A/N: So I've decided Meddling With Fate has MUCH more potential as an actual story than a short story, so I'm probably going to make that a seperate story. Therefore, this is a new short story. Since winter is over and spring is coming, the story is going to become more Spring-y. That's where the title comes in. Ok, on with reading!
Kira walked into the book store, loving the fact that she didn't have to take her coat off once she walked in, only to put it back on when she left. Now that it was getting warmer, she could wear a light sweater everywhere. She wandered around, looking for a book to catch her eye when something else did. Or rather, someone else. Sitting in a chair in the middle of the bookstore was Luke, the man that she had despised as a child because he always made fun of the fact that she was a bookworm. Why was he here, in a bookstore, after years of teasing that “that's the place where nerds go into and never leave”? And he was reading? What was up with that?
She walked up to him and said, “And here I thought that you didn't know how to read.”
He looked up, startled. Holy cow, he was handsome! And he wore glasses! He had been the jock back in high school, but Kira had always hoped he would grow up to have a beer belly and a bald spot on his head. That would be payback. Instead, he looked better than ever.
“Kira? Is that you?”
“No, smarty pants, it's the mailman.”
He grinned. “Sarcastic as ever, aren't you?”
“I had to be since I grew up with you.”
His smile fell. “Listen Kira, I'm sorry about the things I said back then. It was such a long time ago and I didn't know how to deal with a crush, so I teased you.”
Kira looked at him, wide-eyed. “A crush? You had a crush? On who?”
He blushed. He blushed? Why did he go have to blush and look even cuter? “On you. I loved the way you looked when you were lost in a book. It was as if you were in another world.”
“On me? Seriously? What, huh—I'm confused.” She sat down. “You had a crush on me and because you had a crush on me you teased me? How does that make sense?”
“It doesn't. It's boy logic. If you liked someone, you teased them.”
“You made my life a nightmare! And it's all because you liked me?”
He frowned. “I didn't know it was that bad. I only teased you, I didn't push you or torment you.”
Kira thought back to the days she used to lock her door so Luke wouldn't come in. It wasn't that bad, now that he mentioned it. Maybe she had exaggerated to make the situation worse in her mind?
“Um... well, that's not how I remember it. But, let's just forget about it. The past is the past, right?” There. That should work while Kira went to re-examine her memories. Apparently she thought it was worse than it actually was. But then, she was sheltered. She might have mistook teasing for tormenting, but only because nobody had teased her without some sort of malignant intent.
“Great, now can I get back to my book?”
Woah. Déjà vu. Though she was generally the one who said that.
Luke took one look at her shocked expression and burst out laughing. “I'm kidding! Your expression was priceless.”
Kira giggled. She giggled? She did a mental facepalm. She's no worse than those cheerleaders always chasing Luke back in high school.
“So what are you reading?” Kira changed the subject to safer topics.
“It's a cool story called Zirconya: The Sage of Aluh'Nehn. It's really good.”
She looked at the cover. “Wow. That's an awesome cover. What's it about?”
He smirked. “You're going to have to read it to find out.”
“Well, it looks good. I'll go find it.” Kira got up.
“I'll be here.”
Kira went looking for the book and started thinking about what she learned. Luke had a crush on her and teased her because of it. He hadn't hated her? That was so...startling! Kira was still in shock while she found Zirconya and headed back to the place where Luke had been. Only to find he had left. Kira felt some disappointment. She loved reading together with people. Yeah, that must be why she was sad to find him gone. She sat down and read the back of the book. It seemed like her type of book. She opened the page and got sucked in from the first sentence.
Hours later a person tapped on her shoulder. It was a person who worked there. “Sorry ma'am, but we're closing.”