The Game

Ever since the beginning of middle school, five guys have a game that they play. They hook up with girls and sleep with them. They'll break girls' hearts but sometimes they are lucky enough to get a girlfriend. This year, it's Amber's turn to participate in 'The Game'. Will she go along with it or reject the boys? And will she fall in love or get her hear broken?

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8. Friends

~Amber's POV~

I wake up the next morning and get ready. I put on casual clothes and throw my hair up in a ponytail. I go downstairs and get some breakfast before going outside and waiting for the bus. When the bus pulls up, I get on and look for an empty seat. There's one left and it's next to Louis Tomlinson. I groan quietly and take my seat.

"Good morning Amber." "Morning." I try to find someone to talk to but they are all upper class men. "Did you have a good day yesterday?" "Yes." Truth was I had an AMAZING day but I wasn't about to tell him that. Just because I'm starting to hang out with one of his friends doesn't mean he can hang out with me. "What was your favorite part?" "Going home." I say and give him a smirk. "What about third period? Didn't you enjoy my poem?" I sigh. "I did enjoy it but that doesn't mean it was the best part of my day. I do have a life outside of school that makes my day a lot better." "Like what?" He asks. We pull up to the school and I get off ignoring his question but he follows me to our lockers. "C'mon Amber. I just want to get to know you better." "Sorry Tomlinson." I say and walk off to first period.

~Louis's POV~

After mine and Amber's conversation yesterday, I couldn't get her off my mind. I had wanted to tell her so badly that the poem was about her but I didn't get a chance. She didn't know this but the woods behind her house were the same woods behind my house. Everything in my poem was true except for she never shows up there. And how would I know? I go out into the woods everyday.

I get on the bus and hope Amber will be riding this morning as well. I see her get on and smile. She looks around looking for a seat. I notice that there's only one left and it's next to me. She sits down and I say, "Good morning Amber." "Morning." She looks around and then faces forward. 'Talk to her Louis.' "Did you have a good day yesterday?" "Yes." 'Hmm. What could she have done?' "What was your favorite part?" "Going home." She says and gives me a smirk. 'That's not funny. She's messing with me.' "What about third period? Didn't you enjoy my poem?" She sighs and then says, "I did enjoy it but that doesn't mean it was the best part of my day. I do have a life outside of school that makes my day a lot better." Ouch. That kinda hurt. "Like what?" We pull up to the school and she gets off. Amber tries to ignore me but I follow her to our lockers. "C'mon Amber. I just want to get to know you better." "Sorry Tomlinson." She says and walks away leaving me behind.

I stay there for a few seconds and then Harry walks up to me. We stand around talking and wait for the others to show up. They all do except for Liam. "Has anyone seen Liam?" I ask. They all shake their heads no. We talk a little longer and once the bell rings, we head to first period. When we walk in, Liam is talking with Amber. 'Has he already made headway on 'The Game'? What could they possibly be talking about? I'm gonna have to keep an eye on them.' We take our seats and class begins.

~Amber's POV~

When I walk into the room, Liam is sitting there. He looks up and smiles at me. I take my seat and he turns around. "Good morning Amber. Sleep well?" "Morning and yes I did." "That's good. So we still on for after school?" "Of course." I say and smile at him. "I had a good time yesterday. My family seems to really like you." "I like them too. Speaking of your family..." "Oh no. What did my mother say?" He says and I laugh. "Nothing bad. She did say something that got me thinking though." "And that would be?" "You and I are in a few classes together and you're helping me with my training. I think we should do something about that." I say. "Meaning?" "I want to be friends with you Liam. You're a great guy and fun to be around. I don't think we can just ignore each other. What do you think?" "I'd like that." He says and smiles at me.

We continue talking. I see the boys walk in and let Liam know. He nods and sits back down in his seat. The others sit down and class begins.

~Liam's POV~

I wake up and remember the day before. Amber is a cool girl. I've learned so much about her. I get ready and think about 'The Game'. Ever since we started it, I've been the only one who hasn't won. I would love to finally win but my feelings for Amber have changed. Sure I was interested in her at first but since I've gotten to know her, I just want to be friends. Of course I can't mention anything to Amber about it but I can protect her from the other lads.

I have breakfast and then walk to school. I get there kinda early and head to first period hoping to talk with Amber before the lads arrive. After about five minutes, I hear someone walk in. I look up to see Amber and smile at her. She sits down diagonally from me and I turn around so I can talk with her. "Good morning Amber. Sleep well?" "Morning and yes I did." "That's good. So we still on for after school?" "Of course." She says and smiles. "I had a good time yesterday. My family seems to really like you." I tell Amber. "I like them too. Speaking of your family..." "Oh no. What did my mother say?" I ask interrupting her. My mother has been known to embarrass me when I'm not around. Amber laughs and says, "Nothing bad. She did say something that got me thinking though." "And that would be?" "You and I are in a few classes together and you're helping me with my training. I think we should do something about that." She says. "Meaning?" 'Does she like me?' "I want to be friends with you Liam. You're a great guy and fun to be around. I don't think we can just ignore each other. What do you think?" "I'd like that." I say and smile at her. 'Friends. Finally.'

