"Okay, how about--"
"Lisa, will you guys stop trying to find me someone?" Vicky interrupted. "I'm perfectly fine with being single."
"Oh, sure," Isa said. "Yeah…right. You know we will still do this, right?"
"We'll stop for a little while, then," Lisa said, scanning the cafeteria one more time. She looked back at her friend. "What's it that you need to talk about?"
"What are you talking about?"
"You're only grouchy and stuff when something's up. Tell us about it."
"Nothing's wrong, you guys," Vicky said. "I'm perfectly--"
Vicky stopped short when Taylor McKinney and Tyler Bradford, the school's most known couple, walked past. Vicky growled a little. Lisa's eyebrows shot up.
"Okay, maybe I'm a little jealous, but other than that, I'm perfectly fine," Vicky said.
"You won't be saying that when the school dances and proms come around," Isa said as Lisa scanned the cafeteria again. Lisa's eyes lit up, and she leaned toward Isa and whispered in her ear.
"How about Nick Edison?" Lisa whispered. Isa nodded enthusiastically in agreement.
"What are you guys whispering about?" Vicky demanded.
"Nothing, Vicks," Isa said. "Nothing at all."
When the bell rang, Vicky hurried off to her next class, Algebra, while Lisa and Isa went off to History. They were in a class that had one of Nick's friends.
"Hey, Mack?" Lisa said.
Mack McIntire turned to see the two girls. "What?" he replied.
"Um, is Nick single?" Isa asked in a timid voice. Lisa would've busted out laughing if Mack wasn't the best wrestler and the strongest person in the school.
"Yeah, why?" Mack's eyes narrowed.
"Um, we were looking for a, um, friend for Vicky?" Lisa said, making it sound like question.
There was a moment of silence, and then Mack started to laugh. The people passing them stared; they don't hear him laugh often. Isa and Lisa were confused.
"I get it," Mack said, his eyes having a gleam like someone just told a funny joke. "You want to get your friend Vicktoria with Nick, am I right?"
"Um…how'd you guess?" Isa said.
"Nick is not seeing anyone right now," Mack said. "I'll give a thought on what you're trying to do." He walked to his desk and sat down, taking his binder out of his backpack.
"I just will have to hope," Lisa muttered. She and Isa sat down at their desk.
"Vicktoria Green, you will sit right here," Mr. Planter said, pointing to the four people table near the front of the class.
"It's Vicky," Vicky muttered. She walked to the table and sat down.
"Tyler Bradford, right here," Mr. Planter continued, pointing to the seat across from Vicky. "Taylor McKinney, and Nickolas Edison here also."
There were snickers as Nick's name was called. "Why not Thomas Edison?" one kid laughed.
Nick said nothing and sat next to Vicky, where his seat was assigned.
"Now you may all use the last ten minutes of class to get to know your desk mate; you will be in this seat for the rest of the year."
Nick slumped over his desk and sighed. He did not like this school. Sure, he had friends, but he was sick of people making fun of him.
Taylor and Tyler started talking right away. "Okay, so are you coming to my house on Saturday?" Tyler asked Taylor.
"Oh, yeah, I am. But I'll have to leave early because…"
Vicky rolled her eyes and opened her book. In her mind, she was reading, "Tumbling through the gaping hole, Seelah hit the stone floor on all fours. Gloyd's battle was in the next room, but she scrambled for the window anyway. She had to see. Had the Keshiri returned with the uvak? Or was it someone she had never considered, never counted on? Looking out, she saw. Nida."
Oh how she loved Star Wars. She closed the book, leaving the last chapter unread. She has read "Lost Tribe of Sith: Savior" so many times she already knew how it ends.