As I walked into the library, I was instantly greeted by the scent of old books. I took a deep breath and smiled at the essence. How much I missed this place. It is the perfect therapy and one of the most cheap therapies, to say the least.
As I walked, I stretched my cheeks to give a tight smile to my librarian, who, might I add, is not very fond of me. One reason is that, there's basically just me who visits this place. But in my defence, I don’t bother her at all. However, I might have strangely disturbed her privacy, so ever since then, I have tried to limit my visits since I couldn't handle her negative vibes.
Good for both of us.
As I walked to my reserved place, I propelled down on my chair.
I looked at the huge clock hung on the wall across from me and sighed. I have 30 minutes to go. And, that means, I can actually read a book.
Trying a little more to look on the positive side, I shuffle the contents in my bag and went for my book. I am re - reading the notebook now and I guess it'll keep me entertained.
There is this unexplainable beauty in Nicholas sparks' writing that everyone finds amazing. No matter how old the story is, you seem to dive into it. It's a complete bliss to just wander your eyes over those beautiful dialogues and expect nothing more than it.
I started reading and unconsciously started flipping pages as I read the story. I was completely into the book until-
"Yes- she's here. I found her." I frowned at the new voice in the library. The only people who visit this library are the librarian, who barely talks, and Mr. Mebbin, who just comes here to chill, and the cleaner. But, that voice belonged to none of the three so I stretched myself and looked over my shoulder to look at the grinning Bretton Parker.
What is Sean's best friend doing here?
His grin suppressed to a smirk as he spoke into his mobile "I'm not going to tell you where she is."
Well, is he talking about… me?
But wait, why will he talk about me? And who'd want to know about me?
"Try finding us. See you soon." with that said, Brett removed the mobile from his ear and grinned again, making his way to me.
"Long time, baby doll?"
I narrowed my eyes at his use of the nickname, to which he just shrugged and settled down beside me.
"What are you doing here? If you're here to support that stupid prank of your best friend-"
"Relax! Can't a guy like me just come to read a book or talk to his friend?" He spoke, innocently, as if he was hurt by what I just spoke.
I frowned and looked over my shoulder to check if anyone was there.
"Friend? As in, the librarian?"
Brett almost scowled, "Why would I need the grumpy, old librarian when I have a beautiful girl waiting for me?"
"Are you flirting with me?" I narrowed my eyes.
Brett widened his eyes and came closer to cup my cheek, "I'm sorry if I brought your hopes up, baby doll. I'm sorry but I didn't have those plans in my mind."
I scowled and pushed his hands away.
"If you want to go out with me, all you have to do is just ask." He smirked.
I rolled my eyes, "In your dreams."
"I dream about you everyday."
"Why? You tasted me?"
"Sexy, my ass!" I muttered.
"You've got a nice one though."
Before I could open my mouth or plant my palm on his cheek, I heard a third voice.
"Run if you want to save yours."
And then, silence enveloped.
To say I'm puzzled is an understatement.
In a quick motion, I could see a fist flying to Brett's Jaw and then he fell to the ground. I gasped in horror as the truth before me unfolded.
"What the fuck, Sean?!" Brett yelled putting his palm on his jaw.
"You deserved it, anyways." was Sean's short reply.
"Have you lost your mind? Do you realise he is your best friend?" I yelled at Sean in exasperation.
"Best friend, my ass." Sean cursed.
"You have got a bad one." Brett muttered.
If this wasn't any serious situation, I would've laughed my ass off but-
"That's it, I am going to fucking kick your ass-"
"What is going on?" Sean was abruptly cut off with a gruff voice.
I sighed and inwardly groaned when I recognised that old voice of the gruff woman. Scratch that. I mean, gruff voice of the old woman.
The librarian looked mad as she graced our faces with her signature glare. She is a peace-loving person, which is why she is allotted a space here. She's half of the reason why the readers of our school hate this utter silence.
I just gave her another reason to hate me. It's not like she was fond of me. She believed it was me that interrupts her privacy.
But, whining won't help me right now as I almost see smoke coming from her ears.
And without any second glance, we were pushed into the principal's office.
When I said trouble, I wasn't kidding, seriously.
There are a few places that I never liked. One such place was the Hospital. I think we're mostly going to need to visit it soon to fix Brett's jaw.
Two, police station. I hope I don't have to get into that creepy place ever.
Three, principal's office.
That's where we ended up.
If looks could kill, I'd be buried 6 feet down and my funeral would've have been limited to a minimum of 6 people including Brett and Sean.
The atmosphere is thick with tense and the glare that the three of us were receiving couldn't go unnoticed.
The woman with horn rimmed spectacles had been trying to narrow her already narrow eyes. She's sort of trying really hard to scare us but I somehow find this situation… humorous.
Brett who was standing to my left is matching the glare with our principal, Mrs. Summers. She would occasionally look at the me and Sean but Brett wouldn't take his eyes off her.
Sean, to my right is completely oblivious to what's happening. He's been checking his wrist watch and sighing occasionally and muttering something about how he's missing his soccer practice. He looks like he doesn't give a shit, his words not mine, about what's happening.
