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 shrugged.
“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 was on.
“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 asked.
“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 away.
“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 him.
“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 breath.
“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 look.
“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 before laughing.
“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 at her.
“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 at him.
“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. Thump…..thump…………
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