Chapter 2: Here we go…
The next day I tried to avoid Nathaniel as much as I could. I didn't know what he'd say about what happened yesterday. I tried talking with Castiel again, but he didn't want to talk. Why is this so hard?
I got halfway through the day without talking to anyone except Iris, who'd quickly become my best friend, when the principal came up to me and asked me what club I wanted to participate in.
A club? Great… I thought. I'm no "social butterfly", so joining a club was probably the last thing on my TO DO list…
"Hello again young lady! To help you settle in here," she said, "Why don't you participate in one of our school clubs! Would you rather help out in the basketball or gardening club?"
"Ummm… Of those two, I think I'd rather be in the basketball club. Plants and I don't, uh, get along that well…" I said to her quietly.
"Okay! Why don't you go to your club now to see if they need any help?"
"But I don't know where it is and…" She was already gone.
Who could show me where it was? I had no clue. That's when Ken came running up to me.
"Kaitin! What club are you in? I chose the gardening club!" he asked.
"I don't agree with plants. I chose basketball," I said. At least we're not in the same club…
"Oh. I wonder if I can change clubs…" he replied.
"NO!" I paused. "Uhh, gardening suits you."
"It still would have been great to be in the same club as you…"
Whatever… "Bye Ken!" I said hastily just to get away from him. I still need to find someone to show me where the basketball club is…
Iris couldn't show me where it was because she had to get to the music club, which I would have preferred over all the rest. I was still trying to avoid Nathaniel, and I did NOT want to talk to Ken. My only other choice was to get Castiel to show me.
"Hey, Castiel," I said.
"Hey, Kade. What do you want?" he replied.
"Could you show me where the basketball club is? I-" he'd cut me off.
"Why do you need to find the basketball club?" he questioned.
"The principal pretty much forced me into a club. I didn't want to be in the gardening club for some reasons, and my only other choice was the basketball club…"
"You probably could have said no," he said jokingly.
"Yeah… Well, can you show me where it is or not?" I said, obviously irritated.
"Fine, I have something to do first. Come back later."
When I came back after class, he took me over to the gym. He said the rest of the club complained about some missing basketballs, so I went and found those. It wasn't like I had much anything else to do anyway. I was still thinking about what happened yesterday, though. At least I hadn't run into Nathaniel, yet... But, I did run into Amber. She was oddly alone when she stopped me in the hall.
"What, Amber?" I said.
"Listen," she began, "All my brother knows here is paperwork."
"Yeah, and?" I blurted out.
"Shut up!" She slapped my arm. "He doesn't really talk to anyone at school except me, so he doesn't really have many friends. If he does talk about someone at home, he talks about them like they're just paperwork. Yesterday, he talked about you differently. I don't know why, just yet, but if something happens and you're "just paperwork" again…" She trailed off.
"I get it…" I was scared now. I didn't think Amber would or could actually hurt me, but I did know she had the power to get me in a lot of trouble.
She looked at me and left to regroup with Li and Charlotte.
What did she mean by that? I thought.
I thought I was doing good, I hadn't run into Nathaniel. I'd run into just about everyone else in school (what can I say, I'm clumsy!), but not Nathaniel. It wasn't until the day was almost over that HE finally found ME.
"I've been looking for you all day, Kaitin! Were you avoiding me or something?" he said.
"Uhh…" I couldn't just tell him… "I- I'm sorry, I just…"
"Is this about yesterday?" he finally came out and said.
"I just didn't know what you would say… I- I'm really sorry," I said.
"I never expected something like that from you," he began coldly. It'd obviously hurt him somehow… "But it's okay, I'll forget about it, if-" He was planning something. "You know I don't get along with Castiel, well, he skipped class again and he needs to sign this absentee note. Could you do it for me?"
"Uh, sure. First, can you tell me why you didn't point Castiel and I out yesterday. I- I just didn't think you'd-"
"I, have my reasons..." he said blushing.
