Lunar Skylar

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Get some sleep!!

“I can’t even sleep.” He groaned turning around.

“Tell me about it.”

“You know that day where you fell off the stairs?”

“And you’re brother saved me?”

“He is the best person you’ll ever meet...and when you left...it hit him hard. I mean hard. He went into full depression.”

“I didn’t mean to hurt him...I told him I hated him. I looked him in the eye and told him, ‘I hate you’.”

“Those three words led him to do some really bad things.”

“What?”

“He was doing drugs. He was high all the time and was just going crazy. Neha tried to stop him, but he wouldn’t listen.”

“Is Neha still with him?”

“Yeah. Surprised.”

“How is she not mad?”

“She was. But she’ a true good person.”

“She’s really kind...”

“I know...whereas Alex on the other hand, she lost it. She kicked Xander out the house but he refused.”

“I would never have suspected a thing...”

“He was high constantly. And he’d go out and I’d go searching everywhere trying to find him...”

“I’m going to talk to him.”

“I promised to not tell you.”

“Don’t worry. I wont say anything about this.”

“Thanks.”

I knocked on Xander’s door and then opened it. I went to lay down next to him. He was deeply asleep, don’t blame him. It’s two in the morning.

“Xander...?”

“Go away.”

“Xander you know I love you right?”

“I am with Neha--”

“No, I mean I love you.”

“Oh.”

“And I’d never want you to hurt yourself...”

“I need to sleep.”

“Xander why do you hide stuff from me?”

“I don’t so just leave me be.”

“I know you took drugs.”

“Alex told you didn’t he?”

“Why did you?”

“You told me you hated me.”

“But I didn’t mean it.”

“You looked me in the eye and told me you hated me.”

“But you should’ve known I didn’t--”

“Sky you did. You hated me at that moment!”

“I did, but I don’t anymore.”

“Just go away.”

“Why are you being so cold with me?”

“I’m just....please just go.”

“No, you can’t just act like that. You’re acting just like this morning.”

“I’m not.”

“Xander tell me what I’ve done again...”

“Nothing.” He mumbled.

“Tell me.”

“Sky will you just shut up!”

“I’m just trying to be kind--”

“That’s your problem! You’re too kind--”

“That’s not a problem!!”

“It is okay! People will take advantage of you!!”

“No one’s done so--”

“Patrick?”

“Being nice and caring...it’s me. I care too much about people even if I have sudden outbursts but I can’t help it! I need to be kind.”

“That’s exactly how you’re going to get hurt. Noah will use you. He will.”

“Xander what are you on about?!”

“You’re so blinded, you don’t know Noah the way I do!”

“Noah is troubled, yes but he’s not that low.”

He scoffed. “I am trying to be supportive of you and Noah, but I can’t shake the feeling that you and him are back together and he will mess it all up.”

“Xander please stop being stupid. Noah is--”

“Noah is pure trouble and you will likely be hurt. He will use you.”

“Xander what’s your problem?! It’s like you don’t want me to be with anyone. Do you like me or something?!”

“NO!!”

“Then why are you so worried about ME!!”

“Because I care and you’re too blind to see it!”

“I am not okay! I care about everyone. I am not blind! I see the things, the small things you do!”

“Name me 5 small things, normal people would brush off as nothing.”

“You fixed my tie and helped me with my hair today, on June remember when I dropped all my skittles and slipped on them getting a bump on the head and Calvin posting the video? You were the one that stopped him and you gave me ice. And you remember last December? When you helped me dodge Homework support just so we can watch double Hollyoaks? Or when I had my period on your sheets? Or when Noah threw boiling water on my leg twice and I had to go to immediate care and I still have the burns. They haven’t faded, ever since year 5. You helped me recover. You applied the cream for me and helped me get about? I had to spend two weeks at home because of the burn...”

“And what’s funny is your right side of your leg, the lower part that got burnt, is shaped like a J. And your right thigh is shaped like the country Syria, where you’re from.” He smiled. “You remember all that?”

“Yeah, and loads and loads and loads and loads more.”

He looked at me for a while. “You’re different from everyone...you do know that right?”

“I know.”

“And...” He sighed. “You can do what you like but I just don’t want you to get hurt. You’ve got me if anything goes wrong...”

“I doubt it. Besides, Noah’s been the best person ever.”

“Right. He’s the ‘best’ person ever.”

“Xander!”

“Okay, okay. Just saying, I am not happy with your relationship.”

“Good for you. Just don’t try and jeopardize it.”

“One question.” Xander said. “Describe Noah in 3--”

“He’s kind, patient, friendly--”

“Woah. Lies! He’s not kind, not friendly and DEFINITELY not patient.”

“That’s a lie!”

“Really? How is he friendly?”

I looked at him trying to find something. “He’s kind.”

