“Mads! Wait up!” Devon calls after Madeleine while running out of his Grandfather’s Collector’s Bookstore. “Oh Come On Madeleine!…Please!”
Madeleine continues walking briskly ahead. The sound of Devon’s voice rings in her ears. After a few more paces, Madeleine halts to a stop, and swivels around. “What do you want Devon?”
Devon takes a deep breath. “What’s wrong with you? What’s made you upset?”
Madeleine stares at Devon curiously. “You seriously don’t know what you did?”
“No. I don’t Mads.” He says in a calm tone as he draws closer to her. “What did I do?”
Completely heated, Madeleine fires off. “You embarrassed me back there. How could you allude to my being some spoilt rich kid?”
Devon chuckles. “Allude, huh? I see you use big words when you get angry.” Devon laughs out loud.
Madeleine stomps her foot, turns and walks away.
“Oh Come on Mads! I was just joking. Come O-N!” Devon shouts after Madeleine and jogs to catch up with her.
Devon comes alongside Madeleine. He breathes a brief sigh. “Look, I’m sorry Mads. I didn’t mean anything by what I said.” Devon sighs once more. “I think that my Grandfather was right. I am jealous that you get to soak up all those books any day of the week that you want.” Devon takes a third breath. “Are we cool?”
Madeleine continues to stew a little longer, and walks beside Devon in silence till they hit the city’s main street then halts abruptly. “Are you following me home now?”
Devon smiles. He’s relieved that Madeline has finally spoken to him. “I can.” He offers sarcastically.
Madeleine rolls her eyes. “I don’t think that is a good idea Devon.”
Devon’s eyes widen. “What, you don’t want your parents to see me, or something?”
Madeleine’s mouth gaps open. “What is with your diarrhea of the mouth today? Geez! …You know what? Thank you for taking me to your Grandfather’s amazing store. I can get home all on my own. So, GOOD-BYE!” Madeleine says forcibly with one hand in front of Devon’s face as though stopping traffic. She then speeds forward a few steps, turns down a side street and disappears.
Devon stands still, almost paralyzed at the events that occurred that afternoon. “What just happened?” He thought to himself. “How did I get here? I’ve made a girl apocalypse-sized angry…AND, I’ve tried to stay clear of them all year, to focus on basketball!…Absolutely weird!”
Devon bows his head slightly, shakes it, then turns around to head toward home.
To Be Continued…