That day Adrian had only three classes and had decided to come dressed with his tracksuit, without putting much effort in his attire for the day. This wasn't typical for him. His parents wanted him to always look neat and frequently repeated that he had to be "in his best shape and shouldn't waste any effort to look diligent". They preferred him elegantly dressed, and were the happiest when their son was in a suit. They warned him all the time that their partners were watching him closely. It was expected of him to inherit the whole chain of restaurants. Eventually – if he behaved. And this expected behavior wasn't suitable for him. It didn't fit him. He had his own view and got annoyed at his parents for trying to turn him in something he didn't want to be.
While they were waiting in line, Rick lightly pushed him:
- Bro, the menu today is very good! I can't decide what to take! Or maybe I should just buy everything... - he laughed, scrubbing his hands happily. Adrian turned in his direction to answer him and with his peripheral vision saw that someone was staring at him. It was like an instinct – he turned his gaze in that direction. Near the cash register, two girls were sitting on a table. The one, holding her eyes on him was with shoulder length blond hair, with a nice shape, big breasts and by the way she was sitting, seemed like a tomboy. She was dressed with a black wedge and a long, almost hitting the knees pullover. The girl seemed pretty comfortable on her chair and was holding a fork with one hand, playing with the pasta in her plate. Adrian was surprised she didn't get embarrassed at all when he caught her staring at him. The other girl had her back turned to him, she had lowered her head and was slowly eating from her food. Her seat was placed against that of her friend on the small square table.
There was no way that the young man wouldn't recognize her, even with her back at him. He had remembered their first meeting very well and also what he had seen in his mind, standing in front of the doors. Since that day Adrian had nightmares every night. He knew that he had to do something about it. His instinct was never wrong. The young man quickly took his food and paid for it without looking at Rick.
"Hi, can I sit?" - without waiting for an answer, Adrian pulled one of the free chairs between the girls. He sat, smiled and held out his hand towards Lydia, so that they can introduce themselves. The two friends were obviously surprised, but the blondie quickly came back to her senses and graciously gave him her hand.
"Lydia. And you?" - she smiled at the man, looking at him with her hazel, wide open eyes. Her curiosity could be seen on her whole face.
He also smiled at her and said:
"I'm Adrian. Nice to meet you." - flashing her with his right dimple. After that, he quickly turned to Kaya and with a more serious tone said:
"Hi, there, you shy girl. We meet again."
Kaya was a bit shocked by the serious tone that didn't fit words of that kind and peered at his eyes. What was his problem? Or was she just imagining things? And why would she be shy? She hated hearing that. She didn't remember seeing him before or meeting him somewhere else before last month. The chance of just not paying him attention and missing his presence was highly unlikely. Kaya would've surely remembered him, because there was something in him... She was feeling this for the first time in her life in the presence of a stranger... So restless. The girl started saying:
In this moment, Rick showed up, visibly a little surprised by the decision of his friend to sit next to some unknown girls. But, hey, big deal – they were young and healthy men, why shouldn't they have some fun? They were both single. He greeted them, introduced himself and peeking at his friend, started to eat. Adrian directed his gaze back to the dark-haired girl and said:
"So, I didn't get to hear you name."
"Kaya." - she answered.
He barely noticeably narrowed his eyes and, now, having more time, took a closer look at her and decided to remember every detail of this girl. Kaya had unusually big eyes for the form of her pale face and lean body, long to the middle of her back hazel straight hair with no fringe and a straight nose. The first thing, that people saw when they looked at her were her huge beautiful eyes. They were the most distinguishable thing about her. Kaya's lips were in the shape of a heart, without lipstick, but red enough to attract the opposite sex's attention. She was wearing a black and white pullover with geometrical figures, that had slipped a bit from one of her shoulders, dark blue jeans and boots. After studying her more closely, he decided to continue the conversation and asked:
"What major are you in?"
"International economic relations, third course. And you?"
Adrian nodded and said:
"Psychology, second course."
The two of them started staring at each other, as if they were trying to decipher the biggest mystery in the world. Noticing this, the other young man coughed loudly and with a heavy voice said:
"There are other people around you, you know."
"Yes, for an instance – me, Lydia. I and Kaya are in the same course and live together. Also, I've occupied the important role of her best friend."
Everybody turned their attention to her, and Rick said:
"Sound like you two have lots of fun! Invite us to the party next time!"
"We promise!" - jokinglysaid the blond girl. She didn't see a point in explaining that in their apartment there were no such events.
