Do you ever get really angry and upset that you’re suddenly starving? Well that’s me right now but I can’t get food because I’m currently in my first period. I happen to sit in front of Liam Jenkins for this class. The most annoying boy in the world. He also happens to be my neighbor. Who also happens to have 4 other annoying brothers. “Psst. Clara.” I really wanted to smack his head but for the 10th time in the past 8 minutes, I turned around. “What the hell do you want?” I hissed.
He had a smug smile plastered on his face and I wanted to wipe it away. He was sporting a horrible buzz cut and he was wearing a hooters shirt. “Well, let’s just say you have a little something on the back of your shirt.” He whispered.
I rolled my eyes and felt around my back. There was a piece of paper taped to the back of my shirt and I yanked it off. I unfolded it and revealed what it said. ‘Wanna play after school?’ I crumpled the paper up. For the past 6 years, he’s been bugging me every single day to play outside with him. At school, he tries to act bad but he’s not. He’s just really annoying and childish. I turned back around to face him, threw the paper at his head and shook my head no. I used to say yes to him but it got even more annoying than he was so I just ignored him.
The bell that signaled to go to our next class finally rang and I sprinted out of the classroom.
My next class was English and I shared it with 2 of my best friends. Madeline Lee and Ava Myers. “Hey girlies.” Madeline fell into step with Ava and I. Wrapping her arms around the both of us, she made eye contact with someone. I knew exactly who it was because of the way she stared at that person. It was Luke Matthews. She’s been in love with that boy since like 4th grade. Their history was very complicated. She got over him in 6th grade when she dated his best friend but then she fell for him again in 8th grade, and now she’s hopelessly in love. A bunch of other stuff happened but that’s another story for a different day. I had liked him a little bit in 5th grade when everyone was obsessed with the subject of him having a crush on me but that ship sailed pretty quickly. Now I’m just waiting for her to claim him because I have a feeling he likes her too. Those two get so awkward around each other, it’s hilarious. “Hello,” I waved my hand in front of Madeline’s face “Earth to Madi.” She finally looked back at me with a death glare.
“Didn’t you see I was busy admiring my not mans?” Ava and I laughed, “yea we noticed but y’all need to just start dating and stop fawning over each other. Or just don’t be friends and ignore him. Girl, junior year is almost over and you might miss your chance.” Ava pointed out.
Madi rolled her eyes, “Shut up, aren’t y’all supposed to have my back?”
“We do. This is us supporting you. Honestly, if you don’t make a move, we will for you.” The expression on her face was priceless. “And you know we will.” I poked her cheek.
“Yea I know, but shouldn’t he make a move? I mean why should I, the girl have to do the work?” She looked frustrated.
I looked over my shoulder to see that Luke was at his locker, looking at Madi. “Well, I know plenty of girls that made the move. All went well for them.” I said, raising my eyebrow.
“Your right. But I’m not gonna do it yet.” Madi had a hopeful smile as we walked into class.
I sat between Madi and Ava in class and we sat closer to the back. I was writing my English notes when Ava threw a note at me. It landed on my desk and I opened it. ‘She’s not gonna make her move. What are we gonna do?’ it read. ‘I know. I’m glad you pointed it out. We’ll think of something. But we’ll do it in our next class.’ I wrote back. She read it and nodded her head in response.
Next period finally came, Ava and I ditched Madi to make up our plan. “So, like maybe we could put notes in both of their lockers and have them meet each other somewhere?” Ava started to brainstorm.
“Hm.. Maybe, or we could just try to get it out of Luke and if the outcome isn’t good then we won’t mention anything to Madi.” Ava nodded her head, “maybe.” We spent the whole period trying to figure out a plan but agreed that it would take days of planning. We would probably forget about it and Madi likes to fantasize rather than jump into action. “Let’s just forget about it for now.” I whispered before the bell rang.
. . .
“I’m home!” I yelled.
“Yay.” my irritating but lovely little sister, Kate said sarcastically.
I rolled my eyes, “nice to see you too.” I dropped my backpack off in my room and headed back downstairs. There was a knock on the door. “Someones at the door!” Kate yelled.
“Jeez girl. I’m right here.” I walked through the house and opened the door. It was Liam. “What do you need Liam?”He was holding a soccer ball and was wearing the most ridiculous outfit ever. “Wanna play soccer?” He asked.
“Well, I have a lot of homework and studying to do. Plus I have to um.. Go get a dog.” I sputtered quickly, trying to shut the door. He stuck his foot in the little opening, which led to me smashing his foot. “Owww..” He whined.
I tried to cover my laugh with a cough but it was hopeless. He recovered quickly and a smile replaced the frown on his face. “I’ll go with you to get the dog.”
“What? Uh, sorry but you can’t. The place that I’m getting the dog,” I was trying so hard to find an excuse, “they only allow one person to pick it up.”
“Then I’ll just sit in the car.” He suggested.
I inwardly groaned, “the car is messy.”
Liam raised an eyebrow, “I don’t care. My room is probably messier.”
‘You got that right.’ I said in my head. “Look, I can’t hang out today. I’m sorry. I have other things to do so goodbye.” I shut the door in his face. Taking a sigh of relief, I turned around and leaned on the door, to discover that Kate was standing there with a big grin on her face. “What?” I demanded.
“Oh nothing. You better get to your homework.” I pushed off the door and went up to my room, getting ready to go do the best thing in the world, homework.