Chapter Seven Part One: The Basement
“My roots are coming in big time,” Ember commented as she, Azul and I made our way into the campus gym.
It was the final weekend of November, and my workload had calmed down to the point where I was finally able to accept Azul’s workout offer. This was my first time going to the campus gym to work out in a group, and I was beyond excited. None of the others were able to join us, but I didn’t mind. I enjoyed spending time with Azul. Ember…well…Ember was a tad bit harder to be around, but that didn’t stop me from trying. She was just a bit rougher around the edges than others, and that was alright. Besides, it was I who did the stupid things to upset her.
Azul and I glanced in Ember’s direction. Ember pulled her hair from her head, her eyes focused upwards on the orange streaks of hair closest her forehead.
A pfft noise came somewhere from Azul’s throat as she let out a snort, rolling her eyes, “Is that really all you can focus on right now? Your hair?”
Ember shot Azul a look from the corner of her eye before her attention returned to her hair once again. “You worry about your hair as well.”
“Not when we’re going to go work out.” Azul pointed out with a sigh, “Alright, how about this: we work out for an hour or so, stop by a store and we’ll get you the dye so we can dye it back at my dorm. So, we’ll have you set for that bonfire tonight.” Azul said as we made our way further into the gym.
Ember stopped in her tracks and let go of her hair, her eyes full of excitement as she looked at Azul with a slightly opened mouth, “For real? You’d dye my hair for me?”
“Yeah, I was thinking about dying mine — or at least putting some of that hair chalk in it — for that party tonight. I’ve dyed hair before. It’s super easy.”