“So he’s not friendly.”

“He’s got lots of friends.”

“That doesn’t count. He fights with Mason all the time.”

“But they haven’t fought for ages.”

“So?”

“Urgh!”

“How is he kind?”

“He is kind because he respects you guys and me.”

“He beat you up.”

“And he regrets it.”

“Right.”

“Xander shut up. He is kind. He really is. He never talks bad about teachers or other people.”

“That’s true. He rarely does...only about Mason.”

“But he doesn’t anymore. He respects people that are older than him even if he beats them up.”

“Yeah. I guess.”

“I’m actually sleepy.” I said turning away from him. I closed my eyes and fell asleep right away.


“School.” Xander said waking me up. I got up and went to the toilet and came back out after forty minutes. I went to put my school uniform on and then packed. ALL my stuff. Then I went downstairs and saw Xander had made my breakfast. He smiled at me and got out two cups and a bottle of orange juice, he took my medication and gave it to me. I washed it down with orange juice and had my cereal. I fixed my tie and went near the front door taking my school shoes out. I quickly put them on and did my shoe laces.

“Where’s Alex?”

“Guess who’s starting school?” Calvin said walking down the stairs in the Riverspark College uniform. “I’ll make your life hell.”

“Calvin!!” I shouted and ran after him, starting to tug at his hair. Xander pulled me away.

“Xander he cannot come to school.”

“Who says?” Calvin smirked.

“I do!”

Xander opened the front door and pulled me out the house. He opened the car and I went in sitting at the front seat next to him. Calvin started swearing. “I was supposed to sit there! Sky move!!”

“Calvin, back seat now.” Xander said. Calvin rolled his eyes and sat behind us.

“You are both going to act like mature humans.”

“Who picks on Sky?”

“These two kids, was it, K.O and Joel?”

“Yeah.” I said. Then looked at Calvin and saw the smirk. Then realised something. “Xander, Calvin’s smiling!”

“So?”

“No, that’s bad.”

“Calvin what are you planning?”

“Nothing. Just making new friends.” He said staring straight into my eyes.

“Xander, he’s going to make friends with K.O and Joel!!”

“Calvin you better not. You’ll be with Noah and your friends.”

“Sure.” He lied. Xander pulled up to the school gates. “What class are you in?”

“1A.”

“Nononono!!”

“Sky stop shouting. So you’re in the same class?”

“I knew someone new was coming because Cassandra left but not HIM!”

“Okay, both of you better not fight or cause a scene. I don’t want to have to pick you both up.”

“I won’t cause a scene. It’s him you should be worried about!”

“If I hear one more word from the both of you, you’ll both be grounded. Now, what class do you have?”

“Chemistry.”

“I knew it, she’s obsessed with me. If proposing to me and kissing me a million times--”

“Calvin shut up!!” I screamed at him.

“Chill. No need for all that. I know you always wanted to kiss me.”

“Calvin, I hear one more stupid word from you, you are grounded.” Xander said. “Now the both of you, if you fight or mess about, I will make you walk holding hands tomorrow to your classes.”

“That’s not gonna happen.” Calvin said. “Can I go now?”

“Calvin, don’t piss her off...please.”

“Fine. Bye.” He said getting out the car.

“Bye.” I said also getting out the car. I walked down the hallway and into the classroom. I went over to Noah and pulled him to the corner of the classroom. “Why did you not tell me, your devilish brother is in our class?” I hissed.

“He is?”

“Yes idiot. He’s--”

“Hi Noah.” Calvin smiled walking over to us.

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Wanted to surprise you. You always wanted to be with me, so surprise!”

“This is the best day ever.” Noah said as he and Calvin walked to the other side of the classroom.

Lucas walked up to me. “You okay from yesterday?”

“Better than ever. Have you seen Calvin?”

“Calvin?”

Then I pointed at them. Lucas burst out laughing. “This is going to be the most interesting day ever.”

“No Lucas. It will be utter humiliation.” I said.

“You need to change your accent.” He said.

“I can’t.” I said clearing my throat. “It’ll past but until then, I need you to stick with me.”

Then Aiden, Mason and Gemma came over to us. “Have you seen?” Gemma pointed at Calvin.

“No, I clearly haven’t.”

“Accent.”

“Shut up. I’m trying to get rid of it.” I cleared my throat. “Okay.”

“Still there.”

“It’s fading a bit.”

“Still there.”

“Gemma shut up.” Mason nudged her in the ribs.

“Chillax.”

“Is it just me or is...Calvin and K.O talking?”

“I knew he was going to be friends with them.”

“Yeah. Sad luck.” Aiden said. “But what’s good is--”

“We’re girlfriend and boyfriend.” Madison said with a bright smile.

