Rich

You can't decide whether money changes things or not; it does. You can decide, however, whether it changes things for better or worse.

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30. Thirty

"I thought we were going to talk." Alex comes up to me on Monday when I'm at my locker.

"Oh yeah." I say, as if I forgot. Of course I didn't forget, I just didn't really know how to approach him. "Sorry about that."

He smiles. "Don't worry about it. I was hung over anyway."

I laugh. "I figured as much."

"So are we going to talk?" he asks. I still admire how forward he is with things that I'd be so shy about. 

I sigh, looking around to see if any of my friends are nearby. I didn't tell them about Alex talking to me in his room last night and I didn't tell them that I'd forgiven him. They'd be annoyed with me and they'd convince me to carry on being angry with him and I don't want to carry on being angry with him.

"I can't talk right now." is all I tell him. 

"Okay, well come over after school. We have to work on the duet anyway, we can talk then." he suggests. 

I nod. "Okay."

He holds onto my wrist as I'm walking away and pulls me back in front of him. I can't help but think you have a girlfriend even though he isn't even doing anything remotely romantic. There's just something about the atmosphere he creates between the two of us that puts me on edge when I think of Sarah. 

"Hey." he says softly. "We're okay aren't we?"

"Yeah." I smile. "We'll talk later."

He smiles, nodding. "Okay."

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