Harkins Academy

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Chapter 27

[Avery’s POV]

It pained me.

It emotionally pained me.

It pained me to say those words to him now that I knew what his feelings for me were.

It also pained me to know that we would never be together because of a single mistake my mother made.

And do you want to know what pained me the most?

It’s the fact that I left Colton standing there.

It was a good thing that a cab passed by in front of me so I immediately went inside it without looking back to the guy who said that he lost the bet and fell in love with me.

I was almost this close to telling the cab to drive back to the park so I could tell Colton how I felt about him. I was aching to say that I felt the same way about him too.

“You should really give him a chance, child,” the driver said. He was an old man with a long beard and glasses. I wanted to ask why he was still working even though he was already old. But I didn’t want to sound rude so I kept my mouth shut about that topic.

“I can’t,” my voice cracked.

“And why is that, child?” he asked. “Even though my vision weakened after all these years, I saw sincerity in his eyes,”

“How’d you say?”

“I held the same emotion when I was still trying to win my wife’s heart. Her parents hated her relationship with me because I was just a son of one of their farmers. They knew that I wouldn’t be able to give her the life that she deserved. She came from a very wealthy family. She also did what her parents wanted her to do, but that ended when I asked her to leave with me. We never came back and guess what? We’re happy,”

“When did it happen?” I choked out. What could I say? I was speechless.

“Sixty-nine years ago,”

“Wha—And how is your relationship with your wife now?” I decided to dig in further. Sixty-nine years? That was a very long time.

“How do I put it into words?” his face clearly showed that he was thinking deeply. “Let’s just say that we fall in love deeply into each other every day,”

“After all those years of being together?” I frowned.

“After all those years…” he nodded.

“But my situation is very different, sir,”

“How so?”

“How do I put it into words?” I repeated his wise choice of words earlier. “Let’s just say that I can’t want to have a romantic relationship with my cousin,”

[Colton’s POV]

“Hey!” someone slapped a pillow on my face whilst I was sleeping. I slowly opened my eyes and groaned. “What happened last night?”

“Go away, Ace!” I stole the pillow from him and placed it on my face to avoid the light.

“Plan B, guys,” I was pretty sure that it’s Tucker. What were they talking about? Plan B?

“Let’s do this,” I didn’t know if that was Leon or his twin, but it was between the two.

After a minute, the pillow was ripped away from me and cold water instantly hit me awake. I sat up and glared at them immediately. “What the fuck do you guys want?!”

“I told you,” Ace shrugged. “We wanted to know what happened last night,”

“She doesn’t like me the same way that I like her,” I whispered.

“What the hell are you talking about?” Emma asked. Obviously, I didn’t realize that she was there until now.”

“You heard me,” I responded.

“I assume that the plan didn’t go well?” Leo asked. I didn’t know how I was able to distinguish Leo and Leon by their faces and not their voice. I guess they looked different to me but they sounded the same. Or was I the only one thinking that?

“She said that she didn’t need to be saved,” I told them bluntly.

“Wait,” Emma frowned. “I still don’t quite get it. You said that she doesn’t like you the same way that you like her? I’m confused,”

“I kissed her,” I looked at Leon and saw that he wasn’t the slightest bit angry. “And she said that we can’t be together,”

“Why not?” Tucker asked.

“I don’t know,” I shrugged. “But I think I’m missing something here. Why aren’t you angry?” I looked at Leon. “You’re her boyfriend,”

“It was just a plan,” his twin answered for him.

“A plan?” I repeated and they all nodded, except for Tucker.

“It’s a plan to make you jealous,” Ace finished.

“What?!” Tucker and I asked, both confused. Great minds really did think alike. I knew that I was a whole lot confused than my best buddy.

A plan to make me jealous?

Why would she do that?

Last time I checked, she said that we couldn’t be together.

But were they telling the truth?

Even if they were, it still wasn’t enough to convince me.

After all, who said that we couldn’t be together in the first place?

[Avery’s POV]

What did I even do to deserve this kind of punishment?

