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Chapter 22

[Avery’s POV]

“Where’s Leon?” I asked Ace and Leo as I joined them once again.

“He went to the bathroom,” answered Ace.

“Umm…Avery?” Leo called.

“Yes?”

“Where’s our drinks?”

I sighed then told them what happened between me and Colton. I was pissed of indeed, more than you could ever imagine. I’m pissed at myself for being so dumb that I didn’t even realize that all Colton wanted from me was sex, starting from the point when I agreed to his bet. Again, how could I be so fucking dumb and stupid?

“Avery!” the familiar voice of Leon called. He was running out of breath and he sat beside me immediately. “I need to tell you something,”

“What is it about?” I asked him curiously.

“Colton,”

“I don’t give a damn about him,” I gritted my teeth. “He’s an ass,”

“But you need to hear this!” Leon reasoned.

“What is it about anyway?” asked his twin. “It seems like it’s very important,”

“It’s important alright,” he snickered. “I just heard that Andrea’s just playing Colton to get back to you. You kind of pissed her off ever since you stepped foot inside Harkins Academy, Avery,”

“What?! Just playing Colt—I don’t care,” I muttered. The guys rolled their eyes at me. “Who cares about him anyway?”

“Avery?” Ace called. “I hate to break it to you but…you do,”

“No, I don’t,” I argued. “I don’t care about him,”

“Come on, Avery,” Leon chuckled. “Don’t kid with us,”

“I’m not kidding you!”

“If you’re not kidding us…” Leo tried to act like he was thinking. “…then why are you still wearing Colton’s bracelet?”

“He didn’t give me this, Leon did,” I lied even though I knew the truth.

“Please,” Ace rolled his eyes. “Emma told us that you already know,”

I decided to make a mental note to kill Emma later. I didn’t want to lose in this argument. But even though I didn’t want to admit it, I was definitely losing. “Whatever,”

[Colton’s POV]

“I don’t know, Tuck,” I said to my best buddy who knows everything that’s going on inside my head even if I don’t tell him about it. “I should be happy with Andrea,”

“It’s clear that you aren’t,” he chuckled. “Here’s the idea, I saw this on the internet and for what I heard, it’s effective. List some things that you hate about both girls. Let’s go with Avery first, what do you hate about her?”

“Avery, huh?” I scoffed. “She tried to kill me once,”

“You can’t blame her for that,” he pointed out whilst chuckling. “You tried to rape her,”

“Anyways,” I rolled my eyes. “She likes to curse,”

“Pretty bad-ass,”

“She doesn’t wear a bikini. I’m a man. Of course I want to take a look at what’s hiding behind her clothes!” I looked at Tucker and he chuckled at that. Though it wasn’t exactly true that I hated it, I didn’t want any other guys looking at her. “She acts all tough like she can handle everything and she has a big mouth,” I remembered last night, when she bad-mouthed those rapists on the cliff. “I think that’s about it,”

“That’s a long list,” he commented. “What about Andrea? What do you hate about her?” there was a big silence between us after he asked me that question. I tried to think of things of what to hate about Andrea. I found none.

Of course I was lying when I said that.

There was one thing that lingered around my mind when he asked the question. I was just too embarrassed to admit it.

There was indeed one thing I hated about Andrea.

“She’s not Avery,” I whispered to myself. It was a shocking revelation and I hated the very moment of it.

Tucker smiled at me and patted my back, “You finally got your answer, man,”

[Avery’s POV]

“You’re screaming on your pillow again,” Emma stated out the obvious. “I told you before. It’s not going to do you any good. It will just strengthen your feelings for Colton,”

“I don’t fucking care anymore,” I said, with my face on the pillow so my words came out weirdly. “I just want to die! I’m not supposed to feel this way about him! He’s a fucking sex addict!”

“Enough with the cursing, Avery. Get a hold of yourself, maybe you should just forget about him?”

I sat up and looked at her. “If I could forget about him, I would. But I can’t! That’s the problem! I’m fucking in love with the guy who only sees me as a prize!”

“I can’t help you with that, Avery,” she said. “It’s your love life, you should be the one to control it. You need to write your own love story. Every choice you make is a chapter,”

“When did you get so deep?” I eyed her. “Are you really Emma?”

“Of course,” she chuckled. “What are you going to do now?”

