The next day Lawrence needed to see Heather, he stayed quiet. It was about halfway through the day, and he still could not find her. He went to find the kid who gave him the message. He found him sitting in the libare.
“Hey, Lawrence.” he said looking up at him.
“Hey, you hang out with Heather, right?” Lawrence asked.
“Ya, why?” he replied.
“Do you know where she is?”
“You going to see her?”
“Great, could you bring her this thermos of soup.”
“Um, yeah, sure, whatever.” said Lawrence taking the soup.
Before he left for Heather’s home he stopped to talk to Eugene, despite what he has done Eugene has been a really good friend to Lawrence.
“Hey, Lawrence walk with me.” Eugene called to him.
As they walked Lawrence told him about Heather and about what he was feeling. Eventually Eugene stopped him.
“So you got a thing for the new girl?” he said.
“Well, I don’t know it’s complicated.” replied Lawrence.
“No this is just you not being a man, you want to know what’s complicated? Helping a friend figure out he’s gay.”
“At my old school I help a friend figure out he had strong feelings toward another boy in class.”
“So what should I do?”
“I can’t help you with that. If you want to go and be with this girl then do it. If it turns out to be nothing then that’s fine too. All I can do is be supportive of your decision.”
“OK, thanks Eugene, for listening.”
Lawrence was about to leave, but he stopped himself when out the corner of his eye he saw Eugene pull out a cigarette and light it.
“You smoke?” Lawrence asked confused.
“Ya, why?” Eugene replied.
“Oh, no reason. It’s just, I see you with an inhaler all the time.”
“Ya, how do you think I got it.” said Eugene taking a puff from the cigarette and blowing the smoke out a open window in the hall. “I’ve been off and on these things for what feels like forever now. I’m trying to quit again.” Eugene continued.
“You're trying to quit?” said Lawrence in surprise.
“Well Anna wants me to quit and I want to make her happy. So I’m limiting myself to one a day.”
“OK, well I need to get going. Later on man.” said Lawrence now walking away.
“Ya, later on.” replied Eugene.
Lawrence walked down the road, deep in thought about what Eugene had said. Once he reached Heather’s door he was having second thoughts, but he remembered what Eugene told him about not being a man. He was right so with confidence he knocked and waited for someone to answer. He heard the sound of someone moving on the other side of the door. Then a voice.
“Who is it?” the voice asked.
“It’s um, it’s Lawrence.” he replied.
Then he heard the sound of locks being moved and the door flew open. Heather stood in the doorway, cover with a blanket.
“What are you doing here?” she asked.
“Um, wll, school let out early. So I decided to drop by and see how you were doing. Um, Luke told me you were sick so, here I am. He also asked me to bring you this thermos of soup.” he replied, completely guessing on the kids name.
“Wow, um thanks. So hey if you're not busy, would you like to come in?” asked Heather.
“Um, sure.” he replied, and a hesitant reply at that.
Lawrence entered her home and noticed it was almost empty.
“Where’s your mom?” he asked.
“She works most of the day.” Heather replied. “So I was watching a movie, if you’d care to join me.”
“I’d like that. What were you watching?”
“I decided to have a Friday the 13th marathon, seeing it’s so close to Halloween.”
Lawrence had completely forgot about Halloween. It was only a few days away and he still needed a costume, but he didn’t need to think about that now.
Lawrence sat on a couch with Heather and she continued playing the movie. It was towards midnight when the last movie ended. Lawrence was exhausted. He looked at his phone and saw the time, he was just about to get up and leave when he felt something. It was Heather she had rested her head on his shoulder and had fallen asleep. Lawrence was too exhausted to make the trip home anyway, besides he didn’t want to ruin this moment. So he just tilted his head back closed his eyes and fell asleep.