“That’s great!” Gemma said. “When do you plan on getting married? I can organize a--”

“Gemma!” I hissed.

“We haven’t even spent a day together.”

“That’s a lie.”

“It’s a figure of speech.”

“Oh.”

“Anyways, how’s the wedding going?”

We all looked at her blankly. Gemma was about to say something but Lucas covered her mouth. “It’s going great.” He lied.

“That’s good. Oh, my friends are here. Bye!” She was about to kiss Aiden when she stopped herself. "You want me to?"

"It's okay."

Then she kissed him and started walking away from us.

“Calvin also doesn’t know.”

“What?” They all asked at the same time.

“What? Xander and Alex found out last night and guess what? Tisha is going to therapy. She’s an evil bitch--”

“She’s five. And we’re sorry for believing her and thinking you’re crazy.”

“It’s NOT fine. But I take the apology.”

“And also, don’t say anything to anyone, we haven’t even told our parents, we could tell our dads, they’ll be understanding but our mums...that’s going to take a long time...”

“Okay. We won’t say a word.” Mason said.

“Everyone sit down!!!” Miss Viviana shouted. We all went back to our seats and I looked at Mason who was next to me reading his timetable. “I hate Thursdays.”

“Same with me.”

“Today we have a new student, Calvin Heffley.” Miss said. “Come on up and introduce yourself.”

“Hi I’m Calvin.”

“And what do you like?”

“To upset a certain someone which is going to go through hell.” He said glaring at me.

“That’s descriptive. Are you in any way, Noah’s twin?”

“Nope.” He lied. “Just magically look identical, live in the same house and have the same brothers, same DNA and share the same fiancee.” He smirked at me.

“Calvin!” Noah hissed.

“Sorry, it’s just, that she’s so obsessed with me. Proposing to me, kissing me a million times and--”

“Calvin shut up!” Noah shouted from across the classroom.

“Okay calm down. Anyways, I’m a nice, kind and friendly person. I have the best brother in the world.”

“That so?”

“Xander and Alex.”

“What?!”

“Just kidding, it’s you.” He said to Noah.

Miss paused. “What’s your favorite thing to do?”

“Paint balling.”

“Why?”

“I love hitting her straight on the face.” He smirked at me. The class burst out laughing. Mason whispered. “Calm down.”

“I am calm.” I hissed.

“Okay, erm...what’s your favorite color?”

“Red.”

“Birthday?”

“23 December 2003.”

“Okay, erm...what do you want to specialize in?”

“Pediatrics. I want to be a pediatrician.”

“Just like Noah.”

“Yes.”

“What school did you go to?”

“This an interrogation?”

“Nope. We need to get to know you.”

“Okay, next question.”

“What’s your favorite food?”

“Chips and ice cream.”

“And drink?”

“Coke.” He smirked at me. “Like last time. That was just the beginning. Next time, be careful of what you drink. Never know if you might...die?”

“Are you threatening her?!”

“No. Just telling her to never drink coke again.”

“Why exactly?”

“You really don’t wanna know. Next question.”

“Okay, erm...what do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?”

“YouTube.”

“Cool. And what type of videos do you do?”

“Pranks. Pranks and pranks.” He walked up to me. “Wanna kiss me again?” He burst out laughing and went back to the front of the class next to Miss. Noah got up and started shouting. “You fucking--”

“Noah sit back down.”

“He just spoke to my girlfriend--”

“Fiancee--”

“She’s not my fiancee!”

The whole class went silent. Calvin walked up to him. “Did you just say she’s not your fiancee?”

Noah glanced at me. “I need to go--”

Calvin looked him in the eye. “Noah did you break up with her?”

“No.”

“Then why did you say she’s not your fiancee?”

He looked at me for help.

“He forgot.” I lied.

“Sky shut up and mind your business. Noah are you not engaged anymore?”

“Go away.”

“Tell me the truth.”

“We aren’t. Maybe in our twenties.”

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I forgot.” He said. "Even Xander and Alex don't know."

“So no one else knows then?”

“No.” He lied. Pretty obvious.

“Who did you tell?”

“Only Gemma and it wasn’t my fault. She interrogated me.”

Then he walked over to Gemma. “Who did you tell?”

“No one.”

“That’s a lie.”

“No, I really didn’t.”

“Okay then.” He went back to the front of the class. “Who else knows?!”

Silence. Then he eyed me up and down. “You.”

“What?”

“Who did you tell?”

“No one.”

“Tell me the truth or I swear to god you will regret it.”

“I said no one.”

“I will expose one of your big secrets right now and on social media if you don’t tell me the truth.”

I looked at Mason for help. “What do I do?”

“Tell him.” He whispered.

“I told a few people.” I said to Calvin.

“You what?!” Noah walked up to me. “You promised not to tell.”

“You told Gemma.”

