After that delightful Monday which I managed to survive if you were wondering, I was now sat in the canteen of our school and it was hectic. It was finally Friday, and this means everyone was excited for the weekend. Teenagers were shouting at one another and laughing as they met up with friends and I was groaning sat at my table. It’s my table because Lily and I are the only ones that sit here. Sad, I know but no kid wants to be seen socialising with me because it would just lower their social status and could put a target on their back, unless of course they were trying to use me. I look over at Lily and she has her gaze on the popular table, to be more precise she is looking at Declan Reed. She’s had a crush on him ever since he asked her for the answers to a quiz in science. It’s kind of sweet and yet I don’t want to see her get hurt. I know what Declan is like and I don’t want him messing with my best friend, even if he did the change, I would rip his head from his shoulders if he ever hurt her.
I sigh as I look behind me and watch the popular table too. Declan is chatting to the twins, most likely about a party they are going to be throwing. The twins were the jokers and the party throwers of the school. They were basically like Fred and George Weasley, like the twins they had the same fiery red hair and the same humor and ability to make anyone laugh no matter the situation you were in. I used to have a few classes with them I knew how they could make people laugh, even the teachers however sadly I have been mostly on the receiving end of their pranks, the classic bucket perched on the top of a door and falling on your head, putting glue on my chairs so I couldn’t get up, putting gum in my hair and my personal favorite locking my in the cleaning cupboards. It wasn’t all bad because at least I could get my work done in peace and quiet. The teachers never did anything to stop it so eventually I gave up telling people and just learnt to deal with it. The twins weren’t gym lads like the rest, thank god but this means most of the time it was someone else picking me up and throwing me in the cupboard. They were about 5"10 and were called James and Justin if you can imagine, even more confusing as people mix them as they look so alike even though they weren’t identical. They were really sweet when they weren’t pranking me but, they never really cared for girls the way the other boys did. They are too busy whispering with Declan to come up with the latest prank or the joking around. Seeing as neither of them have ever been seen with a girl I secretly suspect they might be gay, but I would never tell them that too their face.
Next to Declan at the table was Liam who was talking to a girl, who in my opinion was really pretty and he looks rather nervous as he speaks to her while the girl is blushing and giggling at his words which only seems to boost his confidence. It’s actually refreshing seeing one of the guys trying hard to impress a girl and not trying to get into their pants which is what usually happens at lunch. Then there’s Hunter, he’s got a girl on his lap and they are snogging each other’s face off, can you say gross? His hands are tangled into her bleached blonde hair while he pulls her closer to him as if they aren’t close enough already. I feel my appetite leave me, as I turn back to my food but the mentally image of Hunter snogging some random girl is etched into my mind, forever giving me a nightmare. Do they know this is a canteen where people eat and not some strip club or whatever? The girl on Hunter’s lap is wearing hardly any clothes, however, the little material that is there is too small for her and you can basically see everything which is not something I wanted to see, I pull a disgusted face and look up at Lily who is now texting away on her phone with a far off look on her face and a hint of sadness.
I sigh and rest my head on my arms lying on the table as I wait for school to be over. Even if I still had two more lessons to go, luckily one of them was a free period which meant that I could get ahead of work and complete it all for next week, thankfully I had asked my teachers what they would be covering next week.
I feel a chair being moved next to me and then a human like presence taking up space. For a nerd, I, am very antisocial like most but, if I can avoid human contact I will. I lift my head off my arms and stare at the boy who is sitting next to me, he has a big smile on his face, like he doesn’t realise that just by sitting next to me I could lower his social status and he could be beat up for it. I recognise it as the same guy from earlier who crashed into me and called me gorgeous.
I feel a slight burn in my cheeks and use my hair to hide my face that is in my ponytail, letting fan over my face as I do my best to ignore his presence.
“Hi” his voice is soft and inviting as if he doesn’t realise the danger he is in.
The stranger is talking to me what do I do? If I leave, he’ll think I’m weird. Okay just say hello, I got this.
I can feel my heart rate speed up and the blood is hammering in my ears, my mind feels lightheaded and I feel like I might faint.
“Hello” My voice comes out higher than normal, and my embarrassment only deepens. He smiles at me. He’s cute and he has dimples when he smiles but, it doesn’t quite reach his eyes.
