I held onto Jed’s hand tightly as we walked into the school. The bell rang, so I knew we were late. I let go of Jed’s hand, nearly rushing down the hallway, but he grabbed my arm and swung me back towards him.
“Are you sure everything’s okay Ava? You know that you can tell me anything. You know that right?”
I nodded. “Of course.”
He stared at me for a couple seconds.
“Jed, I would tell you if anything’s going on. I promise.”
He nodded at me. “Okay.” I went to turn away until he pulled me back a final time, giving me a kiss on the lips. “I’m gonna be watching those two guys today.”
My expression changed. “Why? What are you talking about?”
He chuckled. “Ava, it’s not that hard to tell when you get upset about something. And when you saw those two guys walking into the school, I know that something’s up.” He finally let go of my arm and turned to walk the other way towards his class. I stood there, confused with what he just said to me. He turned back to see me still staring at him. “Ava, I promise that nothing’s going to happen to you.”
I watched him turn the corner in the hallway and I turned around. I walked a little ways down the hallway to my locker. I opened it and grabbed a few books off the top shelf. I threw them in my bag that I had flung over my shoulder.
I continued to walk down the hallway towards my first class. I walked into the classroom with all the students staring at me. Mr. Parks looked over at me. “Nice of you to join us today Ava.”
I nodded as I walked back to my normal seat in the back of the room.
There was something different. The two seats beside me that were normally empty, had two new faces in them. I didn’t even need to focus on their faces to tell who they were. Marshall sat to my left and Carter sat to my right. You’ve got to be kidding me.
I could sense them making faces and talking in codes throughout the entire period. I could feel their eyes on me every now and then. It was so hard for me to ignore them, but I knew that I had to.
There was only a couple minutes left in the class, and I made sure to have my bag packed before the bell rang. I needed to get the hell out of here as soon as possible.
Before Mr. Parks was able to say another word more in the lectures, the bell rang. I quickly scurried out of my desk and towards the door. I was cut off by the two idiots. Carter marched in front and turned around, so he was marching backwards.
“I didn’t think I would ever see you again Beautiful,” he snickered as Marshall joined him in walking backwards.
“Yeah Beautiful, why did you run away from us?”
I scowled at both of them and I stopped walking, making them stop walking backwards. There was no one else left in the classroom. Mr. Parks walked into his office. I was blocked in by these two idiots.
I took a step backward, and they mimicked my moves. I back into a desk before I gave up. “Listen!” I yelled at them, making them take a half step back. “I’m not going anywhere with you, and there’s no way you’re going to make me. Especially here at school.”
“Did you hear that Marshall?”
They looked at each other. “Carter I think she’s underestimating us.”
“Now I KNOW that’s not true.”
“What’s going on in here?” I heard Jed’s voice coming from the doorway. Carter and Marshall turned around, leaving a gap between the two of them just enough for me to see Jed’s face.
A sense of relief came across my body, releasing all the previous tension.
Marshall and Carter turned around. Marshall, who was the more “brute” one, took a step forward. “Who are you?”
Jed folded his arms across his chest. He was taller than both of the boys. “I’m Jed, and I happen to be Ava’s boyfriend.”
Marshall looked back at Carter in surprise, but then turned back towards Jed with a smile on his face. “Not for long.” The two boys laughed awkwardly before splitting around Jed and out the door.
I walked into Jed’s arms.
After a few seconds he pulled away, looking into my eyes intensely. “Ava?”
I nodded at him.
“Who are they?”
I stared at him for a few seconds in thought. Did I really want to tell him about everything that happened? “I have no idea,” I lied.
He grabbed my hand and then we walked into the hallway, off to our next classes without any more questions.
He kissed me long and hard on the lips before leaving me for his class. I stared at the doorway to my next class, and I just knew that they were going to be in there too…I had that feeling.
I opened the door and walked in. The bell hasn’t rung yet, so desks were still empty. Again I walked to the back of the classroom and I sat down. I didn’t ever sit next to anyone, out of fear that I would be distracted. I cared a lot for my grades.
I stared at the clock on the wall as it neared classtime. So far the two idiots weren’t here.
The bell finally rang, and Mrs. Edgar stood in front of the class. “Good morning,” she said as she always did. She was a shorter older woman who was very wise, yet funny. She was very entertaining to me.
The class lazily replied back to her, making her tell a joke to us about tired people. I giggled a little bit as did the other students.