Mrs. Summers cleared her throat and pulled my attention.
"Who'd like to explain?"
We remained silent.
"Bretton Parker, what's wrong with your jaw?"
Brett took a brief glance at Sean and looked back at Mrs. Summers before continuing, "Sean punched me."
"Ms.Blue, is he stating the truth?" She asked me.
"Excuse me! I am saying-" Brett tried.
"Ms.Blue.” Mrs. Summers addresses me with her glare still fixed on Brett, “Truth or not?"
"Um…" I looked at Sean, puzzled. He looked at me and cocked his eyebrow. I narrowed my eyes and said, "Yes."
"Sean Lanter, why did you do that?"
Sean rolled his eyes, "Mrs. Summers, this dick-"
Sean scoffed before continuing, "Brett here used unparliamentary language."
"But you did the same, few second ago!" Brett retorted.
"But I didn't talk about asses!"
"But you called me a dick!"
"Enough!" Mrs. Summers yelled. "Do you realise I'm standing here?"
"You're sitting…" Brett muttered.
Mrs.Summers' glare intensified. But she spoke nothing. And I have an odd feeling this is going to be bad. Real bad. Silence is the sign of the upcoming storm. And the only storm that I can possibly think of is-
"Oh, my God! Really?!"
Three of the replies came in unison. The first one was of course mine. Like, seriously? I am getting a detention on the first day of school? Not that detention is pleasing on other working days but... On the first day?
The second reply was Brett's. He sounded happy and I couldn’t possibly understand why. And for the third, it was from Sean. Yeah. Totally cool.
"Really? Cool, isn't it?" She asked, sarcasm dripping from her voice. "How cool would a detention for 1 week be?"
"That'll be really cool!" Brett said, with unmasked happiness.
"Hmm..." she began, thinking, "So, detention won't work for you. Will it?"
"It would totally do." Brett said.
"It might, to Ms. Blue, but the point here is.. It won't do anything to the both of you."
We spoke nothing.
"Mr.Lanter and Mr.Parker, although you are one of the most notorious students that we have, it oddly doesn't affect your grades. They are surprisingly high. So, detention here won't make much of a difference."
Now looking at Brett, she said,
"You have been accused of many crimes. Flattening tyres, putting gum on teachers’ chairs, renaming the chemicals in the lab..."
And now she turned to Sean.
"…and Mr.Lanter, punching people around doesn't give a reason to let you go, does it? And hacking the school's computer and changing the grade, definitely isn't something that pleases me. "
My eyes snapped to him. Sean hacked the school’s computer? To change grades? Why would he do that? It is hard for me to admit the fact that he has really good grades. Better than mine, if you ask. But, why would he need to change his grades. He definitely wouldn't need any amendments. Or did he do it for someone else?
Now, she looked at me. And I have a strong gut feeling that whatever is running in his mind, isn't going to be good for me.
"Ms. Blue, it surprises me that you have failed your chemistry last year."
"I was sick-"
"I didn't ask for excuses, Ms. Blue."
That shut me up. But, I indeed was really sick. Who would submit their assignment that required hundreds of pages of writing, and writing an exam like a healthy person would write, when they could barely open their eyes and had to stay in the hospital, sucking glucose for almost 2 weeks? Definitely not me.
"So, you boys here need someone who can control you."
Then, she turned to me.
"Whatever is the reason, the only thing we see is that you have failed to submit the assigned work and failed a test."
Now she roamed her eyes over all of us.
"So... This leaves me with only one option."
And that's what we are waiting for.And what I heard next is something that I never thought I would.
"Your schedules are going to be changed and.."
I am waiting… spit it out.
"You three are going to be partners for the rest of the semester."
"Partners? In what particularly?" Sean asked. "Chemistry , basically." She started "Your schedules are going to be changed. Ms. Blue will have either of you in her periods." No. No way at all. "But why?" "Ms. Blue, I have clearly reasoned out why I am doing this. Teaming you up would not only improve your grades but would control the pranks in the campus and the rates of injuries." She didn't stop, yet. "You three are few of the students we have with good potential and I don't, at any cost, want you three to fall down in your percentages. We are going to apply for universities and we want the best universities to offer to our students. Teaming you up, will make this work." I sighed. It feels like I was made to abandon Nutella for the rest of the year. Well, I meant to compare Nutella to my freedom. "Anything else?" She asked. I shook my head. "You may leave then. Collect your schedules from the office tomorrow." With that, I understood that I was over. Nah, just kidding.
