Chapter 4: Dress for Success
After class, Harper and I talked near her locker.
"So, I know you like someone." I said, leaning closer to her. She blushed, giggling.
"I do not!" She said, waving her hand at me dismissively. Justin walked out of his classroom and Harper began fixing her hair.
"No. Way. Justin?" I gasped in surprise.
"Shh! He'll hear you!" She hissed, as he turned around. She grabbed me and pulled me to the set of lockers around the corner. Justin was talking to a cute brunette boy, with an excited look on his face. A moment later, Justin did an odd gesture to the boy and walked over to us.
"Oh my God, he's coming this way! What do I do? What should I say? Oh, I'll start with a friendly greeting!" Harper was saying, rapidly.
"Okay?" I said, slowly.
"Hi, Justin! How's it going? Did you enjoy your class? Was it difficult?" She continued to speak quickly as Justin walked to me. She kept on talking, not noticing the fact that Justin wasn't paying attention to her.
"Hey, Yvette!" He said to me. He smelled like pine trees, which I found intoxicating.
"Hi." I breathed, and then cleared my throat.
"You all right?" He asked, concerned.
"Y-yeah. Um, am I in your way?" I said, in my normal voice.
"No, my locker's over there." He pointed to it and I followed his finger.
"Oh." I replied, turning back and with a jolt, I realized how close he'd gotten to me.
"And then, Yvette told me that Mercury was supposed to be the planet closest to the sun. That's when I realized my mistake and I quickly changed all the planets around. Then I noticed that I'd mixed up Neptune and Uranus. What a stupid mistake, right? Anyway, so I fixed that and then went downstairs again. That's when I saw you being offered a piece of toast by Yvette. I just want to say that I think she's swell. Well, I mean, you are too, Justin. Oh, hey, Yvette! I forgot you were still here! What was I saying? Oh yeah! How's your morning been, Justin? Was the test hard? Well, I don't think so since you're so smart and cute. God, did I say that out loud? That's embarrassing." Harper was saying, at about 70 miles per hour. I put my hand on her mouth, but she was still talking.
"I'm gonna go to my next class. Say, Yvette?" Justin turned to me.
"Do you wanna sit with me during lunch today?"
"Sure! I'll bring Motor-mouth too." I half smiled at him. He nodded and my hand fell from Harper's mouth.
"So that was my day so far. Okay, see you later Justin, bye!" Harper finished her speedy speech and waved to his retreating figure.
"Are you normally that talkative when Justin's around?" I asked, amazed.
"You know I am! What was he saying to you anyway?" She said, in her regular tone.
"Um…" I wasn't sure what to say.
"Oh, what does it matter? Come on, let's go to our next class!" She dragged me along. At lunch, I looked around for Justin. I found him and walked over to his table. He was sitting with a handful of guys.
"Harper, do me a favor, and just sit next to me. Don't talk, just sit there and keep on looking pretty." I said, hoping she wouldn't be offended.
"Oh yeah, sure. Why? Where are we sitting?" Her question was answered by Justin's wave.
"On second thought, Yvette, I'll meet up with you later. I gotta go… talk to my counselor. Okay, bye!" She said this as rapidly as she had been speaking before and left. I let out a noise of disbelief and shrugged. I walked alone to Justin's table and sat down across from him.
"Hey, Yvette!" Justin greeted me. All the guys were staring at me.
"Yvette's a real girl?" One of them asked. He had curly red hair and wore wire glasses. His shirt was yellow and blue plaid and he wore corduroy pants with penny loafers.
"Ha ha, funny Clyde. Yes, she is. Yvette, these are my friends: Clyde, Walter, Daniel, Riley, and Zeke. Guys, this is Yvette de Luna. She's visiting from… Canada." Justin said, after a brief pause.
"Really? Canada, eh?" The boy introduced as Walter said. He had a chubby face and wore a green tee shirt with work out pants and well-worn tennis shoes.
"Yeah, British Columbia, actually."
