Tory's Complication

Note: This is a year later than volume 2.

Also: Sadly, I am not Quick-sama, so I do not own Off*Beat.

Prologue

Tory yawned as he sat up. It was Friday morning and he was excited.

I get to see Colin today!

Unfortunately…

Colin did not show up in Physics. Tory stared at the empty seat next to him and sighed. The raven-haired boy was supposed to be back today.

"Colin's not here today," Mandy whispered.

"Why not?"

"Dunno," Mandy replied.

The bell rang and Mandy began gathering up her books. Troy left her and went to his final class of the day, English.

"Everyone," the teacher announced, "We have a new student today."

He walked in and said, "Hi, I'm Eric Bryant."

Tory looked up at the sound of the name. It sounded familiar. Unfortunately, the figure in the front of the room didn't look like anyone he knew and Tory watched as Eric sat down behind Colin's seat (which is next to Tory's).

On the way home:

"Tory!" The new kid ran up to him.

"Uh… Eric, right?" Tory was confused as the other boy sat down next to him.

"You remember me, right?"

"I'm not sure." I just can't put my finger on it.

Tory looked carefully at Eric. Eric was slightly taller than him. He had brown hair and eyes.

"I guess I did get taller; my face cleared up; and I'm wearing contacts."

"…" Tory almost had it. "Oh! You're Paul's cousin!"

"Bingo!" Eric smiled a warm, big, and friendly smile. This was quite a switch from Colin's nonchalant attitude. Granted, Colin had become much more relaxed around Tory in the past year, but Colin never simled like that. Tory told himself that he was simply not use to it, but was that really why he was blushing?

"Crap!" Tory thought. "Why am I blushing then?"

Eric cut through Tory's thoughts. "Tory?"

"Yeah?" Tory noticed that they were almost to their stop.

"Can you take me over to your place? Paul should be there." Both boys stood as the bus stopped.

"Yeah, that's fine." Tory led the way off the bus.

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