An Unexpected Twist

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Taylor meets Connor on a normal school morning, and he changes her life in a way she never could've imagined.

Submitted: September 26, 2017

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Submitted: September 26, 2017

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I don't know if this has happened to you before, honestly, I really hope it hasn't. At my school, I'm the weird kid. The one that no one really talks to. When I got to this school, I became the “weird kid”. I tried to talk to people, but they would all just ignored me. Since no one would talk to me, I had to create my own world in order to survive high school. The popular girls always tried to make my life impossible, and sometimes, they were able to do it. The bullying got so bad that now I can't trust anyone in this school. It feels like every time someone tries to talk to me is because he or she wants to prank me or humiliate me in some way. Life has always been like this for me.

It had been months since anyone has tried to talk to me. I just figured that they were done with me and that they were finally going to leave me alone. Unfortunately that feeling didn't last very long, but little did I know that my life would take a turn for the better.
One day some random, and to be honest, hot guy approached me and asked the most random questions I have ever been asked.
"So, why don't you have a boyfriend?"
"I don't know, I guess I'm just not good enough or appealing for most boys." I took a deep breath and then continued. "Besides, it's not easy for me to open up to people."
"You know that's something I've been wondering about you. Why is it hard for you to do that?"
"In this school, I have always been known as the “weird kid”, the one that no one should hang out with. I was ignored so bad that the only time someone talked to me, was either to prank me or to find out some dirty secret to humiliate me." I pause for a moment, I mean, this could be another prank or another way to humiliate me, but for some weird reason I keep on talking. "Then I stopped trusting people and now every time someone starts talking to me, I feel like they are going to try to humiliate me again and please enlighten me as to why am I telling you this? I don't even know your name."
"Sorry, my name is Connor. Can ask another question?"
"Sure. By the way, I'm Taylor." I answered.
"You mean, you feel like that now?" Connor asked.
"What do you mean? I feel how?" I asked confused.
"Do you feel like you can't trust me? Do you feel like this is another way to humiliate you?"
"Yeah, I know it may sound stupid, but when you've been through what I have, it would all make sense." I answered. "Somehow, I'm still waiting for you to get  your phone out and show me that you recorded all of this or I don't know. I’m expecting you to do something so that you can show me a reason why I can't trust you."
"It doesn't sound stupid to me. I actually think you're strong, I know that if something like that happened to me, I wouldn't be able to take  it. I know I would've begged my parents to transfer me to another school." I start to remember all the things I've been through and I start to wonder, why is it that I never asked my parents to transfer me to another school? "By the way, I don't go to this school."
"Wait, really? Then what are you doing here?" I asked even more confused than before.
"I don't have classes, the school is closed for today. I don’t know why but I didn't want to go back home, so I came here." He came a little closer. "Then I just saw the most beautiful girl, that girl being you, and I approached her."
I can't help but to laugh a little. "You think I am the most beautiful girl? Haven't you seen Lola? She is way more beautiful than I am."
"Oh believe me, I saw her. She practically leaped onto me." He took a step back. "She may be hot, but she is not like you."
"Like me? What do you mean she is not like me?" 
"I won't deny that she is hot, but the problem is that she is really arrogant. She lives in a fantasy, a fantasy where she is the queen of this world." He took a step towards me again, and I'm starting to wonder why he is saying all these things. "You on the other hand, you live here on Earth and I like a girl that lives in reality."
"Connor, hold on. If you are not from this school, how did you know that I don't have a boyfriend?" 
"It's morning, at this time everyone is with whoever they are dating." As he says that, I notice that Lola is watching us, and she looks really mad. Before I can tell Connor about it, she is already behind him.
"Really? You left me so you could be with her?" Lola said without even looking at me, all her attention was on Connor.
"Lola, for the love of God, just leave!” I said as I close my locker door because I don't want her looking in my locker, again. I don't even know why she wants to make my life miserable. 
