A snapped rope on the ground.
Zach has dark umber skin and enormous dreadlocks and a smile that’s almost too big for his face. He immediately begins playing air guitar and singing a song that I don’t know. Olly grins from ear to ear. Zach thrashes his head dramatically while he plays and his hair keeps time with the music.Zach! Olly says, and pulls him into a hug. They slap each other’s backs loudly.
It’s Zachariah now.Since when? asks Olly.Since I decided to become a rock god. It’s Zachariah like—
Messiah, I pipe in, getting his joke.Exactly! Your girlfriend is smarter than you are.
I blush and look over to see Olly blushing, too.
Well that was cute, Zach says, laughing and strumming air guitar strings. His laugh reminds me of Carla’s—unself-conscious, a little too loud, and full of mirth. In that moment I miss her desperately.Brielle: Hanging out with Kirby.
Once I’ve typed that, cold dread washes over me. What if he challenges me to do something bold…like seduce Kirby?Hale: Is he every bit as dreamy as you recalled?
The words feel fake, but it’s what I’m supposed to say. The whole reason Hale is helping me is because of my interest in Kirby. Just then, angry music blares loudly from down the hall, or more specifically, from his roommate’s bedroom.I steal a glance at Kirby, my eardrums protesting the obtrusive noise. Does he have a heavy-metal obsession?