5: Athletic Katey
We left the school gym after a strenuous training, and both our bodies are screaming for repose.
KATEY: I give up!!! (I’M WORNED-OUT AND I DON’T THINK I CAN NO LONGER MOVE A SINGLE LIMB OF MY BODY)
GREY: I’m tired too! And really thirsty! Go get me something to drink!
KATEY: The cafeteria is too far from here. Just endure your thirst.
GREY: I’m dehydrating… (AND WITH A CALM YET DICTATING VOICE HE ORDERED) …so bring me a bottle of water in five minutes.
KATEY: Hey!!! I’m also tired you know. If you want water, go get it for yourself!
GREY: Four minutes!
KATEY: Are you kidding me?
GREY: Three… Two…
KATEY: Stop counting!
GREY: (HE GLARED AT ME, AND I CAN’T EXPLAIN HOW DAUNTING HE LOOKS) Don’t make me ask for it in 1 minute.
Soon I found myself left with no choice but to run as fast as I could, buy him a bottle of water, and give it to him immediately.
GREY: Wow? (HE’S EITHER SURPRISED OR TANGLED) So fast! (THEN HE EXCITEDLY TOOK THE BOTTLE AND DRANK THE WATER IN NO LESS THAN A MINUTE) How refreshing!!! But it’s not enough. Get me two more bottles.
KATEY: You know you’re too much! (IS THIS THE HELP HE’S OFFERING? HE’S UNDOUBTEDLY TORTURING ME!)
GREY: (THEN HE HAND-SIGNALLED) “Two.”
Two? He’s asking for two more bottles of water… and perhaps he wants me to give it to him in just TWO minutes! I rushed again to get what he’s asking/ordering me and when I came back…
KATEY: Here you go… And I’m not running again!
GREY: (HE ONLY GRAB ONE BOTTLE FROM ME) That’ll be your reward. Drink and rest! (WHAT A CRACKED WAY OF SHOWING MERCY!) You’re tired and yet you ran so fast!
KATEY: I’m used to it! I run so I won’t be late at school. I run errands for my parents. I run when a dog comes after me. (I LAUGHED AT MYSELF BUT IT WASN’T A JOKE!) I run every time I don’t know what else to do.
We are resting at the sports field at the side corner. Grey Sanders is lying on the ground, so relaxed and undisturbed. And I’m sitting a couple of inches away from him, still breathing hard. My eyes are flashed at the girl's track and field team who are enthusiastically training nearby.
KATEY: What if I can’t find a club within this semester?
GREY: You think I can’t help you find one? (HE TOOK A DEEP BREATH, HIS EYES ANALYZING ME, THEN HE PULLED HIMSELF UP TO SIT) Why won’t you believe me?
KATEY: You still haven’t learned your lesson. It’s a pain getting through this, right? And besides, this is a waste of time for a busy-body like you.
KATEY: Why don’t you just give me what I want? The exemption is possible, right?
He just won’t listen to me. And now we’re both silently watching the practicing team. The members were running fast on tracks measuring a hundred to thousand meters.
KATEY: Anyway, I’ll be leaving first. (I STOOD UP BUT MY JOURNAL FELL OFF MY BAG)
GREY: What is this? (HE QUICKLY PICKED IT, LOOKING CURIOUS) A diary?
KATEY: No! (MY HANDS SHAKING, I’AM BLUSHING!) Give it back to me!
GREY: Why? (I WAS ABOUT TO SNATCH IT BUT HE JUST FLIPPED IT UP) What is this anyway? (THEN HE TRIES TO TAKE A PEEK BUT I WON’T LET HIM!)
KATEY: Don’t you dare or else… (MY VOICE FALTER)
GREY: Or else what?
KATEY: Give it back now!!! You…
I flinch at a sudden move he made. He moved closer at me, and our faces just a few inches away. His eyes were dancing, his lips moved into a grin and then my heart spits blood! It’s beating like crazy, and I don’t know why!
KATEY: Come back here!!! Give it back!!!
Soon I was chasing after him, and we are running at middle of the track and field team. We distracted the running members, but Grey Sanders is fixated at annoying me while I’m motivated to get back my precious journal!
While running, I notice how a great athlete Grey Sanders is! He’s already leading the other runners, and so I stirred myself to also run faster to catch up on him! He shouted, “Until the line!” Until the line, and if I can’t catch him, he’ll know everything about me. ALL my shames and disappointments! MY DARKEST, SADDEST SECRETS!!!
Now I’m feeling the heat! My heart is beating faster… faster than before! And I’m struggling real hard to catch up on him! I ran faster and my hands are now reaching for his shirt… and in the end…
GREY: So… close… (HE’S PANTING, HE’S LAUGHING, HE’S IRRITATING!)
KATEY: Please give it back to me… (I’M FAST… BUT HES FASTER!) All of Mithra’s articles are compiled there! (AND OF COURSE MY SECRETS!)
Grey watches me more closely, and I wonder if he’s really going to look at my journal. I’m too desperate now, but I don’t know what to do. I can’t win over him! I can never!!! I look up and realized that Grey is now handing over my journal.
KATEY: (HE GAVE IT BACK JUST LIKE THAT? THANK GOODNESS!) You’re such a dork!!! (THEN I HURRIEDLY PUT IT BACK INSIDE MY BAG)
GREY: Did you see it?
KATEY: See what? (I’M STILL INHALING AND EXHALING WILD!)
GREY: She runs faster than your regular members.
Now I’m sure he’s not talking to me? I tilted my head and a group went closer to us. One girl named Megan, who was actually the track and field captain, talked to me.
MEGAN: What’s your name?
KATEY: Katey… Katey Lewis.
MEGAN: Can you do that again? Can you run again?
On my mark… Set... Go! Then I ran… and I flew. My feet are stepping great, my wings are flapping boundlessly! From the start I knew all eyes are on me. And when I reached the finish line, I just didn’t expect their unexpected faces… and an unexpected moment!
MEGAN: It’ll be great to have you in our team, Katey Lewis!
End of Chapter 5