BY RUTHIE LEE
`•,~•~`•, JUNE’S POV `•,~•~`•,
“June!” Maria Li called my name and I smiled at
“June!!” she yelled my name and I wondered why
she did so.
“June!!” my little brother yelled my name and I
immediately got up from my deep slumber.
“I’m up” I snored and he laughed cause a sheet of
paper was glued to my face due to the small sweat
on my face. I removed the paper from my face and
hit his head. “why the hell did you wake me up early
this morning” I yelled.
“it’s not morning, it’s noon” my brother said and I
looked at the time 12:56pm ..
“oh no” I cried, I overslept,
“grandma’s gonna be so angry with you” he laughed
and walked away. Instead of him to cheer for his
big sister, he’s making me feel sick. I remembered
last night, what made me wake up late and I
remember myself dancing and singing to Maria Li’s
song, I bit my lip and head to the bathroom, I am
It’s Saturday and I’m supposed to be awake since
six in the morning and deliver newspaper around the
neighborhood, that’s the small business my
grandma’s making me do, at least the money I’ll
make that day will sustain Auggie and I for food
and school allowance for a week.
Auggie is my little brother’s name short for August
and I’m June, and I don’t know what my parents
were thinking when they gave us names from our
But sadly my parents died when Auggie was born,
my mom died immediately Auggie was born and
my dad died in a car accident, my grandma
immediately took us in and we both took care of
Auggie, especially me cause my grandma had to
work besides her old age she’s really strong.
Leaving Auggie for me I had to bathe, feed and
dress Auggie everyday till he grew up, and now he’s
nine and I’m seventeen year old and sometimes he
calls me mom without knowing it. And he’s never
for once disrespected me. And he’s the sweetest
but a little stubborn but I love him.
After my bath I dragged a shirt and a Jean trousers
from my pile of clothes, walked to our small living
room, pack my hair in ponytail and grabbed today’s
newspaper I’m supposed to distribute, I grabbed my
bicycle waved to my grandma and little brother who
was outside drying clothes, and Auggie just stood
I carried my bicycle and hurried down the stairs of
our building, it’s a four storey building and an extra
small house at the top where we live, my grandma
and the landlady of the house are good friends and
she just lets us live there for free since we had no
where to stay when Auggie was growing up cause
my grandma used everything she got bringing up
Auggie and I.
As I rode my bicycle around the neighborhood, my
phone was in my pocket and it was connected to
an earpiece that was in my ear and I happily deliver
the newspaper to each houses singing the song
from my phone “soaring High- by Maria Li”.
Maria Li, just thinking about her I could see her in
front of me, I dream of her everyday including this
morning, she’s my role model, my goddess and my
A twenty-seven years old celebrity, should I say the
most popular singer and dancer in the whole world,
her voice is like that of an angel, her beauty is
extraordinary and her body is what you could die
for, she’s the best, she’s awesome and I love her.
Her musics make my day and her videos, I know all
of her music and know every dance step in her
videos, she works with DH entertainment, one of the
biggest selling Music Industry in the city. And other
Maria Li is a goddess and she has a lot of fans,
and I’m her number one fan, I love her so much that
I suddenly had this dream to be like her, to be a
celebrity like her, for the past two years of being
her fan, I had the passion of being a singer and a
dancer, but I know I can’t dream too much cause
we’re living from hand to mouth and it’s gonna be
hard cause it’s only the rich that has dreams and
their dreams do come true. I delivered the news
paper to the last house and made my turn home.
I got home and made my tiring journey climbing the
stairs with my bicycle, I finally got to the rooftop
and parked my bicycle at a corner, opening the
living room door I could already perserve a great
smell of seaweed salad and when I got in my
grandma and Auggie had already start to eat Lunch.
“you’re back” Auggie said happily and I sat down
beside him and joined them.
Gosh my grandma is such a great cook, she smiled
seeing as Auggie and I ate her food with happiness.
“June.” she called and I looked up at her.
“I’ll be going to work soon” she said and I nod, she
goes to work every day except Sundays.
“and after today, I don’t think I can keep up” my
grandma said and I looked up at her
“why?” I asked calmly.
“look at me June, I’m getting older, I managed to
get this job beside my age but I don’t think I can
keep up, I’m getting weaker everyday” she breathed
“then how are we going to–
“I’ve been thinking” she cut me off “of renting out
Auggie’s room” she continued and Auggie looked
“what?!” Auggie said.
“just continue eating” I tell him and he did so
“but grandma, that’s crazy, who would want to rent it
out and we would be living with a complete
stranger” I said and she sighed.
“it’s better than living without eating or neither of
you going to school” .
“then where would Auggie sleep?” I asked
“in your room” she replied and I sighed and glance
at Auggie who was busy enjoying his meal.
“well I hope your plan works” I said and roll my
“it’s going to work, help me clear out Auggie’s room
am going to tell a lot of people about it and I
promise you we’re going to have a tenant here by
the end of the week and I wouldn’t have to work
again” she smiled. “okay” I shrugged.
