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Chapter 4* Angelina

As I walked into the room, looking around to see music blaring and lights going around the room. Your typical party. I walked in, wearing a black lace top with denim jean shorts, wearing a plaid shirt on top, wearing my black leather combat boots,instead of my painful heels. Not making that mistake again. Looking around, I spotted Amelia and Chase dancing on the dance floor. I made another look around, making sure Grayson wasn’t here. No sign of G- Razy. Walking towards Amelia calling my name, she finally turned around and ran to me. I hugged her and waved to Chase, joining them on the dance floor. As we danced, Amelia and I were moving our hips to the rhythm as Chase simply drank and jumped up and down, swaying back and forth. After a couple of songs I got a second drink. I filled it to the rim, not even thinking about anything but drinking and dancing. I recognized the next song from Amelia called Low. Oh god! I thought to myself. This was her favorite song to dance to.

β€œ ANGELINA!!!!! I heard someone yell from on the dance floor. I looked over and Amelia was smiling from head to toe.

β€œ COMING!” I yelled back, walking over to Amelia with a drink in hand.

β€œ ITS MY SONG!!” Amelia yelled, excited and happy. It was good seeing her in a good mood. I chugged my drink and placed it on the floor, dancing along with her.

Apple Bottom Jeans, Boots with the fur, THE FUR! The whole club was looking at her..

As we danced, singing along and pointing at each other when it said The whole club was looking at her. When the song ended I took another drink break and saw Grayson. Oh great.. As I chugged the drink, walking out of the building I was stopped by Grayson.

β€œHey!” Grayson said, happy.

I ignored him and walked to my car, hearing footsteps behind me.

β€œ What’s wrong?” Grayson asked.

I ignored him again.

β€œ Angelina?” Grason said, grabbing my arm. I tugged my arm back, getting into the car. Grayson got into the passenger seat.

β€œ GET OUT!” I yelled, looking him straight into the eye.

β€œ No.” He said quietly.

β€œ No? This is my car!” I said confused, angry.

β€œ Well you are trying to avoid me, so something must be wrong.” Grayson said clueless.

I ignored him again and started the car.

β€œ Angelina you are drunk, at least let me drive. β€œ Grayson said, looking at me. I don’t look him in the eye, but I can feel his stare.

β€œ No, I can drive perfectly fine, I only had a couple of drinks.” I say as I start driving.

β€œWHAT DID I DO! I don’t want you to hurt yours-” I cut off Grayson before he could say anything.

β€œ Well then maybe you shouldn’t have ran away after you kissed me, not everyone-” I cut myself off before I could say anything more.

I parked under a tree and laid my head on the steering wheel.

β€œ Not everyone?” Grayson said, placing his hand on my shoulder.

β€œ Forget it,” I said, tears flowing down my face.

β€œ Angelina please tell me, nothing can fix itself if we ignore each other.” Grayson said, rubbing my hair.

β€œ Fine you won’t laugh will you?” I said turning my head, facing him. Grayson looked into my eyes, rubbing his finger along the tear that was about to drop.

β€œ It was my first kiss and you ran away so I-” I stopped, not wanting to explain my Timothee Chalamet reference. Grayson was still looking at me, not saying a word.

β€œNevermind, sorry I didn’t mean to-” I tried explaining myself, but was cut off by Grayson. He was thinking, but I didn’t really want to know his thoughts on the whole thing.

β€œIm sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt you. I just had to take care of something. I went to find you, but couldn’t so I saw you here and came to say hi, but I hurt you, not intentionally. I apologize. β€œ Grayson says, looking down. I got out of the car and went over to the passenger side of the car, opening his door.

β€œ Could you drive me home? β€œ I asked, looking at him. He nodded, getting out of the car. As he went around getting into the driver seat, he sat down, looking at me for a moment. I looked at him, his eyes looking straight into mine. It felt like it would be that moment before a kiss, but me being me is going to be terrified to kiss anyone till I know I am good. Oh God I am so confused I don’t know right from wrong. I look away, to the window looking at the trashed house. The car starts driving and all I can see is the blurry buildings passing us.

