Chapter- 3- Alone
I waited by the bushed in front of school like Tammie asked me as herds of students run out of school. It’s funny how there are only four doors in front of school and thousands of kids are trying to get out at once. It just makes me appreciate more having study hall at the end of the day because I can pack up my stuff first and get out of school first. Our school is huge since we have so many students but from the outside it looks small. The old brick building is practically falling apart and the windows are yellow because of old age, but inside makes up for the outside since we have all the latest technology and the inside was just remodeled a few years ago. When will the town fix the outside? I wondered to myself.
“Vi!” Tammie calls out, ”I was scared you wouldn’t wait for me! “
“Don’t I always wait for you?” I asked.
“NO! Last week I had to WALK home IN THE RAIN!”
Oh, yah, I forgot about that. “You said that Tina was going to drive you!” Tina was our other friend. She was a short, brunet with a potty mouth. She looked innocent, but don’t let her size fool you.
“Tina told you she couldn’t when you were in the lunch line! Gosh! If only you listened. Anyway, everyone is talking about you and Haden! I heard you guys are in all the same afternoon classes! Why didn’t you tell me? And you sit next to him in all the classes too! Your soo lucky! I bumped into him in the hallway, I totally planned it, and he is a hottie! Let me tell you! I so want him!”
“Calm down Tammie he’s just a guy. You can find thousands of others just like him,” I say but I totally don’t mean it and Tammie could tell.
“Ok Miss. ‘I am so cool I don’t need anyone’ I know you like him. OMG! He is coming this way,” Tammie screamed practically in my ear,” Try to look natural. Don’t look at him yet! Not until says something!”
“Hey,” Haden say as he walks towards Tammie and me. Tammie seems like she’s going to faint but I have more control over myself.
“Hey, what do you need?” I asked, hoping it didn’t sound too rush-y. I don’t want him to think I want him to go away ASAP. Because I don’t, he seems like a sweet enough guy so I don’t want to make enemies with him.
“I just wanted to know if I could come over your house so you can catch me up on what you learned at school. I want to be like a normal student tomorrow,” Haden says.
“I’m goin’ over Victoria’s house,” Tammie says totally interrupting me,”But we would love to have you join us! Vi’s mom makes the best, and I mean the best, homemade cookies ever! She always has some stocked in the house.” Tammie looks over to me and winks. I don’t know if she’s trying to set me up or herself, so I just go with the flow.
All three of us walk towards my bright yellow 2005 Hummer H2. Warning: Never go car shopping with my parents. They will choose the most expensive, most attention dragging car. All I wanted was a little Volkswagen Beetle, but since I’m their baby girl I had to get the best so in their mind I needed a Hummer.
As we walk up to the car Haden stops. “Woah, you have a Hummer?” he asked.
“Umm, yeah,” I say as I get in swiftly and take my seat. Haden is still standing there admiring the car when Tammie interrupts him.
“Hey!” she yells,”Are you coming or what?”
“Yah!” Haden says as he goes to take a seat in the back, but Tammie stops him.
“Why don’t you sit in the front with Vi?” She asked while pushing him in the front. Oh no she is trying to set me up. So I give her my best I’m-going-to-kick-your-ass expression while she happily takes her seat in the back and Haden sits in the front. I start the car and listen to the purr of the engine which calms me a little bit and then I start to drive.
Tammie starts the conversation off by asking a million questions. Like what school did you go to, what does your parents do, do you have any siblings and stuff like that. I stood quite most of the time trying to listen, but gave up in the middle of the conversation. Then Tammie said, “Vi, my mom said I have to get home now. She wants to do a stupid mother-daughter thingy with me.” Tammie sighs then says, “It won’t be a problem right? I mean my house is just 3 houses down from yours.” Tammie winks at me again and smiles. Total set up. I think to myself. But I can’t say that out loud ‘cause Haden is right there.
“Yeah,” I say with a hint of attitude hoping she knows I don’t appreciate her dissing me. What kind of friend leaves her best friend with a guy… alone?