Pearl turned her head slightly and saw that it was Kent, the boy working at the auto repair shop across the street from the bus stop. Even though Kent was about her age, he had already been working for a few years. His family was quite poor and needed his income to make ends meet. Being very good with mechanical things and a hard-worker, he was well trusted by the owner. This morning he had the responsibility of opening up the shop.
"Yes, I'm doing great!"without looking at Kent, Pearl replied with spite.
Kent stood there and did not quite know what to think. Judging from Pearl's face, he could tell that she was not happy. Yet her reply was the opposite. He had never seen her this way before.
"Are you sure you're okay? Would you like a glass of wa..."after a pause, Kent asked, trying to be helpful by offering some water.
"I told you I'm doing great. Just leave me alone!"Pearl barked again.
"Okay, okay!" Kent retreated, not wanting to fan any flame. "If you need any help, just let me know. I'm right across the street."With that he walked across the street toward the shop.
Kent had spoken to Pearl many times before. She was usually civil even though she might not have been overly welcoming. But he still liked her. In fact he had thought many times about asking her out but just never had the courage to. After all she was one of the prettiest girls he had known.
The bus finally came. Since it was so early in the morning, Pearl was the only passenger. She sat in the corner on the back row, as far away as possible from the bus-driver and anyone else who might get on. She did not want to talk to anyone.
下期续 to be continued.
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