The whole school talked about the fight between Danny and Jay. Danny was a boxer but never fought someone outside the ring. Most of the guys in school would intentionally irritate him but he never bothered. Today was different because Nico was involved. Jay wouldn’t stop pestering Nico and she felt uncomfortable. Nico was fierce but was also rather patient. She preferred ignoring him than to create an issue. Danny on the other hand felt protective of her and decided to make her life easier.

Nico and Danny have been best friends since kindergarten and thought they argue all the time, they had this unspoken sense of loyalty to each other. They were everyone’s favorite low key couple or as Amanda would say “I ship them so hard”.

As usual they met after school and walked home together. Danny said, ” You’re not happy about what happened are you?”

Nico didn’t want to talk about it. She was irritated, “You think?”

“I’m not sorry. How long were you going to put up with …that”

“We’re in high school he would’ve bitched about me for a week and later pester some other girl”

“You’re not angry because I fought him for you, it’s because everyone’s attention is on you.”

“You’re absolutely right and to some extent, I think that deep down you wanted me to be the centre of attention”

“I’m not going to deny that”

Silence never bothered them so they walked without saying anything until they reached Nico’s house. Nico turned around and said, “You’ll do anything to satisfy your boredom and I will see you tomorrow”.

“Bye bye”, said Danny.

The next day people still talked about Nico and Danny. The same stories circulated about how Nico and Danny think dating is stupid but they have no idea on what they’re missing or how Nico is jealous that Danny has his shit together and she doesn’t and the most popular one was how Nico was using Danny as a toy. Both of them were aware of what people said but they never talked about it. Nico knew that she wasn’t friendly and rarely smiled but she preferred things that way. She wasn’t all that angry with Danny anymore and admitted that the fight was somewhat entertaining. She always told herself that high school was just a phase just like everything else.

Danny on the other hand was irritated that they always blamed Nico just because she never stood up for herself. He knew that Nico was fierce if she wanted to be, he’d seen that side before but he also knew how things had been hard on her. Nico’s mother left her to her step-father’s care and she’d been battling anxiety and depression for 5 years. He knows what she’s been through. He never talked about it to Nico unless she opened up to him. Danny was frustrated because they judged her for someone she’s not and they have no idea about what’s really happening.

“Why don’t you just ask her out?” ,said Chad.

“Because I don’t like her” replied Danny. It was expected that his friends were going to talk about it. Sometimes he envied Nico because she never had a lot of friends. The lesser people you know, the lesser their unwanted questions.

“But you knocked a guy for her! You would never do that for anyone!”, exclaimed Chad.

Danny thought about this. Chad was right he’d never hurt anyone if it wasn’t for Nico. Maybe it was time that they talk about this.

After school was over Nico was walking with her friends Amanda and Stacy. They couldn’t stop talking about Danny either.

“I know you’ve heard this a million times before but seriously think about it. He hasn’t dated any other girl and neither have you. Plus, he’s perfect. Why cant you just ask him out?”, said Stacy.

“Why would I want to ask him out?”, said Nico. She tried hard not to laugh when Stacy  called Danny perfect. She knew better than anyone about Danny’s sweet talking skills.

“He cares about you Nico. He looks out for you and he’s never let you down. Sure you guys have problems but you never gave up on each other. You have one life you have to try to get it right”, said Amanda.

Nico was thinking about what Amanda said and suddenly she felt something shift in her stomach she wasn’t sure about what she was feeling. She pretended to listen to what Amanda said but she now realized what was happening. She had to let it out. It has to be now.

After Amanda and Stacy left she found Danny waiting for her. The tinglings in her stomach intensifies as she runs towards him.

“Are you OK?” he asked.

“No”, she replied. She felt like she couldn’t hold it any longer and her heart kept beating.She felt the adrenaline rush through her body.

“OK well I have to go practice so I’ll call you once I’m done. See ya” he said. He ran back inside the building before Nico could say anything.

She left out a sigh and finally released that gush of rotten air. She farted.

Although they’ve been friends for a long time Nico was still insecure about farting around him.




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