Prompt for July 31, 2016

Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:

The crowds were dense and Cassie understood why. This was where all the PokeStops in the park were located so everyone who was playing Pokemon Go came here, set lures and scampered from stop to stop picking up loot and Pokemon on the way. That’s why she was here. Alone. On a Saturday night. Pokemon hunting, yup, that’s what every high school grad should be doing before they go off to college.

She sighed, and not for the first time tonight. She glanced around at the crowd, making sure that she didn’t catch anyone’s eye. She saw couples and groups of people, but very few singles. Everyone knew someone who hunted as well. Except for her. Maybe if she had been more outgoing in high school she would have met someone who shared her passions. Maybe. Or maybe she didn’t have anyone because she came out in the last year of high school and most people had no idea how to treat her. So they ignored her. Even her best friend Bethany, her BFF, without the forever part, ignored her.  That hurt more than anything else as she had always trusted Bethany, almost thought of her as someone who could see the person inside.

She closed her eyes, alone in a crowd of people who shared her passions, and felt the tears well up in her eyes. Not for the first time and definitely not for the last. Just as she felt the tears start to drop she was jostled from behind and almost dropped her smartphone. She turned around, tears forgotten, and was ready to get angry when she saw Meaghan O’Keefe, her grade twelve secret crush standing behind her, her hand over her mouth.

“Oh, I’m so sorry Cassie, I didn’t see you there. I was looking at my phone and I should have been watching where I was going. Did I hurt you? Are you OK?”
Cassie would have responded, but the only thing going through her mind was “
Meaghan knows my name?”

“Cassie? Are you OK?”

“I’m sorry, Meaghan, I’m just surprised to see you here. I didn’t think this,” Cassie waved her hands at the crowd, “was your thing.” Cassie could have sworn that Meaghan’s cheeks turned red, but in the dim light of the park, it was hard to tell.

Meaghan replied, speaking barely above a whisper, as if afraid to be heard. “I like a lot of things that you may not know about.” A shy smile appeared on her face.
Cassie was struck by how beautiful that smile made her look. The small upturned smile turned a pretty Irish girl into a beautiful, and sexy, young Irish woman.

Cassie remembered why she crushed on Meaghan in high school and why it hurt so much when she saw Meaghan go to the prom with someone else. But then, why wouldn’t she go to the prom with someone else? It wasn’t like Cassie had asked her. Indeed, Cassie never hinted to anyone that she had a crush on Meaghan, especially Meaghan. But now, here she was, Pokemon hunting on a Saturday night.

“Are you here with someone?” Cassie asked, prying a little bit into Meaghan’s life.

Meaghan shook her head. “No, it’s just me.”

And once again the smile graced her lips and Cassie lost her breath. Cassie was just about to ask her if she wanted to go hunting together when her phone flashed a low power warning.

“Damn,” she said, “I was positive I charged this before coming out tonight.”

“Here,” Meaghan said, reaching out with a charging cable in her hand, “I came prepared with a spare battery pack. We can go hunting together.”

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