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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37. Chapter 37

Chapter 37

Gabrielle’s POV

“Gabi hurry up, oh my goodness,” Bella complained for the fifth time already since I sat down on the bleachers.

“I’m going as fast as I can,” I told her as I continued to take my skates off, going slower every moment that she isn’t paying attention.

“You get slower every single day, what is up with you?”

“Nothing,” I said, and I sped up the process of unlacing my skates now that she was starting to take notice in the pace that I was going at completing the task.

“Hurry up then, they’re going to be here any minute and I’d really rather not see them ag-” she was cut off by the sound of the doors opening and a group of guys walking onto the rink.

“Spoke to soon,” she whispered as she moved my hands away from my skate and began to undo the lace as quickly as she could.

I’ve been trying to go as slow as I could with leaving recently, because when I get to see Harry just for a few minutes, even if I can’t talk to him, even if sometimes I only get to see a glimpse of him, my day is still automatically better.

I’ve told Harry we needed to be careful though, because Bella catches everything, even if it’s just a subtle smile that he gives me Bella is most likely going to see it and make a deal out of it. We’ve come up with quite a few ways to acknowledge each other though without anyone knowing.

Bella finished my skates just as the guys were getting onto the ice. Bella helped me put my skates into my bag, and then I followed as she quickly got up from where she was sitting on the bleachers.

“Yeah go ahead, run, get out of here, I’m just happy I don’t have to see you two losers for a month,” Zack said as we had our hands on the doors, about to open one.

Bella just scowled at Zack, realizing it wasn’t worth it to get in a fight right now, Harry gave me a quick wink though, and smiled back before going with Bella out into the lobby.

“I’m happy we’re not going to have to see them for a month,” Bella told me, basically just repeating what Zack said.

“Yeah,” I agreed, but for a different reason.

It’d been about two weeks since Harry and I’s ‘first date’ as I’ve accepted to calling it, and we’ve only been able to hang out twice in those passing weeks. We could’ve gotten to go out more, but of course there was the rising suspicions from various people who either wanted to hang out or were just curious about why either Harry or I had been leaving the house so much and not coming home until late.

I was looking forward to this month off because it meant it could spend some time with Bella and some with Harry, and I’d have the whole day and wouldn’t have to worry about skating practice or anything. It also meant that I’d have the whole day to myself while my dad was at work, so as long as I got home before him he wouldn’t know that I even left the house.

I’m now just hoping that Bella won’t be too upset that I’m not going to be able to spend almost everyday with her like I knew she was planning.

“So how do you think the renovation to the rinks is going to turn out?” I asked Bella, trying to make conversation as we walked across the lobby.

“Better I hope,” she said, and I just agreed with her, and once we were outside, we found Bella’s mom’s car and got in.

Bella’s mom of course, after greeting us, started asking us about the renovation and if we’re excited about it or not. This whole renovation thing is such a big deal to everyone and frankly I didn’t understand why. I’m sure the rinks will be bigger and things are going to update, but it’s still an ice rink. I continued to listen to Bella telling us everything that she hoped with change with the renovation, completely different from when I had asked her moments ago.

As I listened, I began to think if that much was even going to happen to the rinks. I knew it was going to be a change but I didn’t think it would be a drastic one. I knew Bella was just saying what was in her head, but still.

“The renovation is only going to last a little over a month, I don’t think all that is going to happen,” I chimed in.

“Well it’d be nice if it did, this is the professionals rinks we are talking about, they need to be updated and all jazzed up for us,” she told me, and I couldn’t help but compare her to the group of boys who supposedly worked up the idea for this whole thing.

Complaining things needed to be better for professionals, rinks needed to be bigger, and all that stuff.

“So what all do you want to do over our month off from skating and training?” Bella asked me, turning around to face me, finally changing the subject.

“I don’t know,” I lied; I wanted to hang out with Harry.

“I think we should go to that new bowling alley that opened downtown, or we could go roller skating,” she suggested.

“Where did the roller skating idea come from?” I asked her with a laugh since she’s never even considered roller skating.

“It’s an alternative to ice skating, basically,” she shrugged.

We continued to talk about what plans we wanted to make together during our month off as Bella’s mom drove me back to my house.

“Well I hope to see you around with Bella this month, and if not I’ll see you next month,” Bella’s mom told me as she pulled up in my driveway.

I smiled and said to both her and Bella before grabbing my skate bag and getting out of the car. I really needed to remind my dad again to consider getting me a car, I told myself as I walked up the porch steps and waved to Bella.

I realized that I was basically stuck here at my house unless someone wanted hang out or anything. I couldn’t drive to the store or something just because I felt like it; I needed someone to drive me there. I checked the time once I was inside my house, and my dad should be home in about three hours, maybe four. I really wanted to call Harry, but I knew he was in his hockey practice right now.

So I made myself something to eat, and went ahead and broke my dad’s rule again of not eating in the living room, especially while he isn’t home. I’ve realized I’m okay with breaking that rule though because I’ve started to notice that every now and then he eats his meal in the living room, so why shouldn’t I?

I grabbed the remote and flipped through the channels until I found something decent to watch. I saw a familiar title appear on the screen, and remembered it was that show Harry put on when he came over that one time after dropping me off. I decided to give the show a try since I hadn’t really paid much attention to it before, and because there wasn’t really anything else on that I wanted to watch.

Harry’s POV

As we were doing some practice games today in our coaches training plan, my mind kept drifting to Gabrielle instead of the game. I was happy I got to see her for a few moments earlier, but I could’ve seen her a bit longer if it wasn’t for her friend basically dragging her out the door.

I eventually got myself back on what I needed to focus on after almost falling for about the third time. I wasn’t going to have practice again for at least another month, so I wanted to be fully into it. I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about the rinks going under renovation.

I mean it’s nice that they’re going to update them a bit, but I don’t get why no one can practice now, shouldn’t there be a plan to go to a different skating center, or something along those lines. It was going to be nice to have over a month break from hockey; my dad would flip out if he knew this information though. I however will enjoy the break, and I’m going to try to hang out with Gabrielle as much I could.

Once we were all done with our practice and everyone was showered and changed, we all met in the center of the locker room like we always did.

Coach was just talking to us about how we won’t be having practice until they’re done with all the renovation and all that. Then he said something about sending out a schedule of days that we could all still go to the buffet.

He wanted us all the make sure we still hung out together and maintained our good foundation, as he said it, so he wanted to make sure we’d all meet up at the buffet over the month. We all nodded saying we understood, and I was hoping that his schedule for meeting up wouldn’t affect too much any plans I’d decide to make with Gabrielle.

Once coach was finished, he dismissed us and we all headed our separate ways to our cars, only to meet again at the buffet in a few minutes.

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