"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 way at all.
"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."
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. It's just mentioned to get a dramatic effect.
"Hey baby doll, aren't you tired? Because you've been running on my mind all night."
I glared at him and looked away in annoyance.
This won't work.
This won't work at all.
"Hey baby doll, cheer up, I heard you are good at algebra, can you replace my X without asking Y?"
I could feel the edges of my lip curl slightly against my wishes. I tried to suppress my smile, but I was failing miserably. I had been mad at Brett for the past half hour but he waspractically telling me all the pick-up lines he knew and I could not help but smile.
"Argh!" He said, when something hard hit him on the jaw. And when I roamed my eyes over his neatly damaged jaw, I could see that a coke tin had been shot to it.
As I looked back, I found Sean glaring at Brett from a small distance.
"That's a patient you are dealing with." The doctor hissed. "First thing, you aren't supposed to get food in here and second, we can report you to the authorities if you harm the patient."
Sean just shrugged it off.
I glared at him and shook my head.
"What?" He mouthed to me.
I came closer to him and propelled down on the chair.
If you haven't guessed by now, then let me tell you, I have had the grace to visit the 2nd place in my do-not-visit-even-if-you-get-free-food list. Yes, we are in an hospital.
When we could finally get out of the office room, Brett caught hold of his jaw and started yelping in pain. Sean, being just Sean, said he was pretending but when I could see that Brett was actually in pain, I persuaded Sean to go to the hospital with him. But when Brett had told me to come along, I had to consider the situation. I usually never skip my classes and I had just skipped one today and I can't afford another one.
But Brett just looked at me with puppy eyes and muttered the six words that made my heart melt.
"Are you leaving me, Baby doll?"
And I had to give in.
Pretending or not, I could not say no to that face.
And when I finally reached the hospital, ignoring the beautiful aesthetic vibes it was giving me - note the sarcasm - I finally made him get a treatment.
And to my utter dismay, Sean was right again and Brett had fooled us. What enrages me even more is the fact that he wouldn't leave any freaking nurse alone without flirting.
Once he told the doctor, "Playing doctor is for kids, let's play gynaecologist."
I almost choked on my own saliva.But wait, the show isn't over yet.
The doctor was nothing near angry or mad, in fact she smirked and said,"I need to check your temperature, you seem to be hot."
Yes. That's what has happened.
"Baby doll, you cannot stay mad at me for ever." Brett pouted.
"Call her baby doll again and I am going to hang you up there." Sean said, pointing his index finger to the fan.
"Oh, I'm scared." Brett gasped dramatically.
I rolled my eyes.
"Seriously guys? This is how it's going to work? You think I have the patience to deal with this mess for an entire semester? This might be a joke to you but it is not for me. I need grades and guys with brains."
"Well, I definitely passed my chemistry last year." Sean teased me.
"You said you won't bring it up." I glared.
And he just smiled and looked away. Now that I was just 15 centimetres away from his face, I had the chance to notice it better than before. He had dark grey irises, appreciating his deep eyes. His structured jaw and messy dark brown hair couldn't help but add to his appeal. However mad I might be, I had to admit that he looks...um… handsome?
He smirked. "You know, I wasn't kidding really." he started out of nowhere.
I turned my face to my side to face Sean. "Kidding as in?"
"What I meant today. It wasn't a prank. I genuinely wanted to come and talk to you and... it wasn't part of any prank."
I said nothing.
"I really wanted to know... If you... uh... would want to be friends with me?" He asked, his hesistant eyes looking for me.
And first time after a really long time today, I smiled.
"Well, I haven't been friends with guys before..." I trailed off, expecting him to know the reason why I hadn’t been able to make guy friends in the past. It’s not that a lot of guys wanted to be my friends anyway, most of them just looked for opportunities to bully me. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time a guy with good intentions wanted to hang out with me. They have always disappointed me in the past. And surprisingly, Sean is asking to be the friend I always wanted but never had. But do I know for sure that he wouldn’t disappoint me? How can I trust him? I was yet to find to out.
"It's not a problem really." Sean said. "I just... forget it. Okay, so do you take me as a friend?"
"I will have to think about it" I said.
I can't believe it, really. He is the first guy who ever had the guts to talk to me after my secret admirer went violent on the guys who spoke shit to me.
"You surely know how to make me desperate."
"I guess it's just weird. I haven't talked to any guy before seriously-"
"Are you lost Ma'am? Because heaven is a long way from here."
I heard Brett speak to the nurse. And the nurse, might I add, is freaking blushing.
I look at Sean and then steer my glance back to Brett.
God, how did I manage to meet a dimwit and a dick head on the first day of my school?
