The New Kid – Day 1 (Lunch)
A small framed kid with sand colored hair opened the lunch-room doors. The hinges screamed through the room making every person turn to look. Shane watched as the kid froze from the sudden attention. The kid’s freckled cheeks turned a light shade of pink undoubtably from embarrassment.
“Who’s the scrawny kid?” Shane asked as the kid shuffled away from the doors.
“Him?” Luke asked, nodding in his direction, “Don’t mess with that kid. They say he raised demons from the underworld and made the entire football team disappear at his old school.”
“Bullshit!” Jeremy said, “Demons aren’t real. Everyone knows that.”
“I’m serious!” Luke replied, “My dad saw it in the paper.”
“Hey, new kid!” Jeremy bellowed from across the room, “is it true you know how to summon demons?”
Shane got up from his seat, “You’re such an asshole, Jeremy.”
He walked from his table to the new kid who was sitting alone.
“You mind if I sit here?” he asked.
“Do what you want,” the kid replied.
“Sorry about Jeremy, he’s a bit of an ass sometimes,” he said sitting across from him, “I’m Shane. I’m a Junior here.”
“I’m Kyle,” he replied, “don’t worry about your friend. I’m used to it at this point.”
“You move a lot?” Shane asked.
Kyle nodded, “My dad’s in the military, so we get moved all over the country.”
“That sucks, but you at least get to see new places, right?” Shane asked.
“Yeah, I’ve been to Germany and Japan already,” Kyle shrugged. “Who knows how long I’ll be here.”
“You were only the next town over before right?” Shane asked, noticing a book sitting next to him.
“Yeah, I had to move after the school started blaming me for the football team vanishing,” he said. “Everyone thought I did it, even the police. I keep trying to tell people it’s impossible, but they keep coming up with weird methods like the idiot over there.”
“They really did vanish?” Shane asked, leaning closer. The letters on the cover of the book made it all but impossible to read the title. “Do you have any idea what happened?”
“I have theories, but everyone keeps thinking that I did it, so they aren’t investigating what they need to…” Kyle replied, rubbing his forehead. “I had friends on the football team. I used to tutor them in math. Why am I telling you this?”
“Because I’m not an asshole like Jeremy,” Shane replied with a small grin. “What do you think happened?”
“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you,” Kyle said shaking his head. His hand instinctively went to the book.
The bell rang, ending lunch for everyone.
“What are you doing after school?” Shane asked.
“Probably going home, why?” Kyle replied.
“Meet me after school,” Shane said, “I want to hear more about your theory.”
Kyle hesitated, “fine, but no jokes or laughing at me.”
“Deal!” Shane said as he ran to dump his tray and get to class.