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Chapter 17

[Avery’s POV]

“That’s what you get for assuming that I hit your pretty little girlfriend intentionally on the head,” I remarked from the other side of the court to Colton. He pretty much pissed me off. Also, because of the bet that we made, I’m going to make his life a living hell for the whole day.

Colton was glaring at his friend named Tucker for a reason that I really don’t have any idea about. Tucker’s eyes were filled with obvious amusement and I can sense that Colton just want to smack the living daylights out of him.

“That was bloody and deadly awesome, Avery!” Leo’s voice complimented me. Even though there’s a whole lot of similarity between Leon and Leo’s voice, I can tell who’s who and distinguish them without even looking at their faces. And I’m pretty sure that it was Leo who ruffled my hair behind me. “You should have joined Volleyball, not Track and Field with that guy,”

“Not to be rude or anything,” I said casually. “But that guy has a name and it’s Colton,”

“Defending my twin, aren’t we?” Ace playfully snickered, but I can sense the curiosity in his voice. Am I defending Colton? No way, I’m not.

Okay, maybe I am. Colton and I were on good terms before this ‘Andrea’ thing happened after all. I am defending him. I considered him as a friend, right? There’s nothing wrong with defending a friend. Even though Colton may act like a guy who has a bigger ego than Jupiter, I know that he has got this soft side in him.

“Earth to Avery, hello?” I didn’t realize that Emma already joined the conversation and was now snapping her fingers in front of my face to get my attention. “Why are you spacing out?”

“It’s nothing,” I mentally slapped myself for thinking about Colton whilst in front of my friends, “Sorry,”

“So…” Leon started whilst taking a glance at Colton. “What are you going to do with him? He’s your personal slave for the day after all,”

“I still don’t know…”

“Oh! I know! I know!” Leo raised his hand like a child. “Why don’t you make his life suffer?”

“I will,” I nodded at him. After Colton’s accusation, I am sure to make his life a living hell as I said earlier. But other than that, there’s a slight problem. How am I going to be able to do that?

Colton went towards my direction whilst all my friends left me. It was obvious that they didn’t have anything to do with Colton nor did they even want to talk to him. “What are you going to make me do then?”

“First, I want you to answer honestly,” I told him. I didn’t have anything else to make his life like hell so I went with something that’s not very common to make a guy who became your slave do.

“What is it?”

“Do you consider me as a friend?”

He thought about it for a second before answering, “I-I guess so,”

“You sure about that?”

“Yeah,”

“Okay,” I breathed out. Since I’m angry at him for accusing me of hitting his pretty little ex-girlfriend, why make myself suffer by looking into his face? “Don’t talk to me and don’t ever be in a place where I can see you,”

“For the rest of the day…?” he asked curiously.

“Forever,” and with that, I walked away. I didn’t take a look at his face to see what kind of emotion he’s showing off right now.

“Way to go,” Emma said as I approached the group. “I don’t know what you did but I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen his face looked as completely shocked like that before,”

“Shut up,” I rolled my eyes at her.

“So what did you make him do?” Leon asked.

“Nothing,” I informed them. “I just told him to not talk to me for the rest of his life,”

“And he got affected?” asked Ace. “Just like that?”

“I think so…?” I said, unsure of what to say. “I don’t really know what’s going on in his mind,”

Emma then deeply thought for something in a while after finally concluding something that’s nearly impossible. “I think Colton likes you,”

“Yeah, right,” I rolled my eyes at her.

“I’m serious, Avery,” I tried to find any hint of playfulness in her eyes but instead, I found none. She was really being serious. “I can see it in his eyes whenever he looks at you,”

“And what is it that you see in his eyes?” I questioned her statement.

“Love,”

“Please,” I rolled my eyes once again. “Like that will ever happen,”

[Colton’s POV]

“What did she say?” Tucker asked once he approached me. “And why are you too dumbfounded to move?”

“It’s nothing,” I told him. “She called the deal off,”

“Just like that?” he confirmed.

“Yeah…”

“C’mon, Colton,” he stated the obvious. “I’m your fucking best friend. I know that you’re falling head over heels for the girl…even if you won’t admit it, even to yourself,”

It amazed me how Tucker knew me too well. But he got a point there, he’s my best friend. He can also read me like an open book. “Okay,” I sighed. “I’m falling for her, happy?” I knew that Tucker would have find out sooner or later. That’s why I decided to admit it to him already.

