Chapter 23~ The Experimental Couple
“Can’t we speak...alone?” I plead to Ryan.
He just kept his arms crossed and firm gaze one me.
“Hey, we are both Ryan’s mates, so whatever you say to him, you can say to us as well,” Carter said with his arms crossed. Joshua nodded in agreement.
Is it like Ryan is their God or something?
“Why don’t both you boys turn your asses around and walk to lunch because what I have to say has nothing to do with you both”. Woah, that confidence was unexpected. It also surprised the guys because their eyebrows rose and their eyes widened.
Carter and Joshua looked at Ryan for approval and he just nodded. I just rolled my eyes at the scene. With one last glare from Carter and a shrug from Joshua, they walked away.
“Spill” was the single word that made me sigh heavily. “Muffin, ever since first and second period all I’ve gotten from you is a shy face. Why are you ignoring me? What did I do?”
I bit my lip so hard that I could feel a pinch of blood. Why was I so nervous?
“What? Please tell me” Ryan says with pleading eyes.
“It’s just that...um...just...”
“Spit it out, Muffin”
I could feel a heavy lump in my throat, how was I supposed to ask this? I don’t know what to say and I can’t-
“What are we?” I say quickly. Well, that wasn’t as hard as I thought. Right? However, Ryan looked taken aback by my question. He looked really confused but then it was time for him to ask his question.
“What do you mean by “What are we?”
“I mean like...where do we stand? What are we at the moment?”
Ryan had to think about it for a moment and came back with a response that made me want to melt into his god-like arms.
“We Muffin are a couple. A team. Not boyfriend and girlfriend...yet. Not friends. We are a couple who are experimenting. We don’t know everything about each other but we know quite a fair bit to know where we want to be. We just have to get there, with time” he smiled, looking pleased with his answer. “You wanted to take it slow, well here we are”. Yeah, I’m kind of regretting that decision.
“So, we are an experimenting couple?”
“That’s what I just said”
I just nodded. We were both silent for a moment until Ryan spoke up.
“There are two things I don’t get...”
“And what are they?”
“Well, first of all, I don’t understand why you couldn’t have just told me, other than ignoring me. You had me worried Muffin”.
I looked nervously down at the ground. “Sorry...I’m just not really good at that kind of stuff. You know? Expressing how I feel and all. It’s just really-”
Ryan cut me off by swiftly raising my head with his hand on my chin and kissing me softly. It was unexpected but I closed my eyes and went with the flow. It was soft and sweet. My favourite kind of kisses. As we pulled apart I giggled a bit. I don’t know why but Ryan seemed to like it because he had that adorable smile on his face.
“Don’t ever be afraid to say something to me. I’m always listening. Ok?”
I nodded in agreement. What a killer boy crush I have, eh?
“So, what’s the second thing you don’t understand?”
The smile immediately was wiped off his face and I frowned at the sight. This had me worried.
“Well, it’s simple really...”
I cocked my head to the side and had my eyebrows furrowed.
“It’s just well...”
“Spit it out, Einstein” repeating his words from before.
“Why would you be interested in a guy like me?”
That question left me speechless. I had to process it for a moment. Why would he ask this kind of question? I tried to say something but no words could come out. But it was obvious that Ryan was waiting for an answer. But I wasn’t going to give him one, so I just threw a question back.
“What kind of question is that?”
“It’s just...I’m not good for you Muffin”
“Where the hell did you here that?”
“I didn’t hear it from anywhere, I’ve thinking about me and how I’d affect you and I-”
“How did you make that up in that up in that insane head of yours? That’s not true”
But before anymore could be said the bell rang for the end of the lunch break.
“Got to get to class Muffin”
“You and I will continue this later” I stated.
One moment we are all smiles, calling each other an ‘almost couple’. And the next Ryan wants to tell me he’s no good for me? And he wonders why I’m confused and overthinking all the time.
I always sit in Biology alone. It’s good actually. I get all my work done without any distractions. But our teacher Mrs Hart has made us do a paired assignment. To add on to the torture, the pairs are assigned. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mrs Hart but a pair assignment? That’s just cruel.
I always end up doing the work and only get half the credit. And I guarantee nothing will change this time.
As the teacher called pair by pair I just sat there dozing off. That was until I heard my name.
“Alexis and Brooklyn. You girls will be doing it on the mutation of cells and how the environment impacts on that”.
Wait, rewind a little...Did she just pair me with Brooklyn? As in Brooklyn the Barbie? Oh hell no.
Brooklyn strides over to my desk, drops her books and sits down on the chair opposite to me. She gives me a fake smile so I return with the same.
She sighs heavily and rolls her eyes. “So, are we going to do this or what?”
My eyebrows raised in shock. “Wait, so you’re actually going to contribute?”
She leans forward and says, “You know what Alexis? I’m not as bad as you think. I do know my math and what’s going on in the world. How else do you think I am Queen at shopping?”
I rolled my eyes at her response.
“Plus, I actually don’t mind this topic. It’s pretty interesting”
Hold up, did that just come out of Brooklyn’s mouth? The only thing that has ever been interesting to her is the latest ‘Kardashian Kollection’ handbag and the male species.
“Well then, I’d actually like to see you working on something for a change”
“Oooh, we can do those things where people meet up in that book place and do homework!” Brooklyn says excitedly.
“You mean you want to meet up in a library to study?”
I had to admit that I was impressed by Brooklyn’s keenness to do this assignment.
“Alrighty, how about tomorrow after school?”
“Yeah ok, but you’ll have to pick me up. Dad confiscated my car because he thinks I go to ‘dangerous places’ every night” Brooklyn says with a roll of her eyes and a mocking tone.
“Fair enough. I’ll pick you up at 4:30”
She nodded in agreement. And as on perfect timing, the bell rang to go home.
Thank god. This day has been very...uh...eventful? Yeah, that’s the right word.
But something inside me tells me it’s not over.