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
I clicked the red button, ending the ‘conversation.’ Was Samuel making out with some girl? I shook my head, even though I had just entered my warm room, goosebumps erupted over my whole body. The important note here was not that he was with another, but the fact I did not feel jealous like I often did with Thomas. I covered my heated cheeks with my cool palm, thinking it would be for the best if Samuel found a girl for himself. He was cute, and I felt great in his cheerful company, but it wasn’t fair of me to keep letting him believe I could be with him. I was deeply falling for Thomas with every passing day. The next half an hour, I spent on my computer--searching for dance challenge ideas. In the end, I had something formed in my head, but it needed someone from outside t
Wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans, the club owner of Cherry on top gave a warm hug to my step-sister, who was looking like a model of the latest fashion line--totally the opposite of his casual attire. “W-what?” I stuttered. “I thought you two didn’t know each other when we met…a month ago?” “We didn’t know each other back then,” Tina smirked at me, moving away from the guy. "People can surprise you." I scratched my head, amazed at how fast the Barbie became close with the right people. It was beyond me. “I didn’t know you did such things,” Thomas gave voice to his thoughts. Our group gathered closer for a more private talk aroun
As our mouths enjoyed the most intriguing game, my hand moved under his leather jacket, enjoying the warmth of his silky shirt. Both of Thomas’s palms were on my waist, as his fingers played with my long hair. It was no longer cold. My whole body was burning from our proximity and his deep kisses. I was lost in his arms, craving every second of our intimate moment. I felt a little dizzy from all the excitement or because I was barely catching my breath. Slowly moving away from him, I leaned on the wall next to us as a playful grin danced on my lips. “This was…uh, unplanned?” He said, but it sounded more like a question. “Was it really?” I giggled, raising my eyebrows and gestured towards the romantic setting between the lockers. Latest chapter