Outlaws of Love

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Ch. 13 - Little Games



It was the night before the art department’s camping trip, and I was currently busy with packing last minute things into my backpack while being on a video call with Jay and Livie, who were also doing the same.

“Should I pack an extra outfit in case one gets ruined while we’re exploring and stuff?”

“Yeah you should.“, Livie answered. “I’m also doing the same.”

“Half of my backpack is filled with snacks.“, Jay said, a proud look on his face.

“Why do you look so proud for? Don’t come to us asking for help later because your dumbass forgot to pack things that you’ll actually need.“, I said jokingly, raising an eyebrow at him through the laptop.

“Ugh fine, you have a point.“, he grumbled before pouting, making Livie giggle to herself, something she’s been doing a little too often these days in his presence.

I was about to say something about it, but I heard my phone ring, interrupting me.

“Guys, I’m gonna go now, someone’s calling me. You two can talk to each other, and Jay, Livie can help you with telling you what you actually need to pack.“, I said, giving him a stern but playful look.

Livie’s face lit up when I said I had to go, making me internally frown in confusion. What was her deal?

I left the group call and shut my laptop closed, picking up the call on my phone and pressing it against my right ear.

“Hey babygirl.”

“Hi Cyrus, what’s up?”

“Just wanted to ask you if you were prepared for tomorrow, also because I missed hearing your voice.”

“Missed hearing my voice? But you literally talked with me in class earlier today.”

“Yeah, and that’s too long.“, he deadpanned, making me sigh but then chuckle at his cuteness right after.

“Whatever you say haha. Also, yeah I just finished packing, how about you?”

“I did my packing a few days ago actually.”

“Of course you did.“, I said with a tone of annoyance because of how he was always one step ahead? “When are you going to sleep? It’s already almost eleven and we have to be there in front of the school by five in the morning.”

“I could ask you the same thing, Xia.”

“But I asked first.”

“Fine, I’m actually getting ready for bed right now. I just wanted to hear your voice before going to sleep, it’s soothing.”

“Mmmm...whatever.“, I mumbled, feeling a blush creep up my cheeks at his words. “Then I’ll see you tomorrow, goodnight Cyrus.”

“Goodnight babygirl, sleep well.”

I woke up a little after four in the morning and showered before changing. I put on black cargo pants, a red tight fitted crop top with a black cropped jacket over it, and comfortable black combat boots since we’d be on our feet a lot.

Tying my hair up into a ponytail, I pulled a few pieces out from the side to frame my face, and chose against wearing a mask today. Nonetheless, I still packed one just in case I changed my mind later.

Like usual, Cyrus drove me to school but dropped me off a little bit away from the school grounds so that people wouldn’t see. When I walked up to the rest of the students and teachers at the entrance that were waiting for the rest to arrive, I couldn’t help but notice that some eyes were on me.

“Mr. Moreau, why are people staring at me for, is there something on my face? It makes me feel awkward.“, I quietly asked him, making sure not to call him Cyrus.

“It’s because you look so different today compared to usual, they’re probably not used to it.“, he whispered back, before pulling out his phone and walking away to pretend that he was talking to someone.

A few seconds later, I felt my phone vibrate and took it out, seeing that it was a text from Cyrus. I read it and silently scoffed before smirking and typing a response back.

C: They’re just not used to seeing my little Xia looking so sexy w/ her hair up and no mask on. I doubt they’ve all fully seen ur face properly until now, not all of them r as lucky as me ig.

X: ig I should look like this more often then, then u won’t be so “lucky” anymore, rite?

C: If thinking that makes u feel better, then go ahead bbygirl. But we both know that I can see wat they can’t and never will.

X: Mhm, and wat’s that if I may ask?

C: Y tell you wen I can show u?

X: Aaaannd I think that’s enough for today, Mr. Moreau. We don’t wanna lose control so early, do we?

C: I don’t mind losing control if it’s for you bbygirl. But the real question is, do u?

X: I guess you’ll just have to wait to find out ;)

I put my phone away in my back pocket when I heard a teacher tell us to go choose our seats inside while the last couple of students come. I went all the way to the back and sat in a seat, putting in my headphones to listen to music in silence. Nearly every person inside the coach bus was quiet, probably due to how early in the morning it was, for it was still pretty dark outside.

I had my eyes closed and my head leaned against the window, enjoying the serene and slightly gloomy atmosphere. But it was interrupted and I snapped my eyes back open when I felt someone aggressively thump into the seat next to me.

“Jay? Why are you so out of breathe?”

“I woke up like fifteen minutes ago and panicked since I realized I was running late.“, he sheepishly admitted, making me slap the back of his head.

“I knew this would happen. It would’ve been surprising if you were early or even on time.”

I suddenly remembered Livie and scanned the whole bus looking for her, but to no avail. Just when I was about to give up searching and call her instead, I saw her also rush into the bus, looking for me and Jay.

