Chapter 6: Shy Away
Halfway done with my classes today I made my way to my locker and began putting my books away. Hearing the many students chat away down the halls and the squeaking of their shoes hitting against the floor, I failed to hear Alexa calling out my name from the distance. Shutting my locker I turned around seeing Alexa walking towards me.
“Girl, what’s up? I called your name like 1,000 times haha.” She said to me jokingly.
“What, you did? I’m sorry about that, the hallways get pretty loud during lunch break.” I said to her with an apologetic smile as I scratched the back of my head.
“That’s alright, you don’t need to apologize, though this is when I wish I had my stupid phone to text you! You know how hard it was to find you over the sea of people! Let me tell you it wasn’t easy. So do you wanna get lunch together?” She asked me as she linked her arm with mine.
I couldn’t help but laugh at her funny comment as I agreed to her offer. As we made our way towards the cafeteria I couldn’t help but wonder how Eli was doing. ‘Is he still upset with me about the whole avoiding his kiss fiasco?’ I asked myself as we waited in line to get our food.
“Oh yeah! Before I forget can I borrow your phone real quick, so I could text my boyfriend that I’ll be meeting him at the party tonight.” Alexa asked me with her puppy-like eyes.
“Fine here, and what party are you going to?” I asked curiously handing her my phone.
“You should come! I know that parties aren’t really your thing but you should let loose once in a while unless Eli lets you loose already if you know what I mean.” She gave me a flirty smirk shoving her side shoulder to mine.
“Oh my God Alexa shut up! People will hear you!” I scolded her as I placed my hands to cover her mouth. She shifted my hands away from doing so and let out a low gasp.
“No way! Did you and Eli already-”
Before I could even let her finish her sentence I quickly denied her question.
“No we haven’t, I’m....I’m still a virgin,” I whispered against her ear so no one else can hear.
“Wow really? I was for sure you guys have already done it, with you guys being childhood friends and all. Well no matter, it will come naturally to you both.” She said looking down at my phone texting her boyfriend.
“Really? How will we both know it’s the right time?” I asked her with a curious look on my face.
“I can’t tell you, Luna, that’s something you and Eli have to find out on your own, and speaking of Eli you have a message from him.”
She said giggling handing me the phone. I guess I was so caught up with my classes that I didn’t even notice my phone vibrate at some point. Reading the message he sent me I instantly smiled, he wants to meet up with me so we could eat together. I guess I could cross off him being upset with me, but I already agreed to have lunch with Alexa. Noticing my change of mood, Alexa glanced over my phone and read the text.
“Haha I can’t handle you love birds, you should go and wait for him.” She said smiling at me.
“Are you sure? I don’t want you eating alone though.” I looked at her with a bit of guilt.
“Alone? Honey, I have many friends all over the school, so don’t worry about me. Now shoo, I wanna eat already.” She waved her hand off gesturing me to leave, and I watched her grab a plate of food and making her way to a group of girls.
I began making my way outside the cafeteria and turned around to see Alexa was already sitting down with the group of girls conversing with one another. Wow, I wish I could make friends that easily like she can. She makes it look so easy.
If only I wasn’t so anti-social and shy whenever I’m around people, I tried not to beat myself over it too much as I sat down near the bench waiting for Eli. Time seemed to pass by and still no sight of Elijah, I decided to text him to know why he was running late.
“Luna is that you?”
Right in the middle of me texting Elijah, I heard a familiar voice that I haven’t heard in a long while.
Looking up at who called my name, it was Ren! I quickly stood up and smiled at him as I walked up towards him hugging him. I practically saw Ren as an older brother, he was someone who I could rely on whenever Eli or Alexa wasn’t around. Hugging me back he rubbed his hands over my back.
“Ren! When did you come back from the states? I thought you were going to stay with your relatives a month longer?! ” I said pulling away from his hug and looking at him with excitement in my eyes.
“I decided to come back home a bit early, hahaha did you miss me that much Luna?′ He said sitting down on the bench I was sitting on earlier.
“Well of course I did, who else was going to mow my lawn,” I said jokingly.
