Chapter 4:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 4. 

I hadn’t even taken five steps before a group of girls, huddled in oversized football jackets, came running towards me, giggling uncontrollably. I clenched my jaw, wanting to run back to my mom’s car and drive the hell out of there, but instead I just covered up my annoyance with an over theatrical smile.

“Hi, Kennedy,” one of the girls, Kara I think her name was, said shyly, grabbing her friends hand. I nodded, still faking a smile, as my eyes scanned the group of girls watching me wide-eyed. They looked anxious, all huddled together, watching me expectantly, like they were waiting for me to start talking. I decided that by their size and their shyness, they were probably ninth graders.

“Hi,” I said back, lifting my lips into a phonier smile. I really didn’t want to be surrounded by nosy ninth graders, and it was freezing, I just wanted to find Lena and snuggle in her giant quilt that she always brought to homecoming as we drank hot chocolate.

“Um, so are you okay?” another girl asked, stepping out from behind the other girls, hugging her arms around her petite body, slightly shaking. The other girls must’ve been thinking the same thing, because they all leaned forward, blinking up at me.

“Yeah, I’m okay,” I said, nodding reassuringly. I was actually kind of flattered that they cared whether I was okay or not. I didn’t even know these girls, but I was suddenly some sort of role model to them.

“That’s good,” she said, beaming brightly. “If Declan hurt you, I would’ve had to beat him up.”

I couldn’t help but to laugh, but instinctively I slapped my hand over my mouth, even though I knew that didn’t hide anything.

“You don’t think I would?” she asked, raising her eyebrows. I uncovered my hand from my mouth and smiled sympathetically, shaking my head.

“No, she really can!” the first girl shot in, nodding convincingly. I smiled and nodded, deciding to agree with them, knowing it would make them happy.

“Well, he didn’t lay a finger on me, so beating him up won’t be necessary,” I said kindly. The girls nodded and smiled, starting to back away to let me through. I smiled down at them as I passed, then added: “But, if anything ever happens, I’ll be sure to let you know.” They giggled and grabbed each other’s arms, running away with blushing faces. I suddenly felt bigger than myself, more important than just another girl attending EastField High. I felt like one of those people on nation television, who’d walk onto a talk show and the entire audience would break out in applause. Of course, that feeling completely vanished when I noticed Helen, arm hooked to Lena’s, walking towards me.

“Hey savior,” she said, revealing her disgustingly perfect smile. I didn’t even attempt to fake a smile like I had with the ninth grade girls.

“Hi, Helen, Lena,” I averted my gaze on her, squinting in annoyance. She shrugged and bit her lip, looking down at their arms hooked, then back up at me. I shook my head and waved my hand in a carefree gesture, knowing that she’d make it up to me later, and walked past them, purposely skimming my shoulder against Helen’s.

She looked back at me over her shoulder, clenching her jaw, but I just smiled and wiggled my fingers in a playful wave. I loved pissing Helen off. It was funny to watch her try and stay calm, knowing if she freaked out, she’d lose Lena. It was the one game I always won at.

 

“Kenny,” I looked over to find Travis, who was resting his arms on the fence, holding his helmet in one hand. I smiled and walked in front of him, noticing how cute he was up close. I never got to be this close to him, since I wasn’t considered popular enough to associate with his ‘crew’, but now I knew why so many girls swooned over him. If only he weren’t such a douchebag.

“Hi, Travis,” I said, feeling my face flush. He grinned, probably aware of his effect over me, and lifted one of his hands to brush through his hair, leaving it sticking up in sweaty clusters.

“I just wanted to formally say thank you,” he said, bringing his hand back down, but this time on top of mine. It was sweaty, and felt incredibly blistered, but at the time I didn’t mind. I was just felt flattered he was even touching me.

“Y-you’re welcome,” I said, quietly, trying to avoid his alluring gaze. He chuckled lightly, wrapping his fingers around my tiny palm compared to his. Oh god, I thought, biting the inside of my mouth.

