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Twenty-six

The school was a buzz with the news of that twenty-four hour party. It sounded like everyone was going. I honestly didn’t know what the fuss was about, we were essentially just doing what we did most nights except we were moving from the tracks to someone’s house and no one would race (probably).

I dropped down next to Poppy at the lunch table, she was intensely staring at her phone. Dustin and Luca were there too.

“Ugh, for fuck’s sake!” Poppy yelled, slamming her phone down on the table.

“Whoa, what’s up?” Dustin asked.

“I can’t get past this stupid level in Candy Crush!” Poppy grumbled.

The whole table went quiet, not really knowing what to say.

“Give it here,” Luca finally said, holding out his hand for Poppy’s phone.

She passed it over and watched him for the next five minutes as his thumbs swiped across the screen. Luca grinned then held the phone back out to Poppy.

“How?” She asked?

“Did that level the other week,” Luca told her, shrugging. Poppy didn’t reply, just glared at him, and continued on with her levels.

“What’s happening?” Ollie asked as he sat down at the table.

“Nothing much, just your girlfriend throwing a hissy fit because she couldn’t pass a Candy Crush level but its fine, I fixed it,” Luca said proudly.

“Well then, sounds like I missed the drama,” Ollie said then chuckled.

“Yeah, it was very exciting.” I rolled my eyes and took a bite of my sandwich.

“So, you guys excited for tomorrow?” Ollie asked the table.

“I mean, its just a party, what could be so exciting?” I asked him.

“The shit that goes on there man, its unreal. Last year, I heard there was an orgy in one of the upstairs bedrooms and another one in the downstairs guest room,” Dustin said.

“Guys, we have a problem,” Julian announced as he, Kasper and Aylee sat down.

“What?” Dustin asked, sobering up.

“Dad just called to tell me that there has been talk that Anton has taken over Jax’s position and has brought in some more people,” Julian explained.

“Wait a minute… what?” Why didn’t I see this coming?

“At the minute, there seems to be no real issue, maybe he is just doing business or maybe it could be bigger. We just don’t know yet,” Kasper told us.

“Bloody hell,” Luca mumbled.

We chatted about the whole situation for the rest of lunch time then when the bell went, we headed to our last classes. When the day was over, I made my way to where we’d parked this morning. I was the last one there.

“What took you so long?” Aylee asked as I approached the group.

“My energy fucked off out the window,” I replied.

We stood and chatted for a while before going our separate ways home. Julian, Aylee, Kasper and I had driven in together this morning. I climbed into the back next to Aylee, crossing my legs on the seat.

“I don’t know how you can still sit like that,” Aylee commented, pointing at my legs.

“It’s comfortable, I almost always sit with either one or both legs tucked under me somehow. You should know this by now.” Aylee rolled her eyes but couldn’t hide her smile.

We pulled into the driveway in no time. I smiled at the guard on the door as he let us in. when I walked into the house, I could smell that Grandma had been baking. Today it smelled like bread.

“Hey kids!” Grandma said as she came out of the kitchen.

“Hey, you been baking again today?” Julian asked.

“Yep, I made a cheese topped tiger loaf!” Grandma said proudly.

“Ooh, that sounds yummy!” Aylee said then raced towards the kitchen.

“I don’t know how she isn’t fat,” Kasper commented, watching her go.

“Its called magic, babe,” I told my boyfriend.

Kasper grinned at me then I made my way upstairs. I entered my room and dumped my bag on the bed. I looked at the time on my phone, just before four. I grabbed an oversized top and some leggings then headed to the bathroom to have a quick shower.

After my shower, I dumped myself on my bed and scrolled through Facebook for a little while.

“Hey,” Kasper said as he popped his head around the door. “Dinner’s ready.”

“Okay.” I followed him downstairs and into the dining room.

The table was set with a decent selection of food, including what looked like a bit of Grandma’s fresh bread on everyone’s plate. I sat down next to Aylee and Kasper, smiling at my mum as I did. None of us wasted any time before grabbing some food.

I immediately went for the fries and made myself a sandwich with Grandma’s bread. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Lexi doing the same thing and it made me chuckle.

“So, are you already know, Anton has basically taken over Jax’s business,” my dad said to the table. “So far, he is not a threat and there hasn’t been any evidence that he is planning something. We have Paul, who is giving us this information, undercover with Anton at the moment. He said that Anton is working on getting the business back up and running as Jax had let it go a bit over the past few months.”

“We’re hoping that this will be the end, and that our paths will never cross again personally. If they do, it will be only business,” Grandfather said.

“Why do you two always have to ruin a perfectly good meal with work?” Grandma scolded.

My dad and grandfather has guilty expressions but didn’t say anything further, just ate their food while being glared at by my grandma.

Wow, for such a sweet old lady, she had such a glare on her.

The rest of the meal passed by without any work talk and after the meal, we were told that they’d talk to us about it on Sunday as Dad and Grandfather had other stuff to deal with tonight and tomorrow.

We headed off to our rooms around seven. I changed into my pyjamas and returned to my position on the bed with my phone in hand. Kasper chuckled at me then kissed my forehead, telling me he was going to go for a jog with Julian.

Around eight, Aylee poked her head in my room and asked if I wanted to do a face mask, which was a daft question because I always wanted to do a face mask. I shot up, followed her to the bathroom and within minutes my face was light blue and Aylee’s face was bright green.

“So, I told Julian,” Aylee said to me.