"Yeah, I left you for her." Connor answered as he placed his arm around me.
"You can't be serious, how could you leave me for her? I am way  better than her." Lola said as she started freaking out.
"Well, how could I choose you over my girlfriend?" Connor answered.
"You're her boyfriend? He's your boyfriend?" Lola asked even more freaked out.
"You heard right, he is my boyfriend." After I said that, she just stormed off like a little girl would.
Connor and I started laughing. "Well that was fun." I said after a while.
"So Taylor, speaking about dating, do you want to go on a date with me?" Connor asked all of a sudden.
"I just met you like twenty minutes ago, and this is really not like me, but sure, Why not?."
"Great, I'll pick you up at seven tonight."
"Wait, tonight? You want to go on a date tonight?"
"Yeah, I don't want to wait any longer. So, tonight at seven?"
I am really startled and I don't know why, but I say yes. This is really not like me, I would never go on a date with a guy that I just met, but there's something about him, something different from the rest of the guys at my school. I really have no idea why I said yes, but I don't regret it. I'm actually pretty excited about this. I really want to see where this goes and honestly, I really hope the date goes well.
I really like talking to him, and for some weird reason, it's easy for me to talk to him. That has never happened to me before. I has always been hard for me to talk to people, including my parents. They don't know anything about me, all they know is that I like living in my own world. The thing that I like the most about my parents is that they have never pressured me to talk to them. They always give me my space and I really like that.
You know, after all the years of been bullied by my classmates, I built walls around me. Now for the first time in a really long time, I actually told someone about me. It felt really nice to finally have someone that actually wants to get to know me. I don't care that Connor doesn't go to my school. Just the fact that he helped me get rid of Lola today, makes him way much better than any other guy at my school. But there's one thing that actually broke my heart that night... He never showed up.
I waited for him to come, but he never did. I waited until 8:30, but then I just grabbed my stuff and went to my cousin's house. I went back to my house around ten. I'm not going to say that I cried, because I didn't. Some part of me knew this was going to happen, but another part of me thought this was going to be a great night. I wake up the next day, hoping that Connor doesn't show up at my school again. Unfortunately that is something that I could only hope for, because when I got to my locker, I saw him standing next to it. I guess he was waiting for me.
"Taylor, I am really sorry about last night." Connor said.
"Oh, really? Then why didn't you call? Or send a text?" 
"Taylor, come on! I tried." He tried to grab my hand but I didn't let him. "Some of my relatives from London arrived yesterday and my mom wouldn't let me go out."
"Why didn't you call?" I asked hoping that he wouldn't give any stupid excuses. 
"I tried to! I called your house, but your mom said you weren't there, and I thought that maybe she was lying because you were mad at me." Connor answered.
"She wasn't lying. After I got tired of waiting, I went to my cousin's house, because I needed someone to talk to." I answered.
"Taylor, I really am sorry about last night."
"No, you know what? I'm not going to take this." I don't know why but I just snapped. "For the first time in a  long time, I actually trusted someone and then this is what happens."
"Taylor come on! Let me make it up to you."
"I don't think that you can do that."
"Taylor please." He reached out for my hand again and this time I actually let him grab it. "Just let me do something to make it up to you."
"Give me one good reason  why I should do that."
"Because I know what it's like to be bullied your whole life." Connor answered.
"What are you talking about? How could you have been bullied?" I asked getting a little confused,
"Well I mean not my whole life, but most of my life, I've been bullied." He took a deep breath, I guess this is hard for him. "It was just two years when I asked my mom to transfer me to another school so that I could live a normal life without someone bullying me."
"I'm sorry, and yes. If you want to, you can find a way to make it up to me, even though you don't have to."
"So, you're not mad at me anymore?" 
"No, Connor. I know it is hard to be bullied, and I also know that I would like to know more about you. If you're okay with it."
"Of course I'm okay with it." Then he started to lean in and I started to freak out a little bit. It should be obvious that for having been bullied my whole life, I was never kissed. So basically what I'm saying is that this was my first kiss.
