Am I an Abomination?

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Chapter 6

Last night, Raven and I video called. I told her about everything. From the walking in the rain, to the car ride and finally Nate apologising for Reid even though he had already apologised. Raven and I were actually video calling because I wanted her to explain some work they did in calculus. But we ended up talking about everything except that.

Now I was sitting in History trying to finish homework for math which i should’ve done yesterday.

Did I mention that math was next period!?!

“RIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG!!!!!”

Take that back. IT’S NOW!!

Just great! I didn’t finish. Ugh!! This class is going to be a pain.

I walked out into the passage and headed to Math. The stares had died down since yesterday, but there was still the occasional group. I knew Raven was in this class so at least I wasn’t going to die of boredom.

I walked into class and found a seat in the back of the class. I had arrived early, so I took out my phone and played Candy Crush Saga to pass time. I was really addicted to this game.

“Hey!” I looked up.

It was Raven.

“Hey! How are you?”

“I would say good, but I haven’t finished my math!” She said nonchalantly.

“Same! What a coincidence!” I laughed.

“Great minds think alike!” she smirked

“They do indeed. Do you think ma’am is going to check our homework?” I asked.

I seriously didn’t feel like a lecture, so I was hoping she didn’t feel like giving one.

“I will be, Maliyah.”

Speak of the devil, and she shall appear. I slowly turned my body to face her. The whole class had unsurprisingly gone completely quiet. You could hear a single pin drop in this tense silence. Why was my luck so bad?

“May I start with your book?” she responded coyly, so that only Raven and I could see. She knew very well we hadn’t done ours but was trying very hard to embarrass us. What the hell was this lady’s problem?

I shifted my eyes all over the class, so I could look anywhere that wasn’t this lady’s eyes. The silence stretched for a tense and agonising time. I figured I should probably answer this lady since, I’m pretty sure she was basking in my misery.

“To be truly honest ma’am...not to say your subject isn’t important, but I had other things to do.” I responded nonchalantly.

“Like what exactly, care to enlighten me.” You would think she was grinning while she was saying this, but she had the straightest face I’ve ever seen. Raven could see I was about to die of laughter, so she went and stepped in.

“You see ma’am, Maliyah and I had a video call last night, which to your surprise was much more important than math.”

“What exactly was that video call about? Was it so important that it led to the incompletion of my homework, Ms Jones?” I could see the growing irritation in her face, as she turned to face Raven.

“Ma’am...those who pry into other people’s affairs will hear what they do not like.” Raven responded smugly.

She recoiled in shock and disbelief at Raven’s response.

“Plus, I’m pretty sure no matter our excuse, you would still find fault.” I chirped in. I don’t know where this new-found confidence stemmed from, but I know I was definitely going to use it. Even if it meant getting into more unnecessary trouble from this teacher.

“Both you girls are very disrespectful. I personally had higher hopes for you Maliyah, but I guess not everyone can live up to their expectations. I am very disappointed in you.” She stated.

“I don’t think anyone needs to live up to someone else’s expectations of them, especially not ones given to them by a failed accountant.” Raven chirped in, satisfied by her low blow.

Sharp intakes of breath were taken by the classincluding myself. The silence that followed was deafening and veryuncomfortable. Everyone waited to see how the teacher would respond.

I couldn’t take it anymore and started laughing. This was getting awkward for the teacher. I think everyone felt the same and started to laugh with me. The teacher’s face went bright red, like a ripe tomato, and she narrowed her eyes at Raven and me.

“Maliyah, Raven, to the principal’s office now!!” Her voice boomed across the classroom, over the laughter.

“Ok, ok...take a chill pill, we’re going.” Raven put her hands up in mock surrender.

I could see Raven was just trying to irritate her further, and even though I wanted to see her burst, I didn’t want to be in even more trouble. So, I pulled Raven out the class, into the hallway, before she could get a reaction.

“Hey! Why’d you do that?” she whined as I dragged her down the hallway.

“As much as I would’ve loved to see Mrs Whatsherface breakdown, we are already in a lot of trouble as it is.”

“Getting into even more trouble would’ve totally been worth the look on her face.” She continued to whine.

“I’ll definitely take your word for it,” I replied, “By the way, that was a bit of a low blow back there.” I turned to her, showing concern in my face.

“I know, but she tried to push her expectations on you. She doesn’t even know you. Why would she do that? I couldn’t let her do that again.”

“What do you mean again?” I asked curiously. Had this happened to her before, and why?

“That, my friend, is a story for another day.” She looked down at her feet.

