Grayson Smith

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Chapter Three. He's all talk and no action.

Song for this chapter: Shane-Sinister.

His name suited him perfectly, his parents did a good job not only choosing the perfect name for him but also for giving him god-like features. He’s like a hot nerd to be exact. ″Well Grayson″ Mrs.Hudson said looking around the room, ″ Go on down and sit next to Elizabeth″.

I hate when people call me that, ″Libby″ I corrected her, rolling my eyes. Grayson smiled and nodded his head at the teacher and walked down to me, he put his navy jansport schoolbag on the table as he took a chair out from underneath the desk. After he sat down, he put his schoolbag down on the ground next to him and took out the stuff he needed for class.

I couldn’t help but think about how good he smelled, he’s definitely using lynx Africa. I was playing around with a pencil in between my fingers, something I do during class when I just couldn’t care less about what the teacher was saying. From the corner of my eye, I noticed Grayson looking at me. I looked at him about to confront him but he just turned his head.

I sighed in annoyance and turned my attention back to Mrs.Hudson. ″Okay class″ Mrs.Hudson spoke up, ″I want you to discuss with the person next to you, what happens during photosynthesis″.

I mentally groaned for one: finding this the most boring subject invented and two: for having to talk to this kid Grayson.

He doesn’t seem like a bad person, but I honestly couldn’t be bothered to talk to anyone who wasn’t part of our group and because if Hunter finds out, this Grayson kid is done for.

He turned around so he was facing the side of my face, but I hadn’t yet turned around to face him. I glanced at him slightly to see him smiling at me like the big weirdo I’m sure he is. I let out a breath of annoyance and turned around to face him, raising my brows questionably.

He looked me in the eyes as if searching for something, I looked away not liking what he was doing. ″So what happens during photosynthesis?″ He asks looking at me, then leans his arm on the table and rests his head on his hand.

I nearly laughed when he asked me this, ″You’re asking the wrong girl″ I replied in monotone, with no emotion evident in my voice.

Just out of the blue he asks me something random, ″What’s your name?″.

I huffed and looked at him boringly. ″I’m pretty sure Miss already said what my name is″ I told him bluntly. ″And to be honest, why do you care? It’s not like you’ll ever need to know my name″.

He slightly frowned before smiling again. ″I will if we’ll be working together″. I rolled my eyes at him, he actually thinks we’ll be working....together. Not a chance.

″No, you’ll be working alone while I...watch″ I fake smiled at him and turned away. I heard him sigh as I seen him write something down in his notebook, probably about his day or some boring shit like that.

″Okay class″ Mrs.Hudson spoke up once again. ″You’ve had enough time to discuss with the person next to you″. She stopped talking to take a look around class then her eyes landed on me. Don’t pick me, Don’t pick me, Don’t pick me.

″Libby, tell us what happens during photosynthesis″. I groaned loudly while I shot daggers at Grayson for hearing him chuckle from beside me.

″Photosynthesis describes the process that plants use to convert light energy, water, and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen. Larger animals eat the smaller ones and also absorb their energy. Eventually, the largest animals die and their energy is returned to the soil where it is absorbed by plants″. I took in a breath after saying all that stuff making Grayson look at me with a mixture of shock and amusement, I looked at him and smirked. He obviously thought I was clueless.

Class went by painfully slow, but after class I do what I usually do after biology on a Monday, I go to my locker and put away all of my books then quickly but quietly I walked down the hall and out of the main doors. I walked down to the car park where I seen Hunter leaning against his car waiting for me like he usually does. But he usually has no emotion on his face. But this time he has one emotion and it’s anger.

I nervously walked over to him where he walked around to the passenger side of his car and opened the door, well that’s unusual. ″Get in″ He spat and I nodded my head, jogging to the side of the car and got in without a word.

He slammed the car door shut and walked around the the drivers side and got in. He took in a sharp breath as I looked at him nervously not wanting to say anything that might spark something in him and make him act out once again.

″What was Olivia on about at lunch break?″ He asked me bluntly not looking at me, of course this is about Olivia.

When there’s drama Olivia would be right in the middle of it.

″What do you mean?″ I asked playing dumb when really I knew exactly what he meant.

″Don’t act dumb, Libby!″ He shouted looking at me, I didn’t even flinch at his outburst. I’m used to seeing this side of Hunter, his face was starting to turn red from anger.

He took in another breath to calm himself down. I had no emotion on my face at this point. ″What did she mean when she said she seen you talking to that new kid?″ He asked still appearing angry but his voice was trying to stay calm and collected.

″All that happened was he bumped into me when I was walking to class so I said for him to watch where he’s going, that’s all″ I clarified calmly not trying to make him angry again. He leaned in closer to me and I could tell by his eyes he didn’t quite believe me even though I was actually telling the truth.

