In the haze of my mind, I asked the girl who stood in front of me, "Who are you?"
I was standing in the middle of what seemed like a swamp and the only living being in front of me was a girl. She had blonde hair, and her eyes were a light shade of blue, a colour that seemed so familiar to me, but yet so distant. I seem to have known her from somewhere, but I do not recall anything about her.
"Are you... Freddie?" she spat, unexpected from a girl.
"You... know me?" I was more concerned about finding someone familiar than her attitude. Maybe she could help me find my way out of this swamp.
"Oh, so you're Freddie," she frowned. "For some reason, your name was stuck in my head when I woke up. Do you know me, by any chance?"
I took a step back in fear. "No... And I guess you don't know me then..."
"What are we doing here?" she asked.
There goes my chance of leaving this place. "Frankly, I don't really know. My mind went blank for a moment there and when I finally regained 'consciousness', I was already here. Weird, I thought I was still in school a moment ago. How did I end up here?"
"Well, at least we've got something in common," she sighed, staring at the ominous sky. "Come on, Fredweird, let's find our way out of here."
"What did you call me?" I wanted to make sure I wasn't hearing things.
"Get moving," she rolled her eyes as though she was annoyed. "We don't have all day."
For some reason, the name felt so familiar, ringing a bell in my memories. But I couldn't seem to find any trace of it in my "database".
The sky had already turned dark by the time we found a large empty grassland. I heaved a sigh of relief as I gestured to the blonde-headed girl. "I think we found our exit. If we head towards this direction, we'll definitely get to Seattle."
"You live in Seattle too?" she asked, with a puzzled look on her face. I nodded. "Judging from your height and your skimpy arms, you must be in high school. Which school do you go to?"
Skimpy? I was a little offended at first, but now I really wanted to know if we had more than one thing in common. "Ridgeway High."
"That's impossible," she frowned. "I've picked on every guy in Ridgeway. I've even made a list that's thirty-seven pages long with their names. Did you just transfer in recently?"
"No," I replied. "I've been studying in Ridgeway since forever."
"Since forever?" she raised an eyebrow and gave me that look that said wow-that's-lame.
I sighed. "You sound like you've been studying there for a while too. But I swear I've never seen you before or even known your name, not that I know of it now."
"The name's Sam," she stated while she continued on the trail. "Sam Puckett."
I raised my eyebrows. "Sam? As in, Samantha?"
"Nobody calls me that!" she burst out suddenly.
"I'm... Fredward Benson," I smiled, holding out my hand to her, but she just shrugged it away. "That's rude."
"Well, you're not my mom, so don't bother lecturing me over manners, not that she does any of that anyway." She sighed, frowning.
I felt a pang of guilt over me. My mom's been really nice to me, and she's not even my biological mother. From the corner of my eyes, I could see a tear running down her cheek, but she wiped it away quickly. I tried to avert her gaze when she noticed me looking at her. That's when I saw a breathtaking scene unfold in front of me.
"Monarch butterflies!" Sam yelled as a sea of butterflies filled the skies. "I have to get a picture of this!"
She fished the phone out of her pocket and attempted to switch it on, then she frowned.
"What's wrong?" I asked. "Is it out of battery?"
"I think so..." she picked on the button once again. "It's not working."
My eyes drifted to the scene while she continued fiddling with the old technology. Someone has got to get this girl the new PearPhone. "Whoa..." my lips formed the shape of an 'O' as my heart skipped a beat at the breathtaking sight. Then, I remembered my phobia of insects.
"Hey, get away from me!" she pried my hands away from her shoulder as I desperately clung onto her.
I tried my best to hide from the migrating butterflies as their scales rained down on us. "I'm... afraid of insects."
"But they're just butterflies!" Sam pushed me away from her. "I can't believe you're such a nub!"
"I can't believe you're being so pushy!"
We froze at that moment. Each seeming to remember something from the other's words. The scales glittered in the moonlight like fairydust, encircling us with its trail. The minty breath of the night threw sparks at the night sky, burning little holes through its fabric so that the little stars could peek at the limitless land that stretched past the grass and to the bright pink of the day.
Our eyes were fixed on each other, seeming to find something that we had once lost. But that small spark was insufficient to light up the dark room of feelings... Feelings of loss...
We had fallen asleep on the green pasture. Our silence that night had taken a toll on us. I never knew that keeping silent could take so much more energy than arguing.
The sky had changed once again, blushing deeply as the sun rose high in the sky to offer its blessings. As it smiled down at us, our eyes opened to a brand new day, with new beginnings and new things to learn about each other. Now, I just wished that we would never have to return to our normal lives again.
A/N: Hey guys, I'm SO sorry about not updating for the last three months. I never knew my hiatus was going to take this long... T-T I'm still struggling with my homework as I post this. Ugh... my vacation's ending soon and I still have so much to do... Sigh... I'll try my best to update this fic as well as 'iFall For You All Over Again'. Sorry!