“You’re Ava, right?”
I nod my head as I gulp down the extra saliva that has accumulate in my mouth and praying to whoever is listening that he didn’t hear or notice me gulp. How did he know my name?
“Well, Ava would you meet me in the library in 5 minutes?”
Again, I nod my head and watch as he walks away towards the library through double doors before, he disappears from sight. Why did I even agree to meet a random stranger? I look towards Lily ready for some advice but, notice she has left me. She must have left when the guys showed up. Traitor. Guess I better start making my way to the library, he probably wants me to do his homework for him or maybe use me to make himself feel better about how horrid his live is. That’s the usual rundown of things, do their homework and never talked to them again and they ghost me in the halls or get beaten to a pulp and pretend it never happened.
Sighing, I leave the canteen and walk down the halls to get to the library, it’s quiet and it’s starting to make me feel nervous. Walking down the halls I can hear my footsteps echoing. It’s nice not being caught up in this rush of people as they try to get to their classes on time, for someone of my height, it’s hard to move in such a crowd, I get shoved and swept away by the hordes of people around me. It doesn’t matter because they wouldn’t care if they could see me because half the time I think they do but they just like to push me around just because they can because I never do or saying anything back as it only makes matters worse.
Walking into the library I notice how quiet it is, normally people are in here trying to get their work done and secretly eat their lunch in here as well as they are too scared to go to the canteen, I would know as I’m sometimes the one hiding out in here because no popular person wants to be caught dead in here. There isn’t anyone in sight as I sweep my gaze around the vast room. I see the guy that asked me to be here, he’s lurking in the shadows where a load of books is on the shelves sending an eerier glow over him. I walk over to him nervously fumbling with my hands as I do, he smirks at me from the shadows and it makes me feel uneasy like he’s the cat and I’m the mouse.
“You look beautiful.” His voice is low and soft and makes my whole body light up and tingle.
I feel my cheeks heat up slightly and I’m thankful that it’s dark in here so he can’t see the effects he has on my, I don’t understand why he has this effect on me and why I even care. He grabs me by the hand and pulls me closer to him, trapping me between the bookcase and his body. I could feel the heat coming off his body and his breath fanning my face, like little sweet minty kisses.
My breath hitches in my throat and my heart is ready to jump out my chest like a caged animal. The guy leans forward closing the gap between us, his face is inches from mine. I see him glance down at my lips. OMG!! What do I do? This can’t be happening; I don’t even know the guy and I’m not sure if I even want to kiss him. My mind goes black and I am frozen as this guy closes the gap between us. There’s an inch from our lips. I can feel his breath fanning over my face more intently, the smell of mint hinting me like a wave from the sea. My mind suddenly goes into a reboot as I watch his eyes flutter close, I don’t know if I’m ready for this, I don’t even know the guy. I’m panicking, I don’t know him this is so wrong; he can’t take my first kiss.
Then he pulls away and starts to smile and laugh. I’m so confused. He looks at me and he no longer looks sweet, he looks like a monster. His eyes are sharp and cold, his smile is replaced with an evil sinister grin. There is no warmth in his face only hard lines and hatred plastered onto his features instead.
He pulls back and he’s looking around as if expecting people to come out and congratulate him on his amazing prank that he has just pulled.
“Did you really think I was going to kiss you? Look at you, you’re not pretty at all you look like a cow’s arse. I bet you’ve never even been kissed by a guy have you. You’re nothing but a nerd and that’s all you’ll ever be!”
I can feel the tears bubbling in my eyes, he had tricked me just so he could hurt me. I’ve never even met the guy why would he do this? I hear more voices join the laughter as I see a whole bunch of people walk out of the shadows with cameras and phones pointing at me. At the front is Jessica, the girl Lily and I both hate with a passion. I feel the tears streaming down my face like a waterfall as people point and laugh at me. Jessica puts her phone in my face and smirks at me. The pain that I feel for being tricked in such an intimate way is breaking me apart. The embarrassment and pain are too much so I run, I always run. I run as fast as my little legs can carry me out from the library as their faces haunt my dreams, I can still hear their laughter as it ricochets around my head like a bullet taunting me like the devil himself.