When I got to my locker I found David was standing in front of it again with his own locker door open. He had the locker next to mine, but he was talking to a friend instead of getting his books out.
‘Hi David, can I please get to my locker,’ I said quietly.
David turned around and grinned at me, then stepped aside.
‘Why if it isn’t mademoiselle,’ he said, ‘What’s the rush, belle petite rousse?’
‘I have to get to class,’ I blushed.
‘So do I. Why don’t you let me walk with you? I can show you the way.’
‘It’s okay, I know where to go.’ I closed my locker door and started walking away down the corridor, but then David appeared right beside me.
‘So what brings you to our fair school?’
‘Oh, ummm… we just moved here.’ I didn’t really know why I lied, but I also didn’t want to tell him I had been at the other high school before in case he knew some of the kids from there.
‘I have to go now,’ I said as I reached the door to my classroom.
David put his arm across the door and blocked my way. ‘I’ll see you later, l’amour de la vie.’ He brushed a stray strand of hair from my face and stepped to one side with a bow. I rushed past and sat in my seat feeling flustered.
‘Where have you been all morning?’ asked Debbie.
‘Oh, gosh, ummm… I went to the library to get some books.’
‘So that’s why your face is all red?’
‘Oh, is it? Ummm… I was just running.’ I opened my textbook and pretended to be looking closely at the words, but I was aware that Debbie was still looking at me curiously when the teacher walked into the room.
‘Okay ladies and gentleman. Algebra…’
I opened my notebook and wrote down a little verse that had popped into my head,
‘In that moment between breaths,
No more clouds, but light
Shining brightly, clear beauty.’
I looked at my words for a moment then closed my notebook and quickly opened my maths book. Then I noticed Debbie look away. ‘Oh my gosh! Did she see what I had written?’ I went red from embarrassment but tried to concentrate on what my maths teacher was saying.
‘To solve an equation, you must find the common factors and cancel them…’
I needed to pay attention more, because I really had no idea what he meant. Debbie leant towards me and said, ‘Don’t worry, Molly. I can help you later.’
I looked at her and smiled. She really was my best friend.
After class, Debbie followed me outside and pounced on me straight away.
‘What were you really doing before class?’
‘I told you, I was in the library.’
‘So how come I saw you walking with David?’
‘Oh, ummm… he followed me from my locker. I was trying to get rid of him.’
‘That’s not what it looked like to me,’ she said. She looked thoughtful for a moment then added, ‘Say, why don’t you join us on Friday night? Rose and I go to youth group for our church. It’s a lot of fun and hardly religious at all. We play music and do lots of stuff… like reading poetry.’
‘Oh, I’d love to Deb. That sounds like fun.’ I was glad she had changed the subject.