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23 June, 1987 – 1:03 pm – Pen-Y-Fan Pond

It just seemed like the right thing to do. Going to the pond, their pond, just to catch up, was a knee-jerk reflex. Richey had been away at university all year, but now the summer was finally here, and so was he.

Nicky was lying on his stomach along the edge of the splintery wooden pier, letting his arm hang over the water and his fingers drift over the surface. Richey sat backed up against one of the posts, a tattered notebook in his lap. A cigarette hung between his lips, the ashes coming loose in the wind.

They idly chattered about how school was and what had been happening around Blackwood since Richey left, which was an unsurprising nothing. Richey scribbled away in his spiral, splitting his attention between his words and Nicky’s voice.

“I’ve been getting along with Rachel really well,” Nicky said passively.

“Hm?” Richey grunted, his pen starting to scratch at the page harder.

“Yeah, uh, we, uh, we did it.”

Richey stopped writing, and looked up. Nicky wasn’t looking at him, and he was thankful. He adjusted the shock and sadness on his face to resemble congratulatory happiness for his best friend. He hoped he managed to look convincing.

Nicky turned over on his back, looking up at Richey with a shy smile. Richey mimed the smile back. Nicky didn’t flinch, so he must’ve looked okay enough.

“Cool,” Richey said simply.

“Yeah, it was.” Nicky stared up at the sky, losing himself in his memories. “It was weird. I don’t know, it was just great.” He had a stupid grin on his face.

“Sounds like things are getting pretty serious.” Richey didn’t know what to say. His chest hurt.

Nicky shrugged. “I guess. I don’t know.”

Richey flicked his cigarette into the pond. They sat in silence, the sound of the water gently lapping at the shore the only disruption.


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