Generally people can’t read me very well. In my neutral state I tend to look like I want to kill someone, or so I’ve been told. When I actually don’t want anyone to know I’m feeling a certain way though, I can conceal that very well. However, without missing a beat, Elise spoke, as if she could tell my mood changed after hearing her words.
“Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad or anything.” She said, accompanying it with a light laugh. That didn’t comfort me all that much, at the very least if she does know I’m trans she doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Granted people sometime say one thing but are actually the other, most of the time without even realizing. Aside from that though there was something else I realized. Unlike what I had seen so far of people, Elis seemed completely unfazed by Lex’s presence. Lex on the other hand seemed almost tense surprisingly. There must be some kind of relation between these two. I mean it seemed like she almost deliberately wasn’t agnolaging his presence as all her attention was on me almost to a fault. She didn’t even glance over to him.
“Do you guys know each other?” I probably could have said nothing and let my suspicions slide but, what would be the fun in that? Besides if they did know each other it would give me a good starting point in finding out more about Lex. Interestingly my question had the air shift. Lex, who was not really paying that much attention to the brief interaction me and Elis were having, suddenly had his eyes dart to me. His posture and head didn’t move though, so it was discrete. I couldn't pinpoint if he was wondering why I had asked that or if he was just waiting to see my reaction to whatever Elis decided to say. I could hear his heartbeat change pace though, nothing significant, but I noticed. Elis on the other hand paused in a big smile, letting out a little hum as if deciding what to say.
“Have you ever thought of becoming a reporter? We need more people that are good at asking questions.” Apparently they don’t need to be good at getting answers though seeing how swiftly she dogged what I just asked. I wasn’t going to push it, if I did then I would be the one raising suspicion.
“I take photos but reporting doesn't really seem like my thing.” Lest I become another Clark Kent. I don’t plan on following in the footsteps of fictional superheroes. In real life just having your glasses on or off isn't enough of a disguise.
“That’s great! You could do photojournalism!” No no, not Peter Parker ether. He may be my favorite superhero but I don’t want to literally be him. Ok maybe being him for a bit would be pretty cool but my point is just I’d like to be my own version of a hero, or vigilante, or whatever you want to call what I do at two am every night.
“That’s not really the kind of photography I do.” I barely had time to finish my sentence before Elis cut back in, still more enthusiastic than I’ve ever been about anything.
“Nope sorry it’s settled, we need more dedicated photographers and here you are so welcome to the team.” She grabbed my hand and shook it more formally now, as if we had just confirmed a business proposal. I feel like I just had a stroke, what just happened? She glanced down at her watch and her eyebrows lifted as she seemed to realize the time. “Wops well I’ve got to go,” as she went to walk away, backwards for some reason, she continued talking. “it was nice meeting you Sai and I’ll see you at our first club meeting next monday!” She finally waved and turned back around to see where she was walking, just in time to avoid a collision with some unsuspecting kid in the hall.
I just stood there for a second, staring off where she had disappeared down the hall. I probably had a very specific kind of confusion frozen on my face as I tried to understand what had just happened. What breaks me from that though is the sudden sound of Lex chuckling. Well at least someone is enjoying this. He looks like he’s about to say something seeing me look over to him but before he can the bell rings. It definitely didn’t sound like any normal school bell though. If I didn’t know any better I’d say it sounded like church bells. The halls started to have people pour in though which confirmed that it was for the school.
“Hm, looks like our time’s up for now. It was nice meeting you Sai.” His voice was still just as smooth as water. I was still paying attention to our conversation but I definitely noticed people staring as the halls got fuller.
“Yeah, you too.” I say, scratching the back of my neck as the number of eyes on us continued to accumulate. This much attention wasn’t a good thing, especially for me. It wasn’t the end of the world but I’m definitely not the type that likes to be in the spotlight. There’s just to many eyes watching your every move. Lex walked off and a lot of the eyes followed him as he headed for the exit. A decent number of those eyes stayed on me though unfortunately. I’d really have to try and be as uninteresting as possible for the next little while so people would lose interest.
I walked off to so I could find my locker. It wasn’t to far from where I was so it wasn't too difficult to find. I was just going to throw my bag in and find my class but when I opened the locker a card fluttered out. I bent down to pick it up off the marbe ground. It was an Ace of spades. I figured the lockers last owner had forgotten it there, and thought nothing more of it. However I suddenly had a feeling that the explanation I had made up for myself wasn't that simple when the person next to me was opening there locker and glanced over to the card in my hand. The moment they did I saw them freeze and the blood completely drained from there face.
Well I think it’s safe to say that whatever this card means, it’s clearly not a good thing.