“That was not my fault. She interrogated me and I can't lie!”

“Guys--”

“Hold on Miss. Who did you tell?” Calvin crossed his arms.

“Only Mason.” I said. “Right?”

“Yes. Now please go away.” Mason said.

Calvin looked at me for a while. “You told Xander and Alex didn’t you?”

I looked at him speechless. “Who told you?”

“I knew it!”

“Calvin--”

“Hold on Miss.” Then he turned to me.

“You told Xander and Alex?” Noah shook his head. “Why would you?”

“It’s not my fault. They were talking about weddings and then started making calls.”

“That’s not them. That's what Gemma would do.” Noah said.

“Fine. Xander said something and I told him I wasn’t with you.”

“And you couldn’t just lie.”

“I can’t lie to them.” I mumbled.

“You have.”

“No I haven’t. Only they have!”

“They’ve never lied to you--”

“Really? Because I just found out last night that, Xander was taking drugs!”

“He what?!” They both looked at me shocked. The whole class gasped.

“Nothing.” I blushed. “Just go.”

Noah scoffed and walked away from me. Calvin went up to the front. “Can I go back to my seat now?”

“Last question. How many siblings do you have?”

“One, two, three, four...five, six, seven? Wait, seven. Yeah seven.”

“You don’t remember them?”

“I’m sorry, it’s not like I really care.”

“That’s great. Who’s the youngest?”

“Tisha.”

“Oh, is she nice?”

“Yeah. Just some people tried to stab her, drown her, push her off the stairs, cut her hair, beat her up and also burn her finger.” He glared at me. “And cause an explosion in Alex’s room trying to kill her not a day ago!!”

“The explosion wasn’t even that bad--”

“She passed out, there was smoke everywhere and then you also knocked her out with a laptop.”

“I didn’t do it. She did it to herself.”

“Right. She’s a five year old.”

“So you abused a five year old?!!” Miss got up and looked at me shocked. The whole class just shook their heads at me. Enjoying the drama.

“Actually, I didn’t. There’s a reason why she’s going to see a psychologist and therapist!”

“No she’s not.”

“You saw her yourself yesterday. Remember?”

“Yeah but now that I think of it. Maybe you lied?”

“I was with Alex the whole time. He told me he was in the room the whole time and I did not move an inch! And also, he saw Tisha holding my phone and standing outside the bathroom.”

“So it really wasn’t you then?” Noah asked from across the classroom.

“I didn’t do it. Or Calvin did you do it?”

“No, I was asleep. Like Alex said. I was sleeping.”

“And I was too.”

“You probably sneaked out when Alex was distracted.”

“Are you serious? You can’t accept your demonic sister did it can you!?”

“She’s not demonic!” Noah argued from across the room. “You’ve got serious issues with her.”

“She’s done one year of blaming things on me. Every time she comes home she finds something to blame me for, I mean, she stabbed herself, burn her finger and cut her hair in one day. She even cut ellie just to get me in trouble!”

“Maybe that was a bit too far but still, she’s a kid--”

“I know she is but shes gone too far. She didn’t even cry when she was burning her finger.”

“She didn’t?”

“No.” I said. “Now can you both just stop accusing me for stuff I didn’t do.”

“Like sleep with Alex last night?”

The whole class gasped. Noah got up from his seat and stormed towards me. “Please tell me that’s a lie.”

“It’s a lie. Ask Alex yourself. It’s all a lie.”

He phoned Alex.

“Noah you’re supposed to be--”

“Did you sleep with Sky?!”

“No--”

“Don’t lie to me.”

“I’m not lying. Now get back to class.”

He cut the call and blushed. “I am sorry for not believing you.”

“Yeah, you should.”

“And Calvin, watch your mouth!”

“It’s not my fault she’s an idiot.”

“Woah, don’t speak to her like that!”

“Noah, I love you and all, but you can’t say she’s not weird. I mean, she’s crazy for a starters. She ran away and spent five days soaking in the rain because she was so stubborn to--”

“Guys back to your seats!!” Miss shouted. “Loved the drama but go back--”

I grabbed Mason’s scissors and threw it straight at Calvin. “You’re a fucking bitch!!”

“Miss you saw that?!”

“Yes I did. Now go back to your seats!!”

Everyone looked at me.

“What!?” I shouted.

“Sky, calm down.” Mason mumbled.

“Anyways, today’s lesson, chemistry.” Miss sat down staring at the clock. “Why do teachers take forever.”

“Miss you’re a teacher.”

“Soon to be, an air traffic controller.”

“Okay.” Avery said. “Miss let’s play a game at the mean time.”

“Hang man?”

“I’m first!” Avery got up and took a whiteboard pen.

_ _ _ _ _ _

“Great, Madison.”

“O.”

