By the time I walk inside the school grounds the bell is ringing. I rush through the crowds of students towards my form class. I stand by the door silently. Class had already begun.
“Natalie, late again. You aren’t setting a good example for our new student” Mr Shemly teases.
I glance towards my usual seat. Beside it sits a lazed back student. He looks at me and grins.
“Sorry sir, I won’t let it happen again” I say, now blushing.
“Not like we haven’t heard that one before. Take a seat Natalie. Looks like you’ll get the honour of showing James around the school today”
I shuffle awkwardly to my seat and sit down.
“You should know better than showing up late for class” the new boy jokes.
I turn to look at the new student. Cute brown eyes, neat dark hair and a simple cheek piercing. He was very attractive. I blush nervously.
“Well hey; maybe I was trying to avoid you” I laugh.
“Oh, funny!” he replies. Not taking his eyes off me.
“What are you looking at?” I question.
“Nothing!” He protests, turning away.
I slump back in my seat. He must have lost interest already. I watch him secretly for the rest of the class. He seems to get along really well with Daniel, our class clown, who sits a few rows away. They must already know each other. When the bell rings I gather my stuff and head for the door. As I’m about to leave, James grabs my arm.
“Hey, you owe me a school tour!” He complains.
“Uhm, couldn't you just get Daniel to help you? I mumble, staring at my feet.
“He has stuff to do, now come on” He confirms while nudging me out the door.