Walking in Slow Motion

Axi is just a normal girl in a gifted family. She isn't amazingly pretty, or intelligent, or popular. She's just a girl who gets bullied in school because her sister's dating the most dreamed-about guy there: and he's two years old than her.
Then she meets Seymour, a friend she never knew was always right beside her. When their teacher walks out of class, Axi begs him to teach her film editing-- a talent nobody in her family has.
But Seymour's teaching brings a new responsibility. In the middle of her first editing session, Axi discovers that she has skills. Special skills. Supernatural skills...
Who is Axi? WHAT is she? And will she ever be the same again...?
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3. Crushes

I walk slowly to school, my feet dragging on the ground.

Ever since Lex started dating Jasper, going to school has been somewhat odd-- if not a little painful at times. 

Lex is the main item of gossip in the school. Only thirteen, yet she managed to win the heart of fifteen-year-old Jasper Pepito, the love interest of more than half the girls at this school, young and older alike. It's easy to see why they like him. Dark hair, gleaming hazel eyes, strong features... he's something of a looker, I'll admit.

But once you get to know him... well, I'll ask you. Would YOU go out with a boy who pulls wings off flies, bullies kids younger than him for kicks, and enjoys scribbling swear words on random girls' lockers? Apparently Lexi does. I have absolutely no clue as to what she sees in him. But... whenever I see them together, a tiny pang of jealousy pinches my heart and I have to look away.

I sometimes wonder, if I weren't such a genetic mistake, would someone love me? What boy could ever fall for me, the nerdy, book-loving girl with witchy hair and sharp, pale features? I ask myself this question every day, and can think of no-one.

Even before I was old enough to have proper crushes, this question regularly flitted across my brain. When I was ten, I had been old enough to understand that I was not attractive, while Lex was beautiful. I remember asking her what to do ("How can I not look ugly, Lexie? I want a boy to kiss me."). Lex just laughed and said that boys were stupid and we didn't need them. Then she linked arms with me and we did a little skippy dance around the bedroom to prove our alliance against boys.

But now my theory has proven itself right. Lex is beautiful. She has the most stupid boy in the world, but she cannot see at all past his hazel eyes, into his soul. She loves him for what he looks like, or whatever image he has projected into her mind.

Right now, I sit on a bench in the playground, alone, an empty space where Lex used to sit next to me. I see her and Jasper run to meet each other. They embrace, kiss, and separate.

Lex runs to me, breathless and starry-eyed from her kiss. "Axi!"

She hugs me. "Jaspie and I are the perfect couple. I love him so much. I know you don't agree, but he's wonderful inside. A lone wolf. He needs me. Without me, he'll just be the way he was before-- horrid and rude to everyone."

I look at her helplessly. Jasper? A lone wolf? "Oh. Okay." I say stiffly.

Lex smiles. "You don't understand, do you? Don't worry. When you fall in love, you will." She waves, then skips away lightly, a jot of color against the gray background which is the sky and our school. And me.

When you fall in love, you'll understand.

Oh, Lex. I thought you knew. I'll never fall in love, remember?

Or I will, but no-one will be there to return the favour.

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