I finished the chapter and slid Kamilla's cat bookmark in before closing the book.
"No problem. It seems like an interesting book. I'm already curious to know what happens next."
"Me too. Henry seeems quite intriguing."
Just then a silver tabby wandered in and jumped into Kamilla's lap. I blinked.
"You have a cat?"
"Two. This is Pepper. The other one's a white one called Sugar."
I put out my hand and stroked Pepper.
"Wow I can't believe I've been hanging out with you a whole term and don't know much about you."
"Do you have any brothers or sisters?"
"Two brothers. Ashley's twelve and Nick's sixteen. He's in sixth form now. He's also a school council representative."
"I really love your hair."
Kamilla laughed. "You always say that."
"I always mean it."
"I really like your hair too."
I looked taken aback and stared at Kamilla in amazement.
"What?" She giggled.
"It's just...no-one's ever said that to me before. I'm kinda used to me saying I love someone's hair but, this is the very first time someone's told me they like my hair."
I blushed and looked away.
A few minutes passed in awkward silence.
"Be sure to tell me what happens next in The Hypnotist when you next see me" I said at last.
"I will do."
I didn't know what else to say so I stroked Pepper a bit more. Pepper had forest green eyes. He purred appreciatively as Kamilla and I stroked him.
Just then a tall young man with mahogony brown hair and eyes the colour of coffee came in. I reckoned he must be Nick.
"Oh hi Nick. Meet my best friend Mark."
Nick stuck out a hand and I shook it.
"Nice to meet you Mark."
"Nice to meet you too. How's sixth form?"
"Oh it's cool. Hard work but yeah it's pretty cool."
Nick put his hands deep in his trouser pockets.
"After the initial excitement of presents and stuff it can be a right pain as nowhere is open today or tomorrow."
"Yeah that's true" Kamilla agreed.
"Mum and dad thought we could all watch a film tonight sis."
"Yeah that'd be great. Where's Ashley?"
"Round a friend's house. He'll be back soon. Any good shows on?"
"The Christmas Carol was on earlier." Kamilla consulted the TV Times. "Oh there's Hercule Poirot's Christmas on ITV a bit later".
"Well I guess I'll leave you guys to chat. See you later sis. So long Mark."
He went off, briefly stroking Pepper's head before leaving. Kamilla closed the TV Times and turned to me.
"What were you going to say before Nick arrived? "
I took Kamilla's hand. Kamilla..."
Just then my mobile phone rang out. I answered it.
"Yes? Oh dad, yes sure, yeah I'll be right there. Yeah I had a great time thanks. Yeah I'll give Kamilla your regards. See you." I switched the phone off.
"Sorry, that was dad. Wanted to know wwhen I was coming home. My mum wants to see Lewis you see."
"Well take care Kamilla." She was prevented from standing up by Pepper's presence so I couldn't hug her but I squeezed her hand instead. "Happy Christmas."
"You too. Hey, would you like to come round for dinner New Year's Eve? I'll ask Selby too."
"I'll have to check with my family but well thanks..." I finished numbly.
Kamilla smiled at me.