The conversation continued with a light and fun tone, until all of them finished their lunches and it was time to go to class. Leaving the cafeteria, the four of them stopped and Adrian, glancing at Kaya, offered to everyone:
"On Friday night we are going to a bar, close to the university to play some darts. Why don't you come too?" - he might've invited everyone but it was clear that the man was talking to Kaya.
Lydia sounded more enthusiastic than she wanted and immediately agreed. She obviously didn't get the hint of the dark-blond man. She asked for their numbers and they agreed that they'd chat on the phones to finish the details about the night.
Later, heading home, the Blondie told Kaya:
"Can you imagine this, we just met and he already wants to take us out. Oh my god, he's so quick, that cutie!" - her smile was clearly showing the girl's wish to get close to Adrian and her dirty thoughts.
"It all seems weird to me. His whole attitude." - Kaya thought about the way he was staring at her, while they were talking. This stare made her feel bad. Like she was going to throw up, pass out, her head would explode with the pain. An unexplainable feeling. But very scary.
"Hah, Kays, I think you're just imagining things. He seemed like a perfectly normal person to me. Just very friendly." - the girl was jumping lightly, while walking.
The weather was unusually cold for March. And it had been like this for quite some time already. The dark-haired girl was laying on her bed, reading her favorite series when her phone rang. Sanya – her mother was at the other end of the phone.
"Hello, Kays. How was university today?"
"It was fine, mom. Everything was okay. But I almost froze on the way home. How are you?"
"Well, it's not that bad here. But what do you expect – you're so close to the mountain. How's the money, Kaya? Do you have enough for the month?"
Money was tight, as always. It was almost never enough, but she didn't want to start this discussionagain – that she had to find a part time job. They both had talked about this so many times before, but her mother wanted Kaya to concentrate only on studying. There was no use to talk about that again. If she didn't go out very often and she was careful what she ate, the money could eventually last till next month. She didn't want to disappoint her mother. And even if Kaya didn't want to admit it, it was much easier to just pass exams, than to study and work at the same time.
"Yes, don't worry, I have some more." - when she had to lie, her voice became shaky, unsure and weak. The young woman was a bad liar.
Sanya either didn't understand what her daughter said, or she just decided to ignore it. And instead of that, said:
"You just can't just imagine what a big mess Pino made yesterday... When I went to the groceries store to buy something, the dog had already jumped on the table and had broken half of the plates and glasses! And my guests were expected to arrive in less than an hour! She caused me such a big headache!"
"Well, mom, she's a dog. That's what happens when you don't pay any attention to her. She needs that. You have to play with Pino at least from time to time!"
The voice of her mother became almost hysterical:
"What do you mean I don't pay enough attention to that stupid dog..." - Lidy called from the adjacent room and Kaya pulled the phone away from her ear, to hear her.
"Kays, come on! I don't want to be late for the date! Get dressed!"
The girl put the phone to her ear again and told her mother that she had to go and she'd call her again. She didn't feel like listening to one of her mother's favorite tirades. Sanya loved complaining about their pet, but at the same time she didn't want to give it to someone else. Unfortunately, the dog wasn't the only creature in this situation in the woman's life.
At this time, Lydia came running to her friend's door:
"Come on, what are you waiting for? Get up! There's no way I'm gonna leave you alone on a Friday night, sitting here in the apartment!"
"Lidy, I don't want to go out right now! Just look at the weather outside!"
Her friend sarcastically laughed and started going through her wardrobe.
"We have to find you something suitable for tonight! You never know – you might meet the Prince on the white horse!"
Kaya stood up and also headed to the wardrobe.
"I don't need a Prince on a white horse! I am doing just fine by myself!" - she rolled her eyes, pretending to be mad.
Lydia measured her from top to bottom with her eyes and said:
"I think it's high time you forger that idiot your ex and move on. It's already been few years!" - she took a small black dress out – "Wow, this one's awesome! You should wear it more often!"
Kaya pulled it from Lidy's hands and put it back in its place.
"Nope, I'm not wearing this tonight!" - she smiled and grabbed black leather pants, black turtleneck top with a vertical hole over the bust and a black and white knitted waistcoat, long to the middle of the thigh.
"Why don't you ever let me choose your clothes?! I want to do it at least once!" - complained Lydia and crossed her arms.
"Some day, at your wedding, you'd be the one to choose my maid of honor dress! I promise!"
The two girls laughed and Lidy agreed to the proposal.
Until they managed to get ready, outside was already pouring and there were thunders every few minutes. Leaving the block's entrance, the two of them looked at the sky and opened their umbrellas.