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“Miss Red? I don’t suppose you could tear yourself away from your phone to participate in class could you?”
I lift my eyes to meet those of my teacher, Mrs Saxton, who is now glaring at me from the front of the classroom.
“Uh, I’m sorry...it was my Mom...”
I felt my cheeks flushing as I lied, hastily putting the phone in my bag.
“Of course it was.”
She rolled her eyes, shaking her head as she carried on speaking to the rest of the class.
“So, I will need you all to write an essay on whether you feel romantic movies are damaging to real-life relationships. You may find you can speak to your parents and family for insight.”
A few cackles came from the class, as I felt my phone vibrating against my leg. I decided not to bother upsetting my teacher further by retrieving it, but the bell rang anyway.
I grabbed my phone to see the envelope icon indicating I had a text message from Luke.
Babes, gotta put tonight on ice. Big dinner at home apparently- no phone zone- family shit. Love you x
I sighed heavily, shoving my phone back into my bag.
“Girl that’s a sigh, what’s up?”
I look up to see my best friend Rosie peering at me with concern.
I picked my bag up and followed Rosie out the classroom door, into the carnage that was the school corridor. Bodies filled every available space, and I groaned internally. I glance at Rosie, who is still looking at me, clearly waiting for an explanation.
“Luke has just cancelled our date. He has family shit apparently- no phone zone either!”
Rosie lifted a perfectly arched brow.
“Oh really? Well, why don’t you come with me and Sienna to The Lounge? Just what a girl needs to cheer her up. Or we could go to The Rink? Nothing beats a good skate,” she grinned.
“Yeah, why not?” I agree, suddenly feeling a little brighter.
Just then a loud crash came from the end of the corridor, distracting us from our conversation.
“Watch where you are going, dickhead!”
I craned my neck round to see what all the commotion was about and saw Finn- a friend of Luke’s- squaring up to a boy I had not seen before in school.
“Who is that Rose?” I whisper, staring at the boy curiously.
“Ah this must be the new guy...,” Rosie whispers excitedly. ” I heard Clara and Krystal talking about him earlier. He is Clara’s cousin. Pretty cute hmm? Good for us single girls!” she cackled, sticking her tongue out at me.
I watch him, trying not to stare. He had dirty blond hair and was wearing a black t-shirt that showed he was more than capable of handling himself with Finn.
“Fuck you. You’re the dickhead, dickhead.”
He spat the words at Finn who glared back at him menacingly. Just then Mr Whetton strode down the hallway towards the boys.
“Making friends already, I see Cal? This is the wonderful Finn, quite the star around here aren’t you?”
Finn glowered at the boy named Cal.
“Whatever man. Welcome to the school CAL.”
He glared at Cal as he walked away angrily. Cal leaned against the locker and watched Finn with an amused expression, pulling a cigarette out of his pocket. Suddenly, the air was filled with a sickening smell of too much perfume and hairspray as Clara walked down from the canteen towards Cal.
“CAL!” she screeched, flicking her platinum blonde curls over her shoulder. “I have been dying to introduce you to all my friends. Especially Krystal...”
She was closely followed by Krystal, dressed in a tight denim skirt, incredibly high heels, and a very revealing top- someone needed to remind her we were at school, not a strip joint.
“With all due respect Clara, I couldn’t give less of a fuck. I’ll catch you later.”
He turned and walked towards the exit leaving Clara and Krystal standing open-mouthed after him.
“WELL. He is rude, Clara.”
Krystal stood, hand on her hips as she watched him leave.
“Pretty hot though...” she added with a dirty smirk.
Hiding a smile, I turned to follow Rosie into class.
Later that evening I found myself at The Lounge with Rosie and Sienna, another one of my closest friends. Sienna was busy chatting to her boyfriend Ethan, and I was sipping my caramel latte, discussing with Rosie the fact the new guy had totally dissed Clara and Krystal earlier.
“Yeah Finn said he’s a prick,” interrupted Ethan, brushing his floppy chestnut hair out of his eyes as he glowers at us.
“Well that’s it then,” joked Sienna, “Finn has spoken...” she playfully smacked his arm and threw her dark red silky hair over one shoulder.
Ethan laughed, watching her with amusement.
“Nah babe, Finn is sound. But you don’t start a new school and pick a fight with the golden boy do you? Anyway, I am not gonna argue with you in that dress...”
He bent down and kissed her neck much to our dismay.
‘Eww get a room guys!’ mutters Rosie, rolling her eyes as Sienna pulled Ethan in for a kiss, before Ethan stood up, entangling himself from Sienna.
“Right baby. Gotta go, do you wanna ride home? Or you can stay at mine....” he said, staring at her chest hungrily whilst she stretched and yawned.
“Yeah I’ll come to yours, I just need to pick up my stuff from mine.”
She stood and laced her fingers through Ethan’s.
“Laters girls,” she smiles, blowing us both kisses. Ethan waved as they made their way to the door.
“Well,” I declared. “I’m just going to nip to the ladies.”
I slid out of the booth we were in and made my way to the toilets which were across the room. My hair annoyingly became loose from its messy bun, so this time I flicked my head forward, gathering it all together using my fingers as a brush. As I lifted my head back I felt myself collide with someone. I immediately let go of my hair and saw the new guy standing in front of me.
I pulled my hands in front of my mouth with horror as I saw him holding his face. His beautiful green eyes stared into mine in anger. I felt like I had been electrocuted and felt myself wobble slightly as I apologised instantly.
“Oh shit, I’m so sorry!”
He glared at me as he pushed past me, muttering to himself,
“It’s not like there isn’t enough room in this shitty town.”
I watched him walk out of The Lounge, the door slamming shut behind him.
“Babes,” gasped Rosie hurrying over, “Are you ok? What did he say?”
My head hurt from hitting him, so I shrugged and said I just wanted to go home. Rosie linked arms with me leaning in close as she chuckled.
“How was the physical contact though? He is the sort of guy I wouldn’t mind butting heads with.”
She giggled as I swotted her arm.
“Don’t be a knob, Rose.”
I made it home in one piece, falling onto my bed fully clothed. Suddenly my phone vibrated in my pocket.
Sorry babe. I just got back and I’m wiped. See you tomorrow?
I was so annoyed I didn’t reply. I closed his message and slipped out of my clothes and into my comfy pj’s, falling into my bed gratefully.