When you grow up, you realize that Prince Charming is not easy to find and the bad guy does not always wear a black cape. He’s not easy to spot; he’s really funny, and he makes you laugh, and he has perfect hair.
I decided on one thing that as hard as this period in my life is, I can’t really let my future suffer. So, I went to Mr. Walker and told him that I will do the report. He shooed me off saying that he’d let me know as soon as someone else steps to go with and then he’d brief us about the exhibition.
Now that I had nothing to worry about – mostly – I am going to focus on getting the people back together and for that I went to the only right thing in my life, Blake.
“Hey, how are you doing?” I asked as soon as I stepped into his room.
“I could be better. You?” He asked back.
“Me too.” I replied sadly. “So how are things with Chris? You seem to have taken the situation well.”
“Oh, it’s amazing. We have decided to take things slow for a while and he’s just so understanding. I never thought how easy it’d be to be with a–uh, umm, werewolf.” He said and I was glad to hear it, honestly.
“It’d take some time to get used to it.” I laughed out.
“Yeah, but I have to tell you something.”
“Okay, what is it?” I sit beside him on his bed, prodding him to speak.
“Mom and dad decided to split up. And I’m almost 18 so that means none of them have to decide as to who will get me.” He spoke.
“Oh, my god I’m so sorry.” I went in to hug him which he returned tighter than ever.
“No, it’s not your fault, it’s ok. I saw this coming a long time ago.” He tried to sound brave but the wetness on my shoulder said something else.
That night he fell asleep in my lap and I felt a sense of relief to know that he will be fine. I know that because I know him and he’ll pull through, he always has and he always will. And even if can’t I’ll be right here with him to help him through.
So now we come to this day where I get to know who will be coming to the exhibition with me, that is tomorrow. I have already made a plan and all the points that I would have to take into consideration while writing the report and I printed out a map of it to know my course through the whole function.
I wait in the classroom for Mr. Walker to bring in the student. It’s not like I have anything else to do, I have a free period and I finally decided to catch up with my work and managed to get 2 classes ahead of all subjects. Don’t ask how I did that, even I don’t know, but the dark circles under my eyes do.
Finally, the teacher walked in bringing with him the only person I not want to ever see the face of. Ok maybe not ever, but like, not right now.
“Hello Ava, I assume you already know your partner.” The teacher said and it took me a little longer than usual to process his words, but when I did, I nodded at him while staring at my ‘partner’ who was in return staring at me in complete shock.
Welcome to the club, buddy. I thought.
Why the hell is he here? He shouldn’t be.
“Ok then, let’s talk about what I expect from you tomorrow, shall we?” He asked and gestured us to sit down in front of him.
“Ok so Ava, I want you to be the observer and take notes of whatever that should be included in this report, ok?” I nodded and he looked towards him. “Adrian, I want you to come up with ideas to make this report look more exciting. Try to make it sound like if I not read it, I would be missing out on something good.”
“It’s a science exhibition. How do you expect me to make it sound exciting?” Adrian said, growing more anxious by the second.
I know it’s wrong, but I still know that flick of nervousness in his wrist, it would twitch so fast you wouldn’t even notice. Or the fact that he keeps his hands on the armrest trying to sit casually and portraying that he’s cool but actually he doesn’t know how to act. I know all this is wrong but I spent 2 years with him, and it’s hard to ignore these things.
“Then dazzle me, Adrian. I know you have it in you.” The teacher said, breaking me out of my mindless rant.
After what seemed like forever the bell rang, signaling the end of my free period which ironically is in this very room. I hate my life. The fact that surprises me the most is that Adriana is also heading to the back of the room to take a seat. I looked at him in a confused gesture.
“I have a free period and I am failing biology, if you didn’t notice.” He said.
“Well, why do you need school anyway? Don’t you have other things to do? Like running around the jungle?” I said and luckily, Mr. Walker was heading out to get some study material so he didn’t hear me.
“I know it might come as a surprise, but even I have to pass high school.” He said dismissively.
Wow, how a person can change within a few weeks. Well ok then.
