Allie is born with a facial disfigurement. She decided from the age of nine she would be single forever. Then Tom comes along.


3. The New Boy

'Hey.' He said, in a fairly strong American accent. I looked up, startled. 'Why is Romeo so obsessed with Rosaline, then as soon as he sees Juliet, he has completely forgotten about her?'

Taken aback by this sudden outburst after being sat in a stretch of painful silence, and so surprised by actually being recognised as a human being, I stumble over my words.

'Oh... Uhh... Well...' I stutter. 'It was love at first sight... Tom.' I blush, trying his name out for size.

'Do you believe in love at first sight?' He asked.

What was I supposed to say to that?

'Erm, I guess so.' I said.

He smiled a mysterious crooked smile, one that looked as if he was keeping in a secret. I went back to work.

'I think Juliet is probably good for Romeo. He seems so depressed about Rosaline.'

Did he actually WANT to talk to me?

'Hmm.' I said. Oh, I sounded like SUCH an idiot. I needed to say something intelligent, fast. 'Yeah, but then she just makes him kill himself!'

Oh no, I didn't mean to sound like I wanted an argument.

To my relief, he laughed. 'You have a point there!' He chuckled. 'I'm quite new to this Shakespeare business. Moved to England from Massachusetts. My mum used to homeschool me. I live on Broughton Road, you know? About 5 minutes walk.'

Yes, I did know. 'That's round the corner from where I live!' I said, trying to sound casual, but singing inside.

'Well, awesome!' He said. 'If I ever need homework help, I know where to find you!'

Did he really mean that?

I had never had a conversation this long with ANYBODY at my school. And a cute boy at that. It made me so happy.

We spent the rest of the lesson discussing Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, and homeschooling. It turned out he had never even been to a school before, he had an older sister that his mum still homeschooled, although he didn't say for what reason, and that his dad had left their family before they came to England.

But there was so much more I wanted to know about him.

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