Some days were good and others just sucked was the thought that was on Deborah's mind as, her call over, she turned to come back to Riley. It was safe to say that this Friday belonged to the latter category. She had gone from one surprise to another and as much as she liked to be surprised, pleasantly surprised would have been more adequate, and none of her daily surprises had been the former. First, she turned up at the wrong class, which was the definition of a bad surprise. Then, bumping into Riley, even if that turned out to be less awful than expected, wasn't fun either. And now, even that unexpected call from Alec that first seemed like a nice surprise had turned into a bittersweet surprise. Little she knew that it was about to get worse.
She threw a concerned glance to Riley's figure still on the bench. The last thing she wanted was for him to feel left out and as she made her way back to him, she aimed an apologetic smile at him, brushing aside any trace of worry that could still be lingering on her face. But as their eyes met briefly before he looked away, almost as if he was avoiding her glance she bit her lips apprehensively, realizing that there was definitely room for concern here. And as she was about to utter an apology, he was already on his feet, his bag on his shoulder, ready to make an exit as he delivered his goodbye speech:
"I better get going, I have to... be somewhere."
Somewhere? That could easily be translated into anywhere away from you. Always nice to hear. Was he mad at her? Over a stupid phone call? She opened her mouth, about to blurt an answer but once again, he didn't let her say anything as he added hurriedly: "It was nice running into you. Seeyouaroundbye." before buzzing off.
She stood there, her regular traits frozen in bewilderment for a split second, watching him going away. What just happened there? He just escaped as if she suddenly became plague-stricken or something. Deb frowned, slightly irked. That was just great. Just as she was starting to think that things were getting better between them. Nevermind, she was determined to handle one problem at a time and now the more urging matter was the history class where she was supposed to be a while ago. And grabbing her bag, she quickly made her way to the classroom, while trying to come up with the best apology she could for such an horrendous delay less embarrassing than the truthful : I got lost.