Today was like any other day: the sun rose in the morning, the birds tweeted and chirped, and the 419 bus arrived late again.
The only thing that made today different from any other day was the fact that in the afternoon, at 5:30 pm, I had a date. My first date.
No, not my very first date. Just my first date with this particular person. A person I have known for half of my life.
I met them at the beginning of high school when I was twelve. You do the maths. We were in the same class: 7A. There were exactly 4 empty seats left in the classroom that morning, and he chose the one right next to me.
I was a shy kid back then. Well, I sort of still am, but back then I was a nervous wreck. I could barely even talk to my aunts and uncles without worrying about looking stupid.
When the tall blond turned to me and introduced himself, he gave me his brightest smile.
"Hey! I'm Kam!"
All I could do was nod awkwardly and wave. I couldn't even tell him my name. It wasn't until our homeroom teacher called out the roll that he learnt my name: Jun.
"June, huh? Like the month?" he asked me.
Once again, I failed to verbally respond. I shook my head.
That could have been the end of it. With anyone else they usually would have stopped trying to talk to me at that point, but not Kam. No, not him.
"Oh? Then how is it spelt?" he continued to question me.
I grabbed a pencil out of my pencil case, and wrote with shaky hands on the cover of one of my exercise books.
"J-U-N," he read each letter individually.
After that, without even asking, he took my pencil from my hand and wrote his own name.
"K-A-M," he read out loud.
That was when I said my very first words to him, "I know how to spell Kam."
What happened next is a memory that has been embedded so deeply within my mind that I am never going to forget it.
His magenta eyes widened with shock as he stared right at me for what felt like hours. His jaw dropped and his lips curled into a smile as he remarked, "so you can talk!"
Since that moment we have been friends. Best friends, he would even say. But I guess that was all about to change.
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