Love on the Cross-town Bus

I walked through the rain with my purple polka dotted raincoat. I knew that it was going to rain today. But I didn't bring an umbrella. I never bring an umbrella. I like the way the rain falls into my hair and softens it. Yes, this increases my chances of getting a cold, but I don't really care.

It was sunny in the morning. But over the course of the day clouds came over the city turning it less like Care Bear land and more like Kansas when Dorothy got taken away.

I like the rain- truly I do. The patterns it makes on the ground are very interesting. Raindrops are almost like people. The general feature of them are the same. But each one is different. Each one makes their own mark on the world.

I looked towards where the bus was supposed to come from. No bus in sight.

Sigh.

Five minutes later and the bus stop was starting to fill with more people. Some people had newspapers over their heads. But other people were prepared with umbrellas over their heads. I felt bad for the people who had no sort of protection. It was a humid day so there was really no need for a sweater or jacket.

I yawned. It had been a long day. A lot of work and a lot of tests. I just wanted to get home and sleep. Everything had finally ended. All projects were done. All tests had finished. I just wanted to curl under a blanket and watch some good movies. Or clear up some space on my TiVo.

I looked to my right. There was someone very familiar standing there. In the rain. By himself. At first I couldn't really recognize him. The rain was falling all over his face and his hair was sticking to his forehead.

But I recognized the backpack he used every day. It was Billy. He's in my global class. We never really talked much. Actually we haven't really talked at all. But we know each other.

I turned to him and he turned to me. I gave him a small smile and he returned it.

I looked back. Still no bus in sight. Billy was trying to see clearly through the rain. I nodded my head and opened my mouth to speak.

"It's raining."

He nodded his head. "Yeah, it is raining."

"Yep."

We both just stared at each other for a moment. I was the one who fortunately broke the silence again. "It's Monday."

He stuffed his hands into his jean pockets. His eyes were still slightly closed because of the water. I had the sudden urge to wipe away all the water from his face. He smiled. "Tomorrow's Tuesday."

I put a strand of my hair behind my ear. "I like Thursdays."

"So do I."

I was about to speak again when the bus pulled up right in front of us. We let a few people go on the bus first. I fumbled around with my now wet metrocard but finally got it out.

We climbed the stairs to the bus. Once we dipped our cards and made our way to the back, I put my metrocard back in my wallet. There were two seats right next to each other. I got in first and Billy slowly followed.

I wiped away some rain from my face as Billy did the same. I was surprised to find Billy's grey eyes looking directly at mine. Billy has brown hair. I had always assumed that he had brown eyes- the dominant allele.

He leaned down and spoke once again. "How come I never see you on this bus?"

I shrugged my shoulders. "I like walking usually. But I don't really want to walk through all this rain."

He nodded his head in understanding. "Oh."

"So…that was some global test."

He smiled even wider. Wow. He even had perfect teeth. "Yeah. I think I did well. You?"

I nodded my head. "Yeah. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be."

"Yeah. So…any exciting plans for the summer?"

I bit the right side of my cheek gently. "Not really. I'm going to Connecticut for two weeks. But that's about it. What about you?"

He shook his head. "I'm here. I mean I'm helping out with this summer program at my old school. But that's about it."

"That's cool."

The bus turned causing Billy to fall a little into me. "Oh, sorry."

I smiled. "It's okay. Public transportation these days right?"

"Right."

He paused but continued only moments later. "You know, you have a really nice smile."

"Oh, um. Thank you."

"I'm sorry that was a little forward of me. I've just always noticed that, and well…I've never really gotten the chance to tell you. We don't really talk much in class."

I let out a small chuckle. "I guess that just makes us diligent workers right?"

He smiled wider. "Yeah, I guess. I still would have liked to talk to you more though."

I whispered. "Yeah, me too."

A few seconds later and the bus doors opened. Billy turned to look out the foggy window. He closed his eyes and shook his head. "This is my stop."

I looked at him in disappointment. "Oh."

He nodded his head. "So I guess I'll se…"

"I guess I'll see yo…"

I laughed at us talking at the same time. I spoke first after the silence. "I guess I'll see you around then."

He nodded his head. "Yeah."

He got out of his seat. "Maybe I'll see you around this summer?"

I nodded my head quickly. "Yeah that would be great."

He smiled and then headed towards the doors. I sighed in contentment.

A few moments later I felt someone sit down next to me. I turned my head to find that Billy sat back down.

I furrowed my eyebrows. He smiled and kissed my cheek gently. I looked back to find the doors had closed. The bus started driving.

I looked back at Billy. "You missed your stop."

He smiled even wider. "I know."