2. The Project

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"So – what should we pick as our subject?"

I heard the question, but my brain had temporarily shut down. There was only one thought in my head:

Max Peterson is my partner! Maximus Peterson himself is my freaking partner! I get to spend two whole months with him!

"Sky?" Max spoke my name, waving his hand in front of my eyes.

"Sorry," I blushed, and looked down at my desk.

"You seemed like you were deep in your thoughts," Max said with a smile. "What were you thinking about?"

I turned to peek at him shyly. The look in his different colored eyes was innocent, not mean or mischievous like I had feared. Obviously, I couldn't tell him the truth, and I was bad at lying, so I decided to change the subject.

"Your eyes – how do they look like that?" I stammered, and blushed harder.

"Oh, I was born with them. It's called heterochromia," Max explained.

I nodded and stared at his eyes for a long time. I was fascinated about the different colors. They made him more interesting, if possible. At some point, Max cleared his throat, and I snapped awake. I felt embarrassed and turned my eyes at my desk again.

"Uhm... Sorry – I didn't mean to stare..." I muttered.

"Don't worry, you're not the first one to stare at them," Max chuckled, and turned his attention back to the thick pile of papers our biology teacher had given us.

If Max thought people stared at him because of his eyes, he was horribly wrong. I saw the ugly looks I was receiving from pretty much everyone in our class. I began thinking that my life would not get any easier from now on. I was the weirdo of the school, and even I knew I didn't deserve to be partners with Max.

"What subject should we pick?" Max asked again, still studying the papers.

"I – I don't know. What do you want?" I asked nervously.

I didn't think I had a say in the matter.

"I have no idea what is interesting enough. I don't know much about animals," he said with a grin. "I like dogs, but I don't think our teacher lets us do a project about them."

I had a few options already, but I wasn't sure if Max would like them. I was losing my courage to speak to him, especially since the other students started to look really pissed at me for getting all of Max's attention.

"H-How about owls?" I asked quietly.

"Owls? Aren't they nocturnal?" Max said with a frown, and looked at me.

"They can be awake at dusk or early in the morning," I said. I was getting my excitement back when I started to talk about the owls. "I saw a pair when I was hiking around a week ago. I think I can find their nesting site. They were barn owls. It would be fun to follow their life."

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