Element (Book 3)

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Ch 5 - The Smile of The Football Captain

I could hear singing.

I slowly opened my eyes to be met by the bright light coming from the window. I had to shield them as I sat up, realizing that I had the headache of a lifetime. I could still hear the singing, and when I found the source, it was getting ready, seemingly to leave.

“Hey sleepy head. About time you woke up. I was getting worried. Your classes must’ve really knocked you out,” my best friend said.

“What happened?” I mumbled.

“To who? You?” she asked, to which I nodded.

She shrugged. “Can’t say I know. I only came back this morning to find you in bed passed out.”

“When did I even get here?” I asked.

“Like I said, I have no idea. I only got back this morning,” she replied.

“You were here last night,” I denied.

“No I wasn’t,” she said, looking at me funny.

“Yes you were! You were here telling me about your fiancé and I left to confront him and then Carter told me that the asshole is actuallymyfiancé,” I explained.

“You’re speaking in riddles sweetie. I wasn’t here last night. Carter and I only got back from New York this morning,” she informed.

I was highly confused, and this headache wasn’t making things any better. Based on what Winter was saying, I’d either dreamt up the whole scenario from last night, or someone was clearly playing games with me.

That’s if any of this happened last nightto begin with.

“Where are you going?” I settled for asking.

“There’s a big game today. Basically everyone will be there and my new friends invited me to come through to the after party as well,” she responded before there was a knock at the door.

She went over and opened it before greeting her visitors. “Hey guys! Come on in! This is my best friend Noelle. Elle, this is-”

“Sunny and Bridgette,” I interrupted at the sight of the two.

They looked confused. “Uh, yeah, but how did you know that?”

“We met yesterday,” I reminded.

“We did? When?” Bridgette asked.

“Your puppy ran up to me and you asked me to be your friend. See, I even have your numbers in my...” I trailed off in disbelief.

Their numbers were nowhere in my phone.

“Sweetie are you ok?” my best friend asked in concern.

“I’m fine!” I snapped.

“You know what, she probably just saw our pictures on the message board outside,” Sunny suggested.

Yeah, let’s go with that.

“Are you ready to go?” Bridgette asked Winter.

“I am, but do you guys mind if we take Elle with? She clearly needs some fresh air,” Winter said.

“I don’t want to go anywhere,” I refused.

“We’re ok with that plan. We’ll just be waiting outside,” Sunny said before they walked out, leaving me with an upset best friend.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” she asked.

“You people are my problem! I clearly remember what happened yesterday and yet you’re all making me feel like none of it happened,” I said irritably.

“Because none of it did!” she shouted.

I wasn’t buying it, and there was one way I could find out if I was right or not.

“You know what, I’ll come along. Give me fifteen minutes.”

I headed to the showers and took a quick shower before going back to get dressed. I picked out a pair of ripped black skinny jeans, a grey off shoulder jersey, and grey and black sneakers. I accessorized with black studs, a simple silver necklace and a grey watch, topping the look off with a black beanie after combing my hair out.

“I’m good to go,” I announced.

“Great! Please behave,” Winter told me.

“Don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said as I walked out.

Sunny and Bridgette were still waiting for us out in the hallway. I shot them a look, and they returned a confused one before I walked ahead of them. I heard Winter apologize on my behalf behind me, but I didn’t care.

Something was going on here and I would find out what.

It didn’t take us long to make it to the football field and it was packed. We had to look around for seats, and we were lucky enough to get them closer to the field, where we could see everything clearly.

The guy who sells stuff came by and I stopped him so that I could get a hotdog and some popcorn. When the opposing team came onto the field, there was some excitement, but it wasn’t until our team came on that the stands went wild.

“SIX! SIX! SIX! SIX!”

I watched, fascinated as the asshole stepped onto the field. He waved to the crowds, but the look on his face was as stoic as they came. Judging from the looks on the faces of his fans, this is normal behaviour from him.

The girl next to me nudged me. “Can you imagine how beautiful he must look when he smiles?”

I was about to respond when the tingling in my brain was strong. I clutched my head, closing my eyes, before a scene played in my mind.

*FLASHBACK*

“D, I want to know what’s inside,” I whined.

“Give it back and I’ll think about showing you,” he negotiated.

“We both know that if I give it back, there’s no way I’m finding out,” I told him.

