After English, I bolted out the door to get away from Victoria. That woman can’t get anything through her thick skull. She kept flirting with me throughout the whole class and I tried my best to shoo her away. I wasn’t giving any hints, I bluntly told her to leave me alone!
But this time, luck wasn’t on my side.
“Cole baby! Wait up!” she screeched.
I smoothly hid around a corner and waited for her to pass by. I let out a sigh of relief once that happened.
“You okay there Cole?”
I jumped and turned around to only see it’s Rochelle. I smiled at her.
“Yeah. That girl won’t leave me alone. Ex-girlfriends are terrible. I don’t even know what I was thinking.” I rambled, rubbing the back of my head nervously.
Rochelle frowned at the mention of Victoria and I couldn’t help but feel happy at the prospect of her being a little bit jealous.
“I’m sorry about that. Derrick left me behind to sit next to new friends at lunch. Is it okay if I eat lunch with you?” she asked timidly. My smile got even bigger and led her to my lunch table. I was met by Dylan and a few other friends.
I knew something was up with Derrick.
All day he hasn’t been paying attention to me and flirted with other girls at school. Not that I minded. I didn’t need him all over me. I wonder if he’s feeling the bond break. There’s no way a bonded person would flirt with other people, your eyes would only be on the person you bonded with for the rest of your life.
I see him at a table with a bunch of plastic barbies and creeps. No way in hell am I sitting over there. I was relieved I found Cole hiding around the corner- even if he was hiding from his ex. My blood boils at the thought but who am I to judge? I have to deal with Derrick.
Cole leads me to his table and I see a bunch of friendly faces greeting me.
“Guys, this is Rochelle. She’s going to sit with us for a while.” Cole says sending a wink my way. I felt my knees buckle a bit. Insert swoon here.
I smiled at them shyly and they smiled back.
“Hey, I’m Dylan, best friend to this idiot over here.” Dylan laughs when Cole gives him a playful glare. Dylan has a lean body and pretty tall, but not as tall as Cole. He has light brown hair with emerald eyes. I laughed with him and sat next to Cole at the table.
“You were the girl that sang with Cole, right?” Dylan asks and I nodded in confirmation and Dylan smacks Cole on the back. “You caught a good one. That girl can sing!”
“You should’ve heard her in music today. She’s knocked it out of the ballpark.” Cole agreed and I smiled when he didn’t disagree at Dylan’s assumption of us being together. I felt someone tapping my shoulder and I turn to the girl who sat next to me.
“Hello. My name is Sabrina and we will be best friends for life! It’s so good to have another girl in the group. There are too many stinky boys and I can’t handle it on my own anymore.” Sabrina says with a laugh.
“Hey!” the boys yelled, but all she did was shrug. Sabrina seemed pretty cool. She had waves of strawberry blonde hair spiraling down to her waist. She was very small compared to everyone else. It looked like we were both cursed with the height of 5′5. She looked very casual in a flannel and dark jeans.
The rest of the table introduced themselves. I felt very welcomed here. I haven’t felt this way for months. It’s always been just me and Derrick plus his goons that come here and there. Besides that, I haven’t really made any friends, much less talked and socialized with people because I stayed on the down low. But the other locations and places I’ve been were different.
Cole wasn’t there.
“You okay there, Rochelle?”
I snapped out of my thoughts and beamed at their concerned looks.
“I’m fine,” I said reassuringly. I was being sincere because I finally felt like I belonged somewhere.
Cole sighed in relief. “Good. I don’t want you to feel uncomf-”
“Excuse me? Who do you think you are talking to my man?!” I covered my ears from the screech that sounded like nails on a chalkboard.
Cole groaned. I can tell he’s not very happy with the banshee that screamed in my ear. I tried to fight the urge to strangle her for calling him hers. I instantly recognized her from Derrick sitting next to her in English and Cole hiding from her in the hallway.
“Go away Victoria. I’m not yours and you need to stop acting like it.” Cole snapped.
“You were before...” Victoria purred.
“Yes. And it was the worst mistake of my life.” He said bluntly. He looked like he wanted to crawl into a hole and die.
“You don’t mean that.” Victoria pouted.
“Actually I do.” He nodded his head rapidly.
She ignored that statement. She turns to me and narrows her eyes.
“Who the hell are you?” she sneered. I send her a fake smile.
“Rochelle Smith. My guess is your Coles ex-girlfriend.” I chirped. I tried to ignore the churning in my stomach. The idea of them even being remotely together is disgusting.
“Excuse me? Listen you little bitch, he may not realize it, but he’s mine. So why don’t you just move your ass out of here, huh?” She snapped.
“Hey! Don’t talk to her like that. Do it again and I will sucker punch you. Hard.” Sabrina growls.
“Shut it ginger! You don’t get to tell me what to do, you little devil.” Victoria snaps.
I could see the steam coming out of Sabrina’s ears. She was about to lunge but the boys held her down. If looks could kill, Victoria would be dead.
I glared at her. No one treats my new friends like that.
“Excuse me, but the only devil I see is you. How about you just go where you belong in hell. I bet Satan is waiting for his next hookup.” I say and crossed my arms.
Victoria started turning red and screamed. She turned to Cole.
“Aren’t you going to do something?!” she shrieks.
Cole just shrugged and looked away. But not before saying, “You heard the woman. Leave us alone.”
Victoria stomped her foot like a child losing her favorite toy. When she realized she was getting nowhere, she let out another scream and stormed out of the cafeteria.
The whole cafeteria was quiet, watching our table. I started shifting uncomfortably. Cole must have noticed because he yelled, “Don’t you guys have a life?“. Everyone then went back to their business.
“Thanks,” I mumble.
“No problem.” he chuckled.
With that, the bell rang and we were off to our next class.
School finally ended and I had to go to my locker. I told Cole to wait outside and I’ll meet him there. Getting my things I closed my locker and nearly had a heart attack when Derrick’s face was revealed behind the locker door.
“Ready to go babe?” he asked with a smirk.
“Actually I’m going to a friends house to work on the chemistry project we have, remember?” I remind him nervously.
Derricks eyes started calculating, but I kept my face blank. He sighed.
“You know, it’s only been the first day and you are getting a little too cozy here. And something is off. You seem too happy with that friend of yours. We may have to move sooner than I thought,” he contemplated his options before he announced his decision.
“Alright, you can go. But you better be back to the house by nine. I haven’t been spending a lot of time with you. Maybe you need a reminder who makes you happy.“, he said with a wolfy grin.
I held back a cringe and nodded. Derrick walked away, getting into the Mercedes. I stared as the car drove away and was out of my line of sight. Sighing, I go over to meet Cole.
I go into the parking lot and spot Cole waving me over. I speed walk towards him and greet him.
“Ready to go?” He asked as he handed me a helmet.
Curious, I look to the side and excitement races through my veins. It’s a Harvey motorcycle. In awe, I walk around the beauty.
“It’s gorgeous.” I breathed out.
“You like it?” he said nervously.
“Of course! I love motorcycles!” I squealed.
Cole let out a sigh of relief.
“Cool. Most girls can’t stand riding Michelle.”
“You named your motorcycle Michelle?” I laughed.
He flushed but gave a sheepish smile.
“Alright, come on.”
We both climbed on and wrapped my arms around him. Sparks spread throughout my body and I hummed in contentment. I could hear Cole’s breath hitch. I smiled. I’m glad I have some effect on him.
Cole kicked the stand and we drove to his house.
I closed my eyes at the wind blowing against us. It felt relaxing and freeing like all my problems blew away with the wind.
But I knew it all had to do with the person in front of me.