"Cool! I've always been fascinated by Canadians." An awkward looking, but mildly cute brunette guy, Zeke, said. I smiled at him, not noticing Justin's glare. After lunch, Justin walked me to my next class.
"Thanks, Justin. You're actually one of the only guys here who aren't clearly hitting on me just because of my looks, I appreciate it." I felt my heart race as he gently put his hand on my shoulder.
"I'm always here for you, Yvette."
"Same here. For you, not me." I mentally hit myself before I went into class.
After school, Harper met up with Alex and me at the sub station.
"Hey, Harper!" We chorused.
"Guess what, Yvette? Gigi invited all three of us to a tea party tonight! I'm so excited! You wanna come?"
"Sure! But I don't have any dresses to wear." I noticed the twinkle of mischief in Alex's eyes.
"I'm sure I've got something for you." Alex said, as Harper waved goodbye to us.
"Alex, you're not gonna use magic, are you?" I asked in a hushed voice after Harper left.
"What? Psh, I'd never do something like that!" Alex laughed, before she spotted her brother.
"Justin, I need your help."
"Oh no, what did you destroy this time?" He asked, afraid of the answer.
"Okay, it was your robot, but that's not important right now!"
"You destroyed my intelligence seeking robot?"
"Let's focus on my problem and then we'll deal with yours."
"Alex!" He looked at her in shock.
"Please?" She gave him her puppy dog face. He caved.
"What do you need help with?"
"Picking out a dress for Yvette, but I don't wanna bug Dad or Mom for a ride to the mall."
"Are you suggesting that I use magic to help you help Yvette?"
"Pretty much, yeah."
"I don't know, Alex…"
"Please, Justin?" She pulled me into view. He sighed and shook his head.
"Fine!" He said, exasperated. Taking out his wand, he looked at me intently before he put his wand down.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"I… I can't use a spell on you, Yvette. Wizard laws prohibit use of magic on magical creatures, especially stars."
"Oh, I understand." I felt a bit sad, but refused to let it show.
"Don't be, after all I don't want you to get in trouble because of me. I guess I'll just skip the party. Thanks anyway, Justin and Alex." I started going upstairs.
"Wait!" Justin ran forward and took my arm in his hand. I looked at him in surprise.
"I can't use magic on you, but there's nothing in the Wizard Rule Book prohibiting the use of magic to make something. Hold on, I just have to remember the correct spell… Give me a minute…" He went into the walk-in refrigerator, closing the door behind him. Max appeared seconds later.
"Hey, Yvette!" He smiled.
"Hey, Max, what's up?" I responded.
"Nothing, I was just wondering where Justin was. I found something in my room and I don't know what it is. I figured he might."
"Max, you find something in your room everyday. It's called the floor." Alex said, folding her arms.
"I know that, I'm not an idiot!"
"Could've fooled me!" She muttered.
"But this time I really did find something, and I need Justin's help to figure out what it is." Max continued, ignoring Alex's last comment.
"What do you need Justin's help for?" Justin asked, appearing beside Alex. She jumped.
"Don't do that to me!"
"Shut up and answer Max's question before he explodes!" She snapped.
"Alex, at least let him breathe first!" I said.
"Justin, I found something in my room that isn't the floor. I need your help to figure out what it is because when I touched it, it moved." Max said, in a rushed tone.
"All right, I'll be there in a minute. I just have something to do first."
"You're my favorite brother!" Max beamed before going upstairs.
"I'm his only brother." Justin muttered.
"Didn't you have to do something?" I prompted him.
"Oh yeah! I wish for a dress, for the girl I like best, make it as beautiful as the stars in the sky and do not ask me why. Dressicus appearacus!" He waved his wand and a dress appeared. I smiled and it floated into my arms. It was pitch black and sparkled in the light. Plus, it was just my size and length too.
"I've never seen a dress like this in all my life!" I breathed.
"You don't like it, do you? I knew I read the wrong incantation!"
"No, no! This is the most beautiful dress my own eyes have ever witnessed. I love it, thank you Justin." I kissed his cheek and he turned bright red. I smiled as I gently carried my dress upstairs to change into it.