It was Friday night and Charlotte is getting ready for the reunion. Tom would pick her up from her place at 6 pm. She had bought a strapless dark dress with the helm above her knees. She usually didn’t wear high heels so getting use to them on her feet took a while but she quickly learned. They were black with 3 inch heels. Her brown hair was tied up with a hair clip so her neck was bare. Some light make-up and she was ready. When Tom picked her up from her apartment, his jaws drop. He had never really seen her dressed up like that before. He had always seen her as a really good friend but now he saw her in a different light. He was dressed in a black suit with a matching tie. He always looked handsome but this night would be special. They didn’t know it yet but the reunion would change everything. He had parked his Jaguar in front of her flat of departments. The trip to her school took about an hour. The closer they got, more nervous she became. She was going to meet her bullies again. Tom could clearly see she didn’t want to go.
“Don’t worry. Everything will be fine. If you want to leave early just say so”
She nodded without looking at him. He parked the car on the school’s parking lot. The music from the building was heard to the outside. People had already arrived. They entered a huge building with pillars. There were outside candles on each side of the steps. The front door was open so they stepped in. Charlotte looked around the hall and left her jacket to the intendant that was in charge of the clothes. The reunion was in the reception room. There were different kinds of decorations on the walls and a big banner that said “Class of 1995”. When they stepped into the hall everything seemed to stop.
It was a disco night. Charlotte hated them but she was forced to attend. She had a dress on with flowers and her hair was loose. She stood in the corner of the hall and looked at the dancing people. Annabel and her friends were on the dance floor as usual. She was always flirty with the boys in the class. Especially with one called Paul. He had brown hair and blue eyes. He was one of the cutest boys in school. Charlotte liked him a little bit. He was always really nice but he could be nasty. He didn’t seem to mind attention but yet she liked him. He got off the dance floor and got to the table with the punch and things to eat. Annabel had gone to the bathroom with her friends. It was time to pick up the courage to talk to him. Charlotte approached him and took a glass to take some punch.
“Hi Paul” She said and smiled
“Hi” He replied and looked to the dance floor where people were dancing
“What?” He turned to look at her
“Nice disco” She raised her voice
“Yep” He took a sweet in his hand and ate it
She took a sip from her glass and put it down on the table. His eyes were back on the dance floor.
“Want to dance?”
“Sorry” He quickly glimpsed at her
“Want to dance?” She repeated and he looked back at her
“Yeah but not with you”
“You’re too ugly for my taste” He looked at the dance floor and saw Annabel come back so he left
Charlotte was devastated. She was rejected by her crush. She ran out of the hall and cried her eyes out. She didn’t understand how cruel he was. It was only because of that stupid Annabel. She locked herself in the bathroom and sat on the toilet seat. Her mother would pick her up 8 pm and it wasn’t even close. She wanted this nightmare to be over.
She woke up from her thoughts when Tom touched her shoulder.
“Are you OK?”
She noticed they were standing by the entrance and people were staring at them. She looked at him and nodded. He was right her entry would be noticeable. She looked around the room and saw an adult Annabel and her two friends standing by the deserving table across the hall. They still looked like they did then. Clara hair was blonde and Lena had coloured her hair dark red. All three looked at her with big eyes. On the other side of the room stood Paul. He was still handsome. Maybe a little round around the middle but still nice looking. That’s what her flashback was about. As soon as she saw him, she remembered it. He looked at her amazed. Bet he didn’t think she was ugly now. She had told Tom about him. He told her she was beautiful and some men were just blind. Paul really was. She was a lot of things but ugly wasn’t one of them. She was cute when she was 15 and she was beautiful at 36.
“Shall we?” Tom said and offered his arm which she took
They walked further in. People were talking and some were dancing. Annabel and her girls kept looking at them. Charlotte looked back at them. She let go off him and walked to them. She wasn’t the girl they bullied and they should know it. She left Tom alone.
“Charlotte. So nice to see you” Annabel said and gave her a hug when she got there
“Hi” She gave her a fake smile
“How are you, love?”
Annabel could really pretend to be happy. She was the little actress she always was.
“Good. I got a nice life” Charlotte replied
“I can see that” Annabel glimpsed behind her “How did you get a date like that?”
“He’s not a date, he’s my boyfriend”
Annabel looked at her in disbelief. She could never hide her jealousy.
