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By Kris Keall

The hallways were alive with bustling students heading to their next classes. One girl walked alone. Head down, dragging her feet. They passed her by. Not seeing her. Not noticing her. Not touching her. She was invisible to them. She was different.
She took her seat in English class right at the back. Alone. They ignored her. She wished that they would at least acknowledge her. As she leaned over her book, her dark hair swung over her shoulder concealing her pale, melancholic face and sweeping her pages while she silently worked.
Swish! The door opened. She didn't bother to look up.
Thud! Her head snapped up. A boy dumped his bag by the desk next to her. He slid into his seat and smiled at her, then started getting his books out. She gently returned a smile, tucked her hair behind her ear and continued working.But this time she had quizzical thoughts buzzing around in her mind. Who was this boy?And why had he suddenly taken notice of her? He had noticed her! And slowly the pain of rejection began to diminish. And she remembered...
Growing up. No friends. No siblings. All throughout her kindergarten, primary, and intermediate school years. Now she was in high school. Still no friends. Still no siblings. Still many dull years ahead of her.
She took a sideways glance at him. He was bent over his work with a look of concentration on his face. Yet, subtly, his eyes twinkled.Again, she smiled. Little did this boy know that he had made a difference in her life. She finally felt welcome at this school.
The bell rang. She packed up her books and pens and swung her bag over her shoulder. As she headed out the door the boy called out, "See you, Lina." She spun around, smiled and continued out into the rain.
He knew her name! She marvelled at what small things that boy had done to make a big change in her attitude. She felt joy. True joy from being seen by this one person.
'If only he knew...'

The hallways were alive with bustling students heading to their next classes. One boy walked alone. Head down, dragging his feet. They passed him by. Not seeing him. Not noticing him. Not touching him. He was invisible to them. He was different.
He was late for english class. He opened the door and saw her at the back of the room. Lina, the quiet girl. He walked over and sat down. He flashed a smile at her before starting his work. While he did so, he remembered...
Growing up. No friends. No siblings. All throughout his kindergarten, primary and intermediate school years. Now he was in high school. Still no friends. Still no siblings. Still many dull years ahead of him.
He took a sideways glance at her. Her glossy strands of midnight reached out and stroked the words on her page. She was smiling faintly. Again, he smiled. She didn't know how much it meant to him that she let a plain boy like him sit next to a beautiful girl like her.
The bell rang. She gathered up her things and strode to the door. This was it.
"See you, Lina." She turned to face him and gave him such a heart-warming smile that he was sure it would melt the heart of the cruelest person in the world. And it was aimed at him! Then she continued on her way. If only she knew how special she made him feel. How appreciated. How accepted.
He would never forget her. That loving angel.
'See you, Lina.'



Brian Falkner Books