When Dominik winked at me in the corridor, I just knew it was going to be one of those days. The days where we snuck around the school, doing something rebellious, or sat in a corner planning something and then found ourselves evading teachers where we could in case something in our expressions betrayed us.
When the bell rang for lunch, I went to find a quiet corner in the hall half wondering what today's brilliant plan was and half considering what my life would be like without Dominik. I guessed that since he'd had an impact on it, it would never be the same afterwards.
"What is it today?" I sighed as he sat down beside me.
Dominik's expression became one of mock hurt. "You wound me, Mindy; you really do."
"Are you going to tell me?" I asked, ignoring his tone.
He grinned mischievously. "No."
Just then, I spotted the rectangular shape in his pocket.
"Matches?" I hissed. "Dom, you could get suspended for having those! Here, give them to me - I'll hide them in my jacket."
This particular jacket had zipped pockets inside as well as outside. One learnt to expect the unexpected with Dominik.
I reached for the pocket but Dominik quickly put his hand over mine.
"I don't want you to get in trouble either!"
I looked down at our hands, hovering over Dominik's thighs. I looked back up into anxious greeny gold eyes that always reminded me of fairies - magical, alluring fairies. I was troubled by that look and by the contact. I tugged my hand out of his grip.
"Fine," I muttered, trying to avoid thinking about fairytale princes. I tucked my long black hair behind my ear, something I did when I was nervous.
Dominik looked relieved. He hadn't appeared to notice anything strange. Then again, it was sometimes quite obvious when I stared into his eyes and he didn't say anything then.
He noticed me twisting the ends of strands of my hair around my index finger (another thing I did when nervous) and misinterpreted the action.
"Don't worry, Mindy," he said. "I'll stay out of trouble."
I rolled my eyes. "Where've I heard that one before?"
"So, today's plan..." he began.
I immediately became totally focused on what he was saying. When he discussed plans, he talked very quickly and grew annoyed if I asked him to repeat anything. I usually had to memorise something so total concentration helped me with whatever role I was given. I was simultaneously awestruck and resigned as the plan unfolded.