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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4. (3) When Everything Else Is Gone

“So..” Niall said as we walked to lunch. “Do I eat with you or…” He was being so awkward, but in a cute way.

I shrugged, “Do whatever you want.”

“I mean I don’t want to bother you.” He bit the inside of his cheek.

I laughed. “Niall, it’s fine, come on.”

We went in line to buy our food.

***

We sat at the table in silence, munching on our lunches and catching the occasional glance. “Do you have any friends?” Niall asked innocently.

I coughed on the water I was drinking. “Excuse me?” I said wide-eyed.

“That came out wrong.” Niall excused himself.

I nodded giving him a strange look. “Yeah, it did.” I muttered

“It’s just because like, you spent all day with me, and you sat alone at lunch, well with me, but if I wasn’t there you would’ve been alone.” He rambled.

I rolled my eyes. “I had no choice to spend the day with you.” I growled. He was getting on my nerves.

“I’m sorry.” He said looking at the table.

I sighed. “No, I am, I shouldn’t be such a bitch to you.” He lifted his head. “I know it can be hard being the new kid.”

He titled his head. “You were once the new kid?”

I shook my head. “No, but I can just imagine, seeing what others put the new kids through.”

“Oh.” He nodded quietly.

“But don’t worry, nobody’s gonna touch you as long as you’re with me.” I gave him a friendly wink.

“Are you like the school’s badass?” He joked.

I laughed shrugging. “I guess you could say that?” I answered making it sound a little more like a question than an answer.

“Do you have like, a partner in crime?” He continued.

I laughed again but this time my heart beat slowed down as I remembered.

 

>>Flashback, Friday night two years ago.<<

 

Ting. Poc. Crack.

My head flickered to my window. I picked my laptop off of my crisscrossed legs and set it on my bed. I pealed myself up from my sheets and leaned over to my stereo and turned down my blasting music. I listened to see if the noise would come back. Nothing. I sighed and leaned over to turn the volume back up.

Toc.

Ugh. I got up from my bed and opened the window. Just then a rock came flying in but I dodged it quickly. “What the hell!?” I leaned outside and saw my bestfriend with a handful of pebbles. I laughed. “You almost blinded me.” I joked.

He chuckled.

“Oops.” He shrugged.

I rolled my eyes.

“Come outside.” He called.

I grimaced. “Why?”

He pealed his backpack off of his back and flipped it onto his chest. He pulled out a few cans of spray paint and waved them around. My eyes sparkled as I watched him try to lure me in.

“Hold on a sec.” I said as I went back in my room. I locked my door and picked a vest out of my closet. I put on some converse and turned my music back on. Just to trick my parents. I then climbed out of my window onto the roof and jumped into his arms. We both fell to the floor laughing.

“Shhh.” He tried to hush me but we were laughing too hard. He grabbed my hand and we ran away.

***

In the alley.

“So what are you going to paint tonight?” He asked watching me examine the wall and the cans.

I shrugged. “I’m kinda feeling quotes.”

He chuckled and slid down the wall to sit on the floor.

After about ten minutes I examined what I’d written. In jet black, I covered the walls in curly letters, not girly though, just… beautiful. To me. It read “Remind me that we’ll always have each other” and a little further down “When everything else is gone.” I smiled, proud of my work and turned to my best friend sitting on the floor. He wasn’t smiling. I bit my lip. Well now I’m embarrassed.

He fiddled with his hands.

“Um, hey?” I waved in his face, annoyed that I was invisible to him at the moment when I was clearly standing right in front of him.

“What’s it mean?” He asked, somewhere in a tone between serious and spitting it out at me.

“What?” I asked giving him a face.

“Who’s it about?” He urged.

“Oh, uh..” Well I thought he’d get it. I don’t know. Now I’m embarrassed to tell him.

“You know I bring you here, I do everything I can to make you happy, I have my best times with you and you come here and rub another guy in my face.”

I gasped. “What? No, I-”

“Save it.” He said pulling himself off the floor. I rushed over to him and pressed him to the wall.

“It was about us.” I said chewing on the inside of my cheek. I shoved him and then let my arm fall loosely to my side as I picked up the cans and stuffed them in his backpack and handed it back to him.

He was taken aback by that, probably regretting not trusting me in our friendship. “Brooke,”

“Just forget about it.” I said crossing my arms and marching away into the dark.

***

The following Monday.

“Brooke.” He said leaning against my locker.

I rolled my eyes. Looks like I’m not stopping by my locker now. I was pissed at him. I do one nice thing for him and he gets mad.

He stopped me with one arm and brought my back to my locker. Standing in front of me so I couldn’t get away. I looked at his arm noticing new ink. I tilted my head to read Remind me that we’ll always have each other. Oh and now he puts my art on his arm,

“I wonder who has the matching tattoo.” I muttered

He chuckled. “That’s the thing, I was thinking about bringing you to the tattoo parlor after school so you could get it.”

I smiled finally recognizing my bestfriend.

 

>>Present time<<

I turned my arm over. When everything else is gone, you could read on my forearm. My eyes got blurry but I sucked it up. I took a deep breath.

“No.” I said shaking my head at Niall.

We continued our lunch in silence and the rest of the day went on just like it had been all day. 

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