's piece of furniture.
Looking down at a blushing Fabian, I giggled girlishly. "Comfortable?" I asked.
"Sorry." He muttered, jumping up off of me. "I…I didn't mean to." He stuttered.
"Don't worry about it. You wouldn't hurt me." I stated. Suddenly, I became hyperaware at the numerous eyes that were looking at me, and I blushed too.
"Hey Mara," Jerome said, "maybe you should go up to Nina's room and get her journal." He said, drawing out journal for a reason I didn't know.
"Okay." She said, and she walked out of the room. Suddenly a deep voice boomed throughout the room.
"What is the meaning of this?" a tall brooding man shouted as he walked into the living room. His head was balding, and any hair left was a dark stormy grey. He scowled as his eyes scanned the room, and he pulled a stopwatch out of his tan dress coat. "Trudy, you know the rules about eating in the living room. And it's nearly suppertime. Shouldn't you be cooking?" he asked harshly.
"Victor…we have good reason..."she started speaking, only to be cut off by him raising a finger in a motion designed to silence him.
"Why is Miss Martin's head covered in bandages?" he asked.
"It happened when the kids went ice skating today. Mick accidentally ran into her, and she hit her head on the ice. She has amnesia and a bad head wound." Trudy said, her voice sounding more defensive than explanatory.
"Do you remember me, Miss Martin?" he asked. I shook my head, and felt a hand gently cover my shoulder. I looked over to see Fabian and smiled.
"Ah, I see. Well, I am Victor, the head of Anubis House. I expect you to follow all house rules that you are able to. First, there are several places you are forbidden to go into. The attic, the cellar, and my office. Second, you are forbidden to be up and walking up and around after 10 o'clock."
"Victor, let her be. Besides, I need to talk to you about a couple of things." Trudy said, motioning for him to follow her into the kitchen. He followed her, but right before he left he decided to turn around and give us one last chilling glare.
"He's a real charmer, huh." Mara said, walking into the room with a book that I figured was my journal.
"Oh yeah. He volunteers at orphanages during his free time." Jerome said.
"He's creepy." I said as Mara handed me the journal.
"You got that right. He's like so creepy." Amber said. After that, everyone started doing their own thing. Mara had her own little tutoring group going on the other couch, with Mick, Alfie and Jerome as her students. Amber was reading a fashion magazine, and Patricia was listening to her mp3. Fabian had moved onto the couch next to me and was just finishing up his math homework. Bored, I was digging through his messenger bag. I had his permission of course. Looking in his bag, I saw a skinny white book squished between two textbooks. Pulling it out, I was shocked at what I found.
"Romeo and Juliet?" I asked quizzically. Suddenly my brain was filled with lines from the play.
"Umm…yeah. Even though we already did a couple of scenes after you got here, he wants me to do the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet. He actually wanted me to perform it with you." Fabian said, clearing his throat. I scanned through my head, trying to remember what that scene was about.
"Fabian, that's the scene where they kiss." I said, blushing at the idea of kissing him.
Why did I let her look through my messenger bag? How could I forget that book was in there? I mentally screamed at myself. Amber was giggling from behind her magazine, and I somehow knew that she was somehow involved in the current situation.
Flashback: Yesterday (Friday)
We were in drama, and Mr. Winkler was running late for class. Jerome was spending half of his time playing chess with Mara and half of his time wrestling Alfie. Mick was taking a nap, and Patricia was complaining to me about some random guy who made fun of her fake streaks. Fabian and Nina, as always, were brewing in their own obliviousness. Nina was ecstatically whispering something to Fabian, no doubt it was about Sibuna stuff, and every time she touched him he blushed. WWVBD? I wondered to myself. Surely there has to be a way for me to get them together.
"Hello class. I have an exciting announcement. Our next project is two-person scenes. You will have to pair off into groups of two. Most of you will be finding a scene, but I will give a couple of groups who aren't using their full potential a scene to perform. All of your scenes will be performed in front of the class in two weeks time. That does involve costumes." He said, looking particularly at Jerome and Alfie. "Well, go on. Get working."
Suddenly a I had a light bulb moment. Oh my gosh, that is EXACTLY what Victoria Beckham would do! I thought. Then I ran up to Mr. Winkler. He looked up, then asked me what was wrong.
"Mr. Winkler, I have a huge favor to ask. You know how Fabian and Nina are like TOTALLY in love but won't take the next step? Well, I have an idea that would help that if you would go along with it." I whispered, not wanting to be overheard.
"I'm listening." He said.
"Really? I mean, of course you are. So here's what you need to do. Make Nina and Fabian do the scene from Romeo and Juliet where they first meet. They kiss twice in that scene." I stated.
"Alright." He said, smiling at what I figured was the idea that he could be helping bring young lovers together.
"You rock, Mr. Winkler. Has anyone ever told you that?" I squealed, running off to find a partner of my own.
End of Flashback
Hey guys, so what did you think? In the next chapter you will find out what Alfie, Mara and Jerome put into Nina's diary. Also, you'll find out what Trudy went off to talk to Victor about. And get ready, because there's JARA in the next chapter!
I'll try to update soon, but my science teacher gives us SO MUCH HOMEWORK!