( Be My Melody… )
By; Succie Brown.
Clayton came down from the car when he got home. His eyes were swollen as a result of how he had cried earlier. He limped towards the entrance of his house, and on entering inside the house, he saw his nanny dishing out food on the table, like she knew he will be coming back soon.
“Nanny” He called her with a cracky voice.
Carolina drop the plate on the dining table and walked up to Clayton.
“Did you cry? I thought you said you were going over to Molly Moon’s place?”
“I didn’t cry, nanny” He said, wearing a smile.
“Do you think I am going to buy such petty lie from you? I know you so well Miguel, and from your voice is obvious that you cried. What happened Miguel?”
“I think I’m going insane, nanny”
“I went over to Molly’s place to give her the medicine I bought for her, and also to apologize as well, but on arriving at her house, I saw she and Hayden hugging each other”
“Don’t tell me you fought with Hayden?”
“The last time I fought with Hayden, Molly got injured because of me, and I have already made up my mind not to fight with Hayden anytime Molly is around, because I’m scared I’d hurt her”
“So what did you do after you saw them hugging each other?”
“I did nothing nanny, but I cried. It hurts seeing Molly with Hayden, and I don’t know why” He said sniffling.
Carolina smiled caressing his face. “The day I have been praying for has finally come”
“I don’t understand Nanny”
“I have been praying for you to love someone so you can stop your naughty life, and my prayers has been answered, because you are in love with Molly Moon” Carolina said, smiling.
“I don’t love Molly, nanny”
“Then why were you crying earlier? You said it yourself that you were hurt because she was with Hayden”
“My head is just messed up. I’m not thinking straight and that’s why I am acting this way” Clayton said, unaware of what he feels.
“You’re going to figure it out yourself soon. Let’s eat, you must be hungry, right?”
“I don’t have an appetite to eat, but I won’t let your cooking go to waste” He said with a smile.
MOLLY MOON’S MANSION ~ SAME NIGHT
“Has he left already?” Blake asked when Molly Moon entered the house.
“Yes he has. He came to apologize for what happened to me”
“Of course he should apologize, he and that stupid Clayton involved you in their fight!”
“Don’t over react Blake”
“I’m not over reacting Molly Moon, I’m just trying to remind you about why you came to crescent college. Don’t forget why you’re doing this”
Molly Moon took in her lower lip. She looked at Blake, but didn’t say a word.
CRESCENT COLLEGE ~ NEXT DAY
“Are you insane? You want me to join hands with you to bully Ava? Are you forgetting something? She’s not a scholarship student which means we have no right to bully her” Charlotte said.
“But we have it to our advantage since she can’t speak” Lydia said.
“Can I ask why you are suddenly interested in Ava? She has been our classmate in the music department for a while now, but you were less concerned about her. So why are you interested in her now?”
“Because I found out Dawson is in love with her. She can’t speak, but yet he loves her, and you already know I have been trying to win Dawson’s heart since the beginning of time” Lydia said.
“It’s your cross to bear so deal with it. Cathy has been moody because Clayton cut ties with her, she needs someone” Charlotte said, leaving.
“I can set up a date for you and Freddie!” Lydia said, and Charlotte stopped walking and look at Lydia.
“I know you have been trying to find ways to talk to Freddie, but he is too busy taking care of his face to think about someone else”
“Enough with the blabbering and go straight to the point. How can I go on a date with Freddie, without him opposing the idea?” Charlotte asked.
“Freddie’s mom and my mom are good friends”
“I know that already, it’s not a new story”
“If you help me bully Ava, I’m going to talk to my mom to introduce your mom to Freddie’s mom. Freddie’s mom love people who are serious in terms of business, and since your mom is a business tycoon just like Freddie’s mom, I’m sure they’re going to bond so well. I heard that Freddie doesn’t say NO to his mom”
“You’re such a sweetheart Lydia. Why haven’t I thought about this sooner?” Charlotte said, smiling.
“For the record, I’m only going to help you if you help me too. You get Freddie and I will have Dawson”
“Where’s that good for nothing, mute girl?”
Ava sat peacefully in the music room, practicing her piano. She smiled when she heard her new song, and she smiled wider when she got a message from Dawson.
“Can we meet up? I’m at the school’s rooftop”
Ava was about replying when Lydia snatch the phone from her. She tried taking her phone back, but Lydia pushed her and she fell to the ground.
“Are you planning on meeting Dawson?” She asked, and Ava kept mute.
“You should answer when someone is talking to you!” Lydia said, slapping Ava.
“Have you forgotten she can speak?” Charlotte asked, sarcastically, mocking Ava.
Lydia squat in front of Ava, and Ava looked at her with misty eyes.
“I warn you to stay away from Dawson, but you refuse to listen to me!” She raised Ava up from the ground, slapped her and pushed her over to Charlotte.
“Since seeing and hearing is the only thing you have, you should listen when you’re given an instruction” Charlotte said.
She slapped Ava and pushed her over to Lydia.
Lydia grabbed her hair and landed it forcefully on the piano taps. Ava yelped in pain.
“I’m not dangerous, but I can become dangerous for the sake of the man I love. I told you before, Dawson is someone I don’t joke with, if you want to live a quiet life in this college stay away from Dawson, he only pities you because you can’t speak, get that into your empty head, no one will date a girl he can’t communicate with verbally!” Lydia shouts at Ava.
She slapped Ava one last time before leaving the music room with Charlotte.