I could see that she didn’t really want to talk about it, so I wasn’t going to push for it.

Raven continued to rave about our ‘takedown’ to distract from the previous conversation, till we reached the foyer. To my surprise, there sat Reid, Nate and the supposed ‘Ken’ guy. I still didn’t know his actual name.

They all looked up when we entered the room. I looked to the ground, to avoid all eye contact. We sat across them, since there weren’t any other seats in this foyer. I took my phone out to pass time with Candy Crush Saga. I was stuck on level 200 and this seemed like the perfect time to try my luck at it again

“What you doing here, Hall?” asked a voice that I could only recognise as Reid’s.

For some weird reason, a shiver travelled down my spine when he said my last name. It felt warm and fuzzy. It made me want to think of my response carefully. This was weird.

“I was just about to ask you the same thing, Reid?” I kept my eyes to the screen.

“I asked first.” He tried to assert dominance.

“I asked second.” I looked up and met him with a challenging gaze.

“Anyway, even if I wanted to tell you, wouldn’t that ruin my mystique?” I questioned, my head tilting slightly to the side.

“I heard it was worth the risk.” He smirked.

“Well,” I raised my eyebrows and pulled my body across the table towards his, “Where there is risk, there is reward. What is the reward in this case?” I said pulling my body even closer to his.

He did the same, his face merely inches away from mine. “I would say, more time to converse with me, but I doubt that actually appeals to you.” He whispered for only me to hear.

“You’ve never been more correct, Nickelson.” I whispered whilst smirking at him. I slumped back into the coach, putting some distance between us. I took out my phone and carried on with my game.

“I don’t know why she is holding out on you guys, but I won’t.” Raven stated boldly, ending the tension that was previously in the air.

I rolled my eyes and suppressed a giggle. Raven was truly something else.

“We’re actually here because we both didn’t do our math, then we proceeded to be disrespectful towards our math teacher. More like me, but Maliyah sort of laughed in her face, so I’m pretty sure that counts.” Raven explained nonchalantly.

“I didn’t peg you as a delinquent, Hall.” Reid once again gave his two cents.

Why did he keep trying to turn the conversation back to me? It’s not like I wanted to talk anyway. I had done enough talking for one day. I would’ve much rather kept quiet, but Reid didn’t seem to get the memo.

“I didn’t peg you as an asshole with a pretty face. Guess we were both wrong.” I kept looking down at my phone to avoid the mischievous glint I could already tell was in his eyes. Maybe my snarky comment would send a hint.

“Nice to know you think I have a pretty face, Hall.” he looked at me with his stupid self-satisfied face

My face quickly turned as ripe as a tomato. I covered my face with the screen of my phone to prevent them from seeing me. Why did I say he had a pretty face? I should’ve known he would find the ‘good’ in what was supposed to be an insult. It’s not like it’s not true, but I didn’t need him to know that. Basically, I was just feeding his already huge ego.

“Whatever.” I mumbled under my breath. I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction of seeing me in a moment of vulnerability

“Anyway, I only know two of you here,” I tried to regain my composure “You, Ken, with the blond hair, what’s your actual name?” I nodded my head towards the guy closer to the end of the coach who was on his phone.

“Me?” He looked up, uncertain.

“Yes, you. Who else here has blond hair?” Raven taunted him.

“The name’s Liam, I gave you directions yesterday, after you completely and utterly schooled Reid’s ass.” He grinned mischievously at Reid.

“Yeah, how could I forget,” I threw a teasing glance at Reid, “Thanks, by the way, for the directions...they were really helpful.” I smiled at Liam genuinely.

“Wait a second, how do you know Nate?” Reid looked confused.

“She is the girl I gave a ride to yesterday, when it was pouring down. Remember I told you...” quipped Nate. I guess he finally decided to join the conversation.

“You didn’t say it was Hall, Nate?” Reid responded

Before Nate could explain further, both Raven and I were called into the office.

“Maliyah Hall and Raven Jones in my office, now!” Principal Garcia shouted into the foyer.

Raven and I collected our stuff and stood.

“It was great getting to know you all, but unfortunately for us, now we have to face the music. See you on the flip side, boys” Raven smiled and winked flirtatiously before heading into the office, followed by me.

I just hope I wasn’t in too much trouble; it was still the second day of school after all.

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I really enjoyed writing this chapter and the ones that follow after this one. I didn’t have inspo for a long as time and ideas just started streaming in. i am going to try to do a weekly post, so you guys don’t get bored. I hope you enjoyed this one and the ones after it.

This is your girl, MM7,

signing off

xxxxxxx

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