Just Friends

"So," I smiled as I sat at the cafeteria table, in front of the new kid, Niall. I set my tray of food on the table. "have you made any friends yet?" He nodded. "That's good." I said picking up my apple and taking a bite out of it.
"What's his name?" I continued the conversation.
"He's coming to eat with us." He said, "You'll see."
I frowned confused, okay...
"Oh! There he is!" Niall said gesturing to a guy coming towards us. I turned around but as soon as I saw who it was I flashed my head back towards Niall.
"You're kidding me right?" I one hand on my forehead staring at the table. "Niall, you can't be friends with him he's-"
I was cut off by the guy sitting beside me on the bench of the table. "trouble." I finished under my breath as he and Niall did some kind of handshake.
"Hey there Brooke, haven't seen you in awhile." He winked at me.
"Hello Zayn..." I said coldly as I inched away from him on the bench.

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13. (11) Lunch

Brooke’s POV

We hadn’t seen each other since Saturday, and he had done a great job. He had honestly surprised me. I walked up to the table with my tray of food and set it down. He should be coming soon. I took a sip from my water bottle and he sat in front of me. “Hey Niall.” I smiled.

“Hey Brooke.” He smiled back.

“How’s your day been so far?” I asked.

He nodded as he spoke, “Good.” He shoveled his food with his fork and brought it to his mouth. “We actually have a group project in this one class.” He said in between bites.

I raised an eyebrow. “Yeah?”

He nodded. “So I’m with this guy in my class.” He continued.

I rolled my eyes. “Well obviously.”

I was about to ask who it was when Kaylee poked my side, making me jump. She laughed and sat beside me, not really paying any attention to Niall. “Hey there.”

I smiled. “Hey Kaylee.” She picked up my fork and took a bite of my food.

“You never spend any time with me anymore.” She pouted giving me puppy dog eyes.

“Kaylee!” I nudged her. Giving her a glare as to say Niall was right there. She shrugged. I rolled my eyes laughing. Getting the feeling that Niall was uncomfortable I tried to include him.

“Um Kaylee, this is Niall.” I gestured to him and he gave her a shy smile. “Niall this is Kaylee.” I said gesturing to her.

“Hey.” She said. She took a last bite of my food and got up. “Kay gotta go. Got people to see and places to go.” She leaned down and gave me a hug. I frowned playfully, laughing inwardly. I will never understand this girl.

“Bye Niall.” She smiled giving him a wave before slipping away into the crowd of students that flooded the cafeteria.

Niall poked at his food as I turned my attention back towards him. “I think you should spend the next few days at lunch with her.” He said.

“What? No Niall, she was just saying that.”

He bit his lip. “Well she’s your friend and I was imposed to you after all.” 

I reached for his hand over the table. “But I don’t regret it.” I gave him a tender smile. He smiled back.

“I still feel guilty for taking you away from your friends.” He paused. “Besides maybe it’ll give me a chance to make new friends.”

I felt a pinch in my heart. I liked having him all to myself. He was great and I was afraid of losing him… just like I had lost someone else.

He must have noticed my sudden change of humour because he gave my hand a light squeeze. “Without forgetting about you of course.” He winked. It made me feel a bit better. After all, I should be happy for him. I’m excluding him from everyone else. He’ll finally be able to meet new people instead of sticking around with boring old me.

I took a deep breath before meeting his eyes again. I smiled back at him as if to imply that I agreed. He smiled and continued eating but my thoughts were going wild.

I’ll be able to spend time with Kaylee, I tried to reassure myself. “Just don’t forget about me.” I warned.

He chuckled but I actually meant it. It was a fear of mine.

I faked a laugh and tried to free myself from these bad thoughts as me and Niall continued to eat lunch like any other day. 

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