“I could’ve taken him, though,” he said, making his voice sound gruff. I dared myself to look into his eyes, but realised it was a mistake when he squeezed my hand tighter, smiling charmingly.  

“But, thank you for caring,” he said, leaning his face closer to mine. “It was really thoughtful of you.” I could feel his breath on my cheek, making the hairs on my neck stand up.

“N-no problem,” I said, hearing my voice shake. I didn’t want to be another girl on his wall of fame, but at the moment, I couldn’t move. I knew that I probably could’ve made the decision of turning away, forgetting that it even happened, and going on with my night. But I wasn’t thinking straight, I couldn’t think straight. Suddenly, the feeling of being in complete control faded away, leaving me as naïve as half the girls in my school.

“I have to go back out to the field soon,” he said, brushing his thumb in circles around my hand gently, making me feel light-headed.

“You’re gunna watch me, right?” he asked, pressing his lips to the edge of mine. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, I didn’t know what I would do, or how I would react, but thankfully I didn’t have to make that decision on my own. At first I didn’t know who it was, all I knew was that I was getting pulled away, held in the arms of someone strong, but once I heard his voice, I instantly knew.

“Stay away from her, you fucking perverted piece of shit!”

His arms closed around my body, and I wasn’t sure if it was just me, but I thought I felt him shaking against me.

“Are you okay?” he pulled away after a long minute, holding my shoulders, staring at me with a concerned expression. I opened my mouth to speak, but he beat me to it.

“If he ever does that to you again, and I mean ever, you just tell me, alright?” his voice came out soft, but his face was still tense, as were his biceps, bulging out from beneath his T-shirt.

“A-alright,” I stuttered, still shaken from what just happened.

He sighed, releasing his hands from my shoulders, and gave me a tired look. The spots where his hands were resting felt tingly, as if he’d left magic dust there, letting it slowly seep into my skin.

“Do you need me to look after you?” he asked. I thought he was joking, so I scoffed and rolled my eyes, but when he didn’t smile, I knew he was serious.

“Um…why would you ask that?” I questioned, after realising he wasn’t joking. He didn’t answer immediately. Instead, he pressed his lips together, and itched the back of his neck nervously. Who is this? I thought, staring up at him, wondering if I’d ever even known him at all. This isn’t the Declan I’ve seen.

“I just,” he finally said, letting his hand drop to his side, “I don’t trust you to protect yourself against people like…” he looked over to where Travis had been, narrowing his eyes. “People like him.”

What?” I spat, taking a step back, clenching my hands in fists at my sides. He bowed his head and pressed his fingers to his temples, moving them in small circles.

“Kennedy.”

No,” I hissed through my teeth, dramatically stomping my foot, something I did when I was angry since I was five, having never grown out of it. “I am perfectly fine, and I don’t need your help, okay? I broke up a fight today, doesn’t that say something?!”

“Yes!” he nearly shouted, looking back up at me, fanning his hands out beside him, as if he were demonstrating something. “And you could’ve gotten hurt, mind you!”

“Why do you care?” I shouted back, leaning my torso forward, holding my fists behind me.

He grinded his teeth together, folding his hands into tight fists, and for a second I thought he was going to hit me. But instead he exhaled deeply, sending his shoulders forward, and turned abruptly on his heel, ready to walk away.

“You know what,” he said, turning back around, pointing a shaking finger at me, “you’re so fucking irresponsible. I have no choice but to watch after you.”

“Whatever!” I growled, wrinkling up my nose, ready to turn and walk away any second.

“Mhmm,” he said, shaking his head. Then he turned, leaving me to face his back, and shoved his hands into his pants pockets, starting to stride away.

“I am independent!” I yelled after him, fiercely crossing my arms, feeling the adrenaline rush through me.

