“So, how’s your day? Haven’t seen you since before the last day of Junior Year. How are you?” she whispered.
I groaned softly as I replied, “Terrible. Didn’t you see the spectacle that happened during lunch? Kelly? It is only the second day of school dammit.”
Elaine frowned, “Kelly? Lunch? What happened?”
I explained the events of Kelly’s actions and her little secret of marriage. Elaine stared at me with big eyes before looking around to see Kelly texting on her phone at the other side of class as Dr. Alan explained the biology behind a cell and its formation.
“Are you serious?” Elaine asked turning back to me. I nodded as I sighed.
“Dude, this is huge! Does Chris know?” Elaine gushed in a whisper. As I was about to reply, a low voice spoke up behind me.
“What do I know?” my eyes widened and I whipped my head around to come face to face with a certain blue-eyed boy who makes me feel all wonky. His blue orbs stared into mine as his face held a serious look.
I swallowed my saliva as I opened my mouth to speak. Just then, I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning my head, I saw Terrence holding his bag and a notebook, gesturing me to scoot in. feeling dumbfounded I moved closer to Elaine, letting Terrence shift his chair closer.
“Sorry, did I interrupt anything? Dr. Alan said to get into a group of three and make him a mind map of what he had explained on the board. You don’t mind if I joined you right?” Terrance turned to me, sitting down on his chair.
Chris rolled his eyes and was about to say something when Kelly shouted to him from across the class, “Chris come here. Group with James and I.”
Chris looked at Kelly and back to me before giving me a half-hearted smile.
I watched as he went towards James and sat beside Kelly. I shook my head, trying to process what has happened when I saw Elaine giving me a knowing look.
“What?” I asked her. She wiggled her eyebrows and looked towards Terrence and back to me, giving me a smirk.
I rolled my eyes and replied, “Just do this mind map. I had enough today.” So, Elaine, Terrence and I worked on the mind map till the bell rang.
“Class dismissed.” Dr Alan called out seconds after the bell rang.
I proceeded to pack my things and head home to take a shower before going down to the company when Terrance called out to me.
I slung my backpack around my shoulder as he spoke, watching Elaine give me a wink and smirk, mouthing a “See Ya!” before walking out of the class.
“Lauren, do you mind going over to my house this weekend to do the project? I’ve got practise and a game coming up so Coach is piling us with drills. You don’t mind, do you? I’m packed and I…”
Terrence started before I cut him off with a “Sure.” And a smile.
He looked shocked that I had agreed for a second but smiled back and said, “See you then.” Before leaving the class.
It didn’t matter to me which day we could meet or not. As long as his schedule did not clash with mine, and that I could work on both school work and the company everything was alright for me. As I walked down the almost empty hallways, I took up my phone and called Serena. Telling her to slot in the timing for the project work at Terrence’s house.
As I was about to reach the school’s main door leading to the carpark, a huge body slammed right into me causing me to sway and fall.
“Not again.” I thought as I closed my eyes to feel the impact of the floor. Feeling no pain, I opened my eyes, to my surprise, James was holding on to my wrist and staring at me wide-eyed.
“Hey Smarty-pants, you alright? Sorry about that.” James stabilised me as I shook myself out of my stunned silence and registering what had happened.
“Smarty-pants?” I questioned as I raised my eyebrows.
James blushed a little before replying, “Yea. Smartass. Isn’t that why Chris dumped me? His BEST FRIEND. For you?” I chuckled as he scratched his head trying to justify himself for the childish nickname he gave me.
Suddenly voice shouted, “MR DEAN! STOP TRYING TO PICK UP GIRLS AND GET YOUR ASS TO THE FIELD RIGHT NOW!”
James looked at me wide-eyed before quickly giving me a nod and a pat on the shoulder. “See you tomorrow Smarty-pants!” he called out, grinning before dashing off to the field.
Shaking my head, I made my way to my bike where Josh was waiting impatiently. “Sis, what took you so long! My legs hurt from standing.” He whined as I rolled my eyes.
“Ya right. Now get on before I leave you here.” I said as I hopped on to my bike and threw Josh his helmet. Strapping on his helmet quickly, he hopped on my bike behind me and hugged my waist. Chuckling I rode the bike home.
Upon reaching the house, Josh jumped off the bike and kissed the ground.
“Yes. Home at last. Finally off that killer contraption operated by a demon. Why wouldn’t you change that to a car? Why?” he asked rhetorically as I rolled my eyes at him.
Finishing up my usual routine, I made my way to the company as I was updated by Serena on the phone. Upon reaching my office, Serena followed behind me and opened her laptop showing me the statistics of the company’s stock in the stock market. Nodding, I gave her some instructions for the next meeting and as I was about to continue my normal work routine of looking through papers and approving them, Serena popped her head back into my office and said, “Mr. Miller is on the line and would like to speak with you. It seems to be regarding about a recently sold company of sorts? Would you like me to…?”
I cut her off with a sigh, “Pass the call. Thank you.”