“Though in all seriousness I was a little sad when my mom had to tell me that you were leaving over the summer. I did miss having our stupid conversation we would have.” I said sitting down next to him.
“Yeah I’m sorry about that, I should have told you. I guess I just didn’t want to make you sad, but I missed talking to you too. Hey um...I was wondering, can I...can I have your phone number so we can.. you know just talk like friends?” He took out his phone nervously and it looked like he was blushing but I could be wrong. Without thinking anything of it I gladly said yes and pulled out my phone and we exchanged numbers.
“Thanks, Luna, you know it’s crazy now that I think about it, we’ve known each other for a year now and we never really hung out, other besides you joining me on my break sitting on your front porch whenever I got tired from mowing your lawn haha. We should hang out one day... as friends of course.” He said looking down peeling off the paint on his phone case.
I responded a bit shock, the only other people that I hang out with that weren’t family were Alexa and Elijah. I honestly thought I came off a bit boring to Ren, but knowing that he wants to hang out with me just made my low self-esteem decrease tremendously.
“I would love to hang out with you Ren. Oh! You know what, I could invite Alexa and Eli too. That way it could be a lot more fun! Don’t you think?” I gave him my response with a huge smile on my face.
“Ye...yeah that would be cool. So you and Eli are uhh... dating now I heard.”
I brought my hands to each side of my cheek, embarrassed that Ren already knows about our relationship. If he knows, does that mean everyone in the school already knows about us?
“Wow, I guess word spread out fast through these halls huh? But yeah, he asked me to be his girlfriend right after you left. So we’ve been together since the summer break, speaking of which I’m supposed to be meeting up with him right now in front of the cafeteria but I think he’s running a bit late.” I said to him as I reached for my phone to check the time, There was still 30 minutes left until Lunch was over. Where is he? I asked myself as I put my phone away in my bag.
“I’m sure he’s still in class, some teachers try to finish their lecture even after the bell has rung,” Ren answered me as he put his phone away also.
“Really! I didn’t know that? Man high school is really different from middle school isn’t it?” I responded to him as I leaned against the bench.
“Yeah, but you’ll get used to it with time. Also, has Elijah mentioned to you about a party tonight? I heard his friend talking to him about it in the halls this morning, and I thought he might have told you something.” I looked at him curiously as he said that.
“A party? No, he hasn’t.” I wonder if it’s the same party that Alexa brought up earlier. Does Eli want to go?
“Oh, well usually the beginning of the year some guy named Luke, I think he’s the team captain of the football team? Anyway’s he always throws a party at his crib for a ‘celebration’ of starting a new school year, but honestly, it’s just an excuse for teenagers to act wild. I went last year just to see what it was about. And it was exactly what I expected to be, so this time I’ll be going with a few of my cousins so I don’t feel completely awkward and showing up to a party alone.” He laughed as he gave me the explanation of the party. I didn’t think Ren liked going to wild parties, but then again there’s so much that I don’t know about him.
“Hmm...I don’t know if parties are my type of thing I would enjoy, but if Eli wanted to go then I wouldn’t mind going with him.”
I said looking at Ren with a smile. He continued to look at me in silence, he leaned in closer to my face. What is he doing?! I began to panic a bit, do I look away? Do I push him away? All these questions were rushing through my head until I felt his big hand on top of my head playfully ruffling my hair.
“Haha, you’re cute Luna.” He said laughing.
“Ren stop! You’re ruining my hair.” I let out a giggle and grabbed Ren’s arm to stop his assault on my long hair. ‘I’m sure I look like I just woke up out of bed now and forgot to brush my hair this morning,’ I thought to myself with a smile.
A heavy tone voice called out my name, it sounded cold and mean almost. I looked up at the direction of the person who called my name, it was Elijah! He had a plain look on his face, but deep down I couldn’t help but feel like he was angry. I quickly let go of Ren’s arm and stood up from where I was sitting.
“Umm...I’ll see you around Luna, later Eli.”
