“I bet you a fiver that none of you here can swallow while looking up,” Jeremy says as he sat next to Hudson.
Hudson glanced at us from his book. Hugh and Finn put down their phones.
I looked at the girls and saw that Maya was going to try and do it.
I cleared my throat, interrupting her.
She gave me a questioning look.
“You see,” I started with an ‘Oops’ face. “We can all do it but, the thing is, none of you will ever get to see it.”
Veronica started snickering.
“Why is that funny?” Maya asked, incredulous.
She’s joking... No, you and me both know that this girl is not.
That’s when we all lost it and burst out laughing. Hudson even grinned at me.
"So... Do I get the £5?" I smirked.
Jeremy huffed and handed me the money.
"I'll get you back next time."
"No, you won't, I read Wattpad, I'm always five steps ahead."
"Whatever," he rolled his eyes and went upstairs.
I continued reading.
Everyone else either went upstairs, outside or the kitchen.
It was just me and Hudson. We were both obviously reading.
He's been reading the book that I gave him for about 3 days now.
I thought he didn't like romance. Well, this isn't the usual plate of cliché. Maybe that's why.
"What?" he asked as he looked up at me from the book.
"What?" I asked back.
"Why were you staring at me?"
"I wasn't staring!" Yes, I accidently was.
"Sure you weren't."
"What do you want me to look at? The wall? There is nothing interesting in this room!"
"You were reading a book!"
"But it got boring!"
We went back to reading.
"Did you argue just because you were bored?" Hudson huffed.
"Maybe," I mumbled causing him to chuckle. I groaned and threw my head back.
"Do you have book 2?" he asked.
I looked up at him and raised a brow.
"Can I get it?"
"Did you finish reading that?"
"Did you skip any bits?"
"Did you just skip to the end?"
"No, what kind of monster does that?"
"You scare me. That book was like a 1000 pages. How the hell did you read that in 3 days?"
"I stayed up late," Hudson shrugged like it was nothing. Committed I see.
"I'll get you the next book," I quickly replied before getting up and practically running upstairs.
"Come on! You've been reading books like that for a while. You've got to have some favourite tropes," I chuckled.
"I don't," Hudson shook his head, smiling. "But I'm sure you do."
"It's kinda embarrassing."
"How about this? If you tell me yours, I'll tell you mine. Deal?"
"No deal. You're won't tell me anything," I snorted.
"Eh, I thought it was worth a try," he rolled his eyes.
"It probably was."
"So... Are you gonna say it?"
I thought about it for a moment. This is Hudson. There's no big deal.
"It's really specific."
"I don't mind," he smirked as he leaned forward with his elbows resting on his knees.
"OK," I rolled my eyes. "It's the enemies with benefits thing. So, like, when they first kiss, it would be in the middle of a heated argument or something. But then the guy pulls away and says something along the lines of 'Do you still hate me?' and that's where I'm dead. Buried. Six feet under."
He chuckled. Wow. It felt nice to make someone laugh. Especially Hudson, for some reason.
"So, are you gonna tell me yours?" I asked.
He thought about it for a moment. "No."
"Here's the deal, you can either tell me or I'll just never speak to you ever again," I shrugged but it was hard for me to keep the smile away.
"Still a no."
"Fine by me." I got up and started walking away.
"OK, wait, wait!"
I smiled to myself.
It always works.
I turned on my heels.
"It's when they dance at an event or something."
"Specify," I taunted.
"It's enemies to lovers but they need to pretend they're allies."
"Not specific enough."
"But then they make threats the whole entire time."
"Seems awfully familiar. Does the person who asks the other to a dance, knows that the other doesn't know how to dance?"
"The best part was the dip, wasn't it?" I asked as I sat down opposite to him.
"No, the best part was the threats."
"Eh, whatever. Wanna go get slushies?" I raised a brow.