Still Alive

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Chapter 8

Alexandra

"What's one plus one?" Melanie barged into my room angrily. A sense of confusion washed over me. I had no idea why she was asking such a simple math equation.

"Two.." I sat up right on my bed. Did she really not know the answer? Or..? Why was she mad? Was it Brian? What did he do?

"Good." She snapped. "Well, another two decided to spy on me and my date last weekend." My cheeks flushed in sudden realization. She caught me. Or someone told her. Ashton was the only one who knew about my plan, so it must've been him who ratted me out. Which, I'm pretty sure, he would have.

A sudden flame of anger sparked inside of me. I mean, how else would she know? I was in loads of trouble. She was going tot kill me. This is it. Good bye beautiful unicorns, hello hell.

"Mel-" I started.

"No! I don't care for your stupid excuses. You lied and stalked me. I mean, what the hell were you thinking?" Melanie snarled. My heart was racing at an immense speed. Melanie and I have never gotten in an argument this heated.

"I was thinking he might hurt you. Have you met the real him Melanie? Have you? I think you're too caught up in that head of yours." My words were sharper than razor blades. If she couldn't appreciate me looking out for her, I didn't want her in my life.

Maybe it was the anger talking. Her gazes fueling the already bright fire. She could've at least viewed the whole situation from my perspective. Just like I did her. I understood why she was mad at me and I did something extremely stupid, but she should at least be grateful I cared. Yet, she didn't. She only cared about Brian.

"I'm not too caught up in my head. You wouldn't understand our situation! I don't need you AND my parents looking after me. I can do that just fine on my own!" I watched as she walked away from me.

Tears sprung in my eyes. What just happened? What did I do? Why was I always the bad guy? A knock startled me. My room door was open, so that meant it came from my balcony. I turned to see Ashton standing there. A worried expression stitched on to his features. I furrowed my eye brows while he pointed to the lock.

"Go home!" I mouthed. He sighed shaking his head. I took long strides over to the double doors and roughly pulled the curtains shut. I couldn't even look at him.

"Alex, please. Open the door." Ashton shouted from outside. Melanie and I weren't going to talk for a while. At the thought tears rushed down my cheeks.

For the past week and a half, I've avoided all of them: Melanie, Theo and Ashton. Melanie was still mad at me, not that I blame her. She hasn't bothered to text me, but on the other hand, Theo and Ashton had been blowing up my phone. So, I turned it off and left it at home. I know, stupid of me, but I didn't care right now. I needed to distance myself from the world right now.

I pulled into the schools parking lot. I turned the ignition off and reached on to the passengers seat to retrieve my bag. I turned around reaching for the door, but Ashton stood there. He smiled, waving enthusiastically.

"Go away." I shook my head. He frowned letting his hand fall to his side. His smile turned into a deep frown. I felt bad, but I couldn't look at him. He was the reason my best friend was mad at me.

"Please, talk to me. I didn't mean to tell her. She just kind of put the pieces together." His plea's were becoming hard to ignore. He had knocked on my balcony door many times. Sometimes he'd wake me up at the crack of dawn just to express how sorry he was.

Well, I wasn't going to attend school today. I didn't feel like facing my problems head on, I wanted t run. I started the car and drove away. I rolled my windows down and thought of all the hiding spots I've gathered over the years.

Where was I gonna go now?

Ashton

Fuck! She's so goddamn stubborn. Why doesn't she understand that I didn't mean to say anything. Melanie had pieced everything together and then demanded answers. Why won't she just listen to me?

Theo walked over to the parking space with a frown. His eyes were set in the direction Alexandra took off. I angrily rubbed my face with both hands. I had never had much drama in my life, and now that I did, I wanted it gone. I didn't want Alex gone, just the drama.

"Nothing." Theo whispered. Two weeks! Two fucking weeks and she hadn't spoken to us. Why she was ignoring Theo? I had no clue. She won't let us in. I just found my mate and now she's pushing me away. Was this supposed to happen? Was it really supposed to be this way?

"Nothing." I echoed. Theo and I traveled into school. Melanie was at her locker, Brian no where in sight. The two of them had gotten real close the past couple of weeks, but that was totally expected. They were mates, after all.

Melanie turned to look at us. Her eyes were dull, lifeless. Her hair was pulled up into a messy bun. Slowly, but surely she walked over to us. She gave us a weak smile.

"How is she?" Melanie piped up. Theo looked at her then at me. I shrugged, not knowing how to answer. We really didn't know how to answer that.

"I don't know." Theo bit down on his lip.

"I think she's done with us." Melanie smiled sadly. Done with them? Why? They were her best friends. Every relationship went through the ups and downs. She couldn't have given up that easily.

"We've been ignoring her lately. I wouldn't be mad if she decided to leave us for someone else." Theo had read the curiosity in my eyes.

"Why would you guys do that?" I gave them a look. Melanie had looked at me incredulously. She obviously didn't like my question. It was drawn all across her face.

"We have lives too, ya know." She snapped. I jumped back at the sudden attitude. I didn't like the way she spoke to me, and neither did my wolf. The alpha running through my blood demanded respect, and he was going to get it.

"That's a bit harsh. Don't you think? Would you say that lame ass excuse to her face? No? I didn't fucking think so. Maybe she should make new friends, and the next time you disrespect me like that, I won't hesitate to snap your neck."

The crowd shook with fear. The humans of the school looked around questioningly. Melanie bowed her head in submission. Good, she better fucking learn. What the fuck crawled up her ass and died? She was acting like a stuck up brat. She wasn't like that before.