Honestly, I never thought I would be kissing a boy in the hallway of the school. I suddenly find myself pushing him away from me. I'm not really planning in changing myself for a boy.
"Is everything okay?" Connor asked.
"Yeah, I just need to get to class." I answered.
I started walking away from him and went to class. As I walked to my class, I could notice that everyone was watching me. It was a weird look. It's like if they were all wondering who I kissed. Why should they care about who I kiss? They have ignored me my whole life and now when I kiss a guy in the hallway, they suddenly start to notice me? I don't get it. How is it possible that I basically grew up with these people and they don't notice me until they see me kissing Connor in the hall? This is how you notice how superficial people can be.
As I had agreed to give Connor another chance, I am supposed to go on a date with him tonight. Honestly, I am actually excited about this. I know that Connor has let me down once, but it's not like he broke my heart. I mean, I just met him, I don't really know who he is and I somehow kissed him in front of all my classmates.
I never really understood those people that say they have nothing to wear, until now. I really don't know what wear for this! All I know is that I want to look good. After what it felt like an eternity, I finally found a dress that I really like and that I hope Connor will like too.
"You look beautiful." Connor said and I could see he was a little nervous
"Thanks, you don’t look bad yourself."
"So, what do you want to do tonight?" Connor asked.
"I don't know, I didn't really think about it. Did you have anything planned?" 
"Yeah, but if you said anything different than what I had planned, I thought that we could change my plans and do whatever you want."
"Well, I didn't think of anything, so let's do what you had planned."
It was a good date, I guess. I have never actually been on one before. We had dinner and then we just walked around and talked. I like walking, it helps me think. Then I hear Connor say that he has something important to tell me.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"Well, you know how I told you that my school just didn't have classes yesterday? That was a lie."   Connor answered.
"What? What are you talking about?" This is getting really confusing.
"I don't live here in the US, I live in London." Connor answered. "When I said that some relatives arrived from London, I meant my parents. They came because I don't want to go back there, I am not happy there."
"So, you live in London, but you don't want to go back. You want to stay here." I say, trying to understand what he just told me.
"Come on, please say something besides what I just told you. Please, just tell me what you're thinking."
"What do you want me to say? Connor, this is our fist date and you tell me that you are not really from here and at the same time you're telling me that you lied to me on the day we met, meaning yesterday. What do you want me to say, Connor?" I know it's hard for him to tell me this, but why didn't he just say that when we met? "Why don't you want to go back to London?"
"I don't like living there Taylor, at least, not anymore. London is not the place for me."
"But why? You still haven't answered my question."
"I don't have the words to explain it, all I can say is that I'm not happy there and I never want to go back."
"Okay, why don't you just say that to your parents?" I asked.
"I have, but the always tell me that I need a good reason. I know it's a lot to take in, but please, I'm begging you. Don't stop talking to me because of this." Connor looked down at the floor for a moment, then he looked back at me. "After all, you're the reason why I want to stay here, please Taylor."
"Just give me some time to think, please." I answered.
"There is no time Taylor, my parents want me to give them an answer tonight."
"Answer to what?"
"They want me to tell them why I want to stay here, but I don't want to say that it's you if you are not okay with it." This is all just too much, we literally just met yesterday. "My parents will want to meet you and they will ask you if you want me to stay."
"Connor, I don't know what to do, I met you yesterday and now you want me to meet your parents and to tell them that I want you to stay here." I honestly have no idea what to do. "I don't even know if I want you to stay here, especially after you lied to me." 
"Please, give me chance."
"I already gave you a chance remember? You stood me up after you convinced me to trust you and then I gave you another chance today, just to find out that you lied to me and that you want me to convince your parents not to take you to London." 
"I know I shouldn't have lied to you, but you would've ran away the moment I told you I needed you to talk to my parents."
"No! I wouldn't have! You could've just told me that you needed my help."