Ava squat on the floor sobbing.
Dawson sighed as he waited patiently for Ava at the rooftop of crescent college.
“She already read my message, why is she not coming?” He muttered and he saw her walking towards the school entrance that was far from the school building.
“Ava” He called her name, and quickly came down from the rooftop and approached her, holding her hand.
Ava turned to look at him, and when she saw it was Dawson, she took her hand from him.
“Did you get slapped? What happened to your face?” He asked trying to touch her cheek, but Ava slapped his hand off.
She glared at him before walking away.
Being confused by her new behavior, Dawson went after her and blocked her path.
“What’s going on Ava? It seems like you’re avoiding me on purpose. Did I do something wrong?” Dawson asked with eyes filled with emotion.
Ava looked at him. There were so many things she wanted to say, but she couldn’t, because she’s mute.
“If I have done something wrong to you, tell me so I can apologize… I’m sorry if I wrong you in anyway, Ava” Dawson said.
Ava glared at him and angrily brought out her notebook, and wrote on it. Dawson waited for her to finish writing wh@ťěver she had to say.
When Ava was done, she tear the part of her notebook and threw it at Dawson before walking away.
Dawson picked up the paper from the ground and read through the lines.
📝 I don’t want any trouble from your girlfriend, Dawson, so stay away from him. If I am in danger because of your girlfriend, I won’t be able to bail myself out because I can’t speak. It’s best if we stop being friends, I don’t want to be pitied
“What girlfriend is she talking about? I don’t pity her. I’m in love with her” Dawson said.
He looked around, but he could no longer see Ava.
RAMIREZ’S MANSION ~ SAME DAY
“Cathy, are you okay in there? You have been inside your room for two days. Cathy!” Her mom said, knocking on the door, but Cathy paid a deaf ear.
She covered herself under the bed, crying reminiscing on the first day she saw Clayton.
They bumped into each other and Clayton was having a bad day, because his father was arrested for smuggling drugs.
“Are you alright?” She asked and Clayton looked at her with sad eyes.
Without minding who she was, Clayton hugged her crying in her arms.
“What should I do? My whole life is crumbling” He hugged her tightly, crying.
Cathy’s heart sang rhymes as Clayton hugged her, crying, and before she could stop herself, she fell in love with him.
She became a student of crescent college, just so she could get close to him.
Cathy took off the duvet from her face. Her hair was scattered all over her face and her eyes were red and swollen.
“I met Clayton first even before you thought of becoming a scholarship student in crescent college, so he is mine Molly Moon. I met him first!!!” She shouted, breaking everything breakable in her room.
Clayton limped towards the school field to watch the students play football. He couldn’t partake because of his injured leg.
Dawson pat him from behind and he looked him.
“I thought you’d be joining in the football game?” He asked.
“I’m not in the mood for that”
“What about Freddie?”
“All that boy knows how to do best is taking care of his face. It’s not a must we participate in everything football game hosted by the captain”
“Your eyes are sad. Are you alright?” Clayton asked.
“You are my best friend, but I am not used to you being caring, so just stick to the mean Clayton I know” Clayton said.
“I will just take a nap” Clayton said and made an attempt to leave, but he was stopped by Molly Moon’s voice.
“Go Hayden! Whoa!!!”
Clayton turned and his eyes searched for Molly Moon and she sees her jumping on her feet cheering for Hayden.
Hayden threw flying kisses at her and Molly Moon laughed.
Clayton clenched his feet and made to go to the field, but Dawson held his hand.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m joining in the game” He answered.
“Are you taking drugs? Maybe that’s why you’re high. You can’t play football with an injured leg. It’s hardly recovering and you want to add injury to it”
“Whoa! Go Hayden, Go Hayden. Whoa!!!” Molly Moon cheered loudly.
“My injury has nothing to do with you!” Clayton said and walked towards the field, limping,
“Get lost” He said to one of the student who was competing with Hayden’s team.
“Clayton?” Molly Moon muttered looking at his injured leg. It was still bandaged and traces of blood were on it.
“What are you doing Clayton?” The captain asked.
“I’m joining in the football game” He said and glared at Hayden.
“With that leg of yours” The captain asked, looking at his injure leg.
“Begin the game! I’m fine!” He yelled at him, and Hayden chuckled.
“He wants to be part of the football game, then allow him to be part of it” Hayden said.
Both glared at each other, before the whistle blew.
The game began, and Molly Moon’s eyes were on Clayton worried sick about his leg.
Hayden scored a goal for his team, and he looked at Molly Moon so he could cheer for him, but his face turned into a frown when he saw he was looking at Clayton, and in her eyes lies so much worries.
The game resumed, and despite his injured leg, Clayton scored a goal and Molly Moon smiled, clapping her hands.
“You’re a genius Clayton!” She said in a loud voice. She placed her two hands on her head, making a heart.
Clayton smiled. His leg was hurting hellishly, but he didn’t mind the pain because Molly Moon was cheering for him.
Hayden got jealous instantly. He glared at Clayton who was smiling at Molly Moon waving at her, and Molly Moon waved back, smiling.
The game continued again, and this time Clayton was aiming for another goal. Hayden, who was following Clayton from behind, trying to get the ball, intentionally brushed Clayton’s from the ground.
Clayton flew and landed back on the ground, twisting the foot of his injured leg, with his forehead landing forcefully on the Clayton.
He loss consciousness immediately.
“Clayton!!!” Molly Moon screamed his name.