Friday nights with my best friend Veronica, Ronnie for short, were almost always the same. We would walk down the street next to the beach, and get shaved ice from the best place on the island. Then we would sit on the curb and watch all the jay-walkers try to get a ride from strangers to an unknown destination. Hawaii didn’t really change too much from day to day, especially when your 15 and can’t even drive so you have to skateboard everywhere.
“Ronnie I think in done here. I’m all out of shaved ice.” I said as I gave her a fake sad face.
“Sweet, let’s get outta here it sun is starting to set.” She said as she started to get up. Just as I walked onto the side walk, I hear somebody scream “Move! Move!” And before it would process in my brain, I came crashing down onto the sidewalk. Dazed and confused, Ronnie pulled me up and stood me on my two feet.
“What happened, Alex?” She said between laughs.
“Who knows? You know how bad my reflexes are.”
“Are you alright? “ I heard a voice coming from behind me. I turned around to see who this mystery person is. I came to see a boy, about five feet 6 looking straight at me.
“Hey, sorry about that. I’m Bruno. Sorry for hitting you with my skateboard. I wasn’t paying attention either.” He reaches his hand out for me. The very first thing I notice about him was his perfect smile; pearly white teeth behind fat lips. Which were underneath a flat, but cute, nose. Above that were deep, stain-glass brown eyes. The color of dark chocolate, which made me melt like chocolate in the sun; all sitting on sun-kissed, tan skin.
After a few awkward seconds of me staring at him, Ronnie tries to grab my attention again by elbowing me in the ribs. I snap out of my trance and introduce myself.
“Hi, I’m Alexandria, Alex for short. And this is my friend Ronnie.” I say as I point to Ronnie. “I haven’t seen you around, are you new around here?” I try to say as calmly as possible as I dust of myself.
He chuckles, “No, I’ve lived here for my whole life. I just live on the other side of the island.”
He’s definitely from here because of his skin tone. I am the one who doesn’t look like they belong. I’m the only hoale (How-ley- it means white person/Caucasian in Hawaiian. They use it all over the state for someone who doesn’t belong) for miles of this place.
“Cool. Well we have to be going now,” I give Ronnie a look like ‘help me get out of this situation’ She lets out a laugh, and says,
“Yeah Bruno, nice meeting you but we better get going now. See you later.” As we are turning around somebody grabs my arm. I look at to see a tan little arm holding my elbow. I turn around and Bruno has a nervous face on.
“Hey umm... Alex?”
“Yeah?” I ask questionably,
“You uhh... Wanna go out sometime? Maybe uhh... Catch a movie?” Beads of sweat start to gather around his lip, from the nerves or from the major heat wave going on, I’m not sure. But when he licks it, and I have no choice but to say yes.
“Sure. I’d love to.” I say. I could see him calm down and take a deep breath, and hear Ronnie quietly laughing behind me.
“Meet you at the KuKui Move Theater at 8?”
“Sounds like a plan.” I say with a smile, and turn around to meet Ronnie again. Bruno thrown his skateboard down and continues riding by flying in front of us, turning around to give me a wink. I wink back and smile.