She saw the same girl on the subway platform every morning when she went to school. The girl had wavy dark brown hair and caramel-like skin. She always looked down or on her phone. Sometimes when they were in the subway she’d sit down and take a nap. Something was so off about her. Vivian couldn’t help but catch glimpses of her everyday. She was plain compared to the girl. Her black hair was always tied up and she was always wearing her school uniform. For a year, Vivian had been observing the girl. She tried not to be a creep but it wasn’t like she was following her. They just went to the same place at the same time. And then came that one day where things changed. Vivian was waiting at the platform listening to New York Dolls and trying to memorize the biology terms she was to be tested on. As she took her seat beside the window in the train, a girl with brown hair sa beside her. She looked to see who sat beside her and it was her. The girl she had looked at and romanticized about for a year. She was wearing a loose black cardigan and ripped jeans. Vivian gulped and tried not to melt in her seat. She felt her heartbeat rising and her palms were sweating. Being in the last year of high school she still had it hard to control her feelings.
“Seems like a stressful day today, huh?”
Vivian looked at her and nodded. Ah crap I responded too fast, Vivian thought.
The girl smiled.
“I’m Aurora, I’ve noticed we’ve been taking the same route at the same time for a year now..I guess I wanted to get to know you, but if you feel uncomfortable I can get up..”
“No” Vivian exclaimed. Her eyes widened and she felt hotness rising up in her cheeks. Aurora looked amused and tried to hold back a smirk.
“I mean I don’t mind really. I’ve noticed you too.” Vivian explained. She bit her tongue to keep her calm but it wasn’t working.
“Well that’s great, I’m guessing you go to the Hillcrest Private Academy?” Aurora asked.
Vivian sighed and nodded. Arora raised her eyebrows.
“It’s a snobby school, I only go there because of my parents really,” Vivian told Aurora. Vivian felt like she couldn’t control her words, if another person had asked she’d smile and nod but Vivian couldn’t hold back for Aurora. Aurora laughed.
“I always felt that vibe from that school. I go to the high school across the street, your school played against us in basketball they seemed like they were..”
“Disgusted at how public the school was?” Vivian completed the sentence. Aurora nodded and Vivian smiled.
As the train ride continued, Vivian and Aurora talked a lot about school. Aurora had a group of reliable friends and she was funny and not afraid to speak her mind. Aurora soon found out Vivian was quiet and didn’t belong anywhere in the academy because she was more into books and music then gossip.
“You’re a dork” Aurora joked.
“Am not, I just find books a lot better” Vivian justified. Aurora laughed.
It was time for them to leave the train and head to school.
As Vivian was exiting she tripped, before she could fall face flat Aurora caught her by the waist. They both froze at their position. The train left and they were standing on the platform, people were shuffling by but didn’t notice the two. Vivian started blushing.
“I’ll let go” Aurora whispered as she slid her hands down to her hips then to the tip of her uniform skirt.
Vivian coughed. She stood up. Aurora lingered her fingers at her waist for a while longer and then finally let go.
“Well we should head off to our ways then hmm?” Aurora said as she turned around to walk away. Her
Vivian was speechless. She wished it didn’t end.
“I’ll see you tomorrow” Vivian yelled. Aurora looked back and grinned.
“You can count on that”
Vivian was waiting at the subway platform in a light blue summer dress that flowed down to her knees.This made her loose black hair and pale skin stand out. She felt the train pass by and the breeze made her dress go up. Vivian sighed and tried to keep the skirt of the dress not fly up and reveal her hello kitty underwear. Just because she was twenty now, doesn’t mean she needed to stop wearing hello kitty.
“My, my is someone trying to hide her hello kitty undies?”
Vivian groaned and glared at Aurora. Aurora smirked and walked towards Vivian. She was wearing a tight black dress with heels. Her auburn hair (she dyed it) was tied back with a loose ponytail. Vivian sighed and knew she looked plain compared to her.
“You know they might not be hello kitty” Vivian argued.
“Vivi I know you wear those ones on Saturday, which is weird cause we all know we’re supposed to wear lace on Saturdays” Aurora replied.
“Lace is hard to take off when you need to go to the bathroom, and plus you never know maybe I changed it up” Vivian pointed out.