“Whatever you say!” he called back, pulling out one of his hands out to wave back at me. I groaned and turned away so fast I almost gave myself whiplash, keeping my arms crossed as I stomped to my car.

I didn’t even care about staying for the game. I knew Lena was probably waiting for me at the bleachers, holding onto my cup of hot chocolate, worried it’d lose its hotness before I got there. I’ll make it up to her tomorrow, I thought, reaching into my pocket for my keys as I approached the car.

At that moment, all I wanted to do what punch Declan in the face, although I knew I’d probably break my hand in the process. I couldn’t believe him, and more importantly, I couldn’t believe that I’d actually considered wanting to know him more.

I didn’t want to believe it, I wanted to believe that underneath his hard outer layer that he was something different, something worth getting to know, but I was starting to think that I was wrong all along. That maybe he really was what everyone said, and that I was just fooling myself, wishing for something that’d never come true.

 

“Where are you?” Luna nearly screamed on the other end of the line, having to raise her voice above the shouting and clapping in the background.

“Luna,” I said, holding the phone between my ear and shoulder as I made a sharp turn, “I can’t talk right now, I’ll call you back soon okay?”

“Wait!” her voice raised two octaves, “first tell me where you are!”

I gasped and slammed on the breaks, not having noticed the sudden red light ahead. The car behind me honked its horn, and a couple on the crosswalk fastened their pace, looking back at my car in terror.

“Wait, Kennedy what was that?” her voice sounded muffled, like she’d pressed her mouth to close to the speaker.

 “It was nothing,” I replied, keeping my voice calm. “I’m sorry that I’m not there, I’ll explain later.”

“But Kennedy—“

Her voice was cut off as I snapped my phone shut, throwing it on the passenger seat. Right after I’d done it I felt terrible, I never hung up on Lena. Even if she was annoying me to a crisp, or babbling on about the latest gossip, which I had no interest in to the least, I listened intently, making sounds of sympathy when needed. But this time I didn’t even try, I didn’t even pretend to listen, as I did often times when I was tired of hearing her talk. I was mad at Declan, not my best friend. I kept thinking back to when he was insulting me, acting as if he knew me, even though he had no idea what I was capable of, and kept cursing myself for not saying more. Maybe, if I’d gotten out all my frustration and anger when I was still with him, I wouldn’t have felt the need to take it out on Lena.

  I think I should call her back, I thought, as the light switched to green, and I accelerated forward. My mood had turned from angry to guilty in just the few seconds that I’d talked to Lena, and I thought that if I called back I wouldn’t be as snippy. But right as I reached for my phone, making sure to keep focused on the road, I heard the ringer go off. My first thought: Lena.

 So I looked down for a quick second to locate it and flip it open, then focused back on the road, pressing it to my ear.

“Lena I’m so—“

“It’s me.” The voice wasn’t Lena’s, but instead Declan’s. My mood instantly changed back to anger, and I felt all the words I wanted to say boiling in my throat, singeing my tongue.

“Declan—“

 “Wait, before you say anything,” he cut me off, keeping his voice low, “I called because I felt bad. Actually, bad doesn’t even sum up how crappy I feel. Terrible? Horrible...any one of those words, really.”

“Don’t,” I spat, clenching my hand tighter around the wheel. “How did you get my number, anyway.” I felt like punching something, but since both my hands were occupied, I took the alternative of stepping harder on the gas, feeling my heart race with adrenaline.

“Luna,” he said simply, and I nodded, clenching my teeth. I started to not feel bad about hanging up on her anymore.

“Kennedy I--”

“Why do you feel bad?” I bursted into the phone, gripping the wheel so hard my knuckles had started to turn white. “I mean there’s no reason why you should. You don’t even know me.”

“Exactly,” he said, quieter this time, softening his voice. “Maybe I want to know you.” And at that moment, once I registered what he’d said, replaying it in my mind several times, I took one hand off the wheel to grip my phone, pressing it harder against my cheek.