"You're right. I'm sorry, Alpha. I have no idea what's gotten into me. I was fine, but then-" Melanie didn't even finish. Tears sprung inher wide eyes. I Looked over at Theo to see he was just as confused as I was.

"Oh god." Melanie whispered.

"What's wrong Lani?" Theo demanded. This explanation better be good. There was no way of telling what she was thinking. She looked panicked.

"I'm pregnant." Those words made me feel uncomfortable. I don't know what it was about them. Brian had a pup on the way, and where was he? Did he know about it? Her mood swings. Her hunger. The bump forming on her stomach. She had all of the symptoms.

"How do you know for sure?" Theo asked. Did he not see it? Was this kid fucking blind?

"I've been showing all of the symptoms, you idiot. I'll have to take a test tonight." The situation became an awkward mess. Her cheeks were stained and rosy. Everyone seemed obvious to the situation at hand. Well, Brian had another thing coming for him.

"Well, let us know if you need anything." Despite hating her, I gave her a weak smile. She gave me a curt nod.

"Thank you, but I really need my best friend." She sighed. She turned and walked away from us. Theo and I stood there, dumbfounded. Well, talk about awkward.

Alexandra

"No." I smiled over at my brother. He nodded his head. Daniel decided he was going to leave tonight. Of course, he made me promise to call or answer his calls right away. I kind of wish I could go with him. Maybe it's better over there. I could get a fresh start and keep to myself.

"Are there any high schools around your college?" I spoke up. My brothers eyes darted towards me in confusion. He opened his moth to speak, but quickly snapped it shut. He cleared his throat and turned back to the stove.

"No, why?"

"I wanna move schools." I gave a halfhearted shrug. I needed new. Old just wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I wanted to see new things, meet new people. Travel. I was tired of seeing the same things over and over again.

"Won't you miss you friends?" Daniel smirked. I knew he was trying to get me to change my mind, but I wasn't going to. I hated almost everything here, so why stay?

"Maybe, but not right now." I shook my head. He sighed , dropping the smirk. He was losing and he knew it. You could see the battle going on inside of his head. What was he thinking about? Was he going to let me tag along? Would he find a high school near the college campus?

"I think you should finish here. Then we can talk about you moving with me. This is your last year." Danny shrugged. I sighed, standing from my chair at the bar. I looked over at what he was cooking. My stomach swirled with discussed. I decided I wasn't hungry.

"I'm not hungry." I walked away.

"You need to eat!" Danny hollered from the kitchen.

"No, I don't." I slammed my room door shut. I made sure to lock the door. Knowing Daniel, he'd barge into my room and force food down my throat if he had to. I really wasn't in the mood.

Not today Danny boy. Not today.

"Alex, you have a visitor!" Danny called. I rolled my eyes and plugged my iPhone into the big speaker. I scrolled through my list of songs fishing for the perfect one.

"GO AWAY!" I yelled back. Quick foot steps made their way up the stairs, two at a time. I pressed on 'i miss the old you,' by Blackbear. I changed into black sweats and a white long sleeve.

"Alex, open the door!" Fists smashed against the bedroom door. I lay on the floor letting the playlist drone on. No one really seemed to be getting my message. I didn't want to talk. I wanted to be left alone.

The banging stopped. I cautiously walked over to my computer and turned the music down. No one was outside of my door screaming and begging for me to open up. I jogged over slowly pressing my ear to the wood. No one seemed to be on the other side. It was silent. I unlocked the door slowly swinging it open. I looked to my left to see Ashton leaning against the wall with his arms crossed.

My eyes widened. I went to shut the door, but it bounced back. I ran towards the bathroom. Just as i stepped through the door frame, arms wrapped around my waist pulling me into a rock hard chest. I squealed placing my hands on his arms. Ash slammed the door shut setting me down. I turned and jumped on to my bed; picking up the Cookie Monster teddy bear. He was quite a big blue ball with plastic eyes sitting on his head.

"A teddy bear? Really, Alex?" Ashton smirked. If only he knew.

"His eyes are like rocks. They hurt." I remarked.

"How many times have you hit yourself?!" He barked in laughter. My smug expression deflated, shoulders sagging. Maybe this was my chance to get away. I could get to my car and drive off.

"That doesn't matter." Running made me lazy. Even just the thought. I watched in annoyance as Ashton clutched his stomach. He finally sobered up and wiped away fake tears. He walked over and sat next to me. I jumped off of the bed as if it were on fire. I had no desire to be even a foot away from him. Ashton ruined my friendship: now he was going to pay.

"Listen, I'm sorry. I know that what I did was out of order. I knew that you were stalking your best friend," he smirked. "and I shouldn't have said anything. You didn't want her knowing and I knew that. I want to make it up to you."

"How?" I scoffed. There was nothing he could say, or do that would make me forgive him. He had to learn the hard way, and ignoring him was the hard way.

"I want to take you on a date." A smile stretched his lips. I looked over at him with wide eyes. There is no way he just asked that. Hell must've frozen over, because a guy was actually asking me on a date.

"Wh-what? Why?" I tripped over my words. His chuckle was like magic: making me feel things I've never felt before. I almost thought my insides were going to explode. He stuck his hands into his front pockets.

"Please." His golden orbs met mine.

Should I? Should I really go on this date with him? I mean, did I really want to? Heck yeah, I wanted to! I wasn't going to admit that. Playing hard to get was the best way to go.

"Okay." I nodded. So much for playing hard to get.

"Really?" The smile he wore stretched into a grin. I nodded with a shy smile. The feelings rushing through my body were intimidating.

"Great! I'll pick you up on Friday, at seven. Dress warmly." Ashton rushed out. I stared at the spot he was previously occupying. I felt so many things in that exact moment.

What have I gotten myself into?

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