Dave (Bonus Book 4)

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Chapter 20: First Day (Part 2)

I was completely over senior year and the false sense of making friends by the time school ended. It was only the first day and I was already ready never to have to come back to this hell hole. Apparently, the whispers in the hallway I didn’t care about traveled faster than I thought they would. They wasted no time getting back to Clarissa. In retaliation, the rumors of her and I sleeping around together were brought back. They were claiming she had proof. In a way she did, but it was mostly me saying I needed a distraction and asking if I could come over. It could imply a handful of things, but nothing was confirmed.

Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any worse, I found myself in the parking lot waiting for Maria for at least forty minutes before someone told me she was already gone. That annoyed me far more than it should have. It left me confused and internally conflicted. On one hand, I believed that I probably went too far and she was icing me out for it. On the other hand, I wanted to believe that she wanted me to admit my feelings for her. After all, she’d kissed me back. She hadn’t stopped me and left me standing there looking like an idiot. Not once.

After sulking by taking the long way home, I pulled up into my driveway at the same time Mr. Anise was leaving out. I smiled and waved as he looked up noticing me, but the look he sent back had me scared to get out of the car. Still, I wasn’t raised to be rude to someone who’d helped me so much.

“Evening sir.” I greeted as we met each other over the hedge.

“What the hell is wrong with you kid?” he spat looking over his shoulder. What he was checking for I had no clue, but I could guess.

“What did I do?” I questioned surprised as my voice raised an octave or two.

“How dare you encourage my little girl to go have that boy? He means her no good. He can’t be trusted.”

“Sir-”

“No David. I’ve met that kid before and my gut tells me all I need to know. I always trust my gut.” he sighed. For a moment I felt like he was trying to tell me something, but I was too scared to figure it out. “Look son, John is going to hurt her. I don’t understand why you would encourage it, but I do understand why you don’t want to stand in her way. Work out your feelings and please do it before she ends up falling in love with the wrong guy.”

“I don’t deserve her.” I whispered, holding my head down ashamed with that simple truth. I really didn’t deserve her.

“No guy deserves the girl of their dreams, but we spend the rest of our lives earning it. Especially when we’re lucky enough to have her want us also. Give it time son, you may be surprised.” he smiled, “Anyways, she’s in the house. I have cameras so don’t be stupid.” he laughed as he walked away before getting into his car and driving off. I stood there shocked. I was even more confused now than after I told him everything. He was still rooting for me and it made no sense. I was positive he wouldn’t want me anywhere near her.

Most days I found myself just wanting to be out. To be away from the prying eyes of my parents every chance that I got, but sitting on this comfortable swing set with Maria was proving to be more relaxing.

“This thing is just like a giant bed.” I yawned, placing my arm over her to cuddle. It was late fall and had started to pick up a chill, but we had a blanket and it was worth it to be this close to her.

“I’m cold.” she whined. I just shook my head and laughed as I brought her closer to me, wrapping her up in my arms.

“Better?”

“Mhmm.” a voice in the back of my head was nagging at me to get up and let her go inside, but another part enjoyed her lying on my chest. I wanted to lay here like this with her even though I knew it would never happen between us. If napping was the way to go then so be it. I wasn’t ready to let her go and I don’t think I’ll ever be.

“Want to nap?” I whispered soothingly.

“Yes.” she whined bringing a small smile to my lips as I held her tightly.

“Okay.”

I ended up just going inside after my conversation with Mr. Anise. I needed time to think over everything that had been said. With the quiet, I realized my answer to my question. He was still rooting for me because I gave him a good gut feeling. He didn’t see me as a monster. Either that or he found me redeemable. It felt good to have someone look at me like that. Even my own parents believed that I would go back. They tried to hide it, but it was always there hidden beneath their eyes.

Still, in the end I found myself not wanting to disturb her. I planned to just go for a quick swim and be done before she even saw me, but then I heard barking. It was easier to talk about staying away from her, but as soon as I knew she was within reach it all went out the window and today was no different. I was already out in the backyard by the time I heard her voice.

