It Was Meant To Be

Molly dreams of two things: getting into her first-choice university and finding true love. Music-loving slacker Zayn also dreams of two things:winning the battle of the bands- and winning Molly.He is determined to make her fall in love with him.

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17. The Problem With Andrew

The Problem With Andrew

23rd September, 3.02 p.m.

Zayn POV

"I think I get the syncopation thing in measure thirteen now. Can I try and explain it?"

I nod. I keep my eyes on the floor. Robert keeps talking but I'm not listening. I'm trying really hard not to look across the room but I can't help it. Molly's right over there. In a few weeks she'll be over here.

It would be easy to tell her how Andrew really is. I almost told Shania when we had the talk, but  I want Molly to like me for who I am. Not for who Andrew isn't. Not even because I know Andrew really thinks about her.

The thing about Robert is that he's totally on the fringe. He has zero status. I'm getting to know him for the first time now and he's actually a decent guy. Which makes what happened even sadder.

It happened one day last April when I decided to stay after to use the weight room. I was changing in the locker room when Andrew and some other guys from the basketball team came in from practice. Robert was also in the locker room for some reason. He was changing near the door, but I was all the way back by the showers. So Robert was the first thing the guys saw when they came in.

"Hey, dickhead," I heard. "How's it going?"

When I heard this, I knew there was going to be trouble. Not like I could have done anything about it. Matt was the one who said it. I didn't have to see those guys' faces to know who was saying what.

Apparently, Robert was trying to ignore them, because then Matt sounded tight.

"I SAID, how's it going?"

"Fine," Robert said.

Then the whole team started imitating Robert's voice in this whiny falsetto. "Fine! Fine! Fine!" I knew Robert must have been nervous and scared. I hated myself for being too tired to go over and defend him. I stayed hidden in my corner of lockers.

I guess Robert was done changing and tried to leave, because then Alex said, "Hey, dickhead,  going somewhere?"

"He's got a hot date," Matt said.

"Probably with another fag." Andrew was the one who said this.

"Just let me go," Robert said.

"Oooh!" Alex said. "The fag's getting restless."

"He needs to relax," Matt said.

"We can help him relax," Andrew said. "Right guys?"

"Sure," Matt sais.

And then I heard a smack. Robert cried out.

"I think he likes it," Andrew said.

"Leave me alone," Robert said.

"Why?" said Matt. "You're not having fun yet?"

"Just let me go," Robert pleads. "Please."

"No problem, man." Andrew said.

And then I heard something slam against the lockers. Hard!

I knew it was Robert.

For the next few minutes, I sat on the floor and hated myself. How could I let them do those things to him and just sit there? Why didn't I try to do something? But I knew that there was nothing I could do to defend Robert and if I went over there, Robert would know that I know and I know how that kind of embarrassment feels. The absolute worst is when someone else was there to feel your pain.

Then I guess Robert ran out, because the guys started talking about other things. I felt trapped in the locker room.. I decided to wait until they left, and then I would go.

So I sat there on the floor and heard everything. They were talking about dates for the weekend and how Andrew wanted to ask Molly out. Andrew said how he had noticed her for the first time during our junior assembly. His friends were telling him everything they knew about her.

"So why don't you, man?" Matt said.

"I don't know," Andrew said. "Elizabeth's a lot hotter."

"Yeah, but dude," Alex said. "She's friends with Molly."

Andrew yelled, "Bonus!"

Everyone laughed. I could hear hands slapping high fives.

Andrew said, "You guys don't think she's too...you know?"

"What?" Matt said.

"She must be a virgin," Andrew said.

"Dude," Matt said. "It's the nerdy ones that are the best."

"Yeah," Alex said. "All that built-up sexual frustration. She's like a volcano ready to explode!"

"Plus, she could do your homework and shit," Matt said.

"Yeah, but Elizabeth looked so fucking hot in that mini-skirt today."Andrew said.

"She was totally smokin'!" Alex said. "There was definitely no underwear involved."

"Here, it's like this," Matt said. "Do you wanna waste time trying to convince Molly that her virginity is a sin, or do you wanna go with the used goods?"

"I could always pop another cherry," Andrew said.

"Everything comes easy for the A-man." As Alex said this, his voice got louder. I knew he was about to walk past me,  so I pretended to be going through my stuff.

Alex jumped a little when he saw me. "Hey! What the hell are you doing in here?"

"Changing. But I'm done now so..." I tried to walk out like it was no big deal.

"Who's back there?" Matt said. He walked back to where we were. "Shit. He's been in here the whole time!"

"No,genius," Alex said. "He just walked in."

Matt and Alex looked at each other like they knew I could tell on them about Robert and were figuring out what to do with me. But all that happened was Alex saying, "You tell, you die."

"Whatever," I said, and got out of there. It's one of the biggest regrets of my life that I didn't stick up for Robert.

As I passed Andrew, he glared at me. I remember thinking he was the most fucked up out of all of them.

"Does that sound right?" Robert brings me back to the present.

Since I didn't hear a word he said, I just nod. Even if he repeated everything it would probably be worng. I don't feel like going over the whole thing again.

Suddenly, I feel he eyes on me.

I glance over at Molly. She looks away.

She was definitely staring at me. Again. I've caught her doing it every day since I talked with Shania and girls tell each other EVERYTHING. That was part of the plan.

I think she likes me and I thing Andrew is turning out to be less than all that. So why should I wait until we're partners to do something when I could be finding out how she feels right now?

 

 

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