After school, Astrid stopped by the program one team room to grab her book bag. She had just closed her locker when she was confronted by a boy standing in her way. At first she thought it was Mark McGovern, but after a moment of inspection, she determined that it was Mark’s younger brother Eddie.
“Oh, hello Eddie.”
“Hello Astrid, I was hoping to meet you here.”
“You’re hopes have been answered, it seems. You must be favored of Apollo.”
“Pay no attention to her,” said Christopher, passing by. “We’re studying the Greeks in Ancient History.”
“Oh, yes. Well, I wanted to see if anyone had asked you to the Spring Fling.”
“Why did you want to know that?” wondered Astrid.
“Well, because I want to be the one to ask you first. You will go with me, won’t you?”
“Well, I don’t know. I was kind of expecting someone else to ask me.” She was thinking of Toby.
“Please consider my invitation,” he said. “I’m not at all like my brother, you know. I’m a big fan.”
“Thank you,” said Astrid, throwing her book bag strap over her shoulder. “I will consider your invitation.”
Walking home that day was sort of the reverse of walking to school, except that Denise went with them and said goodbye at the corner by her house. Astrid and Toby walked the last leg together back home, parting at the poplar trees, but Toby mentioned nothing about the Spring Fling, or for that matter, going out anywhere.