As I walked into my school, it wasn't really weird to get those stares. I'm just too old for them to feel something new. So, it's basically sort of a... gossip centre for us where we'd buy and sell gossip for no price at all. So, the headlines of today go like something like this, "Has Sean Lanter started a charity event?" I answered all of their questions in my mind while I headed to the office to collect my new schedule. And what I didn't know was that Brett was already there. "Pinch me! You are so fine I must be dreaming." Brett flirted like always, and I just rolled my eyes. "How about I punch you and you wake up?" the infamous voice of Sean's rang in my ears and I had to control the urge to roll my eyes again. Seriously, is this the beauty and the beast? If it is, then I don't know who Gaston is. "Guys, we got our new schedules and we got to check-" "I got it covered for you." Sean spoke, "We're basically in all the classes and we have to share a few with Brett too, unfort
Sean I have been secretly admiring her for two years. In these 2 years, my fondness towards her has become all the intense and evident. I have tried really hard to get her out of my mind but every time I attempt, her blue eyes come crashing into my sight. But that didn't stop me. I can get all caveman if I want. I'd even become a vampire and hunt down people. Like any possible school, nerds are bullied in our school too. I was a bully too, that is, until I noticed Sapphire being the bullied. That's it. It was then that I realised what a horrible person I was. It wasn’t until someone I liked got hurt that I realised how hard it is for people to get through bullying. Bullying had to end. No one can bully Sapphire. But, these musing couldn't exactly help my demands since people here are too foolish for their own good that they failed to notice that Sapphire is not just a random girl. That moment when I caught some stupid seniors bullying her in the cafeteria, my eyes instantly grew
Sapphire "Hey, what the fuck-" Brett tried to intervene but I caught him mid-sentence and didn’t let him finish. "No!" I widened my eyes in anger. “Don’t you fucking dare to defend him.” "Sapphire, come on!" Brett tried. Yea, the hell I will to listen to him. Temporarily distracted by Brett, I forgot to see what Sean was up to. Hence, when I felt my legs move, I was completely caught off guard. "What are-" I was cut mid-sentence when Sean did the unexpected. He bent down and effortlessly threw me over his shoulder like I weighed nothing more than a feather. My eyes widened in horror and my hands subconsciously fisted. “What are you doing? Put me down this instant!" "I won't until you stop punching my back." Sean grumbled. "Hey!" Nina protested "Where are you taking her-" I couldn't hear what she said after that because we were already going away from them. I never stopped punching his back and he remained unaffected. "Seriously Pretty girl, that's not going to help you."
By the end of the day, I prayed to God to not let me into any more trouble. I have had enough dose for today when multiple things ended up happening with me. When I returned back to where my friends were waiting, I left Sean back hanging with a smirk still persistent on his face. After I spoke to Nina, it was established that she was going to drop me home. The first thing that went abnormal was that we had another passenger with us. And that was Brett. Brett liked the idea of carpool and tried it with Sean this morning. Poor guy, if only he knew he could trust the world but not Sean. "He left me." He said in disbelief, with a dramatic gasp escaping his lips. "He left me alone." I could just do so much as roll my eyes at him and throw him a glance of disapproval. That, wasn't the complete reason why he's travelling with us. When he said he had no one to ask for a ride, Nina immediately offered that she could drive him home. "I'm getting not one, but two girls to ride back home
Sean I walked into the drive inn and rummaged through my pocket to find my mobile. When my fingers reached the firm ends of my iPhone, I pulled it and held it out before my eyes. I placed my thumb for the finger print verification, and when the screen unlocked, I opened my f******k to look for the prey I was going to hunt. I had a faint memory of meeting him once or twice in of the parties that I threw and he appeared to be quite familiar. Acquaintance or not, I was not going to spare anyone that messed with me. I saw him in this location here and found him in this drive inn in the far end of the town, where most of the crimes happen. Not an issue for me, my crime's covered. I don't need one, but it's rather absurd to have a bruised up man walk over an old grandma and beg for help. I clicked for his photo to get the image of his in my mind. I tossed the phone back into my pocket and began searching through the drive inn. The drive inn is pretty famous for its a bar. We haven't got
Sean I picked my phone up from the other seat and smiled while I looked at the screen. I answered the call and put the device against my ear. "What were you even thinking? Do you take me for a fool? You are not going to come home. That's it. I won't let you. And if you are already around our street, then sorry to inform you, we don't have any food to offer you. Until next time. But you are not coming here. Not even in my dreams. Nor in your-" "Sapphire, Breathe." "I am-" "Your sister seemed rather too excited to have me join you." "Yeah, she has this hospitality for dogs. She seriously adopted a dozen of them-" "Did you just say I am a-" "Dog? Yes." "You don't know who you're messing with, kitten." "Honestly, I am sick of your endearments. And if you intended to intimidate me, then sorry, I am not worried about what you're capable of." "You know what I am capable of, pretty girl. You know I am coming over tonight, right? I can do anything." "And you thought I'd let you do t
"Sapphire, I thought this will make things easy for both of us. I thought... maybe you'd at least... talk to me. What do you want me to do? What do all those guys in the school have that I don't, to get at least a genuine smile from you?" His voice was low as if he was in pain. He looked sad and disheartened. It's been fun all this while but I think the conversation had taken a leap. I could see that he was being serious. His words tugged at my heart. A foreign feeling had immersed within myself, and I couldn’t quite understand why it was affecting me so much. Maybe it was because I was finally hearing the sincerity in his voice, something that I had been longing for many days. "Sapphire. I just wanted to help you. If... it was too much... then... I'm sorry for it." He spoke. And without a second glance, he left me rooted to the place. I watched him go as I stared at his back. As he disappeared into the darkness, I felt something pull my heart. Did I feel guilty for treating him th