Chapter 14 | I Won't Let Him
After the bell rings, signaling that first period is over, I immediately stand up and follow Shane who left the classroom in a hurry.
“Shane, will you wait a damn second?” I yell after him, surprised at my sudden outburst.
“I told you Addie, not now.” He replies, still walking and not even bothering to turn around to look at me.
I feel my heart sink, but I don’t stop.
I finally catch up to him and yank him around by his arm.
“No, talk to me. What happened?” I demand to know.
“Let me go.” He replies sternly, completely ignoring the question I desperately need an answer to.
Angry, I yank him with me to a nearby janitor’s closet and slam the door after pulling him inside with me.
“Not until you answer me.”
Shane sighs before turning to look me directly in my eyes. I see pain flash before his and I swallow the lump beginning to form in my throat. He frowns at the sight of my bandaged face.
“I don’t want to talk about this with you. I don’t want you to make anything worse by confronting Jared.” He admits.
“Make what worse? And how could you possibly think that I’d even want to be in the same room as Jared, let alone talk to him?”
“I saw him last night at the police station.” He begins. “Your dad intervened when Jared confronted me. Slammed him against the wall pretty good and then threatened him. Jared left after that.”
“So then, what happened with that?” I ask, gesturing to his swollen face. It looks about as bad as mine does.
“Well, after I dropped your dad off at home and sent you that voicemail, I started to drive home myself. Only Jared ended up in front of my car almost causing an accident. Then he proceeded to get out of the car with three other big guys and let’s just say they weren’t nice.” He glares, obviously still furious.
“He jumped you? What a douche bag! He didn’t even have the balls to fight you himself, he needed to recruit help.” I begin ranting. “That yellow asshole needs to fall of the fucking face of the earth!”
Shane suddenly begins laughing.
“What the hell could possibly be funny?” I gape, crossing my arms angrily.
“You’re cute as hell when you’re mad.” Shane smirks, stepping towards me. “It’s sexy.” He mumbles against my ear.
I immediately drop my arms and can feel a shiver running down my spine.
“Wow, the atmosphere in here changed drastically.” I whisper.
“That’ll happen whenever I’m with you.” My heart melts at his words and I find myself wrapping my arms around his neck.
“I am so sorry this happened to you. This is my fight, and I’m just dragging you into it.” I apologize, feeling guilty for the unpleasant shiner my boyfriend currently sports.
“No, Add. Don’t be sorry, please. I want to do this with you. He deserves everything he gets and after what he did to me, I only want to bury him more.” Shane proudly states, wrapping his arms loosely around my waist.
He drops his head slowly until our foreheads touch. I gaze into his deep brown eyes.
“Add, I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you from him. From now on, no one else in this entire fucking world is ever going to lay a hand on you. You hear me? Not if I have any say in it.” His declaration is strong and a little scary, but absolutely beautiful nonetheless.
“Shane, I believe you. Thank you for making me feel safe.” I gently speak against his inviting, soft lips.
In a matter of seconds, his lips embrace my own, consuming them in full-force. The need for him over-powers any other emotion I am currently feeling. I need him like I need air.
These feelings are something I have never experienced before in my entire life, and I know in this one moment that I like Shane so much. He is everything that I want and more. He is beautiful, strong, caring, funny, sweet and considerate. He doesn’t hide behind anything and he wears his heart on his sleeve. He tells it like it is and if you stare into his eyes long enough, they are bound to hypnotize you.
After a minute or two of kissing, we pull away to catch our breath.
“We better get to class, Add. Don’t want anyone to know what we’re up to.” Shane smirks.
I roll my eyes with a smile and interlock our fingers together, heading for the closet door and pulling it open.
The hallway isn’t as crowded as before, majority of the students already in their next class.
“I’ll see you at lunch okay?” Shane says, giving me a gentle kiss against my forehead.
“Okay.” I smile, letting go of his hand and heading to class.
I smile the entire way there.
“Man, every time I look at your face I get mad all over again.” Angie sighs, sitting down with her tray of food.
“You and me both.” Shane mumbles from beside me.
“I know I’m hideous, but you can stop staring. It’ll fade soon.” I sigh back, popping an apple slice into my mouth, skipping the caramel dipping sauce.
“Shut up, you’re far from hideous.” Shane says, taking a bite out of his turkey wrap.
“Why thank you.” I smile teasingly.
“I can’t believe that psycho came after you too.” Angie states toward Shane. “Why isn’t he arrested yet?”
“I’m going to the police station today to give my full statement. After that, they will arrest Jared and then he will be put into a holding cell until his court day, or he will get someone to bail him out until his court date. At his court date, we will know if we have to go to trial or not, should Jared want to fight it.” I explain, reciting everything I learned from watching Law and Order. “Which I assume he will. He isn’t going to let himself get thrown into juvie.”
“And how do you know all of that?” Jaxon asks, opening his chocolate pudding cup.
“Law and Order, duh.” I state. “At least that’s how I see it going.”
Jaxon rolls his eyes while Angie laughs.
Speaking of the devil himself, Angie’s laughs were cut short when Jared walks through the doors of the cafeteria, Rebecca Moore hooked onto his side.
They are the perfect couple. An evil, disgusting asshole with the school’s queen bitch herself.
I couldn’t tell if it is Shane who tenses beside me, or if it is myself who tenses at the sight of them both.
