" Hey man," my best buddy John says to me. " Hey," I reply, opening
my locker. Magically, my stuff has returned, and I smile, shaking
my head. " So I'm gonna just cut to the chase. I know you like
Aeliyah." he says and I look sideways at him. " What?" I ask,
staring at him. " Its not like you keep it a secret. It's pretty
obvious. Yesterday the new chick asked me if you two were dating.
Why don't you ask her out?" he explains and I shake my head and
close my locker. " Trust me, I don't like her that way." I answer
and he sighs, giving up. " See ya at practice," he says and goes
back down the hallway. I've never thought of Aeliyah like that.
She's just a girl to prank. I'm mean yeah, she's hot, anyone can
see that, and she's short, which I like, and she's nice, you know,
to other people, she's smart, and- okay, okay, that's enough. Sure
she's got a lot of good qualities, but she's not girlfriend
material. I just don't like her that way. My knees suddenly give
out but I quickly recover and stand up, turning around to see
Aeliyah walk down the hallway. " Hey Liyah," I call, liking the way
her name rolls off my tongue. She looks back and grins over her
shoulder and keeps walking. (Aeliyah's POV) I go to my locker and
start to open it but a girl taller than me shoves her way in front
of it. I back up and look at her like she's crazy and she puts her
hands on her hips. " Uh... Hi?" I say. " Look, I know what you're
trying to do with Alex. But he's mine. So back off. Or you're gonna
regret it." she growls. " Um, Alex? I don't-" " I don't care, what
you have to say. But you're gonna regret ever messing with him."
she spits, flips her hair in my face and stalks off in the other
direction. Well okay then. I wonder what that was about. I pull the
hair out of my mouth, rolling my eyes, and get my things from my
locker. Slowly, the day goes by without any pranks. Of course, the
occasional tie-your-shoelaces-together prank occurs, but nothing
big. I start on the sidewalk to my house because it was nice today
and it's only a twenty minute walk, and it starts to sprinkle. I
didn't bring a jacket because, once again, this morning it was warm
and sunny, and I get goosebumps on my arms. I put my phone in my
pocket so it doesn't get wet and soon it starts to pour. And I mean
big rain drops, almost frozen, raining so hard you can barely see 5
feet in front of you. I keep walking, now only ten minutes away. I
hear a truck drive beside me and a window rolls down. " Aeliyah? Is
that you?" Alex asks. I keep walking and he pulls forward more. "
Liyah! Get in! I'll take you home," he calls through the window. "
No I'm fine! I'm almost home!" I answer, continuing to walk. I hear
him sigh and then his door opens. He walks over to me and blinks
the rain out of his eyes. " Liyah, just get in the truck. I can
take you home. I'm on the way to my house anyways. It's not a big
deal." he says and I shake my head, rubbing my arms and start
walking again. He grabs my wrist and pulls me back and I look up at
him. " Aeliyah, come on. It's pouring down rain, you're still a
good fifteen minutes from your house on foot, and it's freezing out
here. You're being unreasonable. You can still hate me after I take
you home, but I'm not gonna let you walk alone in the freezing
rain." he explains and I hesitate but nod. He leads me to his truck
with his hand on the small of my back and it sends shivers up my
spine. He opens the door and I climb into the nice heated truck and
buckle up. He walks around the front of the truck and climbs in
too, rubbing his hands together. " Jesus, how did you stay out
there that long? It's frigid!" he says, turning the heat up higher.
" T-thanks," I stutter. " No problem," he answers, taking my hands
and rubbing them together. He blows on them and then grabs a jacket
from the backseat and wraps it around me. He starts driving,
putting his seatbelt on as he does. " I swear, you're the most
stubborn girl," he mutters. I wrap the big jacket tighter around me
and a few minutes later he pulls into my driveway. " Here you go,"
he says, rolling to a stop. " Thanks, Alex," i say, shrugging off
the jacket. He puts his hand out to stop me and shakes his head. "
Keep it. I don't use it anyways." he says. " Thanks," I repeat and
he nods. I start to push open the door and he catches my arm. "
Hey, if there's ever another day like this where you walk home and
you need a ride, just give me a holler, okay?" he asks and I nod. I
climb out and shut the door and he waits until I get inside to
drive off. Wow. That's the nicest thing Alex has ever done for me.
Maybe he's stopped his pranks now that he knows I can get back at
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