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Chapter 18

You don’t know how much I love you for doing this.

I reach Ryan’s house at exactly 5:15, I remember Jackson telling me in school today to be there anytime after 5:30 as Ryan will be leaving by then, so I decide to sit in the car and contemplate my life.

There is so much going on. Like um.. I cant think of anything at the moment but, alright who am I kidding, all the problems in my life right now are related to Reece. First, he is my new neighbor. Second, his room is just opposite mine. Third, he is a jerk. Fourth, he hates me and has this huge grudge on me and wants to irritate me for god knows what reason. Fifth, he has seen me effing’ naked! That too dancing naked.

I could go on and on about the problems but the real question here is that, what is the solution to the big problem called as Reece Clark? Ignorance wont help for long, that is there for sure. What should I do? Take revenge? But why? I still don’t understand why is he this way with me... Maybe we just met each other on a real bad-mood-day of ours. Yeah that is the best I can think of right now anyway... a figure passing my car breaks my trance of thought.

I blink for two seconds and realize it is Ryan leaving for his date with Sam.

“Hi Ry” I smile at him and get out of the car.

“Oh, Hales, hi. I didn’t see you there. ” he smiles back.

“So, where are you taking Sam?” I ask.

“Um, that is a surprise...” I see a small blush forming on his cheeks. Poor guy, he is swoon. I decide to not tease him. Jackson is anyways waiting for me.

“Alright, carry on. I hope you both enjoy. I will head inside now, Jackson will be waiting. See ya bro” I wink at him and turn to his house.

“Yeah he desperately is and thanks, see ya. Oh and Haley?” He shouts my name from the drivers seat.

I turn around, “yeah?”

“Use protection!” He winks and drives away.

He did not just. Ugh such a douche. I pout slightly and ring the door bell.

“Hi.” I am greeted with a lovely looking guy smiling brightly as ever at me.

“Hey” I smile back, and to my shock, I am engulfed in a huge hug.

Eventually, after a second or two, I hug him back. He smells so good right now. Wow, this feeling I am getting is so different than that of hugging any other guy...

He breaks apart and moves away to let me in.

I see that he has already made popcorn and there is pizza as well. Looking at the boxes of pizza I grin so bright at him.

“You got pizza!” I am on the verge of jumping up and down.

“Yeah, I asked Ryan, what was your favourite food, he told me that it was pizza and then he asked Sam your favourite kind, and so I got you your favourite.” He explains, a slight blush on his cheeks. What is it with guys blushing these days? First Kale, then Ryan and now Jackson?

“Oh Jackson, I cannot explain how happy I feel right now. Thank you soooo much.” I extend my ‘so’ and take a seat on the couch.

“Eh, that’s no big deal, you can settle yourself. Which movie do you wanna watch first?” He asks.

“Any” I reply and watch his muscles flex as he looks for the dvd’s. What a nice sight this is.

“Okay.” He says and puts Thirteen Sins in and then takes a seat next to me.

“You know, I have not had pizza since a week. I was really craving it.” I tell him while the movie starts.

“Oh, good then we have lots. Also, we got your favourite ice cream.” He smiles.

“God you don’t know how much I love you for doing this right now.” I grin happily. He is so caring.

He just smiles again, his eyes on the television now. I have started to love his smile. Being a boy, he smiles a lot. Or, I always see boys either smirking, or with no expression at all. Or whenever they do smile, mostly it is a small fake one. It is really rare finding guys who actually genuinely smile brightly.

Midway between the first half of the movie, I feel his hands finding their way up to mine. Suddenly, I get a little nervous. He intertwines his fingers with mine.

And by default, my head rests on his shoulder. I know we aren’t cuddling exactly, but this is something. And this makes me smile all-the-more. The curtains are all shut amd it gives the room a good dark effect, almost making it look like a movie theatre.

“Are you scared?” He whispers so softly in my ears it sends shivers down my spine.

“No, are you?” I whisper back.

“You think?” This time his lips brush my ear lobes.

I know that he knows well enough what he is doing to me. His touch is giving me goosebumps. I try and control the adrenaline flowing through my veins.

We both have pizza in our hands and the popcorn in between our laps. If this is not a date, then what kind of a hang out is it? I am pretty sure normal friends won’t be this way unless they are best friends, and in my case, I don’t think Jackson and me are best friends, so... what are we?

“No” I mumble and get back to the movie.

At the end of the first movie, thirteen sins, when the credits start to roll down, Jackson’s phone starts to ring.

I know it is bad to interfere in others’ business, but I try to anyway.

“Excuse me, I gotta take this.” He says and stands up.

“Sure, should I put in the second movie and wait for you?” I ask.

“Yeah, that would be great. Put any you want.” He says and walks to the kitchen.

I stand up and put in Oculus. Now, I gotta wait. It is 7:15 right now. Mom didn’t give me any curfew though, like be back at this time or you are dead kind of a thing but she did say to get home before midnight just because she wont be there and doesnt want Nick to be alone. So, I would like to be back home before 10:30. Cause I don’t know if Nick will eat dinner on his own or not. If he go the chance he would stay hungry forever and not care as he is just so addicted to the internet.

‘Jerk: Hey, how’s your date going?’

I get a text from Reece. Yeah, I saved his number under the name jerk. Why is he so interested how my date is going?

Well enough.′ is what I reply.

Aw babe don’t need to lie to me xx

What? What the heck is he talking about? Why would I lie?

‘I am not lying -.-’

‘You think I believe you? You surely are’

‘No I ain’t. Why do you think that?’

‘I think so as, if you would have been enjoying your so called date, you wouldn’t have the time to be texting a neighbour you hate so much. Point proved.’

His text holds so much of honesty. But why does he even care? And anyways this aint really a date. That is just what I have told him.

No I am enjoying, he went to recieve a call, so I TOOK THE TIME TO CHECK my phone. Oh, he is back. See ya jerk.′

Even though Jackson is still on the phone, I messagesReece lying that he is back. Now, I have nothing to do, so I just continue eating my pizza. I wonder whats taking him so long?

“Hey, I am so sorry. Should we continue?” He takes his seat again. I just nod in response.

By the time we finish watching our second movie it is 9:30 p.m. I dont think I can wait anymore and watch the third movie. So I tell him that I will be leaving.

“Well, that was... fun?” Jackson says while he walks me towards the door.

“Yeah, I am really sorry for leaving without watching the third one, but I did enjoy a lot.” I smile at him.

“Yeah, thats fine. Until next time.” He winks at me.

“Goodnight jackson.” I say.

He doesn say anything, he just keeps staring into my eyes. His eyes are so mysterious yet they shine so bright. I could stare into them forever and not get bored.

Finally he blinks back into reality or at least thats what it seems like and gives me a huge bear hug.

I hig him back. He still smells the same as when he did when I came here first. I take a huge breath in engulfing his smell. I have started to really like it.

“I do not really want you to go you know.” He says into my hair, holder me tighter.

This makes me blush.“Nor do I... but I have to go..” I say softly. Why does he have this effect on me?

“Can you meet me tomorrow?” He breaks the hug and asks me.

“Yeah, I guess...” I smile a little.

“Okay, cool. I’ll see you then. Bye muffin, see ya.” He riffles my hair.

“See ya.” I say and sit in my car.

“Goodnight!” I hear him yell as I turn the car around and start to drive back home. Today has been an interesting day.

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