Robert was waiting. He was always waiting. This time he was waiting for his girlfriend, Simone to finish her class. She was always talking with friends, which delayed her from making it anywhere on time. He leaned against the tree. Trying to practice his stealthing abilities as he waited., he imagined himself hiding into the shade.
“Robert?” Simone’s voice called to him as she came walking across the street to where he stood.
“I’m here. Waiting, as always.” He smiled at her.
“Sorry that took so long. Hey listen. Can we talk for a minute?” Simone stopped a few feet in front of him.
“Uh sure. What’s up?” He began to walk forward but stopped. He knew that look in her eyes. He’d seen it often.
“Look, you know how I’ve been really distant lately?”
Oh great! Here it comes. “Uh huh.”
“It’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. About what I want to do with my life. You know.” She bit her lip. “I mean, we’re not even 18 yet. And I don’t think we should be in a serious relationship right now.”“Okay. So... what do you want us to do? Break up? Be more casual? What, Simone?” He waved his hands in the air.
“Well, I’m not sure.” She looked at her shoes. They really needed to be polished. “I mean, couldn’t we just go back to being friends for now? Just till graduation?”
“You’re serious?!” He squinted at her. “Look if you don’t want to be with me just say it. It’s not like I’ll be missing out on much anyways.”
“Well if I’m not much to miss then you won’t miss me when I’m gone.” She stalked away.
He watched her go, keeping his ground. He wasn’t going to follow her, as much as he wanted to. Why should he? She would come crawling back to him when she realized she made a mistake. He sat in the grass and pulled out his book. He always had such a hard time with English class when it was time for the yearly Shakespeare play. This year it was Romeo and Juliet. As he opened to the first page, he heard a familiar voice from above him.
“Heya Robert! How’s it going?”
“Hi Ben.” He looked up to see his best friend above him. “What on earth are you doing up there?”
“Just practicing some climbing. Gotta stay limber you know.” Ben smiled as he gracefully lept from the branch.
“Yeah, that’s what Professor Simmons says.” He laughed. “How are you doing in English? Have you been practicing that too?”
“No way. I don’t see how English is gonna help us defend ourselves.”
“Yeah. I guess you’re right. I means it’s not like it can make us any stronger. The only thing it can help us with is writing down and reading training guides or warnings for morning stars.”
“Yeah.” He laughed. “So what are you up to?”
“Meh. Not a whole lot.” Robert looked down at his book. “About to do some reading for class.”
“You always were a teacher’s pet, huh?”
“Yeah. Okay. Hey, I overheard you and Simone. Sorry about what happened.”
“Yeah. There’s plenty of fish in the sea. Always another bus to catch. You know what I mean.”
“Hey, we’ll have to find you someone else.”
“Naw. She’ll come back. I don’t know if it’s possible to love someone as much as I liked her.”
“Really? That’s the answer you’re going with?! I bet you there’s a million girls that are hotter than Simone. We just need to find you one, and you’ll forget all about her.”
“I really doubt it.”
“You’ll see. Come on. Let’s go into town.”
Robert put his book away. Guess it’ll have to wait till later. The two started the five block walk to the rest of the town.