..................... “Okay we’re heading to school for a while” Jenna said as we finished loading the plates into the dishwasher.
“I didn’t think school started till next Tuesday” I asked
“I don’t… but the guys are going to play soccer or football”
“Same thing isn’t it” I grinned making her laugh “you mind if I go get my boots?”
“Its 85 degrees out there and you want boots are you insane?” she pulled a face.
“Well if you think I’m going to sit there while they play then you’re mistaken” I took the stairs two at a time and pulled on some shorts and my Manchester United shirt I came back down.
“They’re waiting outside for you?” Michelle called from the living room “Have fun”
“Thank you” I smiled as she busied herself tidying the already tidy living room I pushed through the door Ryan and Landon were both sitting on the tail gate of the shiny new black pickup truck.
“Hey finally what took you?” Ryan laughed as he spotted me.
“I’m still finding where I packed my stuff” I sighed
“You like Manchester United?” Landon asked tipping his head slightly.
“Er… I was living in Manchester and my Dad is from there originally” I shrugged.
“I prefer Chelsea” Ryan sighed pulling open the door on the passenger side “If I have to sit and watch it al all”
“Okay I’m still a little jet lagged thanks to my brother but don’t you ever say the C word again or I’ll take you down” I said defensively Landon started to laugh as Ryan held up his hands.
“I heard rivalry in England is big but Damn girl you’re in Wisconsin now it’s the Packers…” Landon started.
“Right we’ve just met and you’ve already seen my arse” I sighed putting my hands on my hips “But throwball as it should be called will never compare to Football” I was fighting a losing battle but for god sake never piss of an English person over their football team.
“Okay I think we need to stop take a breath because this football think is getting confusing” Ryan laughed. “You can ride with us Carter wanted some alone time with Jenna” he rolled his eyes. “I swear if he wasn’t the best receiver I’d kick his ass”. I got in the truck and was sandwiched between Ryan and Landon as Landon started it up and backed away from the house that I could now see was a farm building.
“Yeah but Dude he’s been doing her since freshman year” Landon laughed
“Okay can we not refer to Carter as doing my sister” Ryan pulled a face “It bad enough when we went camping and they forgot the tenets aren’t sound proof” they were talking over me like I was either not there or I’d known them for years.
“Oh that was night” Landon groaned.
“Mind you… You and Tera we getting…”
“Oh like hell I was” Landon pulled a face “I’m sorry I don’t think even Viagra would have made me hard for her she’s just… EW…” he trailed off and looked at me “Sorry we sort of vent to each other when we’re out of earshot of the others”
‘Hey vent away… I’m learning everything I can before I step foot into the school” I smiled. “Okay so I have to ask” I looked at Ryan “how are you still at school when Jenna’s a senior?”
“He got held back” Landon laughed.
“Shut up” Ryan reached behind me and Gibbs slapped Landon “She’s my twin sister”
“Okay makes sense” I nodded “How about you?” I looked at Landon he the guy had seen my arse so I was right to ask him at least how old he was right?
“Senior as well” he smiled pulling into a parking lot “Only my birthday’s not till the beginning of October”
“So what about you?” Ryan smiled his arm still over the back of the seat as Landon turned off the engine.
“I was 18 two days ago” I sighed.
“Party hard?” Ryan asked,
“I was packing to come here and my Brother had left the day before and my Mom had a business dinner in Edinburgh”.
“Okay I think the BBQ at Carter’s is going to turn into a Birthday one” Landon grinned obviously over the embarrassment of seeing my in the shower.
“No” I shook my head “I don’t know people and I don’t like a fuss to be made”
“Well sorry you’re going to get to know people and we’ll make a fuss” Ryan got out of the truck and grabbed my hand and pulled me with his over to where a group of guys was standing with a couple of girls. Landon followed us “Hey Guys meet Isabel” I groaned out loud as he used my name. “Izzy this is Henry, Alec, Jim, Robbie, Cory, Matt and Preston” he reeled off the names of the guys “and this is Tera and Karly”
“Oh you’re the new kid from England” Karly said narrowing her eyes dropping them to see where Ryan still had hold of my hand. “So I guess you talk with an accent”
“Nope it’s you guys that have the accent” I smiled all the guys started to laugh.
“You’re in America now you’re the stranger” Tera stood up as she spotted Landon.
“I was joking” I pulled a face.
“Yeah right…” she blew me off I looked at Ryan.
“School bitch?” I mouthed.
“Oh yeah” he smiled “watch this” he nodded as she walked toward where Landon was talking to the guys her hands slipping into the pockets of his shorts making him yelp.
“Oh she has it bad for him” I laughed as she batted her eyes like a camel in a dust storm.
“Yep but he’s disliked her since we were in middle school” Ryan sighed
“So why doesn’t his girlfriend kick her in to touch”
“She scares away any girl that comes near him” he smiled “He liked a sophomore last year and she made her life so bad she switched schools” I looked from Ryan to Tera.
“Really well someone should deal with her”
“You up for it” Ryan laughed.
‘If she pisses me off enough hell yeah” I nodded
“Hey are we playing?” Landon asked moving away from Tera.
“Hey you got room for one more” I called over as I saw one of the guys that I’d already forgotten his name pick up a soccer ball.
“If you think you can take it” the same guy nodded.
“Let me get my boots on” I let go of Ryan’s hand and walked over to where I’d dropped my bag and sat down. I quickly tied the laces and got up.
“Where’s the boots?’ one of them asked.
“on my feet” I pulled a WTF face at him.
“There Cleats” Landon smiled.
“No they’re football boots”
“Okay Anglo American dictionary needed” Ryan threw up his arms lets get into teams I was playing against Landon and Ryan. I slid into a tackle taking Landons legs out freom under him and was up and on the ball before he’d rolled on the grass.
“Whoa Damn Izzy” Preston shouted “we have a Friday game don’t take out the Quarter back” I slowed and looked round.
“Why is that important?” I shrugged
“Okay have you ever watched Football?” Tera yelled at me from the sideline.
“Yes at old Trafford” I spat back.
“I’m fine” Landon got back to his feet. “Don’t worry” I walked over to him.
“I’m sorry but I sort of play to win” I sighed
“No problem” he said shaking his head remind me to play on your team next time. He punched me on the arm playfully……………….