At two o'clock in the afternoon, the sun shone through the window onto my desk.
It was a beautiful day. The sun was out, and the sky was blue. I traced the outline of the window frame on my desk with a pen. The teacher was still talking on the podium, but few people listened to him.
It was my last year of high school, and most people were excited about the upcoming graduation ceremony.
I, as always, sat in the back corner of the room, quiet, transparent, and unattended.
I looked up and peeked at the man sitting at the front. He was Robert, the son of our Alpha.
Robert was the most popular guy in our high school. All the boys wanted to be friends with him, and all the girls were crazy about him. I was one of them. He was tall and handsome. He was gentle and polite. He was very athletic. He led our school to victory after victory.
Most importantly, he was going to be the next Alpha. He was good at everything—power, looks, character, abilities. It was like he was born perfect.
I looked away. Next to Robert was his girlfriend, Alison. She was a beautiful blonde with a slim figure.
Alison was probably Robert's future mate. They would mark each other.
My stomach churned with disgust at the thought.
I hated Alison not only because of Robert but also because she had a strange hostility toward me.
I didn't understand why. I was an introvert and a nobody. I couldn't think of anything I'd ever done to her. But the truth is, Alison had been targeting me since sometime last year. There were all kinds of dead bugs in my bag. My bag got soaked in water. Once, I was even locked in a bathroom stall and had to crawl out of a window. I didn't have any proof, but I knew Alison did it.
There was a burst of cheers in the classroom. I snapped out of my thoughts and saw that the teacher had already left. A group of people surrounded Robert and Alison's table.
"Listen! Today is Alison's birthday. We will have a party tonight. Everyone is invited!"
I saw Robert stand Up and hug Alison. He lowered his head and kissed her. Then, he intimately pressed his forehead against hers.
"Happy birthday, my dear."
The jeers around me grew louder. Birthday greetings came one after another.
Robert and Alison were supposed to be a perfect couple. Everyone in the class was their friend. No one would be stingy with a blessing if they were willing to celebrate her birthday.
Tomorrow was my birthday. If I were to hold a party, how many people would be willing to come?
I tried to drive this thought out of my mind to avoid having more ideas that would make me feel uncomfortable.
I restrained myself from looking at them, not letting my discomfort and resentment show. I quickly packed up my things. I wanted to leave this place. No one would notice me. I had always been transparent to others.
"Hey, where are you going?"
Unexpectedly, I was stopped.
I stopped and turned around. The person who stopped me wasn't familiar with me. We had never spoken before. I suspected that he didn't even know my name.
"Robert said that everyone would go to the party tonight. Why are you leaving now?"
I couldn't figure out what he meant, but I was sure it was not a friendly invitation.
"I have something to do tonight."
I mumbled an explanation.
"Are you rejecting the future Alpha's invitation?" He asked sarcastically.
Of course, I would accept Robert's invitation, but I knew my limits. Robert wanted to invite everyone, but not me. If I didn't know what was good for me, I would only make things awkward.
This person was deliberately making things difficult for me.
"Don't worry about her. She's a freak," another person said.
"That's true. It's bad luck for someone like you to come to the party. Get lost, idiot!"
I raised my head and looked in Robert's direction, wondering if he had noticed.
But he didn't. I saw his back facing me and his arm around Alison.
I didn't know what I was expecting.
Over the years, I had made all sorts of changes to get Robert to like me. I had tried to learn about his hobbies and his favorite sports. I had tried to get him to like me by changing my appearance. I had studied how to put on makeup and bought sexy dresses that I would never wear. But all those attempts seemed ridiculous after he got together with Alison. I knew he had never noticed me.
However, I couldn't control myself. I couldn't help but gaze at him all the time.
"Why aren't you getting lost? Who are you looking at? Are you waiting for someone to come and save you like Prince Charming? Hahahahaha!"
I lowered my head, grabbed the strap of my backpack, and quickly walked out.
Before I left, I seemed to see Alison turn around and give me a contemptuous yet proud smile.