Meanwhile Part 6: Lunchtime

The first two periods of the day dragged by slowly, but somehow Squee and Pepito managed to make it. It was lunchtime now and the boys sat idly at their usual table at the back of the worn out cafeteria, right behind the vending machine and the stacks of spare cafeteria chairs piled neatly in the corner.

"I never knew you liked that Mandy girl, amigo." Pepito commented as he took a bite of his sandwich. Squee tried his best to ignore his only school friend by turning up the volume on his mp3 player. The Scene Aesthetic's acoustic guitar rung loudly in his ears as he turned to face his pale skinned friend. His mouth was moving but he couldn't hear a word he was saying.

"Amigo, don't try to deny it. I can tell." Pepito pressed on, and Squee sighed. He ripped his earphones off and rested his arms on the table, leaning slightly forward to give Pepito one of his darkest stares.

"Look, just forget about it, okay? I don't wanna talk about it-not now, at least." Squee muttered grudgingly. His eyes softened a little bit and they began wandering the cafeteria, which was bustling with many rambling and hungry students. His heart came to a sudden stop when he caught sight of Mandy cleaning up her table with a few of her friends. He felt Pepito tug on his shirt sleeve but he didn't care at the moment.

The world didn't seem to matter when she was in the same room as him.

"Uh, Squee? Are you okay?"

Pepito's voice was nothing but distorted noise as Mandy hoisted her schoolbag over her shoulder, tossing her hair as she did so. Her friends shared a small laugh before they got up and began their way out of the cafeteria. Squee's heart was practically screaming inside.

She's coming this way.

"Todd…" Pepito's voice was lowering now. He turned to see what his gawking friend was looking at, and when he realized, he rolled his crimson eyes and let out a huff of frustrated breath. He decided to give up and let his friend fantasize for the brief moment that was available to him. There was no stopping him anyways.

Time seemed to have slow down. Everything suddenly began to move in slow motion. Mandy walked down the isle between the tables, her hair swishing slightly as she moved. Her friends followed cheerfully behind, their chains clinking seemingly harmoniously. She passed Squee and Pepito's table, took one quick look at Squee, gave him a split second smile, and continued walking as if nothing happened.

Squee's eyes were as wide as saucers and his jaw hung almost listlessly. Pepito rolled his eyes again and shook his friend out of his dream world.

"Was it exciting?" Pepito asked unenthusiastically, staring at his friend through half open eyes, obviously uninterested. Squee stared up at the ceiling for a few seconds, then looked down at his friend. His throat was closed together and he couldn't think of anything to say, but he knew Pepito was expecting a reply. He opened his mouth to say something, but the only thing that came out was a small, but audible, squee.