“You must be Mitchell’s brother. Is he home?” Zawadi asks.
“Hi,” Mitchell says echoing Zawadi’s tone.
Another moment of silence fills the room as Zawadi tries to gather up enough courage to ask Mitchell to be her date for the prom.
“Oh, just playing video games.”
“Sure,” Mitchell answers.
“Like I said, it’s no big deal,” Zawadi says to soften the blow in case he says no.
“Yeah, why wouldn’t I? Sounds like fun.”
His proximity makes it hard for Zawadi to think for a few moments. “I’m wearing blue,” she finally answers. “Anything that goes with blue would be good.”
Zawadi doesn’t immediately answer. His slight breath on her cheek makes her dizzy.
Zawadi changes the subject. “So…show me what video game you were playing.”
Zawadi’s competitive streak kicks in. “Only losers say that,” she says and they both laugh.