THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 312

Island

I was by myself at lunch,
feeling like a distant island.
No one would make an effort to come near me.
Gary must have sat with Maddy,
but I didn’t want to look for them.
I ate slowly and with precision,
folding my napkin into neat quarters
and putting it in the corner
of my tray.
I got ready to leave
when the chair beside me was pulled out.
My ex-crush swiped his curls
back from his forehead.
“Hi,” he said.
I left the cafeteria,
not looking back,
although I heard him calling my name
over and over.

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