I’m One of the muses, A common wood nymph roaming around Parnassus, Happy with my little sweet pea. With her delicate, fragrant flowers Carried on long, slim stalks, She captivated me. I ran to her flaming with desire. I am flaming. Burning Blazing with desire. Too hot for my sweet pea. Because she’s so delicate, So delicate for me. As I touch her, she transformed into ashes. I burnt her. And out of a haze, you were formed. Like smoke given out by fire. A fireweed that sprang up in the burnt over area. A replacement, I thought. You quenched my thirst. Suffuse my hunger. My desire. I came to you for a crown And you gave me a kingdom. You made me eat on a golden plate And drink from your cup of diamonds. But like a common pitcher plant, Cut your base open And there you’ll find my body’s remains trapped inside. A pitfall in the middle of the forest. I will name you Venus? The goddess with a seducing brilliant red trap. Open to all beings that needs nurturing. Show your bosom and all will crave for your milk. From a butterfly, you turned me to an ant. When I brushed only slightly against your skin, You closed within an instant. Rigid spines on the margins of you blades interlock tightly. As soon as I was trapped, You digested me. Used me as a nutrient material. I know this is about to last for only a week. By the time your leaf reopens, You’ll be reedy for other sufferers. Trapped inside, I accepted my fate. Then there she came one spring day. My little delicate sweet pea. Now a spring beauty in full bloom. A low perennial herb. With narrow, succulent leaves And loose cluster of white and pink flowers. But your leaf has closed. I cannot escape.

Chapter 45  


Chapter 45

“Ohayou!!!” Rika greeted everyone. She was one of the early birds of her class but she overslept this morning, that’s why most of her classmates were already inside their room.

“OHAYOU!!!” Miki and Hitomi looked at each other inquisitively when they both greeted Rika at the same time.

“Wow, you two have matching minds like B1 and B2…. Are you sure you’re not twins?” Rika joked. She noticed that the room seemed quieter than usual. She guessed that her classmates were expecting some “trash talk” coming from Miki. She wanted to laugh when she saw the look on her classmates’ faces when Miki just smiled at her comment.

“No we’re not! And besides, the younger one’s usually the cuter one, right?”

“Since I’m feeling good this morning, I’ll not oppose you THIS time.” Miki leaned on her chair and reached out her hand to pat Hitomi’s head. Their classmates started whispering something to each other. Aya and Eri were the only one’s who remained quiet among their classmates.

“WHAT”S THAT NOISE!!! Don’t ruin my morning or ELSE!!!” Miki’s roar filled the room which brought terror to her classmates who immediately stopped talking.

“Don’t worry about my sister… She’s just joking… Miki’s been goody-goody lately… And I won’t let her thrash you around.”

“Are you looking for a fight?”

“Oh, not at all, sis… I’m just telling the truth…”

“Hey, you’re bickering at each other again… Will you please stop that?” Rika became alarmed at what the two were saying. Hitomi was not that bold before when she was fighting with her sister. It might lead to something nasty if they continued like that.

“Sorry, but my morning’s already ruined so I won’t stop…” Miki stood up and went across to Hitomi’s desk. Hitomi smiled and faced her sister. Aya, Eri and the rest of their classmates looked worried over what’s happening. They both sounded serious and were not playing around just like before.

“Don’t ruin my mood for the rest of the week…” Miki gave her sister her ever famous “Eyes of Destruction” a.k.a. the “Miki Glare”.

“We are siblings so I have immunity against that ‘weapon’ of yours.” Hitomi jokingly said but her eyes were full of seriousness. Miki grabbed Hitomi’s collar. Rika immediately pushed them away from each other.

“What’s happening to the two of you?! You’re going back to your old ways…Will you stop arguing?! Our class will start in just a few minutes… You don’t want Nakazawa-sensei to send you to the guidance office again, right?”

“Did I hear my name being mentioned here?” Nakazawa entered the room and put her things down on her table. She looked at the three students who were standing near the window.

“Ano, We… we were just…” Rika tried to explain but they were summoned to sit down with just the look from Nakazawa’s eyes.

“We’ll have a cultural festival three days after the Intramurals… Our section was assigned to have a play… I’m telling it to you now so you’ll have at least, what… three weeks to prepare for your play and for you to also have the time to focus on your training so that we will definitely win all the events... I want us to be the grand slam champion so don’t you ever dare let me down!”

“Hai…” The class responded weakly. This means that they will have to spend more time in their school and will have less time to have fun.

“I’ll be the one to choose what story we will use for the play. I’ll comeback later in the afternoon to for us to decide who will be the one playing the main characters. For now, let’s proceed with our lesson.” She grinned widely at them, a hint of sarcasm was visible on her face.

“This sucks…. Why!!!! Why ME!!!!!!” Rika screamed in frustration. The three girls were trying to restrain their laughter.

“Rika-chan, don’t worry… You’ll be fine…” Reina tried to console her but in the end, she can’t stop her laughter from escaping her lips. Sayu and Eri followed.

“You’re all mean!!! Why are you laughing at what happened to me… It’s not funny!” Rika stared hard at them. It only resulted in more intense laughter from the three.

“Don’t worry! You’ll make a good prince…. And Miki will make a good princess…” Eri laughed hard. Tears were already falling from her eyes.

“Fine! Make fun of me… At least… a prince is better than being the witch right?”
Eri blushed a little and as if they were on cue, the three said sorry simultaneously.

“Seriously speaking, it’s better that way.” Reina said suddenly. The three all looked at her with puzzled eyes.

“Why do you say so? Hello?!? That’s Miki. There’s no “better” if Miki’s involved” Sayu sarcastically said to her friend. Rika was just listening intently while Eri was pushing her on the swing.

“Well, if Miki became the prince… She might really kiss Rika on the lips while on stage. And she might REALLY prolong it. At least if it’s Rika who will initiate the kiss… She has the control of the situation and she will the one to decide to where to kiss her or how long the kiss will last right? In some movies, they just kiss the girl on the sides of the lips but they make sure that from the perspective of the viewers, it will look like they really kissed them on the lips.” Reina blinked teasingly at Rika which made the other blush.

“But still, I don’t know whether I can juggle my time between study, basketball and this play… And I still have asthma…” Rika just sighed but then, an idea hit her.

“HAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!! I’m THE PRINCESS!!!!!!!” Miki shouted on their veranda after they have eaten their diner.

“Miki! Stop yelling! You’ll disturb our neighbors!!!” Mrs. Yoshizawa’s voice echoed on the walls of their home. Miki quickly covered her mouth and smiled at Hitomi who was sitting nearby. “Can I ask my fairy godmother a favor?”

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