This went on for a while until I finally decided to actually look at my clock instead of just hitting snooze for another five minutes. The bus was leaving for the museum in three minutes.
"NO!" I screamed and jumped out of bed. I pulled on clean clothes then just ran, planning to put on shoes and socks when I was safely on the bus. I ran on just in time and plopped myself into a seat. I panted for a second then started doing up my shoes and socks. When I finished I sat back as the ride began. My stomach gave a big GROWL. I hadn't had time for breakfast. I groaned and slumped in my seat. This is going to be a looooooong day.
Something soft landed in my lap. I looked down and found a loaf of banana bread wrapped in plastic wrap.
"Eat up!" I heard Xander call.
"This better not be your lunch!" I called back. He laughed.
"Aderyn and I always make banana bread for everyone to eat on field trips. No one ever has time for breakfast." I sighed in relief. I watched Aderyn look back at me, get a goofy grin on her face, then slide into the seat behind me.
"You, sir, didn't comb your hair!" She laughed and started to comb my hair. My face went bright red. Xander watched Aderyn with a dark look on his face. When he saw my expression he raised his eyebrows then started grinning like a maniac.
"OH HO HO MAN!" He shook his head.
I mouthed at him, "SHUT UP!"
He did the lip zip gesture then turned around in his seat. I was glad. I'd die of embarrassment if Aderyn ever found out I had a crush on her. I could barely talk to her without stuttering.
We arrived at the museum. Annie went off into the science department, Jess shlunk off into the sports section, Aderyn disappeared into the art section, and me and Xander just meandered. We looked around, vaguely interested. When we came to the art section, I stayed a moment to stare at a painting that was recently put in. Aderyn was transfixed by it. The bottom right hand corner was signed Kylem Paltrow. The painting depicted a man and a woman playing with a baby boy and little girl at the beach. They all looked so happy.
I looked around for Xander. He was gone. "Where'd Xander go?"
"Hm?" Aderyn asked absently.
"Must've gone to the technology room....." I turned and ran toward it. Behind me I heard Aderyn exclaim "TECHNOLOGY ROOM?!"
I reached the room and went in. Xander was staring at a burnt up old metal machine just like Aderyn had been staring at the painting. I looked at the plaque: Time Machine
"I'd hate to be the people in that!" I said. Xander suddenly jumped then started shaking really hard, his eyes wide. I looked at him, confused. "Hey man, what's up?"
I reached out and touched his shoulder. He instantly stopped shaking. He took a big, looong blink before turning to me. He looked me up and down, then pushed my hand off his shoulder while saying, "Who are you?"