“Geeze Loli could you get that make up case any bigger? I’m not sure if its got enough room for you?”
“Ha ha. I like my make up ok? Besides my sunscreen is in here too. You know I can’t go far without that.”
“Ya I know. You might burn to a crisp in the Briocheport sun with out your SPF 9000. Seriously Tranquil I wish you could see how massive this box of hers is. Even Pear is laughing over here.”
“Well excuse me for…”
Suddenly my mind was pulled away from Blush and Loli’s squabble by one that sounded much more serious.
“And I told you to stay out of my way!”
“I’m sorry dude. It was an accident.”
“I don’t think it was. I think you purposely got in my way, just to cheese me off.”
“Oh my Berry what is happening over there? It sounds…bad?”
“Huh? Oh that. That’s Granite picking on poor Fir again.”
“Ya. Its pretty much a daily routine. Well its not always Fir, but you get the idea.”
“Look dude I’m sorry. It was a total mistake. I swear.”
“You better be. Now get out of my face!”
“You got it!”
His voice was so full of hate. It actually radiated out across the lawn in waves.
“Wow, why is he so…angry?”
“No one knows. Rumor has it, his parents died in a plane crash right before the start of his freshman year. I don’t know if its true, but its still not an excuse to act the way he does. When my mom died, I didn’t turn in a complete Berry Hole…”
“Ya don’t feel too sorry for him. He is pure evil. Over the summer he stole my phone from me and then preceded to take pics of me as I tried to get it back. He is bad news Tranquil.”
“I heard he punched a guy just for sneezing to close to him.” Loli added.
All these stories that Loli and Blush were relaying were an obvious attempt to try and scare me, but instead of scaring me, it only made me feel worse for him. What could possibly happen to make someone so mean.
“So he wasn’t always like that?”
“Nope. Jr. High he was just the quiet kid. Then high school came around and bam. It was like two different people.”
When school let out for the day, Blush and I started to walk to the front of the school but she suddenly stopped and took a hold of my shoulder.
“Oh no! I was supposed to turn in this paper to Mr. Tangelo! Ahhh if I don’t he is going to fail me for that assignment. I…will be right back. Can you stay here for a just a couple minutes?”
“I guess so.”
“Three minutes! I will be right back!”
*Blehhhh* It was in that moment, I realized I needed to learn the lay out of this place and fast. I hated being so dependent. It was like I was 5 again waiting for my Mommy at piano practice.
But I did was I was told, and I leaned against the cold bricks and waited. Well I did until a beautiful sound caught my attention. An acoustic guitar and who ever was playing was really good! I listened to the song more carefully and it was like nothing I had ever heard before. One thing I know is music and this was something original.
Due to my insatiable curiosity I decided to investigate the sound further. I ran my hands across the bricks until the texture became smooth. I fumbled for the doorknob and once I found it carefully helped myself inside. I tried to be as quiet as possible so not disturb whoever was playing from their lovely tune.
Each chord was so expressive and full of emotion. It was so sad, yet beautiful. I gingerly stepped away from the safety of the wall to search for a seat. My hands brushed across the back of a chair and quietly sat down. I closed my eyes and continued to listen to the tragic reverie. It didn’t really make a difference if my eyes were opened or closed, but I just liked the way it felt.
I listened in silence until they had finished. Then I couldn’t keep quiet a moment longer.
“That was so beautiful.”
“What do you want?”
“I heard you playing from outside. You are amazing.”
“I recognize your voice. You are the boy from earlier. Granite?”
“Look I told you to leave. Now go before I do something we both regret.”
“You don’t scare me.”
“Look little girl, I don’t know who you are, but you need to go now!”
He must have been pointing to the door or something because the next phrase out of his mouth was…”What are you blind?!”
Instead of being insulted I was rather amused. “Well actually yes. I am.” I mused.
“Oh… Hey I didn’t mean it like-
“Tranquil are you in here?” *Gasp*
I felt her brush up against me. “Granite what are you doing here. If you even think about touching Tranquil I will…”
“Ya that’s what I thought.”
“Relax Princess I was just leaving.”
“Come on Tranquil. Your mom is probably wondering where we are.”
And she was right, as soon as came out the front doors I could hear her calling me to us. “Blush! Tranquil!”
“Hey Mrs. C! Sorry we are late.”
I hated this so much. I know it was necessary but it didn’t mean I had to like it. Carted back and forth going from ones custody to the other, the one aspect of being blind that I hated. How divine it would be to say “I think I wanna go to the mall. Be back later!” or “I think I will walk home today. See you there!”
I guess to a point my mom was right. I would always be sheltered…
When we got back to the condo, Dad was waiting with a huge welcome home hug. Hugs from Daddy were the best.
“There’s my angel!”
“How was school today?”
“It was good! I love it! I think I have learned a couple of my routes already.”
“I think I am gonna go practice.”
As I started to play, my mind kept drifting back to that amazing song from just an hour before. I tried to recreate it and for the most part I did, but there was one chord that just wasn’t right. I tried over and over again, but it still sounded wrong.
After a while I finally gave up and moved on to my training exercises.
But my thoughts continuously stumbled back to that angry soul.
What had happened to you Granite?
All these questions raced through my mind. I had to know. Only one thing I could do. I had to talk to him again.