Damage Control

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Brainless Jock

“Sha la la la la my oh my my oh my, looks like the boy’s too shy, ain’t gonna kiss the girl.” I hummed quietly to myself as I pulled into the parking lot. The whole ride to school, both Avery and Easton hadn’t stopped bickering over what songs to play, so I decided to take things into my own hands and play a song everyone knows and loves.

Despite my efforts, those two had still been going at it and I could feel a headache start to form from all the yelling. Although their screaming was irritating, I couldn’t deny the fact that their insults towards one another were hilarious.

“Oh yeah, Marilyn Manson called, he’d like his look back!” Easton snapped at Avery as he turned around in his seat to give her a glare. I felt my eyes widen and my cheeks puff like a fish as I attempted to hold back the laugh that threatened to escape my lips. Looking in the rearview mirror, I watched as Avery fisted her hands in her lap as her face reddened in anger.

I had to give it to Easton, his insult was pretty spot on. Not only was Avery wearing a black coat that reached her mid thighs, but her makeup was very dark, mimicking exactly how Marilyn Manson had done his.

“Funny, cause I just got the exact same call from 2010 Justin Bieber!” Avery screeched as I finally let out the laugh I had been holding in. As I gasped to catch my breath, I looked to my right where Easton sat with an unamused expression on his face.

“That is probably the meanest thing you’ve said to me today. I am way better looking than that kid.” Easton scoffed as I pulled my keys out of the ignition. Slipping off my seatbelt, I turned around in my seat to face Avery who was staring at her nails, looking like she’d rather be anywhere but here.

“And I care because?” She drawled, her focus still on her freshly painted black nails. Darting my eyes back and forth between the two, I mentally prepared myself for another argument and so badly wished that I had some popcorn to keep myself busy in the time being.

Priorities man, priorties.

“Okay look Aves,” Easton began, as he turned in his seat to face Avery fully. I watched as Avery flashed him a death glare for the nickname, which went unnoticed by Easton as he continued to speak, “I think it’s been a long morning, and we should just call it a truce.” He suggested as he held a hand out to Avery.

Frowning slightly to myself, I slumped back down into my seat seeing as there would not be another argument.

Damn, I was actually looking forward to it.

Avery simply scoffed and slung her backpack over her shoulder before sliding towards the door, “No thanks, see you later you brainless jock.” She stated with a sickly sweet smile before opening the door to my car and stomping off towards the school.

I watched as Easton turned to stare at me, a baffled expression written all across his face as he dropped his hand down to his lap, “Cool sister you got there.” He commented sarcastically as I rolled my eyes at him.

“You both are childish, especially you, Easton, or should I call you brainless jock?” I questioned mockingly as I leaned over the console to grab my backpack.

“Quite the comedian, aren’t you.” Easton dryly asked causing me to let out a small laugh.

“I like to think so.” I shrugged casually as I slung my bag over my shoulder before making my way out of the car, Easton following in suite.

Silently making our way through the parking lot, I allowed myself to relish in the silence for another minute before I would be entering into the gates of hell where I would remain for the next seven hours.

We had made it halfway through the parking lot when I glanced around me and finally noticed the weird stares and whispers both Easton and I were getting. Turning to look at him, I opened my mouth to ask what was up when it suddenly dawned on me.

Stopping in my tracks, I looked straight ahead, my eyes wide, as I realized why exactly everyone had been staring.

God, how could I be such an idiot!

Not only had Easton and I driven to school together, we were now walking in together as well.

Key word being, together!

Oh god, I could just imagine the types of rumors that would begin to float around the school about the two of us, especially me.

Leaving Easton behind, I rushed towards the large oak tree in front of the school and quickly hid behind it. Covering my face with my palms, I stood there frozen as I tried to process the situation.

When I had agreed to drive Easton, I had made a mental note to myself that I would inform him that we would not be walking into school together, and that our deal was to only remain between the two of us.

Us walking in would only lead to many questions, not to mention the fact that people would probably assume we were together or that I liked Easton.

Ew.

“Why do you look like someone kicked your dog?” I heard Easton question from beside me as I jumped slightly. Pinching my eyes shut, I ignored his presence as I tried rubbed my temples with my forefingers.

Did he really have to follow me?

Maybe if I just ignore him, he’ll go away.

Kind of like an insect.

“Hellooo, earth to Mallory!” Easton sang as I began face palming myself.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

I chanted to myself as Easton stared at me like I belonged inside a mental ward.

I had gotten about ten hits in, when I suddenly felt a warm hand take a hold of mine to cease the abuse I was bestowing upon myself, “Hey, C’mon. The only person that’s allowed to call you stupid is me.” Easton tried to console me causing me to send him a death glare.

“Shut up!” I hissed at him as he dropped my hand, and raised his in surrender, “Your fan club is going to kill me!” I mumbled to myself as Easton scrunched his face up in confusion.

“I have a fan club?” He questioned to himself, a slight smile growing on his face, “Nice!” He whispered to himself as I slowly raised my head to stare at him with a flat expression. Taking a step towards him, I landed a hard slap on his shoulder causing him to yelp out loud.

“Kidding!” He defended as he pulled his backpack strap farther up his shoulder, “Why would my fan club kill you?” He questioned as he tried to appear concerned for me even though I could see how badly he wanted to burst out laughing.

“Not only did you and I drive to school together, but we were also seen walking into school together! Half the female population is obsessed with you, and now they’re going to assume I want you too!” I explained frantically, waving my arms in the air like a mad woman. Easton simply stared at me with a slight smirk on his face before leaning down towards me.

“Well you kind of do.” He lowly said, a look of mischief twinkling through his bright eyes.

I. Hate. Him.

“Die.” I stoically said causing Easton to burst out laughing. I watched as he dramatically bent over and continued to laugh obnoxiously as I let out a loud sigh while patiently waiting for him to finish.

I watched as he wiped the corner of his eyes, before turning to face me with a boyish grin on his face, “Okay, now that that’s done, can we go inside now?” He questioned as he glanced over at the front doors of the school where students were entering.

“You go, and I’ll come in a little after you.” I instructed as Easton crossed his arms across his chest and leaned against the tree. We were nearly chest to chest as Easton stared down at me, his head cocked to the side as his eyes roamed all over my face.

“Seriously Mallory? You’re being ridiculous, let’s just go inside.” Easton said as he ran a hand through his messy locks.

Shaking my head vehemently, I responded, “Absolutely not, people are just going to gossip and spread rumors.”

It wasn’t just the fact that Easton was the most wanted guy at the moment, but also that this would only backfire on me.

Jealously is a disease, and the whole ordeal will only result in rumors about the two of us and rude comments and insults thrown my way.

Pushing off the tree, Easton took a step closer to the point where we were basically touching. I could feel his warm breath fall across my forehead as I fixed my gaze onto the ground, not wanting to look into his piercing eyes. I felt his finger go beneath my chin to raise my head and soon we were eye to eye as he looked down at me with a serious expression.

For some traitorous reason, our close proximity caused my heart to go haywire and I could only pray that Easton didn’t feel the rapid thumping of my heart. He would never let it go and would forever torment me about it until the day I died.

“I promise you nobody will say anything, and if they do, they’ll have me to deal with okay?” Easton reassured as I stared at him silently. Despite his typical goofy and non serious behavior, I could tell that this time he was being completely serious and for some odd reason, I trusted what he said.

Glancing over at the doors of the school, I let out a deep breath before nodding my head silently.

“Good, we better get going now or we’re going to be late.” Easton said as we began to make our way up the steps of school, the bell for first class ringing just as we stepped through the doors.

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