On Monday, I wake up to hearing Skylar talk in my head. Hey, you up?
Yeah, I’m up. What’s up?
I just wanted to let you know again; that I’m very; very grateful that you saved my life. I appreciate the help.
Oh, you’re welcome. I like helping people.
Ok. I didn’t wake you up, did I?
Actually, you did, but I didn’t hear my alarm go off and it went off ten minutes ago so thanks for waking me up.
Ok. No problem. See you at school.
Yeah, see you there. I thought, reluctant to stop talking to her. I want to talk to her more because, other than April and Connor, I haven’t had many friends to talk to.
I get ready for school and eat breakfast. When I’m done eating, I head to school. On my way to school, I see Skylar walking to school alone. I roll down my window and ask, “Hey, do you need a ride?”
She faces me, visibly surprised that I offered her a ride. “Hey, Mark. Yeah, I do need a ride.”
“Ok,” I open the passenger-side door, “Hop in.”
She gets into the car. “Thanks for offering me a ride.”
“You’re welcome. So, how did you sleep?”
“I slept fine. Thanks for asking. What about you?”
“I slept well.”
“That’s good.” She smiles.
“Last night, you mentioned that you were jogging, trying to get your mind off Luke. I was wondering who Luke was.” I pause, “you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to.”
Her smile falters. “Well, Luke was my brother. He died in a car crash.”
“Oh, kind of like my parents. They died in a car crash a month ago.”
“Really? What day?”
“October twenty-seventh, why?”
“Well, it’s just that, Luke died on that day too. They didn’t find his body though.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. Maybe they were in the same car crash.”
Neither of us speaks for the rest of the ride.
We get to school five minutes later.
“Yeah?” She says when she gets out of the car.
“I was wondering if you wanted to hang out in the lunchroom with April, Connor, and I. That’s where we usually meet before class starts. Maybe you could get to know them better.”
“Sure. That sounds good.”
“Ok. Cool. I didn’t bring it up to hog you from your friends. I just thought it might be a good idea to officially meet mine, you know since we are dating.”
“Yeah, I know. I don’t have any friends here. I usually sit by myself. I was looking at you when I first came here because I thought you were handsome and I wanted to get to know you better but I didn’t have the confidence to tell you.”
“Ok. I’m sorry you don’t have any friends here. If you want, I could be your first friend.”
“You would be friends with someone who can talk to people inside their heads? Someone who’s weird and ”
“Yes. I would.”
“Ok. We could be friends then.”
“Ok. Do kids here bully you for being weird?”
“I’m sorry. We won’t make fun of you. You know that, right?”
“Yeah, I do.” She smiles.
I smile too.
We hold hands and then we walk to the lunchroom.
I open the door for her and she smiles again.
“Thanks.” She says.
“You’re welcome. By the way, I wanted to tell you something.”
“I wanted to tell you that I think your smile is beautiful.”
“Aw, thanks! No one has ever said that to me before.” She blushes a deep red.
“I’m surprised. I can’t believe no one has ever said to you.”
“Stop, you’re going to make me blush again.”
“I’m planning on it.” I smile.
She smiles, endearingly.
We walk over to the table Connor and April are sitting at.
“Hey, guys. How are you doing today?” I ask both of them.
“We’re doing good. What about you guys?” April says, smiling.
“That’s good. I saw you guys holding hands. Are you guys, like, together now?”
“Yup! I told him my feelings for him and he told me his feelings for me so before I gave his phone back to him, I put my contact under ‘girlfriend’ in it.” Skylar responds.
“That’s awesome. Congrats!” Connor congratulates us.
“Well, I brought Skylar over here so you guys could officially meet her.”
“Ok, you can tell us about yourself and we’ll do the same,” April says, friendly.
“Ok. Well, my full name is Skylar Fyre Dark. I’m almost seventeen. As you can see, I have stormy-grey eyes and platinum blonde hair. I live alone with my dad, John Dark. I came from California originally but we moved here when I was thirteen. We live by ourselves because my brother and mom passed away a month ago. My mom was shot by a guy in a cloak and my brother died in a car crash on the same day Mark’s parents died. I’m glad that you guys wanted to be my friends because I was lonely until I met you. I have this... gift... and people make fun of me for it. They call me weird and a freak.” “That’s my life.” She concluded.
