“Um, yeah! You should be more careful and not run in the halls. Didn’t your parents teach you that?” she smirked, looking down at me, as I collected my things from the cold floor.
I shot her a glare, but then groaned and threw my hands up in the air. There was no point in arguing with someone who was so quick to put the whole blame on me. It would only piss me off, and I didn’t have the energy or time for this.
“Think whatever you want,” I sighed and hung my bag on my shoulder, leaving Olivia behind me.
Her icy, narrowed eyes haunted me until I went into Biology. There, Thomas was grinning stupidly when he saw me, and my worries melted away. I took a new seat on a desk near the door, not wanting to be seen as someone who came in after the bell.
My breathing incr
Lately, I was agreeing a lot to do stuff against my will. I was going on dates, throwing home parties, dressing up to someone else’s taste, and now, I was about to step in the obvious trap Olivia had set up for me. What was wrong with me? I put on my favorite black jeans and a long sleeved sweatshirt, Three days grace, happy to wear them again. My hair was in a tight ponytail and I had a little fun placing black shades on my eyes, leaving my lips pale with colorless balm. It was awkward, I had no phone to take with me and I had arranged a meeting in front of a grocery store twenty minutes before seven. Thomas wanted to drive us to the spooky place. Linda was also coming,
My blood was boiling from anger and a chill ran down my spine, seeing how much effort someone put into making me a character from a thriller. “Say that you are leaving my future boyfriend alone, or I will never let you out of this maze. I am waiting!” the message in the card ordered. I looked around for a camera, but saw none. Then I looked up to where the three-meter fake cave walls ended to the ceiling of the building. I could see a small, dark glass room from where you could observe the whole maze. “It must be some kind of control room,” I whispered under my breath. “Alice, what is going on?” Linda’s worried voice reached me from not that far. “Oh, nothing! Basically, I found a note telling me I will stay here for di
Even though I had accepted Linda’s invitation to sleepover at her place, instead of being alone in my room, I barely slept. My mind was plotting ways to release myself from Olivia’s trap, to prevent her from leaking my provocative photos and whatever else she got from my mobile. Exhausted, I got up really early and drove to my house in the morning. After a refreshing warm shower, I put on some of my old clothes and a black jacket. My reflection stared back at me with a sad look and baggy eyes, but I ignored it and went to school. Last night I had nightmares, today I got no sleep. I was feeling miserable, but somehow I was still functioning. Thomas was already in the parking lot, a worried look on his face when I parked near the school. He was nervously walking in front of the bench where Linda often waited
I gave a small smile, passing an acknowledging nod. Thomas and Steven gave each other a quick greeting, before my step-brother turned his attention back to me. “Help you with what?” he narrowed his eyebrows at me with unhidden curiosity. We never had a real talk. He had no idea what I liked or what was happening in my life. We were just like distant neighbors, forced to sometimes dine together with father and Tina. “There is one girl, Olivia. You surely know her--curly brown hair, glasses… geek-ish?” I described her with my lips lifted at the corners. “Maybe I have seen her. What about her?” Steven questioned. “You have connections. Can you dig some information about her…please,” I looked at him with pleading eyes. I cou
Surprising myself, I picked up Thomas’s phone and hung up on my best friend. An ugly feeling I never had, took over my mind. Was there an option she liked him, or he liked her? No, this was silly. I was a moron. She was into girls. She never liked a single guy, I showed her as attractive. Now though, it was too late to do anything, I couldn’t turn back the time and leave the phone ringing or even pick it up myself. I bet she was wondering why he hung up on her. Damn, I am stupid sometimes. I shot an apologetic look to the guy who was still singing a song for me on stage. He ignored my facial expression and winked at me. Maybe he thought I was emot
Thomas and I didn’t talk much on our way back to my house. We were in some quiet understanding of my situation, while I was thinking of what I was going to say to my father, he was probably trying not to trouble me any further. Instead of chatting, we listened to some radio, while the heater of his car created a cozy feeling. Streetlights were mashing around us, as Thomas hastily drove in the sleepy town. It wasn’t that late, but the cold weather had chased away the people, and they were probably resting in their warm homes, watching television, or making yummy dinner. I loved how in movies, families gathered together for a homemade meal, looking happy and loved. I never had that feeling in the rare times when I had to dine with my father and the twins. It was forced and no one really cared much about the others. Well, maybe dad did, but his plans to unite us
“It seems like she got in some big trouble and was called for questioning in the Police station after school.” My mother whispered with a gossiping expression. “So?” I opposed her. “After that, she could have been angry and slashing my tires for revenge.” “No. You don’t understand. She was there for hours and until late. When you saw your car, she probably was still in the station. Her parents called to inform me, she will not be at school for a few days because I was the one who escorted her out of school today.” My mother was hastily explaining, her eyes concentrated on my face. “I had just found her, she was skipping classes, hiding. I made her give me her mother’s number and when I called, they came to take her. Later, they called me right after the questioning and this was about an hour ago. You must have be
Lately, I was picking a time when others would not be at school, to paint on the wall project. Now, I wanted to be the only one painting again, but I didn’t want to be alone. It was the perfect place to plan my payback with Thomas, Linda and Tina. Leaving my mobile in my locker for the rest of the day, I decided to do things the old-fashioned way and arrange my meeting using only the clock and my mouth. It was still school hours and students were in their classes, but not us. I was waiting for my people, painting the last wall picture where the pool was with the phone again in my pocket. “You should have an exhibition in some gallery, Alice!” Tina complimented me when she came with Linda. “I never knew you were that good,” she continued with her eyes wide open, inspecting my creation. “Well, you never paid attent