And then I realized something else. It was like someone turning off a radio I hadn’t even realized was still playing. Suddenly, the itching, the fuss, the pain, the twinges, all the sense in my missing toes that weren’t really there simply vanished. And I felt completely whole.
‘Yeah,’ said Darny. ‘We do how all religions are super-great. It’s rubbish. And I got kicked out of the class anyway for going on about the Inquisition.’‘They aren’t allowed to teach the Inquisition?’
‘I brought a book of pictures in,’ shrugged Darny. ‘Kelise Flaherty threw up all over the whiteboard. Well, she was the first one to throw up.’Marian’s lips twitched. ‘You remind me of someone,’ she said. ‘Anyway, we have something much cooler. It’s called Hanukkah.’‘Oh yeah. My mate Joel has that. He says it’s rubbish.’
‘But you get a present every night for eight nights! It’s the festival of lights.’‘He says the presents get really rubbish by the end, and him and his sister complained and drew Christmas trees all over the place, so his parents just gave up in the end and had Christmas too. So now he has Hanukkah and Christmas.’ He glanced up at Marian. ‘Maybe I’ll do that.’
‘Maybe,’ said Marian. ‘But it’s very disrespectful.’
‘Good,’ said Darny, kicking his chair. His feet didn’t quite reach the bottom of the bar stool he was sitting on so he could sip his root beer float.With a shrug, I snorted. One guess.
Well, I brought your favorite: grilled cheese. There it was as he opened the bag: his sweet, all-teeth smile. It settled me so easily.He waited for me to maneuver into a more comfortable position to eat, then handed me my afternoon snack.
Not even three days and you already know my favorite sandwich. Stalker, much?Luke chuckled, and I couldn’t help but crack a smile. He was so easy to be with—no drama, no expectations, no underlying tension.