As today is April Fool’s Day I have written a short story called April Fool’s Day Proposal. Hope you all like it. 🙂
It was April Fool’s Day and Janet sat with her hands cupped together. She seemed out of place for the day because she looked more like a witch on Halloween. Her mind was buzzing with evil plans as she stared across the coffee bar at Crystal. Crystal was her fellow college student and they were both studying English Literature but the difference was that Janet was quite popular in terms of friends while Crystal was getting As and Bs in her exams. Part of Janet was extremely jealous because she knew that many of these so-called friends would never see her again when the year was out and they went out into the big world whereas Crystal’s results would always get jobs in front of her. She imagined how she could destroy her. Destroy her confidence. After all much of getting on was believing enough in yourself to go for things and the idea of Crystal’s exam results gathering dust in an attic made a smile drift across Janet’s twisted features.
The thing about studying alongside someone for four whole years was that one got to know so much about the other. It just depended then whether someone was cruel and ruthless enough to use that information to negative effect. While Crystal had always been rather guarded there was one thing Janet knew: that she was still in love with Eddie who she had dated for a few months in second year. Eddie was always popular, one of the boys, quick with a joke and always the first to encourage everyone down the pub of a Friday. His relationship with Crystal was in Janet’s eyes a bit of a comedown for him. With her plan in motion Janet approached Eddie at the other side of the coffee bar.
“Eddie, you want to go out on a high, don’t you?”
“Aren’t we all a bit old for that? Secondary school was years ago.”
She sat down across from him and gently brushed her finger over her lip seductively.
“Wouldn’t you like to make me happy?”
“Now you’ve got my attention.”
“All you’ve got to do is go over to Crystal and propose to her. But really make it sound real like you regret ever giving her up and like you really want to marry her. Don’t do it half-heartedly. Then say April Fool’s.”
“I can’t do that.”
“Why on earth not?”
“Because it’s too real.”
“Too real?! Crystal?!”
“Of course! She’s a wonderful woman. Smart, interesting …”
“The last time I heard that was in 6th year. Janet, it’s a mature world out there for the most part. This whole popularity thing isn’t real. It doesn’t matter.”
“Well you wanted to sleep with me a few minutes ago!”
“Yeah sleep with you but Crystal, I’d marry her.”
“Well I don’t want to marry you either!”
“Thank god for that! You and Crystal could have been friends. You two have so much in common from taste in music to taste in books but your jealousy was too much. Even if I hated Crystal I wouldn’t do what you just asked me to do. But you said one thing right. I should pluck up the courage, be a man and ask her what I really want to instead of thinking of it for ages in my mind.”
He got up and went over to Crystal and brought her outside.
“What is it Eddie?”, Crystal asked when they were around the corner from the restaurant.
He got down on one knee and took a box from his pocket which he opened to reveal an engagement ring.
“Crystal I have been carrying this ring around for months …”
“Deciding who to give it to?”, she joked.
He smiled before continuing.
“I love you. Will you marry me darling?”
“Yes.”, she said as he placed the ring on her finger.
She brought him up to his feet and they began kissing.
“I have a secret.”, she laughed.
“Ok …”, he began.
She took a box from her pocket, opened it and took the engagement ring out. She placed it on his finger.
“I’ve been carrying it around for months too.”
“Deciding who to give it to?”, he joked and they began kissing again.