“Okay guys, I’m just going to lay here while you stretch your paws. I’m trusting that I won’t have to keep a constant eye on you.” she reprimanded. I rolled my eyes trying to contain a laugh. I may understand why she spoke to them like that, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t still weird.

“Who are you talking too weirdo?” I teased, peaking my head over the fence and trying to ignore how sexy she looked stretched out in the grass. It was like the sunlight was bouncing off of her skin. I took a moment before I realized she hadn’t answered. Was she giving me the silent treatment? “Come on Minnie. You know you can’t ignore me.” I laughed before opening the gate and coming over to join her.

“Why are you bothering me? Shouldn’t you be at the party for cool kids happening at your house?” Was this what the silent treatment was about?

“Jealous.” I smirked. Yes Dave, just continue to dig yourself into a deep hole. Why? Because you’re stupid enough to do it.

“You wish I was. I just want my solitude to go uninterrupted for once.” she spat not quite sounding annoyed, but not too thrilled with me either. “I just kind of want to be alone with my dogs for once, ya know?”

“Yeah...maybe, maybe not.” I shrugged.

“Since you’re so nosy, I was talking to the pups. Like I said at school, I don’t need someone getting another black eye or worse.” she said, reminding me of lunch earlier and I couldn’t help but laugh.

“Well no worries. They canceled. Apparently, when Clarissa stomps off like a brat I’m supposed to follow her. According to her and her clones, we’ll be the cutest couple in school if I just take my head out of my ass and drop the loser already.” No one knew how much I agreed with that assumption. Nor did they know that for me Clarissa was the loser I needed to drop for the girl who had no clue she held my heart.

“I thought you guys weren’t dating.” she spat harshly honestly, shocking me a bit.

“We aren’t, but she asked me to hangout Friday and since I knew you would be busy, I accepted.” I shrugged. I knew it was stupid to accept, I wanted to take it back as soon as I had, but the jealousy had been too much.

“Oh well have fun. I’ll call to see if you’re free once I’m back from hanging with John.”she said, starting to piss me off again. I was beginning to think she enjoyed seeing me go wild with jealousy. It was like it turned her own. I hated playing games, but I enjoyed playing this one with her. It allowed me to do what I didn’t have the courage to. It would be so easy, I was already sitting on side of her. I could just lean over and press my- fuck it. Without taking another second I did exactly what my mind had been telling me too and pressed my lips against hers for the second time today. This was the fourth time I’d felt the smooth, plump, juiciness of her lips and I was more addicted than before. It took all the strength I had to pull away and I was instantly regretting when I did.

“You try to play it cool Minerva, but I know you’re jealous. You want me too.” I whispered against her lips.

“Coming from the person who gets mad whenever John talks to me. The only one who’s jealous here is you Micheal.”

“I never said I wasn’t jealous. Pretty sure that I’ve made it clear I am. Jealous or not, I’ve told you. You’re mine.” I growled, wrapping my hand loosely around her neck and kissing her deeply trying desperately to convey my true feelings. I needed her to understand and soon. I had too much to tell her and I needed her to understand my feelings for her first. I needed the best chance I had not to lose her. “But I’m willing to play this little game as long as you want Minnie.”

“Only one playing games here is you Mickey. I’ll see you later.” she smirked before getting up and heading towards my door. I watched her as she walked away, not even bothering to pretend like I wasn’t watching her ass shake. If she wanted to make a show, I would be glad to watch it.

“Maybe we can go for a swim?” I asked, sounding amused. I knew she would get what I was implying, but seeing the look of lust on her face was worth it.

“I thought you were coming over for dinner.” By the time I opened my mouth to speak, she’d called the pups to her and was back in the house.

Damn I loved her.

Dinner came and went, and I enjoyed being there to torture her. Had her mom not been there, I probably would’ve gone that step with her. It was getting harder to ignore the blood rush when she was around, but I enjoyed knowing it wasn’t all about sex with her. I genuinely was in love with her.

