Chapter 4: The Piano
"Are you ok Ethan?" Caleb asked me.
"Uh..um.. yeah. I'm fine."
"So where you headed?"
"Earlier this week I saw a piano somewhere. I was in the mood to play, so I was gonna go find it."
"You play? I'd love to hear.. that is if you don't mind" Caleb said with a slight red tint in his cheeks.
"Tell you what. If you show me where it is, I'll play a litte number for you. Deal?"
"Deal. Follow me. It is off the foyer."
"Thanks. I really wasn't sure where to start looking."
"It's no problem at all. How long have you been playing?" he asked as were were walking down the hallway.
"Since I was five, so about eleven years. Do you play anything?" "Bass. Been doing that since I was nine. I like it. I wanted to learn drums but I'd get all messed up trying to do four different things all at once." he said to me nonchantly as he could.
"Does anyone else here play the piano?"
"Not that I am aware of. I think the professor wanted it here should he ever get a student who can or who wants to."
"Ah that makes sense I guess. I hope there is some music in the bench."
"There is, every now and then someone sits down and trys to figure out the music. I don't think anyone has yet though. It's just in this room."
We walked through the foyer into another room and in the corner there was a beautiful grand piano. At our old house I had a full size keyboard, this was going to sound much better. We approached the piano and I opened the piano bench. There was a few pieces in there, I pulled out Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. I could play this piece in my sleep, but I think I will have Caleb turn pages for me. Damn Ethan. You got it bad. Wanting him to turn pages just so you can be close to him. But hey whatever it takes. Right.
I sat down and pulled the bench closer and started running scales. Just a little warm up, once I was satasfied I set the music on the stand. "Caleb can you turn pages for me? I'll just nod to you when I need you to do it ok."
"Sure I can do that." He said as he sat next to me.
Then I started. This was my absolute favorite piece. My hands flowed gently over the keys as I played my best for him. I nodded to him and he turned the page for me. I went into a trance like state. My eyes were closed, my hands going to the keys they have so many times before. I played, and I played. With more emotion than I ever have before. And you could tell it from the music. My breathing started getting short and more rapid. But still I played. I felt a tear run down my cheek, and I played. I could feel Caleb taking long deep breaths, and I played. He knew I never needed him to turn the pages, but I played. The music pouring out from within my soul, I played with all my heart. And as soon as it started, it was over. I could feel another tear run down my cheek. Ugh damnit! There is no way he can't know now. I knew my eyes were red, but I looked at him. He looked sad, but happy all at once. Our eyes lingered together for a few more seconds before I felt his lips pressed against mine. And my brain went into overload.
I pulled away from him. "What are you doing?!"
"Something I've wanted to do since I saw you at school. The way you played that song was beautuful. I could feel so many emotions coming from the music. It was wonderful. I couldn't wait another minute to kiss you. I almost stopped you in the middle of the song to do it, but I couldn't end it."
Now it was my turn to kiss him, and I did. Time seemed to stop, and even though we all were freaks there I didn't want to be known as the uber-freak, and I'm sure Caleb didn't either. So I stopped kissing him, it was quite possibly the hardest thing I've ever done.
"I don't know how many people know about you, but Kayla is the only one who knows that I am gay and I'd kinda like to keep it like that for now. Especially now that I have to live around a lot more people." I said to Caleb in barely more than a whisper. I don't know why, but a whisper seemed appropriate at the moment.
"It's ok I understand. I'm not ashamed of who I am but I don't feel like broadcasting it either. If anyone ever asked me I would tell them, but that is not who I am just a small part."
"I feel the same way."
"Yes! Finally. Ethan baby you really need to be more careful. Your just lucky it was me who walked by when you were playing." I thought to myself as I left before he sensed me watching. I headed towards the door to go outside. It was a pretty sunny day, I'm no weather expert but I'm guessing about 80 degrees out. I walked over to a tree that had a swing hanging from it and I sat down. So much has changed since I came here. I liked not living with my parent though. It's nice not being the white trash princess anymore. I closed my eyes and lowered my head. I must have spaced out because next thing I knew someone had come up behind me and grabbed me.
"Excudo!" I cried as I jumped away. I turned around and I saw a blonde kid lying on the ground. I recgonized him as another one of the students. "Oh! I'm sorry!" I said as I ran over to him to help him up.
"Ouch... remind me never to do that again. Lets start over. I'm Bobby Drake." he said.
"Kayla Ray.... what?"
"Nononono... it's not Kayla Ray Ray. Ray is my last name, and if you really wanna know the middle is Ann.
"Cool. Nice to meet you Kayla."
"You too." Wow this guy is pretty hot, perfect height, gorgeous eyes. And chances are he's taken. Kayla girl don't get your hopes up. "How long have you been going here?"
"About six years. I graduated last year from CWHS. But I'm staying on here taking classes at the community college and helping kids learn their powers."
"What are yours? It's weird for me being around so many mutants I begin to wonder what everyone can do."
"Well I can freeze things and coat my body in a layer of ice, but the best part is the ice slides."
"Ice slides? Wanna give me a little demonstration?"
"Sure. Just watch."
I watched as Bobby coated himself in ice. It was pretty weird to see him look like that. Then he pointed his hands down infront of him and made an ice path thingie. He went around the yard, going as high as 10 feet in the air on that, it was kinda neat. He came back down and landed near me and the ice on his body just fell off in chunks.
"How was that?" he asked with a grin.
"Wow that was cool. Does the ice slide just stay there?" I said as I motioned to all the ice in the air.
"Yea, until it melts."
"Hmmm. Watch this. Fragilis." I said and then the entire ice slide turned a redish color. "Hit it."
Bobby walked over to the ice slide and slammed his fist down on the top of the ice. From the point of impact the ice began to crack and fall apart until the only remains of the ice slide was the pieces of ice on the gound.
"Wow! That was crazy. What did you do to it?"
"I turned it very fragile so it would fall apart. Something I learned to do a few weeks ago. Even though I am technically not a witch, youd be suprised how many spells actually work."
"That is really cool actually. Theoretically you could do just about anything you want, as long as you have the will conjure it."
"So what do you plan on doing after you are done at the JC."
"Transfer somewhere to get my degree in English. Right now I'm looking at some schools in California. Berkley, Cal Poly and UCSB just to name a few." he said as he sat on the swing.
"Sounds like a plan to me. I'm not sure what I'm doing. If I don't get scholarship I won't get to do college. My parents can't afford to pay for mine, and unfortunately I'm not that honors student that is gonna swipe all the scholarships. Maybe I'll do the JC thing too, just take a few classes here and there."
"Not a bad way to go. Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure it'll work." he said.
I could feel my face flushing red. What is wrong with me, boys never got to me like this. Think, think, think, think, think...
Thanks?! Thanks!!! That was brilliant. Now would be a good time to hide your face.That stupid grin of his isn't helping either. No don't go...don't come to me either. I thought as he stood up and took a step towards me.
"Huh? How'd I get here?"
I was in my room. What the hell? I was down in the yard talking with Bobby, and then suddenly I'm up here. I don't get it.