She was walking up to the chalkboard as the door flung open. Sure enough, in walked Marshall and Carter.
Carter walked up to the old lady, who looked at them questioningly. His words made me think that he was a completely different person. “Excuse me miss, but would you happen to be Mrs. Edgar for English class?”
She smiled politely and said yes. She then shook hands with the pretty boy. Carter whispered something to Marshall, and then proceeded to walk to the back of the room by me. Again, one boy to the left, and the other to the right.
Maybe Mrs. Edgar would let me switch seats. After all, she understood my distractions.
I sat there for an hour trying so hard to ignore the two boys once again making faces and telling codes to one another. It was so irritating. I knew they’d been talking about me all morning. Why wouldn’t they? They were getting paid to kidnap me.
They didn’t trap me at the end of class this time. But the next class was the same. Both boys right there beside me.
The final bell rang before lunch, and I was excited to at least be with Jed for a little while.
I scurried away from the two gorgeous boys, and I headed straight to the cafeteria. I didn’t care about getting books from my locker this time. I could get them after lunch….
I wandered over to my normal table and threw my backpack onto a seat. I sat down next to it as I looked around for Jed’s face. Just then two large bags came flying at the table. I nearly fell back off my seat!
“You wouldn’t mind if we sat here would you?”
“Carter you shouldn’t even have to ask. I’m sure she’s okay with it.”
“That’s so true Marshall! She should be okay with it. I mean, after all, we are all study buddies aren’t we?”
I stood up from my seat and I was immediately pushed back down.
“You’re not trying to leave us Ava, are you?” I finally saw Carter moving and taking a seat next to me so I could see his.
I tried to stand up again, but I was pushed back down by Marshall. “Seriously Ava, you don’t want to hurt our feelings, would you?”
I looked at Marshall’s beautiful face and then back at Carter’s in disgust. “Seriously guys, you’re pathetic.”
I tried to stand up a third time, but this time they pulled my arms down. I rolled my eyes as I gave up.
“Come on Ava,” Carter said. “We only want you to be our friend.”
“Yeah Ava. Why don’t you just sit here and have lunch with us!”
I rolled my eyes furiously. I was extremely irritated, and they were sensing it. It’s making them grin like the idiots they are.
But my heart almost skipped a beat when I finally heard Jed’s voice behind me. “What the hell are you guys doing here?”
Marshall and Carter stood up, and finally, so did I.
“We’re just sitting here with our new friend, Jed.” He, Carter, said Jed’s name with so much emphasis on the D.
“Yeah Jed, calm down. It’s not like we’re trying to kidnap her or anything.” They laughed and they walked away.
Jed set down a couple of trays as I watched Carter and Marshall head over to the long line of kids waiting to get food.
“I don’t like them Ava.”
I chuckled. “Neither do I.” I sat down and starting picking at the burger and fries that Jed grabbed for me. He also grabbed me my favorite drink, root beer. I sipped a few times as I kept my eyes on the two boys.
“Ava stop worrying about them and eat. Worrying is my job,” Jed assured me. He scarfed down his food as he always did. I wasn’t insulted by it.
I didn’t notice Kayla running towards me until she was sitting on the other side of me, practically out of breath.
“Kayla what’s wrong?” I asked, a little bit concerned.
She finally caught her breath and threw her bag down. “You will not BELIEVE what just happened to Bridget!”
Oh great…gossip that I could care less about. “Why what’s going on with her?” I asked as if I cared.
“Have you met those two new guys?”
I rolled my eyes. How could I forget. “Yeah I have, what about them?”
“Well the dark haired one asked her out!”
I nearly choked on my root beer. “Are you serious?!”
“Yeah! It just happened a few minutes ago! He said he was a friend of yours!”
I almost died! “What did Bridget say?”
“What do you think Bridget said?”
“Oh God…” I really thought I was going to throw up.
“Yeah, and then guess what else happened!!” It was easy to tell what she was gonna say next with the way she was bouncing up and down, and smiling uncontrollably.
“What?” I asked like I didn’t already know.
“The other one, Carter, asked ME out! Isn’t that fricken awesome! Now we can finally have that triple date tomorrow night like you originally wanted before I broke up with Trevor and Bridget broke up with Mason and it’s gonna be so awesome! What do you think I should wear? Do you….”
She rambled on, and all I could think about…was you’ve got to be kidding me. A triple date? TOMORROW NIGHT? With those two idiots there? Fuck. Everything. Seriously.