Pixel’s mouth gaped open. She hesitated for a moment, but only just. Once she caught Miles and Alvin exchanging confused looks, she blurted out the first normal name that came to mind – even though she had planned on telling the truth.
“Emily?” Alvin repeated. “Is Em like a nickname?”
Pixel was about to respond when Miles cut her off.
“Em it is.” He said proud as though he had named her himself.
Pixel wanted to correct them but she had no idea how to take that back. She didn’t mean to say that. She didn’t even know where the name Emily came from in her head to begin with.
“Anyway, have you heard of the Underneath before? Or were you just curious from eavesdropping on us?” Miles wondered aloud.
Alvin tilted his head to the side. “Why so shy all of a sudden?”
Pixel looked over her shoulder before turning back to the boys. “Uh, should we be going to class or something?”
Miles and Alvin cast neutral glances to one another before bursting out laughing.
“Dude,” Alvin said in between breaths, “first period is just about over. It’s a little late to be concerned about class now, isn’t it?”
Pixel rubbed the back of her neck in embarrassment. “Well, it’s the first day and…”
And why was she still talking to them?
“And it’s obvious you’re a freshman.” Miles retorted. “Did you want to check out the Underneath with us or not?”
Pixel was taken aback. “Wait, you’d let me tag along with you guys? We just met. How secret is this Underneath place?”
“It’s no secret, but it’s also just a myth. No one is really sure if it exists or not which is why we’re going to check t out. After school, of course. Tonight.” Alvin explained.
“Plus, we kind of have to invite you along since you already know what we’re planning. You’re not going to tell anyone, are you?” Miles added with a light glare.
Pixel shook her head.
“Good.” He smiled.
Alvin grinned. “Meet us in the student parking lot at 8 tonight?”