Your name is Meulin Leijon, you're eight (almost nine!) years old and even if he's the weird kid, Kurloz Makara is still you best friend.
Due to problems in your class in school, your mother has suggested you going to special classes due to your deafness so you could learn and concentrate better. It's not your fault that sometimes the teacher's lips move way too fast for you to read and catch on properly or if your friends and classmates chatter away carelessly and the motions of their lips catch you attention and you end up just getting caught up with them! You threw a fit and cried and screamed after she said that she was going to set you up in a different school, but after seeing what you did and how distraut you seemed to be at the idea, she quickly discarded of it and just hired you an extra tutor. She also had a small meeting with your teacher to discuss lesson plans and what to do with how fast she teaches and the communication with the other students. You didn't go with, you were at the park with Horuss and Rufioh with their parents and you guys were playing on the swings and going up and down the slide over and over again until you
were too dizzy to climb up and slide down any more. But your mom and teacher got it all sorted out and you're being tutored like Kurloz and everything it going just fine!
Soon enough it's your birthday and you're turning nine years old! You'll be as old as Kurloz and you're so much closer to being in the double digits. 10 next year! To celebrate you turning nine, you had asked your mom to throw a party, and of course she gave in and said yes and you spent a long time with Kurloz on the dining room table decorating and making little invitations for all of your friends to give out to invite them to the party. You're inviting Kurloz, Mituna, Latula, Horrus, Rufioh, Meenah, Porrim, Cronus, Damara, Aranea and Kankri! All your better friends and you hope dearly that they can all arrive for all the fun and games. You set up everything and it's just perfect and you're so excited! You have games and little treat bags for everyone and your mom even bought this cute cake in the shape of a cat and you love it so much and you barely want to eat it because it's a cat how could you! But it does look delicious so when the time comes you're sure you'll muster up the courage to wreck the pretty kitty and eat it. You're excited for your birthday party, but your mom maybe isn't because of all the kids that will be running crazy around the house. But that's how birthday partys are! You've been to some before, and had your own, though there wasn't as many people at your other birthday parties.
The doorbell rings and the sound echos through your house all the way up to your room and you pounce off of your bed after the dinging vibrates it and your feet hit the ground with a soft thump. There's a moment of stinging on the bottom of your feet but you brush it off and slide you way down and almost trip down the stairs. You catch yourself on the railing with one of your free hands though and pant softly as you beat your mother to the door. You try your best to smile even wider to greet them, but your cheeks are already sore and you doubt you can get your smile even wider than how it is right now so you just keep it like that and swing open the front door to see who's already here. It's Horuss and Rufioh. They came together. You can see their parents driving off in the background after waving goodbye to their boys. In their hands are some gifts which you aren't allowed to sneak a peek at so you pout and stick your lower lip out. Your mom comes around to let them in properly and push your lip in, saying that a bird's gonna poop on your lip with how far it's sticking out. You laugh and continue waiting by the door with them to let kids in as they arrive, bouncing away from their parents vehicles with their gifts and kicking their shoes off into a small pile in the corner you have started when Horuss and Rufioh first arrived. Eventually everyone is here and you don't need to be waiting by the door in a huge group anymore. You rush up quickly to your room and everyone follows.
You play games, eat pizza and cake, open gifts, the usual things you do at birthday parties like this. It's fun. It's really fun. But you can't help but to feel awkward with the way you can see the kids looking at you due to what happened that one lunch. You and Kurloz are sitting beside each other at the table, bags and boxes and tissue paper scattered around the area and underneath your feet. There is a few toys, some clothes and some other little items that you really like a lot because they came from your friends! They look at you two and giggle and you blush and hide your face but they stop because it's your birthday and they don't want to upset you. Other than that small bit you enjoy your birthday party and seeing your friends all together! You wish you could all hang out like this all the time, but it's such a large group and some of you don't get along with one another so that makes it a problem but it's the little birthday parties and get togethers that you really like! The time comes when kids
parents start pulling in on the side of the road and they get their things on and together, wave their goodbyes and say the last happy birthday before they leave. First goes Horuss, then Rufioh, followed by Cronus, Mituna, Latula, Damara, Aranea, Meenah, Porrim, Kankri, and Kurloz is left. He stays there for awhile and you look at him, tilting your head to the side. A few minutes after the time to go home he realizes his dad isn't coming to pick him up, so he trudges out by himself and you wave goodbye to him as he heads home by himself.
You watch as he leaves, hands dug into his winter coat pocket. It's not snowing but it's really cold outside so everyone has already began wearing their winter hats and mitts and scarfs and coats. You like all your things though and you don't mind being bundled up all comfy and such. You watch until the footsteps end, disappearing behind the trail of houses that look almost identical. You peek further, but he's already gone home and you can just see the slight footprints on the wet pavement of the road. You lean back and close the curtains, the sunlight beaming through them slightly as it peeks out from behind dull and gloomy clouds that spread themselves out over the sky. You frown and you wish he could stay longer but your mom wanted all the kids gone by a certain time so she could clean things up and be ready by a decent time to greet your father and get dinner ready. You don't see why Kurloz couldn't have stayed longer. he usually does stay longer than the time your mom tells you he has to go home. That's when you were younger though. You think your mom's point of view on him has changed and you don't know why. He's still your best friend and you don't think that ever going to change! Even if the other kids tease you about having crushes on each other. Best friends. That's that. It's how it's staying.
You see him at school on Monday, and you smile and skip up to him. You can feel the slight vibrations on the bottom of your feet as they pad against the hard pavement of the schoolgrounds near the doors. He's always near the doors, so he's usually the first kid in your class inside. You smile at him, teeth poking out from between your lips as you smile. He waves at you, fingers flicking and eyes flickering also to the door. The bell rings. You can tell by the way he rushes to the door and the flood of kids that swing the back packs over their shoulders and rush into the building, easily getting past their untied shoelaces. They kick off their things and head in the classroom. Kurloz waits behind the flood with you, and you both slowly make your way inside together, smiling and laughing silently and stealing awkward glances as you head inside to the warm smile of you teacher and a gentle wave. You hang up your things and head back to your desk, slunking down in your seat.
Classmates still tease the both of you, you hang out with other kids at recess.