The Karate Kid (2010)
Chapter #2: And Acceptance

The entire cafeteria went silent. The principal stopped dead at the opening of the cafeteria, her shocked forming into a smile. Dre looked at Cheng the same expression formed on his face.

"Dude, it's alright." he said happily. Cheng was the one shocked now. "I know that you're sorry. I saw the way you looked after the tournament and the way you treated me when I won." He leaned over the table and gently punched Cheng in the arm. "Don't worry about it. I'll heal up soon and we can have a rematch if you want." His smile made Cheng's stomach do funny things. He couldn't help but smile himself.

"Thank you." he whispered. "For forgiving me. Even when I know I don't deserve it."

"Yes you do deserve it. Everyone deserves forgiveness." Again Cheng's stomach did those crazy flip-flops. He didn't know why, but he liked them. They spent the rest of lunch catching up on the days Dre missed. He found out that he had to make up a test and had more homework than you could even begin to imagine making up.

AFTER SCHOOL

The bell rang at 2:00, indicating the end of a hard day. Dre leaned against the arc outside the front of the school. His first day had literally been breathtaking. He was so winded that he was dizzy. He felt a tug at his breads and opened his eyes to see Mei Ying and Cheng starring at him with concern.

"How are you feeling?" she asked, acting like a worried older sister.

"Yah!" he assured them. "Don't worry. I'm just out of breath. Thought I'd catch it before heading home." He smiled at them and they all turned their heads towards a honking car. Mei Ying's father got out of the car and waved at them. They all waved back with small smiles.

"I have to go." she said. "My father is taking me and my mother out to dinner tonight." She gave Dre another concerned stare. "I promise to call tonight and check up on you." He only smiled and waved her good-bye. As her car drove away, he looked at Cheng who looked back.

"Well, I better get going now." Dre spoke first. "I have to clock how long it's gonna take me to walk home like this. Otherwise my mom'll have a heart attack." He chuckled as he made his way towards his home.

"I'LL HELP!" he heard Cheng shout, effectively stopping him. He turned to look at him only to see a slightly embarrassed Chinese pre-teen. "I mean, I'll help you. I'll walk you home. Just to make sure you don't hurt yourself somehow." They both understood the hidden underlining of concern, but chose to say nothing. They both walked side by side in a comfortable silence.