We get to my house, pulling up into the driveway. My parents are still out doing their β€œ date night.” Grayson and I get out of the car and walk up to the door. Grayson uses my keys to unlock the door and holds the door open for me. I tell him thank you, walking in. As Grayson and I enter the house, I put the keys on the key holder. I looked at Grayson and said, β€œ Ok well Goodnight.” I said, walking away.

β€œ You are going to bed?” Grayson asked, walking my way/

β€œ No, why?” I asked, knowing he didn’t get the gist I wanted him to leave.

β€œ Well you said goodnight and just walked upstairs.” I looked at him and breathed out a sigh.

I continued walking up the stairs.

β€œ Am I allowed to come up?” Grayson asked

I nod without looking at him. As I hear his footsteps follow, I look back and smile to myself. I walked into my room, placing my books up on the shelves, putting the library books in a bin I have on the side of my bed, so I know which are which. I look at Grayson and he is looking all over the room.

β€œ Nice room,” Grayson says, trailing his eyes over at the pictures of all of my friends.

β€œ Who is this guy?” Grayson asks, pointing to my friend Mikaelis from 8th Grade.

β€œ That is my best friend Mikaelis from 8th grade, but he moved in the middle of the year without saying anything.” I say, looking at Grayson. His fist began to clench, looking over to me.

β€œ Oh, nice.” He says, sounding annoyed.

β€œYeah, he was my friend since kindergarten, but I guess that didn’t matter, β€œ I said.

β€œ Were you mad at him?” He asks.

β€œ Yeah a little, I missed him since he was one of my first friends. Except Amelia, that was preschool,” I said, laughing softly.

β€œ Oh,” he says looking down, glancing back at the pictures. I sit on my bed, grabbing a book from the basket. I pick up Othello and begin to read. I feel the bed dip down on my right, looking to see Grayson looking down at the book. He looks up at me and recites the first line,”Thou told’st me thou didst hold him in thy hate.” Grayson looked at me.

β€œ How many times have you read this?” He asks, smiling, looking straight at me. I shivered, saying, β€œ I have read this a couple of times, but I am rereading Othello so I can compare the two and write about it.” I say looking down.

β€œ Could you read it aloud?” He says, looking at me still.

β€œ I don’t sound the best though.” I look at him, seeing him smile.

β€œ Wait do you stutter when you read aloud?” He says, smiling even wider.

β€œ No I just sound weird and don’t match the manly voices each of the man characters portray.” I say. I don’t exactly stutter, my words just sound better in my head. Grayson somehow manages to smile even wider. He takes the book out of my hands and begins reading. I focus on the way he enunciates every word, every word not coming out as he says a β€œstutter.” My eyes begin to feel heavy upon my face, leaning my head onto his shoulder, watching the lines of words while he reads aloud. I get up to grab a blanket, looking in my bins. He stops reading, trailing his eyes wherever I walk.

β€œ Do you want me to get up so you can get the comforter?” He asks, watching me look for my blanket.

β€œ Yes please,” I say, walking back over to him. He gets up, pulling the covers down so I could get in. I sit on the bed , looking at Grayson to get in. He sits down next to me, pulling the covers back up. Grayson pulls me back to him, He reclines a bit, putting his head on the pillow. How does he not have a double chin! I lay my head on his chest and grab the book, putting it in his hands.

β€œCan you still read?” I ask, looking up at him.

β€œ So you like when I read, even though I stopped reading for ten minutes didn’t mean I forgot how to do it.” Grayson says. I looked up and glared at him.

β€œ OK sorry it was a joke!” Grayson said, laughing. I smiled, putting my arms around him, giving it a squeeze. As I curled up on his side with my head on his chest, his arm was around my waist, reading the rest of Act 1. As he finished reading, my eyes were already closed, feeling the warmth of him against me. Although I was still awake, I couldn’t bring myself to open my eyes or speak. I was stuck.

β€œ Angel?” He said, rubbing my head with the hand holding the book before. He kissed my head, wrapping both of his arms around me.

β€œ Even though you aren’t awake, I just want you to know I would never hurt you, no matter what happens between us, I am not leaving. I promise.” He says before laying his head on top of mine. I bring myself to smile, but drift off to unconsciousness.

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