Carmella is in the staff room.
No one else is in the staff room.
I spend a long time making a cup of tea.
I hover around the chairs in the staff room.
I want to sit next to Carmella.
I don’t want to freak Carmella out by sitting next to her.
I sit down in a chair at the other end of the staff room, furthest away from Carmella.
I wait for Carmella to start a conversation.
The conversation will be called ‘so when do you want to come round to my tita’s house for dinner?’
It will be about arranging a time for me to go round to her tita’s house for dinner.
It will be nice.
I sit there waiting for it.
Why is Carmella not talking to me?
Why has she not even looked at me since I came in to the staff room?
Oh god, I say.
I did not mean to say it out loud, just to think it.
Carmella looks up and smiles.
So when do you want me to come round to your tita’s house for dinner? I say.