I went to see Selby one afternoon, a week or so after Ravenswan closed for the summer. He was sitting on the sofa, looking very thoughtful.
"What's up mate?" I asked, sitting beside him.
"I was just thinking about you and Kamilla."
"What about me and Kamilla?"
Selby turned to look at me. "You love her don't you?"
"Yes" I said quietly. I felt strange voicing it for the very first time. I always knew it but had never admitted it.
"And she reciprocates mate. I can see it."
"I...guess so." I was hesitant, not daring to completely believe that yet in case I was mistaken.
"Look" he said quietly. "I know you don't want to rush into things and I understand but it's been a whole year now. We're all fifteen. If you don't make a move soon and tell her, some other guy might fall for her and she for him and you'd be heartbroken."
I realised Selby had a point.
"Then I'll tell her today" I decided.
"I knew you would." Selby clapped me on the back. "Off you go then" he said. "We can always hang out another day."
I stood up in a daze. "Thanks bud."
"Don't mention it."
I walked to Kamilla's place as fast as I could and rang the bell. Kamilla herself answered. When we were both in the sitting room, I took her hand and started speaking. The words all came tumbling out.
"Kamilla..." I said breathlessly. "There's something I've got to tell you. I've wanted to so many times but I... I just couldn't seem to find the right moment - you see I realy really love you" I finished lamely.
Kamillla looked steadily back at me through her emerald green eyes.
"I love you too Mark" She said slightly more calmly, though her gaze was intense.
"Well er" I blushed.
Kamilla smiled. She drew me into her arms. My arms automatically went round her waist. I couldn't believe it. For the first time I had just done what I always dreamed of doing. She leant up and kissed me full on the lips. I closed my eyes and started to reciprocate. It was just such an amazing feeling - I was holding in my arms a girl I passionately loved, kissing her on the lips and she was kissing me back. My heart filled with gratitude for Selby's intervention.
At last we broke away and I led her to the sofa. We both sank on it, still gazing at each other. I told her about Selby's intervention. She didn't mind in the least. She admitted that she'd hoped he would say something.
"Will you be my girlfriend Kamilla?" I asked, slightly more calm now.
"Yes Mark" she replied. "With all my heart."
She cuddled up to me. I put out a hand and gently stroked her hair.
"Wow, your hair".
She giggled. I stared out into space. For some time we just sat there in silence.
"So, how far did you get with The Conquest?" I asked.
"I just finished reading Chapter 23"
She then gave me a brief summary of what had happened in it and I listened.
"I side more with Andrew and Arthur now than with Henry".
"Me too" I said absently.
Silence elapsed once more. Then, feeling like a cross betwen Henry and Arthur I confided to her for the first time about my own supernatural powers.