I took my seat as soon as the class started to fill up and the teacher followed in shortly. He explained a few topics and asked us to do the reading of the same which I have already done and marked with my highlighter so I just sit there wondering how life could go any wrong than this.
“Ms. Smith? I assume you’ve done your reading?” The teacher asked to which I nodded lightly. “Ok then go sit with Adrian and discuss about your presentation tomorrow.”
I groaned but moved to the back, because he couldn’t be bothered to come in the front. I reach his table and see him trying to mark the right line and failing. Too tempted to correct it, I snatched the marker from his hand and showed him where to mark. He just watched and nodded along until we were done.
“So, I have the whole plan laid out–” I spoke and he cut me off.
“Of course, you do.” He softly chuckled out.
“And what was that supposed to mean?” I asked, getting offended.
“Oh, I didn’t mean it in a bad way. It’s just that you’ve always been so organized and always ahead of time. I wonder why you fell back on this?” He asked, sincerely and I had to reply.
“I guess the past has a habit of repeating itself.” I murmured.
“What does that mea– oh.” He stopped as soon as he realized. “But why this time? I thought things were going well. I mean the way you left me like that just after we shared a moment. I thought you’ve made peace with it.” He was right, I had made peace with it but someone else hasn’t.
I just smiled instead of replying.
We started to analyze my plan when the teacher called me, telling me he has a slip for me to leave early. Why? I don’t know. Where do I have to go? It says the principal’s office.
I left Adrian saying that I’ll contact him tomorrow when I reach school and at what time we are supposed to meet. After that I made my way to the principal’s office when Asher came out of nowhere and stopped me.
“What?” I asked cluelessly.
“Why were you with him?” How does he know?
“How do you know?” I asked him.
“Well, it might come off as a surprise but since I can’t really talk to you openly so I have to stalk you.” Fidgeting, he’s fidgeting. He’s angry. Angry Ashy, huh I like the sound of that.
“That’s not creepy at all, but don’t worry. Remember how I told you about the exhibition?” He nodded, and I continued, “he’s my partner there.”
“Why him? Why not someone else?” He raised his voice, which is not a good thing since the hallways are deserted and I have a place to be.
“I’ll tell you everything later but right now I have to go.”
“No, you don’t. I called you out. The principal is not even in the school.” He said and to be honest I’m not really surprised.
“Well then let’s go somewhere people won’t come out to see what’s happening.” I took his hand and pulled him towards the restroom.
He didn’t even blink an eye while entering with me and I checked every stall to see if anyone was there.
“Now tell me. What’s the problem?” I asked.
“Him. He’s the problem, I don’t like him and why does it have to be him?” He leaned on the sink and motioned me to come closer. I obliged and walked into his welcoming arms.
“Turns out no one else is interested in failing biology. Come on, I know you don’t like him but I swear nothing will happen. I love you.” I tried to assure him.
“You better or else I’ll kill everyone, and you know damn well I can.” He pulled me even more close and kissed my forehead.
“That’s it? That’s all you wanted to talk about?” I sighed, finally getting over the topic of Adrian.
“Of course not! I want to spend time with you and because I was stalking you, I knew you’d have time to do whatever you want in this period.” He exclaimed.
“Okay! Calm down angry Ashy.” I chuckled out to which he let out a hearty laugh.
“Angry Ashy? Are you high on something, Sugar?” He tried to say between his laughter and that made my cheeks red from embarrassment.
“I’m working on some nicknames! It’s not fair that you get to call me Sugar and I just call you Asher.” I mumbled softly.
“Keep trying. I know you can do better than that, Sugar.” He said and buried his head in the crook of my neck.
We stayed there until the bell rung, telling us it’s time for lunch and I’ll have to sit with Amber and Wren again, seeing them fall apart but still not giving in to their feelings.
“We should go. The girls will be at the cafeteria soon.” I pulled away and kissed his cheek.
I went to open the door and saw the most horrid scene in my life.
“I had a free period and saw you with him. Care to explain?” She said while staring at me with hard eyes.
“Look, Amber, I can explain.” I tried to come up with a reasonable explanation.
“Save it.” She said and walked away while I stood there almost ready to collapse but Asher held me in his arms.
When will my life be simple again? Probably never.