"You look beautiful, Ellie."
The words evoke memories of Avery, but Ellie knew she wasn't the one speaking them; it was Conner, her neighbor and date. "Thanks," Ellie said half-heartedly.
"Ready for prom?" he offered his arm to her, which she took hesitantly.
"Sweetie, you look astonishing," Ellie's mother complimented, "both of you."
Ellie heard Conner thank her mother, but she could hear nothing at all, she was lost in her own thoughts. She couldn't sleep at all last night, thinking about Avery and the monstrous way she had betrayed her girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend. Avery had given her a world of feelings and happiness and she was throwing them away, as if she had metaphorically spit on Avery's face. It was not fair for her. How much of what Avery had said applied to her? She had not told her parents that she was a lesbian, or that she dated Avery. Did she trust her parents enough to accept the fact or was it that she didn't accept it herself and was afraid of accepting it? At any rate, it was what drove Avery away. She felt emptiness in her stomach, as if something was missing, as if somebody had torn her heart away and in its place remained a black hole. She missed Avery.
"Shall we go?" Conner grinned down at her. He was handsome and gorgeous, but she felt disgusted by his pretentious sight, brandishing her like a trophy.
"I don't feel like going anymore."
"What? What are you on about? I thought prom was everything you wanted."
"I don't want to go to prom with you," she said, her voice more determined. "This is a mistake." Energy surged her vein and pumped her heart. She knew what she wanted, she wanted Avery, and she said so.
"Avery, it is a pity that she isn't going to prom but you cannot throw away an entire night for her. She is just a friend; you'll meet more in university." Her mother said.
"Avery is more than a friend, mother," Ellie snapped, "she is my girlfriend and I want her to be my prom date." Ellie's family and Conner were shocked. She took advantage of it and dash out of her house, in direction to Avery's.
Loud music usually tore Avery's mind off things, but not this time. Ellie was something she had hard time getting rid of. She laid flat on her bed and scribbled words of hatred on her notebook; her black prom dress was already lying on the floor, all crumpled up, stepped and spit on. A tapping came from her window, intermittent but continuous. She propped herself up on an arm and saw that somebody was throwing rocks at her window. She grunted and got up, throwing the window open.
"Who the hell goes there!" she demanded. Her heart skipped several painful beats as she saw Ellie, as beautiful as ever, standing in her lawn dressed for prom. "It is you that goes yonder."
"You mean 'What light through yonder windows break'?" Ellie offered, hoping Avery would get it as a peace offering.
"Whatever," it didn't work; Avery was still in a fit of rage, "what do you want?"
"Avery, I'm so sorry for what happened yesterday and you were right about everything. It was wrong of me to deny what I am and living in a shadow of lie and... it is okay to care what people think about us but not okay to let their comments affect us...and..." she doubt she was making any sense at all, "and I realized that I really want to be with you and that I wanted you...and..." Ellie raised a rose uncertain of Avery's reaction to it, "will you go to prom with me?"
Avery's hard gaze was still on Ellie. She sighed and shut the window.
Ellie expected as much. Dejected, and with a throbbing heart, she turned on her heels and walked to the sidewalk. Pools of tears were welling in her eyes. Behind her, she heard the click! of a door opening and as she turned a beautiful dark sight caught her eye. It was Avery standing in the doorway, grinning. Her dress was a tangled mess clinging to the body of hers, but she looked attractive, nonetheless. Ellie smiled and ran to Avery, throwing her arms around her and kissing her in the cheek.
"You think I'd miss out in this special night and let that brat of Conner take you to prom?" Avery said.
"I love you so much!" Ellie exclaimed and her lips searched Avery's.