Tough Love

April Parker's life is a mess... Then she meets a boy, and he helps her through life. Will she learn how to love again? Or will the one person she starts to love leave? April doesn't want to take chances. She doesn't want to be left behind again... Will she make thing better? Or end up pushing him away?


4. Chapter four: School

              Chapter four: School

          It was dark, and I was alone among a crowd of panicked people scrambling along a city street. I was looking for someone I knew, anyone. My mom. My brother. Suddenly everything went blank, and a boy emerged from the haze. I squinted and took a few steps closer. "Harry?" I asked. He didn't say anything, he just moved closer and closer to me. Time stood still as our lips moved together sweetly making me forget we were the only two people here. His soft, warm lips tasted like mint. I could feel him smiling which made me smile too. He pulled away, his forehead leaning against mine. He smiled genuinely making his already beautiful green eyes, even more beautiful.

Then he whispered "Wake up." 

"What?" He stepped away from me leaving me alone again. 

"Wake up," he repeated just as quietly. I woke up in my nice cozy bed at about seven in the morning with a tingly feeling of shock passing through my veins. My eyes sprang open realizing it was just a dream. That dream was so real. What did it mean? Did I like Harry now? That was the craziest dream I've ever had, but surprisingly I liked it.

       "April! Wake up!" Harry yelled from beside me, I jumped. I held my chest breathing heavily. 

"Oh, It's just you. Gosh you scared me!" I said, my eyes wide with surprise. 

"Well, I didn't mean to. You scared me by jumping like that." He lost his look of surprise and nervousness and smiled his brilliant and shinning grin. Did I mention that this guy is like, an angel? Seriously, though! His voice when he talks, his beautiful hair and shimmering eyes. This, of course, is why I can't even think about going out with him. He'd break my heart... easily. Parts of my dream flashed back into my mind, his lips on mine... the way he looked at me. I snapped myself back to reality. 

"Harry, why are you in here?" I asked still a little groggy from waking up.

"To wake you up for school," he said helping me out of bed. 

"School?" I asked confused. I noticed he was wearing nice dark blue jeans, a plaid button up shirt, with a dark blue T-shirt. Oh, I guess we do have school. I haven't went to school in about seven years. 

"Yep, now hurry up and get changed, you can borrow some of Gemma's clothes." He told me leaving the room. I made my way to the closet and picked out some clothes. Dark blue skinny jeans, white lace knit top with a gray tank top under, and a brown Hollister tote bag. I got changed into them quickly so I could do my hair. My hair looked as if I'd just been struck by lightening. It goes all tangly and looks thicker than it is. I began brushing my wavy hair into a high ponytail. Then added a sparkly silver headband to match my shirt. Perfect, I thought. I went across the hall to the bathroom. I brushed my teeth with the tooth brush Harry said I could use. 

I put on my makeup and went downstairs to meet Harry. "Aren't you a little dolled up for the first day of school?" He asked when I walked into the kitchen. He was leaning on the counter,  waiting for me I guess. 
I looked down at myself and smiled. 

"You like it?" I ask gesturing at my clothes. 

"I love it!" He smiled, then he opened the front door letting me go out first. He explained that the school wasn't that far away, so I guess we'd walk. I was really nervous, especially since I had been homeschooled all through middle school and didn't really know anyone. I could imagine me being the ‘New girl’ in the school. It's going to be a LOONG day. 

Harry saw my worried look and tried to comfort me, "Don't worry, everyone is really nice at school. And your in all my classes except for..." He pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket looking at it closely. "Science," he finished. 

I heaved a sigh of relief, "I'm so glad" I say happily. He smiles at me again showing off his adorable dimples. Shortly, we got to the school and it was everything I thought it would be. Ruthless. Crowded. Horrible. 

         The high school's population mainly consists of jocks, nerds, skater punks, cheerleaders, and idiots. Yet, there is a small population of normal students. There was a big pile of students at the doors until everyone began forcing themselves  into the building. The hallways are flooded with kids, who push and shove, curse, yell, body slam their friends, etc. It took like 5 minutes just to get down one friggin hallway. I held onto Harry's arm tight, he seemed to know where he was going. We walked into homeroom acting all calm taking a seat and waiting for our teacher to start lecturing. At first I'm not going to lie but I thought she was the worst teacher in the whole world! I mean she was really strict, but as the class went on she didn't seem that bad. She passed out some papers and my schedule. Then like 20 minutes later the bell rang and it was time for 2nd period. 

