Finally the lesson was over! It entirely consisted of boring drawl from a middle-aged man who had no idea what he was talking about. We were packing up and leaving the room at last. As I stepped over the doorframe, someone grabbed my wrist gently.
“Evy, wait,” said Nat from behind me. I looked at him and dragged him out of the room, out of the way of those who looked ready to murder somebody – I couldn’t blame them, not after the lesson we’d just had.
“What?” I asked him.
“Well, there’s a group of us going to this under-eighteen dance club tonight. I was wondering if you wanted to come with us.”
“Don’t worry, there’s no alcohol and none of us take anything. A few of the guys smoke, but they won’t offer you one. So what do you say?”
He smiled, relieved that I’d agreed.
“You know Zoe thinks you’re trying to bed me, don’t you?”
He smiled. “Not at the moment,” he said cheekily, before walking off. I stood there, staring after him disbelievingly. Next thing I knew, I was being dragged away by Zoe.
“What’s your problem?” she hissed.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“You know exactly what I mean. You said you wouldn’t flirt with him,” she spat.
“Well, a) I never promised that and b) I wasn’t flirting,” I said calmly.
“Look, I’m sorry. Nat’s not who he seems, no matter what he tells you.”
“He’s not the only one with secret they’d like to keep hidden. We all have our secrets, don’t we?”
She smiled. “I’m sorry for confronting you like that. It’s just that Nat and I are... different from others.”
“I’m not exactly normal either,” I told her.
“Shall we go outside? Lewin went to talk to Nat. I tried to stop him but Lewin’s persistent.”
“You didn’t really try, did you?”
“Not one bit. Look how well we’re getting along,” she noted, smiling. “We’ve got a twenty minute break; let’s go outside for a bit.”
I followed her down the crowded corridors until we pushed through a set of double doors into the cold air. In the clouded sky, an odd shape moved around. I couldn’t make it out clear enough to determine what it was so I ignored it.
Zoe and I walked around the grass in silence. I guess neither of us could think of anything to say. The shape in the sky seemed to get larger. I could almost make out some features. It looked like a bird, but logic quickly dismissed that theory. I don’t know any bird that big...