This is a new occasional series that takes its basis and some of its storyline from the cancelled Tokyopop Manga, Yubisaki Milk Tea by Tomochika Miyano. It's a great series and well worth looking out, it's a mystery why they cancelled it. For my version I've changed the setting from Japan to England and of course the names, then I've added some new characters and situations to produce Jamie and the Peach . The original series was cancelled before completion but I intend to take my version somewhat further!
Maddy Bell, February 2010
"Usual tonight Jame?"
Damn, he'd forgotten about the RPG club.
"I er might be a bit late, got some stuff to do straight after school."
"Bell me if you're gonna cut then."
"Yeah, see you later."
Another complication. Jonno ran off to football practice, if it wasn't for Peaches he'd be going with him but that one fateful day changed everything.
I got to Burger House well early so rather than hang around looking suspicious outside I went in. as you'd expect with this kind of emporium it was doing robust business with a predominantly teenage clientele, I joined the nearest queue which seemed to be moving at a steady rate.
'Check out the hottie!'
'Where?' they weren't exactly being subtle, my own interest was piqued however and I cautiously looked around for said object of desire. That's weird, I couldn't see any girls you could describe as hot, well not in my view anyhow.
'Shush, she's looking this way.'
The whisperers were easy to identify, two slightly spotty teens in what amounts to the current teenage street uniform of baggy jeans and hoodies. They turned away when they saw me looking at them, hmm the babe must be behind me. But there isn't anyone.... shit, they think I'm a girl!
Duh! Of course they think I'm a girl, well I hope I look like one at any rate I'm wearing a dress after all.
"Hey Peaches!" Karen's voice called out, "you're early."
"Er yeah so are you actually."
She joined me in the queue.
"I nearly didn't recognise you"
"Well it seemed a bit you know weird putting the uniform on to come out for a burger."
At this point I should point out that my blackmailer was not in uniform either.
"I guess." she allowed.
"What'll it be girls?"
I hadn't realised we were at the front of the queue.
"Two veggie burger meals with diet cola." Karen told the spotty faced youth before us.
"Coming right up."
I wasn't best impressed with her choice but what can you do?
"Gah! This tastes like poo!"
"You eat of lot of that do you?"
"You know what I mean." I blushed.
"Yeah and I have to agree with you, it is pretty shitty."
"So why'd you order it?"
"It looked vaguely more healthy than a triple king quarter burger with cheese."
I could see her point; eating here was generally bad for your health.
"Nice dress by the way, it looks nice on you." I wasn't fibbing, the pale yellow suited her well.
"You um look good too." she allowed.
I had of course, as instructed brought a bundle of my photographs, a portfolio if you like.
"So lets see the pictures then."
"Er ok," I delved into the voluminous shoulder bag that my sister 'donated' for the evening, "they aren't very good." I warned as I passed the first packet over.
I left her to it and went to fetch some more drinks, I wished I hadn't as for the second time this evening I became the target of teenage lust. This time however rather than spotty geeks it was far worse, Kenny James and Simon Davis, members of the football team.
'I could fancy a bit of that!'
'You've got no chance." Simon retorted
'Fancy your chances then?'
"Hey gorgeous, Simon wants a date."
"In his dreams."
"And yours I bet!"
I was momentarily lost for a reply.
"Whoa Si, she's thinking about it."
"Leave the girl alone." another voice entered the conversation.
"You and whose... oh shit!" Ken spluttered.
"I think its you who needs an army." my rescuer suggested.
"Come on Kenny." Simon exhorted, tugging his sleeve.
"Catch ya later gorgeous." Ken's parting shot was rather half hearted.
I turned to see who had 'rescued' me only to discover my boss stood behind me.
"If you say so, I didn't know it had gone this far."
"It hasn't gone anywhere, I'm here with a girl."
"Kinky! Does she er know that you're, you know?"
"Course she does, what do you think I am, some sort of perv?"
He just raised an eyebrow.
"Look thanks for um rescuing me."
"I'd do the same for any pretty girl."
What's that supposed to mean?
"You were a long time." Karen noted.
"It was a long queue."
"If you say so. You sure you took all of these?"
"‘Course I am, who else?"
"They're really professional, you look quite cute."
"I mean it, a bit racy from time to time though, you wouldn't get me in some of those outfits, but they suit you."
I think that was some sort of compliment.
She went on, "in future though I want you in the school uniform."
"In future?" my day had suddenly gone downhill.
"If you want to keep seeing me."
"That is what you want isn't it, what last week was all about?"
"I er guess so."
"It either is or it isn't."
"Yes, yes I want to see you." and deep down I knew it was true, that I really did like her, maybe always have.
"Well in that case you'll wear the uniform Peaches , I'm not being seen with a mere boy."
"That's the deal, I'll go out with Peaches the schoolgirl, not some model."
I got the feeling there was something she wasn't saying about that, it wasn't that she was hung up on the school uniform. But do I really want this? Should I even be contemplating dressing as a schoolgirl just to see this girl?
The next sentence would seal my fate.
I couldn't have foreseen how those two words would change my life over the coming months. I never did get to the RPG club that night; I was now playing a real character in the real world. Previously Peaches Smith had been an occasional visitor to my life, a girl whom I could practice my photography with, a private and rarely seen mannequin. Now she was transformed into a real person, someone people met, talked with - dated even.
It's not like I even want to dress as a girl - not in any weird want to be a girl kind of way, well I don't think so. It was always about becoming a character for my art much in the same way that an actor uses a costume.
"What happened to you last night?" Jonno enquired draping his arm around my shoulder.
"You owe me."
"What for, if anything you owe me, I got whooped good and proper last night 'coz you weren't there."
"Yeah soz about that." I smirked.
"So where were you?"
"Out with Karen."
"You sly dog! How did you manage that?"
Well the truth would not be a good thing, "my animal charisma."
"No seriously bud."
"It was simple really," I fibbed, "I just asked her out."
"And she said yes?"
"I said didn't I?"
"So where did you take her Casanova?"
Well he'll never know will he?
"Burger House and then we hung out for a bit before I took her home."
It was stretching the truth a little but it was pretty much what we did.
"It can't have been that easy, she's like the uber ice maiden." he stated.
"It's true honest, have I ever lied to you?"
"Not this week."
"Why don't you ask her then?"
"The ice maiden?"
"Maybe I will."
I crossed my fingers and anything else available, my credibility was in that strange girls hands, one wrong word and I'm toast! I didn't have long to wait.
"Hey Karen, this lump reckons he was out with you last night, on a date."
'Please Karen.' I willed her to reply positively.
"We were in the same place."
Ooh that's cold.
"Hardly a date Jame."
"It was, really, tell him Karen, please?"
"Well I suppose it was arranged so if that makes it a date I guess it was."
Thank you God!
To Be Continued...
Maddy Bell 26.03.10 © 2010
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