We were in science and he asked me for a pen and when I gave him
one he smiled at me! Chloe told her younger sister excitedly.
That's great! Lauren said smiling. They were in Chloe's room and
Lauren was sitting on Chloe's bed while Chloe was getting ready
to go out. Where are you going anyway? Lauren asked her sister.
I'm going to the cinema with Jake. Chloe replied putting on her
earrings. Stop it! She exclaimed loudly as Lauren raised her
eyebrows suggestively. We're just friends, we've been best
friends since primary school and I'm sick of people thinking
we're dating! Okay, okay, I'm sorry. Lauren said. Raising her
hands in defeat. Besides you know I like Owen. Chloe continued.
Ah yes its getting now that he asked you for a pen. Lauren said
laughing. Giggling, Chloe threw a pillow at her. The doorbell
rang. That's Jake! Chloe said grabbing her handbag. Okay bye see
you later! Lauren shouted as Chloe ran downstairs. Bye. Chloe
shouted as the door slammed.
Thank you! Chloe shouted to Jake's mam as they jumped out of her
car and dashed into the cinema. Once inside they stopped to look
at the sky. It was eight o clock in the evening and you could
barley see the massive grey clouds but it was raining heavily. If
it hadn't been raining we could have walked here. Chloe grumbled
glaring at the sky. Yeah but some people don't live ten minutes
away from town! Jake laughed poking her playfully in the ribs.
They ignored the wolf whistles as people from their school
spotted them together. Idiots. Chloe growled under her breath.
Jake rolled his eyes and they went to buy their tickets. Ignore
them. He said gently as Chloe glared at them. They are so
annoying! Chloe complained quietly as they bought their popcorn.
I know, Jake replied, but lets just enjoy the movie. Lets! Chloe
said smiling at him as they walked into the cinema theatre.
They came stumbling out of the cinema laughing. The movie had
been boring so they had spent the time throwing popcorn at each
other. Chloe stumbled in her high heels and Jake grabbed her hand
to steady her. It was dark now and there were a couple of drunken
teenager boys on the other side of the street. They spotted Chloe
and started yelling things at her. Chloe blushed and Jake
tightened his grip on her hand. Maybe we should go back into the
cinema. Chloe whispered but Jake was already pulling her gently
but firmly back inside. Jake called his mam to collect them and
then stared out the window his face a mask of anger. Why would
they say that? Chloe said staring at her reflection in the
window. She had long brown curly hair and her blue eyes were
glistening with tears. I'm not beautiful she whispered. Jake's
face softened. Of course you're beautiful. He said softly. Chloe
shook her head, tears dripping down her face. Yes you are! Jake
said fiercely. He hugged her tightly and they remained like that
until Jake's mam pulled up outside.
I'm sorry about last night. Jake told Chloe as they walked into
school. That's okay, it wasn't your fault. Chloe said smiling
weakly. I shouldn't have brought you outside but I did and… Jake
continued sadly but Chloe interrupted him. Jake! It wasn't your
fault. Jake smiled sheepishly. Okay then. I'll see you at lunch.
He said waving her goodbye. See you. Chloe called over her
shoulder as she sprinted towards her locker. Lauren's locker was
beside Chloe's locker and Lauren was standing there getting her
books when Chloe arrived. Hi. Lauren said brightly as Chloe
opened her locker. Sorry Lauren I don't have time to talk I
really have to get to English. Chloe said as she closed her
locker and shoved her books into her bag. Wait! Lauren cried as
Chloe began to walk away. Chloe looked at her sister, at times
she found it hard to believe her sister was a year younger than
her but Lauren was only thirteen and as her fourteen year old
sister Chloe was often giving her advice. What is it? Chloe asked
gently. Lauren's long blonde hair covered most of her face but
her cheeks were pink and she refused to look at Chloe and stared
at the ground instead. Em… I have to tell you something. Please
don't be mad at me but I'm going to… Lauren stopped talking and
was staring at something behind Chloe. What? Chloe demanded
irritably. Oh! She gasped as she saw Owen standing behind her
holding out her pen. Here's your pen back. He said stiffly. Thank
you. Chloe said blushing She stared at Owen. He looked nothing
like Jake. Eoin had short blonde hair that was gelled to
perfection and his dark blue eyes were like steel. Jake had messy
brown hair and eyes that reminded Chloe of chocolate. Her sister
saying that she had to go awaked her from her daydream. When she
looked back Owen was gone. As she walked to class she found
herself wondering why she was comparing Owen to Jake.
Hi. Jake greeted Chloe as he flopped down beside her on the
grass. Taking a bite out of her sandwich Chloe waved back. He
looked around at the other students sitting on the grass eating
lunch. He cleared his throat a couple of times. You okay? Chloe
asked. Yeah I'm fine. Jake said. They sat in silence for a couple
of minutes before Jake turned to Chloe. Em… are you going to the
disco tomorrow? Jake asked anxiously. Chloe turned to Jake
looking excited. Oh yeah, I've been meaning to talk to you about
that! I was thinking that we should go together as friends and
then maybe Owen will see us, think we're there as a couple and
it'll make him jealous. She said all in one breath. So… we'd be
going just as friends? Jake asked slowly. Yeah is that okay?
Chloe asked standing up and brushing grass off her skirt. Jake
started to say something but Chloe lent down and gave him a hug.
Thanks Jake I knew you'd understand! I'll meet you outside the
disco tomorrow, okay? Yeah. Jake muttered. Bye. He whispered
sadly watching her walk away.
Chloe stood outside watching couples walk into the disco. Owen
had walked by her a while ago dragging some giggling blonde
behind him. She tried to tell herself she didn't care but it
wasn't working. She buried her face in her hands and slid down
the wall sobbing. That's how Jake found her when he arrived ten
minutes later. Hey what's wrong? He asked her gently, brushing
the tears from her face as he helped her to her feet. He doesn't
like me; he just turned up with some stupid blonde bimbo! She
choked. He hugged her. Chloe I'm sorry. He murmured. She smiled
weakly at him. Lets just try to enjoy the disco. He looked her up
and down. Wow you look gorgeous. She attempted a smile. You don't
look so bad yourself. She was wearing a long blue strapless dress
and Jake was wearing black jeans with a white shirt. They walked
into the disco and started dancing. Chloe saw the girl Owen was
dancing with. It was her sister! She stared at them horrified.
Jake saw what she was looking at and pulled her to one side.
Chloe I love you, I've always loved you and it kills me when you
talk about Owen. I'll understand if you don't love me back but I
had to tell you and… Jake stopped talking and lent down and
kissed her softly. Chloe wrapped her arms around his neck and as
she kissed him back she realised something, she didn't love Owen,
not really, the person she loved was standing in front of her.
Her sister could have Owen. She had something much better.
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