Equal Ice

I’m a performer, but I don’t act on a regular stage. I dress up in costumes, but I don’t play a character. My stage isn’t one in a theater; it’s clean slick ice at a rink. I don’t play a character, I’m just myself. Sometimes on the ice though, I feel like I’m someone else. Someone who is graceful and beautiful, it’s still me though, just a different side of me. A side that I like much more than my everyday self. Ice skating is much more work than people may think though, and some people don’t consider it a sport. It’s not as extreme as hockey for example. I may not look very tough, but I can accelerate faster than the guys on the racetrack. I take harder impacts than a rider being thrown from a bull. And I handle more G-Force than a fighter pilot. So why just be extreme, when you can be extremely graceful.

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19. Chapter 19

Chapter 19

Gabrielle’s POV

I wasn’t sure if Harry noticed that Bella and I were looking at him, but it didn’t matter anymore once him and the little boy he came in with started walking more into the room and out of my stare. I was about to ask Bella if she’s ever seen him here before, but I was interrupted when a lady, who I was pretty sure worked here, came up and began to speak to us.

“Would you girls like to help out a bit with some of the kids who aren’t as social yet?” the lady asked us. Bella looked at me, and I looked back at her and shrugged.

“Sure,” I answered.

“Great, just find a kid and start talking to them, encourage them to go up to some other kids. My name is Kathy if you need anything,” the lady, whose name I now know was Kathy, told us.

Bella and I nodded in understandingly of what she told us, and she smiled and walked off.

“So how about you find a kid and I’ll find one, and we’ll introduce them to each other,” I suggested.

“Wait you’re being seriously about helping?” Bella asked me.

“Um yeah, might as well, unless you want to spend the rest of the time just standing here,” I told her.

“What I want to do is leave, I don’t want to be in the same room as one of those damned hockey players,” she said, saying the last part a bit quieter.

Sometimes I really wish Bella wouldn’t hate any and all hockey players on that team so much. I knew she was still mad about what had happened a few years back, and I was too, but I wasn’t going to let it take over my judgment of people on that team for the rest of my life like Bella was doing.

I doubt Harry even knows what happened so why should I dislike him? I know Bella just fears that the rest of the guys are going to try to make him be cruel to us like they are, but Harry just doesn’t seem like the type of guy to do that, I wouldn’t dare tell Bella that though, I might imply it though.

“I doubt he’ll even speak to us, he barely even knows us,” I told Bella.

She lifted her shoulders a sighed, “I guess, whatever,”

“Okay, you go over there,” I said pointing to the left of her,

“And I’ll go over there,” I said, pointing to the right.

“Whatever you say,” she said, and walked over in the direction I pointed her in.

As I walked over to where I said I would be going, I wondered around the area a bit, trying to find a kid who looked like they needed someone to talk too. I seemed to have chosen the side where most of the outgoing kids were. I eventually saw a kid sitting by himself at one of the tables, mindlessly looking through a book.

Once the little boy looked up, I instantly recognized him. His mom used to work at the rink and every now and then she would bring him along with her. I used to teach him how to skate out on my private rink on the days my dad couldn’t come to practice with me. I walked up to him, and sat down at the table across from him.

“Hey Ben,” I said once I sat down.

He set down the book he was reading once he noticed my presence. I saw his bored face light up into a smile.

“Hi Gabrielle,” he said cheerfully as he closed the book.

“Where’s your mom?” I asked him.

“She’s not here,” I answered.

“She’s not? Then who brought you here?” I asked.

“My cousin,” he simply answered.

“Well where is your cousin? You’re not here by yourself are you?” I asked him.

“He went to the bathroom,” Ben told me, and I nodded.

“So why are you sitting by yourself, don’t you want to go make some friends?”

“Nobody here really likes me or talks to me,” he told me.

“Have you tried maybe talking to them instead of waiting for them to come to you?” I suggested.

“My cousin said the same thing,”

“You should listen to your cousin then,” I said, and Ben just shrugged.

“Do you want me to help you find someone to hang out with? My friend Bella is on the other side of the room trying to find someone whose by themselves right now, she also has a brother about you ago,” I told him.

“Maybe when my cousin gets back, I told him that I wouldn’t move from this spot until he’s back from the bathroom,” Ben said, and picked up his book again.

“How about I bring some friends to you?” I offered, and he just shrugged, something I found that he did a lot.