“You…want to—“

“Yes,” he interrupted, “I want to know the girl who stopped my fight, knowing she could’ve potentially gotten hit.”

“You wouldn’t hit me,” I whispered, somehow knowing that he wouldn’t, despite his aggressive fighting history. The way he protected me from Travis, and the gleam I saw in his eyes when I stopped the fight reassured me, as primary evidence, that he did have a soft spot. Despite what everyone said about him, and what I’d seen over the years, walking to the principal’s office with blood on his knuckles, I felt like I’d witnessed some sort of miracle. I felt like I could honestly say that I was the only girl he made an exception for.

“You’re right,” he agreed, “I wouldn’t hit you. But when you stepped up you didn’t know that. I could’ve hit you, and if I had, right now you’d be in the emergency room.”

“But you wouldn’t hit me,” I repeated, gripping the phone tighter in my hand. I hadn’t noticed how fast I was going, but thankfully there was a stop sign to warn me.

He sighed, making it sound fuzzy over the phone. “Right, but all I want you to know is that I can’t just forget the girl who stopped my fight. We practically have to become friends now, you know that right?”

I bit my lip, feeling my stomach turn. “We do?” my mouth had suddenly become dry, causing my voice to sound raspy.

“Practically,” he laughed, sounding the most alive I’d ever heard him. “But, anyway, I should go now. We’re about to win the game. I’ll see you on Monday.” Then, just like that, he hung up, leaving me to listen to the dead tone.

I had many things going through my mind at that moment, but one thought in particular struck me the most. I didn’t know Declan liked watching Football.


Submitted: April 20, 2012

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PrincessYourBeWill

FIRST! YES! Awwwww! DECLAN! But I was like KISS HER TRAVIS! Damn. He sounds hot! Travis! I woulda been like her too, not able to move! Hhahahaa!
I love this! KMU?
Xoxoxo!
-Kay

Fri, April 20th, 2012 10:44pm

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Awwwwwe!! Thank you, Kay!!! And awwwe really??! Haha I'm sorry!! But haha yeah me too :) Awwe okay!

Sat, April 21st, 2012 6:37am

Vanessa Sohl

Gave it a like! I am LOVING this story! Please let me know when you update! XoXo
-V

Sat, April 21st, 2012 2:58am

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Awwwe thankyou!! :O And I will!

Sat, April 21st, 2012 6:38am

RavenStars

I was waiting for Travis to kiss her. Haha.
Good Chapter.
Kmu please?

Sat, April 21st, 2012 5:00am

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Hahaha awwe. And awwe thanks, I will :)

Sat, April 21st, 2012 6:40am

GuiltyPleasure

It is certainly not simple. It is awesome Jamile.

I am a fan of Declan Shades, no matter what :)

Cant wait to read more so kmu please and yeah i am gonna give it a like :)

Sat, April 21st, 2012 12:56pm

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Yes, it certainly isnt! And awwe thankyou soo much! Awwe! Thankyou and I will :)

Sat, April 21st, 2012 6:42am

Emma Richards

All through this chapter I was 'Awww'ing :D Awwww!
First of all, Travis sounds really hot and completely arrogant and not at all the guy I'd want to even talk to, but admire from a distance.
Second, Helen is a bitch. She needs to be shot or 'dealt with' in some way. (I do not promote violence...but... an accident would be very convenient)
Third, I'm in love with Declan. I want to marry that guy. :)
I really loved this chapter, so damn much that I didn't want it to end. Please please please update as soon as you can, I have to know more about Declan!!! :D KMU!!!!!

