It didn't matter - there was no use worrying about the time, anyway. Kathy put her hands together, rubbing them for warmth, though she had never quite figured out how that worked. As long as they didn't catch on fire or anything, she figured it couldn't hurt.
She thought briefly about leaning back, relaxing, closing her eyes, maybe even taking a brief nap. It would be nice. She'd have plenty of homework to do tonight, anyway, and she'd already been waiting for quite a while. More rest was always nice.
No. The other girl was still there, of course. It'd be rude to ignore the other girl and take a nap. Not to mention she'd probably keel over once she fell asleep and start drooling or something, and that'd just be embarrassing.
Lights. In the distance.
Kathy didn't pay much attention to them at first. Just another car, moving along, or a brave pedestrian out on the city streets. With multiple flashlights, or something.
Silver car. SUV. Major dent on the right side from an accident.
She sprang to her feet. The lights turned on inside the car; there was her mother, waving at her from the front seat. It really wasn't necessary. There weren't that many other cars in the parking lot. Kathy appreciated the gesture, though. Abby wasn't in the passenger seat - they'd probably stopped off at home before her mother had come to pick Kathy up.
As the car pulled up at the curb, Kathy shrugged on her backpack again. She walked up to the side of the car, opening the front door, and tossed her backpack in. Her mother was looking past her, probably at the other girl.
Kathy turned around. "Hey, I, uh..." She searched for the right words. What was it she wanted to say? "Thanks for the company. It was fun."
Then she got in the car, and her mother drove her home.
It wasn't until five minutes later that Kathy realized she had never gotten the girl's name.
((Kathy Clements continued in game