One week has gone by. One week where I saw Niall smile. One week where I felt myself smile again. One week I grew to love the pond again. One week I had to write the first monthly report.
The week went by too quickly after Niall and I made up, but honestly it didn't matter how fast the time went by, what mattered was that Niall was talking to me again. Emma saw Niall and I laughing on Monday and the scowl on her face was undeniable even from all the distance away. But I didn't mind, I felt the warmth in my cheeks, the butterflies fluttering in my stomach. I heard the rumble in his chest as he laughed, I saw him scrunch his face while he laughed and I couldn't care about anything else.
So as I stand here in the line waiting to hand in my report, I couldn't help but smile down at the envelope I was holding, the envelope that held content I thought only 7 days ago would be torturous.
"Kate how's your partner going?" Miss Elm asked as she ticked my name off on the list while gently taking the envelope from me.
"He's good, really sweet." I say with a small smile.
"Good to hear. Obviously I'll be reading your report so I'm sure I'll find out. Thanks Kate." Miss Elm smiled politely at me causing me to turn around. I walked back to my dorm thinking of the contents of the report, every last word I had written.
"When I first found out about this partner thing I wasn't impressed. Imagine me, Kate Mason, the girl who studied for hours believing that class and good marks was what got you through to the future, finding out that the lottery draw of boys is what would really determine your future. When those boys walked in of course I couldn't help but notices that differenced between each of them, and it was in the brief moment I realised who I did not want to be partnered with. As I stood on the stage waiting for my partner to be called all I could think of was the worst case, a lazy, vain, try hard who wouldn't do anything but be a pain. So when my partner, Niall Horan, was called I could not have been more relieved to see that in appearance he seemed to actually care. It is an understatement to say that Niall were able to get along easily. In the first week we were inseparable. Our similarities made it more and more difficult to find reasons not to be around each other. However during the second week, we hit a rough patch.
Rumours are the demons in teenage society. The find weaknesses and tear down any last shred of hope evident in an individual. They spread like wild fire, taking down as many victims as possible, the more causalities the greater the impact, the greater the news. It was because of this horrid fire that Niall and I split paths. it wasn't easy having to see each other an hour a day when we didn't talk, when every minute was torture. But maybe that's what you want us to learn, that everything isn't sweet, that dealing with people isn't simple, that communication is key. Because it was only when I completely communicated with Niall that we were able to get through this. So 7 days ago I stopped the fire, I put it out. 7 days ago I talked to Niall again properly. 7 days ago I got my partner back.
So maybe this task isn't was simple as I thought it was going to be initially, maybe there is going to be more difficulties than what I thought. But I know I can get through this and come out a better person. And I know that Niall and I will be the best partners this school has seen.
"Had fun the last month Mr Horan?" My teacher Mr McCurdle asked
"Its been interesting." I say with a small smile.
"I'm sure it has." With that I turned and walked over to the pond. I was going back to Kate's dorm later but right now I just needed time to think about what I had written late last night. The report which would show how this year will go for me.
"Never would I have thought that boarding at an all girls school would be so difficult. Imagine any teenage boys dream, and an all girls school is definitely what comes to mind. But never would I have imagine the dynamic to be so disgraceful, never would I have though that girls could cause so much havoc.
My partner, Kate Mason, is anyone's dream partner. Not only have I been able to notice this first hand but the comments I've received have proven just that. But perfect doesn't exist and that is exactly why we had a fall out. Perfection doesn't exist and either does peace in an all girls school. Lies and tales are what cause chaos in the lives of girls, and I never knew the extend until a few weeks ago. It was in this time that I was unable to truly understand the situation which I had been placed in, and that is where I failed. I had forgotten the trust I had in my partner and let both of us down.
I have begun to understand the significance this year will have on me, the impact it will have on my future. It is because of this I have realised that maybe this is why these two schools have been so successful, because we begin to understand. Even if it is just one person, we are beginning to fully understand that person, and that is what is truly amazing about this."