Election DayIlysse Isip
Election Day. The day that all sixth graders count down to. It is a very important day because it’s when the two sixth grade classes elect a Mayor, Vice Mayor, and a councilor who will battle to form the school council.
On that day, you could feel the tension in the air between Almaciga and Lauan, the two six grade sections.
“Hey Ilysse!” said my seatmate and close friend, Santi.
He waved me over as I plopped myself into the seat right next to him.
“Are you excited? Today’s the day!” He said in a rush.
“Yup.” I said exhaustedly, after walking up two floors to get to our classroom.
After that Teacher Josh, our Araling Panlipunan teacher went in the room.
“Okay guys.” He said. “Are you ready to elect your party?
The room bursts into cheers.
“Okay. I guess you’re ready… Who are you going to elect for Mayor?” He said.
Many hands shot up in the air.
“Isabelle” Teacher Josh said, asking her.
“Ilysse!” She replied, shouting.
Teacher Josh wrote my name down on the board.
“Who else?” asked Teacher Josh.
Santi raised his hand.
“Me.” He said proudly.
I looked at him and tried to catch his eye. He turned his head and suddenly got in interested in his nails. Santi and I were the only ones elected for Mayor - Julia and Former for Vice Mayor, Nathan, Nadia, Isabelle, and Peale for councilor.
“Isabelle and Nathan for councilor” Teacher Josh declared.
“Julia for Vice Mayor” He said once again.
I could see all the ones who had won grinning widely and excitedly. Suddenly I got a weird feeling in my gut.
“Winning by one point, the winner for mayor is… Santi!”
My eyes blurred, and I started crying. The whole class went quiet. I felt all the pairs of eyes staring at me. I lowered my head to my desk, still crying. I rushed out of the classroom and went straight for the bathroom.
In the bathroom, I steadied myself on the walls of the small stall. Tears were rolling down my face as I remembered that one day…
“Hey Ilysse, you should totally run for mayor!” Santi said.
“Are you sure?” Ilysse replied, still crying.
“Yes! I mean a lot of people know you. And you’re good with talking to kids.” Santi replied, sounding quite positive.
“Really?” I replied, still doubting Santi.
“Really.” Santi replied, reassuring me.
We told the class about our idea. They quickly agreed, and we excitedly planned for our party name, t-shirts, giveaways and a slogan.
“Hey Ilysse!” Santi said, pushing and squishing himself with the group of 5th Graders.
“Hey” I said.
“Guess who is running for Mayor in the other class?” I continued.
“Um..=” Santi replied, interrupting himself thereafter.
Yssa Lim” he said, continuing his thought.
“Really?” I asked him raising an eyebrow, questioning him.
“Yup.” He said. “You’ll totally win.” He continued.
“FORMER!” A loud voice snapped me back to the real world.
“Ilysse… Are you okay?” Julia said softly.
“Ilysse, you should get out of that stall, Santi wants to talk to you.” Sophie said.
Hearing his name made me start sobbing all over again.
“Soph?” Julia mumbled. “Why’d you say that?” Julia continued.
“Why? What was I supposed to say? There’s pizza outside?”
I replied, laughing.
“Guys, chill. It’s not your fault.” I told them.
I opened the stall. Sophie rushed to the door and locked it. We were all quiet for a while. Spring hugged me and gave me P10.
“Huh?” I said, wondering why she gave me P10.
“Utang ko ‘yan.” she said.
“Thanks, Spring.” I replied.
“What Santi did was really unexpected.” Isabelle said.
My friends mumbled in agreement. Suddenly, Isabelle bursts in laughter. We gaped at her.
“I mean you’re just like so strong and independent that I look up you. And here I am seeing you cry.” Isabelle announced, dejected. I softly punched her on her shoulder.
“OKAY!” Sophie suddenly shouted.
“OPERATION GET ILYSSE OUT OF THE BATHROOM TO TALK TO SANTI” she said now screaming. Sophie continued.
“So OGIOOTBTTTS?” said Former.
“Yes!” Julia said.
“Wash your face and fix your hair. We are going to talk to Santi!” Spring commanded.
“No!” I said.
“My friends glared at me. I sighed. I walked over to sink, washed my face and tied my hair into a ponytail.
“My eyes are puffy!” I complained to my friends.
They sighed and pushed me out of the bathroom. I saw Santi shifting his feet nervously as he ignored the look on my face. I walked towards him, as he stiffened.
“Why?” I asked. He stared at his feet, not replying.
“Santi!” I said, raising my voice. “Why?”
“ I wanted to run” He started. “but I only thought of it after I told you that you would be perfect for the job… I’m sorry.”
The silence filled our ears with anxiety.
“It’s okay Santi.”
I replied, smiling at him.
“Well… Can you be our manager? I mean you have great ideas!” He said.
“Sure Santi, sure.” I replied
He raised his hand for a high five.
“Friends?” He asked.
“Friends.” I said.
Suddenly Nathan started clapping. Then Sophie. Then Julia. Suddenly the whole class was clapping.
“Here’s to our Mayor and Manager, Santi and Ilysse!” Nathan cheered.
The room erupted with all the clapping and cheering for our party.
THAT WAS ELECTION DAY.
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