I stood on the balcony of the American Fork Tabernacle for stake conference, studying the crowd.
"I know her, and her, and him, and her..." My little neighbor stood beside me, pointing out all of the people she knew. My eyes followed her finger, and almost skimmed over someone I hadn't seen since last May--Riley. Riley had been my buddy ever since elementary school, but transfered at the end of last year to a charter school.
I swear I almost choked on my spit when I first saw him. It hadn't even occured to me he would be there. I practically tumbled down the stairs, speed walked down the aisle, and sat down right next to him. "Riley!"
He smiled back, "At first I didn't recognize you."
His voice was so much deeper! "Well, time sure changes people," I remarked with a nod.
We continued to talk for about half an hour. I didn't want it to end, knowing I wouldn't see him for months afterward. He's always been shy but really seemed to open up to me. We laughed and exchanged stories about school until Braden signaled for me. "I better go," I frowned as I stood up.
He beamed at me with a warm goodbye and I took one last look at him before trotting up the stairs.
I sat down with my family. My dad turned to me, "We just wanted to know where you were, you still have five minutes to flirt with that boy."
I chuckled at the thought. "Naw, I'm pretty sure I wasn't flirting with him." I then told my mother all about my conversation with Riley, and you could tell she was half ignoring me. I opened up my notebook and wrote down the experience, complete with illustrations.
I'm actually kind of excited for next stake conference...