Farkle stays home because he's sick and Riley is surprised how much she misses him.
//Thanks Anon! Sorry if this isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Anyone else want to send requests? Riarkle and/or Lucaya//
It was only second period when Riley started getting anxious. She constantly kept her eyes on the clock that seemed to tick away too slowly. She wasn’t paying attention to what the teacher was saying and instead was tapping her pen against her book as her eyes wandered to the empty desk across from her.
Taking notice that something was wrong Maya whispered form behind. “Riles. Are you okay?”
Riley turned slightly to look behind her. “I’m fine.” She smiled.
Suddenly the room went completely silent when the teacher asked a question. Not a single person raised their hand. Luckily the bell rang to save them all.
Riley gathered her books and walked out the door with Maya. “Farkle would have known the answer to that question.”
Maya chuckled. “Farkle would have answered all of those questions.”
Riley stopped walking in the middle of the hallway. “He’s never missed school since we’ve known him. It feels weird.”
“He’s never been this sick. Poor guy.”
“We should visit him.” Riley said as soon as the bell signaling the start of the next period rang.
“And we should-I can’t believe I’m saying this-get to class.” Maya said. “We’ll go after school. See you at lunch.”
The next few periods weren’t easy for Riley. She didn’t share every class with Maya but she always had Farkle in her class. In fact during science class she turned around three times expecting to see Farkle and was disappointed when she met eyes with Ben. Who was Ben anyways? Was he always in this class?
Before lunch Riley stopped by Farkle’s locker to tell him something she had just heard in computer science but then remembered he was absent and slowly walked away. She took out her phone and texted him again. She had already done so but she had received no reply.
During lunch all Riley talked about was Farkle to the point where Maya pretended to fall asleep. “You’re worrying too much. He’s just sick. His dad stayed home to make sure he was fine. He’s probably sleeping right now. Besides we’re going to see him later right?”
“Lets go right now.”
Maya raised an eyebrow. “Right now? You know we still have 3 classes to go.”
“It’s just three classes. I want to see how he’s doing.”
Maya pressed her hands against Riley’s forehead. “Riley are you sick? You’re talking about cutting class. You don’t cut class.”
“It’s just this once. Besides he must be really sick if he stayed home. I just want to make sure he’s okay.” Riley paused to smile at her best friend. “But don’t cut. I’ll go and check on him myself. Please?”
Maya looked at Riley with scrunched eyebrows, but her face softened. “Okay”
Riley walked into Farkle’s room where he was lying on the bed underneath many bedcovers. His eyes were closed, but they opened at the sound of the door closing.
Farkle looked up and quickly took notice of the brunette girl in his room. “Riley? What are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be in school?” He began to sit up.
“Yeah.” She took a chair and pushed it near Farkle’s bed. “But I wanted to see how you were doing?” She smiled at his messy bed hair and gently parted a strand from his eyes. “How are you?”
Farkle smiled back at her gesture. “Still feel horrible, but better than this morning.” He shook his head at her. “Riley, you didn’t have to do that. You should go back. I’m just–” He started coughing.
Riley pulled out a bowl. “I stopped to buy you some soup.”
“From Panera Bread?”
Riley chuckled. “The best of the best.”
He took the bowl and started to eat it, but then stopped to look at Riley again. “Did you really cut class to see how I was doing?”
“It’s weird, but school felt different without you. You’ve always been there. I missed you.”
“I missed you too.”
For a moment the two just stared each other.
Even though Farkle looked terribly sick, he still looked cute, Riley thought to herself. Wait what? She tried shaking the thought away and instead took a deep breath.
“Well now that I’m here I guess I’m in charge of making sure you get better.” She picked up the remote control from his nightstand. “They do say laughter is the best medicine. Wanna watch a comedy movie with me?
“I’d like that very much.”
“Good! Then move over.” Riley said hopping onto the edge of his bed.
“You could get sick!” Farkle exclaimed and tried pushing her away, but she continued to make her way next to him.
“I don’t care. Now come on. Help me pick a movie.”