Mouse walked to the lunchroom, feeling warm. She put her hand on her cheek and stared at the floor. She kept her eyes on the floor while she entered the lunchroom, while she got her lunch, and while she sat down at our lunch table.
"Hey, Mousey." Leo said, "What's up?"
"Nothing." Mouse grumbled.
Chris studied her and asked, "Are you sure, Hon? You seem a little down."
Mouse scowled at him. Chris took a drink of milk and Mouse punched him in the stomach, making him spew milk all over himself.
Alice and I exchanged a glance and tried not to laugh.
"So, um," I said, snickering, "Are you a little mad about something, Mousey?"
"Shut up, Angela." Mouse said, scowling and crossing her arms.
Chris picked up a napkin from his lunch tray and wiped his face. He cried, "Mouse, that was not nice!"
Mouse sneered at him, "Well, I'm not feeling very nice today."
"She's never nice..." Leo said quietly.
Mouse sighed and said sarcastically, "Congratulations, Leo. You've figured me out."
Leo scowled at her, but then he grinned praisingly to himself. I shook my head.
"So..." Chris said, putting his elbows on the table, "What happened?"
Mouse ignored him and he repeated, "Mouse, what happened?"
"Huh?" Mouse said.
"Answer me." Chris said.
"I just asked you a question." Chris said again, "Why are you so mad?"
Mouse replied, "Oh, I'm not mad."
Chris frowned. He was not going to get an answer. None of us were and that was that.
Then, Geoffry wormed around the table and brushed his hand across Chris' shoulders.
"Hey, what's up, guys?" He said conversationally.
Chris glared at him and he set his hands on Chris' shoulders.
Mouse shot Geoffry a look and no one said a word.
"'Sup, Geoffry?" Leo broke the silence.
Geoffry smiled at him, "Hi, Leo."
He looked at Alice, "Good afternoon, Alice. You're looking very nice today."
Alice scowled down at the table and Geoffry looked at me, "You, too, Angela."
I smiled tightly and Chris elbowed Geoffry. Geoffry let go of his shoulders and said sarcastically, "Well, geez, I'm glad you guys are in such a good mood."
He looked at Leo and patted his cheek with one hand, "Keep lookin' sexy, my friend."
Leo waved hesitantly as Geoffry walked away.
Chris shook his head, picking at his food, "He is such a d-ckhead."
"He's a moron." Mouse said.
Leo shrugged, "He's not that bad."
We all stopped eating and looked at Leo. He glanced uneasily from person to person and said, "Well, when Julien was here"- uhg -"And Geoffry and I were trying to get Chris and Tae-Hyun back..."
Leo bit his lip like he thought he shouldn't have said that. He hesitantly continued, "Geoffry and I just... Kinda became friends. He's a pretty cool guy."
Chris groaned loudly and Mouse glared at Leo. Alice and I looked at each other.
"Well, come on! Everyone messes up every now and then!" Leo protested.
"Yeah, but not everyone molests their significant other and their best friend within the same school year!" Chris snapped.
I rolled my eyes, "Okay, come on, Chris. He did not molest you."- I looked at Alice -"Okay, so maybe he kind of molested Alice, but what he did to you wasn't that big of a deal."
Chris' blue eyes glared fiercely at me.
Mouse said, "What's your point? Why are you defending Geoffry?"
"I'm not, I just think Chris is wrong." I said. I turned to Alice and added, "Sorry, Alice."
Alice nodded and Mouse said to me, "Well, that's stupid. Geoffry's a jerk and everybody knows it."
Leo piped up, "Then, why do people keep getting together with him? Like you and Chris?"
Chris and Mouse both looked taken aback.
"Leo!" Chris cried, "I do not keep getting together with him!"
Mouse saw her opportunity to focus the attention on Chris. So, she struck, "Yeah, you do. You've broken up with him, like, ten times."
"I have not!" Chris argued.
"Yeah, you have." Leo said, "And all for stupid reasons."
He paused and added, "Well, except for the latest one, I guess. Sorry, Alice."
"It's okay." Alice said flatly.
I said, "It's true. Remember that time that he asked Alana to be his study partner?"
Chris scoffed, "Okay, that was after I had already asked him to pair up with me!"
"You were just jealous because Alana is prettier than you." Mouse said, smirking.
"Be quiet, Mouse." Chris said through clenched teeth.
"Ooh," She said, "Sounds like Barbie's getting mad."
Chris' face turned red and he realized that he wasn't going to win. So, he glared at each of us, then turned to his lunch tray.
Alice stifled laughter and Chris gave her an offended look.
The bell rang out we left the lunchroom to go to recess.