“Um, well, you can borrow it if you like. It’s no problem.”
“You sure?” he raised an eyebrow and smiled again.
“Yes of course! Look, I better go, my friends are waiting for me” she gestured up to the top of the hill where her house was.
“Oh, OK. Well, nice to meet you and thanks for the book,” he held out a hand which was warm and dry. They stared at each other again and Lottie felt waves of shyness so turned around and stumbled again before walking quickly up the hill. She was half way up when she heard him call out, “Hey, I don’t even know your name to return your book!”
She turned around and shouted, “It’s Lottie,” before walking again and when she got to the top she realised how rude and abrupt she had been not even saying goodbye properly and especially not even asking his name. She ran to the dorm feeling flushed and breathless, her heart racing. When she opened the door, Jenny was siting on her bed looking impatient. “There you are Lottie, the movie is about to start, I’ve been waiting for you especially! Hey, where’s your book?” Lottie paused in the doorway watching Eden who was standing in front of the mirror fluffing up her hair and smoothing her eyebrows. She looked at Lottie watching her, “What?”
“Oh nothing. I’ve just seen a boy!”
“A boy?” Jenny wanted clarification.
“Yes, a boy, at the bench. He was reading my book! Strange really, but he said he was waiting for someone. He was so....”
“Oh that would be Teddy,” Eden said through layers of lip gloss.
“Teddy?” Jenny and Lottie asked at the same time.
“Yes Teddy”, she replied impatiently, wiping a smudge of gloss away that had gone over her lip line. “We’re going out on a date tonight, he’s meeting me there.” Lottie’s heart sank as everything clicked into place. Eden had mentioned earlier she was going out Teddy, but she thought they were meeting in the high street.
“Anyway, I must have kept him waiting long enough so must dash. Ciao ladies,” she said as she grabbed her bag and walked out in a cloud of hair spray and perfume that was so sweet it made Lottie want to sneeze.