"I just didn't know how, I didn't even know your name and I was already going to ask you the biggest favor I have ever asked anyone." Connor said.
"I still would've helped you. Almost everyone I know has tricked me by lying to me, and you know that. If you would have come clean with me from the beginning, I would've helped you." I know that what I'm going to say is going to be hard for him to hear. "I'm sorry Connor, but I feel like I can't trust you anymore, and if I can't trust you, then I can't help you."
"No, Taylor please." I see tears starting to come out of his eyes. "Please, I promise, I'll never lie to you, I'll be completely honest."
"I don't know Connor, it's hard to think that I can trust you after everything I've been through." I answered.
"Taylor please, don't make me go back there. I'm begging you." Connor said crying like a little kid.
"Just tell me why you don't want to go back. If you tell the truth, I'll help you."
"Me and my best friend were bullied the last three years of high school, but we never really cared because we had each other. Then, five months ago, my best friend was hit when he was playing soccer. It was a really bad hit on his head,  so they took him to a hospital because he wouldn't wake up. During all of this, I..." He pauses for a second. "I was at my house, I wanted to get all my homework done and I decided not to go to the game. They called me when he was in the hospital. His parents were on a business trip, so the doctor talked to me. Basically they told me that there was too much pressure and that there was no more brain activity. My best friend was gone and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. After that, my parents let me come here so that I could avoid all the places where he and I used to hang out. He was the only person that I had back there. I don't want to go back when I know my best friend is gone. Now I don't have anyone there, but I hope that at least I have you here."
"Connor, I'm sorry. I really had no idea, I never thought something like this had happened to you. Yes, I will help you."
"Really? You will?" Connor asked, there are still tears in his eyes. 
"I know what it's like to be alone, but I can't even imagine how it would be like to be alone after you lose your best friend." After saying that,  I hugged him and then he kissed me and I kissed him back. I really don't know if I should be doing this, so I stopped.
As soon as I stopped kissing him, Connor grabbed my hand and took me to see his parents. I am really nervous about this, I met Connor yesterday and now I am about to tell his parents that I want him to stay here, with me. I really hope this goes well, I don't want Connor to be all alone in London. We get there, and my heart beats faster with every step. This is the most nervous I've ever been in my life.
Connor's mom asked to speak to me alone. I explained to her how Connor had told me about what happened to his best friend and how I know what it's like to be alone. I told her about how I don't want Connor to go through that too. I have no idea if I was able to convince her, but I really hope I did. In the end, I only had one thing left to say.
"I know this is a hard decision for you and Mr. Evans, but don't make Connor go back when he is clearly not ready. If you take him back now, he won't be happy, he will just think about the moments that he spent with his best friend, and how he misses him. He will go back when he is ready, but that time isn't now."
After that, his parents told me that I would know their answer tomorrow. I really hope I was able to convince them. I couldn't sleep that night, I was too worried about Connor. I don't want him to suffer any more than he already has. Life can be hard, especially after you lose your best friend, although I don't know what that is like. I never really had a best friend, all my life has been only me. I don't even know what it's like to have a best friend. 
The next morning I received a call form a number that I didn’t recognize. It was Connor's mom. She called to tell me that they had decided to let Connor stay here. As soon as she said that, I felt relieved. I had done it! I convinced Connor's parents to let him stay here! Connor doesn't have to go, he can stay here and be happy. A few minutes after I finished my call with Connor's mom, Connor called me. He thanked me for helping him, and he said he wanted to make it official and not just a lie to his parents. 
He asked me to be his girlfriend, and I was paralyzed. I obviously never had a boyfriend before and I don't know if I am ready to have one. I managed to say yes, even though I know I'm not yet ready. But I know that as time passes, I will be ready, and I will already have Connor by my side. I finally know what it's like to have someone by your side. Now that I have Connor, I don't want him to ever leave. I want him to stay here, with me. And if something happens and life decides to take us on different paths, I'll never forget Connor, the first person ever to be real with me.


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