The Perks Of Being Me

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Chapter Eighteen - "You Look Beautiful."

Chapter Eighteen - “You Look Beautiful.”

Harriet’s P.O.V

Walking inside of my home after checking back to see if Dad’s car was in the driveway, I take out my hair, knowing that I’m not going to have it in a high ponytail for what’s going to happen tonight. I know I didn’t want to do anything with my hair - I’m just going to leave it straight since my hair is naturally straight.

I hear Tyler close the door behind me, doing what I told him to do before we walked in. As I walk up the stairs, I begin to feel a little nervous as I realise that I’ll be going to meet a gang leader, practically answering whatever questions he throws at me, and I’m going to be in a small, black dress. Anything else I need to add to that?

Oh, yeah, and I’ll be going with the guy who I might have a crush on.

“So, when do we leave?” I ask once we walk into my bedroom. The fear of Tyler being in my bedroom quickly fades as he looks comfortable, not looking around my room awkwardly like the first time when he saw my room.

“My Uncle said around nine o’clock.” Tyler says and my eyes widen but before I can say anything, Tyler continues to talk. “But since I knew the time would be pushing it, I arranged for it to be at eight.” Tyler says and I nod slowly, realising that there’s not much difference.

“Well, if we end up staying there for a while, I can just text Dad that I’m staying over a friend’s place.” I say and Tyler nods, chuckling.

“I didn’t realise you were so rebellious. Lying to your father? Wow.” Tyler says with a laugh, shaking his head. I narrow my eyes at him, smiling as I watch him laugh at me.

“It’s not lying if I’ll be going there after.” I say, raising my eyebrow when Tyler stops laughing, knowing that he has just got told. “Exactly. And even if I was starting to be rebellious, I’d be blaming it on you because I’ll never be that type of person.” I add, watching as Tyler raises his eyebrow.

“Oh, really? You can tell the future now?” Tyler asks and I roll my eyes.

“I’m just saying that from this day, I would never let myself turn into something that I wouldn’t recognise.” I explain, watching as Tyler nods.

Turn into something that Mom wouldn’t recognise, I think to myself as I watch Tyler clap his hands together. “Well, we should start getting ready.” Tyler says and I frown, knowing that it’s only half past three.

“It’s nowhere near eight though.” I say and Tyler nods.

“I know, but I have to run a few errands for my Uncle for tonight, which will probably take a few hours. We won’t have time for you to get changed here.” Tyler explains and I furrow my eyebrows.

“What errands?”

Tyler pulls out a piece of paper and hands it to me. “Everything on this paper.”

What I notice first is the incredibly neat handwriting.

~ Alcohol
~ Meat
~ Drive to Richard’s place and steal his barbecue
~ Smash Richard’s car
~ Drive to Club Dance and meet David
~ Steal his money
~ Drive out of town to the drop-off point
~ Grab the drugs without paying
~ Drive downtown to the drop-off point
~ Grab the drugs without paying
~ Drive to Harrison Park

“What kind of errands are these? I mean, the first two are understandable but all of the rest is just... so cruel.” I say, handing the list back to Tyler. “Who is Richard?”

“Some guy that ended up leaving the gang.” Tyler explains and I furrow my eyebrows.

“And you steal and smash his stuff because of that?” I ask, crossing my arms over my chest.

“No, it’s much more than that.” Tyler says and before I can question him further, he waves me off. “But you don’t need to worry about that. C’mon, get dressed.”

I look in the mirror, staring back at my reflection as my eyes scan the dress with the heels. This is the first time that I have wore both the dress and heels and to be honest, I don’t look too bad, especially with my hair out. Like usual, I don’t bother with the make-up and Tyler doesn’t push me to wear it either, which makes me even more happy.

Tyler stands behind me, nodding in approval as his eyes stay above my chest, being a total gentleman and not like all of the other people at school who would probably give me some weird, filthy look if they saw me in this.

“You look beautiful.” Tyler says with a small smile and I turn around, staring up at him.

“You’re just saying that because I’m your ‘girlfriend’.” I say with a laugh and Tyler chuckles, shaking his head at my words. He curls my hair behind my ear, his grin growing.

“Maybe.” Tyler says, humour clear on his face. The sudden action makes my heart race a little as I stare at Tyler’s hand which is down by his side now. Suddenly, as his fingers replay in my mind, I begin to feel myself blush and before Tyler can see it, I quickly turn to grab my phone off of my drawer.

“O-Okay. Well, we should be going, yes?” I ask and from the mirror, I can see Tyler nod, the grin still on his face, and as it grows, I know he has seen my face and how red it is.

As we walk out of my room, I feel my phone vibrate in my hands and I look down at my phone to see who it is.

Dad: Another late night. I’m sorry, Harri x

Understanding, I nod as I type my reply.

Me: That’s fine, I’ll survive. I love you x

I get a reply almost instantly.

Dad: I’ll make it up to you, I promise. I love you too x

Turning my phone off, I place it in the small clutch that is in my hand. When we walk out the door, Tyler closes the door behind him before breathing out a sigh. Noticing his discomfort, I send him a frown over my shoulder.

“What’s wrong?” I ask as I watch Tyler stop in his tracks, regret clear on his face.

“I shouldn’t be forcing you to do this...” Tyler says and I furrow my eyebrows, turning around to face him.

“You’re not forcing me; I agreed, remember?” I say and Tyler shakes his head, not having anything that I’m saying.

“It’s still wrong. You’re too innocent and here I am; about to bring you near the most dangerous people in this town.” Tyler says and I frown, reaching my hands forward to grab his hands. When he meets my eyes, I squeeze his hands in mine.

“What are you worried about?” I ask, waiting for Tyler to respond. He looks hesitant but I know he wants to say something because his mouth parts before closing again.

“I’m afraid of fucking up.” Tyler says and I send him the smallest smile, one that gives him reassurance.

“I believe in you.” I say, watching as Tyler stares into my eyes, the brown seeing right through me in a very interesting way. I stare back at him, the smile still on my face.

The thing that breaks the silence and the eye contact is my phone which goes off. I step away from Tyler, my hands letting go of his and I awkwardly smile at him, trying to apologise in a way. When I glance down at my phone and read the message, I can’t help but look up at Tyler and replay the words that I had told Tara in the car.

Tara: You be safe x

I trust him.

A/N - ANOTHER CHAPTER FINISHED! I don’t know how I wrote this chapter while listening to Or Nah by SoMo, but IT WAS DONE! The song was just too sexual so I apologise for any weird vibes that are in this chapter (I’m actually laughing). Did youguys like the chapter? Comment your thoughts and don’t forget to vote!


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