Once Ben and I started walking more into the room; he led me over to a table and sat down.
“This is where I usually sit,” he informed me as he grabbed a book from the stack that was placed in the middle of the table.
“Don’t you want to go over there where more of the kids are?” I asked him.
“I already told you, I’m okay here,” he said, obviously getting a bit angry at my attempts to get him to be more social.
I just sighed and ran a hand through my hair as I tried to think of more ways to get him to want to go talk to some of the other kids that are here.
“Hey buddy I’m going to head to the bathroom real quick, think you’ll be okay for a few minutes?” I told him.
“Yeah,” he answered, without even looking up from his book.
“Okay, just stay at the table and I’ll be right back,” I said to him as I got up from the chair, and he of course just nodded in response.
As I walked away from the table, I looked around the room a bit to see if there was anywhere marked for the bathroom, but I couldn’t find anything. Even if I saw one in here, I probably wouldn’t want to use it since it’d be made for younger kids to use, not tall teenagers.
I looked behind me to make sure Ben was still okay, and then I opened the door that we came in through and walked down the hall. I was walking down the part that just continued on, opposed from choosing the other way that had led down to the lobby. As I continued to walk down the hall, I realized that I probably should’ve chosen the other way to walk down.
There was most likely going to be a bathroom in the lobby, and if there isn’t, there’s a lady at the front desk to tell me where one is. Once I made it to the lobby, I decided to just skip looking for one in the space, and just go ahead and ask the lady at the desk where one is. As I approached the desk, and asked her my question, she looked up from her paperwork, and I wasn’t sure if she even heard my question.
“There is a bathroom right there,” she told me, and pointed behind me.
I turned to look at where she was pointing, and sure enough there was a sign that read ‘Bathroom’ in brown letters.
“But I don’t recommend using it though, you can if you want, but a few of the stalls are broken. The guy is coming to tomorrow to fix it,” she informed me.
“Well is there another bathroom?” I tried to hide the annoyance in my voice.
“Down that hall, fifth door on your right,” she told me and pointed at one of the halls.
“Thanks,” I mumbled.
“No problem,” she said.
I walked over to where she had pointed, and realized that it was the hall I had just been going down to look for a bathroom. I looked at every door on the right that I passed, counting each one until I got to five.
Once I did get to five, I arrive in front of two doors, one said ‘Girls’ on it in black, all caps lettering, and the other one of course said ‘Boys on it, in the same font. I couldn’t believe I’d missed it when I was walking down the hall, I’m pretty sure I walked right past it. I go ahead and just ignore my mistake and just be happy I found it now.
Once I was finished, I quickly washed my hands once I realized that Ben was still by himself in the room, he was probably wondering what was taking me so long.
I turned off the water, and then left the bathroom, not even bothering to dry my hands. I shook my hand out in front of me and rubbed them on my jacket in attempt to get my hands dry as I walked back to the door that led to where I needed to be.
“Sorry it took so long, I got a bit lost,” I told Ben once I approached his table.
I was looking down at my hands to make sure they were dry enough, and when I looked up, I wasn’t expecting to see what I saw. Gabrielle was sitting in the chair in front of Ben, while another little boy about Ben’s age sat next to her.
I looked back at Gabrielle, and she looked frozen, like she was totally shocked that I was here. I didn’t know why though because I knew she saw me when I came in here earlier with Ben.
“Um, what’s going on?” I asked, curious to why there were two new faces at the table.
“Gabrielle had me meet Sam, and now we are going to play with Legos, it that okay?” Ben told me, looking up so he could see me.
“Yeah, that’s fine, go ahead,” I told him, and Ben smiled and then ran off with the kid whose name Ben told me was Sam.
I realized that Gabrielle wasn’t leaving the table; I contemplated either leaving or just sitting down at the table anyway. I just went ahead and sat down at the table, thinking maybe that she’d leave.
I anxiously tapped my foot on the carpeted floor as I watched her looking over at Ben and Sam playing with the Legos. I wondered why she wasn’t going over there where her friend was standing watching the Ben and Sam, and a few other boys playing with the Legos.
“I was going to help him find friends,” I found myself saying to her, I didn’t expect myself to say that, but it was out there so now I had to pursue it.
She turned back around in her seat to face me, “Well you left him here,” she told me, it was then that I realized I’d never heard really heard her voice before.
I’d heard her yell at Zack, but even then it wasn’t very loud, and I didn’t hear it very well. I pushed my thoughts aside and went back to the conversation.
“I went to the bathroom, that’s not exactly leaving him,” I said to her.
“Look I didn’t know he was your cousin, 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,” I said harshly.
I wasn’t sure what caused me to say that, it just came out. I instantly regretted saying that when I saw her have a surprised look on her face, and maybe a bit of hurt.
She quickly got up from her chair and left to go over to where her friend and the boys were.
I still regretted what I had said, but I didn’t think it’d bother her very much. I was pretty sure that her and her friend already didn’t like me very much since they seemed to dislike the rest of the guys on the team. I wasn’t even sure what made me bring up the whole topic anyway.
I guess I was just upset that she seemed to have Ben make a friend so easily whereas with me Ben just kept getting annoyed.
After almost an hour or so passed of me sitting at the small table while the kids played with the Legos, Ben soon came running back over to me.
“Harry!” he said as he was running to approach me.
“What?” I said and smiled as he came up to me.
“Sam had to go, but he gave me his mom’s number, so we can have a play date soon!” he said excitedly as he handed me the piece of paper with numbers scribbled in crayon on it.
“So you made a friend?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he said excitedly.
“Well are you ready to go then?” I asked him, and he nodded.
Once Ben and I had arrived at home, he ran inside and jumped onto the couch where his mom was watching TV.
“Well someone seems happy,” I heard her say to Ben as I walked into the living room.
“I made a friend!” he said, still overly happy about it.
“You did? That’s great,” she told him,
“I guess having Harry there helped huh?” she said and turned to give me a smile, and I just nodded.
I decided to not mention the fact that I wasn’t the one who found him the friend.
“Actually Gabrielle had me met my new friend,” he told her.
“Gabrielle was there?” she asked.
“Yeah, with her friend Bella,”
“Ah, okay,” she said.
“Yeah, his name is Sam. He gave me his mom’s number so could you call her and set up a play date or something?” he asked her.
“Yeah, of course, where’s the number to call?”
“Harry has it,” he told her and they both looked over at me.
I realized that I had put the paper in my pocket when Ben had handed it to me back at the center. I took it out of my pocket and handed the paper to my aunt.
They continued to talk about Ben’s new friend and how sweet Gabrielle was to help him as my aunt got up to get her phone. I’d soon had enough of it though, and just went up to my room to crash and try to relieve some stress.