“I need to think,” I stood up and went out of the cabin room. I really needed to think, about Colton and most importantly, how I’m going to win the bet that I made with him. I was going to go near the sea and sit on the sand until I saw Andrea.

I felt my blood boiled when I saw her. How dare she use Colton like that? “Well, well, well,” she mocked. I was sure that she wasn’t expecting me here. It was just made out of sheer luck when we went out of our cabins at the same time. “If it isn’t Avery Tanner who’s in love with my boyfriend,”

“Using him like that to get back at me, huh?” I scoffed. “Tell me, Andrea, what made you hate me?” she didn’t answer my question but just glared at me. I racked my brain to see if I did something wrong to her without me knowing, but last time I checked, I just met her here yesterday. When I tried to think of a reason that made her hate me, I only thought of one. “Don’t tell me it’s about Ace?”

“W-What?”

I got you.

“It’s about Ace, huh?” I chuckled. “Never thought that you’ll be so childish, I expected more from the girl that Colton really loved,”

“Shut up,” she hissed.

“Ace doesn’t like you, okay?” I cleared. “And I didn’t even do anything for you to hate me. We’re just friends,”

“You’re stealing him away from me!”

“Right,” I said sarcastically. “I heard that your friendship ended in middle school. I doubt it that Ace remembered you after that,”

“Shut up!” she yelled. I kept myself from wincing. Her sanity was now becoming gone. “You don’t’ know anything about what I’m feeling! You stole him away from me!” she pushed me and I stumbled down to the ground. Who knew that this girl was so strong? I just looked at her, waiting for what she was going to say next. “I’m going to take Colton away from you, you bitch!”

“Me? A bitch?” I didn’t even bother to stand up whilst I talked to her. “You sure about that?”

She then did what I never expected her to do. She kicked my stomach so I landed on my back. She went on top of me and slapped me. I didn’t fight back. I didn’t want to get in trouble with another student if ever a teacher saw us. “You’re the bitch here!” she then looked at my hand. “Oh, what do we have here? A bracelet?”

She grabbed my arm and looked at the bracelet. I tried to pull away and struggle but her nails dug on my skin making it painful to do so. “Get away from me!” I shouted at her.

“A and A?” she asked. “What does it mean? Ace and Avery?” her face turned angrier than before. Next thing I knew, the bracelet was in her hands. She was twirling it with her free hand whilst the other one was still gripping my arm. I couldn’t use my other hand since she was kneeling on it. She stood up and I followed her example immediately, not minding the blood that was pouring out of my hand because of her nails.

“Give that back to me!” I tried to get it away from her but she just backed away.

“Give it back?” she laughed coldly. She then threw the bracelet into the water. I stared at her in shock. How could someone be so evil? “See you later, Avery,” and with that, she walked away. I didn’t go after her. I was too stunned to move.

She was wrong, it wasn’t Ace and Avery. It was Aiden and Avery. Colton’s first name.

Maybe this was a challenge.

If in any case I find that bracelet, I’ll tell Colton how I feel about him.

I’ll give into him.

It was obvious that I wouldn’t be able to find it, but for me, it was a challenge. And I was willing to try. I saw that Andrea didn’t throw it that hard. I went to the direction of the where she threw it and slowly walked towards it. I felt the water on my bare feet. I leaned down and touched the sand to see if I could find it.

Even though I couldn’t swim, I was still in the safe area. It wasn’t that deep. It reached above my waist. I didn’t lean down this time. I stomped on the sand so I could feel the bracelet. I went in deeper, just below the chin.

What the hell was I doing?

I didn’t even know.

And I didn’t even care.

I remembered Emma’s words to me.

You need to write your own love story.

I felt something on my foot. I tried to get it using my fingertoes, but it just slipped away. I didn’t have a choice but to use my fingers instead. I dipped my head down into the water and searched for the bracelet but little did I know that I was too late to get back up.

I got into the deeper part.

I couldn’t swim above the surface.

I would die.

Even though I was in the water, I heard a familiar voice calling for my name again and again. The voice vanished, leaving me wanting for more.

But it was over.

All over.

I felt the world slipping away from me. But there was another thing that I felt, it was an object enclosed in my hand. Even though I knew that I was reckless for doing it, I’m glad I did it. Why?

Because I was happy.

Happy that I made the choice.

Again I remembered Emma’s words.

Every choice you make is a chapter.

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