Beth was sat in Maths and it was nearing lunchtime, scribbling down equations. There was a knock on the door of the classroom. The door opened but Beth didn’t turn around.
“My apologies, Mr Ashfield, but could I borrow Beth for just a minute?” said a voice from the door. It was the secretary.
Beth stood up and turned around, shrugging at Catalin, who was watching her curiously. When Beth stepped out of the room, the secretary closed the door behind her. Robert was stood in the middle of the hallway, frowning.
“You weren’t joking when you said you’d drop by and say hello,” Beth said, smiling.
His expression didn’t change as he stepped aside, revealing a fairly short woman with auburn hair and grey eyes. She appeared to be in her mid-twenties, and Beth would have believed that if she didn’t already know who she was.
“Aneska,” she said quietly.
“I’ll leave you to it,” the secretary said before turning and walking away.
“So this is the girl who’s stolen Robert’s heart. A witch, and a white one at that,” Aneska said. Her voice was rich with velvety tones and a thick accent from a faraway place. “How interesting.”
“Aneska, you’ve met her, can we leave now?” Robert asked, exasperated. He’d obviously been having this argument with her all morning.
“If you wish.” Aneska looked Beth up and down appraisingly. She turned on her heel and walked away.
Robert let out the breath he’d been holding.
“That could have gone either way,” he whispered. He stepped closer and smiled. “I’ll see you later.”
Beth stood on her tiptoes to kiss him.
“Come and see me in an hour,” she commanded quietly.
“Will do,” he said, smiling.
He kissed her again, before turning around following Aneska.
“Christ, Beth, he’s gorgeous,” said Amelia, making her jump.
“Amelia, hi,” Beth said to her old friend.
“Emily told me he was cute but she failed to mention he was a bloody sex god.”
Beth flushed a deep red at Amelia’s comment. Amelia handed Beth her school bag that she’d left in the classroom; clearly it was time for lunch. The two girls walked along the quickly filling corridor. They left the building and sat on the grass. It wasn’t long before Emily was joining them; grinning at the fact that Beth was eating lunch with them when she hadn’t done for so long.
Carissa joined them after a few minutes and the group was complete. Beth was being questioned about Robert and answered the questions vaguely and making sure she didn’t mention anything incriminating, like the word ‘vampire’, for example.
Beth lost track of the amount of time the four of them sat there, just chatting and catching up. A large black bird landed about a metre away from the group and Beth grinned at it. It walked closer and jumped up onto her leg. It settled down in her lap. Beth smiled and ran her fingers through its feathers. When she looked up, Emily, Amelia and Carissa were staring at her. Beth blushed and just shrugged.