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The Story of May

Chapter One: May's Dreams

I was sitting on a bunch of flowers at the garden. No reason, just lying around. I blew into a weed.

"I wish I could be free, free like the wind. I'm sick of this place." I gave out a heavy sigh. There was nothing to do here. Just a few festivals here or there, but that was it. My crush, Jack, got married, Grandpa makes me do the chores, and I'm still waiting for my mom to pick me up. How much longer could it be? I'm already thirteen, isn't that old enough?

"I wish I could be free........."

"You never broke that habit of talking to yourself, have you?"

"Ah!!! Oh, stop spying on me Stu! I hate it when you do that."

"I just wanted to ask you something."

"What?" I didn't know what he was going to ask. I usually know, but this time I didn't. "Well, since you're participating in the Goddess Festival, I wondered...." He turned red. "Um, can I escort you?"

"Ah! I have to get a costume! Thanks for reminding me!" I started running down the mountain.

"Sure, I'll be at your house that morning!" Said Costume Rental. I ran inside my house. "Grandpa! I'm going to the Poultry Farm, ok?"

"Be back soon, Honey!" I walked to The Poultry Farm to catch my breath. Oh gee, I hope I'm not too late I opened the door to see Lillia holding a basket.

"Here you are, Honey. Popuri's old costume." She seemed a little down.

"Thank you very much, Lillia. I'm sorry Popuri couldn't be in the dance..."

"Oh that's fine. She's having a blast traveling with Kai. I have to be going now dear, see you later!" As soon as I got home I tried it on. The costume was a bit large.

"Oh Grandpa, I hope I won't look silly dancing with everyone."

"Nonsense, you've been practicing since last year!" He gave me a large hug. "You're going to do great!"

Chapter Two: The Goddess Festival

I woke up earlier than usual. How could I sleep? I got dressed into the costume. Then, I woke up Grandpa to tell him I'm taking care of the animals then leaving.

"Ok, Honey. Don't worry, I wouldn't miss it for the world!" I slammed the door open and ran outside into Stu. We both fell over backwards.

"Ow...." He was moaning.

"Don't you know by now that I'm the one to go to your house?"

"He he...Um, this is my first time of asking someone to the festival..."

"It's ok." We took care of the animals and left for the square. Ann, Elli, Mary, and Karen were all waiting for me.

"Don't they look adorable?"

"You look so cute, May!" I couldn't help but turn red. There they go again, treating me like a little kid.

"Uh, I have to go look for Grandpa, ok?" I walked off looking for Grandpa. Let The Dancing Begin! I searched the crowd with Stu to find Grandpa. We looked all over and no Grandpa.

"Maybe he's not here..."

"Don't be silly, May. He's going to be here." Right when I was about to give up hope, I heard someone call my name.

"May, sweetie, where are you?"

"Grandpa!" I ran into his arms.

"I'm so glad you're here." The Mayor called out "Time for the dance to begin!"

"Good luck honey." The Mayor assigned me to the middle row. The music began to play softly. Here we go.... All of us girls began dancing. They made it look so easy. I could see Grandpa and Stu in the distance watching me. I hope I don't screw up.... Before I knew it, the music stopped. "It's done?"

"It sure is! You did great, May!" Ann winked at me.

"Phew, that's over with."

Grandpa walked up to me. "You did wonderful May! Your grandpa is getting tired, so I'll be heading home." Stu looked embarrassed again.

"Um, want to go somewhere tonight?"

"Sure, after I get changed!" The Midnight Hike Stu didn't want to go to a simple place like the ocean or the inn; he just had to hike up to the mountain summit.

"Isn't pretty here?" I caught my breath.

"Yeah, it is." We both sat down.

"Would ‘cha look at that moon? It's huge! It's almost like you could touch it!"

"Hm mm." My tone of voice made it obvious I was upset.

"May, what's wrong? Is it the sandwich? I told Elli not to cook."

"No, it wasn't the sandwich. It's nothing, really."

"Ok then...." We sat in silence.

"It's getting late. Mind if I walk you home?" I yawned.

"Sure." Once I got home I flopped down in my bed.

Chapter 3: The Most Strange Day of My Life

That morning I woke up unusually late - the perfect start to a weird day. After getting dressed, which took a while because I put my shirt on backwards, I went downstairs to scarf down some breakfast. I heard Grandpa talking to someone saying, “Sure, you can come here for breakfast anytime!"

"Grandpa, who are you talking to?” That answered my question. Stu was sitting at the table eating pancakes.

"What are you doing here?" He swallowed. "

Well, your grandfather offered me a job to help you in the morning and at night with the animals. I didn't eat breakfast so your grandpa offered me some."

"Now May, don't get upset..." I didn't know what he was talking about. Being upset? "Why would I be upset? I love working with Stu!" Stu seemed happy and yet embarrassed. So we went out to work.

"Hey May, guess what?"


"My old friend moved here!" I stopped immediately.

"You have another friend?" I was worried.

"Yep! We were little when we met." I felt a lump in my throat.

"I-is your friend a girl?" I didn't know what to do. If Stu had another friend they would certainly start dating and that would ruin my plans!

"Of course not, May." I felt relieved.

After work, Stu wanted to show me his friend.

"His name is Stent, ok?" We went to the beach to see a taller boy a little older than me sitting on the dock.

"Hi Stu!" the boy paused.

"Who’s this?"

"This is my friend May. May, this is Stent." Stent shook my hand.

"It’s a pleasure to meet you...May." Stent peered past us. "I have to go now. See ya Stu!" Stent jogged off.

"What was that about?" I asked.

"I’m not sure..." I could see Stu was as puzzled as I was.

"Well, I have to go home. Bye!" I ran off. That Stent kid bothered me