“It’s nothing,” he lied.

“See, if it was nothing, it wouldn’t be such a big deal that I have it. Besides, you’re not putting up much of a fight to get it, so really, I think you want me to actually see it,” I argued.

He sighed, shaking his head. “Fine. Open it.”

I put the box onto the table and opened it. The last thing I expected to find was papers and colour schemes. I picked up the papers to find that it was layouts for seating, as well as plans for a gazebo. The colour schemes were pink and lavender, and there were details about flowers and decor.

“Everyone is probably going to kill me, especially Theodore since he actually took you up on your offer to plan the wedding, but it’s not my fault that you’re a nosy fiancée,” he teased.

“Wait a minute. We were just talking about the wedding decor three days ago. How did you guys put everything together so quickly?” I asked.

“You’re talking about some of the best agents in the world here. Trust me when I say it’s not that hard,” he replied.

I narrowed my eyes at him. “Were you planning on surprising me?”

He walked over to wrap his arms around my waist. “That was the plan, but you ruined it.”

“I’m sorry,” I whined, making him laugh.

“It’s ok. We’ll plan the whole thing together, this time just the two of us. How does that sound?” he asked, the cute smile on his face.

“It sounds amazing,” I replied before kissing him.

***

While I could see the person’s smile, I couldn’t see their face clearly in my vision, but there was something really familiar about the voice. The girl asked me if I was ok, and the concern was clear on Sunny, Bridgette and Winter’s faces as well, but I couldn’t say anything.

Instead I looked up and found my target looking straight at me, a frown on his face. I looked around me, wondering if he was perhaps looking at anyone else, but when I looked back at him, he was still looking straight at me.

“Elle, are you ok?” Winter repeated her question.

I turned to her, nodding slightly. “I think I am.”

“What happened?” Sunny was the one to ask.

“I don’t know. I think I had a memory or something,” I replied.

“What was the memory of?” Winter asked curiously.

“I think it had to do with my fiancé, even though I couldn’t see his face,” I said.

“Don’t overwork yourself sweetie. It will come to you,” Winter told me, to which I nodded before turning back to the field.

The game had already gotten underway and I watched, intrigued by my target. The boy is beyond brilliant, and I could understand why he had such a fan base. By the time the match was over, we’d won, and you could tell that the day was only going to end with good times.

We left, with the plan being to head back to the dorms to change for the party, but someone bumped into me, hard.

“What the hell?” I asked the brunette.

“Oops, my bad! I didn’t see you there,” she said, laughing.

“Jessica, do you really want to try us again?” Sunny asked her.

“I couldn’t care less about you. I’m just interested in Elle over here. I hear your boyfriend dumped you,” she said to me.

What the hell was she going on about?

“Excuse me, do I know you?” I asked her.

She cackled. “You get a new haircut, new eyes and an accent, and suddenly you don’t remember who I am? That’s rich!”

“Jessica, your flea is calling you,” Bridgette told her, pointing at some average looking guy with dark hair in the distance.

“Don’t call my boyfriend a flea,” Jessica said darkly.

“Leave us alone and I won’t have to,” Bridgette played back.

“We’ll be seeing each other soon Ellie. I have a bone to pick with you,” Jessica said to me before walking away.

“Who the hell is she?” I asked Sunny and Bridgette.

“Someone you really don’t need to worry yourself about,” they replied.

I just let it go, but only because it was just an addition onto a long list of things I don’t understand. We headed back to the dorms before splitting. The arrangement was that we’d be meeting up within the hour.

“Elle, do you want to talk about it?” Winter asked me when it was just the two of us in the room.

I sighed, sitting on my bed. “I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”

“How about you start with what’s bothering you right now?” she suggested.

“Do you know where I was before I came back to the agency?” I asked.

She shook her head. “Carter and I weren’t told, and we don’t have clearance to that information. Why?”

“I think I lived a whole other life while I was taken. I don’t know if it was by my own will, but I’m pretty sure I even got engaged,” I told her.

“What makes you think that?” she asked.

“I think I’m getting flashbacks and memories, and there are people that feel, familiar, to me,” I replied.

“People like Sunny and Bridgette?” she asked.