“okay, I’m off to work” my grandma said and stood
“June remember what I told you, clear out his room
and keep the house clean” she announced before
I continued eating before turning to Auggie.
“you heard what grandma said right?” I tell him and
“good” I said and turned back to my food.
After eating Auggie and I both moved things from
his room to mine and he seemed happy about
staying with me. To help me clean the house I
placed my phone on the living room table and
played “soaring High by Maria Li, it’s my favorite
song and one of her biggest hit.
Auggie and I sang it together as we clean the living
room, he learned it because of me and my
obsession over it.
After cleaning the living room we both arranged my
room and he said he wanted his bed beside mine
and I also arranged his stuff at the corner of the
I got on my bed and started to watch Maria Li’s
video and I sang along with it. Auggie was quiet
looking at the only toy he has in his hand and I
turned to him.
“what’s wrong?” I asked, he’s too quiet and it’s
creepy. Well he’s quiet person but I still have to
“well I’ve been thinking, grandma said we’re going to
have a new tenant and I wish they’ll be people I can
play with” he said and I smiled.
“Auggie, a family can’t move in that tight room and
your age mate can’t rent that out” I said and he
sighed. “well let’s just hope for the best and
besides you have me” I smiled.
“you can’t play with me you’re way older than me
and you’re always with your phone” Auggie said
pouting his lips.
“come over here” I said and he crawled from his
bed to mine. “don’t worry very soon we’ll be living
in a place where you can play with all sort of toys
and boys your age, just don’t lose hope” I said and
kissed his forehead, I feel sorry for Auggie, we don’t
have a TV where he can watch educative shows and
learn more and he has no one to play with. my
phone, I’ve been using it for two years now, my
grandma saved up to get for me on my birthday
two years ago, or else if she hasn’t I would have
been totally phone-less .. We’re really trying to live
but life is just so hard for us, I really hope things
can become better,
I didn’t know I’ve been thinking so much and not
know Auggie has fallen asleep, I place him well on
the bed and continued with the video of Maria Li,
not only do I want to be like her and be famous and
recognised, I also want to be rich and help my
Before I knew it I was woken up by Auggie not
knowing I fell asleep too, our lives are pretty boring
we just work, eat and sleep.
“grandma’s home” he said
“is it six in the evening already?” I asked and he
nods I got up from my bed, walked out of my room
and walked into the living room to see my grandma
with groceries in her hand.
“I got my last Pay of the day and I bought this” my
grandma said and I took the stuff from her, I can’t
believe she quit her job, but it’s for her to live long.
“and I have good news” my grandma said .
“really? What is it?” I asked with a smile.
“I shared the news about putting up a rent here and
I’ve seen someone who’s looking for a place to stay
and will take any place” my grandma explained.
“really, is it a male or a female?” I asked.
“well,… I haven’t meet with the person but a friend
of mine knows someone who’s looking for a single
room” she said and I rolled my eyes.
“grandma you’re supposed to ask and see the
person first before you call it good news okay!” I
said and she smiled.
“don’t worry it’ll be good news soon” she said and I
That night we ate macaroni and meatballs, before
going to bed, my grandma sleeps in a small beside
the room she puts up for rent and while Auggie and
I now sleep in the same room.
The next day came and passed like a wind. With
me delivering news paper and after that I split the
money I earned into two and kept Auggie’s part in
the drawer. My grandbmother tried calling her friend
who said she knows someone who’s ready to rent a
place but when she tried calling the woman, she
couldn’t reach her, I told my grandma to forget it
that’s it’s a lie but my grandma never lost hope until
she managed to get the woman and the woman
said the person’s coming tomorrow to check out
the place. That day flew by like a bird and the next
day came by quickly which was Monday.
I got up from my bed that Monday morning, took
my bathe and woke Auggie up, he had his bathe
and after changing into my school uniform, I helped
him with his and brushed his hair, he’s a smart kid
and he’s in the fourth grade so he has to look nice.
I gave him money for lunch and we both head to
school, I go to kindred high school, it’s a public
school and Auggie goes to the elementary school.
I got into the full and noisy class and dropped my
bag down on my desk before sitting down.
“June!” some huge voice called my name and I
smiled rolling my eyes, I know who it is.
“Annie, I know it’s you” I said and her squeaky
voice said .
“looks like I’ve done that joke so many times you’ve
gotten used to it” she said and I looked at her. “is it
supposed to be a joke?” I asked and she playfully
glared at me while I laughed.
I brought out my book where I wrote Maria Li’s
lyrics and I start to read them and Annie collected
the book immediately from me.
“ugh you and that old lady I don’t get why you like
her, her songs her good but she’s boring” Annie
said and I rolled my eyes
“you don’t know any thing about her so stop saying
she’s boring” I defended and she shook her head
“she has really messed you up and now you’re
defending her instead of your best friend.” she said
and I smiled a bit but in an apologetic way.