Her eyes found mine and when she saw that we both were sitting together, it looked like a part of her had...died? She slumped her shoulders and put her head down before sitting in a seat a little bit farther away from the both of us. Jay on the other hand, was completely clueless about the whole situation because he was too busy playing fucking Subway Surfers on his phone, making me shake my head at his obliviousness.

The bus started moving and after about fifteen minutes of silence, I tapped Jay’s shoulder, trying to get his attention.

“What is it?“, he smiled. “You bored? We can talk or do something together if you want.”

I simply shook my head as a no while softly smiling back.

“Go sit with Livie up front.”

“Huh, but I wanted to sit with you. Besides, I’m sure she’s sitting with another one of her friends right now.“, he pouted.

“She’s not.“, I clarified. “And really, Jay? Don’t you know Livie? She doesn’t socialize with anyone else besides us, we’re her only friends and we left her alone. She looked really sad when she saw us, so go and make her smile.”

“You’re a really good person, you know that, Xia?“, he asked, not bothering to hide the look of warmth in his eyes.

“Yeah yeah, whatever.“, I laughed, feeling happy at his compliment.

“But why are you telling me to go instead of going yourself?”

“Because unlike Livie, I’m used to spending time alone and I quite enjoy it too, especially when it’s on the road. Also, she’ll be happier if it’s you that goes, trust me. Now go to Livie, but don’t tell her I sent you, okay?”

“Yes m’am.“, he said, jokingly saluting before standing up and walking over to Livie’s seat.

I saw the way Livie’s face lit up when Jay plopped down next to her and put an arm around her shoulder, saying something that made her start to laugh and cover her face from shyness.

“I told you she’d be happier if it was you.“, I whispered even though he couldn’t hear me.

I put my headphones back into my ear and closed my eyes, listening to a song to fit the current atmosphere.


21 (acoustic) - By: Gracie Abrams

I missed your twenty-first birthday
I’ve been up at home
Almost tried to call you, don’t know if I should
Hate to picture you half-drunk happy
Hate to think you went out without me
I’m sorry if you blame me if I were you I would
Thought you’d see it coming, but you never could
I still haven’t heard from your family
But you said your mom always loved me

Sometimes I go blurry-eyed
Small talk and you tell me that you’re on fire
Lights on and it’s black and white, I couldn’t stay forever
I see the look in your eye and I’m biting my tongue
You’d be the love of my life when I was young

When the night is over
Don’t call me up I’m already under
I get a little bit alone sometimes and I miss you again
I’ll be the love of your life inside your head
When the night is over
Don’t call me up I’m already under

Audrey said she saw you out past twelve o’clock
Just because you’re hurting doesn’t mean I’m not
If it doesn’t go away by the time I turn thirty
I made a mistake and I’ll tell you I’m sorry
“Sorry”

Sometimes I go blurry-eyed
Small talk and you tell me that you’re on fire
Lights on and it’s black and white, I couldn’t stay forever
I see the look in your eye and I’m biting my tongue
You’d be the love of my love when I was young

When the night is over
Don’t call me up I’m already under
I get a little bit alone sometimes and I miss you again
I’d be the love of your life inside your head
When the night is over
Don’t call me up I’m already under

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Two hours later, we arrived to our camping grounds in a slightly dense forest, and by now the sun was finally up. We got into our groups of six and ours followed Cyrus, who showed us where to set up our tents, away from the other groups.

I would be sharing a tent with Livie, Jay would be sharing one with some dude named Alex, and there were two other bitchy looking girls named Lily and Molly who were sharing one.

The tents given to us were really easy to set up, yet Lily and Molly were acting as if it was the hardest thing in the world to do.

“Ugghhh, Mr. Moreauu!“, Molly whined, making him walk over.

“Yes? What may I help you ladies with?“, he asked casually.

“We just can’t seem to put our tents up, it’s too hard. Can you please help us sir?“, the other girl asked, giving him puppy dog eyes.

Ew, what bullshit is this?

“Yeah sure, I don’t see why not.“, he said, proceeding to help the girls, both of who were giggling and whispering to each other about God knows what, the whole time.

Livie went to go organize some other materials we would need, so I used the opportunity to call Jay over.

“You called?”

“Yeah, I need help with something, but first I need to know if I can trust you to tell you something first.“, I spoke in a hushed tone.

“Of course you can, Xia. You can tell me anything freely without worrying about me telling other people. Shoot.”

“So like...I may or may not have a secret little thing going on with Mr. Moreau.”

“Wait what? You guys are dating? Since when? How?“, he fired questions at me, his eyes turning a bit unreadable.

“Woah, calm down, Jay.“, I said, looking around right after to see if anyone heard us. I let out a sigh of relief when I saw everyone was busy minding their own business, before getting really close to him and whispering again.

