By: Sam Crescent

“Which was?”

“Find an actual disease for us to write about?”

“Nope, but I was thinking we could do one of the sexual ones.”

Elsa scrunched her nose up. “I’ve got to head to the library,” she said.

“Do not leave me, Elsa.”

“I can’t help it, I think I’m going to throw up. Meet you there?”

“Fine, fine.”

She saw her friend’s cheeks were a nice shade of pink, and there was even a small smile across her lips. Kim may be pretending not to like Kurt, but all the other signs were there.

Leaving the bench, Elsa made her way to the trashcan and tipped her leftovers inside. She placed the tray back in the dinner hall before leaving. Making her way toward the library, she gave Denise, the librarian, a wave. She went to the back of the library and started looking for the chemistry book she needed to complete her homework. Scanning over the shelves, she wasn’t expecting anyone, so when Noah started to talk, she jumped.

“Hey,” he said.

Glancing behind her, she glared. “What the hell?” She whispered each word, looking around to make sure no one was watching.

“What are you looking for?”

“Why did you follow me?”

“I wanted to talk to you, and can I say you walk really fast?”

She frowned. “You’re in the library.”

“Yeah, I know what one looks like. I come here as well. I even know Denise.”

“I’m sort of, erm, yeah, you’re confusing me right now.”

They were both whispering.

“I was just going to make sure you were coming to Bruce’s tonight?”

“Yes, I said I was going to be there. I’m not going to back down now. I told you that.” She grabbed her bag and rummaged around in the chaos to grab the diary she had started. “I’ve even been doing what you asked. It’s all going to be in there.”

“Make sure to put down that you threw half of it in the trash as well. It has got to be as accurate as you can make it.”

She nodded. “I will do, boss.”

Turning back to the shelves, she started scanning the books. All the time she was aware of Noah not leaving.

“What’s up?” she asked.

“All day Sunday I couldn’t get Kurt to shut up about your friend.”

“She’s a great girl.”

“Yep, and I’ve got a feeling he’s seeing that.”

She chuckled. “Yeah, I’m sure Kurt is going to go chasing after my friend.”

“Why not?”

“Last year he was calling her metal mouth and chubbers. Now he wants to get to know her. Kim’s not going to forgive him easily.” She may have seen her friend being happy by the attention, but she’d never allow herself to fall for him.

“That’s their problem, not ours.”

“We don’t have a problem, Noah.” She turned to smile at him.

He pursed his lips, glancing up and down at her. She wore a baggy shirt and loose jeans. They were her comfortable jeans, and sneakers. Her brown hair was pulled back into a ponytail.

“What are you staring at?”

“Have you ever thought about wearing clothes that actually fit you?”

“That’s really weird right now.” She looked down at herself. “I’m fine the way I am.”

“You’re right. I’ll catch you later.”

As quickly as he invaded her life, he was gone, leaving her completely confused. “I will never understand that guy.”

By the time Kim came to her, Elsa was already making notes from the chemistry book she found.

“You took your time.”

“Don’t laugh, okay?”

“I’m not laughing. I’m curious is all.”

“Let me grab my book, and we’ll talk.” Kim rushed off to grab whichever book she needed.

Writing down her notes, Elsa jumped as Kim threw her book onto the table. “Okay, so last Friday, Mrs. Donald gave us all a new assignment. She picked who we partnered up with, and I ended up with Kurt. Obviously, he’s not letting me live it down, and now he’s everywhere. At the weekend, he even came around to my place just so we could study.”

“Do you like him?”

“Not really. He’s a bully. Mean. Kind of cute, but I don’t want mean and cute. I don’t want any guy ruining my chances of getting into a good college.”

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