I was suddenly shaken awake. Opening my eyes, I realized that I had fallen asleep on the bus. I sat up straighter and looked around. No one seemed to have noticed that I had been sleeping. I glanced at my watch. It was seven forty in the morning. I was dead tired having gone to sleep at one o’clock last night. I slouched in the seat and leaned my head against the window. I was so sleepy. Without realizing it, I closed my eyes and drifted back off to sleep.
I opened my eyes. I was still on the bus. Had someone said my name?
“Alex! We’re at school!” I heard again.
I looked up. Mrs. White, the old lady that drove our bus, was standing in the aisle next to me smiling at me.
“C’mon, sweetie, we’re at school,” she said again.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” I said, looking around the bus. I was the only one left. I sighed and stood up, slinging my back pack over my shoulder. “Sorry,” I said again.
“Oh it’s fine,” she said, stepping out of my way.
I stepped into the aisle and hurried off the bus. I was already starting this day off horribly. I glanced down at what I was wearing, just to make sure that I looked decent. Today I was wearing another pair of dark skinny jeans, my red vans, and a bright red V-neck. Okay, I looked decent. Hurrying towards the door, I almost didn’t notice a couple standing up against the wall passionately making out. Ew, that’s defiantly something I don’t want to see first thing in the morning. The couple pulled apart and I noticed that it was Tyler. I wrinkled my nose in disgust when he spotted me over the girl’s head. But in the next moment the girl was grabbing his face, pulling him back in for another kiss. Gross.
Passing them, I walked into the school. I went straight to my locker and grabbed my Lit book.
“Andra!” I heard someone say from behind me.
I glanced over my shoulder and then immediately turned back around. It was Tyler.
“Andra, what’s up?” he said, coming up next to me.
“I told you not to call me that,” I said through clenched teeth.
“Oh, c’mon, loosen up!”
“Listen, Cruz, I don’t have time for this,” I glanced down the hall. It was empty. I was going to be late, again. I turned around, but found Tyler right behind me. I took a step back, only to run into the lockers.
“Hi,” he whispered.
He was very close.
I suddenly felt very awake. I felt alive. Every nerve in my body was at full attention. “Hi,” I whispered back.
I felt his hand touch mine, and then he wrapped his fingers around mine. I glanced down at our hands, and then back up at him.
“Yeah?” he said, his breath warming my face. It smelt like mint.
“W-what are you doing?” I stuttered.
“Nothing,” he said, coming closer.
I glanced up, and found him looking straight at me. The intensity of his gaze was startling. He was very, very close. Our noses were almost touching. He moved a fraction of an inch closer and our noses were touching. Our lips were only separated by a few mere centimeters. I nervously licked my lips, almost hitting his mouth. His eyes seemed to darken, as if that had, well, turned him on.
My eyes fluttered shut and I found myself leaning towards him a little. Right before I reached the point of no return, I stopped. What was I doing? This was Tyler Cruz. I hated him. Hated him. And now, what, I was about to kiss him? This made no sense. He made no sense. I started to step back, but then remembered that the lockers were right behind me. He glanced down at my lips, and then back up into my eyes. Gosh, he was hot. He was infuriating and drove me crazy. But there was something about him. I suddenly found myself thinking about how he had randomly picked me up that one day that it was pouring down rain. Maybe he honestly liked me, or was attracted to me at least. I let out a small breath as I felt his other arm go around my waist, gently pulling me against him. He let go of my hand and wrapped his other arm around my waist. He smelled good. I let my hands travel up his nicely toned chest.
Suddenly, the bell rang overhead, startling me.
And just like that, the spell was broken.
I stepped sideways, away from Tyler, bending down quickly and grabbing my bag. I hurried away from him, practically running down the hall. I couldn’t get away from him fast enough. What had I been thinking? The problem was, I hadn’t been thinking.
“Wait, Alex!” I heard Tyler call out from behind me. I heard him coming up behind me. “Alex,” he breathed, grabbing my shoulder and making me stop.
I was blushing now, embarrassed of what we had almost done. “I-I have to go,” I said.
“Alex, c’mon, wait.”
I looked at the ground and turned away from him. It was even more awkward since we were going to the same place.
I was so confused.