After lunch with Scott, Amber stood at her locker gathering her books for math class. Amber was still grinning from ear to ear as she herd a voice from behind her. "How are you?" Her face changed at that very second. It was a voice she knew all to well, a voice that had been her comfort many times before, a voice that had also broken her heart only months ago. It was Jess. His hand reached out and landed on her shoulder and she cringed. She hadnt talked to him since they broke up. Why was he talking to her now?
Amber sat on her couch with tears in her eyes. Jess tried to hold her hand, but she pulled away, "Don't touch me," Amber's voice was harsh and sharp. Jess' face was pale.
"Amber, I'm not doing this to hurt you." His words lingered in the air. "It's just not the same anymore. We never see each other. We never talk..." He trailed off.
Amber's face grew hot, and the anger boiled in her, "Because Chris has cancer, you prik! I'm sorry that my dying brother is first on my list. I'm sorry i can't just blow him off and spend time with you!" Tears were streaming down her face now, and her voice was shaking out of control.
"You don't have to spend every second with him Amber. You can't fix him. He is going to die whether you are there or not!"
Amber was shocked. Jess had never spoken to her this way before she couldn't believe the things she was hearing. "You are obviously not who i thought you were. And your right this is for the best. You need to leave right now." Amber tried to stay calm, it wasn't like her to yell or scream, but she had the urdge to scream as loud as her voice would let her.
"Amber, please..." He was backtracking now, "I didn't mean it like that, can we still be friends?"
"Can we still be friends?" Amber bit her tongue with every ounce of power in her body, "No Jess, We can't. You needx to leave. Now."
Amber turned to look at his standing behind her, "I'm fine, Jess."
Jess looked at her hoping she would say more. "I'm sorry about Chris..." His voice sounded ashaimed.
Amber grinned at the irony of the moment, and bowed her head. Trying with all her might to stay polite, as she always did. "It was bound to happen, right?"
Jess looked at the ground, "Amber, I'm sorry. I know that I hu..."
Amber cut him off, "Its fine. No worries." She smiled the best smile she could, as thoughts of her brother ran through her mind. She faught back the tears. "The bell's going to ring soon, though, so, I'm going to go to class."
Jess shook his head, "I'll see you around, right?"
"Sure" Amber said over her shoulder as she walked down the hall.
"Ill text you," Jess yelled as loud as he could after her. Amber sighed, shook her head and just kept on walking.