He didn't acknowledge her when she approached him. She almost didn't want to bother him, but then decided it would be for his own good.
"Come here often?" She asked. He looked up, assuming a gentle smile.
"More and more as of late. This place brings me a certain comfort. I find it difficult to explain." He was certainly stuffy, but then he seemed familiar too. She pushed that thought aside.
"I take it you're not here to enjoy the view, then?" He shook his head.
"I don't often give the impression, but I can appreciate beauty. Perhaps not as much as some others I could name," One of the other boys hurled an indistinct cat call, "But I do, nonetheless. But that isn't why I come here." Usually at this point she would make some excuse and leave the poor soul alone, but not this time. Why else would he be here if not to ogle?
"Then what do you come here for?" She sat down two rows ahead of him, looking up.
"If you are really so inclined, I'll tell you. But first you must convince me." She smiled in spite of herself; even his cheek was well said.
"I see you here a lot, and it's obviously not for the sake of the girls. You're always so distant, as if you weren't here at all. Dwelling on something you lost, maybe?" She took a wild guess. He didn't say anything for a moment. Then, as the practice game went on without her, he spoke.
"I've always been envious of athletes. You see my brother is a pinnacle of physical development; he's so strong and coordinated that watching ...
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...hin earshot look her way. Usually she could shrug it off, but the knowledge that he'd heard made it almost unbearable. The blood rushed to her cheeks, so she turned away from him.
"Guess the rest of this stimulating conversation will have to wait." She managed.
"Miss," He called before she had taken two steps. She turned.
"It's Kurana." He bowed his head politely.
"Kurana then. Don't worry about the words and thoughts of others. More often than not they are simply smoke on the breeze, vanishing without a trace." Despite her embarrassment, she smiled.
"So...what's your name?" He bowed his head apologetically this time.
"Forgive me, where are my manners? My name is Rythen; it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance." Yeah, he was stuffy all right. But she didn't really mind.
"Well, Rythen...maybe I'll see you tomorrow." He shrugged.
"You may at that."
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