        In 2nd period (math)  harry sat next to me. He helped me with my algebra papers, cause I'm so dumb when it comes to math. He's so cute when he acts all nerdy. I spent more time looking at him than paying attention, but whatever. When it was time to leave we both said our goodbyes and I walked to the other classroom. 

        I had a male teacher for 3rd period (science). Harry wasn't there to comfort me or at least make me feel relaxed. I pushed open the door, and my heart jumped to my throat. The classroom was full of loud, rambunctious teenagers, and I had 2 more years before I could leave. I was really surprised I got to see a certain brunette haired girl. Jade! I thought. I smiled when I walked to her. "I haven't see you in forever! How's it been?" She asked hugging me and smiling. I sat at the very last seat of the tables with her. "Well... I met some nice people and moved in with them" I replied. She had a sudden interested look on her face. "Oooh who?" she asked. 

"His names Harry... But I doubt you know him," I said shrugging. Her eyes widened and her mouth hung open. 

"Harry styles?" she gasped. 

"Yea, why?" I laughed a little.

"Omg! Your so lucky! He's the hottest guy in school!" she said a little to loudly. Two girls turned around and looked at us. I smiled awkwardly and they turned around again. 

"Will you keep it down," I tell her. 

"Sorry..."  she smiled amused. I can't believe she didn't ask how I got into the same house as him, but I figured it was better this way. She gave me a little heads up on all the people in our class. She gestured to the two girls in front of us. Apparently those were the Rivera twins, Sindy and Kristy. Stunning blonde cheerleaders with freckles and matching green eyes. Then Jade looked to the front of the class, I followed her gaze. 

"That's Kelsey," she whispered. Another cheerleader, only this one was 10x as mean and 10x as popular. "What ever you do, don't get involved with her," she said warningly. Then she pointed to a guy sitting near us. She told me his name was Adam Reed, the only guy in school as hot as Harry. I rolled my eyes playfully and she continued. She said that him and Harry can't stand being around each other at all.  She didn't know why, something about a party last year. Adam broke up with Kelsey a week ago, but she doesn't seem to care much. I glanced over at Adam. 

        Holy hotness! Adam was cute. He's about six feet tall, somewhat muscular and blonde hair kinda spiky/messy. His eyes dart every where bringing happiness to it's gaze. They wander like a lost puppy's looking from one person to the next. Then they landed on me. He got up his eyes not leaving mine. He's walking over! I screamed in my head. Jade elbowed me in my rib, "Act cool." I shifted nervously in my chair, I could’ve sworn he was moving in slow motion. My heart skipped a beat as he passed by each seat, slowly edging his way closer to me.

"Do you mind if I stare at you up close instead of from across the room?" He said winking at me. Is he flirting with me? I smiled sweetly, I couldn't help but blush. "Hi, I'm Adam. You are...?" he asked. 

       My eyes locked onto a pair of deep blue eyes on a very handsome face standing directly in front of me. My mind went blank for a second as I stared into those eyes. In the background I could hear the loud noise of the classroom, but I couldn't comprehend a thing. The only thing that mattered was me and him. 
"April," I finally answered as I notice his eyes watching me, studying every feature of my face. 

"The most beautiful month of the year, I like it." He smiled at me, then bit his lip. Omg, hottest thing ever! I could feel the redness in my cheeks.
"So I'll see you around?" 

"Yeah, see you around." I give him one last smile and he gives a slight wave before he reluctantly turns around and walks to his seat. I sit there, wonder-struck as I realize I just talked to Adam Reed! I turned to Jade, she had the same confused look I had. The emotion was soon replaced with excitement. If it were possible to squeal and whisper at the same time, her voice did it. Jade did a squirmy little happy dance in her seat before remembering that Adam might be watching her, so she sat still and tried to look cool. We were both thinking the same thing, omgomgomg!  I couldn't stop thinking about Adam for the whole class period, he was super sweet and flirty. But even my daydreaming wasn't enough to block out the annoying teacher. He  passed out science papers and lectured about everything. He was talking so slow and low, I wanted to rip my ears off. I wanted to get to lunch and see Harry again. 

