She turned at the sound of footsteps. A tall slim guy carried a stack of books down the stairs above her. He had black close cut hair and brown skin. The top book tumbled and bounced down the stairs. She jumped out of the way
want some? it always makes me feel better.
She looked into his eyes -hazel with vivid green.She knew who he was- everyone at Winfrey high did. Mfumbe Taylor had represented their school in the first Virtual Global teen Jeopardy. He'd won too. as He picked up his book he looked at her. She realized for the first time that her eyes and cheeks were wet. she'd been crying
are you sure you're okay?
she used her thumb to wipe smeared mascara from her face.
I know. Thanks for the gum
okay well I've got to get these books to the library, you know if you're late they'll send the library squad
Kayla took the piece of gum and popped it into her mouth. Peppermint. It did make her feel better but maybe it was his concern that worked the trick.
she looked up at him without answering. For some reason she felt a strong urge to tell him everything was wrong about her parents, Her lost chance of art school, everything. But that would have been strange - she didn't even know him.
He waved and entered the flow of kids who were returning from lunch. All she really wanted was to cut her last classes and go home.