chapter 12

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Olive (pov)

After Horace's projections the night before, Nini had stormed up to her room nearly in tears. When Enoch offered to go up to her, The Bird said no, telling us all to leave her be.

How odd. Everyone thought that Enoch hated her. I guess we were all proved wrong.

As soon as Emma came back from taking Jake back to his time, everyone was sent into a frenzy. Emma had brought back Miss Avocet, the ymbryne that Nini had lost in the raid. She was still stuck in her bird form and Miss Peregrine immediately began taking care of her. She had me go upstairs this morning to wake Nini up, as she was the only one Miss Avocet would feel comfortable with at this point.

As I reached for her doorknob, the door swung open on its own accord. I stepped away from it.

"Hey Nidria..." I trailed off. My eyes met with someone else's, except theirs weren't green like Nini's. They were brown. I stepped back in shock as I recognized them. I had most definitely not expected Enoch, out of all people, to step out of her room. His eyes widened when he saw me standing there, resembling a deer caught in headlights.

"Olive," he started off, "What are you, uh, what are you doing here?"

I was frozen in place. Enoch had done a really good job of convincing all of us that he hated Nidria with all his guts. Even Jacob had noticed that Enoch wasn't particularly fond of the girl. I guess he had finally slipped up whilst sneaking around. I felt a pang in my heart as I realized that we were all wrong and that Enoch did, in fact, like Nidria.

"I came to fetch Nidria," I started off slowly, "The Bird needs her in her study at once."

"Why does The Bird-"

I cut Enoch off, "What were you doing in Nini's room?"

I noticed him hesitate before answering, "She had a nightmare last night. I came in to wake her up and we got a bit carried away while talking."

I eyed him warily and I could visibly see his frustration when he realized that I wasn't fully convinced.

"Look Olive," he began, his accent getting noticeably thicker due to his irritation, "She wasn't letting me sleep with all the noise she was making and I- wait, why are you smirking at me?"

I looked up at him when I realized I was, in fact, smiling. I was happy for him, even if I was upset that he did not like me the way I liked him, I was happy that he had finally found someone.

"Its nothing Enoch," I said, "I'm just happy that you've finally found someone you can be happy with. I'm sure that The Bird and the rest of the kids will be happy to hear that the great Enoch O'Connor is not, in fact, heartless."

I kept smiling as I teased Enoch. He simply stood still, looking at me, mouth opening and closing as he tried to figure out what to say. In my opinion, he resembled a fish out of water.

"No, Olive," he started, "it's not what you think, I-"

"No Enoch, don't hide it. We will all be tremendously happy for you. Both of you."

"Olive. you're not listening," he was getting a lot more agitated now, vehemently trying to prove me wrong, "There's nothing going on between me and her. There's no way on earth that I could like someone like Nidria. I never have and I never will."

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