Another day of school dragged along. Leo couldn’t wait for the bell to ring. Time seemed to slow down during school and it was annoying, yet rewarding in the end. He knew that once the bell rang, Alex would be outside. If there was someone worth waiting for, it w as her. She had a weird vibe to her. The other kids in school didn’t really get along with her. Some if them avoided any contact with her. Leo, on the other hand, really want to talk to her, but he didn’t want to embarrass himself in the process. Leo’s stomach started to churn. His palm became sweaty and sticky. His fingers drummed nervously on his desk. He gulped loudly and counted down time until the bell rang. He quickly grabbed his bag, slung it over one shoulder, and dashed out before the teacher couldn’t stop him.
Out in the hallway, students packed the hall and around their lockers. Leo made sure he made it to his locker before Roland, the school bully, could get to him. He had to see Alex. He just had to. At the corner of his eye, Alex stood with one book in her hand. Her black hair rested on her shoulders, bangs pinned back with a skull hairpin. He sighed and stared directly at her, fantasizing about holding her hand.