I’m sitting opposite of Adam in Pete’s. I dunk a french fry in ranch dressing and smile up at my fried. He’s telling me about his weekend away. Right now, he’s going in depth about some girl he went swimming with. I laugh at something he said.
“So, did you get her number?” I question, biting into a new fry.
“I did.” He said proudly.
“What about the girl at the bowling alley?” I asked.
“Cameron. She’s cool.” He shrugs.
“So, you’re talking with both?”
He nods, “Nothing’s going to happen with the girl I met at the hotel, Tyler. She’s just fun to talk to.”
“I didn’t know you were such a player, Adam.” I tease him.
He laughs at me and digs into his chicken fingers. The bell chimes as someone enters the diner. Olivia Connors comes strutting into Pete’s flanked by thing one and thing two. She’s wearing her usual skimpy attire. She spots me instantly across the restaurant, flips her hair over her shoulder, and gives me an icy glare. I try hard to ignore her. Her and her two sidekicks take a booth on the opposite side of us.
A moment later the bell chimes once again. Kaleb Nixon walks into the restaurant wearing his trustee leather jacket. He doesn’t notice me at first. Of course, the only person he notices is Oliva Connors. He gives her a wink and then crosses the diner to meet her. Olivia makes room for him. Her slides in close to her, a little too close.
I instantly feel sick to my stomach. I gulp and peel my eyes away from them.
“The world is right again.” Adam states as he notices Olivia and Connors as well.
I don’t say anything, because I don’t trust myself. I don’t know why the sight of them together makes me so angry and sick. Maybe it’s because I had seen the good side of Kaleb and I knew for a fact that Olivia Connors was a snake in high heels.
“Looks like they’re getting back together.” Adam laughs.
My eyes snap to his, “They dated before?”
“Yeah. They dated for like a year and a half. They were perfect for each other if you ask me.”
“Kale has commitment issues. I guess things got too serious.”
That did sound like Kaleb, but it was weird to think that he dated Olivia. But of course, the queen Bee and the hottest guy in school would end up getting together. Maybe I was the only one that knew the good side of Kaleb. Maybe he was a different person with me than he was with the rest of the school.
Our waitress came back a moment later and refilled our drinks. I didn’t touch mine. I could hear Olivia giggling at something Kaleb said. Thing one and thing two joined in. When I peered over at Kaleb, he was soaking up the attention. He smirked at Oliva and tucked a piece of hair behind her ear: classic Kaleb Nixon moves.
Then, I heard Oliva say my name and she was pointing at me from where she was sitting. Kaleb’s gaze snapped from the girl before me to meet mine. A guilty look flashed across his face, but he quickly got a handle on it. Olivia said something and I saw Kaleb fake a laugh. A moment later Olivia shoved at Kaleb and they both got up from the booth.
“Oh, great.” Adam sighed as he noticed the pair coming towards me.
I don’t look at Olivia and Kaleb as they close the space between us. Olivia leads the pack, looking confident. Her minions are next, as silent as ever. Kaleb looks nervous as they come to a stop in front of Adam and me.
“Well, hello there, Greer.” Olivia greets me in her fake sweet voice. “Haven’t seen you around lately, where’ve you been hiding?”
I give her a forced smile, “I haven’t been hiding, Olivia.”
“Oh, then just avoiding me?” She teases. Kaleb stays silent beside her, barely looking at me.
“What if I was?”
“Well, that’s not very nice. I thought we were friends. I invited you to my party.” Olivia says and I see Kaleb visibly flinch. I wonder if he’s remembering the encounter we had with Jason Peters, because I am.
My jaw clenches as I fight the nerve to yell at him.
“Oh, Jason says hi, by the way.” She laughs. “You guys hit it off at the party, didn’t you? I can give you his number if you want.”
“That’s a low blow, Liv.” Adam growls.
Olivia’s eyes snap to Adam’s, “I’m sorry, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Of course, not.” I roll my eyes. “What do you want, Olivia? You’re ruining my appetite.”
"We just wanted to say hi.” She grabs Kaleb’s arm and pulls him close. She rests her head on Kaleb’s shoulder.
“How nice of you.” I say, my voice quiet.
“We’ll see you at school tomorrow, won’t we?” Olivia asks.
“Yeah, I’ll be there.” I sigh.
“Tomorrows your presentation in English class, right? Kale’s been telling me all about it.”
“Yeah, I bet he has.”
“Well, we’ll see you later, Greer.” She waves to me and then drags Kaleb away. He gives me another guilty look before he lets himself be hulled away.
As soon as they’re gone, I groan and rest my head back against the booth. I can’t believe she came over here just to rub it in my face that she was with Kaleb. Even worse, I can’t believe Kaleb just stood there and said nothing. I don’t like the person he is around Olivia Connors.
“Well, that was fun.” Adam says.
That night, I ignored Kaleb’s calls. He even texted me, but I didn’t open them. I don’t know why I was letting this get to me so much. Kaleb could hang out with whoever he wanted. If he wanted to be friends with Olivia Connors, that was his business. I’m being petty and I know it. I don’t like when Kaleb gets on to me about hanging out with Bash, I shouldn’t care that he hangs out with Olivia. A part of me just expects better of him though.
I finally answer the phone after his seven call, “Sorry, Kaleb, I couldn’t find my phone.”
There’s silence on the other end for a moment. Even if he can’t see me, I think he can tell that I’m lying. “Yeah, okay.” He sighs. “I was just calling to go over our presentation tomorrow.”
“Oh, right.” I say and dig through my papers to try and find our project sheet. “We could each do every other line, does that sound okay?”
“Yeah, that sounds good.”
“Okay, cool. Well, I’ll see you tomorrow at school then?” I’m about to hang up when he stops me.
“Wait.” He sighs heavily. “I’m sorry about Olivia Earlier.”
“Why? It’s no big deal.” I lie.
“Why do you got to be so stubborn, Greer? I know she bothered you.” He snaps.
“Olivia is just another high school drama queen. She’s annoying, but she doesn’t bother me.” I shake my head.
He groans, “I was there, remember? Look, you can deny it all you want, that’s fine. I’m sorry anyway.”
I stay silent for a moment. I don’t know how to answer. I let out a heavy breath and close my eyes. “Even if it did bother me, which it didn’t, why do you care? It’s not like you did anything but stand there anyway.”
“I’m not saying I care. I’m just saying sorry.”
“Well, if you don’t care than you don’t need to be sorry.” I snap back.
He groans, “You’re impossible!”
“And you’re a jerk!” I yell.
“You know what? I’m not sorry, I take it back.”
“Good. I hope you and Olivia are happy together! Make sure to invite me to the wedding!”
He starts laughing then, “Wait, go back. Am I hearing this right? Is Greer Evans jealous?”
“What? Of course not!” I balk.
“You are! You’re so jealous. Oh, this is rich!” He laughs.
“Would you shut up? I’m not jealous, alright?” I yell.
“Then what do you call it?”
“I just thought you were better than that!”
He’s silent for a moment, “What?”
I sigh, “I just thought you were better than Olivia Connors.”
“Greer..” He cuts off.
“I’ll see you at school tomorrow.” I hang up the phone.