We continue talking for what seems like hours but is only about ten minutes. She tells me that the boys just walked in and I nod and sit down in my seat. The boys sit down and class begins.

~Amber's POV~

The next few periods actually go well. In math, we worked on homework in groups and Liam and I worked together. Then in my other classes, Louis and Harry didn't even talk to me. At lunch, my friends and I decide to eat outside in the commons since it is such a nice day out.

"So are you girls' trying out for any sports?" Keaton asks. "Of course. Briley, Mikayla, and I are trying out for soccer and Bree is going out for basketball. Are you?" "I've thought about possibly doing basketball. Not quite sure yet." "You should. The school has a great guys team." Briley says. "How do you know?" He asks. "My older sister dated a guy on the team and I got dragged to the games because my mom was always at work." "I'll think about it then."  We talk about other sports as we finish our lunch.

It comes time for English and I take my seat next to Zayn. "So Zayn. What's your favorite class?" I ask. "Um, this one." "Why is that?" "I'm possibly thinking of being an English teacher." "Wow. I didn't know that. That's great Zayn." I smile at him and he returns the smile. The teacher stands up and begins class. He gives us an assignment of partnering up for debates. I look over at Zayn and ask, "Wanna be partners?" "Sure."

We spend the rest of the class period deciding on a topic. "Where do you wanna meet to work and what time?" He asks. "Um. Well I won't be home until four-thirty or five and then I got to eat supper. And my parents have something going on tonight so we can't meet at my house." I say. "Why don't you come over to my house once you get done and join me and my family for supper." "You sure?" "Yeah. My parents won't mind." "Ok. Give me your number and I'll text you once I'm done so you can give me your address." Zayn nods and we exchange numbers. The bells rings and we leave.

~Zayn's POV~

The day has gone really well so far. Amber seems to be in a good mood. The boys and I don't mess with Amber in either of the classes that we have with her. It comes time for last period so I head to class and sit in my seat waiting for Amber. She walks in and sits down.

"So Zayn. What's your favorite class?" I'm a little shocked that she's talking to me. "Um, this one." "Why is that?" 'Because of you.' But of course I can't tell her that yet. "I'm possibly thinking of being an English teacher." I say. "Wow. I didn't know that. That's great Zayn." She smiles at me and I return it. The teacher stands up and starts class. When he tells us we have to work in partners for our homework I get a little excited hoping to work with Amber. She turns to me and asks, "Wanna be partners?" "Sure." 'This is gonna be perfect.'

For most of class, we decide on a topic. Before the bell rings, I ask, "Where do you wanna meet to work and what time?" "Um. Well I won't be home until four-thirty or five and then I got to eat supper. And my parents have something going on tonight so we can't meet at my house." 'What does she have going on? And most people would take the opportunity of their parents not being home. Wait. Invite her over.' "Why don't you come over to my house once you get done and join me and my family for supper." "You sure?" "Yeah. My parent's won't mind." "Ok. Give me your number and I'll text you once I'm done so you can give me your address." I nod and we exchange numbers. The bell rings and we leave. 'Tonight will be perfect.'

~Amber's POV~

All of the boys except for Liam are at their lockers so I just assume he is already on his way to the college. I walk outside and see Liam standing on the steps. "Hey Amber. I thought we could go to the college together." "Um. What about your friends?" I say looking around. "C'mon Amber. I won't make it an everyday thing. Plus if we hurry now, they won't see us." I nod and we hop on the city bus.

Once at the college, we get changed and make our way to the track. We stretch out and then start running. "How was your day Liam?" "It was good. Not much homework. What about you?" "I had a pretty good day as well. Your friends didn't talk to me much today." "I've got a serious question." Liam says. "Ok. Go ahead." "Why haven't you liked me and my friends?" "Wow. Um..." This took me by surprise. 'Tell him the truth. You are friends now.' "I've never liked what you guys have done." "What exactly do you mean?" "The little game that you guys play. Hooking up with girls and then breaking their hearts. It's not right." "Oh." He says and frowns. "Speaking of which. Who is the target this year?" "I can't tell you. It's against the rules. We shouldn't even be speaking about it." He says and changes the topic.