“Yup.”

_ O _ _ _ _

“P!”

“Yes.”

P O _ _ _ _

“Poland!!”

“Nope.”

“L!”

P O L _ _ _

“Police!” I shouted out.

P O L I C E

“Yes!”

I went up to the board and knew the word.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

“T?”

_ _ _ _ _ T _ _ _

“A?”

_ _ _ _ _ T _ A_

“S?”

_ _ _ _ _ T_ A S

“Stinky ass bitch!”

“Calvin!!” Miss shrieked. “Come over here.”

Calvin got up with a packet of Doritos and put water inside, then closed the packet and shook it well. He went over to Miss.

“Yes.”

“How dare you speak like that to a fellow pupil.”

“I’m sorry.” He said.

“Apologise to her now.”

“Sorry Sky.”

“Go up to her.”

I smirked. He opened the packet and went up to me. He spilled the whole packet on my head. The class gasped and burst out laughing. I lost it at that. I grabbed him by the throat and shoved him to the floor I started punching him and kicking him and then he quickly got up. “Sky you are crazy!”

“I am not!!” I screamed at him. “You fucking son of a bitch!!” I grabbed the nearest ruler and hit him straight in the eye.

“Owwww. Miss she’s psycho!!!”

“You both, reception. Now!”

We both looked at each other. “I hate you!!”

“Hurry up--”

“Miss, we cannot go home. Please give us one more chance.”

“We promise to not fight.”

She looked at the both of us for a while. “Okay.” She sighed. “But if you argue one more time, you’re both getting sent home.” We went back to our seats ignoring the fact that everyone was staring at us.

“Now I smell of Doritos!”

“It’s your favorite crisp so it’s not a big deal.”

“I need to change. I hate him so much.”

“Sky, continue the word.” Miss said.

I got up and went back to the board. “Next letter?”

_ _ _ _ S T_ A S

“C?”

C _ _ _ S T _ A S

“H?”

C H _ _ S T _ A S

“Christmas!”

C H R I S T M A S

“Yes, up you get Bella.” I said as I went back to my seat. I sat down and Mason tried not to laugh. “Maybe ask Miss if you can go fix your hair?”

“Good idea.” I said raising my hand in the air. “Miss! Miss!!”

“There’s no point in putting your hand up if you’re shouting. What do you want?”

“Can I go fix my hair?”

“Go on.”

“Can Mason come too?”

“Why?”

“I have a lot of reasons--”

“Hurry up.”

“It worked.” I smiled as we walked down the hallway into the girls toilet. “I swear if anyone catches me here, I’m done.” He said as he took the crisps out of my hair.

“Don’t worry. No one will be here yet.” I said.

After he finished, he helped me rinse my hair and then we used the school dryer to dry my hair. After twenty minutes or so, Gemma came in. “Miss is assuming you’re both bunking.”

“Okay.” I said. “Let’s go.”

We knocked on the door and Gemma went in. Then we followed behind her. “They weren’t bunking Miss.” She said going back to her seat.

“Sit down.” Miss said to me and Mason. We sat down and watched Miss waffle on about some stuff and then she asked for our homework.

“So, who hasn’t done it?”

No one raised they’re arm up. Shit...

“Sky, where’s your paper?”

“You know what, yesterday I had a seizure. My hand wasn’t working.”

“Is that true?”

“Yes.” Someone said.

“Okay then. No homework support--”

“Miss her arm was working.” Calvin said. “She was too busy watching movies with ALEX.”

“That’s a lie.” I lied.

“Is that so?” Miss raised her eyebrows at me suspiciously.

“Yes. She was using both her hands. She was playing Roblox and War Zone.”

“Is that right?”

“That’s a lie. I don’t even live with him. He’s lying.”

“I’m not.”

“Miss, don’t trust him. I don’t even know him.”

“Yes you do.”

“He’s just trying to get me in trouble.”

“Enough! Sky, homework support.”

“Miss I am not spending one hour in homework support!”

“I’m sorry, no homework, no--”

“My hand was not working! Miss look he’s laughing!!”

“No I’m not.” He lied.

“Sky, stop changing the subject--”

“I’m not. Mason was with me the whole day, right?”

“Yes. I was with her.”

“Mason, if you’re going to lie, lie properly.” Miss put her glasses on. Then started typing.

“Hold on, Miss!”

“What?”

“You see, yesterday, I had a bad day...my hand wasn’t working. Then I found out that my sister had the virus...it crushed me to pieces...that’s why I was crying in the toilet. I’m sorry...”

“She has the virus?”

I burst out crying. “She has. She’s in critical care.” My voice cracked. “It’s my fault. If I didn’t take her to that stupid trampoline party, she’d be happy right now...not breathing from tubes...”

Miss approached me and patted me on the back. “Don’t cry...”

