Ch.13 You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
"Are you sure you're alright?" I ask Eddie as we walk to school. I've asked him that everyday since he got them. He was healing, and his black eye and bruises were almost gone from two weeks ago fight with Jake. I had seen Jake at school but we avoided each other completely. I would pass him by in the hallways and we would make eye contact briefly, but then he would turn away. His friends shunned me and some of the girls I knew because of him even bumped into me on purpose every once in a while. I went back to normality, sitting with Eddie and my old friends, walking home and to school, focusing soley on school. And Kyle, well he was out of school for a while and when he came back I heard it was because he went to Florida to his aunt's funeral. But we hadn't really contactled each other, even though I wanted to.
"I'm okay. How many times do I have to tell you?"
"A lot" I said giving him a smug look. This was the first time I walked to school with him since I began dating Jake, and it felt right. "Kidding. But still Jake was out of line because of me."
"God Stephanie, we went over this already. Skip the subject" My shoulders slumped in defeat, I probably sounded like a broken record. An annoying broken record.
"Okay... well did you hear about Sidney Rice hooking up with James Storn?"
"The computer nerd!?" Eddie gasped. He was such a girl, and one thing about him was that he loved gossip.
"Dammit man, what's wrong with society now-a-days that geeks can get some but I can't" I laughed at his comment. Eddie hasn't had a serious girlfriend since Stacy, one year ago.
"I don't know" I laughed shrugging my shoulders. "Maybe it's your lack of sex appeal"
"What" he said stopping abruptly in the middle of the sidewalk. "Lack of sex appeal! I'm all sex."
"Oh, come on school is still 10 minutes away, we're going to be late." I said tugging his jacket.
"No no. I'm not moving from here until you admit to me that you think I'm sexy" He said stubbornly crossing his arms over his chest.
"Ugh! Jesus, Eddie! School awaits" I said pointing forward.
"No" I stood right in front of him debating if I should give in to him or just walk away.
"Fine. These bruises in your cheeks," I told him touching his healing green and purple marks lightly "give you some major sex appeal that any girl would drool over" Eddie smiled triumphantly. "There can we go now" I started to walk away but he pulled my elbow and brought me to him.
"Oh my god it's Kyle" I said as soon as I noticed his Impala a few houses down. "Do I look okay" I asked Eddie as I fixed my hair and straighten my shirt.
"Yeah." He said turning to see his car approaching. Kyle's car pulled up right next to us and there he was. One hand gripped the steering wheel the other was placed on the car window with the elbow sticking out.
"Stephanie." He called and motioned me to get closer. I walked over to his car and bend over to face him eye to eye. "Need a ride?"
"Sure. But is it okay if you give my friend a ride" I saw him look Eddie over, and by the reflection of his Aviators saw Eddie standing with his hands in his pockets.
"Do I look like a taxi driver to you"
"No" I semi whispered. "But I just can leave him here"
"Don't be a jerk Kyle." I told him
"I offered you a ride. So either take it or leave it" I looked down at my feet and contemplated going. "Stephanie I need to talk to you, that's why I can't give him a ride" he whispered. I looked into where his eyes should be, being that he was wearing sunglasses.
"Okay" I hesitated and walked over to Eddie. "Eddie, Kyle needs to talk to me so,"
"So you're going with him?" he asked slowly. I nodded and he looked over to Kyle. "See you at school then." I saw him walk away and suddenly became extremely sad. I went over to Kyle's car and got in to the passenger seat. He drove a few blocks away and stopped in a parking lot to a supermarkey near the school.
"So what did you need to tell me?" I asked him shifting awkwardly. He took His sunglasses off and he shifted as well, now facing me.
"I heard you broke up with Jake."
"Yeah I did."
"You finally did what I told you"
"It's far more complicated than that so don't flatter yourself." I said getting angry fast.
"Okay whatever." He paused stumbling over his words for a little while. "Stephanie will you be my girlfriend?" He finally said. My eyes grew in shock and I was speechless. I never expected that. I'd figured we'd continue our secret relationship and pretend we didn't know each other.
"Yes" He chuckled. "You don't believe me"
"No," I laughed and then noticed his own shocked expression and made me laugh even more. "I mean yes. Yes I believe you and yes I do want to be your girlfriend"
He smiled and he instantly reminded me of Jake. I couldn't get with Kyle only two weeks after a horrible break up. That was unethical. People would talk, Jake would probably find out what happened with Kyle and I, and this might brake his heart. I stared down to my fingers and played with them nervously. Maybe we should wait a little more, until everything was settled or died down.
"What's wrong?" Kyle asked as he started the engine and started leaving.
"Forget about him. And don't worry about him. I looked away and stared out the window. It was a cloudy day today and seemed like it would rain later on.
It was a cloudy day today, I noticed, and seemed like it was going to rain later on. Great. I hated weather like this, it was so depressing. I stood in front of the school with my friends, desperately waiting for the bell to ring so I could see her at least for one second. My friends talked about this weeks upcoming project and how we were all going to fail. I didn't bother to join the conversation, instead I looked at the students arriving, mindlessly searching for her.
And there she was. With that Kyle kid. Hand in hand. Does this mean, what I think it means? It can't be! She moved on so fast. I loved her. I needed to prove that to her no matter what. Even if she would hate me for it. I had to show her how much I cared for her. And Kyle, I'll ruin him if I have to.
He looked like an idiot with his aviator glasses on. It's fuckin cloudy out! He thinks he's so cool.
All my friends turned to stare at them as they entered the school. I also noticed everyone else was staring at them with the same curious eyes. My heart broke as I saw her kiss his cheeks. I had to do something for her.
I couldn't and wouldn't give up.