“Be right back,” I told him, and got up from the small chair that I was sitting in.

I walked over to where Bella was to see if she’d found any kids. When I noticed she was just talking to her brother I rolled my eyes, but went over to her anyway.

“Can I borrow your brother?” I asked her.

“Here, take him,” she said and lightly pushed him over to me.

“Hey!” he complained to her.

“Don’t worry you’ll be back, I just have someone for you to meet,” I told him and had him follow me back over to where Ben was.

“Ben meet Sam, Sam meet Ben,” I said once I sat down across from Ben and had Sam sit next to both of us.

“Hi,” Sam said pretty confidently, whereas Ben just let out more of a quiet greeting.

“Do you like Legos?” Sam asked him, and Ben nodded in response.

“Want to come join me and my friends? There is a giant bucket of Legos that we just found,” he said and put his arms out for emphasis on the word giant.

“Sure, I need to wait for my cousin first to tell him I’m leaving this spot,” Ben told Sam who just shrugged and stayed in his seat to wait.

One or two more minutes passed, and Ben and Sam were now talking to each other non-stop about random things, if you just looked at them you’d think they’d known each other forever. Soon a tall figure arrived at the table, and I hadn’t bothered to look up to see who it was until he started talking.

“Sorry it took me so long, I got a bit lost,” I assumed it was Ben’s cousin coming back from the bathroom. 

Once I realized the voice was a deep accent, I looked up and froze once I saw Harry here. Out of all the little kids, I had to choose the once that he came here with. I was now wishing I paid more attention to the little boy than I did to Harry when he was walking in. I hadn’t even realized that that was Ben holding Harry’s hand when he walked in.

“Um, what’s going on?” Harry asked once he realized there was company at the table.

“Gabrielle had me meet Sam, and now we are going to play with Legos, is that okay?” Ben said, looking up to meet his cousin’s face looking down at him.

“Yeah, that’s fine, go ahead,” Harry said, and Ben smiled and then him and Sam ran off to the other side of the room.

I wasn’t sure if I should just stay at the table or leave and go back over to Bella. After Harry had sat down at the small table, it’d feel a bit awkward to just get up and leave, so I just stayed and turned my body so my back was to him, and I just watched the boys play with the Legos.

“I was going to help him find friends,” I eventually heard Harry say, and I turned back to face.

“Well you left him here,” I told him.

“I went to the bathroom, that’s not exactly leaving him,” Harry said.

“Look I didn’t know he was your cousin,” I told him.

“I just knew him from the rink and thought he looked lonely,”

“Well you didn’t bring him here, so maybe next time you should just mind your own damn business,” he said harshly to me.

I was a bit taken back with what he just said and the way he said it. He actually seemed like he might’ve been nice to not just me, but anyone. He continued to stay seated with a slight scowl on his face, so I eventually just got up and went over to where Bella was. I thought he might be happy that his cousin found a friend here since it looked like he didn’t have any.

I contemplated on going back over to him and speaking my mind to him right now, but it wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t that big of a deal, but it still bothered me. I just figured he was just cranky today, I wondered if he was angry about having to move to America.

I wasn’t sure why that thought occurred in my mind, but it did. I still didn’t even know why he moved here from England. The hockey guys said it’s because one player left, but that certainly can’t be the case. There are plenty of other hockey players that would’ve loved to join the team.

“Hey were you talking to Harry?” Bella asked me once I approached her.

“I guess, not really though,” I answered.

“What did he say to you?” she asked me curiously.

“Nothing important,” I stated, deciding not to give her a bad impression of him just because he was rude to me this one time.

“Come on, tell me what he said. Did he say something mean? Nice?” she continued to pester me until I just went ahead and told her what he said to shut her up.

“He just told me to mind my own damn business,” I quoted, slightly cringing at what I had said because I hated cursing, it was just quoting though so I didn’t take it to myself as a big deal.

“About what? Introducing Ben to Sam?” she asked.

“Yeah, Ben is his cousin and he wanted to help him make friends,” I told her.

“What an ass, he should just be happy Ben made a friend,”

“That’s what I was thinking,” I agreed.

“Did you tell him that?” she asked me.

“No,” I said hesitantly.

“Gabi you really need to learn to fight back and stand up for yourself or you’re not going to get anywhere in life,” she told me.

I just rolled my eyes at her like I always did when she said that, I’d never admit to her that she was right.

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