I nodded. “I know I probably sound mad, but before we came here, I thought that maybe I was imagining things, but now, being in this environment, some things are starting to feel too familiar rather than alien. I just, I wish I didn’t feel so helpless.”

“You do know that I’m here for you the whole way right?” she asked, reaching over to hold my hand.

I sent her a small smile. “I know you are.”

“Now, I can’t pretend to know anything about what you’re going through, but if you want me to, I can help you to put the pieces together,” she offered.

“Will you? I mean, I’m not going to be making sense for most of the time,” I said nervously.

“Sweetie, if you made sense, we wouldn’t be best friends,” she joked, making me laugh.

“True,” I agreed.

“Now, we’ll deal with the madness like two days from now. Tonight, I just want to get fucked,” she said excitedly.

I rolled my eyes at that. “Things like that statement make me question our friendship, just for the record.”

“See if I care bitch. I’m getting laid tonight!” she shouted in glee.

She really couldn’t give two shits when she’s in this mood.

“Hey Winter?” I called her as she changed out of her t-shirt.

“Yes my sugar plum?” she replied, making me laugh.

“You’re not engaged right?” I asked unsurely.

“At eighteen? Are you mad?” she replied.

Well at least that didn’t happen.

She went into a whole rant about ‘how dare I ask such a question’ and how she’s too young for such nonsense. She went on and on about all the things she still needs to do, and how she hasn’t even met a guy that remotely matches ‘her perfect guy’.

While she rambled, I saw fit to also change. This was my first college party, so I wasn’t all too sure about the dress code. Winter was dressed in a short, skin tight bandage dress that like anything else she wears, she rocked.

I however, settled for something more comfortable. I stayed in my skinny jeans and instead changed into a white crop top, olive heels and a military jacket with black sleeves. I kept the same jewellery on, swapping my grey watch for an olive one, and getting rid of the beanie.

“Who manages to look as sexy as you do even in jeans though?” my best friend asked as we walked out.

I scoffed. “Please don’t take pity on me with your unnecessary comments Miss Model.”

“No really, you’re going to be turning some heads for sure,” she said confidently.

“That’s not the plan, but thanks for the belief,” I said as I laughed.

We met up with Sunny and Bridgette, and they looked stunning. Apparently the party was at some kid’s house a couple of blocks from the school, so we were catching a cab there. It took us all of fifteen minutes to get there, and I wasn’t all that shocked to learn that it was a mansion.

The party was already underway, and by the looks of things, some people had already been here for a while. We headed inside the loud house, and it seemed like Sunny and Bridgette knew where we had to go.

We arrived in one of the rooms to find a group of guys and a girl sitting in it. Sunny walked over to one of the guys, as did Bridgette. From the way they kissed the guys, I took it that the guys are their boyfriends.

“Guys, these are our friends Winter and Noelle. Guys, this is my boyfriend Cash, that’s Bridgette’s boyfriend Malachi, his twin brother Mordecai, Wes, his girlfriend and our friend Felix, Eli and Aziel,” Sunny introduced.

“It’s lovely to meet you guys,” Winter said.

“It’s certainly lovely to meet you,” Eli told her.

She actually blushed.

“Is he here?” Sunny asked the group.

“He was, and then he left a couple of minutes ago with Jason who was actually rescuing him from Molly,” Mordecai informed.

“That girl is relentless,” Winter commented.

“Who’s Molly?” I asked.

“She’s the captain of the cheerleading team here and she’s got her sights set on the football captain,” Eli informed.

My stomach did a weird dip at the news.

“Six right? The football captain I mean?” I asked.

“Yeah, him. She’s wanted to sink her claws into him for two months now,” Malachi added.

“And? Is he interested?” I found myself asking.

“She’s not his type. Why do you ask?” Cash asked, that stupid knowing in his tone.

“No reason. Uhm, I’m thirsty. Does anyone want anything?” I asked as I stood up.

Like I even had any idea where I would be going from here.

“Nah, we’re good,” Wes replied.

“The kitchen’s down the hall to your right,” Malachi informed.

“Thanks,” I said with a smile.

He winked at me. “You’re most welcome Elliephant.”

For some reason the name made me laugh, and it made him smile to see me laugh, but it wasn’t creepy or anything like that. It was genuine and I could see us being great friends. I left the room and made my way to the kitchen.

I thanked my good graces when I arrived to find it empty.

