She was standing under the trees on the pavement talking to someone he doesn’t know. He paused for a few second as he was walking down the few small stairs of the building he just had class in when he noticed her. Stray sun rays managing to find their way through the leaves moved across her shoulders and although he was too far away to see it, he knew it was dancing off the tiny coils her blonde hair made in her neck when it is tied in a bun like that. He didn’t know how she would respond, it wasn’t as if they were friends before, but he deliberately pushed that from his mind as he approached her.
She was alone now, looking at her phone, which made him slightly more confident. He walked up to her not quite understanding why he was suddenly so nervous. She didn’t notice him coming closer and was visibly startled when he said her name.
Looking up from her phone the confusion almost immediately vanished when she recognised him.
“I saw you standing here and I thought I’ll just come and say hi” he said after a slight pause – just in time to prevent awkwardness. “How are you doing? Are you settling in fine in Stellenbosch?”
“I’m doing fine, and you?”
“I’m good.” He was trying to come up with something to say, he really didn’t want the conversation to end.
“Have you run into anyone else from school yet?”
“I’ve seen a few of them. Jessica have some classes with me. You decided to grow your hair I see.”
“Yes.” Looking at her, he self consciously pushes his hair behind his left ear. Her tone of voice didn’t give away whether she approve of it or not and just like he didn’t understand why he was so nervous, he also didn’t understand why that suddenly mattered to him. “I haven’t decided whether I’m going to keep it like this.” Just in case.
“Have you ran into any familiar people?”
Not the response he was looking for. “A few. I often hang out with Ish though, we’re still friends.”
“Not as if anyone expected that something will be able to separate you two!”
Again, where were she going with this. He just smiled. “I have to go. I have class in five minutes. You must have a good day.”
She smile back at him. There we go. That was the smile he remembered. The smile making everything behind her blur as it was a photo form a professional photo shoot – the only clear thing her face. Her face with that smile.
He turned around quickly, just to prevent himself from staring. That would be rude.
He stopped in his tracks and turned to face her again
“It’s really nice to see you”
That was all the encouragement he needed. He slowly took a few steps towards her again, unsure of himself, but determined not to let this chance slip. “Would you like to get coffee sometime?” Hesitant “Today maybe?”
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