Grady sat in the class filled with different emotions. He was in much physical pain after the assault on him by Ishmael Brown. However, he was also feeling much comfort because of his new friend Kylie. The latter emotion was more present in his being. And while those two feelings were cycling throughout him, he was also slightly nervous about having lunch with her. It was the fact that he was not much of a social person and didn’t feel as if he fit in. Grady was very surprised that someone wanted to come into his life and it made him very anxious that he would eventually push her away. Ultimately there was much excitement that someone of the opposite sex was paying attention to him.
Grady began tapping a mechanical pencil against his desk. The teacher ordered him to stop. For a while, he stopped, but then unconsciously started tapping again. The teacher threatened to send him to the office if he did it one more time. Grady then picked up his writing instrument then looked at his G-Shock wristwatch. It was still half an hour until the period was over and the lunch recess began.
He lapsed into a trance daydreaming about Kylie. He also thought about the user created skits he enjoyed watching on YouTube. This made him wonder what Kylie would think of him when he told her that was what he spent all of his free time doing. He wondered if she would make fun of him like so many others did. He decided to give Kylie the benefit of the doubt and continued to daydream of her. He did so until the bell rang.
Grady walked to his locker and put his backpack away. He then retrieved his iPod along with his wallet and walked to the lunch line. Soon enough, Grady was served his food. It was a pork stew and rice with a garden salad, bread roll and marble cake for dessert. He also bought a pint carton of orange juice. Grady took his tray and walked to the art building.
Kylie was already sitting there, with her home-made lunch, smiling. He walked up to her and she hugged him.
“I’m glad you decided to meet me here for lunch,” She sweetly said.
“How could I not have?” Grady replied with a slight tremble in his voice.
Kylie giggled and winked at him.
Quickly they ate their meals together and afterward, they began conversing.
“What do you do for fun?”
“Well, I mostly watch videos on Youtube.” He replied with a bright blush.
She smiled and asked “What kind of videos?”
“Mostly skits that people perform. They’re something like short stories, just made into videos.”
“You really think so? Most people make fun of me for watching them. I wish I could somehow prove them all wrong and write the scripts to some of those videos. Imagine the money I could make off of it.”
“I won’t make fun of you at all. In fact, I’m sure you could create some wonderful skits.”
Grady smiled and then asked her, “What do you like to do for fun?”
“I could spend hours listening to powerful music or reading a good book. I’ve tried visual art, but I’m no good at it. God how I wish I could be.”
“Is that why you like to sit by the art building?”
“Yes. When I think that of all the creative energy that has transitioned through this building over the years, I just wish that I could tap into it and use it.”
“That’s very profound,” Grady said.
“Thanks,” Kylie replied, then asked, “What are your parents like?”
“My mom works the night-shift at the hospital; she’s a lab technician. My dad is a freight conductor for the railroad and is sometimes gone for days at a time. I don’t get to see them too much.”
“Do you get along with them?”
“Oh, yes. It’s not hard to get along with them when they’re never around for me to butt heads with. What about yours?”
“My mom is a veterinarian and my dad is a pharmacist.”
“And do you get along with them?”
“For the most part, but they push me a lot though.”
“What do you mean?”
“They want me to focus on the math and science courses, but I much prefer the literature and arts.”
“My parents don’t push me that hard, they simply make me go to school only because I am legally required to. But, if I dropped out, they’d expect me to go to work full time and that can’t happen for another two years when I turn eighteen.”
“So you’re sixteen?”
“I’m nineteen. I had to take time off for health reasons.”
“So you’re a senior?”
“I hope you don’t think I’m too young to hang out with you.”
“Not at all.”
“Good because I think you’re wonderful.”
Kylie smiled brightly and then she said “Hey. I know this is off the topic, but why don’t you show me some of those skits you like to watch?”
Grady replied, pulling out his iPod, “If the WiFi signal is strong enough right here, we can watch them.”
“That would be nice.”
“All right, say no more.”
Grady pulled up Youtube’s app and they watched several videos. Soon they saw the link to a short romantic skit.”
Kylie pointed to it and said, “Let’s watch it.”
“I don’t know, those romantic ones depress me.”
“Why is that?”
“Because I don’t have anyone.”
Kylie looked at him directly and asked, “Do you want someone?”
Grady blushed and replied “Sure, I do believe that no one should be alone. If only I had someone I could love and love me in return.”
She then placed her hands on his and smiled at him and then asked, “Do you really mean that?”
“Yes, of course.”
Kylie placed her hands on his face and asked: “Grady, How do you feel about me?”
“My God, Kylie, you are sweet and smart and not to mention beautiful. But what do you see in me?”
She hugged him tightly and said “I see plenty and I want you! Do you want me?”
“Then ask me.”
“What do you want me to ask you?”
“If I can be your girlfriend, duh.”
“OK, Kylie LaCroix. Will you be my girlfriend?”
“Yes, of course, I will. Do you know why?”
“Because you’re sweet, you’re honest and you are as cute as a newborn Collie. That’s my answer as to what I see in you!”
She then threw her arms around him and their lips met.
After sharing their kiss they hugged tightly and Kylie asked, “So how now do you feel about watching one of those romantic skits?”
“Let’s watch ’em,” Grady replied.
Kylie then cradled Grady’s head in her lap while they held hands and watched. Unfortunately, the bell rang a seemingly short time after.
“I guess we better get to class,” Grady said.
“I suppose. Let’s meet up after school.”
“All right, that sounds awesome!”
“It’s a date!” Kylie said, kissed him and then they walked to their classes…
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