War, Love and Friendship
Night had fallen, and all the neighbourhood kids were gone. Michelle and Vanessa, who were sleeping over, were sitting on the swing set, talking quietly, staring at Nalani's retreating form. The latter came to sit next to Kuzon and Kiran, out of the girl's earshot.
'Okay, I asked them to give us a minute,' she said quickly.
They looked back at the two girls who were giggling loudly in between whispered conversations.
'So, I guess you told them?' Kuzon asked Nalani, avoiding her eyes.
'What?' Nalani said hesitantly, 'No, they jus- Nevermind that, it's not what I'm here to talk about.'
She glanced quickly at her friends, who were alternating between snickers and innocent smiles directed her way. Nalani rolled her eyes and turned back towards Kuzon.
'What's been happening? Why were you held up? Were you followed?' she continued, her tone alarmed.
'We suspected we might