“and besides no one’s talking about Maria Li ever
since Daniel came out” Annie said.
“you mean that rookie who made a guest
appearance in Maria Li’s video, “dance”?” I asked
and she nods.
“he’s no more a rookie June, but A Star brightening
every one’s day” Annie smiled. Before I could utter
another word, the class’s Gossip girl Amy, quickly
rushed inside the class and everyone know she’s
always bringing the class news and everyone turned
“guys” she said breathlessly
“I just heard big news” she continued
“Daniel Anderson is coming back here to Mahnline
city and he’ll be holding up a fan signing event in
the City Hall after his concert here on Friday” Amy
said finally and from every corner of the class you
could hear screamings including Annie’s. And
everyone start to look it up on the internet.
“did you hear that, our Daniel is coming back” Annie
said holding my hand.
“I’m sorry our Daniel?” I scoffed and she nods.
“you don’t have to be pretend you don’t like him
June, Daniel is the most sexiest, prettiest and
talented, artist I’ve ever known, even though he
made his debut as a singer and dancer two month
ago, he became popular within a week and within a
month other countries started to notice him and now
he’s a world wide super star which makes him the
world most youngest, singer, dancer and model
he’s only twenty years old.. . And he grew up here
in Mahnline city which makes all of us a family and
now he’s coming back this week and thinking about
that is making me feel happy at the same time
nervous, I’m gonna see my Daniel again, keep
drowning your world in that Maria Li’s song and
you’ll soon dig Your Own grave, follow up with
Daniel and you’ll see him every night in your
dreams” she said with her thinking eyes day
dreaming about something, something that Includes
“sorry but I don’t need any Daniel in my life right
now, I’m good with Maria Li” I said aggressively
“maybe you’ll change your mind after seeing this!”
Annie said and brought out her phone.
“these are his latest and trendiest pictures of 2019”
she continued tapping her gallery, she showed me a
bunch of Daniel pictures the one he had a shirt on
and the one he doesn’t, he’s got this killer look and
he’s very handsome I must admit but I won’t ever
betray my Maria Li.
“oh and also Daniel and Maria Li works in the same
industry” Annie said and I sighed “look Annie just
take your Daniel away from me.” I tell her shoving
her phone and she smiled.
“he was so handsome right? You couldn’t bare it”
she laughed and I rolled my eyes. “get lost” I said.
“look here June, Maria Li is yesterday’s news and
Daniel is today, tomorrow and forever’s news, even
if he dies, he’ll be like our very own Michael
Jackson,” Annie said and I almost smacked her
face, how could she say my Maria Li is old news
because of that crazy Daniel hangerson or whatever
his name was.
School was okay that day, it was my usual boring
school but still it was okay, well okay to everyone
not to me, everyone kept talking about this so
called Daniel and his amazing songs and face, well
I know Daniel as a celebrity but I didn’t know he
was that popular, I guess I must have been so
caught up in Maria Li’s life I notice nobody.
But I don’t care Maria Li gave me a dream, a dream
that’s always setting me on fire and I’m going to
chase that dream till I get a hold of it, when life is
giving up on you, try your best and don’t lose, like
my grandma always said “good things come to
those who wait, also with faith and hope we get
Well I’ve waited patiently for the past eight years for
good things to come our way but it seems like life
is pretending we’re not existing anymore. But there’s
still hope in me I can’t give that up cause it’s still
the only thing that keeps me going.
That day school was over and I went to pick Auggie
and we both head home, climbing the stairs to our
rooftop house was the hardest, Auggie always
complain about his legs getting weaker the more
we climbed and so I have to give him a piggy back
ride, which makes me even more tired.
We got to the front of our small house at the top of
the building and I dropped Auggie down. I breathed
breathlessly sweats dropping from my hair, to my
forehead then my face.
“are you okay?” Auggie asked innocently.
“I am, you just drained the life out of me, you
always do” I said
“I’m sorry” he said guiltily.
“It’s okay, let’s head inside” I said and he smiled
showing his complete white teeth.
I opened the door and Auggie walked in before me
and we both Walked into the living room and I
quickly covered Auggie’s eyes, cause there was a
boy about my age or older, he was half naked only
a towel around his waist and water was dripping
from his hair to his body and he was drying his
face with another towel so he didn’t notice us until I
screamed, the guy flinched his eyes widen seeing
me and my grandma rushed out of her room.
“grandma.” I said breathlessly.
“June are you okay?” she asked.
“there’s a guy half naked in our living room and
you’re asking me if I’m okay?!?” I breathed out.
“hey there’s a towel around my waist don’t be so
dramatic” the boy said and my brows raised on its
“excuse me?” I glared at him.
“June.. He’s.. He’s the new tenant” my grandma
said and my jaw dropped.
“excuse me?” I turned to her, dropping my hand
from Auggie’s eyes.
T. B. C
By Ruthie Lee
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