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"Why is this not looking the way I imagined it would?!"
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I try the outfit I prepped two days ago and it looks fine, great even. But the problem is, my hair is failing to cooperate with me. I made french braid last night after I showered so my hair would look wavy and voluminous but instead it looks frizzy and kind of hideous. I tried styling it in every way possible but it's not working at all.
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I give up.
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My hands are hurting from moving it around my head for a whole hour and I also only have an hour left.
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I need to hurry.
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I finalize on straightening my hair and put on a grey cap with the words "SELFIE" written over it in holographic. I tie my red flannel around my waist which I paired with denim jeans and a white shirt and touch up my makeup.
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I take a deep breath and go out my bedroom door. I look at my watch and it's 12 AM.
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Mom is still sleeping in her room and I decide not to disturb her. She was working all night because of overtime.
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Max is tapping his fingers on the kitchen counter. All dressed up and ready to reach the school. I smile when I see him and get strawberry milk from the refrigerator and gulp it down.
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"Hey, let's go." I tell Max and he pouts. His green eyes narrowing me.
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"Finally. You look crazy by the way."
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Before I can punch him on the back, he runs off the door and I follow behind him. Meghan told me she'd be there by 8 because she had to set up her stall. I asked if I can help in any way but she told me she can handle it. I'm trying my best not to look excited but I can't help it. I've been looking forward to this day since the day it was announced.
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The weather isn't too cold and nor too hot. It's just perfect. Just like I hope today will be as well.
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"Hey! Look who's here!" I greet Alyssa as soon as I enter the backgate of our school. It's the wider door that's rarely opened for our assembly.
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Max is already gone to his friends the second he walked through the entrance. I swear this brat has no patience.
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Aly is wearing a dark blue sweather with ripped jeans. Her hair is bouncing off her shoulders in loose waves. Her beige boots are my favorite part of her outfit.
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"Love the boots!"
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"Thanks! I love yours too!" She points at my red and black sneakers.
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I interwine my left arm into hers and we take a stroll around the area.
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It looks slightly different than usual. There are now a few rides and a trampoline where all the kindergartners are jumping as if they'll be able to fly right out into space. The corners of the school ground are occupied with various types of stalls. Food, games, clothes and soo much more.
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It's not fully crowded yet but more people are slowly coming inside. I spot Meghan's stall and we reach upto her. Her delicious brownies are displayed in a transparent box.
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"I'd like one please." I say with a smile.
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"I'll make it a two for you." She says and a dimple appears on her cheek.
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"This special offer only stands for you guys." Meghan winks and hands me two brownies wrapped in parchment paper. I pay her and take a bite. Alyssa grabs the other one from the parchment and enjoys it the way I am. Just more carefully. She hates it if anything drops on her clothes. That's why we call her a neat freak. She doesn't mind it because she agrees with the term either way.
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It's lovely. The nutella brownie is warm with the right amount of chewiness. I know these are going to sell out in seconds.
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Alyssa and I continue to check other stalls after we tell Meghan that we'll be back once Jasmine reaches here. She told us she'll be running a little late because her older brother is out for work and as soon as he's back, he'll drop her off along with her little sister, Shaila.
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"You fully believe that he'll show up?" Alyssa asks and I don't even have to ask who she's talking about.
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Its obviously Nathan.
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"Ofcourse! I have this gut feeling that he will walk right through that gate any minute now."
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"You've gone crazy Mads." Alyssa shakes her head.
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And maybe she's right. I've never felt this way about anyone before. Sure there were a few crushes but this? This feels more than "just a crush" I don't know how to explain it yet but it's different.
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I turn on my phone and we both click pictures and selfies together. The stage where the kids are running around are being asked to leave by the teachers so that they can set up their mic. The speakers that were blaring soft music now changes to a song I know way too well.
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"Oh my god! It's the song by The Chainsmokers!" I can't contain my excitement and jump towards Alyssa who looks at me and grins.
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Crashing, hit a wall
Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle
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Stranded, reaching out
I call your name, but you're not around
I say your name, but you're not around
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It's as if the moment couldn't get any better but it does, because I look towards the entrance and there he is, in a bright red, puffer jacket and grey jeans. The wind blows his hair and he runs his fingers through it. The sunlight reflects from his glasses and he smiles. Darn it.
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He looks so adorable.
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Everything moves in slow motion when I look at him. As if my mind wants to savor every sight of him and keep the memory of it forever. And the song, the song is like it's speaking my mind.
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I need you, I need you, I need you right now
Yeah, I need you right now
So don't let me, don't let me, don't let me down
I think I'm losing my mind now.
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"Earth to Madison Sinclair?" Alyssa breaks off the trance by waving her hands in front of my eyes.
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Is all that comes out of my mouth.
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"So he actually came." Alyssa nudges me in the shoulder.
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"Madison, your cheeks have turned completely pink!"
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"What?" I blink and touch my face. Yep. My cheeks are definitely warm.
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"MADISON!!" I hear a loud noise which can only come out of one person's mouth which belongs to lo and behold, Cara Mason.
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"HE- DID YOU- HE'S HERE!!" Cara leaps from her steps and gives me a hug and moves left and right.
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I laugh and tell her to calm down before everyone looks at her like she's insane. She is, but let's make sure that she isn't kicked out because of her happy outbursts.
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"I did, just a moment ago before you came rushing towards me like a monkey."
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"Oops, sorry I can get a bit too much." She apologizes.
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I assure her that its fine and we decide to sneakily take a few pictures of Nathan while he's not paying attention.
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"Uh guys, I'm going to be honest, but you two look like fools." Alyssa says with a concerned look.
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"And we're proud of it." Cara responds as she sneaks my camera in my hair while I'm facing her while Nathan is behind me, standing a couple of feet away, chatting with his friend.
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"Oh shit." I hear Cara mumble. I look at her and ask what's up.
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"I think he looked over here while I was taking a video of him."
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This wasn't planned.
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