I prepare myself for the worst when they both start walking over towards our table.
Shane and Jaxon immediately stand up, preparing to defend me.
“Settle down boys, no need to become hostile.” Rebecca says with a smirk.
“There’s always a need when you’re around.” Jaxon retorts, looking directly at Jared.
“I just wanted to come over and offer my sincerest apologies for any misunderstandings.” Jared replies smoothly, not missing a beat.
“Your dumb-ass apology is irrelevant.” Angie glares, pointing her hard gaze toward Jared.
“Shut up bitch.” Jared snaps to Angie.
“You better watch your fucking mouth Winston.” Jaxon takes a step toward Jared, his fists clenching.
“Man Angie, I don’t know what you see in these people. But hey, listen, I have a friend of mine who’d love to show you a good time.” Jared smirks while Angie rolls her eyes.
At this point Jared is just looking to push everyone’s buttons. Especially Jaxons.
Jaxon takes another step closer to Jared, only a foot or two away from each other.
“If I were you, I’d walk away. Now.” Jaxon threatens, crossing his arms over his chest.
“Oh come on, I’m just having a little fun.” Jared brings his smirking gaze over to me and I instantly feel a shiver go down my spine, and not the good kind of shiver.
“Isn’t that right, Addie?”
That is it. I have had enough of this game. I don’t want to play anymore.
Before Shane can step in to defend me, I place my hand on his arm and shake my head telling him to stay put.
I inhale a quick breath before standing up and walking over to stand directly in front of Rebecca and her smirking boy-toy.
“I suggest both of you leave before this gets out of hand. I’m tired of this. You’re acting like a couple of middle-schoolers. You do realize that all of this taunting and harassment is only going to help my case Jared.” I say, giving him a pointed look. This causes his smirk to diminish a little.
“God, you are both so pathetic.” I begin, raising my voice so the peers listening in could hear everything I am about to say.
“You think because you come from money and good looks that nothing bad will ever happen to you. That you will never have to deal with any real life consequences for your horrible actions. Well news flash, you aren’t going to be here in high school forever. Eventually you will be out in the real world, where people are ten times as mean as you are and a hell of a lot less understanding or forgiving. The only thing you have is high school. Once it’s over you’ll have no one because nobody is going to want to be around you. Sure, they seem like they do now only out of fear and out of wanting to get through high school drama free. But after? After, you’ll have nothing. You will be nothing.”
I cross my arms over my chest and stand my ground, not faltering in the slightest.
I didn’t have to turn around to know that Shane, Angie and Jaxon are all smirking at my sudden confrontation.
“Wow, that is really moving Addie. I mean God, I am truly touched.” Rebecca says, placing her hand over her heart, not at all hiding the sarcasm.
“Let’s go. We’re done here.” Jared announces, placing his arm over Rebecca’s shoulder and pulling her away with him.
As soon as Jared and Rebecca exit the cafeteria, the entire room begins buzzing with what has just taken place.
“Wow Addie, I didn’t know you had it in you!” Jax chuckles, patting me on my shoulder.
“Seriously, that was amazing!” Angie smiles, giving me a small hug. “Props.”
I roll my eyes with a smile and step over to Shane.
“Are you okay?” He asks, pulling me in for a hug. I nod against his chest.
“That was so hot.” Shane whispers into my ear.
My cheeks immediately turn scarlet.
“Let’s just get to class.” I say, placing my hand into Shane’s.
“I saw Jared today.” I say, rolling the window down to let the cool breeze in.
“Addie, you need to stay away from him.” My dad replies with his eyes focused on the road ahead.
“I told him off. It was pretty cool.” I smile, thinking about it all.
“Well that’s awesome, but I can’t risk him trying anything else.”
I know my dad means well, but sometimes he just needs to let me fight my own battles.
“You should have seen it, I totally shut him and that red-haired witch down!” Clearly, I am still hyped.
“Uh, who’s the red-haired witch?”
“Keep up dad. Rebecca Moore.” I sigh.
“Right. I wonder what happened to that girl. She was so nice when she was younger.”
“Simple, the dark forces cast a spell on her. Thus making her the red-haired witch.” I shrug.
I turn to see my dad smile. “Whatever you say, kiddo.”
“I am not a kid.” I pout.
“Talk to me when you can legally purchase cigarettes and then I’ll be impressed.” My dad challenges.
“Ew, I wouldn’t buy them anyway.”
“Good. Don’t ever start. It’s so hard to stop.” My dad says, causing me to look over at him again.
“You smoked?” I ask.
“When I was eighteen. I smoked for about three years straight and quitting was definitely not easy.” He confesses.
“What made you decide to quit?” I ask, finding myself curious.
I watch my dad as a genuine smile finds its way onto his face. “I met your mother.”
I then find myself smiling as I simply nod and then turn up the radio.
My mom and dad met during their last couple of years in college, and they have been inseparable ever since. My dad always tells the story of how my mom made him chase her for a few months, before finally giving in and going out with him. She played some serious hard-to-get and I suppose it worked in both of their favors.
Watching how in love they both are with one another my whole life has set my standards on love very high. Still, I know I have to be realistic on some things. No two couples are exactly alike.
Suddenly, my mind switches from love to hate when Jared pops into my mind.
“Hey dad, do you think Jared is going to get away with it?” I ask.
“Absolutely not. I won’t let him.”
I won’t let him.