″If I find out you’re lying to me, you’re done for″ he seethed. I nodded at him, rolling my eyes when he turned around so he wouldn’t see me. He’s threatened me about a million times.

He’s all talk and no action.

We were driving in silence when suddenly I remembered I had to go to Kroger for food, hesitantly I spoke up, ″Ehm Hunter?″.

He huffed and glanced at me slightly ″What″ he scoffed.

″Can you drop me off at Kroger?″ I asked quietly, I looked at him and seen the anger rising in his face.

He rolled his eyes. ″Why the fuck didn’t you ask me sooner? We’re nearly at your house″.

I sighed and spoke up again. ″It’s only a few minutes away from my house″ I murmured, he sighed and nodded his head.

″Fine, but i’m not collecting you″. I nodded my head, sort of surprised he actually agreed to bring me.

A few minutes later he stopped outside of Kroger, he was tapping his finger on the steering wheel, ″Get out already″ he snapped.

I rolled my eyes and quickly got out of the car not forgetting to slam the door. Walking up to Kroger I got a small shopping cart then walked inside. Hm where to start? Okay let’s start with the bread. I pushed the trolley to the first aisle where the breads were and looked through the shelves for plain white bread.

After spotting the bread and putting it into my shopping cart, I walked out of that aisle and made my way to where all the dairy products were. After getting the eggs, milk and butter, I went to the aisle where the cereals were just to get a box of fruit loops for Gabriela. Me and Jackson were never a big fan of cereal. I looked at the shelves on both sides of the aisle but couldn’t find the fruit loops until I looked up, I seen them on the tallest shelf on the left side of the aisle.

I mentally groaned knowing there is no way I’d be able to reach up that far, but I’ll still try. I jumped up a few times with no luck and I was the only one on this aisle so it wasn’t like I could actually ask for help...or so I thought.

I seen a pair of arms get the box of fruit loops I was trying to get with ease, when I looked over at the person who got the box it was the new kid Mason or Grayson. I don’t know, I don’t remember. He smiled at me and handed me the box. I looked around to make sure no one was looking at us, ″Thanks″ I muttered, putting them into the shopping cart and was about to stroll off but he pulled me back lightly by my arm.

″Libby, right?″ He smiled at me, does this boy ever frown?

″Yeah, what’s your point?″ I huffed, not wanting anyone to see him speaking to me. I just want this conversation to be over. As Hunter already said, if I talk to him or any guy for that matter not only am I done for, but so is Grayson.

″You don’t need to act dumb to impress your friends″ He murmured, looking into my eyes. I rolled my eyes in response.

″I don’t act ‘dumb’, and my friends aren’t even in my biology class. So no, I’m not acting dumb to impress them″ I snapped. I can’t believe he actually said that to me, acting dumb? Sorry boy but I don’t act dumb to impress my friends, I wouldn’t stoop that low.

He put his hands in surrender and chuckled, ″That came out wrong sorry, I meant you don’t speak up in class and you would think that since you hang around with those people that you wouldn’t have a clue what you’re talking about, but you’re a smart girl Libby″.

Seriously he spoke to me twice and now he thinks he knows me? I mentally laughed, ″You don’t know me, so don’t act like you do. What I do is my business, so stay the fuck out of it!″.

He looked at me with a crooked smile, he probably never had someone talk back to him. He’s probably one of those rich kids that has everything handed to him on a sliver platter with a simple press of a button.

I strolled away to the next aisle not giving him a chance to talk back. I did my shopping which only took about forty minutes, it usually takes about an hour but since I only had fifty dollars, I just got the most important stuff. No junk food as much as I had to think about it, I knew I had to put them back eventually.

After paying and putting my groceries into plastic bags, I walked out of the supermarket and was about to start walking down the dimly lit street but was stopped by someone calling my name.

″Libby″ the same voice called again, I turned around and had to squint my eyes to see who it was. I couldn’t quite recognise them because of the dark, starry sky until they started walking closer towards me.

It was Grayson.

I huffed and rolled my eyes then started walking off. I could hear him start to walk faster to try catch up with me and he eventually did. He touched my shoulder and I turned around to face him.

″What″ I groaned. What could he possibly want? Hasn’t he already said enough. He looked down at his hands and started playing with his fingers, then he slowly looked up at me.

″Hurry up, I don’t have all day″ I snapped and he nodded his head.

″I just want to apologise for judging you before I actually got to know you″.

Seriously don’t come at me with this sappy shit. ″You shouldn’t be talking to me″ I confessed looking around and jumped when I heard a voice that wasn’t mine or Grayson’s.

No he shouldn’t be″ A familiar voice retorted from behind me making me shiver and sent chills down my spine.

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