I stared at Alex and then at the stranger whose name was Mark. I
don't know him but why do they know each other? Alex was furious
while Mark was calm about it. I stepped forward and asked,
"Alex, do you know him?"
With clenched fists, Alex turned his back on him and nodded.
"He's my cousin. His name is Mark Carson and we do not
I looked at Mark. He's kind and good looking but that doesn't
make me understand the fact that they do not get along. Maybe
Mark did something bad that made Alex hate him.
"That's a secret, Haley."
I looked at Mark. How did he know I was thinking about the reason
they hate each other.
"I'm transferring at Sakurasou High as a Class A student. Treat
me well as I arrive tomorrow, especially Alex and Clare." Mark
"Don't bring Clare into this. You know she suffered so much
before you left." Alex growled.
Mark knows Clare too? And he will transfer to Class A? I don't
understand this at all. But Alex grabbed my hand and he ran away
with me. We stopped at the park, completely exhausted. Why did
"Haley. Please do not see that guy anymore. He's not who you
think he is." Alex said.
"Why?" I asked, looking at him curiously.
"You don't need to know. I'll see you at class tomorrow then."
That's all he can say and left.
"Yeah...okay." I smiled fakely and looked at the little teddy
bear that Alex won for me. It's not really a fun day after all.
The next day, I still can't stop thinking about the thing about
Mark transferring and Alex telling me to avoid him. My head is
spinning on what will I do now. I don't want to choose something
that leaves only me to decide.
I saw Rhea...with her brother also on the way to school. I
thought he will be with Alex.
"Umm..hi. Great seeing you two here." I said.
Rhea's brother shook my hand and said, "We haven't properly
introduced. I'm Edward. But you can call me Ed. I'm the best
friend of Alex and the class president of Class B."
I smiled and Rhea interrupted us. "It's the first time the both
of us walked to school together and Ed told me Alex will be going
ahead alone today. I wonder what's wrong."
Eh? That's strange. Ed is supposed to be with Alex because
they're best friends. I wonder this is about Mark again.
"What's wrong? Are you okay?"
I saw Rhea looking at me very worried and I calmed myself down.
"Yeah. I'm fine. Let's go or we'll be late." But I wasn't happy
When we were about to enter Class A, I saw a large group of girls
surrounding and blocking the entrance. We can't see what's going
on but me and Rhea entered safely. And then...they found out they
were looking at a handsome boy with dark somewhat shaggy hair.
His empty black eyes staring at the book he's reading. My guess:
"Excuse me. Are you new here?"
Rhea came to his seat and asked.
Mark closed his book and smiled. "Yeah. I am. My name is Mark
Carson. I just transferred today."
"Rhea Jones. I'm the class president and feel free to as anything
that make you confused." she replied.
They talked and talked until Mark saw me and waved.
"Haley! I never knew you're also here in Class A. I guess I'm
lucky after all." he smiled.
I blushed a little with embarrassment and smiled as well. "Nice
to see you again as well."
But it all ended when Alex placed a book between us. He yawned
loudly but I can tell it's a fake and said,
"Sorry to interrupt the chat. Makes me all sleepy and bored. So
just sit down because class will be starting."
What's wrong with him?! Acting all rude just because he's talking
to me. Then I saw our classmates murmuring and whispering about
"Why is Alex acting weird?"
"Yeah. And who's the other guy?"
"Do they know each other? But Alex looks like he hates him."
The thing about Alex and Mark just became a new rumor. I suddenly
saw Clare went inside and yelled.
She hugged him and looked at Mark. Her eyes widened and looked
back at Alex.
"Same old Clare, eh?" He smiled.
"Y-yeah...Nice seeing you again." She stuttered. She looked
scared just by seeing him face to face.
Alex tried to say something but then the teacher went inside and
took a seat. "What's going on here? Take your seats now and we'll
I can see Mark wasn't enjoying nor worried about anything. He
just kept on acting normal and pretend as if nothing happened.
Our topic was about Musical Instruments. The teacher assigned us
in pairs and perform a presentation in two days.
"Clare, you'll be with Alex." The teacher said. Then Clare
started talking to Alex about how they will do their
My heart skipped a beat. It felt painful again. Why do I feel
hurt just by seeing those two together?
"And Haley, you'll be with Mark. Your grades are quite good with
music so I suppose you're perfect with him." the teacher said and
I nodded nervously.
"Haley, are you okay?"
I saw Mark looking at me with a worried expression. I couldn't
say that I'm....jealous because he might think I'm stupid.
"I'm fine." I lied.
"Okay. I'm quite good with the violin, is that okay?"
"Perfect!" I smiled. "I'm great in piano so it's a duet, then?"
He carressed my short black hair and grinned. "Anything is
perfect when I'm with you."
I couldn't help myself from blushing! "O-okay. L-let's work on of
what we will play in the presentation."
But I didn't notice Alex was looking at us seriously and couldn't
pay attention of what Clare was saying.
"Alex?" She called him.
"Oh, sorry. I'll pay attention to you from now on." He patted her
head but Clare wasn't happy.
Meanwhile, I borrowed the grand piano in the music room at
dismissal and practiced playing there alone. Go with the flow, I
thought to myself and then I heard clapping. It was Mark.
"Nice playing. You're so good I can't help myself from smiling."
"T-thank you. I was just so excited about the presentation. I
can't help it." I smiled.
But then, Mark was grinning and he went close to me. Like, real
close. He held my face and said,
"I can't stop thinking about you, Haley. Really."
I tried pushing him away but he was to close. "W-what are you
"I'm saying that I lov--"
Someone barged inside the door. It was Alex! He grabbed my hand
to pull me away from Mark and he said angrily to him,
"Stop it. You're already annoying me worse than before."