Sat, April 21st, 2012 3:45pm

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Awwwe are you serious??!! That's amazing :D I never would've thought that someone would like my writing soo much!! Awwe! Thankyou soo much!! And awwe really? Awwe haha yeah same with me, he represents most cute guys in my school haha ;) And haha! I know right! And awwwe really??! That's soo cute!! Awwe thankyou!! And I will :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 7:39am

LupusAmator

I love Declan. No wonder Kennedy will still be in love with him when he goes out with Lena. Ah, I love this!! KMU please? I can't wait!! :)

Sat, April 21st, 2012 4:41pm

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Awwwe! I know, it's soo tragic :O! And awwe thankyou!! I will :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 7:40am

Reader302

KMU! :)

Sat, April 21st, 2012 7:41pm

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Awwe okay! :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 7:40am

Mia J. Sienna

Exciting! KMU :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 3:45am

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Awwe thanks! And I will :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 7:42am

OpenMinds

Declan Shades you've got my heart =D
love it!
KMU?

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 11:54am

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Awwwe! Thankyou! And of course :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 7:42am

MaeXMae

OMG, Declan is so sweet! (; Kmu!


~ Mae ?

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 5:47pm

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Awwe thankyou!! And okay! :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 2:47pm

Author in Progress

Goodness, that was amazing! I looooove it! It was a bit refreshing and one of the best romances I've read in a while! I'm so sorry I haven't been able to read til now! Please KMU :)

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 11:19pm

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Awwwwe!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS :O Thats soo sweet of you to say!! Awwe! Thankyou bunches!! And awwe I will :D

Sun, April 22nd, 2012 4:21pm

vanessaxoxo

I love your description of just everything! And my, my Declan, are you jealous? Either that or he just really hates that guy, but it seemed like he was really shaken up.
And same here, Kennedy, I've never seen this side of him before. I rather like it :P
Aww they're friends now! It's cute how the chapter ended with how he liked football. It really shows how much Kennedy's crushing on him.
Lovely chapter and KMU? xoxo

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 8:00am

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Awwwe thankyou! And awwe haha yes Declan really is a sweetheart. Awwe haha I know. And thanks!! And awwe of course :)

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 1:07pm

John Xu

I haven't seen someone bein so sweet as Declan. Wooooow. Incredible.

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 9:37am

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Awwwe really??! Thankyou!

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 1:07pm

makemelaugh

Amazing! :)

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 12:01pm

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Awwwe! Thankyou!

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 1:08pm

aellaie

AWWWWW DECLAN WHAT A SWEETIE! Hmm, I have a feeling he puts on a hard attitude but really he's a big softie underneath :3

AWWWWWW is my only reaction to this chapter, haah! Just, yeah, awwww.

KMU! :D ~

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 6:17pm

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Awwwwe!! Thankyou!! Im glad you had that reaction haha :) And I will!! :)

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 1:11pm

boobearlover

T his was a very good chapter i love everything you put into it wonderful job !:D

Thu, April 26th, 2012 4:37am

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Awwe thankyou!!

Thu, April 26th, 2012 1:56pm

XxlulucrossxX

Declan is one cool name! :D Sorry, I just had to say that! This chapter's gettin' good... KMU! XDD

Sat, April 28th, 2012 8:29pm

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Awwe thankyou!! And okay :D

Sun, April 29th, 2012 10:09am

Lunaa

ARG! I like Travis better >_< Kmu?
xoxo
Lunaa

Mon, April 30th, 2012 1:58am

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Hahaha! Awwe! Thanks! And yes :)

Mon, April 30th, 2012 12:03pm

Lauren Rose

I've been reading this story for a while now and I felt bad for not commenting. I love this story and I already like Declan. KMU?

Thu, May 3rd, 2012 5:34pm

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Awwe its okay :) And thankyou! Awwe thanks! And sure :)

Fri, May 4th, 2012 1:15pm

Vanchez

This is simply amazing! Please, please KMU! I just have to know what happens next.

You have a wonderful writing style, and the descriptions you've used are just perfect in ammount.

I enjoyed every second of this. Please KMU!

"Like" :)

Tue, May 8th, 2012 4:51pm

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Awwwe thankyou!! That means a lot! I'll try to update soon! Awwe! :)

Tue, May 8th, 2012 1:26pm

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