"So, uh," For the first time, she was the one starting the conversation, "Do you know where you're going?"
She pulled up next to me. "Then how do you expect to walk me home?"
I laughed. "I was hoping you'd know the way."
"Well, of course I do!" she said as if I had accused her of not knowing where she lived.
Honestly, I thought that she'd point out the directions to me as we rode along, but that guess had backfired on me and she took the lead instead.
"Okay." I said, before we fell back into silence.
And that was how we rode for a while, in silence. At one point, she looked at me and I gave her a smile, but she looked away as soon as she saw my smile. This was definitely one of the most awkward rides I had ever been on.
"So..." I started, trying to think of a conversation starter, "What were you really doing all the way out here?"
Unfortunately, I seemed to have chosen the wrong topic, because she was definitely annoyed when she replied with her standard answer, "I told you, I was riding."
Still trying to keep the conversation going, I said, "Oh really? It's just that these woods are... kinda out of the way."
"Well, not for me they aren't" she said, ending the conversation.
We rode a little more in silence before I decided to try again, "So... You live around here?"
She hesitated a bit, which I had expected her to, before replying with a short, "Yes."
I smiled, it seems like we will be riding in the same woods after all. "Cool! Maybe I'll get to see you again."
She fell silent at the thought of that, as if I had brought up an alarming possibility to her. Perhaps she didn't like liking with others?
"Something wrong?" I prodded.
She took a deep breath and said, "No."
I furrowed my brows. What a weird girl.
Our conversation paused for a bit again before I realized something very important. "Hey, can I ask for your name? I can't believe I didn't think of that earlier!"
I laughed, embarrassed that in the midst of trying to be friendly, I had actually forgotten to learn her name.
"You can." This time though, she was smirking. Perhaps she was finally opening up a little?
"Uh, okay. What is your name?"
She shook her head, changing her mind, "Tell me yours first."
Well, I didn't expect it to be easy. Smiling that same smile I had been smiling for a while now, I introduced myself, "Kale. Kale Delenn. Nice to meet you."
Taking her cue from me, she introduced herself in the same phrasing, but leaving out the pleasantries. "Elenessa. Elenessa Starling."
Finally knowing each others' names, Elenessa gave me a smile before turning her head back towards the path, and we continued our ride.