“Miss she’s lying!”

“Calvin shush.” Miss shouted. “Her sister’s in critical care. Least you could do is--”

“Fine then. Sorry Sky. Hope your sister gets better. And I’m sorry I trashed your computer. I’ll fix it today.” He said with a sweet smile.

“Calvin don’t you dare!”

“Miss what is she on about?” He said in an innocent tone.

“She’s upset.”

“You know, I heard grief can make people do crazy stuff.” He smirked. “Sky, I’ll help tidy your room up. You can stay after school and talk about your feelings with Miss.”

“That’s an excellent idea.”

“Nonono!!”

“Sky, I’ll speak to your mum. You need someone to talk to about this. I’m the school therapist. We can take some sessions together and--”

“Miss, I think I feel better now. I don’t need to stay after school--”

“I know it’s hard opening up, yes dear. You know, my aunty had the virus. It was saddening. She passed away.”

I froze. “Miss, I have a small confession..”

“Yes?”

“She’s lying!”

“No. Calvin shut up.”

“Miss you know, she needs someone. You should definitely stay with her everyday after school to catch up and talk about both your covid relatives.”

“Great idea.”

“And Sky, I’ll make sure Xander and Alex know how you’re feeling about your sister. Sure they’d be glad to hear it. And Xander of course. He won’t ground you and take all your electronics away.”

“Calvin shut up!!”

“Sky!” Miss nagged. “He’s being kind.”

“No Miss, he’s going to get me grounded!!”

“Nono, those are not my intentions. I just mean, I want to help. Be a nice, caring and very very very lovely brother.” He said bitterly. “I’ll make sure everyone knows about your sister’s condition. You will get so much support from your fans. And your parents will definitely NOT cut your allowance. And your gaming set, maybe we should throw it all away, give you some space from electronics, find your true self. Right Miss?”

“Yes. You can do yoga--”

“Calvin you touch any of my stuff I will kill you.”

“Don’t worry. Xander will kill you. Once you’re dead. You can kill me. But I’m a ghost, remember?”

I stood up. “I have had it with you!!!”

“Skylar sit down. Shouting isn’t going to help with your brain--”

“Shut up about your stupid yoga bullshit and therapy. I don’t care. I don’t need to discuss my stupid problems with you and you know what?! My sister doesn’t have the covid! She doesn’t!!”

Everyone looked at me shocked. “You were crying.”

“Anyone can cry--”

“No you were crying like for real--”

“No, that was all lies. Just easy to cry!!!”

“So Miss, is that isolation?” Calvin smirked.

“Lunar Skylar, I’m phoning your parents!” Miss stormed away and went back to her seat. I banged my head on the table. “I’m a stupid pathological liar!!”

“Yes you are!” Miss said phoning reception. “Hello, can you call Lunar Skylar’s parents, I need to speak to them today. Let me know when they arrive.” Then she cut the call and glared at me.

“My condolences for your loss.” I said.

“Take those contacts off--”

“They’re not--”

“Take them off now!!”

I looked at Mason. “Have you got glasses?”

“Think I have them.”

“Can I borrow them?”

“Yes.” He said opening his bag. Miss was waiting for me. I faked taking the contacts off and then put Mason’s glasses on.

“How bad is your eyesight?”

“It’s not bad--”

“Throw the contacts in the bin.”

I smiled weakly. Then got up and avoided looking at her. Then I threw my imaginary contacts in the bin.

“Show me your eyes.”

I looked at her. “They’re not contacts. I don’t know what they are they just appear out of nowhere.”

“Take them off.”

I walked up to her and took the glasses off. I tried to take my fake contacts off and she saw they weren’t contacts. She looked at me confused then sighed. “Get back to your seat.”

I went back and sat next to Mason. Miss started to talk about particles and blah blah blah and we kept writing for ages until the last ten minutes. “Okay, we’ve got ten minutes left.”

“Miss...will the covid disappear by 2021.”

“I wish.” She sighed. “Really devastating. Millions of people have died due to this virus.”

“It’s tragic. You know, I hate it when people say the Chinese virus...”

“It’s absolutely racist.”

“Yeah...let’s hope for the best in 2021. Actually, what are you all hoping to do during the holidays?”

“Oooh, I have my birthday!!” Madison shrieked.

“Same!” Larry said.

“Everyone’s birthday is in December?”

“No, April!” Octavia said.

“Okay, tell me your birthdays, start with Madison."

"Okay, erm, 10th February."

"Jordan?”

“16 December.”

“Octavia?”

“5 April.”

“Jaspreet?”

“9 June.”

She kept asking people, everyone’s birthdays were really cool--

“Sky?”

“23 December.”

“Mason?”

“23 December.”

“I knew it!” Miss smiled. “Lucas?”