I took out a bottle of water from the fridge and leaned against the counter, having a moment to myself. Despite the loud music and vibrating surroundings, I managed to just take a much needed breather. This day had been all kinds of complicated.

And it was about to get even more complicated.

My peace was interrupted by a group of five guys who walked into the kitchen laughing loudly. From looking at them, I realized that they were part of the football team, and just my luck, their captain walked in after them.

“I’m telling you man. It was epic!” one of them commented.

“Whatever you say man,” another one said.

“Hey there!” one of them greeted me, bringing everyone but my target’s attention to me.

“Hi,” I replied, making Six look up at me. His eyes widened a little before he put his poker face on.

Something that wasn’t missed by all of us.

“I’m Jason, that’s Ross, that’s Hartley, that’s Pete and that’s Oscar,” Jason introduced.

He’s the guy who rescued Six from Molly.

“And who’s he?” I asked, looking directly at my target.

“That is Six,” Ross replied.

“Hi,” I greeted him, all kinds of shy.

“Hey,” he actually responded.

“Hey guys, I need your help with some stuff upstairs,” Jason suddenly said, clearly hinting at everyone to leave the kitchen.

“Alright man,” the guys said before leaving after him.

“Aren’t you going with them?” I asked Six since it was the two of us left.

“I’m sure you’re smart enough to know that that was a diversion,” he commented, taking a root beer out of the fridge.

“Touché, but why would they leave us together?” I asked curiously.

“Maybe because I told them that I think you’re cute, and therefore guy code states you’re off limits to them,” he said seriously.

I couldn’t help my blush. “That’s actually a thing?”

“Amongst brothers I guess it is,” he replied.

“And you consider them your brothers?” I asked.

He nodded. “It’s important that we consider each other brothers if we hope to win the championship trophy.”

“That’s admirable,” I complimented.

“It’s common sense. What are you doing here all alone?” he asked.

“Really? Is that supposed to be a pick up line?” I teased.

I was taken aback when he laughed. “No. It’s a genuine question.”

“I needed to breathe,” I admitted.

“Not a fan of crowded parties?” he asked.

“I guess not. There’s too much going on and I guess it doesn’t make things better that I have a lingering headache,” I confessed.

He scowled. “When did you get it?”

“This morning when I woke up. I was a little confused when I got up, and I guess I still am, but that’s not your problem,” I said when I realized that I was rambling.

Silence settled on us, with the music overtaking. We stood in the kitchen, on opposite ends, saying nothing to each other. I was looking ahead of me, and I could feel him looking at me, but we both didn’t say anything for the longest time.

And neither did anyone walk into the kitchen.

He finally pierced the silence. “Want to get out of here?”

“Aren’t you the star that has to stay and celebrate with everyone?” I questioned.

“More than half the people here don’t even know that I’m here,” he countered.

I was suddenly feeling all sorts of brave.

“Alright, we can leave, but on one condition,” I bargained as I stalked towards him.

He watched me carefully, arms crossed. “And that is?”

“Dance with me first.”

I didn’t really give him the chance to accept or deny as I grabbed his hand in mine. The feeling I got was borderline electrifying as I led us on a path I had no idea about. When I opened the third useless door, he laughed at me before taking the lead.

We arrived in the huge room that had been turned into a dance floor. I spotted Sunny, Bridgette and Felix with their boyfriends, as well as my best friend, who was shamelessly making out with Eli. I guess someone’s having a good time.

And she wasn’t the only one.

My heart was threatening to jump out of my chest as Six pulled me closer to him just as the song changed to a slow and sexy song. I wouldn’t be able to tell you the name and only because I was focused on the fact that my heart wasn’t the only one beating at an abnormal rate.

One thing I did notice was that they were beating as one, as abnormal as the rate was.

I don’t know whether I imagined last night’s events or not, but in that moment, I didn’t care. The rest of the room disappeared, and this boy was the only person who mattered as his scent wrapped itself around me, intoxicating me.

There’s something about him that just unsettles my very existence, but at the same time, being in his presence like now, everything just feels right; like my world is aligned. I looked up at him to find that he was already looking down at me, an imaginary fire in his eyes.

“Can we leave now?” he asked lowly.

“Yes,” I said, a little breathless.

I hope I’m not making a mistake here.

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