Copyright© 2020 by JTaKeo
A familiar voice roused me from my sleep. My head was throbbing, as I got up and tried to adjust to my surroundings. An empty classroom. The setting sun, its rays shining through the windows bathing the room in an orange glow. And in front of my desk stood a girl, her ponytail swaying, and a gentle smile on her face.
“Asumi, how long have I been asleep?” My head hurts. As I got up and rubbed my eyes, my hair fell over my face.
“You’ve been sleeping since fifth period. I tried to wake you, but you wouldn’t budge.” Her delicate hands moved to fix my hair. Brushing aside my bangs she placed the hair clips back on each side. “There we go.”
“I can’t believe I slept that long. Maybe it was a bad idea to stay up so late last night.” My body was still sore from the deep slumber as I stretched my limbs. My right arm was numb but slowly everything began to warm up.
“Did you stay up late writing a new story?” she asked with excitement in her eyes.
I nodded my head with glee.
“I picked up a really good book recently. It was such a simple yet captivating tale about two siblings. It really gave me some good ideas.”
“My, I hope you will let me read it when you’re done. However,”
She clasped her hands on my cheeks.
“Staying up late is bad for your health. If you don’t sleep properly your skin will get wrinkly. You don’t want to look like a grandma while still being in high school now, do you?” She lectured me while squishing and playing with my cheeks.
“That would make for an interesting story. Second year grandma, title is a work in progress.”
Asumi sighed and shook her head in resignation. “You’re incorrigible. That pretty skin is wasted on you.”
Suddenly, a sly grin spread across her face.
“Ryuuko,” She said in a creepy tone. “Remember that book you recommended me the other day? There was an interesting story about two girls who were best friends.”
“You mean the one that was a compilation of horror stories? Wasn’t that story actually about one of the girls being secretly jealous of the other and it ends with her skinning her best friend alive? Y-yeah ... what about it?” I asked nervously.
She slowly nodded her head, a creepy smile appearing on her face as she stared at me.
“Asumi ... where are you going with this?”
She sat down in front of me and slowly stroked my face.