When I was sure Brett had exchanged his numbers with almost all the nurses that tended to him, we dropped him off at his place. He was pretty reluctant to let go of the hospital bed since he could get regular doses of witnessing beauties - his words not mine – so he couldn't just leave the bed until the doctor had to kick him out.
Brett's jaw was a little swollen but he said he'd managed and his mother wouldn't notice it. And then, when it was time, Sean dropped me home.
The drive back to my home was silent mostly. I just went through the playlist of Sean's and surprisingly he did have a good set of songs in there.
He merely drove around and didn't complain about anything. When we reached home, he just looked at me and said,
"Maybe we can try what I said earlier."
"I have to see if you actually have a chance of consideration."
"Don't test my patience, Sapphire."
I smirked and hopped out of the car.
"Hope you'll find your way back, Lanter."
"Until then..." he sighed.
"Good bye." I mocked his sigh and left.
Whatever Juliette said about interesting, I surely met a few of such people today.
I reached the front door and turned the door handle. When I got inside, the very unusual silence hit me. I could sense the tension.
Something's not nice.
In fact, something's really fishy.
I walked in and went to the kitchen to grab myself something to eat. After everything that has happened today, I deserved a great stomach-filling.
As I entered the kitchen, I could see Juliette staring at the pan while the eggs were left to burn.
I quickly went to the stove and took the pan away from there.
"Earth to Juliette!" I said, before carefully holding the pan out of my reach and putting under the tap.
As the water ran down the pan, hot air rushed from the pan to my hand.
I moved my eyes and looked at Juliette and saw her cleaning the mess she made. Usually, she doesn't let these things happen.
It's be a miracle to see our house silent. Generally, When I'm back from school, Juliette would be yelling from the kitchen, little Jack would try to sneak out of his daddy's hands, who would be trying very hard to make him wear a diaper.
Jacob being Jacob, doesn't even know how to properly wrap a diaper around his son. 18 months of being a father clearly did him no good.
But, the issue here is not of Jacob's skills in managing infants but about Juliette being silent.
It usually never happened. Even in the tired and unhappy times, she's thought me to hide the pain behind a smile. Was she trying to do the same now? But she wasn’t doing a great job at it since I could clearly see that something is wrong.
"Juliette, what's the matter?" I asked.
She avoided my gaze. "Huh? Nothing..."
I held her by her forearm and forced her to turn to my side. "I know when you lie, Juliette."
She heaved a sigh and looked at me in the eye. "It's about... Jacob."
"What, about Jacob?"
"You told me he's been checking my texts, right? Well, I was pretty mad. I wasn't actually, but I sort of did it in a playful manner. It was playful and fun until I received a message from… Reginald."
"Reginald texted you?"
Reginald was my sister's ex-boyfriend, who also happened to be Jacob's ex-best friend back in school.
Let's just say, things were pretty bad between the three of them.
"Yes, I am in touch with him for a month now. He says he's sorry for what's happened and he feels guilty. He wants me, I mean, he wants us to forgive him and give him a chance."
I glared at her. "And you forgave him?"
"I haven't. I just said he doesn't have to be sorry for anything and I don't want any strings attached to the past but... He doesn't listen. He wants me to fix things back and he wants to be friends with us again and Jacob thinks, I'm still into him."
"He got a completely different idea from those texts he's read and he... doesn't want to listen to me explain."
She forced a smile, "It's fine. Don't worry. We'll work it out. He's just a little upset. He'll be fine by tomorrow."
"Juliette, you don't have to-"
I was interupted by a shrill cry of a baby.
"I'll get him." She said, before leaving me alone in the kitchen.
This can't just happen.And it wouldn't have, if I just had the common sense of shutting my mouth in unnecessary situations.
Only if I shut my mouth that time, only if I didn't plan on teasing Jacob, things would've been different.
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
After I patted my face dry, I quickly made a move to exit the restroom. I have to talk to him. Maybe I will just ask him to come to the library- Ew, that's the most unromantic thing. Wait, what do I even have to do with romance? Surely, I have to get a grip on my mind. As I walked to the cafeteria through the empty hallway, I felt someone's presence behind me. As I turned around for confirmation, I felt a warm palm wrap on my mouth. My eyes widened in horror and my hands instantly flew to my mouth, which managed to concealed my yell. The grip tightened on me further as an arm wrapped around my body and pulled me back into a dark area. And before I knew what was happening, I was abruptly pushed into a dark room and my knees collided with the hard surface beneath. I winced in pain upon the contact and groaned. As I rubbed my knees to ease the burning sensation there, I whipped my head to the direction of my abductor. As I adjusted my vision, I blinked several times to confirm my sight