The Cloverleaf Series Part 1 – Faye
“You have GOT to be kidding me.” Ebony Stone cried in exasperation. “I don’t think she is Ebony.” Lelia, Ebony’s twin sister studied her drawing critically. “I think it’s missing something. Right guys?” “Hm…I think you need a darker green right here. To balance it out.” Amie Jamieson pointed to the sash of the dress. “You guys, this is serious!” Vicki Carlton said. “What do we do?” “It isn’t up to us, though.” Lelia pointed out. “She’s right you guys.” Janie Nieves said. She laughed. “Why are we making a big deal out of it anyway?” “Cause it’s about Faye!” Ebony threw her hands up and glared down at her coffee. “She’s hopeless!” “Regardless, we can’t do anything about it.” Amie rummaged through Lelia’s pencil case and came up with a dark green colour. “This one.” “Thanks.” Grabbing it, Lelia bent her dark head over the paper and carefully shaded over the appropriate place. “For God’s sake!” Vicki groaned and put her head down on the table. “Where is that child anyway?” “She said she had to pick something up from her mom’s first, so it’s not surprise that she’s late.” Janie shrugged and, getting up, headed for the coffee machine. “Anyone want more coffee?” “Me.” Four hands help up various mugs and Janie bit back another laugh. “Sorry I’m late!!” The front door slammed open, then shut, and Faye Reynolds stepped into the café, a small bag swinging from her hand, her long blonde hair twisted into a braid, and her big brown eyes sparkling happily. “You are in soo much trouble.” Lelia said, laughing. “Big trouble.” Vicki confirmed, glaring at the new arrival. “Wait! Before I’m punished, I have something for everyone.” “Gifts? I won’t be bribed into no punishment!” Ebony warned. “But I can be bribed.” Janie teased as she shoved a coffee mug into Faye’s hands. Grabbing the bag, she peeked inside. “What is it?” “It’s from our moms. One each.” Faye sat down beside Amie and sipped her coffee. She sighed in contentment. “This is good Janie!” “Thank you.” She tipped the bag over, and six jewellery boxes spilled out onto the table. “Oooooh!” Amie quickly grabbed one, and then paused. “This is mine, right?” “They’re all the same thing, so yes that can technically be called yours.” Faye smiled and reached for one herself. “Awww!” Amie pulled a small chain with a four-leaf clover pendant out from the box. Three leaves were hollow and the last held a diamond. “They’re gorgeous!” Ebony exclaimed, slipping her chain over her head. The pendant fell down and came to rest on her collarbone. “Thanks Mom!” Vicki called out to the kitchen, and they all giggled.
“They’re expecting a thank-you call by tonight.” Faye warned, then leaned back and sighed in contentment. “By the way, how’d your audition go Amie?” “C’est terrible!” Amie sobbed theatrically and threw herself down onto the table, burying her face in her arms. She peeked up at them after a moment and grinned. “I think I got the part.” “Nice!” Ebony high-fived her and turned to face Faye. “And YOU!” “Uh-oh…” Grinning, Lelia poked Faye in the side. “Someone’s in trouble…” Janie sang happily, setting the refilled mugs on the table. “What happened today?!?!” “Nothing I swear.” Faye raised her right hand in imitation of people being sworn into court. “I was a perfect lady today.” “Then why did we hear that you dumped water on Aidan?” Vicki pointed accusingly at Faye. “Since when is that lady-like?” “Ok. I concede.” Faye put down her hand and grinned. “I was a lady, except for that.” “Faye Reynolds!” Ebony scolded as Vicki put her head down on the table. Amie, Lelia and Janie watched in amusement. “He deserved it.” Faye said defensively. “Of course he did.” Leaning back, Amie snorted in disbelief. “Just like he deserved to be shoved into the fountain and kneed in the crotch.” “Don’t forget the time she glued his book shut.” Lelia added, grinning. “Oh shaddup.” Faye glared at them. “He did deserve it.” “Of course he did, honey.” Janie patted Faye’s head comfortingly and leaned against the counter. “What did he do this time?” “Uh…” Faye cocked her head to the side and frowned. “He…I forget.” Vicki slapped her head. “Ow!” “Faye Irene Reynolds.” Ebony covered her face with her hands and moaned. “Faye, you should stop being so mean to him.” Amie wagged her finger disapprovingly. “Half the time, he doesn’t even deserve it.” “But he did this time!” Faye said stubbornly. “Well, what did he do?” “I told you, I can’t remember!” “Ok, I’m putting this on hold.” Lelia stood up resolutely. “We’re going to be late, as is. Come on, the movie starts at eight!” “Are the guys coming?” Amie asked. “David promised to come and said he’d bring a date for everyone.” Vicki said as she walked to the doorway. “I’m driving!” “No way! It’s my car!” Faye chased after her. “We’re walking!” Ebony called after them, as she turned to look at Janie. “Need any help locking up?” “Nah I’m good. Kelsey locked up the back on her way home, so all that’s left is the front door.” Janie grabbed two mugs and Amie followed with the rest, both of them sticking them in the sink. “There. I’ll wash them tomorrow.”
“They’re leaving without us you two!” Ebony called from the door as she dashed outside. ~~~~~ Faye stopped abruptly, nearby the theatre. Her attention was on the group of guys in front. David, Vicki’s older brother stood off to the side, talking with a tall guy with slightly long brown hair and grey eyes. Ebony peeked around her. “Oh no, he didn’t.” she groaned. “What?” Janie poked Faye in the side. “What’s wrong?” “David brought Aiden.” Ebony explained. “I’ll kill him!!” Faye ground her teeth. “We’ll never be able to see the movie now.” Lelia sighed sadly. “Course we will. There’s a chance David didn’t bring him for Faye.” Amie pointed out. Faye stared at her. “What?” “It’s David! No offense Vicki.” “None taken. Come on.” Vicki grabbed Lelia’s and Faye’s hands and dragged them over. “David! Aiden! Hi guys!” “Hey sis.” David bent down and kissed her on the cheek. “Hey Lelia, Amie, Ebony, Janie, Faye.” Faye ignored him, glaring at the grinning man beside him. “Do you do these things on purpose, or does your brain shut off at important moments?” Ebony chided. “Now, none of us will be able to pay any attention to the movie, and we’ll get kicked out of the theatre.” “Who says I’m for Faye?” Aiden said, his grin widening when Faye’s scowl deepened. “Bastard.” “Aw, I love you too you sweet girl. Don’t get jealous now, green really isn’t your colour.” He patted her shoulder comfortingly. “I’m gonna kill you both!” Faye raged, then turned to David, taking deep calming breaths. “So who’s my date?” “Aiden.” David laughed as she sputtered. “Come on girls. I’ll introduce you.” He grabbed his sister’s hand and led Faye’s friends away from the danger zone, leaving behind an amused Aiden to deal with Faye’s anger. “Do you live to torment me?” Faye asked angrily. “No, quite frankly I don’t. Sorry to bust your ego, but I’m not alive solely for a purpose concerning you. Same with the movie.” Aidan nodded to a nearby sign. “I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for ages. When David mentioned which movie you guys were gonna go see, I asked to tag along.” “Lies.” she muttered darkly. He shook his head and grabbed her arm. “Come on, let’s go. The movie starts soon.” She tried to shake her arm free and failed. “I can walk you know.” She frowned at him. “Oh, you can?” he gaped at her mockingly. “I didn’t know.” “Idiot.” she muttered, turning her head away. ~~~~~