One + Cafeteria Madness

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It was a Wednesday, the middle day of the week, when the school's biggest (literally) bully had made me her target. She's big ole Mackie, the person that Denver Colorado High School fears the most. You have probably seen her in the news since her mother is a famous actress and his father is a well-known politician. Mackie and I had never been friends, and if ever we were, I don't think I'll stay alive until eighteen.

If it wasn't for the existence of camera phones and the application - Snapchat, I would not be in this deep turmoil. Mackie caught me cheating on our Algebra examination which happened to be the subject that I suck at the most. Being a scholar, I would never want anyone to find out or else, I would lose my privilege of not having to pay the tuition fee. To be honest, I did not really cheat. I was just asking a question on how to change a radical expression into a quadratic expression, simple as that. Is asking for the process (not the answer) considered cheating? I bet not.

When Mackie sat in my place (the farthest table of the cafeteria, beside the exit), I knew I was supposed to be dead. Unfortunately, I was breathing and that made me wish that I was just dead, no questions asked.

"Good morning, princess of Jenova. I can grant you your pardon for your cheating incident." She began, taking a bite from my cheese-flavored nachos.

"As far as I'm concerned, no one invited you to sit with me. And besides, you're not the principal of this school." I said with a smirk.

The technique for talking to bullies: pretend that you're of the same level even if the reality was - you're on the negative ten and she's on the positive ten.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's a protocol for every table in the cafeteria to have me as their very important guest." she winked, taking my whole plate and placing it on her side of the table. "I'm saving your scholarship, don't think of me as the bad person here. So here's the deal... no one will find out about the video of you passing notes with Connor, as long as you obey my commandment. And it's just one."

"Since when did I become your Moses?"

"Just now, deary. So, are you ready to hear your task?" Mackie said, crossing her arms.

"Fine. Just be true to your words. I'm planning to be a lawyer someday so I'll be making a contract for the both of us to sign." I said, trying to sound as convincing as possible. I don't even know how to write a business letter.

"I promise." Holding out her pinky, which I involuntarily shook while rolling my eyes at her.

"Now. I dare you to kiss 5 random boys, I don't care if they're alone or if they're with girlfriends."

"What the heck?! Are you insane?!" I shouted at her, the quietest possible because I don't want to cause a scene in this cafeteria. I've never kissed a guy and there she was asking me to kiss not just one, but five strangers. I felt like cursing the whole world around me.

"I think I am." she chuckled, then popped another piece of nachos in her mouth. I was wrong. She was beyond insane. No wonder she turned into a bully. Bullies do not have a healthy mental condition. "Don't worry, I have one piece of advice."

"What is it?" I asked nervously, pulling the sleeves of my sweatshirt down, as sudden chills coursed through my body.

"Don't forget to run afterwards."

That was probably the stupidest yet most meaningful advice that I've received from her. Thank you Mackie for ruining my life, you deserve all the love in the world (and all the bad words too). +

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