That Afternoon/Bus Ride (Those Years)

Grady felt on top of the world as the dismissal bell rang. He had found new happiness with his feelings for Kylie LaCroix and she had felt the same way.

Though their relationship had only begun hours before, it had already become very strong. Kylie had already rescued him from a dangerous bully which made him greatly desire her. Then he discovered that she too enjoyed watching skits on YouTube. And what made him even happier is that while he and Kylie watched those skits on his iPod during lunch she cradled his head in her lap. He had never felt so content in his life until she held him like that.

As Grady was walking through the halls, Kylie rushed up and hugged him.

She then asked, “What would you like to do this afternoon?”

“I’m up for anything,” Grady replied.

“Would you like to come over to my house?”

“What would your parents think?”

“They won’t be home until eight or nine tonight. What about yours?”

“Well my dad is out of state right now and my mom won’t be home until after seven o’clock tomorrow morning.”

“Then we could go to your house right?” Kylie asked with a wink and a bright smile.

“Sure, I guess,” Grady replied awkwardly.

“Awesome. I’ll just get on your bus instead of mine.”

“I wish I could drive you, but I never had the chance to get my license.”

“That’s alright. I cannot drive either, my doctors don’t want me to.”

“Well as soon as I can get my license, I’ll take you everywhere you want and need.”

“Kylie kissed Grady and said, “You’re so sweet!”

So hand in hand they sat and waited for Grady’s bus to arrive. When it came, they entered just as quickly as the doors opened. Quickly, they found a seat.

“The ride takes a while to get to my house,” Grady said.

“It’s fine. All that means is that we can hold each other until we arrive. Then we can do even more!” Kylie said rubbing his face.

Grady sat by the window so he could see when they were near his stop and Kylie leaned against him, resting her head on his chest. Nervously he kissed her forehead.

She smiled from ear to ear and told him, “I like when you kiss me.”

They faced each other and their lips met. Awkwardly there was a meeting and pressing of each others’ mouths.

“That was wonderful! I hope there is more to come!” Kylie said.

“There is much more, as long as you’re okay with it. If you ever want me to stop, just say so.” Grady replied.

“I’ll never want you to stop any affections towards me!” Kylie said kissing him once more.

The bus driver then shouted, “Um, Grady Arden and whoever that girl you brought on my bus is, cut it out right now or I’ll the cops on y’all.”

“Jeez, sorry Miss Dolores. We didn’t mean any harm,” Grady said.

Kylie pouted and whispered to Grady, asking, “Why did you apologize?”

“Because this is my only ride to and from school.”

“I guess you’re right. But, I cannot wait until we get to your house.”

Grady smiled and simply held her hand.

“Get in separate seats now!” The bus driver shouted.

“But why?” Kylie asked in distress.

“Don’t question me, little girl, just do as I say or I will call the cops and you will be charged with engaging in lewd conduct.”

Kylie sulked then moved to a different seat, catacorner to Grady’s. They stared at each other in distress.

The bus ride was going seemingly fast up until that point. Now it seemed to drag on since Grady and Kylie’s affections were cruelly and abruptly halted.

Finally, the bus stopped at Grady’s house and both he and Kylie got off.

The driver looked at Kylie and said: “Just remember your actions have consequences, you little brat.”

“Lay off of her Miss Dolores, she’s the only one in the whole school who is nice to me.”

“Shut your mouth, Grady. Furthermore, don’t bring her on my bus again, if you’re going to act like that with her.”

Grady and Kylie stepped off the bus.

“At least we’re alone now,” Grady said as he retrieved his house key from the lanyard around his neck and unlocked the front door. Little did they know they were being watched by Grady’s hateful neighbor, Lester Ewing…

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