Storming out of Hilary's sound pit, I found myself surrounded in cool, calming silence. I inhaled deeply, trying to forget how ugly her voice had sounded when she said his name. I was so wrapped up in my thoughts it took me a moment to realise that there was someone talking to me.
"It's freezing out here," the voice said. I turned to see the owner of the voice, and was surprised to see Natalia Cole; although we shared many classes, and even a few desks, I didn't know her very well. Even so, she was very helpful when I wasn't concentrating in French lessons, repeating all the vocabulary I had missed in a perfect French accent. It took me a while to remember how to speak. I smiled and said,
"Hello, Natalia." I looked at her properly, and near gasped in surprise. The Natalia I knew, what precious little I knew, seemed so different. Her uniform and unremarkable hairstyle had faded away - her purple dress, with its shimmering black lace and reasonable length really suited her. Her eyes were warm, smiling, and made me feel a little better. Although I hated to admit it to myself, she looked like a Monet among all the tacky crayon drawings. Beautiful. Suddenly, her eyes changed, became questioning before she had even opened her mouth.
"Does your cheek still hurt?" I had hoped that our row would have been dismissed as a drunken tiff. My cheek only hummed, tickled with heat now, but I still struggled with the idea of Angelina and I in my own mind. Although she had been unfaithful, I still loved her, still needed her. Out of nowhere, I felt a gentle hand on my shoulder. I answered Natalia's question.
"I fine, thanks. Sort of, wait! No, I feel awful, no my cheek is fine." I had spluttered like a complete idiot, struggling to form the sentence. Natalia only smiled understandingly. She was so naive, in the world, but not of it. Refreshing, really. Her words helped soothe the headache I was now suffering from.
I wanted to get to know her better, yet something in me still wanted to go and find Angelina. For now, I was staying put.