Silently Falling

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•Chapter Twenty-One•

"ALEXIS ARE YOU LISTENING?" Asher snapped his fingers in front of me and I snapped out of my thoughts.

"Sorry, but what did you say?" I asked.

I felt bad for zoning out on him but I just couldn't help it. My mind had been wandering about that almost kiss that Nick and I nearly shared. But the real was did I want him to kiss? I wasn't so sure anymore.

"I asked where you went on Friday after school," he said once more. "I came to your place after practice but your mum said you weren't home so I called James and he, apparently, didn't know hence I ended up calling you but you also didn't pick up."

"Oh I went out," I replied as we maneuvered our way in the school hallways.

"With who?"

"A friend."

"Which friend?" he asked as he pulled me to a stop by his locker. "Because as far as I know, I'm your only friend."

"Why do you want to know?" I smirked. It was fun messing with him at times.

Asher shoved his Math book in his locker and slammed it shut before turning to face me. "Because I'm your best friend and I deserve to know who's stealing you away from me."

I laughed at his stupidity, "no one is stealing me away from you. You should know that by now," I replied as we resumed our walk to the football field.

"I'll hold you to that."

We existed the main doors and headed for the football field with him turning in the direction of the changing rooms and I, making my way to the bleachers.

I took a seat and watched as the football team came jogging from the changing rooms onto the field with their uniforms on. Asher wore a number 6 jersey and a blue band on his arm to show he was Captain.

"Do you even know what happens in this sport?" a voice asked from behind me.

I turned around and came face to face with none other than the elite squad as I like to call them.

"Nope, but that's the fun of it," I replied and watched as they took the seats surrounding me. "What are you doing here anyway? Don't you have a flock of girls to entertain?"

Kai laughed next to me, "yes and no," he replied.

"What do you mean 'yes and no'?" I quirked an eyebrow at him.

Kai sent Nick a smug smile before turning his gaze back to me. "Yes because they are girls but not for me and Jake to entertain but rather his," he said jabbing his index finger on Nick's chest, "and no because he'd rather hang out with you."

I gazed at Nick who was already glaring at Kai with a murderous glint in his eyes.

"Look whose talking, the womaniser himself," Jake piped in and Nick burst into laughter.

"What? Me? No!" Kai exclaimed.

"Okay," Jake snorted.

"You're just saying that because you're an asexual jerk who needs to get laid," Kai fired back.

Jake raised his hands in mock surrender. "My sexuality has nothing do to with you being a womanizer, just saying."

Nick was full on laughing by now and I couldn't help join him because his laugh was contagious.

"Okay enough with the bickering," I said in between fits of laughter. "I can't take any more."

"Whatever," Kai rolled his eyes.

The laughter died down and we were engulfed by a comfortable silence as we watched the football team do keepie-yuppies and dribbed the ball.

"Why are you guys talking to me anyway?" I asked not once taking my eyes away from the field.

"What do you mean?" Jake asked back.

"Since we are done with the assignment, I thought you guys wouldn't want to be seen with someone like me considering the circumstances," I answered. "You're the popular guys while I'm the no body."

All three guys scoffed, "don't be ridiculous. We're friends and you can't get rid of us that easily," Nick replied. "After all, we did say we'd be friends and going back on our word would only make us look like hypocrites," he added with a casual shrug.

"What he said," Kai said.

"Yeah and besides, I see you like a sister so I'm not leaving you alone," Jake added and gave me a side hug.

I pulled them into a group hug, "you're all awesome friends," I said as I pulled back from the embrace.

"Any time," Kai replied with a wink.

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Math class was eventful as Mr. Finn finally gave us our pop quiz answer sheets back.

"You all need to do better on the next quiz and I advise you seek help from the only two students who actually managed to pass," Mr. Finn said after he had given everyone their sheets. "Our new student here-Nick did quite exceptionally and I'm proud to say he got a 100."

There were gasped from the class and the girls sent him flirtatious smiles and waves. I too, was as shocked as everyone because no one ever and I mean ever got a 100 on one of his tests and I know better because the highest I ever got was a 98 percent.

"Take that as a lesson everyone and pay attention to the lesson next time," he said just as the final bell rang. "Wait!"

Everyone sat back down and waited for Mr. Finn to say something. "Our next topic will be Trigonometry, be sure to read ahead," he said. "Now get going," he shooed us.

Everyone was very much eager to get out of class and go do whatever it was they did after school.

I packed my things and stood up to leave just like the rest of the students when Mr. Finn called me and Nick back. We walked to his desk as the last of the students filed out of the classroom.

"I know you both must be wondering why I called you back," he started, "there's a Mathematical Decathlon taking place next week and I would like you both to participate in it. It's a great opportunity for you to receive exposure and meet college representatives. You don't have to tell me your decision now but I do hope you will consider it."

Nick and I gazed at each other and it was like there was an unspoken agreement between us. "We'll do Mr. F don't worry," I replied.

"And you are certain?" he directed his question to Nick.

"Yes," Nick replied.

"All right then, here is a list of topics you need to cover," Mr. Finn said as he handed the piece of paper to me. "That would be all."

Nick and I walked out of class side by side. "Are you sure you want to do this?" I asked.

"I'm pretty sure I made that clear but yes Alexis, I want to do this," he replied with an eye roll.

"Just making sure."

We existed the school together and walked to the parking lot where a

Asher, Jake and Kai were standing talking to each other.

"Hey," I said once we were near enough for them to hear me.

"What took you so long?" Ash whined, "I am hungry and your mum makes the best lasagna."

I rolled my eyes at my best friend, "I know but she's not making it today, it's Monday remember?"

Ash sighed, "I totally forgot."

"Anyway what took you two so long?" Kai asked. "I hope you weren't doing anything."

Nick rolled his eyes. "Nope, but Alexis and I here have a Math decathlon next week and we'd like to get started on the training," he said, "right Alexis?"

"Um yeah."

"What? No that's not fair. You haven't had time to hang out with me lately," Asher piped.

"You've been busy with football practice at the moment and I get it but you know school is very important to me," I replied.

"But you don't have a lot of time left," I glared at him for letting that slip.

"I'll see you tomorrow," I replied. "And I'll see you guys later," I said to Jake and Kai who were oddly quiet the entire time.

"We'll see you guys then," Nick said as he grabbed my hand and led the way to the library.

Once there we took a seat at the furthest table in the corner and pulled out our Math text books.

"What did he mean when he said you don't have a lot of time left?" Nick asked looking me straight in the eyes as his forest green eyes gleamed with an unknown emotion.

"Nothing. He just means that I'll be busy with applying to colleges and all," I replied as I looked away from him because I couldn't look him in the eyes and lie about it.

"Okay," he replied.

I could tell that he wanted to ask me more on the issue but he didn't push it and for that I was grateful because I don't know what lie I would have told.

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