5. Unlikely Friends
I have to say after spending an afternoon with K, it really is easy to see the difference in him. He’s less arrogant less desperate for attention and more understanding and patient; I wouldn’t have believed it possible if I hadn’t seen the truth first hand.
Lola seems fairly happy with the situation, she’s not as nervous around him anymore or worried he’s going to do something evil but then again, Lola always has been a much better judge of character than me, she seems to get the measure of someone instantly.
Wednesday brought its own surprise; I discovered K has a lot of similar interests to me. It came about as we sat next to each other at lunch time discussing what we’d like to do in the future.
“Have you thought about the future and what you want to do?” K asked me.
“Erm...no, I haven’t really thought about it.” I answered promptly, I may have thought about a few various jobs but not in a serious way. “Have you?”
“Yes, I have a little.” K said. “I know I’d like to find someone to spend my life with, someone kind, funny and honest.”
“Good luck finding someone like that around here.”
“Lola is all of those things.”
“Yes, Lola is.” I said then quickly changed the subject. “What are you interested in lately then?”
K thought about it for a while then answered with a smile. “A lot of things, Strategy games, football, action films, aliens, magic but not the stage show type and what not; what are you interested in? Flowers?”
“No...I mean yes, I like looking at flowers but they aren’t a big passion of mine.” I explained terribly.
“Well, what is?” he asked still smiling.
“I don’t know; I like science fiction.” I admitted reluctantly.
K gave me an amused look, like he was laughing at me which is rather annoying considering I don’t tell just anyone what I like. I might have scowled at him then. “No, no, I’m not making fun of you Tabitha. I just find it funny how similar we are.” He said.
“We really aren’t similar at all.” I insisted reflexively.
“Look at me, I’m a vampire.” Cried Felix joyfully as he waved his arms around with his coat tucked into his t-shirt. “Look out or I might just suck your blood.” The teacher had stepped out of the room so he had decided to take full advantage of the opportunity by fooling around. The class erupted in fits of laughter when he jumped up on a table and attempted to look menacing, he just looked like he had gas.
Beside me Lola had a broad smile on her face which widened when Felix looked at her and smiled too. “You don’t think Felix just fools around to get someone’s attention, do you?” I asked giving her a gentle nudge.
“He certainly gets Miss. Smith’s attention.” Lola said mischievously.
“He smiled at you.” I teased.
Lola shrugged, “He’s funny and I know everyone thinks he’s an idiot but he’s actually very inventive.”
I let out a chuckle at that, Lola can’t help but see the good in people and at least now I knew why she had been so distracted. “So, that’s why you’ve been distracted.”
“Maybe, maybe not but I’m not the only one Tabitha.” Lola said giving me that funny look again. “What about you and K?”
“Me and K, what are you on about?” I asked her feigning ignorance. It was one thing to give someone a second break and quite another to fall in love with said person. If I was certain of anything it was that.
“You know perfectly well what.” Lola laughed as the bell rang announcing we’d been freed from the institution for another day.
K caught up with us as we left the school, “Tabitha, I was wondering if you might like to go for a coffee with me tomorrow?” he asked his voice quavering a little, he looked very pale too almost as if he had the start of a cold.
“You mean just the two of us?” I asked my eyebrows rising into my hairline.
K shrugged, “If you don’t want to, that’s ok.”
“No, I’d like to, thank-you.” I said and he smiled, some of the colour returning to his face. I couldn’t help but return his smile; there was something very sincere in his eyes. For just a moment I forgot about the incidents of our past and we became just another couple of friends.