That Monday, Steve, Shelly, Sarah, Melody, and Michael ate lunch together.
“I saw you texting all weekend,” Shelly said. “You found somebody on that app, didn’t you?”
“Yup,” Michael said. “Her name is Allison.”
“What does she look like?” Sarah asked.
“She has red hair, she’s in great shape. The thing is, Allison never shows her face in any of her pics.”
“So, she’s a butter face,” Shelly said.
“Maybe. But I really like this girl. I might ask her out.”
That Friday, Michael and Allison spoke to each other on webcam, except that Allison didn’t show her face. Instead, she pointed the camera toward her breasts. Not that Michael was complaining.
“So, why aren’t you showing your face?” Michael asked.
“No reason,” Allison said.
“There’s got to be a reason.”
“In grade 5, when we took our class photo, I had this goofy grin on my face. The other kids made fun of me. I haven’t be able to show my face on camera ever since.”
“Kids are such bastards. What are you doing next weekend?”
“I’m going to my prom. Want to go with me?”
“Yeah. That would be great.”
“One more thing, it’s a masquerade prom.”
“Sounds like fun.”
“Well, I’m going to bed. Good night.”
That night, Michael had a dream where he was watching a soap opera. The soap opera starred Michael and Allison, except the camera never showed Allison’s face. It showed Allison either from the neck down or from behind. However, there were a couple of times where random objects obscured her face.
“I can’t believe Sarah and Melody got a divorce,” Allison said.
“I can’t believe it either,” Michael said. “Drink?”
“I’ll take a White Russian.”
Michael went to the bar, which was in the living room. He made two White Russians, one for Allison and one for himself. Michael handed Allison her drink and she chugged it down.
“Remind me not to get into a drinking contest with you,” Michael said.
“Good idea,” Allison said.
Michael set his drink down on the coffee table and he nibbled on Allison’s ear, which caused Allison to moan in a sultry voice.
“Want to go to the bedroom?” Michael asked.
“Uh-huh,” Allison said.
This was when Michael’s dream ended.
“Fuck,” Michael said to himself right after he woke up.
That Friday, Michael went to the Convention Center, where Allison’s prom took place. Michael waited for Allison for about five minutes until a girl with red hair snuck up from behind him. She wore a skimpy white dress with a white laced mask that covered most of her face. Michael wore a black tuxedo with a black mask that went over his eyes.
“Hey, Allison,” Michael said. “Damn. You look great.”
“You’re not so bad yourself,” Allison. “I have a few friends I want you to meet.”
A short while after Allison introduced Michael to her friends, the students at Gonzaga High School watched slide shows.
“I suppose you’re not in any of these slides,” Michael said.
“Nope,” Allison said.
Later that night, it was time for the last dance. The song was “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson.
“This song is so old,” Michael said.
“I know,” Allison said. “But I love this song.”
“Me too. Want to make it our song?”
Michael and Allison kissed at that point.
When the dance was over, it was time for the unmasking. Unfortunately, as soon as Allison took off her mask, the power went out. The emergency lights were activated, but it was still too dark to get a good look at Allison’s face.
“That ruined the surprise,” Allison said.
“What surprise?” Michael asked.
Allison handed Michael a hotel key.
“We can still go,” Michael said.
“Of course, we’re still going,” Allison said. “I just wanted the surprise to be special. Yeah, that sounded stupid.”
“I don’t think it did.”
“Well, I’m going to call a taxi.”
As soon as Allison called the taxi, she and Michael waited outside in the dark. A few minutes later, the taxi arrived and it shined its headlights on Michael and Allison. However, Allison turned away. So once again, Michael didn’t get a chance to Allison’s face.
So, Michael got into the back of the
taxi with Allison, a girl whose face he had never seen. This was one mystery
that Michael desperately wanted to solve. However, as soon as Michael and
Allison arrived at the hotel, the power came back on. Therefore, Michael
finally got to see Allison’s face.
“My God!” Michael said. “You’re beautiful.”
Michael gave Allison the biggest kiss anyone has ever given her. Michael and Allison then excitedly went to their room.
“Why do you let teenagers check into this hotel?” The Assistant Manager asked.
“Because this hotel would go out of business if I didn’t,” The Manager said.
The next day, Michael came home with the biggest smile on his face.
“Best. Weekend. Ever,” Michael said.
Actually, that was a lie.
The previous night, Michael and Allison headed to their hotel room.
“I can’t believe you got a hotel room,” Michael said.
“I used my dad’s credit card,” Allison said. “Actually, I have two dads.”
“You are a bad girl.”
“Maybe you should punish me.”
“Go to the corner.”
So, Allison stood in the corner, facing the wall. As Allison stood in the corner, Michael caressed Allison’s shoulders. That’s when the fire alarm went off. Once the fire marshal allowed the guest back in the hotel room, Michael and Allison were no longer in the mood.
“Glad to hear it,” Shelly said. “Is your girlfriend coming to our prom?”
“I don’t see why not.”
“So, that’s six people sitting at the table. By the way, Mom’s going to freak when she gets off work.”
“Totally worth it.”
Two weeks later, it was time for the Holy Heart High School prom.
“Shelly,” Michael said, “I have a surprise for you.”
A man snuck up from behind Shelly. He was an older man who wore a military uniform.
“Dad?” Shelly said. “Oh, my God!”
“Hey!” Shelly’s father, James said as
the two of them hugged each other
“I miss you and Michael so much.”
“Are you here to stay?”
“No, but I’ll be here long enough to see you and Michael graduate.”
“When did you get back?”
After the meet-and-greet, the father-daughter dance took place. The D.J played the song was “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Shelly’s friends looked on as she danced with her father.
“Are you crying?” Allison asked Michael.
“No, I have allergies,” Michael said.
“Yeah, me too.”
After the father-daughter dance, Steve, Shelly, Michael, Allison, Sarah, and Melody talked and laughed with friends and they danced. All in all, they all had a great time. Two weeks later, everybody graduated high school. After their graduation ceremony, Steve, Shelly, Michael, Sarah, and Melody walked the hallways of their school one last time. Even though Allison didn’t attend Holy Heart High, she joined Michael, Shelly, and their friends.
“I need to get a better job and move out,” Steve said. “I’m 18 and my parents are still telling me what to wear.”
“Do you think that’s bad?” Allison said. “I have an after school job, but both of my dads says it doesn’t count as having a real job. So it’s like I’m working and I’m not working at the same time.”
“So, the both of your dads are Erwin Schrödinger,” Michael said.
“And they’re not at the same time.”
“My job sucks,” Melody said. “My supervisor scares the fucking shit out of me. Nobody in the right mind would ever want to piss off that little 65-year-old woman.”
“At least you all have after school jobs,” Sarah said. “I would have loved to have an after school job, just to avoid my parents. But they didn’t think I wouldn’t be able to handle an after school job. Oh well, I’m no longer living with them, so I can do whatever I want.”
“I don’t have a job either,” Michael said.
“So, what are we all doing with our lives now that we’ve graduated?” Shelly asked.
“I’m going to M.U.N to get a business degree,” Melody said.
“I have no idea what I’m doing,” Sarah said.
“I plan on perusing a career in writing fiction,” Michael said.
“I want to become a photographer,” Allison said. “Since I hate being in front of the camera, it kind of makes sense.”
“I’m going after my 8th degree black belt,” Shelly said. “After that, I want open up a dōjō.”
“I’m 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo,” Allison said.”
“Maybe we can train together!”
“I’d like that.”
“I have no idea what I’m gonna do with my life,” Steve said. “One thing that I’ve learned from my parents is that things never turn out the way you expect them. So, I’m just going to see what happens.”