Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cool With A "K" PART 23 - CHAPTER 13

Tae-Hyun sat outside on a swing on the playground. He was trying hard to sort things out.

Chris had a crush on him. How was Tae-Hyun supposed to react to that?
"You know, you're missing first period." A voice said.
Tae-Hyun looked up. A pretty girl with straight dark red hair and torn up black clothing stood in front of him.
"What?" Tae-Hyun said.
"You're missing first period." The girl said again, "You look like someone who would care about your grades."
Tae-Hyun blinked at her, "Aren't you supposed to be in class too?"
"Well, yeah, technically." The girl said, "But my friends and I aren't like you. We're not nerds. No offense."
Tae-Hyun gave the girl and confused look and the girl said, "We're supposed to skip class. It's our thing. Now, run along."
Tae-Hyun eyed the girl and hesitantly got up, walking toward the school.
The girl shook her head and said, "New kids..."

Tae-Hyun crept down the hall and stood by the wall, a few feet away from the English room.
"Maybe I shouldn't go in." Tae-Hyun said to himself, "Mr. Sullivan might get mad that I'm late."
So, Tae-Hyun stood outside the classroom for at least another fifteen minutes.
After a while, the door opened and Tae-Hyun almost jumped.
Lester opened the door and studied Tae-Hyun's scared expression.
"Hey, 'sup new kid?" Lester said. Whenever there was anyone new at the school, Lester always acted like he was cool until they got to know him.
Tae-Hyun stared at him without saying anything.
Lester furrowed his brow and said, "Are you okay?"
Tae-Hyun swallowed and slowly nodded.
Lester eyed Tae-Hyun and walked past him.
Tae-Hyun watched Lester walk down the hall.
Tae-Hyun peeked through the window the the English room.
Chris noticed him and motioned for him to come in.
Tae-Hyun took a step away from the window and Chris tapped Leo's shoulder, pointing to the window.
Leo looked at Tae-Hyun and smiled broadly. Leo motioned from Tae-Hyun to come in.
Tae-Hyun sighed and quietly opened the door.
The whole class turned to look at him.
"Oh, you're late, Tae-Hyun." Mr. Sullivan said, eyeing Tae-Hyun.
"I know, I'm very sorry." Tae-Hyun said, giving the teacher a quick bow.
Mr. Sullivan smiled tightly and said, "Tae-Hyun, please have a seat next to Leo."
Tae-Hyun nodded and quickly sat down by Leo.
"Hey, are you okay?" Leo said in a low voice.
"Uh, yeah. I'm fine." Tae-Hyun said, brushing some of his hair behind his ear.
Not convinced, Leo gave him a look.
Tae-Hyun smiled and whispered, "I'm okay, really."
Leo smiled weakly and said, "Okay."
As Leo sat next to Tae-Hyun in English class, he tried to focus, but his head was reeling.
What if Tae-Hyun, one of your only real guy friends, is gay, just like Chris?
What if he has a crush on me or Chris?
What if he's straight and Kathy was totally wrong?
What would do to Chris?
Leo shook his head and said to himself, "Don't be stupid, Leo."
"Hm?" Tae-Hyun said.
"Oh, nothing." Leo said, looking down at the table, "Talking to myself."
Leo glanced at Tae-Hyun.
He doesn't look like he's gay, he doesn't talk like he's gay... Leo thought, What do gay Koreans sound like?
It just didn't make sense. Tae-Hyun didn't seem gay at all... But it almost made sense in a way.
Maybe I think that because Tae-Hyun likes Lady Gaga? Leo thought.
But really, being gay would just mean that Tae-Hyun liked guys...


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