“What are your plans after graduation?”
He let out a loud guffaw, then took another long draw, and she felt a little miffed. She could see the grey wisps he exhaled floating up the sky into nothingness.
“What a question, and what a time! But I haven’t really thought about it though… how ’bout you?”
She thought a little, then said carefully, “Something related to art, perhaps.” She brought the opened can to her lips and took a mouthful, then set it down beside her on the stony ledge.
A distance behind, both of them looked out at the two youths as the boy laughed, both back facing them. She turned resolutely towards him, with almost an inquiring look on her face.
“I was serious you know, and there you were making a joke out of it.”
He fell silent, but continued gazing at the two youngsters; the girl was holding out an instant camera at arm’s length, both of them posing for pictures.
Quietly, she pulled out a polaroid from her bag and handed it to him. He seemed slightly shocked, then awed, as he held the faded photograph closer to scrutinise the picture, a smile creeping up the corners of his mouth. She felt a little awkward.
“I… I kept all our pictures from then.”
“You’re an inspiration to me. You always have.”
He looked up abruptly from his scrutiny and his eyes met hers, like they did once a long time ago. She broke away quickly, blushing more from his gaze than her confession.
The boy took another puff, then looked wistfully into the distance, at a fan-sign of a band with him in it.
“I will conquer the world. And I will take you, everywhere.”