“And what did she say?” I told my best friend how Avery told me to not talk to her…forever. It was lame, it was a little childish but I think I really got her angry by accusing her of hitting Andrea intentionally. I know that I wasn’t even there when it happened, but even so, I still have these feelings lingering around my body for Andrea. I guess first love never really dies. But on the other hand, there’s Avery, the new girl who I came to fell in love with and the same girl who was now angry at me. “What are you going to do about it now?”

“Honestly, I don’t know,”

“Just let her cool off, man,” he suggested. “You know how girls are with their emotions,”

[Avery’s POV]

I decided to take a walk with Emma in the beach even though a couple of students already went inside their rooms. We were wandering around the beach and talked about a lot of things. We talked about our lives and how different they were from each other.

I didn’t miss my mom. After all what she has done to me, how could I miss her? She abused me, she showed no mercy whilst I was under her wing. She didn’t let me have a life that any normal teenager could have. I was just a stuck-up teenager back then because of her.

But on the other side of my hating, I was at least thankful to her for sending me to this school even it was indeed for sex addicts. Why? Because I met some amazing people that even my friends back from my old school couldn’t compete with.

I knew that Emma and the others care for me so much. Not like some of my old friends back then who only befriended me because of my popularity. I guess I need to admit that I’m quite popular back in my old school. They didn’t know the life that I was leading back home with my mother. My closest friends even saw me as some girl who has the perfect life because she can get everything. I decided not to tell them about my situation because I didn’t want any of their pity. And I didn’t want to gain friends because of pity.

As were walking, we passed Colton talking with his guy friends. He tried to avoid eye contact with me and I felt a little awkward after that. Why was it affecting him? “I told you that he likes you,” Emma chuckled beside me. “He won’t even have that look on his face if he doesn’t,”

“Shut up,” I playfully smacked her arm.

“That hurts!”

“No, it doesn’t,”

“It does!”

“Nope,” I popped the ‘p’.

“Okay,” she sighed. “It doesn’t,”

We climbed the enormous rock where people jumped in. The one you see in the videos, yeah, that’s it. I noticed two guys who weren’t from Harkins Academy. They were eyeing us up and down, mostly Emma because she’s wearing a bikini whilst I’m wearing a shirt and shorts. “I think we should go back now, Emma,”

“I think so too,”

We decided to ignore them and pass through them when an unfamiliar arm gripped mine. Great, I thought that this thing only happened in movies. “Care to join us, ladies?”

“No,” I said to the brunette guy nicely. “We’ve got to go. Our boyfriends are looking for us,”

I saw Emma who was currently struggling in the hold of the other blonde guy giving me the ‘good thinking’ look. “C’mon, why don’t you forget about them? I bet we’re hotter than your boyfriends,”

“You wish,” Emma mumbled which kind of made both of the guys tense a little bit. They’re a little frustrated, perhaps?

“We’re going to have so much fun…” the blonde guy who was holding Emma whispered.

I then thought of a plan, “Alright, we’ll go with you,” I sighed.

“What?!” Emma yelled. “Are you blood insane?!”

“Maybe I am,” I smiled at the brunette who removed his grip on my arm.

He grinned back at me, “Knew that you would come to your senses,” he told me.

“Yeah, right,” I then used my weight to push the guy who was holding Emma back. Emma got free and I then immediately told her, “Go get some help,”

At first, Emma didn’t move but when she saw my eyes, she nodded then ran away. I then felt someone grabbing my hair. “You let her go,” the blonde tried to catch up with Emma but I managed to kick his you-know-what-I’m-talking-about before he can even stand up. And let me say that I’m proud of myselffor being able to do that even with a guy trying to rip all of my hair off.

I kicked the blonde quite hard considering that he was still clutching his manhood whilst failing in his attempt of getting up. “Teddy, you alright?” asked the brunette.

“For being such a huge guy, you sure have the name, Teddy,” I mocked even though I know that it’s going to put me in a more dangerous situation.

“Shut up,” the brunette gripped my head harder.

“Make me,” I challenged.

“Shut the fuck up!” he yelled.

“I told you to make me!” I yelled back.

“Let her go, Gus,” the blonde then succeeded in getting up. “There are people coming,”

“Finally!” I screamed at the top of my lungs.

“You can’t even shut your mouth for a second,” Gus said through gritted teeth. That’s when he dragged me at the end of the rock and decided to do something that only a worthless person can do. He threw me in the water whilst hearing a familiar voice calling my name…and without me having any idea on how to swim.

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