As Lucas reached his locker, he heard his name being called.
“Lucas!” he’d recognise that voice anywhere. It was Maya. He turned around.
“Hey Maya. What can Ranger Rick do for ‘ya?” He teased as he winked and playfully tipped his imaginary cowboy hat.
Maya smiled and playfully shoved him. “So, are we gonna walk back home or what?”
Lucas smile dropped. For the past few months, Lucas and Maya had this routine where they would walk to school and back home, but today, Lucas forgot. He made plans with Zay and Billy after school.
“Maya, I’m sorry I forgot… I kind of made plans with Zay and Billy today…” Lucas said while rubbing his forehead.
“Oh.” Maya’s face dropped but quickly replaced it with a fake smile. “It’s okay. Have fun with them.” She said then walked away.
Lucas spotted Billy and Zay and they all went to the football field.
While Lucas was playing, he couldn’t help but feel distracted. He felt bad. It was a routine of theirs and he just ditched Maya to play football. Thoughts came to his mind. Like Maya walking home alone in her sketchy neighbourhood alone.
“Guys, is it okay if I leave early? I’m not feeling well…” lame excuse he thought.
“C’mon man. You never hang with us anymore.” Billy said. That was true, but, they hung out all winter break and school just started.
“Just for today guys. I need to take care of something important.” Lucas said before he dashed out of the field to catch up to Maya even though he knows she’s probably in her neighbourhood already.
Lucas finally reached Maya’s doorstep and rang the doorbell, which gave him the chance to catch his breath.
Maya opened the door and looked surprised.
She put her hand on his shoulder. “Lucas? Why are you panting? Did you run like three kilometres?” She said, while stifling a laugh.
“Actually yeah.” Lucas panted, and Maya just let out a laugh.
“Why are you here? Not that I don’t want you to be here. Quite the opposite actually. It’s just that you made plans wi-” she was babbling and Lucas cut her off.
“Maya, stop babbling.” he chuckled. “And I was worried. You were walking alone and I didn’t want anything bad happening to you an-” this time it was Maya’s turn to cut him off.
“I’m fine.” She chuckled. “I took the subway, silly.”
He gave her a confused look. “I thought you hated the subway?”
“Why would I h-” She looked down then blushed. “I mean yeah I do.”
“Then why did you take the subway?”
She sighed. “Fine. I like taking the subway and I hate walking home.”
“Wh- Maya, if you didn’t like walking home, you could’ve told me!”
“But I like walking home-”
“But you just sa-”
“With you.” She finished.