         The cafeteria was dull, a boring repeat of lunch trays and mindless chatter. The strong smell of ketchup radiated from the hot food line, and the chocolate milks were cold to the touch. The only thing that could brighten up this place are the amazing dimples awaiting me when I sit down. I see him sitting at a table across the room. I wave at him and me and Jade walk over. 
"Hey!" I said. I sat down across from him and Jade sat next to me.
"Hey, how was 3rd period?" Harry asked taking a bite of his lunch. 

"Fine, I guess," I answered shrugging. 
I could see jade looking at me from the corner of my eye. I hoped she didn't bring up the Adam thing, it would be so awkward. 

"It was more than fine, you were blushing the whole time!" She laughed. Shit. 

"I wasn't blushing the whole time.." I insisted, glaring at her hoping she'd get the hint. Harry instantly got interested in the conversation. He looked at Jade urging her to continue. 

"Adam Reed was totally hitting on her!" She told him. Ugh. Jade! Why would you tell him that! I thought. I smiled sheepishly at him. I was blushing madly and Jade could tell too, she continued talking. "He was all, hey sexy, what's your name?" She made her voice deeper and pretended to be Adam.  "And she was all, hee hee April," she mocked my voice making me sound like a dump cheerleader.

"Shut up! That's not how it went at all!" I said pushing her playfully. I couldn't help but laugh at her silly impressions. Harry was staring at as awkwardly and silent. I knew what he was thinking. I smiled a little bit, at the thought that he might be jealous. I put my best flirty face on. 

"Don't worry, I'm not interested... You have no competition." I winked, then smiled at him. His eyes widened a little as he realizes what I have just said, then his mouth curls up into a smile. I smiled back and flipped my hair. I guess I'm the one that's flirting now. I'm not sure if me and Harry were a couple now, but even if we aren't I was okay with being close friends. He is very nice and I don't think he'd ever hurt me. 

       The rest of the day was a bore, just like every other day. Horton high school is a huge modern school put on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. The magority of freshman girls suffer from BBS (bottle bitch syndrome) and wear knockoff boots and wear clothes that are to tight. 99% of freshman guys have yet to hit puberty. The juniors are divided into several categories. There are hippies, skaters, druggies, jocks, popular preps, people who want to be rebels, and of course the nerds. The junior girls are mostly all bitches obsessed with ugly Ugg boots and being skanky and wearing american eagle. The guys are very into themselves and strut around as if they own the place. For example Adam Reed. Man I hate that guy, he's annoying cause he thinks he's better than everybody. But of course all the cheerleaders think he's amazing and on top of that he's got his eyes on April. Terrific.
        The seniors for the most part are a group of well rounded interesting people. They have gone through the stages of Horton, they know who they are, what they want to be, and they don't care about status. 

        Gym class consists of almost a half hour to get changed, stand around, sit, wait, do nothing while we listen to instructions, stretch, walk around, and maybe 15 mins of actual physical activity. The whole time I kept thinking about what April said at lunch and if it meant anything. I keep replaying it in my mind over and over again. Her voice rings in my ears as if she's right next to me, ‘don't worry you've got no competition’. Then she smiled at me, her beautiful smile, I could look at it all day. 

       My thoughts were interrupted by the bell, gym was over and I had to go back to my regular classes. Some teachers are cool, and others are psycho. My English teacher told me that if the he drove by in his car and saw the school on fire, he would empty his gas tank and throw it on the fire. Well, I guess you get the idea. I don't quite know what it is that makes this school so bad. It has to be a combination of things. On the bright side this was my last class of the day.
        I met up with April at the end of class and we both walked home together. Crowds of people were whispering and pointing at us, gossiping, I'm guessing. April was blushing madly and looked uncomfortable. I tried smiling at her and making conversation to get her to stop thinking about them. It worked, because she smiled and laughed the whole way home. I think we are really hitting it off. 

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