“Oh yeah, how’d he take it?” I asked.

“He was like me, both relieved and disappointed. I mean, we’re too young for this,” Aylee said.

“How you feeling now? You okay?”

Aylee nodded, “yeah, I’m okay now.”

“So, this party tomorrow, is it really meant to be that good?” I asked changing to a lighter subject.

“Babe, they’re so fun because the first twelve hours is like non-stop partying and the second twelve is always just so chill, almost like you’re sobering up before you leave, but that obviously never happens.” Aylee grinned then looked in the mirror, checking her face to see if it was dry.

“Huh, never been to a “partially” chill party before, it was always a hundred percent with Jax. You got there and within minutes you were high,” I told her.

“Whoa, really? I’ve never been high before. What’s it like?” Aylee asked.

I was momentarily taken aback by the question as I’d never been asked that before. “Um… in the moment, it feels great but the coming down effects? Shit, that’s awful.”

“Damn…” Aylee paused, poking at her face. “Hey, mine’s dry!”

“Yeah mine too,” I replied.

We both washed our faces then applied moisturiser before heading back down the hall. We chatted for a few minutes before going our separate ways.

“Hey babe,” Kasper said as I walked through the door.

“Hey.”

Kasper was lying on the bed, phone in hand and leaning slightly against the headboard, covers pulled up to his waist. I pulled the covers back and snuggled up next to him.

“You okay?” He asked me.

“Yeah, just tired to be honest and it’s barely nine. How was your jog?”

“Little, Julian told me about what happened with Aylee.” I shot up at that, moving into a sitting position.

“Really?” I asked, slightly shocked.

“Well, he is my best friend,” Kasper said casually.

“And?” I made a gesture with my head indicating him to go on.

“And he’s actually okay.”

I nodded and smiled at that before asking: “what would you do if it was us?” I paused then quickly said: “I’m not pregnant, but I’m just curious.”

“Then I’d be a dad,” Kasper said simply, smiling at me.

“That was oddly cute,” I said, chuckling.

It was nice to talk about that kind of stuff, without one of us getting royally freaked out. Kasper and I chatted for a while longer before we fell asleep.

A loud shrill sound woke me from my peaceful sleep. I groaned and glared at the name which popped up on my phone screen. I swiped my thumb across the screen and Ollie’s face popped up.

“What?” I snapped into the phone.

“Well, that’s not a nice way to greet me,” Ollie said from the other end, a massive cheesy grin on his stupid face.

“Oliver, it is eight in the morning, say what you want to say or fuck off!” As soon as I said that I heard Kasper laughing from his side of the bed.

“Pfft, rude!” Ollie scoffed, pretending to look offended. “But I will forgive you. We’re meeting at Spoons for breakfast at half nine, so be ready! Okay, great! Love you! Bye!”

I stared at my phone as the twat disappeared. Did he just hang up on me?

“Yeah babe, he did,” Kasper answered my thoughts, unless I said that out loud?

Kasper moved to get up, to which I gave him a disgusted look as I pulled the duvet up over my face. I didn’t stay tucked up for long as the duvet was ripped off of me and thrown on the floor.

“Hey! I thought you loved me?!” I said to my boyfriend.

Kasper had a massive smirk on his face as he moved round to my side of the bed. He gave me a quick kiss and said, “I do.”

I glared at him as he left the room. I huffed as I got up and went to the bathroom. I hopped into the shower quickly then brushed my teeth. I made my way back to my bedroom and got dressed. I put on some black skinny jeans, a black vest top and a red kimono which ended at my hip. I shoved my feet in my converse then started on my hair. I straightened my hair quickly and threw it up into a ponytail then applied a light bit of makeup.

I checked the time and it was a little after nine. I headed downstairs and into the kitchen. Alexis was sat on the counter, swinging her legs. She was munching on slice of toast when I walked in.

“Hi!” Alexis said when she saw me.

“Hey Lex, how’d you get up there?” I asked.

“Julian put me up here and shoved this piece of toast at me. He said I was talking too much,” Alexis grinned and shoved her last bit of toast in her mouth.

“Oh, I see. Were you?” I asked, knowing full well she probably was.

“Yes, she was.” I turned as my brother entered the kitchen.

I picked Alexis up and put her down on the floor. She stuck her tongue out at Julian then ran off out of the kitchen, narrowly avoiding Kasper as he entered.

“Come on guys or Ollie is going to throw a hissy fit!” Aylee shouted from the front door.

“We’re coming!” I yelled back.

The four of headed out to meet Dustin, Luca, Ollie, and Poppy at Spoons. When we arrived, they were already sat at a table. Luca took everyone’s order and money then went up to get it.

It didn’t take long for the food to come. I looked down at my beans on toast and felt pure joy. I grabbed my knife and fork to start eating. I could feel eyes on me and when I looked up, Ollie was yet again judging my meal choice.

“Mate, I swear to God, I will pour this over your head,” I threatened.

Ollie mumbled something about me being touchy under his break then started to eat his own food but I couldn’t help but smile though because after the shit show that was my first seventeen and a half years, everything was now okay.


So, that's this book done! I really hope you liked it. I am going to go straight on to book number two. Would you comment on this chapter as to whether you would like me to continue with book two in the same book or would you like me to start another one?

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Shay didn't have the easiest childhood but after moving to Rose Valley everything changed for her. She got a group of amazing friends, her family had gotten back together and she was finally free from the clutches of her ex-boyfriend Jax.

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