As the class was finally finished i started to gather my stuff, still a little shocked with Marcus' message. I looked up to find Jane looking at me with a smirk, as if she wanted to say something, but she couldn't and, of course, i knew why. When i looked behind me, i found Keith somehow studying me. The corner of his lips a little lifted.
" What is it?" i raised an eyebrow.
He just laughed " You don't go out much, do you?"
I heard Jane giggling, but i ignored it " What makes you say that?" now the question was accompanied with a frown.
" Well... Since after we've met there were two parties with people from school. I haven't seen you in neither of them " he smiled in amusement, though i didn't see the point he wanted to give " I have seen Mrs Austen here" he pointed to Jane " But i haven't seen you yet. Don't you like going out?"
" I do...I just..." don't go out because i have a boyfriend, I thought, but fortunately i didn't say it out loud. Thats what i usually to say, but since the situation was different now, i wasn't allowed to give this excuse anymore. Well, after all there was no actual reason for me not to go out anymore.
" See..." he smiled as he searched my eyes, in which was looking down at the emptiness as i was thinking. When our eyes connected, he continued " You can't even find a reason not to"
" See, Lizzy! Let's go next time" Jane jumped with the idea. She have been trying to take me out for ages " It will be fun!"
" See. Lizzy! " Keith imitated Jane's excitement but in a cuter way for a guy. Too bad, since it made me chuckle a little, making my famous automatic smile to show up.
" I'll think about it" i said as i grabbed my books with one hand and Jane's arm with the other, walking toward the door.
" I'll consider this as a 'yes', alright?!" he yelled back as we left the room. I only responded with a sort of a wave, not bothering to look behind.
" Oh, you guys gonna totally hook up!" Jane said squeezing my arm, once we were far away from the room.
" What are you talking about? " i said, annoyed " My code, remember? And YOU supposed to support me with that!"
" Come on, Elizabeth" she stopped walking and looked at me " He is so cute, and he is into you. I can tell! Who knows? Maybe you both are meant to be" she smiled that hopeful innocent smile that only she could do it.
" The thing is..." i said, starting to walk again " I just ended a relationship"
" Yes. Almost two month ago" she completed, as she crossed her arm around mine.
" Still! Its too early to think about those things, Jane" my tone became serious now.
" Alright, alright" she didn't want to go farther with the subject, not to upset me " But one thing i say. There is no one's position to determinate if is too soon or too late for that. Everyone have its own time."
It was funny, how sometimes she could be so reckless and other times so wise-like, making up those quotes that seemed like some one famous made up. Anyways, i was stuck with something now that i wouldn't be able to scape. She wouldn't let me forget about going out, i was sure of it.
As i stood in front of the mirror for the third time, thinking if the black not-too-loss not-too-tight dress with a heels up wasn't too much. Although there was a long time i didn't go out, i knew how those school parties were, and the girls there took it serious. Most of them would put a heavy make-up with colorful shadows and very small tight dresses to show more of what they have, and huge heels. Well, i had some self preservation, so my dress was pretty, but not vulgar, and the make up was a very basic one, not much different from what i would were during the day. The only difference was the hair. Since i used to put up a ponytail to go to school, this time i just let it loosed. I was finally pleased with what i saw on the reflection of the mirror.
I jumped when i heard my phone buzzing out loud. Probably is Jane saying she is coming, i thought. Without looking at the screen, i just pressed the green button to answer.
" Hey, Jane! I am ready now. You can come" i said, a little bit cheerfully.
" Umm... its Marcus"
My stomach froze, but i tried to act cool " Oh...Hey you" i said it awkwardly. Hey you? For heavens sake, Eliza! " Whats up?" i tried to redeem myself.
" Going out tonight?" he asked, ignoring my previews question.
" Yeah, just some party from school" i tried to manage myself. I don't know why i felt guilty by going out. I guess it was the force of habit.
" Oh i know those parties!" he laughed humorlessly " Don't get drunk, alright?"
" Hold on" i said, even though i tried to manage the irritation on my voice, it showed up a little bit " I don't think you need to worry about what i do or don't anymore"
" Hey i am just saying as a friend alright" i could also hear irritation on his " i still care about you, you know?"
" Yes, but don't get things twisted though" i snapped.
" You are the one getting things twisted, Lizzy!" he snapped back. I could feel the huge tension between us, even through the phone.
" Look, i got to go" i said, since i heard the knock on my door " Jane is here"
" Yeah, you guys have fun" he said it in such a heavy way that i guessed he didn't mean it.
Then i turned off with a bye that i thought i was the last bye i would ever say to him. My hands were shaking and i almost forgot that Jane was at the door, she had to knock twice for me to finally answer her.
" Hey, are you ready?" she said. All excited and looking gorgeous as ever. Once she saw my face, her excitement was gone " Whats wrong?"
" I just had an argument with Marcus" i sighed.
" Oh come on now!" she entered and looked around for something, until she grabbed my bag " Don't let him spoil your night! Tonight is girls night out!" her excitement was back.
She was right. I would not let this spoil my night. With a smile i took the bag from her hand and closed the door behind her. Now was time for me to think about myself and have fun!