"I'm going to break your glasses if you touch that," I warned casually as Nilesy reached for the stacks of paper on my bunk, normally my extra notes and short scrawly stories.
"I swear sometimes you're more than human." He mumbled before returning to homework.
"If you knew," I muttered under my breath.
"Hm?" he asked.
"Nothing," I replied.
"Well, I'm out. I'm going to drag you out if you don't want to come with me."
It was normally like this. Rythian would want to stay home and work on whatever, this or that while Nilesy was more of a person who'd want to leave and go out for coffee and such. He'd managed to drag Rythian to the The Creeping Ivy, Minty's family's Italian Restaurant the other night if Rythian countered that he could leave the light on next to his bed. Nilesy agreed then managed to short circuit Rythian's lightblub later.
"Fine," I growled, pulling on my coat. "Where are we going?"
Nilesy slipped his cellphone from his pocket and checked the LED screen. "BARRY's Coffee & Tea."
I cocked an eyebrow at him. "Isn't that the place where that red-headed girl works?"
Nilesy slammed his palm into his forehead. "And you never leave the dorm. C'mon, endereyes, let's not be late."
The Coffee shop was on the corner of Bristol and Crafti. Many of Rythian and Nilesy's friends normally visited BARRY's, just to pop in and talk with friends or have a chat with the waitresses and waiters. A small silver bell jingled as the door opened.
She looked up from behind the desk. Long messy but not overly messy burgundy red hair pulled back into a loose ponytail, a single yellow streak standing out. Sky blue eyes twinkling behind long lashes, two stripes of pink paint under her cheek. A spray of freckles along her nose, giving her the appearance of a younger girl than she probably was. Under her red-and-white spotted apron she wore a grey cropped long-sleeve, tight black pants with a silver belt and knee-high badass leather boots. Bandages ran up to her elbows and two rings glinted in the lights. For some reason, I was suddenly conscious that I was wearing just a coat and jeans.
"Hi, welcome to BARRY's!" She called. "You two want anything?"
I glanced at the chalkboard. "Just a hot tea, please."
"He goes to a coffee shop and doesn't even get coffee, oh the irony." Nilesy muttered behind me. I flashed him a look.
She pinned in my order and Nilesy's. "Anything else?"
"That'll be all," I flashed her a quick smile. She returned one.
"Your name?" I blurted before I could stop myself.
She laughed and her co-workers, two blonde girls one with milky-brown eyes and the other with sea-green ones (and a freaking living snowy owl on her shoulder) gave her knowing looks. Did I mention I hated when girls did that?
"Zoey Proasheck. I hope you enjoy your coffee."
Back at the dorm, I lay in bed staring up at the glowing purple orb that hangs from the ceiling. I glanced at my coffee cup once more and realized something. A small mushroom drawing was on the edge of the cup and an arrow. Trying not to spill the rest, I lifted it over me and glanced at the bottom.
In small, flowing bubbly script was a eight-digit number.
I bit my pillow to keep from laughing to loud.
Nilesy snorted in his sleep.
Oh, how Snape sometimes had good ideas.