“Okay guys, I’m just going to lay here while you stretch your paws. I’m trusting that I won’t have to keep a constant eye on you.” she reprimanded. I rolled my eyes trying to contain a laugh. I may understand why she spoke to them like that, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t still weird.

“Who are you talking too weirdo?” I teased, peaking my head over the fence and trying to ignore how sexy she looked stretched out in the grass. It was like the sunlight was bouncing off of her skin. I took a moment before I realized she hadn’t answered. Was she giving me the silent treatment? “Come on Minnie. You know you can’t ignore me.” I laughed before opening the gate and coming over to join her.

“Why are you bothering me? Shouldn’t you be at the party for cool kids happening at your house?” Was this what the silent treatment was about?

“Jealous.” I smirked. Yes Dave, just continue to dig yourself into a deep hole. Why? Because you’re stupid enough to do it.

“You wish I was. I just want my solitude to go uninterrupted for once.” she spat not quite sounding annoyed, but not too thrilled with me either. “I just kind of want to be alone with my dogs for once, ya know?”

“Yeah...maybe, maybe not.” I shrugged.

“Since you’re so nosy, I was talking to the pups. Like I said at school, I don’t need someone getting another black eye or worse.” she said, reminding me of lunch earlier and I couldn’t help but laugh.

“Well no worries. They canceled. Apparently, when Clarissa stomps off like a brat I’m supposed to follow her. According to her and her clones, we’ll be the cutest couple in school if I just take my head out of my ass and drop the loser already.” No one knew how much I agreed with that assumption. Nor did they know that for me Clarissa was the loser I needed to drop for the girl who had no clue she held my heart.

“I thought you guys weren’t dating.” she spat harshly honestly, shocking me a bit.

“We aren’t, but she asked me to hangout Friday and since I knew you would be busy, I accepted.” I shrugged. I knew it was stupid to accept, I wanted to take it back as soon as I had, but the jealousy had been too much.

“Oh well have fun. I’ll call to see if you’re free once I’m back from hanging with John.”she said, starting to piss me off again. I was beginning to think she enjoyed seeing me go wild with jealousy. It was like it turned her own. I hated playing games, but I enjoyed playing this one with her. It allowed me to do what I didn’t have the courage to. It would be so easy, I was already sitting on side of her. I could just lean over and press my- fuck it. Without taking another second I did exactly what my mind had been telling me too and pressed my lips against hers for the second time today. This was the fourth time I’d felt the smooth, plump, juiciness of her lips and I was more addicted than before. It took all the strength I had to pull away and I was instantly regretting when I did.

“You try to play it cool Minerva, but I know you’re jealous. You want me too.” I whispered against her lips.

“Coming from the person who gets mad whenever John talks to me. The only one who’s jealous here is you Micheal.”

“I never said I wasn’t jealous. Pretty sure that I’ve made it clear I am. Jealous or not, I’ve told you. You’re mine.” I growled, wrapping my hand loosely around her neck and kissing her deeply trying desperately to convey my true feelings. I needed her to understand and soon. I had too much to tell her and I needed her to understand my feelings for her first. I needed the best chance I had not to lose her. “But I’m willing to play this little game as long as you want Minnie.”

“Only one playing games here is you Mickey. I’ll see you later.” she smirked before getting up and heading towards my door. I watched her as she walked away, not even bothering to pretend like I wasn’t watching her ass shake. If she wanted to make a show, I would be glad to watch it.

“Maybe we can go for a swim?” I asked, sounding amused. I knew she would get what I was implying, but seeing the look of lust on her face was worth it.

“I thought you were coming over for dinner.” By the time I opened my mouth to speak, she’d called the pups to her and was back in the house.

Damn I loved her.

Dinner came and went, and I enjoyed being there to torture her. Had her mom not been there, I probably would’ve gone that step with her. It was getting harder to ignore the blood rush when she was around, but I enjoyed knowing it wasn’t all about sex with her. I genuinely was in love with her.

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