Title: One out of many
Challenge: #126 - Just The Way You Are
Summary: Bella is reminded that Luis cares for her friend, somehow.
"Tala! Bella! Sorry I'm late!" Luis was easy to spot. With his height, getting lost in a crowd was never a problem. "There was a tree that fell over in front of the station, and there was an ambulance..."
"What?" Tala asked, eyes wide.
"I think it smashed through the glass."
Bella eyed him for a few seconds before shaking her head. "He's kidding." What would Tala do without her?
Feigning annoyance, Tala slapped his shoulder. "That barely hurt," he laughed. "Here." He pushed a cup onto Tala's hand.
"Milk tea?" Bella guessed. The humidity was so bad today. She would've paid him to get her one, too.
Tala shook it twice before sticking the straw in and drawing a sip. He didn't forget to replace the pearls with coconut jelly either. The thoughtfulness cheered her up. Turning to Bella, she backtracked to their earlier conversation. "It's not like you and Luke, but he cares. In his own way."
Luis paced himself beside Tala and took her free hand into his as they walked. "I only care because you're so entertaining," he said, ruffling Tala's hair.
Both her hands were occupied and she couldn't stop him.
"No! My braid!"