I was bored once again in history class, we are learning about the time of when king and queens were the rulers of the land. It was hard for me to not drift off into another world. I loved learning about medieval times but I just didn’t feel I was learning anything in this class room. A part of me always wondered what it would be like back then. To grow up during the medieval times when you could be in a kingdom and see how it would be to live in their world. Being in high school in modern day America wasn’t as fun as it should be or at least to me I had my challenges with school and the kids that went to my school. My name is Lily and I live in New York City, it is a city that can keep me busy and I am glad for that but I wish I was able to see more than the big city that had the same hustle and bustle to it. Moving out to to an area around the city didn’t give that new adventure I was hoping to find when my parents decided to move more to the suburbs instead of having the city living. The only dragons we have here are the ones that lurk in the dark corners and there are no shinning knights to protect us from the evils that could harm us. My life wasn’t anything extraordinary I had my two best friends and that was all I needed. Kara and Adam have always been there and stood up for me and I did the same thing for them. We had become close over the years and each of us didn’t fit into the crowd that went through these halls, which made it nice knowing someone had your back when times got tough.
It wasn’t until Kara came up and tapped me on the arm that I realized the bell had rung and it was time to move onto the next class.
“You okay? You never miss hearing the bell”
I just smiled at her I didn’t know what else to say. Of course I was okay I just didn’t want to be here anymore. I felt like I did the same thing every day with nothing ever changing. I hated when I got into these ruts where it felt like nothing was going to change and every day was the same. Of course I had no one to blame but myself, if I wanted my life to not be the same then I needed to do something to change it.
“Yes I’m okay. I just got lost in thought.”
It was nice to have Kara looking out for me but I didn’t always know how to tell her what was going on with me. Kara always looked out for me and had the best intentions, she didn’t see things like I did, she saw everything as it was. I could see things as they were or how they could be. That is why I became such good friends with Adam because we could see things the same way. I did feel bad though because Kara didn’t always understand where we would come from and could feel left out.
I walked over to his locker, I wasn’t in a rush to get to my next class and I knew that he wouldn’t mind talking. Kara needed to get to class at least 5 minutes early to make sure she was all set to go before class got started. I didn’t understand how she worked but it was how she was, she didn’t even notice that I stopped she continued on walking.
“Hey Lily what are you up too?”
“Getting ready to head to math class.”
I made a face and Adam laughed. He knew I hated math more than anyone. It was my least favorite subject. The things that they taught us were never going to be used in the real world. How many times does someone need to fin the sin of a triangle out in the real world. I knew that some people would need it but I wasn’t one of those people. The class made it hard to stay awake in, I could always feel myself dozing off in the middle of the teachers lecture.
“Sounds like you are ready to have a great time. What are you doing after school today?”
“Nothing yet why?”
He gave a smirk and I knew I was in trouble now. I wondered if I should have thought about my answer before I told him I didn’t have any plans. Adam liked to say and do things that would keep me on my toes. Adam had been the one person that had been there for me through all my phases. He was the one thing in my life that never changed; it was nice to have someone I could consider my rock.
“You should come over and we could go to the mall.”
He was always asking to just hang out the two of us and I always found a reason not to. For the last few months I had been getting a feeling that he was starting to like me a little more than just best friends and I wasn’t totally sure how I felt about this just yet. I figured I could give in this one time and see how it went without giving him too much hope. It would only be this one time so I could prove to him that we just needed to stay friends and nothing more.
“Yes I can come over and go to the mall this afternoon.”
I heard the bell go off for a warning to get to class and I didn’t wait to see Adam’s reaction I just took off. I couldn’t afford to be late to another class again and I also didn’t want to see what his reaction was to my answer. I made it into the class room just as the bell rang saying class started and I was able to sit down in my chair just as the teacher came in. I knew I had to pay attention in this class or else I would end up being lost and failing out of the class altogether. I was an A plus student when it came to all my other classes, this was my one class that I wasn’t able to get that A in. The teacher began her lesson and I did my best to not go off into another thought and to focus on what was going on. This class seemed to go by faster, I didn’t know if it was because I did participate more in this class to prove I was trying to learn what was going on despite what my test scores were saying. With the fact that the class went fast was nice because math was my last class of the day. I waited for Kara to be done asking the teacher questions, it seemed like every class she had to ask the teacher something about the lesson. I just wanted to get out of here it was officially the weekend and it was time to forget about school. Finally Kara was done talking and came over to the door where I was waiting. I had to go find Adam so we could head over to the mall.
“Sorry I wasn’t getting the same solution she was for that last problem I wanted to see what I was doing wrong.”
“It’s fine let’s just get out of here.”
