"Makayla! Wait up!"
The depth of the tone was edible enough for me to determine that it was a boy's. Turning around, hands curling into hard fists by my side, I ground my teeth together. But the person who'd called out to me was the one I'd thought the least about throughout the day.
He smiled, flashing his perfect set of white teeth as he neared me. He opened his mouth to say something but instead, his grin disappeared as he broke into pants and bent over with his hands on his knees. He must have really pushed his way through the crowd and ran towards me to be this out of breath. I hadn't been walking at a superhuman pace, had I?
My eyebrows raised slightly as I tried to arrive at my own conclusion of what he wanted from me - the new girl. I bent down, enough for him to see me and said, "What's going on?"
Looking up, his amber eyes glinted in a happy excitement as he managed to gasp out, "I just thought you'd want someone to escort you home on your first day."
I don't know what expression must have fleeted across my face but the reaction I got from Nick determined it to be a negative one. Catching himself mid-way through his next words, his features turned into one of uncertainty as he slowly said, "Unless...you don't want me to?"
I shook my head, letting a smile release itself onto my lips. I was surprised, but pleasantly so by his offer. Was Nick the gentleman out of the trio? It was beginning to look like it.
Straightening my posture at the same time he did, I answered, "Of course you can walk me back home. That's...nice of you."
I smacked myself mentally but Nick didn't see the sheer awkwardness I'd projected into that last statement. Instead, he grinned and said happily, slipping his hands into his pockets as he started to walk ahead of me, "That's what friends are for, right?"
I stood rooted to the spot in surprise. We were friends? I caught his glance when he looked over his shoulder, a smile on his lips. "Are you coming slowpoke?"
Nodding, I couldn't suppress the grin that found its way onto my face as I hurried forward, setting step beside him.
Maybe this wouldn't be as bad as I'd imagined it would be.