Aaron, along with all the other students gasped. It was a farily normal occurence for a kid to get hit with a ball, but not on the head. Head injuries could be really serious. For a minute, he stood there with the others. In a split second he was running down the hall, looking for the infirmary. Getting hit on the head could mean a concussion.
Mandy gasped for breath, trying to get the floaty little stars out of her vision... She blinked a few times, curling in on herself with a little groaning noise. She squeezed her eyes shut as a dull throbbing started out in the back of her head.
Aaron put his hands on his knees, trying to collect his breath. "Gym...head injury..." he gasped, pointingout the door. The nurse jumped up and ran for the gym. "Thanks, kid!" she yelled. Aaron sighed as he jogged back along with her.
"Ow..." Mandy said softly, slowly starting to sit up. She brought her hands up to touch the back of her head where the ball had hit. She winced and tried to chuckle nervously. "Ow..."
Aaron watched as the nurse jogged over to Mandy. "Alright, honey, it's ok." She took the girl's face in her hands. "You feeling ok? Is the pain getting worse or better?" She quizzed as she helped her to her feet.
"I-I'm fine, I'm fine..." Mandy mumbled, still rubbing at the lump that now rested under her short, short hair. She blinked a few more times, steadying herself.
"No offense hun, but that wasn't what I asked." She sighed and offered her arm. "Come along. We'll get some ice for you at the infirmary."
"But I really am...fine..." Mandy mumbled, rubbing the lump with a ginger little wince. She followed slowly, reluctantly.
"Hush. No more out of you." The nurse slowly guided her to her 'office' and sat her down. While walking to the fridge she casually said "You ought to thank that nice lad, you know."
"I-I...I know..." Mandy whispered hoarsely, looking down at her booted feet. She swallowed hard as she remembered the anger in his eyes when he looked at her.
She had hurt him, hurt him deeply.
"Alright. If you're feeling ok feel free to go back to gym, but sit on the sidelines." The nurse said, turning her back. She was busy, and she didn't have a lot of time to spare. That's how it was in her mind, at least.
Mandy nodded listlessly and started to shuffle back to the gym. She moved reluctantly, slowly, hugging her arms. The material of her hoodie rubbed over her scars.
She stopped in the doorway of the gym, looking towards Aaron.
The game has resumed. It had been pretty awkward in the gym since the accident, but most people were having fun. Except for him, but it wasn't really new in this class.
Mandy paused for a moment before jogging over, wincing a little as the motion hurt her head.
"She said I could play." She lied. She didn't want to sit and watch.
Aaron tried to ignore, really hard. He felt terrible though. He had been really mean to her. No. He had to stop being so soft. He had to start sticking up for himself.
Mandy kept watching Aaron distractedly as she played. Her head hurt, throbbing quietly. But she pushed that away. She had gotten good at pushing away pain. Very good at it.
She wanted so badly to apologize, to say something.
But he had made it perfectly clear he wanted nothing to do with her.
He distractly threw the ball at one of his teammates, messing up the toss and causing him to drop it. Everyone around him grumbled about it, casting him severe glares. Sometimes people took sports way too seriously.
Mandy did her best to play with the pain that laid dully in her head, making her feel slow and heavy. All she could think about was Aaron. She felt a little sick as she kept playing, but she didn't say anything.
Before too long, the bell rung, signaling the end of class. Aaron kept his head down as he quickly walked over to his pile of books, taking care to keep his head parrallel to the ground.
Mandy slowly went to go scoop up her bag, wincing at how loud the bell seemed. She tried to smile, through her headache. She swallowed hard as she looked over at Aaron and felt a lump start to grow.