“19 December.”

“Gemma?”

“9 January. Youngest out of them all.”

“Aiden?”

“13 November.”

And she kept asking more people, then she reached Noah.

“23 December.”

Then more people, then Calvin. Urgh.

“15 April.” He lied.

“23 December.” Miss said. “So four people with the same birthday, cool.”

“Not really.” I mumbled.

“It’s surely fun. I mean, you get to spend time with your boyfriend and best friend and enemy I’m guessing.”

“And in which language is that called ‘fun’.”

“Oh well.” She sat back down. “Next lesson, we’re going to cover up a lot of work so work on pages 112 and 114. No need to do anything, just read it and understand it. You do it, it’ll help but if you don’t, whatever. Your future, not mine.”

Then the bell rang. “And I’m out. Bye guys.” She said leaving the room.

Then Calvin walked up to me. “You are dead.”

“I’m moving back in with my mum.”

“No you’re not.”

“Who says?”

“Go on then. Move out. I’m pretty sure you’d jump off a cliff just to not go back home--”

“I love my family and all but they’re too much.”

“Your mum is coming. I’m going to get you in big trouble.” He started walking away. I got up and pushed him to the wall. He fell hitting his head.

“Oh no, I’m seeing double. Call an ambulance someone. This is manslaughter. GBH!!”

The whole class burst out laughing.

“Calvin, get up.” Noah said helping him up.

“My eyesight!”

Noah grabbed his bag and Calvin shoved him. “Don’t touch my bag.”

“So you can see now?”

“I got my eyesight back.” He said sitting back down. Noah sat next to him and they started talking. I rolled my eyes and went over to Mason. “He broke up with me yesterday.”

“He what?!”

“No, we’re back together now.”

“What--”

“He broke up, then I told him how much he means to me, actually I just said one of his favorite quotes in one of his books. Shadow Hunters. Yeah.”

“Oh.”

“He still loved me but I still don’t know why he broke up with me. I asked him if he was ashamed of me but he didn’t say anything...” Then I frowned. “He didn’t answer my question.”

“Well at least you’re back together.”

“I guess. I mean--”

Then I got a notification. I clicked on it and saw me getting--

“Calvin!!”

“What? Just making content for my followers entertained.”

“Calvin, I will kill you!!” I slammed my phone on the table and stood up. I went over to Miss’s desk and took the large sharp scissors. Then stood up again holding the scissors. “I will aim this straight to your eye.”

“You wouldn’t dare.”

“Is that a dare?”

He swallowed. “You throw that at me, I’ll tell Xander and he’ll ground you for the rest of the month.”

I threw the scissor aiming straight at his hand. He winced as it hit hard. I saw there was a small cut and blood was leaking from it.

“You just pushed the line!!” He started chasing me around the class room while Noah sat down laughing and recording. Mason got up and stopped Calvin. “You both are acting like immature dick heads.”

“It’s his stupid fault. Now, I am going to get called a bunch of nicknames relating to Doritos!”

“Your favorite snack.” Calvin smirked.

“You know what, I don’t ever want to see you again. I should’ve just let you die there. I can’t believe I care for an idiot. You are nothing but a stupid bitch! I actually cried because I thought I lost you. Now I regret every tear. You should’ve died!”

“Sky don’t speak to him like that.” Noah said standing next to him.

“I will. He is a retard. He just cares about hurting people and annoying them and humiliating them!”

“I don’t humiliate anyone apart from YOU.”

“What have I ever done to you?!”

“Millions of things. You’re not as innocent as you say you are. Oh, and especially what happened to Xander’s bed a couple of times. Actually, lots of times. Naughty. Don’t think I don’t see Xander...” He smirked.

I blushed so hard. “Calvin why don’t you just mind your business.”

“You can get humiliated right now.”

“Calvin, stop it.” Mason said.

“Right, I will. I will stop everyone’s desperation to hear what happened. So--”

“I will tell Xander.” I said.

“No you won’t. You do, I’ll tell everyone. Besides, even if you do, it’ll be too late.”

“Calvin don’t do this.”

“Calvin just stop it okay.” Noah said trying to drag him away from me.

“How did you even know what happened?”

“Maybe because Xander never does the...never mind.”

I exhaled.

“You’re lucky I’m not that deep.”

“Either way, how on earth did this in any ways affect you?”

“I have no clue.” He said sitting back down.

I rolled my eyes and sat back down next to Mason.

“Is everything okay?” He whispered.

“Yep. Apart from having period blood on Xander’s sheets a million times. Yep.”

“Seriously?”

“Yes.”

“I cannot believe he was going to tell everyone.”

“Tell me about it.”

“But at least he didn’t.”

“Hello my fellow pupils!!” Miss Forey came in. “I heard we’ve got a new student. Noah back to your seat now!!”