“I’m really happy for you” Clara said and hugged Charlotte
“Me too” Lena hugged as well
They were happy for real. They never really bullied her the way Annabel had.
“You’re dating the Tom Hiddleston. I can’t believe it. It’s a joke, right?” Annabel tried again to make her feel worthless
“Yes I am and you better believe it” Charlotte glimpsed at him and he looked back
“For how long?”
“About 8 years” She looked back
“Get out of here” She playfully hit her shoulder “There was no news online about this”
Charlotte really had hit a nerve. She was amazed how good she was at lying. It was true it was that long but as friends.
“Just because he’s a famous actor, not everything is read online. I thought an adult wouldn’t be so ignorant” Charlotte sarcastically said
“OK, I understand” Annabel grinned
Tom had been looking at the girls talking so he didn’t notice Paul has stopped beside him.
“She’s a beauty, isn’t she?” He said and looked at Annabel
Tom looked at him.
“I’m Paul by the way” He wanted to shake Tom’s hand but he didn’t take it
“I know. Charlotte has told me about you”
“Has she? I hope it’s good” Paul smiled but he didn’t smile back
“I wouldn’t say so. You said she was ugly” Tom looked at him
“Did I? I don’t remember”
Tom didn’t like bullies and there was no way this man was worth his time.
“Who are you? Some kind of bodyguard?” Paul asked
“You could say that. I’m her boyfriend, Tom”
Paul was a bit shorter than him so he looked up. Tom kept looking Charlotte’s way. The girls kept talking. Paul couldn’t figure out where he had seen Tom before.
“Now I know you. You’re that actor who plays in these Marvel movies”
“That’s right” Tom looked at him
“My daughter loves those”
“That’s nice” Tom grinned
He didn’t want to be nice. As a matter of fact, he wanted to leave so he left Paul without saying anything and went to where Charlotte was.
“You don’t remember how you threw my books in the river and pushed me in” Charlotte was angry at Annabel
They had a heated conversation so they didn’t notice him standing beside Charlotte.
“I’m sorry I don’t” Annabel defended
“Of course you don’t. You didn’t have to live those moments over and over again. You had it easy. You didn’t even realise you were a bully. None of you did” Charlotte looked at all three
Clara and Lena didn’t say anything. It was school all over again. They were only by-standards but still they were part of it. Lena raised her voice.
“I actually do remember but Annabel told us not to do anything. I’m so sorry. I was such a coward at the time”
“Lena” Annabel tried to shut her up
“The same with me. I’m sorry. Can you ever forgive us?” Clara talked
Annabel looked angry at them both. Charlotte looked at her and waited for an answer but it was no use.
“Of course I do. You both have the courage now” She smiled at them and they smiled back
Annabel was all alone now.
“Hi love” Tom said and kissed Charlotte’s cheek
A soon as he did, Annabel’s anger disappeared and she became her flirty self.
“You’re Tom Hiddleston. Oh my God. I love everything you’ve done” She smiled and moved her hair behind her ear
This was something he was used to and he gave the same answer like actors usually do.
“It’s always nice to meet a fan” He smiled and then looked at Charlotte again
The two other girls were calmer.
“I especially love Loki. You’re great” She had a big smile on her face
“Thank you. Sorry but we really have to go. It was nice to meet you all” He took Charlotte’s hand and they left before Annabel could say anything else
Charlotte stopped closer to the dance floor. A slow song was on.
“Let’s have one dance before we go” She said and dragged him there
There were a few dancing. She put her arms around his neck and got closer to him.
“Are they looking?” She asked and looked in his eyes
He wrapped his arms around her waist and they slowly moved back and forth with the music.
“Does it matter if they do? They’re all phonies and they shouldn’t be impressed”
“I guess not but let them get something to look at. Especially Annabel. You should have seen her face. Priceless” She laughed
“Not forgetting Paul. He’s something else” He smiled
“I’m sorry you had to witness these people. At least two of them apologised”
“I’m glad. If you really want them to look” He pulled her even closer “Let’s make it memorable”
Slowly his lips got closer to hers and soon they were kissing. It was only supposed to be once but they kept going. She moved her fingers in his hair and his hands moved up her back to her strapless bra. But then the music stopped and so did their kissing. They smiled at each other and at that moment they knew their friendship had become something entirely different. It was all because of a reunion with the bullies.