“But you love me the most, right, Cecile?”
Maria snickered and winked at the redhead before her. Cecile shook her head and laughed.
“Oh Maria, you silly girl. Always with your jokes.”
“Aww, but my love is no joke!” Maria pouted for effect.
Cecile grinned and pat her friend’s arm affectionately. “It’s fine to joke around with me and your friends, but you should be careful about joking like that around guys. They might get the wrong idea.”
“It’s okay. I’m 100% serious about you!”
Cecile rolled her eyes and gave Maria a hug. “Fine. Enjoy your fun, silly.” Her phone beeped, and she scrambled to pick it up. Maria’s smile faltered a bit as she watched Cecile scroll through the notifications.
“All right, my boyfriend is here. I’ll see you later, all right?”
Maria nodded and waved as Cecile gathered up her things and moved to the exit. She then leaned back and stared at the empty space across her. “I’m 100% serious,” Maria muttered to herself, sighing.
Image source: deviantart.com/feyrah/art/Girlfriends-703505556
First written April 26, 2018.