Ren gave Elijah a quick glance and made his way inside the cafeteria. Eli didn’t even look at Ren once as he made his way towards me. Does he not like Ren or something? I don’t know much about his friends and who he likes and doesn’t like in this school. I should probably ask him sometime. Before I know it, Eli was right in front of me, he wrapped his arm around my waist pulling me closer to his body.
“E...Eli you’re not still upset at me after this morning, are you-” He completely cut me off from what I was trying to say as he brought his soft lips to meet mine. I didn’t think he would kiss me so suddenly, but I won’t avoid his kisses anymore, no matter how embarrassed I get.
I wrapped my arms around his neck and gladly kissed him back. He tasted so good and his mouth was warm and comforting. He pulled away from our kiss and looked at me with those light blue eyes of his that carried so much tenderness and affection whenever he looked at me.
“Let’s go.” That was all that he said, he unwrapped his arm from my waist and grabbed my hand. He began to walk away from the cafeteria pulling me behind him.
“Eli, where are we going?”
“I’m taking you through a drive-through it’s pretty close to the school, and the food tastes way better than this sh*tty school food they serve here.” He said walking to the school parking lot.
“We could leave campus during lunch hours!? That’s so awesome,” I yelled out. jumping with excitement we began to approach Eli’s truck.
“Yeah, it’s the only thing I like about this school. Well, besides you of course.” He gave me a smirk and gently pushed me against the door of his truck, he placed both of his hands on each side of the window trapping me between him and the car.
“Eli, what are you doing? I looked up at him questioning his actions.
“What did you and Ren talk about earlier?” He said leaning in close to my ear. I instantly got the chills running down my spine, whenever he breathes down my ear or neck it always makes my body tremble.
“Nothing much, we were just catching up on how our summer was and, Oh! That’s right he mentioned something about you and your friends going to a party tonight?” Eli brought his face back to look at mine, he looked upset, maybe I shouldn’t have brought it up. Was he even going to tell me about it though?
“I never said I was going, and you’re not going either Luna. It’s nothing but a bunch of stupid kids getting drunk and high, besides I already have plans tonight.” He said pulling away from me, he then walked to his side of the truck and got in, turning on the ignition of his car.
“Plans? What plans do you have tonight?” I asked him eagerly closing the car door next to me.
“I plan to watch some movies with my girlfriend tonight.”
He said with a smile looking at me, he leaned in placing a sweet kiss on my forehead, and pulled out of the parking lot. The happiness that was flooding my heart was too much for me to handle, I reached out and took his hand bringing it to my lap. I love being with him, I wish I could be by his side all the time.
The drive-through was really good, and we still had a few minutes to spare before we had to go back to our classes again.
“Baby, don’t let Ren touch you.” He said walking me down the hall. What made him bring this up suddenly?
“Huh? Are you talking about what happened earlier during lunch?”
“Yeah,” he answered gripping my hand.
“It’s not like he’s a stranger, you met him a few times. Do you not like him?”
“It’s not that I don’t like him, I just don’t like guys touching you, it’s annoying.”
“Geez, jealous much,” I said teasingly leaning my head against his upper arm.
“I’m not jealous! I just...shut up.” He shyly said looking away from me, but I could see the faint pink showing up on his ears. I let out a little laugh and kissed his cheek.
“Well look at you being all affectionate, what happened to you being too shy?” He jokingly said to me bringing me in for a hug.
“I’m trying to get over it, and I know you didn’t like me avoiding your kiss this morning.” I looked up at him.
“Yeah about that, I’m sorry baby. I overreacted a bit, I won’t push you on doing things you don’t want to do.” He brought his hand and caressed the side of my cheek.
“Now get to class, I’ll be waiting for you in the parking lot after school to take you home alright.”
“Okay, you better hurry to your class too, or you’ll be late,” I said waving him off.
The first day of school came to an end, and luckily for us, we didn’t get any homework on the first day. Eli drove me back home, and I was excited to spend the night with him at my place to watch movies. We could order pizza and maybe play some video games later, or so I thought.
‘If only I knew at that time that I would end up at the party completely heartbroken.’