"Mom, I am going to visit Will. Is that alright?" Her mother waved a hand away, crossing her legs as she viewed a magazine entitled to woman's fashion.
Koda exited the house, closing the screen door behind her and walking among the sidewalk chipped from years of age. A car passed her, blue with two men occupying the pick-up truck. A whistle was sounded throughout the neighborhood, but all Koda could do was keep her head down and hide her red face with her long bangs panning among her cheek. As she rounded the final corner before arriving at the cream-tiled ranch house, occupied by her brother's, she took notice in the many residents tanning out among their lawns or the children playing ball in the driveways. It was such a soft scene, the loud laughing obvious from the neighbors parallel to her brothers house. He sat on the porch, leaning forth and smiling as he took notice in her presence. Koda waved, smiling and jogging near him.
"'Sup!" He stated, punching her lightly in the shoulder, before she leaned back, stretching her aching legs from the swift walking she had done. Koda anticipated going to Will's everyday now, as he was the only one to satisfy her need for happiness. His laughter and her laughter were like a chorus when they joked among eachother. Will inhaled sharply, as his head snapped to the right. I stood upright, trying to view what he viewed in such an anxious state. A maroon van was rolling down the street, with hollering teenagers. One man leaned out the window, one beer in his left hand, a cigarette occupying the other.
"Will, why are you so antsy about the usual teens?" Koda questioned, sitting back down among the porch as she picked at a hangnail residing among her thumb. Giving up among picking at the hangnail, she began biting it, her teeth drawing blood as she ripped the hangnail from it's place. Now it just stinged rather than being annoying before.
"They slapped an elder yesterday." He tensed as the van passed the house, the boy whipping a cigarette near our porch. It landed at Will's feet. He grimaced, as if the smoking thing were intended to hurt him.
"Will. It's just a cigarette." Koda whispered, drawing back a lock of hair behind her ear.
"It's from them." He muttered, kicking it away with the front of his shoe. The van rounded the corner, disappearing in sight from the vegetation massed together, bushes and plants from the final neighbor among the street. It was a young female who Will stated always smelled like fabric softener.
"Too bad. Dork." Koda said, grinning as she elbowed him in the side. Will still had a stern look upon his face as the female he spoke of crossed the street to view a woman's garden. The garden consisted of tomatoes and onions, as Will had said. He must have viewed the garden in the past.
"I think you should go meet Cat. She's really nice." Koda snorted, covering her mouth as she continued to giggle. Will raised an eyebrow, before she calmed herself and sighed quietly.
"Sorry, but the name Cat is weird." Koda said, chuckling as she wiped away tears tickling the corners of her eyes. As Koda retracted her gaze towards the general direction of where Cat had been, she now was walking down the street, now interlocking gazes with a male who was drinking lemonade and calling for Cat to come over and view his new basement. The neighborhood was so open, everyone practically knew everyone. Except for Will, as his introvert personality did not help with meeting others. He used introvert and anti-social as an excuse for him not admitting to him being socially awkward.
"Like Koda is any better?" Will asked with a smile, standing upright and waving to Cat. As soon as she saw the motion, her speed quickened from retreating the mans house and neared us. So much for being an introvert, as Will claimed.
"You just want her to come over here so you can get her digits. I know how you work Will." Koda mumbled, as he chuckled, shaking his head. He itched at the scruff among his chin, before he neared her ear, whispering something as Cat came closer. The action could easily become accused as falsely looking suspicious. Cat was looking towards the horizon with the sunset drawing farther south, so it was a possibility for her to not see the two whispering.
"She's a lesbian, idiot." Will said, drawing back as she kicked away the steaming cigarette, having it roll down into the foliage in front of Will's house.
"What's up, Will?" Cat asked. Cat was beautiful, as Koda noted her soft, red hair stopping at her collar bone. She wore glasses and two moles dotted her jaw. The clothing she wore was not the stereotype of what many lesbians wore, but for all Koda had known of her past, she could be greedy for the attention from homosexuality, however many were mainly picked about not being heterosexual. It was a weird world, to tease crowds of their sexuality.
"Nothing much, I'm just talking with Koda." Cat looked at me, her green eyes sparking an interest among me. She pulled down her glasses, wiping away a smudge only visible to her viewing. When she put her glasses back among her face, Koda began studying her features with a curious interest in her. Cat was wearing a green tank, loose-fitting among her thin build and faded shorts that had multiple fabric strings suspended from the dirty clothing. Her shoes were converse, yet at some point when Koda had finished her suspicious gaze upon the lady, she felt a bit attracted.
"Is she a friend?" Cat questioned, idling in front of the porch, leaning against one of the white railings. The paint was chipping, but Will was no mere perfectionist, as inside were dishes upon dishes in the sink, a smell drifting throughout the entire house. Koda consecutively attempts to convince him to clean up or at least have someone help him, but he lacks the effort to do so.
"No, uh, she's actually my sister." He grinned, nodding to confirm her raised eyebrow. She looked at Koda, smiling and extending her hand. As Koda clasped it and shook it lightly, a hinted grazing upon her glowering green eyes signaled a frienship bound to become entertaining. Koda kind of just shook off that thought, as being friends with her would be a bit odd, considering that Will was her friend as well. It just was weird.
"Cool. What's your name?" As Koda opened her mouth to speak, Will interrupted.
"Her name is Koda. Currently residing in five blocks away, single and ready to mingle, along with being a hot chick ready for some action." Koda flushed, stuffing her face into the palms of her hands.
"Will, you idiot!" Koda said, releasing her face from being stuffed into her sleeves and she kicked his shin. He flinched before he snickered and stood upright. He halted his hand in front of Cat.
"Excuse us, but me and my sister need to speak in privacy." Cat nodded, before walking towards the edge of the sidewalk and sitting down. Koda was dragged into the smelly household, Will intaking a swift breath and smiling.
"Gotta love that smell." In response, Koda made a disgusted face, plugging her nose as he dragged her into the backroom. The room was dim, his cat Erina lounging on a small couch, colored beige with the hint of a large stain plastered across the cushion. Will turned the cushion upside-down, hiding the stain and smiling as he motioned to the quick fixture. Koda rolled her eyes.
"What did you want to tell me?" Koda questioned, crossing her arms and eventually adapting to the rancid smell of cat piss and past dinners, old and smelling similar to the cat piss.
"I know you like Cat." Koda had to pan a hand across her mouth as she smiled, erupting into a stifled laugh. After she had composed herself, she glared at Will and pushed him.
"Dork. I don't like her. I dated like, what, three guys before? I'm no lesbian." Koda said, positive of her statement. As she thought upon what he had said previously, Koda began to question her sexuality, as she were to never have long-lasting relationships with men of her age. Maybe she needed a change, yet somehow she lacked the actual effort to have a change which she knew was false.
"People take a long time to figure out their true sexuality. You are one of those people." Will muttered, before pushing Koda backwards and beckoning her back outside.