It was time for me to get going. Dad kept on insisting that he drove me to school, but I made a strong objection about it, stating I was going to take the public bus like every normal adult. Kissing mum goodbye, I headed out, pulling my luggage behind as I got into dad’s car. He was going to take me to where I’d catch the first bus out of Henson. I was really going to miss Henson, and was also glad the drama was over.
This was going to be my first public bus adventure, and I couldn’t wait to experience it. Though it turned out not like I had imagined it to be, with the bus itself, reeking of human sweat, and the not-so-accomodating smell of rotten fish. The beautiful scenery outside made me forget all about the pungent smell anyway, as the tall buildings caught my attention.
We got to Fitchburg after six hours on being on the road, and I flagged down a cab that’ll take me straight to Campbell.
“Oh, Trish. You’re back.” Daphne’s jolly voice rolled in as she rushed towards me.
I embraced her warmly and pulled away. I was wondering if she knew I regained back my memory. And just as though she had read my mind, she said,
“Oh, Phil told me everything. I’m so happy the amnesia later cleared out.” She hugged me again, getting her hands much tighter around me this time.
She helped me pack in, and I got to know that she’d be staying in the same room with me all through the semester.
Joan and Karen were no more Campbell students. I was glad to have known that Karen won’t be bothering my life with her unpleasant ways… not to talk about that girlfriend of hers.
As I was unpacking, I noticed the bracelet Phil had given me wasn’t on my wrist. I became panic-stricken from the thought of losing something so dear, as I began searching for it frantically, hoping it wasn’t lost for good.
Daphne also helped as she looked outside while I looked inside, leaving no bed unturned. My heart kept beating nonstop as I thought about how Philip would react when he got to know about it. Just the first time I try to make something last… it disappears, I kept pacing as millions of thoughts ran through my mind.
Daphne came in after, only to announce that she didn’t find it anywhere. I was so saddened, and I concluded that it was gone for good.
Under the bed, I heard a voice ring in my head.
“Under the bed?” I repeated, knowing I hadn’t seen it there when I searched for it. It can’t possibly be under the bed, I reluctantly got on my knees and bent to look. “My bracelet!” I shouted on seeing it.
“You found it?” Daphne hurried to my side as I got up with it, the dangling chain suspended in the air.
“Mmm-hmm.” I nodded as I wore it back on.
The soft creaking of the door came, making Daphne and I turn around, as a girl clad in a pink polka dot gown came walking in, uninvited.
“Who are you?” Our question came simultaneously as a mischievous grin broke out on her lips.
“Your worst nightmare!”
TO BE CONT’D