Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Lighthouse; Part 6, Chapter 3: Chasing Pavements

"... and then she said that I was basically doing the assignment all wrong and she doesn't know how I'm going to be lawyer if I'm so un-organized. I don't know what her problem is! It's like she goes out of her way to put me down. . ." Kaci trailed off. Mortimer had been unusually quiet today and the whole time she was talking he hadn't said much other than the occasional nod or murmur of agreement. She couldn't figure out why, she was beginning to wonder if it was her, and then it hit her. It was the anniversary of his mothers death. How had she been so insensitive, rambling on about minor issues when Mortimer was clearly still struggling with a huge one.


She hung her head, embarrassed. "Mortimer I'm so sorry, I forgot... and I've just been complaining about stupid little things all da-" Mortimer cut her off, "It's fine Kace, don't worry about it" he said, but he didn't turn around and Kaci knew him well enough to know when he was hurt. She mentally kicked herself as she put her hand to her forehead ashamed. 


She took a deep breathe, and apologized again. "Seriously, I feel awful, I don't know how I forgot. . . Are you. . . . are you okay?" she asked timidly. She saw his shoulder drop and mentally scolded herself again. Stupid question Kaci! "Babe, I'm fine, honest. . . come here" he said, pulling her into a hug. He buried his face in her hair and inhaled the vanilla scent of her shampoo. He felt her squeeze him tighter. Slowly, he began to relax. Neither of them said anything. He didn't need to talk and Kaci understood that. He just needed her to be there, and that was all.

  
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"Have you read question 36?" Tia hissed, "Hell is that about?!", she mumbled under her breath. Troy laughed softly. Their professor was known for springing pop quizzes on them, Troy thought they were pointless but he did them anyway, even though it didn't count towards their grades.




"So how did she take it? When you told her you were through?" Tia whispered, changing the subject. Troy sighed, "If her reply was anything to go by then she's probably sticking pins in a voodoo doll as we speak" he he said dryly. Tia choked on a laugh, "Good, I never liked her anyway" she said bluntly. "Ooh, don't hold back Tee" Troy teased. She smiled and nudged him with her leg under the table. From the outside, anyone would think that they'd been friends forever, in reality they'd met on the first day of University and had just clicked straight away. Troy was glad to have her as a friend. "Ugh! What the hell? How are we meant to answer these questions?!" she exclaimed annoyed. Troy glanced down at his own paper again and was as equally as annoyed. Sometimes their Professor was so laid back it drove him mad. He couldn't tell if it was asking about business models themselves or their creators.



"You have somebody else in mind yet? Hey! Don't look so surprised, I know plenty of females on campus that have been praying for you to be single" Tia smirked, raising one eyebrow. Troy just smiled and shook his head. "Don't you lie to me Troy Tellmer! Who is it? I need to meet this chick and make sure she's good enough for my TT" she said, half joking, half serious. Troy laughed again at her nickname for him and just shook his head. "It's early days, I'm still working her out, and nope- don't ask me anything else, I'm done talking" he cut her off and chuckled as she pouted. "Fine" Tia sulked, "But I'm telling you, if she's anything like your last girlfriend? I'ma be kicking some ass all over campus."


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"Hey Darlene" Troy said. Darlene froze when she heard his voice. Why wouldn't he just get the picture. She was totally not interested in him. 



"I've been wanting to ask you something, look I'm just gonna come out and say it, would you like to catch a movie sometime?" Troy asked. The look of hopefulness in his eyes almost made Darlene actually think about what she was going to say, but, being Darlene, she didn't. The words just flew out of her mouth.


"Look, Troy, you're probably a really sweet guy and everything but I'm just not interested in you. Not now, not ever. I don't really know what else to say", she smiled, her eyes flashing dangerously at him. Troy couldn't believe it. This girl was a pro at being an ice queen. He watched her walk away and laughed to himself. That little exchange had made his mind up for him. Troy didn't chase anybody, especially not girls like Darlene.


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"Dude! You are heavier than an elephant on steroids! What the hell?!" Troy exclaimed. "Pure muscle baby, pure muscle", Mortimer laughed as Troy strained to lift him so he could do a keg stand.


"Alright, I got this, 1, 2, 3. . . UP!" Troy strained, and then grinned as he held Mortimer up to do the stand. It was their last week at University before they went home for spring break so they'd decided to have a little party for their dorm. They rest of them cheered him on as Troy's arms began to strain under his weight. "Hey, I gotta put you down" Troy groaned as his arms started to shake. "Thought you were supposed to be Mr Muscle?" Malcolm smirked. "Shut up twiggy" Troy shot back laughing. Malcolm flipped Troy off and grabbed Sandi, pulling her towards him to dance.


"So", Malcolm said, raising his voice slightly over the blare of the music, "We get our results for the semester tomorrow, how do you think you did?" he asked, shouting slightly. "Meh. You on the other hand. . ." she laughed. "What?!" Malcolm gasped. Sandi laughed even harder, " I know you, remember? But it's okay, I'll still love you even if you are a college dropout" she winked. "What?" Malcolm asked. Sandi grinned "I said I won't mind if you're a college drop out-" "No you said, love. You love me?" Malcolm asked. He stopped dancing and stood still, his blue eyes looking cautiously into hers.


Sandi's eyes widened. Had she said that? She didn't realise she had, it must have just slipped out. She noticed that Mortimer, Kaci and Troy were all pretending not to eavesdrop. In that second, Sandi decided to bite the bullet. "Yes, thats whats I said", she murmured, feeling oddly shy. "If it helps? I feel the same" Malcolm winked. As he pulled her in for a kiss, the sounds of their friends cheers drowned out the speakers, and they partied until the dark outside, turned to light.

















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