“[Name]?” I turned at the sound of my name being called. “Yes? Oh! Hello Arthur!”
A boy with blonde hair and dazzling green eyes made his way over to my seat on the park bench.
“How are you today?”
“Oh, quite well, Thank you for asking…[Name]? I was wondering…If I might ask something of you…”
I smiled up at the Britt. “Of course Arthur! I’m always willing to help.”
And it was true. I would do anything for him. As of recent, my feelings for this charming young man had been growing at a rapid pace. However, he had shown no signs (no clear ones at least) that he returned any of my feelings.
That didn’t matter. Just being around him was good enough for me.
~Le time skip~
“So that is my situation. Would you be willing to assist me?” Arthur’s green eyes focused on me intensely from across the table. I took a sip of my tea and nodded.
“Of course! It sounds simple enough.”
“Thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me.” After a moment, he blushed slightly, realizing what he had said, but covered it by sipping from his own teacup.
I beamed. “Honestly, it’s no trouble.”
He had told me the story of how Alfred F. Jones (his half-brother) had dared him to go to this abandoned park (which was off-limits to the public) and look for a strange being called the “Slender Man”. At night.
He was to find 8 pieces of paper which were supposedly hidden there amongst the trees and decrepit structures and, as Alfred put it, “Not Die.”
Arthur had managed to sum this all up rather nicely (successfully avoiding the subject of him having yet another fist fight with his brother, though I assumed he had anyway) over tea in the garden in his backyard. I fondly recalled many a charming summer spent here with him in the past, sipping Earl Grey at dusk nestled amongst the roses and lilacs.
“Wonderful.” Arthur shook me out of my reminiscence and I turned my attention back to the conversation. This was not the time to be day-dreaming after all…
“Shall I pick you up around seven, then?”
I nodded again, forcing a smile. “Sure!”
~Le time skip…again…~
I started at the sound of the doorbell, and grabbing my hooded jacket, ran to answer the call.
I opened the front door to see Arthur holding a flashlight. I smiled up at him and he extended his arm to me. “Shall we?”
I nodded an excepted his gesture. “Certainly.” Locking the door behind me, we linked arms and strolled off to his car.
Minutes later, we pulled up in front of our destination.
I bit my lip nervously. It certainly looked creepy.
“This must be the place.” The blonde murmured, any trace of a smile gone, replaced by a frown and a furrowed brow.
I nodded, unable to find my voice.
For a few moments, we both just sat there. Not unbuckling our seatbelts, not moving in any way, and certainly not speaking. I was suddenly aware of how quickly my heart was racing and chided myself silently. There was no need to feel this way.
What could there possibly be to be scared of?
To be Continued...