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Chapter 5That was the first night I dreamt of Richard Grayson…
RING ! RING ! RING!Argh… School…
I reluctantly got out from bed, Rachel's bed was empty. Second day and she's ditched me…
As usual, not concerning about what I was going to wear today, it was what I was going to do about Richard… His smile, his concern and his charm, basically everything about him drew me in, but he and I were on two opposite sides of the world, him on the "perfect, where everything is beautiful side" and me stuck on the crappy, problematic side. His world and mine were not to collide, and if they ever did, I don't know what would happen. I knew that there was no possibility of us being together, he was a god, and me, a depressed girl who has no clue what so ever. I snapped out of my thoughts to check the time 7:45 am CRAP, I had exactly fifteen minutes to get to school! Rummaging through my closet, I grabbed the first thing my hands touched—a white turtleneck sweater and faded jeans— put them on record time and shot out the door to my first class. Music Theory and Composition.
I reached the door of the classroom panting, like I had just run a marathon. If I was sneaky enough, maybe he wouldn't notice me being late…. But those thoughts were ruined as Mr. Green saw me sneaking into the empty seat next to Richard's…
"Ms. Anders, so glad that you could finally join us, please see me at the end of class." He said.
I sighed. "Yes, sir" With that said I went and took my seat. I wasn't the fittest of all people, in fact I had absolutely no athletic ability AT ALL. Exactly 8 minutes had passed since my abrupt arrival and I was still panting, trying to catch my breath. The blood had rushed up to my temple, and I looked flushed, and felt like I was going to pass out.
"Kori, are you ok? Maybe I should take you to the nurse." Came the too familiar smooth voice.
I turned to see Richard, in all his glory, staring deeply into my emerald eyes with concern.
"It's. fine. Really." Pausing after each word.
"You look like you're going to faint, please Kori" he said gently
"O..k…" I replied slowly. The reply I had in mind was much different to the way it came out. I wanted to show him I'm not weak and certainly not exhausted from a 4 minute walk from my dorm room, but right now I had never felt so dizzy, tired and all together exhausted in my life. Richard shot his hand up in the air.
"Yes, Mr. Grayson, what is it, there must be a good reason you are interrepting my class." Came Mr. Green.
"Well, sir, I think I should take Kori to the nurse she looks like she needs to lie down a bit, to regain her strength again." Replied Richard.
"Very well, Kori, Richard you may be excused."
"Thank you, sir" said Richard and flashed a smile in my direction.
Richard took my hand (which made me redder than my hair) and pulled me out of the classroom. When we got out, and into the empty hallway, I fell.
"KORI, KORI, KORI" Richard said as he franticly shook me. "CAN YOU HEAR ME!"
My eyes opened to see Richard's face, now filled with shock and concern,
"I'm fine" I assured him
"NO, you are NOT" he said, emphasizing every word. "I'm carrying you to the nurse, seeing that you don't have the energy to even stand at this moment." He flashed me a smirk, and as if I weighed 50 instead of 150 pounds he lifted me up and the "safe" hallway floor disappeared from underneath me.
"WAIT! PUT ME BACK ON THE GROUND! NOW!" I yelled
"Shh… it's ok I won't drop you. Promise" he assured me and with that said he continued to walk in the direction of the nurse's office.
"So… you're not very athletic, are you?" Richard said, breaking the awkward silence between us.
"Um… well let's just say stamina isn't one of my strengths, why do you think no sport clubs in my old school never let me join?" I said with a laugh at the end.
He chuckled. "Well, that's probably the only thing you aren't good at, I think you are extremely talented." He replied like he meant it and ended with a smile. My heart literally stopped at that point.
"Well, how would you know that? You haven't even heard me sing yet." I laughed.
"From the looks of it I think you are capable of anything." He replied gently.
That was the nicest thing that anyone had ever said to me. Sure my guardian and friends told me I was good at singing and just needed to try my best at everything, but Richard. Richard, didn't even know me that well and he actually believed in me. He was the sweetest person I had ever met. All I could do was smile stupidly back. We finally reached the nurses office, Richard pulled one of his arms from under me and opened the door, he quickly supported me again and stepped inside.
"Mrs. Pratt?, Kori needs to lie down a bit, she nearly fainted in class this morning" Richard told our school nurse. I glared at him. I did NOT faint. And as if he read my mind, he gave me a smirk.