I nodded. "Uh, wait, aren't his parents supposed to sign this?" I asked.
"Yeah, normally. He's independent of his parents, so he's the one who has to sign it."
"Thanks for doing this for me, he's more likely to sign it for you anyway," he finished.
"No problem!" I said. "I'll be right back." I didn't know it'd be that easy to talk to Nathaniel about yesterday, now all I had to do was get Castiel to sign this note and he wouldn't even care anymore.
"Castiel, did you cut class again?" I said jokingly.
"Maybe I did, so what?" he replied, smiling. He seemed softer than normal today. Was it just me?
"Well, Nathaniel needs you to sign this absentee note." As soon as he heard Nathaniel's name he hardened back up.
"I'm not signing that."
"You have to," I persisted.
"No! Take it back to Nathaniel; I'm not signing it. If he was a man he'd ask me himself." He was mad now, really mad. I backed off and went back to the Student Council Room.
"He wouldn't sign it, and he said that if you were a man you should be asking him yourself…" I told Nathaniel timidly.
"Castiel's just stubborn," he said, "Tell him that a man accepts his responsibilities, and that means signing it."
"I didn't think of that, I'll try again!" I said. I was determined now to get him to sign it.
I entered the courtyard and walked over to where Castiel was standing. He was listening to his mp3 player and didn't notice me. I yanked the earphones from his ears and he growled at me. I have to admit, now I was scared.
"What now?" he yelled.
"He's persisting you know…" I said.
"Well I'm not signing it!"
"Oh, come on! What's the big deal with signing it? Sign it now and I'll leave you alone."
"It's not just-" he paused. "Ugh, fine!" He pulled the note out of my hand, scribbled his name on it, and shoved it back in my face. "Here's your stupid note."
"Now was that so hard?" He just growled at me. I'd obviously made him mad, but I felt accomplished.
I took the note back to Nathaniel. He said thanks and I left. On my way out I heard something down the hall… It sounded like, arguing…
I looked down the hall just to see Castiel and Nathaniel fighting.
"This could get ugly…" I said to myself. I knew I had to stop it, but I couldn't just run into the middle of a fight!
Before I knew it I was running into the middle of a fight, my heart pounding. Who was I standing up for, I didn't know, but I did know I was running down the hall toward Nathaniel and Castiel. I could hear them arguing as I ran, but I couldn't make out what they were saying… I didn't know why exactly they were fighting, nor did I care, I just wanted it to stop!
I ran in between the two and pushed them apart with all my might, almost getting punched by Castiel in the process. "Stop! Stop! Stop!" I screamed.
"Move!" Castiel yelled, pushing me away, involuntarily knocking me to the ground. I couldn't help but make a pathetic whimper as I hit the ground. "This is none of your business! Back off before you do get hurt!" The twinge of concern in his voice startled me.
Nathaniel just stood there, speechless. His nose was bleeding, so he wiped the blood away. I think he was just amazed I'd take a risk like that.
I persisted against Castiel. I couldn't have those two fighting, I didn't care how much they hated each other. Castiel finally backed off and left, realizing I wouldn't back down. I stayed on the floor, trying to comprehend what just happened. Nathaniel waited for him to get out the doors before helping me to my feet.
"Thanks…" he said, out of breath.
"No- no problem…" I replied wheezing, my heart still racing.
"You do realize you could have gotten really hurt doing that…" he said concerned.
"I know, I know… But I had to do it."
We sat and talked for a while afterwards, and then we parted ways. As soon as I got to my apartment, I plopped down in my desk chair and opened the chat room.
Anonymous: So K, how was today? Any better?
KW: Not really. Got involved with a fight. Didn't turn out so well.
Anonymous: You? In a fight? You have to tell me more!
I was still trying to comprehend what had happened. Why did I run in there like that, why couldn't I control myself, why do I feel this way? I sat on my bed just thinking as I gently drifted off to sleep.