We started to head towards our lockers, it was nice because we were near each other. I knew I was going to have to let her know about tonight. I was just hoping she wouldn’t be hurt by the decision because of how insecure she could be sometimes. I just knew that if I caught her in a certain type of mood than she would see it as Adam and I going to hang out without her and trying to exclude her from the group. She stopped at her locker and I walked the few feet down to get to my locker.
“What are you doing tonight? Want to watch movies?”
“I have plans tonight sorry. Adam asked me to go to the mall and I told him I could.”
I could see a little hurt in her eyes that Adam had asked me to go tonight but he didn’t ask her. She did know that Adam could possibly have that little crush on me, we had talked about it before and how I should go about handling it. I could only imagine what she was thinking about she liked to over think things when it came to the three of us, even if there was a reason behind the two of us hanging out she would find a way to make it so we were trying to get ride of her. I threw my books into my locker and grabbed my backpack and slammed the door shut.I was getting a little frustrated just because of my thoughts and didn’t want to do anything that would upset her in the long run.
“I will talk to you later.”
I took off down the hall before she could say anything else to me. I would listen to her later on tonight or tomorrow but right now I had to get into my head to think of what I want to do or say with Adam. I made my way through the crowded hallways, it didn’t help that I was going the opposite way that everyone else was going. As I was pushing my way through the crowd I was hoping that Adam would be at his locker, if he wasn’t then I wouldn’t know where to find him. As I got further into the school the crowd got to be less and I was able to breathe a little more. I did end up finding Adam at his locker which was nice because I didn’t feel like running all over this school looking for him.
“Hey are you ready to go?”
He shut his locker as I walked up towards him. He turned to see me stop in front of his locker waiting for him to go.
“Yea I figured you would be heading this way so I just decided to stay put.”
“Smart thinking. I wasn’t going to chase you all around.”
He chuckled but I was being serious I would have just started walking home if I couldn’t find him. It would be easy if I knew where he was parked but that changes every day and I don’t feel like having to walk around to the different lots trying to find him. This school was big enough on the inside let alone the outside.
“Let’s head to my car.”
I let him lead the way to his car not knowing which lot he was parking in this week. The school was interesting because the school was big but the class sizes weren’t that big. We had less than 80 students in the whole senior grade. For living near the city we didn’t have a lot of kids in our school. I always figured it was because we were a private school and they tended to keep those more exclusive for the people who could afford them. Which could be why the school was big in order to take on more students if the school wanted too. Adam held the door as we walked outside. I could see his silver Chevrolet cruze sitting by itself, it seemed like everyone had already left for the day. I walked over to the passenger side and climbed in as he threw his bag into the back seat.
We got to the mall in no time, I felt like Adam was driving fast to get here. I knew it was probably because he wanted to get to the mall to hang out. I started to over think about everything that could be going through his head about what this all was. I didn’t want to lose the friendships that I have and that was because I knew of so many people who no longer talked to each other and don’t even hang out. I have always thought of Adam as a friend and if there was another feeling it would be that I saw him as a brother. I knew I was being a little selfish about this but it was one thing I couldn’t move past. I couldn’t see Adam not being in my life and I knew I would have to hurt his emotions if he did break the barrier or try to break the barrier.
It took a while to find a parking spot it seemed like the whole city was at the mall tonight. After driving around for a few minutes he finally found a parking spot and pulled in before anyone else came along to take the spot. I grabbed my purse and threw it over my shoulder. Adam sprinted over to my door to open it up for me. I tried not to laugh because of how the chivalry thing was dead. He shut the door once I was out and locked the car, we had a bit of a walk to get to the entrance.
“Lily what do you wanna do?”
“I was hoping to look into the new movie coming out. The one about the medieval times.”
I knew I was showing my true nerd side by wanting to see the movie but it was something I was hoping to get tickets for. I didn’t go to the movies too often and I usually just waited for most of them to get on tv but this was one I wanted to see before it came out to tv. If the previews caught my attention then I would make the effort to see them on the big screen and pay the money to see it.
“Okay we can head over to the box office so you can get a ticket.”
“Thanks Adam, I know it wasn’t what you had planned for.”
We made our way into the mall and had to make it through the crowds to get to the box office. I didn’t know what else I wanted to do at the mall; I rarely came here and when I did it was to see a movie and nothing else. If I did come shopping for clothes I was in and out without spending too much time here. I wasn’t much for the mall like normal teenagers being pushed and pulled in different directions and having people get angry if you didn’t move as fast as they wanted got old very fast.
“The tickets just came on sale for the remake of the Sword in the Stone. I have always loved the story.”
“I know you love your history things. Maybe I could see the movie with you too.”
