Chapter 4- Lynn
The Saturday before the first day of school, the four of us decided to ride our bikes to the park, to enjoy our last bits of summer vacation. We loved riding bikes. We always had a set order we’d be in. Rae was in front, Cassie was second, Belinay was third, and I was last. I actually used to be first, but I changed to last for two reasons. First, I liked being in the back because then I could see everyone and make sure we weren’t spaced out too far. Second, the last time I was in front, we were going down a hill, and there was this big white dog that a lady was walking, and to avoid hitting it, I suddenly slammed on my brakes and swerved off the curb. Now, thankfully, I didn’t hit the dog, but Cassie, Rae, and Belinay almost crashed into me and each other. So now I’m in the back.
As we were riding to the park, a gap was forming between Cassie and Belinay.
“Hey guys!”, I called, “There’s too much space between Cassie and Belinay! Either you guys need to slow down or Belinay you have to speed up. We don’t want to get separated at a crosswalk!”
“Sure thing!”, they called back.
So for the moment, the gap was fixed. But then about 5 minutes later, it was back again. So I was like eh, it’s whatever. We were coming towards a crosswalk, and the timer was already counting down. Since Rae and Cassie were ahead, they rushed to speed across before it got to zero. Now, Belinay and I may have been able to make it across too, if the following hadn’t happened. As Belinay and I were reaching the street corner, I saw a boy approaching the same street corner from the left. Belinay couldn’t see him though because he was walking along a hedge, but I could see him because I’m tall. I tried to call out to Belinay because I saw that neither of them saw each other so they were going to collide.
“BELINAY ST—“, I cried.
But it was too late. And what once was two human beings approaching a street corner, was now an unpleasant pile of a random boy, bicycle, and Belinay. I quickly got off my bike to make sure they were ok. Rae and Cassie were standing jaws to the ground on the other side of the street.
The boy had curly dark brown hair, extraordinary hazel eyes, and he looked at least 15, or maybe he was just tall. Either way, he looked nice enough, so I had the feeling everything would turn out ok.
“I AM SO SO SORRY!”, apologized Belinay profusely.
“It’s o-,” the boy started, but Belinay was too embarrassed to let him finish.
“Are you okay? I’m so sorry, I should have been paying attention!”
“It's ok, I’m fine,” the boy said, trying to laugh it off.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m alright,” he said laughing.
“No, you’re not. You’re bleeding,” Cassie pointed out. She and Rae had made their way back over. I handed the boy a bandaid for the small cut on his knee. I always keep bandaids in my bag, for incidents such as this.
“OH MY— I’m so sorry!”, Belinay apologized again.
“No really, I’m fine, it doesn’t hurt.”, he said as he smiled. “By the way, my name is Keith. What’s yours?”
“That’s a cool name. Well, try to be more careful next time, Belinay.”, he said with a grin on his face. Belinay blushed as he walked away.
“I’m so embarrassed.” Belinay sighed.
“Don’t worry about it, accidents happen,” replied Rae.
“Yeah it’s no biggie, you’ll probably never see him again anyway,” I said, trying to reassure her. She looked a little relieved. Nevertheless, Cassie, Rae, and I ribbed her for it for the rest of the day.