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“Hello?” A male voice erupted from the other end.
“Hello, who is this?” The voice added exasperated; when no one answered.
“Hello.” A female voice finally answered.
“Look woman, what is it that you want?” The male voice spoke angrily.
“Hey, you don’t have to talk like that. I answered didn’t I.” The female voice replied sounding as angry as he was.
“Whatever, what do you want?” He sighed
" A stuffed crust pizza.” She said in a low voice.
“Are you still there?” He shouted at the other end.
The girl yelled at him.
" You know you don’t have to shout.” He said his tone full of irritation.
“Well if you weren’t deaf.” She smirked from the other line.
“No, I’m not deaf. Topping?” He asked her.
“Pepperoni.” She sighed as she doodled on a loose piece of paper.
“Alright phone number?” He asked once again.
“789-1278.” She answered.
“Joelle Peters, huh. It will be ready in thirty minutes.” He hung up.
“Jo did you order the pizza?” Her mother asked as she walked to the living room. She nodded and stood up from the couch.
“Do you want to go get it?” Her mother asked as her daughter walked past her and to her room.“I guess that’s a no.” The women mumbled to herself as she sat in the living room.
Joelle sat down in her bedroom floor looking at the painted walls, the walls her father had painted with her help when she was just a ten year old girl. She really missed him, if only she had told him she loved him that night.
A knock on the door brought her back to her senses.“Jo, Pizza’s here!” How long did she space out, she wondered. She stood up and walked down to the living room. She sat in the other end of the dinning table. Joel her twin sat near his mom munching on the pizza.
“Who order the pizza?” Joel asked his mother.
“Your sister. Why?” The woman asked.
“Nothing just asking.” He snickered.
Joelle rolled her eyes and continued eating.
Joelle walked into the school building, nobody noticed her. She was invisible to all of them. She got to her seat in the front of the class. She sat down and looked at the board.
She didn’t have friends at all, not since her dad’s death. Joel in the other hand was the cool boy. Her brother was a jock and had tons of friends.
Jo and Joel were close but in school Jo ignored him and avoided all contact with him. She didn’t want any type of attention. She would get bullied constantly when she was in her freshman year but when Joel stood up for her she was untouchable. People didn’t normally talk to her and when they did it was for a) a girl who wanted to get close to her brother in some way. Or b) they wanted her to give them answer for a test or assignment.
As Jo did her work a certain boy looked at her intently. His gaze was more of a glare, he fixed his large rim glasses as he intently looked at her. His brown hair fell on his dark blue eyes, those eyes that darken when he remembered their last encounter. “Mr. Carson would you stop ogling Miss. Peters and do your work.” Mr. Lee said making him blush in embarrassment.
" I don’t know what you’re talking about..I don’t even know who you are talking about.” He covered up.
Joelle didn’t even bother to look at the boy, she was to busy doing homework for her Geometry class. The boy adjusted his glasses once again and looked at his already finished work. “In fact, I’m already done.” The boy stood up and gave him his paper a smirk forming when he saw Mr.Lee throwing daggers at him.
The bell rang and the student body scurried through the halls, some hurrying to class and others talking to their friends near the lockers. Joelle grabbed her books and walked to Chemistry. She had a book open, reading it while she walked to class. She was already near the lab when she bumped into a thin boy some feet taller than her.“Watch where your going klutz.” the boy sneered as she grabbed her books from the floor.
“How about you watch it.You have eyes don’t you?” She retorted. The boy glared at her as she stood up with books in hand. He walks past her ignoring her witty comeback. She smiles to herself as she walks to class.
“Miss. Peters can you do me a favor?” Mrs. Sandler asks. Jo nods and walks up to her.“I want you to go to these classes and give the papers to these students.” She points at the teachers’ names and then to the students’ names.
Joelle walks out of the class with papers in hand and a pass in the other. She goes to all the classes and gives the papers to the students.
She finally walks to the last class and knocks on the door. The teacher motions for her to come in.“yes, what can I help you with?” She asks.
" Is Pierce Carson here?” Joelle looks at the name and then at the teacher.“over there.” She points at the boy she met earlier.
He glares at her as she walks towards him. She doesn’t look at him. She keeps her gaze in the paper that marks a ninety-eight. She hands him the paper and whispers.” I got a hundred in that test, you aren’t only blind your stupid as well, geek.” She scoffs. Pierce grabs her wrist and pulls her inches from him. His eyes now bluer than ever.
“At least I’m not a loser like you..oh and don’t mess with me. You wouldn’t want to get on my bad side sweetheart.” He grits his teeth together.
Pierce let’s go of her wrist and she walks towards the door. When Jo leaves, her heart is beating twice her normal heart rate. Her wrist red from his tight grip. She’s about to leave to her class when the door opens in back of her. She turns around carefully and there he is.
Pierce Carson, he fixes his glasses and walks past her.“wimp.“he smirks when he sees that she doesn’t move.
“Thanks Jo.” The teacher says when Jo walks back to her seat. She doodles in her notebook until minutes later the bell rings.
Joelle heads to the cafeteria when she feels someone staring at her. She looks back and sees a boy with blond hair. He’s thin and taller than her. He walks up to her and shakes her hand.“Hi, I’m Louis.” He greeted. Jo stared at him a little confused.“I’m Joelle.“she replied politely.
“I was wondering...well..I heard you were good at chemistry..so I bet that you’re good at mathematics too.” She nodded trying to figure out what he was getting at.“Would you want be part of our math club?” He asked a smile in his face.“There’s a math club?” She furrowed her eyebrows.
“I don’t know?” She finally replied.“Look I bet you’re better than Pierce. He used to be the best of the best..but you’re way smarter than him.” He told her, though it sounded more like if he wanted to persuade himself into believing it.“okay what time?” She said with a mischievous look on her face, in her mind she was chuckling. Someone would be proved wrong, and that would be Pierce Carson.
When the final bell rang Jo walked to the other end of the school where the math club was held at, it made her feel a bit pathetic since everyone was leaving home or probably going to spend some time at the pizza parlor or something. She frowned at the thought.
" She can’t be a member.” She heard Pierce shout, when she arrived.
“why not?” Louis barked.
“Because I said so.” Pierce shouted angrily.
“You’re not even part anymore Pierce, you quit don’t you remember?” Louis retorted.
“You know what, do what you want.” Pierce spat, but before he left he walked towards Jo.“You better watch your back. I told you not to get on my bad side. ” his tone was laced with anger. Jo ignored his warning she saw him as a minor threat, but something very deep inside told her to be careful but of course she ignored that.
Meanwhile, Pierce wanted revenge. He wasn’t the type of boy to get played and he wasn’t going to start now. Joelle didn’t know what she was getting into. Though Pierce wasn’t the type to hit a girl, he knew how to get to them. How to make them tick and Joelle was now the target.
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