"Oh, dear, honey just go and lie down in the empty bed to the left." Mrs. Pratt said worriedly.
The way she just said that was like going back to Grandma Rose's again. And that my friends is NOT a good thing.
I gave my best genuine-fake-yes-grandma smile and lied down on the bed.
"Here, honey, I'm going to ask you to put this in your mouth. Under your tongue please. And when it beeps two times you call me over." Mrs. Pratt replied sweetly. She turned her attention away from me and finally turned to Richard.
"You can go back to class, dear, Kori will be just fine right here."
"It's ok. Anyway, I want to stay with her, I'll be worried about her, if I go back now." He replied.
"Oh, very well", and at that moment the door opened to reveal another victim. "OH, MY! Looks like we have another one, don't worry dear, Mrs. Pratt here is gonna take good care of you."
I watched as she went to treat the new student. Gazing up at the white plaster ceiling, I began to wander off into my own world… but that didn't last very long, cause a minute later I could here a cough—someone clearing their voice. And of course that someone would be Richard, who was looking at the other student getting examined, but now looking at me curiously.
"What are you thinking?" he said
"Pardon me?", I was confused. Why would he want to know what I was THINKING?
" Sorry it's just you're very hard to figure out." He replied.
"And this is coming from you?" I said with a chuckle
He laughed. "Why am I confusing you too?"
Now that I thought about it, yes. I thought about my last talk with Rachel, when I asked where Richard goes every now and then, but she kept avoiding it. There was something going on, not just with Richard, but with Rachel too. And I was determined to find out what. My sudden silence, seemed to make Richard nervous as he was waving his hand out in front of me.
"Kori? Kori? KORI?!" he finally yelled. That did it. I came back to reality.
"Sorry I was just thinking…"
"It's ok" he grinned. The bell rung. It was time for second period. "Are you feeling well enough to go back to class?" he asked.
"Yeah, let's go." With that, I stood up and made my way to the door, with Richard following behind.
"Kori, are you sure you're going to be fine? I can walk you to you're next class if you want."
I turned around to face him.
" I think I can manage, but thank you." I smiled at him.
"You're welcome." He smiled back. We stood there, unmoving, staring into each others' eyes, probably thinking the same thing. He was the first to break the silence.
"Well… Kori.. This is where we part." He smiled.
"What do you mean 'part'?" I inquired suspiciously. This time Richard seemed to take a longer time to respond, as if he was trying to think of an excuse or something that would convince me enough to stop asking.
"I have a cousin coming, and I need to meet him at the airport." He quickly said. We heard footsteps. It was my first friend and roommate, Rachel Roth.
"Come on, Richard we REALLY need to go. It can't wait and you know that." Rachel said urgently to Richard.
"Can't you see me and Kori are having a moment, Rachel? So could you leave us alone for a few… " Before Richard could finish, an impatient Rachel cut in.
"You know that time isn't something we have a lot of, especially for the task we have to do, so we have to go NOW." She growled angrily.
Richard sighed. He turned to me. "I'm so so sorry Kori, but I have to go. I'll see you soon." With that he and Rachel turned towards the front door and left. Leaving in the cold, dark hallway.
I walked towards Room S239, aka, Choir.
Choir was finally over and it was horrible. Two straight hours of singing Bach and Haydn chorals, I kept messing up my solo lines of the Kyrie, from the Schubert Mass in G. During sectionals, all I could think about was Richard, and how and why he left so soon without warning. It seemed everytime that he had to leave Rachel had to go with him. That thought made me shiver. Maybe Richard doesn't like me, if he ditched and asked Rachel to come with him, he must like her. It isn't like I was jealous, it was.. fine, I'll admit, I'm jealous, in fact I was ENVIOUS of Rachel, at this point. My thoughts were interrupted by the croaking sound that was Mrs. Bright's voice, yes scary I know,
"Class, you are dismissed, and remember, particularly, for the young people with the solo parts." She turned to look directly at me. "To practice their parts for the Mass as we will be performing it next month in a conjoined concert with the Jump City School of Music's wonderful orchestra" she said.
I walked quickly to the door and rushed to my locker. Wondering, when Richard would be back, cause as far as I'm concerned, there was too much going on that I was missing, and I was going to find out whatever secret, Richard and Rachel were hiding.
I had to.