I walked with Jenna over to Colt as he turned to smile at us.
"Hey g- Bailey what happened to your face?" He gently took my
face in his hand turning my face to the side moving my hair away
from my face.
"I smacked it into the shower." I sighed flinching away as he
tried to touch it.
"That must have been a nasty hit if it just happened." He said
tucking my hair behind my ear. "You okay? Does it hurt?" I
"A little." I sighed as he took my bags from me.
"You should go to the nurse and get that checked out. It looks
pretty bad." He said as he kissed Jenna. I shrugged opening my
locker to grab my books.
"Bailey maybe he's right. You should get the nurse, or even the
trainer to look at you." Jenna said snuggling into Colts side.
"I'm fine Jen, don't worry. Come on let's get to homeroom." I
closed my locker walking off. Everyone noticed the dark marks on
my face and they loved to point them out. I ignored them most of
the time but it was really getting to me. I wanted to snap at
everyone right now but no, I didn't. I was the bigger person.
Lunch came fast, thank god. It was like someone was shoving
splinters under my finger nails. I could not wait for this day to
be over with. I kept rubbing my eyes, since they were burning. I
had my hoodie hood up as I walked into the lunch room. My head
was pounded uncontrollably as I walked over to get some food. I
grabbed a cheese burger and fries as well as half of a cream
cheesed bagel before grabbing a Dr. Pepper.
"7.50." She said pushing the buttons on the cash register. I
pulled out my wallet ready to give her a 10 dollar bill as a hand
stopped. I looked up as Jayden pulled a 20 out of his wallet
handing it to the girl. She nodded putting it in the cash
register. "12.50 is your change." I watched him as he stuffed the
money into his wallet before shoving it into his pocket again. I
looked at him not knowing what to saw as I held the tray my food
"You coming?" He said in a quiet voice. I nodded walking next to
him looking at my sneakers so I didn't hurt myself anymore than I
already did. He walked us over to the others not saying a word as
we sat down next to each other.
"So Jayden where's Sophia?" Wyatt asked eating his sandwich.
"Sitting with her friends I'm sure." He shrugged looking at me. I
looked down taking some ketchup and squirting it on my burger and
fries. I took a big bite of food not wanting to look up at him.
Wyatt and Colt were deep in conversation about the school
football game that was tomorrow. Jenna looked at me.
"You okay? You look kind of pale. Does your head hurt?" She
"No Mom I'm fine." I smiled at her. She rolled her eyes at me.
"You are going to the game right Bails?" Wyatt asked stealing a
French fry and dunking it into the ketchup.
"Yeah Bernie gave me the day off tomorrow to see you play." I
nodded putting my burger down to rub my burning eyes again. I
flinched as I touched my black eye, but played it off as I was
fine before going back to eating my lunch.
"Good. You're playing tomorrow right Jay?" I looked up from under
my hood to look at Jayden. He shrugged.
"I should be. Unless coach says he doesn't want me to play." Jay
looked at me but I looked away before he could get a good look at
me. I put my bagel into my pocket not wanting to eat it yet. I
finished off my food before getting ready to put my tray back.
"I'll be back in a minute." I said standing up to throw my trash
"Bailey can I talk to you for a minute….alone." He said looking
at me. I nodded.
"Sure come with me than we will talk in the hall." I grabbed my
back pack and my garbage as Jayden fallowed me. I threw out my
trash and walked to the door of the lunch room and waited for
Jayden to hurry his ass up. I took a deep breath walking out of
the lunch room.
"What did you need to talk about Jay?" I asked looking up at him.
He ran his eyes over my face, almost in horror for seeing my
bruises for the first time.
"What happened?" He asked gently touching my cheek with his hand.
I turned my face away from his gaze and looked at the door behind
"I slipped. Klutzy me." He nodded putting his hands in his pocket
now looking at me.
"You alright? It looks like it really hurts."
"I'm fine. What did you need to talk about Jay?" He took a deep
"I wanted to talk about this morning about what said." I looked
at him quickly, before looking away again.
"What about it?" He looked at me about to say something when he
got cut off.
"Jay-Jay what are you doing?" A very annoying voice called down
the hall. I groaned as Sophia came running down the hall pushing
her boobs onto Jay's chest.
"I was just talking to Bailey." He said nodding at me wrapping
his arms around her waist. She looked over at me.
"Oh, Well come with me I need you." She said not looking at me.
"I will be there soon I just need to finish talking to Bailey and
I will be right there." He said looking at me with an apologetic
"But Baby." Her high pitch voice was killing me. It was making
the throbbing in my head worse and worse.
"Sophie I will be right there." Sophia turned to look at me
"What happened to your face? Did your pimp take a good swing at
you finally to put you in your place?" She gave a high pitch
giggle slipping his hand into Jayden's jeans. I narrowed my eyes
"Fuck you Sophia. Go be a dumb ass idiot somewhere else. I'm
really not in the mood to look at you or even hear your good
offal voice. Just leave me the fuck alone." I snapped at her. Her
jaw dropped as I crossed my arms pissed off.
"Jay-Jay are you going to let her talk to me like that?" She
asked running her hand up and down in his pants.
"Bailey don't talk to her like that." He snapped at me. I looked
"Why not? Because than I hurt your little fuck buddy's feelings?
We don't want that do we?" I rolled my eyes at him.
"She is my girl friend so get the fuck over yourself. Just
because no one wants you because you're just a sick skinny kid
doesn't mean I can't get a fucking life away from your fucking
face." His eyes widened as He heard what he just said. I looked
at him as I felt my jaw clench knowing I was about to cry. No,
not for him. "Bailey…" I shook my head and walked to the front
door wrenching it open and walking out as he yelled "Bailey!" I
ignored him running to my truck getting in before I burst into
tears. My head was pounding so all I heard was the blood
throbbing in my ears. Harley climbed between the two front seats
and laid his head down on my lap whimpering as I cried my eyes
out. He nudged me as if to say 'don't cry.' I hugged him tight as
I tried to stop my tears. I heard running footsteps and looked up
to see Jayden running out of school with Sophia standing in the
door way glaring at me. I put my keys in the ignition and sped
off as he reached the truck. I sped off base and pulled up to the
ocean and looked at it before getting out. It was freezing out,
but there was no snow on the ground. Harley was walking next to
me trying to get me back into the truck by pulling on my jeans. I
just petted his head and looked at the ocean from where I stood
on the sidewalk.
"It's okay Ley- Ley." He whimpered at me staying as close as
possible to me. I put my hand to my head as the pounding got
worse and worse. I stopped as I suddenly got really dizzy. The
pounding in my head was so loud that it was all I could hear.
Just my heartbeat. Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump. I felt so woozy so
I tried to get my cell phone out to call someone but I couldn't
get it. I couldn't take the pain any more. I felt my eyes roll
into the back of my head as I fell to the frozen ground smashing
my face into the sidewalk as everything started to go back. The
only thing I could hear was, thump. Thump. Thump.