When I already had the chance to be together with him, fate stepped in and ruined it. Why did my mother have to marry Joe? Little did she know that I ruined my happiness.

After all the pain that my mother put me through, she didn’t deserve any more happiness.

I did.

I didn’t want to sound selfish but I just couldn’t help it. My mother wasn’t the nicest human being on earth. I was expecting her to be lonely forever. But no, fate wanted her to marry another man. Fate wanted her to seal a tie with a man that has a connection with the guy that I wanted to be together with.

There was a knock on my door and the person didn’t obviously wait for my permission when he opened it immediately. “What do you want, Matt?” I sighed. “I fight back. Don’t try to do something to me. I have shit loads to think about and I don’t need you adding up to my list,”

“Relax, sister,” he chuckled and sat on the foot of the bed. I was just leaning my back on the bed frame and stared right ahead before he came in. And now, he ruined my concentration building up against the wall. “I’m not going to do something to you,”

“Right,” I agreed sarcastically. “After all, having sex with your own cousin isn’t that big of a deal at all, right?”

“If it helps, I didn’t know that she was my cousin at first, alright?” he said. “And she didn’t know that I’m her cousin too,”

“And you got it on?” he nodded. “You should have asked your names first! Where did the two of you meet anyway?”

“Party?” he said, unsure of his answer. “At first, my family wasn’t on good terms with theirs, but when my mom and their parents died, my dad took full responsibility,”

“How did your mother…die?

Matt wasn’t affected or bothered by my question, and I was very thankful for that. I needed to know many things about my step brother anyway. “When my cousin’s parents and my mom went to a vacation to Japan, the plane crashed. My dad was busy so he didn’t join them. And if in any case you’re wondering, my mom and their mom were sisters,”

“What is Joe’s job anyway?”

“Travelling businessman,” he answered. “He leaves home once in a while,”

“Great,” I rolled my eyes. There was going to be time for my mother to torture me. “What are you doing here anyway?”

“I know that you know my cousins,”

“How’d you say that?” I frowned.

Was I that transparent?

“I may be dumb to figure out who my cousin was,” he explained. “But I’m not that dumb to figure out that you know them. Your reaction earlier gave it all. So, what’s your connection with my cousins?”

“Why are you curious?”

“I don’t know,” he shrugged. “Maybe considering that you’re my step sister now, I need to know more about you,”

“Good answer,” I nodded. “But you won’t be able to keep up with my high school drama,”

“Try me,” he smiled.

[Colton’s POV]

“I got it!” Tucker yelled whilst we were in the school cafeteria.

People were eyeing us. Why? Because Tucker and I were eating together with my twin’s group. Again, everybody knew that we weren’t in good terms. The rest of us were eating whilst Tucker was multi-tasking, he was working on his computer and at the same time, he was filling his appetite.

“You got what?” Leo asked him. “

“I got it!” Tucker yelled once again.

“We heard you, you faggot!” Emma yelled. Avery’s two other girl friends, Kierlan and Patrice, were joining other groups. I guess that they didn’t want to come near the guy who took their virginity away.

Emma already told the two of what happened to Avery and they said that they wanted to help her but Emma told them that we got it already…which wasn’t really true.

“I got Avery’s new address!” Tucker answered.

“Took you time to get it done, buddy,” I smiled at him. What’s the purpose if he got Avery’s address? She said that we couldn’t be together anyways. She would also be back in less than a week. What’s the purpose of getting her new address?

It wouldn’t actually do any of us good, right?

“Let me see,” Leon offered and Tucker rotated his laptop so Avery’s fake boyfriend could see. “No,” he shook his head.

“It’s not familiar to me,” Leo finished for his twin.

“Me neither,” Emma agreed when she took a glance at the screen.

“It’s familiar to me…” I shot a glance at my twin when he said that. “Take a look here, Colt,” he passed the laptop to me. “Isn’t this familiar to you?”

I looked at the address and saw that it was indeed familiar to me. Then realization hit me afterwards, “Our uncle’s house,”

“What?!” Emma stood up. “Your uncle’s house?”

Ace then looked at me, “I think it’s time to pay our uncle a visit,”

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