I hurried down the hall, keeping an eye out for Tonia. God, how was I supposed to ask the girl out if I couldn’t find her?
Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement. I glanced that way, thinking it could be Tonia.
No, it was just Zoë. She swept out of the bathroom and down the hall. It looked like she was crying.
“Hey. Zoë,” I called. She didn’t look back.
I moaned and hurried after her, caught up with her. Then I placed a hand on her shoulder, trying to get her to slow down.
“Zoë. You okay?”
Her thin, arched eyes knit together in a scowl. “Yeah, I’m fine, Ash. So why don’t you stop worrying about me and go ask Tonia out, like you really want to be doing right now.” She swiped at her eyes. Her hands came away wet with tears.
“Zo-Mo,” I said, using her pet name. That stopped her. She looked up at me, her eyes red and swollen.
“What’s wrong? Do you need to go to the nurse or anything?” I asked.
She shook her head and wiped her eyes off again. “I’m fine. I need to go now.” She hurried off down the hall.
I watched her go until she turned down the stairs. Then I went to find Tonia.
I walked down the hall, looking for her. Then I saw something at the lockers.
Ryker and Fawn. They were talking. Fawn was smiling, and Ryker was smiling. Except his eyes. His eyes always stay the same: black, almost soulless. They don’t reveal any emotion.
Suddenly Fawn reached up and put her arms around his neck, leaning up towards his face. I realized that she was about to kiss him.
Well, Ryker’s never gonna let her do that, I thought, just as their lips met.
Ryker didn’t pull away.
I watched in fascination as his hands slipped around Fawn’s waist, pulling her close. Fawn gripped the shoulders of his shirt tightly, her lips pressed firmly against his.
“Hey, Ash,” someone said behind me.
I didn’t have to turn around to see that it was Quin. The southern accent gives it away.
“Shush!” I hissed, not turning away from Ryker and Fawn.
Quin came up next to me. “Ash, let’s not spy one them, alright?” he said when he saw what I was looking at.
“Fine,” I said, following him down the hall, away from them.
“Miss Flinch is giving us a science test tomorrow!” Quin said, like he had forgotten about the kissing incident. “Can you believe that? I mean, it’s the second week of school! Besides, she didn’t even give us a damn study guide.”
I stopped listening to him and started thinking about what I had seen between Ryker and Fawn. Maybe they’d end up marrying, I thought, grinning.
I heard someone else’s voice now, instead of Quin’s. I snapped myself out of my thoughts of their wedding and focused on who was talking.
“Yeah, he knows,” Quin was saying.
He was addressing a boy I didn’t know, but I was sure I had seen around the school before. The boy had straight brown hair and was a little bit taller than Quin. He looked pretty average, but he sure knew how to smile.
The boy nodded. Quin turned to me.
“This is Wesley,” he said, then turned back to the boy. “That’s Ash.”
Wesley smiled at me. I smiled back.
“Well, I have to go. Library. And Miss Levitt gets really grumpy if we’re not exactly on time,” Wesley said. On the last few words, he mimicked Miss Levitt, the librarian’s, voice, adding a snooty, stuffy tone to it. He added her expression and everything. Me and Quin cracked up.
Wesley grinned. “Bye,” he said, walking off down the hall.
Quin watched him go. He was smiling.