“Miss I’m not--”

“Don’t talk back to me--”

“I’m--”

“I’ve had enough of you. Especially this morning--”

“Miss I’m Calvin.”

Miss turned around and looked at him. “Calvin?”

“I am Calvin and Noah is over there. Sitting in his seat.”

“Oh...so you’re the new student.” Then she looked at the register. “Oh...Calvin Heffley. Sorry about that.”

“It’s fine.”

“And Noah, don’t think I forgot about this morning. And Mason you too!”

“It was an accident. And Mason is to blame.”

“No, it was clearly your fault.” Mason argued.

“It wasn’t. You weren’t watching where you were going.”

“It was both your faults.” Miss said. “Okay, open your books. Time to make notes. In the middle of the page, write, ‘you have bewitched me, body and soul.’

“Okay, now that you’ve finished. With the person next to you, can you both discuss what the quote means. I’m sure you did this in secondary school.” She said. Everyone started discussing

“I swear that’s from pride and prejudice. Remember?”

“Oh yeah. We did do that.”

“Exactly. And Mason...you okay?”

“Better than ever.”

“Cool. Sarcasm?”

“I’m doing fine. Lucas is just being a pain as usual. Apart from that...everything’s going fine. Gemma and I went out on a date and it ended horribly.”

“Wow.” I raised my eyebrows. “I pictured the perfect date.”

“Yeah...it was the opposite, but at least we’re together.”

“You’re what?”

“Yeah....I’m surprised.”

“And how’s Aiden’s love life?”

“Exceptionally well apart from the fact that Gemma keeps nosing in on their business.”

“Not gonna lie....she does have a big mouth.”

“Agreed. But seriously, she cannot shut up. You remember last year? The winter event.”

At that we both tried to hold our laughter in.

“Both of you stop laughing!!” Miss shouted. Then we burst out laughing.

“DETENTION!!”

I picked my pen up and so did Mason, trying not to laugh. After a second or so, she looked away.

“She’s so bossy.”

“Who? Gemma or Miss?”

“The both of them. But mainly Gemma.”

“I’m dating her but I agree so badly.”

“Don’t blame you. She does have a weird habit. Her obsession with chocolate cake and do you remember last time--”

“Lunar Skylar, seems like you have something you want to share?”

“What? No.”

“Really? Last time I checked, you weren’t paying attention but speaking about stuff which by the looks of it, is unrelated to my class!!”

“We were paying attention. Right Mason?”

“Yeah.”

“What did you come up with?”

I looked at Mason blankly. “Say something.” He hissed.

I turned to Mason and put on an English accent which is easy as I sometimes...you know. “Oh Mason my prince charming, you have bewitched me, body and soul.”

The whole class laughed and Miss was trying hard not to. I turned to Noah. “Sorry.” I mouthed. He rolled his eyes. “It’s fine.”

“So, that’s what you came up with?”

“No.”

“Yes.” He said.

“Okay. I cannot say anything. Took real guts to do that.” She sighed. “Jordan.”

Jordan waffled on about bullshit while I started writing something. Then I scrunched the paper up.

About last night...you didn’t answer my question. Why did you break up with me?

Then I tossed it at him as soon as Miss turned around. He looked at it for a while and didn’t look up at me. He just stared at it until Miss shouted his name. “Noah!!”

He jumped. “What?!”

“Who are you talking to like that!?”

“Sorry Miss.”

“What are you doing?”

“Nothing.” He lied.

“Give me the paper.”

“What paper?”

“You’re holding it. Give me. Now!”

He looked at me hesitantly. I rolled my eyes. He sighed. He got up and handed it over to Miss. Miss read it and looked at us both. “Is that why you were crying yesterday?”

“No. That was because of something else.” Noah said going back to his seat.
“And Noah, you still haven’t answered her question.”

“I will..” He said not looking at me.

“Anyways, as I was saying...”

I looked at Noah, he looked really stressed. Like super stressed. I watched him trying to listen but then he scribbled something down and gave it to Lucas who passed it on to me.

I’m not ashamed of you, I just think I’m not good enough for you...but last night you made me realise I was being stupid. So I’m sorry. I was just so scared of loosing you because everyone was talking about the picture you took, Tisha took, and I just lost it. I’m sorry.

“Okay, that’s it!” Miss snatched the paper off me. “To be honest this is so romantic. And I’m just being nosy.”

“As usual.”

“Yes. Now back to the book,”

“Thank you.” I mouthed to Noah. Then turned around to Mason.

“And this day just gets more and more interesting.”

“Yeah.”

Then there was a knock. A guy came in and handed Miss two timetables. Urgh. I probably have homework support.

“Calvin, Sky, here you go. Reception.” Miss said. “Take your stuff.”


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