Aurora stepped in closer and whispered in her ear, “I’ve seen you enough times down there to know you wear hello kitty” as she put her arm around Vivian’s waist and pulled her in closer. Vivian blushed and scowled at Aurora. She leaned in closer to kiss her. A middle aged lady was holding hands with a small girl, as they walked by she looked at Vivian and Aurora with disgust. Aurora rolled her eyes and Vivian looked down.
“Damn those homophobes” Aurora cursed. Vivian shrugged.
“Guess they just need to learn that a girl liking a girl isn’t the end of the world” Vivian said. Aurora smiled. The train finally came and they stepped on.
“So why’d you call me down here Aurora?” Vivian asked. They walked to a place to sit.
“I wanted to take you somewhere” Aurora answered.
“What? Aurora is actually the one to make plans?” Vivian cried.
Aurora flicked Vivian’s forehead. Vivian rubbed her forehead and pouted her lips.
“Yeah. I decided I might as well make the plans once in a lifetime you know?”
Vivian nodded in astonishment. She thought of how it was two years ago. The two kept riding the train together and became good friends. At that point Vivian had to keep her feelings in, because she thought Aurora only saw her as a friend. But one day they decided to go to a Latin festival together (since Aurora was Latino) the summer they graduated. Night had fallen and Aurora finally confessed and stole Vivian’s first kiss. They went to different universities and jobs but they kept their relationship up to date. Vivian loved Aurora and had a lot of firsts with her. Aurora adored and cared for Vivian. She imagined her whole life with Vivian. It was as if life was dull until she finally took up the courage to talk to her that day before going to school.
“..So then he asked me to rethink the decision if I wanted to get married to a guy or not” Vivian told Aurora. Vivian had the wrath of two rich parents that were famous in the business field they thought liking girls was a part of a rebellious phase Vivian was going through. They couldn’t be more wrong. Now her dad was pressuring her to marry another man for a merger deal. Aurora groaned. “Can’t they get that you’re not a product, you’re a human being and just because they want to merge they can’t force you to have the consequence of it” Aurora retorted. Vivian sighed. Finally the stop came and Aurora took Vivian’s hand and they got off the train. She grabbed Vivian’s waist.
“We wouldn’t want you falling, now would we?” Aurora mocked. Vivian rolled her eyes. They kept walking and talking. As the sun was getting ready to set, Aurora walked Vivian to the lakeshore. They wer standing on the boardwalk. The summer breeze was perfect. Aurora took off her pumps. They sat at the edge of the boardwalk and Vivian started staring at the ducks.
“Looking at your kind?” Aurora asked. Vivian laughed.
“I was wondering why you resembled it so much” Vivian joked.
Aurora laughed and pushed Vivian gently. Vivian grabbed her hand and entwined her fingers with Aurora’s. She tugged on Aurora’s hand and it surprised her. Aurora leaned into Vivian. Vivian smiled and crashed her lips with hers. Aurora smirked against her lips. She bit Vivian’s lips and Vivian gasped. They let go. Vivian started blushing.
“I’m someone else when I’m with you” Vivian admitted.
“You’re Vivian when you’re with me” Aurora assured her.
“Your name mean’s life, I guess you’re the life of my soul”
“You’re so lame Aurora” Vivian said. They both laughed.
“Would it be crazy if I asked you to marry me?” Aurora asked as they settled down. Vivian smiled at the thought. Spending the rest of her life with Aurora would be amazing. Vivian had fallen for girls before but they all hurt her. Aurora made her feel something so different.
“No, I think I would love it to be quite honest” Vivian confessed. Aurora grinned.
“We could move in, finish our studies and travel the world. You can write books and I can own my mom’s restaurant” Aurora continued.
Vivian giggled. She knew it was Aurora’s dream to one day be able to own her mom’s restaurant and take care of it the way her mom did. They had an amazing mother-daughter relationship, sometimes Vivian envied it but most times she loved watching Aurora’s mom dote on her.
“Adopt a few kids,” Vivian mentioned. It looked to easy but Aurora felt like if she held Vivian’s hand and went through the challenges they might have a chance.
Aurora got up and went on one knee and took out a box of ring. The sun was setting and it was a beautiful night shade. Vivian widened her eyes and gasped.
“W-will you marry me?” Aurora asked.
Vivian looked at her in shock.
“This is kind of embarrassing can you answer me fast.”
Vivian laughed and started crying at the same time. She tackled Aurora and hugged her. She kissed her.
“I’m taking that as a yes by the way.” Aurora said. Vivian laughed.
“I love you so much”
“I love you more than that”