We were led to a huge living room. There was a small fireplace in the corner with a burning fire. Small kids aging between five and ten were running around, playing board games, hide and seek, and other activities such as doing each other 's hair. There was a feeling of excitement and warmness in the room. I looked at the kids who instantly stopped doing what they were doing when they saw Julian and I.
One of the caretakers helped us out.
"Boy and girls, this is Julian and Cassie. They 're just here to look around and see how all you kids are doing," she said not meeting anyone 's eyes. And after repeating some basic social manners, she left Julian and I alone to deal with the kids.
"Which one of you is Cassie?" a young blonde girl asked us.
I cracked a smile at her innocence. She was serious about the question, and she wasn 't the only one. Some other kids looked at us for an answer.
I turned to Julian who for once had a frown on his face.
"Cassie is a girl name," Julian replied for the both of us.
"Oh, okay. Nice to meet you. Do you wanna play hide-n-seek?" The same girl asked with an excited smile.
"No," I answered. I received a disappointed look from majority of the kids. It did make me guilty but I was way too old to play these childish games.
"Yes!" said Julian.
I scowled at him. He shrugged. "Are you sane?" I asked in a low tone.
"I 'm only trying to be nice," he whispered back, leaning slightly towards me. "Something you should try."
"Never worked out for me," I mumbled.
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...to find a replacement.
"Cassie, Cassie, Cassie," Julian said in a amused voice, "I won 't give up on you. Just enjoy your evening, and I 'll see you at school tomorrow."
It 's been a long while since someone said they won 't give up on me.
I said nothing.
He waved goodbye. A boyish smile came over his features as he turned around.
"Wait!" I said quickly as another thought popped up in my mind.
He turned back around with a confused look. "Yes?"
"What about your family?"
"What about them?"
I rolled my eyes and elaborated, "How 's your family situation? I blurted out mine."
"I 'll tell you some time. Not today. See you later," he said and walked backwards. "I 'm more concerned about your situation," he called. I didn 't say anything. "You need a smile on that beautiful face of yours not sorrow." He winked before waving me a small goodbye.
Lightly, I smiled.
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