“Have you ever been scared?”
“Of course, who hasn’t?”
“But, not just scared
“Like so terrified that you freeze up. So terrified that you can’t even move your mouth.”
She looks down, her eyes stray from mine.
After too long of the uncomfortable silence, I tap her shoulder, wanting to make her the happy girl she was two seconds ago.
“Hey, sorry to be so intrusive.
“It’s just I need help with something and I don’t think I can handle it on my own.”
Her big brown eyes look back into my icy blue ones.
“I just-I don’t know what to do, I don’t know if I can figure it out!”
My tone becomes frantic.
She puts a calming hand on my shoulder and her touch soothes me.
My breathing starts to slow a little and I realize that I’m going to be okay, she’s not going anywhere.