We get done running and I pull out my phone. I text Zayn telling him I'm done. "So I'll see you tomorrow then?" Liam asks. "Yes. Have a good night Liam." "You too." He says and walks away. I check my phone and Zayn has texted me back. His house isn't that far away so I decide to walk.

~Liam's POV~

When the bell rings, I rush to my locker and get everything I need before heading outside. I decide to wait for Amber. I see her come out and I say, "Hey Amber. I thought we could go to the college together." "Um. What about your friends?" She says and starts looking around for them. "C'mon Amber. I won't make it an everyday thing. Plus if we hurry now, they won't see us." I say trying to convince her. She nods yes and we get on the city bus.

When we get to the college, we get changed and head to the track. Once we have stretched we start running and Amber starts a conversation. "How was your day Liam?" "It was good. Not much homework. What about you?" "I had a pretty good day as well. Your friends didn't talk to me much today." 'What did we do to make her not like us? Yeah she's the target but does she know that?' "I've got a serious question." I say. "Ok. Go ahead." "Why haven't you liked me and my friends?" "Wow. Um..." It takes her a minute and then she replies, "I've never like what you guys have done." Now I'm confused. "What exactly do you mean?" "The little game that you guys play. Hooking up with girls and then breaking their hearts. It's not right." "Oh." I say and frown. Maybe it's a good thing we are friends now. This way she can't get mad once she discovers she's the target. "Speaking of which. Who is the target this year?" "I can't tell you. It's against the rules. We shouldn't even be speaking about it." I say and change the topic before she can say anything else.

We finish running and gather up our things. I see her pull out her phone to text someone. "So I'll see you tomorrow then?" I ask. "Yes. Have a good night Liam." "You too." And I head home. I'm able to keep Amber off my mind for the most part but what she said about 'The Game' keeps replaying in my head. I can't drop out because then the boys will know something is going on but I can't talk to them about what she said either.

~Amber's POV~

I get to a nice two-story brick house and look at my phone to double check the address. I'm at the right place. I walk up to the door and ring the bell. A girl who looks to be a few years younger than me opens the door. "Hi. I'm a friend of Zayn's." "Hi. Come on in." She says. I step in and she closes the door. "Zayn! Your friend is here!" She calls and walks off. Zayn comes down the stairs and once he sees me, he smiles. "Hey Amber. Did you have any trouble finding it?" "Nope." He nods and tells me I can leave my stuff at the front door.

After I set my stuff down, I hear someone tell us dinner is ready. "Just in time." Zayn leads me into the dining room and I take a seat next to him. As we eat, he introduces me to his family and we talk. Once dinner is over, Mrs. Malik says, "Zayn. It's your turn to clear the table." "But Mom. I have a friend over." "It won't take you that long." She says and walks into the other room. Zayn starts clearing the table. I get up and help him out. "You really don't have to Amber." He says. "I know but I want to."

After that, I grab my stuff and we head upstairs to his room. "It can get loud down there sometimes." "That's ok. Zayn." "Yeah?" "I just wanted to say thanks and I hope we can be friends." "Of course we can Amber." He says and smiles. We then get started on our homework for English. At eight, I tell Zayn bye and make my way home. 'Two new friends. Both of them not like the others. Who would've thought?' I get home and head to bed.

~Zayn's POV~

When I get home, I let my mom know that I have a friend coming over for supper and to work on homework. Just as I suspected, she doesn't have a problem with that. I go to my room and get on my computer. At about five, I get a text from Amber and tell her my address. I hear the doorbell ring and get up to go answer it. Once I get to the landing, I hear Amber say, "Hi. I'm a friend of Zayn's." I stop. 'Did she just say friend?' "Zayn! Your friend is here!" One of my sisters calls out. I walk down the stairs and smile once I see Amber. "Hey Amber. Did you have any trouble finding it?" "Nope." I nod and tell her to leave her stuff at the door since I knew supper would be ready soon.

My mom calls to us that supper is ready. "Just in time." I say and lead her into the dining room. I sit down and she takes the seat next to me. We begin in eating and I introduce the family to Amber and then we start talking. As we finish eating, my mom says, "Zayn. It's your turn to clear the table." "But Mom. I have a friend over." I say but know that it doesn't matter. "It won't take you that long." When she leaves, I begin clearing the table. I hear footsteps behind me and turn around to Amber carrying a few plates. "You really don't have to Amber." "I know but I want to." 'Wow. She is really nice.'

Once we finish, she grabs her stuff and I lead her to my room. "It can get loud down there sometimes." "That's ok. Zayn." "Yeah?" "I just wanted to say thanks and I hope we can be friends." 'Yes! Just what I've been wanting. To be friends.' "Of course we can Amber." I say and smile. We work on the English assignment and at eight she leaves. 'Friends. This day couldn't get any better.'

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