I looked over to what Eli was googling at. It was...Ash? And next to him was another person standing behind him. I couldn't see much because of the tree, but it looked like a guy.
"-and I think he might be gay or something." Ash was talking.
"Yeah, man, I really think you should drop him as a friend. What did you use him for, anyway? Homework?" The other guy said.
What the hell? I heard Eli take a sharp inhale.
"I mean, I guess. But it's kinda useful you know." Ash shrugged.
"Yeah I get that. Imagine him liking you--" The dude had guts, I'll give you that.
"Oh no that would be disgusting." Ash snickered. "I'd definitely follow your advice if that happened.
Eli's hand was balled in a fist but as they walked away it slowly opened up again.
"Forget them." I said, almost whispering.
"Huh?" Eli turned around.
"Forget about them. They're stupid and have no idea what they're talking about." I tried to cheer him up.
"I think they might be right..." He said, his voice quiet.
"About what?" I asked. "Being gay?"
"Well guess what, I don't care. No one should, actually. All that matters to me is that you're you, the kind, funny, cute, amazing guy I know." I stated proudly.
Eli had this look in his eyes, a look of happiness mixed with relief.
"You really don't care?" Eli smiled slowly.
"I don't give a damn. And neither should you." I said. "Let's continue. I heard that there's a lake nearby..."
We followed the path further till we could see the water.