Classes ended and all the students immediately rushed out of the classrooms in the hurry, except Axel, Crai and I.
“Wow. I never Actually thought that you weren't going to tag along with us!” Crai said astonishingly.
Axel nudged him with his arm. “See? I told you he was cool.”
Cool? I am a skinny, red headed, nerdy boy and I get labeled as cool? If anything I am labeled as anything lower then that.
“Now come on before people get suspicious of us.” Axel said as he grabbed my upper arm gently and pulled me along side with him.
The gym was on the way other side of the campus so it took quite awhile for us to get there, during that time, people where giving Axel and I weird stares as we bypassed them. Axel didn't seem to notice it but I sure did and it was making me more and more uncomfortable. I hated being on the spot for people pointing out all of my flaws. Whispers filled my ears once more as we continued to walk by students who stopped and observed our every movement, It wasn't until we finally got inside the Gym that we were away from all the onlookers of the school.
“Okay. So what do you guys want to play?” Axel said as let go of my hand and reached into the baskets that held all of the sports balls and gears.
Play? As he means, playing sports?
I began to shake my head in denial, “You don't mean to say that you want me to play some sort of sports with you guys?”
Axel grabbed a basket ball and expertly spun it on his index finger. “Yeah that's the whole point of us coming here.” He said to me.
“But I suck at it.” I said defensively.
“So? You don't have to be good at it. We are doing it for fun. Besides, I suck at throwing a decent pitch in baseball but I still play it because I love it.” Crai said to me.
“You play baseball?” I said to him. The guy looked more like a video gamer than an actual sports player to me.
Crai blinked at what I just said to him. “Yeah. I am not good at it though but I still like it.”
Axel snigger, “I know! It shocked me too when he first told me that but I guess it taught me a lesson to never judge a book by its cover. Now come on, lets choose already.”
Both Crai and I went to the ball basket and peered at what our options are. There was much debate that mostly came from both Crai and Axel but we eventually settled on a three man basket ball game.
The game started out simple enough with the ball remaining at the middle of the court until we all ran towards it. Axel caught it before the rest of us and immediately went towards Crai's basket, dribbling the ball all the way there before aiming for the shoot. Crai tried to deflect the ball but missed a couple of inches and the ball fell through the hoop effortlessly.
We continued to play the game for quite a long time. I had a feeling that both the guys were trying not to hurt me or make me feel inferior compared to them, and that bothered me a little bit but over all, I actually enjoyed playing with them even though I really, really sucked at it because I didn't score a single goal or anything compared to them.
After a couple more rounds of playing ball, Crai caved in.
“Hold it.” He said to the both of us, by now all of us were sweaty from exertion from playing. “I think we can all agree that Axel won because right now, I seriously need to get something to eat.” Now that he said it, I was feeling quite hungry myself. Axel considered this for a moment before speaking as well.
“Yeah, lets go to Moon In The Cup.” He declared as he picked up the ball and placed everything back to where it belonged. Mean while, Crai and I picked up our belongings, and I held Axel's bag and handed it to him when he came back to us.
Somehow during the game, all of the stresses and worries I felt before meeting these two guys today, vanished and I was met with this ease that I thought only drawing could emit me to feel. I absentmindedly brushed my sweaty red hair out of my face before I felt a tap on my right shoulder.
“You did good out there.” Axel said to me as we walked, Crai was a bit of a slower walker compared to us so he stood behind as we both talked.
I looked at him weirdly.
“Are you kidding me? I barely scored a goal!” I said.
Axel shrugged his shoulders. “So? At least you tried and had fun with us. That right there is good team spirit.”
I contemplated on what he just said to me. I thought team spirit was about winning or scoring a goal? I could be wrong about that though because Axel's words made more sense then mine anyways.
Before I knew it, we were already at Moon In The Cup and Axel chose the booth that was closer to the front order desk. Unlike the last time, a raven haired girl with extremely pale skin in the shops uniform came up to us with a pen and pad of paper in hand. Her blue eyes swept our table before meeting mine and smiled at me.
“My name is Evailynne and I am going to write down your orders for the day.” She said but her eyes never left mine.
“Macchiato and Cheese cake please.” Crai said,
“Pumpkin Spice frappuccino and a brownie.” Axel said, picking at his nail.
Evailynne wrote down their orders before looking at me once more.
“And you?” She said sweetly.
“Oh um...” I said.
“Caramel frappuccino and a chocolate doughnut to go with it.” Axel said to her.
Once she wrote that down, Evailynne made her way back to the cashier desk and got busy with out orders. Meanwhile I stared at Axel.
“What? I didn't know what to order for you and besides, your bone skinny. Like a talking fish bone.” He said to me with a shrug.
“Also, I think you should go and get our orders, the girl Evailynne looked like she was into you.” Crai said to me.
Axel gave out a huff.
“No she isn't” I said to him defensively, why would she be into nerdy me when these two are the ones that she should be looking at.
Crai smiled at me. “Okay, then prove it. When the order comes up, we will give you the money and you get the orders from her to us.”
I lightly shrugged my shoulders, it sounded easy enough.
So by the time our orders were ready, both Axel and Crai gave me their money and I made my way to the cashier area where Evailynne stood. She looked bored at first but the moment she saw me, she perked up a bit. I excused this as a way that she didn't want to look unprofessional and continued to make my way towards her. Once there I shyly smiled at her and she smiled back at me. I grabbed the tray and was about to walk back to the table when I noticed something missing on it.
“Oh, um can you get me some napkins please?” I said to her nervously.
“Sure! They are in the back, hold on.”
I waited patiently before she came back with napkins in tow.
“Here ya go, I hope to see you real soon.” she said to me.
“Thanks.” I said to her. I glanced down at the napkins only to see a number and her name written on there with a heart drawn right next to her number. I think I did a double take when I looked back at Evailynne who only giggled and winked at me before disappearing once more behind the back. I blushed and made my way back to the table with tray in hand all the while Crai, who had the best seat in the house, smiled wickedly at me. Axel on the other hand, didn't look too pleased.
“Well?” Crai said, wanting me to dish on the details.
“She gave me her number....” I said in a bit of a state of shock.
Crai laughed so hard he started making seal noises. After that, He wiped the tears out of his eyes and turned back to me with a goofy grin on his face once more. “I guess she likes the introverted artist type of guys.”
I shrugged my shoulders. “Maybe.” I mumbled shyly.
During the remainder of the time I hanged out with the two of them, Axel didn't say one word. I pegged this as odd at first but I slowly and surely brushed it off my shoulders thinking that maybe he had something else going on in his personal life. It wasn't until Crai stated that it was getting way late that I noticed how much time had flew that we deiced to go home. I blushed even further when Evailynne stopped what she was doing and waved flirtatiously at me and I awkwardly waved back at her when we left the shop.
“See you guys later.” Crai said. He was heading towards the opposite direction of where we were going.
Axel and I waved our good byes with Crai and we settled off once more towards the direction of our street. Normally Axel would have said something to me by now but he remained silent for half the walk until we reached the edge of our street that he finally spoke up and what he said shocked me a little bit.
“You don't like that girl do you?” He said unsurely. He didn't sound like the overly snarky, confident, punk boy that I knew from. Instead, in his place sounded like a very unsure and under confident boy that was a complete stranger to me.
“Well to be fair, I just met her.” I said to him truthfully.
He didn't seem too pleased with the answer but it was the only one I got to give him for the time being. I don't know why he was acting like this in the first place considering that it wasn't a big deal in the first place. Well to me anyways. My house came up first so we bid our farewells in a justly manner, thinking that I had a really good day.
Boy was I wrong.