“Yea we could get a group of us together to go see the movie. I know a few kids from my history class that would love to go.”
As soon as the sentence left my mouth I saw the look in Adam’s face drop. I felt bad but I didn’t want to lead him on, I did the best I could to tell him we should stay friends but he didn’t want to believe it. Even though it made me feel bad that I was hurting his feelings about not wanting to go on a date with him I knew it would be worse if I gave him the idea that he had the chance.
“Yea let me know even if it is the two of us we will still have a good time.”
I knew he was right, we were always having fun but now that I believed he was looking at things a little different now I had to trend carefully. This whole growing up and dealing with hormones sucked. It took a while to get to the box office and get through the line to get to the window. I should have known that a Friday evening that the box office would be busy. As we stood in line I was watching all the movie times blink across the screen. I hadn’t even heard of half the movies that were up there. I had to remind myself to look more to see what was out. It didn’t seem to take as long as I thought it was going to. We made it through the line in about fifteen minutes. We made out way up to the window to the next available girl.
“Hello how can I help you?”
“We would like to get two tickets for the remake of the Sword in the Stone for when it comes out in a few weeks.”
The attendant started to click a few buttons on her keyboard. She seemed to be having an issue at finding the show for when it opens. I knew it couldn’t be sold out already because everyone was looking forward to the new action movie that was coming out the same week.
“They do have a special showing tonight that will start in 30 minutes if you want to see it tonight.”
Adam turned to me, and with the look on his face I knew it was up to me to decide. I really wanted to see the movie and if I could see it tonight without having to wait than I was going to take it. I didn’t think about what Adam would think because this was my chance to not have to wait three weeks to see a movie I really wanted to see.
“Adam I know a movie wasn’t what you had planned but would you want to do it?”
“It sounds like a perfect way to hang out.”
“We will take two tickets for tonight.”
I was excited to be able to see the movie, my luck never worked out like this. I grabbed my wallet out to pay for my ticket but Adam pushed my hand down.
“I have this covered.”
He gave the lady the amount that was due and took the tickets from her. He handed me my tickets as we made our way to the side pf the mall that had the concession stand and the ticket takers.
“Thank you, you didn’t have to do that I could have paid for my ticket.”
“I know but I wanted to treat you tonight. Do you want popcorn or anything?”
“No I am perfectly fine right now.”
The lady ripped the ticket in half and gave my portion back to me. She did the same for Adam and then told us which theatre we were in. I was already half way down the hall when I turned around to see that Adam wasn’t anywhere near me. I stopped in the middle of the hall way and waited.
“Sorry I guess I was just too excited I didn’t realize how far away you were.”
“It’s fine, it is cute how excited you get when it comes to something that you really care for.”
I smiled and then held the door to the room open. We found seats with no issues, it didn’t seem like a lot of people were coming to see this movie tonight. We made it into our seats just in time for the lights to dim and the previews to start.
The movie was amazing, I was so happy to be able to see the movie before it actually came out.
“Thank you for taking me to see the movie.”
“Anytime Lily I am just glad we were able to hang out together.”
We made our way down the hall back to the main lobby.
“I can’t believe how much I actually like that movie.”
“Ha I told you that you would like the movie. It is more than history.”
“I know I will never live this down but you were right.”
“I wish I was able to get that recorded. It’s not often that you tell me I am right.”
“This is the only time that you will be right.”
He was wrong and he and I both knew it. There would be many times in the future where I would be right he just wouldn’t admit anything out loud. We have been doing this for a few years.
“I am glad you asked me to come to the mall this has been a lot of fun.”
“So you had doubts about tonight?”
“I just didn’t know how it would go in the end.”
I could see that he was happier by the fact I did have fun tonight and the night went better than I thought it would go. We made our way through the mall to where he parked. It didn’t feel like such a long walk when we first got here but I was also on a mission when we got here now I was just walking at a normal speed. We finally did make it back to the car and we got in and Adam started to head towards my house. It wasn’t along ride to get back home. In a short time we were pulling into my drive way. I jumped out and grabbed my back pack from the back seat.
“Goodnight Adam. Thanks again I did have fun.”
I smiled than started towards the front door. He didn’t pull out of the drive way until I made it in the house and had shut the door. I made my way upstairs before my mom or dad could stop and ask me any questions. I made it into my room without any questions. I put my back pack on my computer chair and went to my closet to grab some sweats to change into. This was the best part of the day when I could change into my comfy clothes and just relax. I was sure I was just going to head to bed, today I was drained and I didn’t have the energy to go through and read any of my books like I normally do before bed. I climbed into bed and shut off my lights and laid down.
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