Chapter 1: In Which May Agrees
The fist came out of nowhere.
I barely had time to blink before it collided fiercely with my jaw, another hand immediately replaced it to grasp the shirt collar and shove my back into a row of lockers.
I couldn't stop the gasp as the other fist met the cheekbone and accurately smashed the side of my face against a lock.
He was as precise as ever.
A small pop came from the nose, pointing out that a wound had opened; warm liquid seeped down from inside the nose and dripped onto my dried lips like forbidden fruit.
I opened an eye and glared at Jackson who stood four feet higher and was sending a piercing glare, curly blond hair circled around his ears perfectly. Surprisingly Jackson wasn't wearing his usual smirk so I knew that he'd probably had another fight with his older brother. Needless to say our fights-well it wouldn't be considered a fight since I never really fought back-happened nearly everyday.
"Hey bitch, wake up call." He growled, the hand tightening around my shirt collar. His eyes narrowed in anger at my frown that I turned towards him. With a final snarl, Jackson slammed my body back against the lockers before unlocking his fingers and stomping away; legs were jelly for a second as I slid down the lockers to land on my butt on the cement floor.
The cold metal of the lockers sent a frigid chill from where it touched the back of my head. With a small sigh, my eyes closed as teens and teachers alike all passed by not seeming to care for my predicament, but who would? Even at college, bullying was inescapable.
Blood still slithered out of my aching nose like a fountain, it was probably leaving a puddle, flooding the floors, leaving everyone red in its wake. Nope I was the only one who seemed to be drowning.
Sighing I sat up, wincing at the throbbing in my head; I stood there for a second, my ears ringing like the clock bells...wait those were the antique school bells. Most of the college classes were done for the day.
"Thank God..." I whispered and picked up my backpack which seemed to have gained more weight. Placing a hand to my head I dizzily walked through the halls, not even taking a second to wipe the blood that flowed down from my nose and dripped onto the white shirt. The blood seemed to catch a few people's attentions but they swiftly averted their eyes. That was normal, no one really cared about each other here, I knew that much, I was just another faceless card in the deck.
I licked my chin as I slid outside, cold December air brushed overhead with a playful intensity. Thin layers of snow crunched under foot as I carefully stepped down the stairs; still being slightly dizzy I missed the last step and stripped forward.
"Good grief girly! Who bullied you this time?!" I turned just in time to see Gwen hopping to a stop in front of me, her short brown hair tracing around her head like an arch, Jo stood right behind her like a little puppy.
Without a second of hesitance, Gwen grasped my chin in her cold fingers and looked at my face with eyes that reminded me considerably of a snake.
Her gaze drifted over the blood that was beginning to dry before giving a small sigh (something she had picked up from me). "Please don't tell me you got hit for anime-back-talking again? Or did you somehow trip and dump your stuff on someone's head?" Gwen glanced at me as she wrapped her arms around her small chest and gave me 'the look' which consisted of a: 'well?'
I shrugged. "No, I wasn't telling anyone that their lack of anime was uncalled for...again, and I learned from the last time I tripped and dumped my stuff on that guy.... I was minding my business and then Jackson came out of-"
"Oh Jackson, well then no worry there!" Gwen shook her hand dismissively and turned away from me. Inside I deflated, was I really bullied this much that even my closest friends didn't even care anymore? Dude, now that was a blow that really hurt.
"Hmm, you're usually only in the stomach, not the face. Did Jackson have a fight with his older brother?" Jo brushed back some brown hair as I gave a quick nod, Gwen turned on her tall heels to look back at me with scrutinizing eyes.
"Ah I get it. He's always in such a bad mood after those fights, May you should have just ran!" Gwen seemed to have forgotten that I wasn't much of a runner, having gained a few pounds I wasn't one for the track.
Gwen gave me a small smile before pulling out her pack of tissues which she literally carried on her as if they were a first aid kit. "Here ya go sweetie!" Gwen patted me on the back as she brought up her other hand to wipe the blood of. I stopped her before she could though, I knew very well how bisexual Gwen could be and that was something I didn't want to partake in.
"It's OK Gwen, I can take care of it myself." I caught the tissue from her fingertips and wiped it under my nose, spreading the now dried blood around. Gwen only shrugged her shoulders and went to stand next to Jo, casually leaning against him for a second.
"So listen May, Cass is holding a party tonight at her mansion, she invited us and I wanted to know if you wanted to come?" I kept wiping the blood off and thought of her question, I knew very well that Jo and Gwen were only trying to be nice; someone as popular as Cass would never in a million years invite me to a party...she'd probably invite the geeky science club before even considering the thought.
Upon seeing my downcast look Gwen quickly took action. "Come on!! There will be a lot of sexy guys there and I'm sure it will be totally epic!!" Gwen pumped her fist in the air. I rolled my eyes.
"Gwen...I'm not into relationships right now..." Gwen's eye twitched.
"Don't act so asexual!! Every girl wants a relationship someday!" Gwen grit her teeth in irritation, I licked my lips trying to think of a way out of this.
"She does have a point May, you don't spend much time out of your house, you're turning into a hermit. The only time you leave is to go to the supermarket to buy chocolate milk or go to the library to read....your gonna get sick if you keep that up. Now come and live a little with us." Jo said with an unemotional face, I sometimes wondered if he was part robot.
Jo and Gwen both did have a point, even if it was kind of harsh. I didn't have time for boys with trying to stay atop my grades (since I had been below average...and was still trying to get above average now), and I was a hermit. After certain incidents I lived alone in a house up on the hill with the large amount of money my parents had left me....there was so much money that in reality, I didn't really need to work.
I was a hermit who liked my space, I had used to be very outward and social...but now I wasn't, end of story. I don't like people either, some can be so annoying, there were some days that I wondered how I had made friends with Jo and Gwen.
"Um...well.....what time does it start?" I asked accepting my defeat outwardly, once Gwen set her mind to something she rarely changed it.
Gwen did a little dance as she pumped her hands in the air, then punched Jo's shoulder for good measure before jumping me for a good pounding hug that nearly broke my back.
"YES!! Good call girly girl! I was hoping you'd come, this is my last day here!!" I blinked in recognition of her words. She was leaving to bring her stuff up to Harvard tomorrow, even though it seemed like it, Gwen did not attend this college she just was always visiting since her father worked in the office.
I let my face crack for once and showed a sarcastic smile, trying to make look acceptable. "Of course, how could I forget; I'm sure tonight will be a night we won't forget!" I smiled at her as she wrapped her right arm around my waist, and her other on Jo's . And together we walked away from the college, our footprints mingling together behind us.