She strolled down towards Via Fossa. Three hours to get ready tonight, more than she spent for her first date with Michael Chambers in Year 12.
The door swung open, knocking the gift from her hand. Picking it up, she realized who was passing her.
“Nathan!” she called. “Happy seventeenth!”
He looked at her like she was nothing. “Oh,” he said eventually. “Hi, Donna.”
“I…” got you a present, she started to say. “See ya later,” he called back, already walking away.
See ya later: the last words her mum said to Gary. Words she said when she meant goodbye.