“No, we aren’t exactly dating as of yet, our relationship is a bit complicated. I don’t even know since when we actually started talking, it just sort of happened, but that’s besides the point.”

“You know you guys could get in trouble for that if people found out right?”

“I know, which is exactly why you’re gonna be a good friend and not tell anyone. Right?”

“Yeah, I won’t. But what did you need help with in the first place? Also, did you tell Livie?”

“I want to make him jealous, and you’re going to help me.“, I said up front, deciding not to beat around the bush. “And no, not yet. I’ll tell her when the time is right. I’m only telling you right now because you’d need to know in order to help me.”

“Help? By like flirting with you and acting like I’m interested in you?”

“Precisely. And I’ll pretend to flirt back too. You think you can do it?”

“You chose the right person for this.“, he grinned smugly, making me nod my head in agreement.

From the corner of my eye, I saw that Livie was walking up to us and had a questioning look on her face.

Ugh, I'm so sorry that I can't tell you anything yet, Liv. I hope you don't end up misunderstanding us.

“Guys, we are going to take a walk in the forest to get ourselves a bit more comfortable and familiarized with the area.“, Cyrus said, gathering us all together. “Each of you should bring a bottle of water and if you want, you can bring a few snacks too.”

“Perfect opportunity.“, I said to myself.

“Did you say something, Miss. Hart?“, Cyrus questioned.

“Huh? Oh, no sir I didn’t say anything...I was just talking to myself.”

He hummed as a response and then we all began walking together, and of course Jay started eating snacks right away.

“How are you so fit when you eat like that?“, I asked him.

“No clue.“, he shrugged, munching on the Doritos. “Maybe because I work out a lot? I also have a pretty fast metabolism.”

“Wow, you’re so lucky. I gain weight really easily, I have to always watch what I’m eating.“, Livie spoke softly.

“That’s okay Liv, it wouldn’t matter if you weighed a bit more. You’re cute either way.“, Jay said to her, squishing her cheek right after, making me laugh at how red Livie’s face turned.

The whole time we were walking, I couldn’t help but notice Lily and Molly. They were literally all up on Cyrus, flirting and being touchy with him. I was expecting him to push them away, but he remained indifferent and let them do whatever.

“Jay.“, I said in a hushed voice. “Remember what we talked about earlier? We’re doing that right now.”

“Got you babe.“, he smirked.

Jay put his arm around my waist and started feeding me his snacks, occasionally flirting and playing with my hair or face.

“You know babe...“, he began, speaking a little louder on purpose. “You look really good today. I knew you were pretty, but I didn’t know you were this pretty, now that I get to fully see your face properly. I might just have to eat you up.”

I snorted in cringe at the last remark but then started recomposing myself, thinking about what I’d say to him as a response. What I failed to notice however, was the surprised and crestfallen look on Livie’s face, who was watching our interaction from a few feet away.

“Not unless I do it first babyboy.“, I said back, recalling my first interaction with him on my first day in Gardenia High.

I pulled my eyes away from Jay and looked up front to see if our plan was having any effect on Cyrus, and it was.

His hand was in a tight fist and I could tell from the angle I was standing that his jaw was clenched. He looked behind and connected his eyes with mine, shifting them to glare at Jay shortly after.

“What are you looking at sir?“, Lily asked him in an overly affectionate voice, but any normal person could tell that it was fake as hell.

“Nothing that concerns you, keep on walking.“, he turned back around to the front and said bluntly. At this, Lily and Molly scoffed, but didn’t say anything more.

“Okay that’s enough for now.“, I whispered to Jay, who smiled and nodded his head as an okay. “Thanks for going along with it and helping.”

"Anytime.", he winked.

But what I didn’t know was that he wasn’t really pretending.

For the rest of the day, we explored the forest and then did short little assignments given to us and before we knew it, it was already night time.

We all ate dinner a little while ago and everyone was in their tent, most likely already asleep seeing that it was really late.

Well, everyone accept me. My insomnia issues were bothering me again today so I couldn’t sleep. Instead, I was walking in circles around our specific area, being careful not to wake anyone else up.

Everything was fine when all of a sudden I felt someone cover my mouth and drag me away until I was pinned against a tree, a bit far away from the tents.

“Just what do you think you were doing today huh?“, Cyrus said in a dangerously low tone. "What kind of games are you trying to play?"

“W-What are you doing right now? I thought everyone was asleep already?”

“I asked you a question first, sweetheart. Now answer me, what’s going on between you and Jay?”

“And what if I don’t want to answer you?“, I retorted back with an attitude, secretly liking where this was going.

“I’ll just have to fuck it out of you, won’t I?”

“No one’s stopping you.“, I said in a seductive tone, just barely grazing my lips against his.

“Be careful babygirl, don’t play with fire.”

“Maybe I want to get burnt, Cyrus.”


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