“Oh, I’m sorry you’ve been through rough patches in your life. What do you mean you have a gift?”
“Well, tell me if you hear anything right now.”
April listens. “I hear kids talking and laughing. I hear that every day. Even before you came here. That’s normal.”
“What about now?”
Hello? Can you hear me? She says in her head.
“Woah. Was that you?” April asks, astonished.
“Yes, that’s my gift.”
“What are you guys talking about? I didn’t hear anything.” Connor asks.
“Try to think of something. Anything at all.”
Oranges, he thought.
“Oranges.” She repeated.
“Wait, how did you do that?”
She laughs. “That’s my gift. I can hear people’s thoughts. Sort of like Edward in Twilight.
“That’s awesome. Why do people call you a freak? I wouldn’t call you a freak. That’s cool!”
“Thanks, Connor! The reason people call me a freak behind my back is because I am a freak. I hear voices in my head. People can’t do that. Not sane people anyway.”
“It might be a little weird and freaky, but we won’t judge you like so many others do. You’re welcome to sit by us whenever you want.” April added. “This is a judge free zone.”
“Aw! Thanks, guys. This means so much to me!” She hugs all three of us one by one.
“You’re welcome. Well, we should continue by telling you about our lives.”
Connor tells Skylar how April and he met and then he says, “Well, as you know, I have light-brown hair and I have green eyes. I also come from California. My full name is Connor Kalo Fare. I am sixteen years old. I moved here about a year ago with my parents and then I met April. We started dating a week later and we have been together and happy ever since.”
“That’s a good story. I’m glad you guys are happy together.”
“Thanks! I’m glad too.” He smiles.
“Well, my story is a little different from what Connor told you. I think he wanted me to go in-depth on my life when he left out all the details. I came from Alaska and I moved here three years ago. You know this, but I have black hair and brown eyes. I am also sixteen. Before I met Connor, I was dating a quarterback and when we broke up, he hit me. When Connor came into my life, I was at a point where I wanted all the pain to end. He convinced me to talk to someone and I did and now I’m happy. I’m very grateful I found him.” She puts her head on his shoulder.
“That’s good that he convinced you to not end your life.” Well, it was nice meeting you guys fully.”
“It was nice meeting you too.”
When the bell rings, Skylar and I walk to Math together. We sit in the back and whisper to each other. “How come you didn’t tell me about you as Connor and April did?” She asks when Mr. Nelson wasn’t looking at us.
“I was going to tell you later.”
“I wanted to know if you wanted to go to the movies with me tomorrow.”
“Sure. We can do that.”
“Ok. Cool. I’ll pick you up at...five?”
“Sure. I think I’ll be done with homework by then.”
“Ok. Then I’ll do that.”
Mr. Nelson sees that we aren’t listening. “Ms. Dark. Can you tell me what I was talking about a minute ago.”
She reads his mind. “You were talking about translations. I think the exact words you used were, ′ In a translation, every point of the object must be moved in the same direction and for the same distance.′ “Is that right?”
“Yes, thank you.” He turns to the screen.
“Your mind-reading is very useful,” I whisper to her.
“Yep, I don’t usually use it to cheat, but you kind of distracted me with your stunningly gorgeous looks.”
“Aw, you think I’m gorgeous?”
“Yes. It’s quite distracting.”
“Well, I think you’re more gorgeous.”
“Thanks.” She blushes.
“I hope that never goes away.”
She blushes a deeper red. “Stop making me blush.” She playfully hits my arm with surprising strength.
I put my hand on my arm. “Ow. You’re amazingly strong. You’re going to have to help me learn how to do that someday.” I smile.
“I’ll show you eventually.”
After school, I drop Skylar off at her house. “Thanks for driving me home.” She says, leaning in my car window.
“Anytime. Text me if you need anything.”
“Will do! See you tomorrow, Mark.” She smiles and then walks inside.
I wave at her when she is inside and she waves at me and blows me a kiss.
I smile and then drive to my house.
When I get to my house after a long drive around the city, I make dinner around six-thirty. After I’m done eating, I go to my room and go to bed.
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