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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8. (6) Misunderstanding

Friday

“Brooke! Brooke wait up!” I heard a girl call after me. I snapped my head around and saw a girl running towards me, her blond hair flowing behind.

“Hey.” She said, and of course, she wasn’t out of breath being athletic as she is.

“Hey Kaylee.” I said smiling at my friend.

“We haven’t talked in a while.” She pouted.

“I’m sorry, I’ve been..”

“Hanging out with the new guy? Yeah I’ve noticed.” She laughed.

I rolled my eyes crossing my arms over the books I held to my chest. “Mr. James made me.” I retorted.

“Mhm. Anyways…” She trailed off suspiciously.

“What!?” I gasped.

“Anything going on between the two of you?” She asked nudging me.

“No!”

She stared at me with an arched eyebrow urging me to spill.

“Kaylee!” I shouted and she burst out laughing.

We kept walking to our classes.

“So can I come to your place tonight?” She asked twirling a strand of her hair around her finger and chewing on her bright pink bubble gum.

“Um, I can’t tonight…” I said guiltily, biting the corner of my lip.

Her bright blue eyes met mine. She made her bubble gum pop before continuing. “Right. You probably have a date. I mean it is Friday night..”

I rolled my eyes at her. “Kaylee would you stop? Nothing’s going on between us!” I said laughing. She laughed too and finally gave me a hug and skipped away to her next class.

“Bye Brooke.”

“Bye Kaylee.” I said shaking my head at how convinced she was that me and Niall were a thing.

 

***

 

When I showed up at the cafeteria for lunch, Niall wasn’t there. I frowned. Okay… I did a double take and walked out of there. I didn’t want to eat alone and I should’ve seen it coming. Niall would find better people someday.

 

***

I was walking to my math class after lunch and I noticed Niall walking a little further down. Knowing his schedule a bit and seeing as he was going in Science I called after him. “Niall!” I said quickening my pace. He looked back at me and his eyes widened. He quickly snapped his head back forward and turned into a crowd of people. Where I wouldn’t be able to find him.

 

What was up with him? I thought to myself.

He actually tampered my mood. Wow. I barely even knew him and him trying to get away from me actually brought me down. Maybe it’s because I thought I could have with him what I already had with-

 

BUMP.

“Ow!” I muttered. As I marched away I bumped solid into someone. “I’m sorr-” I looked up and locked eyes with Niall. “Oh.” Was all I said before pushing past him.

“Brooke?” He called confused.

I ignored him and continued power walking away.

 

***

I was at my locker. As usual, I stuffed random books into my bag before swinging it over my shoulder. Niall was supposed to come to my house after but I guess that was no longer happening. I sighed and made my way out of the school.

 

I stared at the ground, kicking rocks as I walked. Shoulders slumped I was… sad. Yet again, more people that I had let myself trust, bailed on me.

 

I felt someone watching from a safe distance, following me. But I didn’t even care. Suddenly someone jumped out from the bushes that framed the school property. I screamed and took a few steps backs. I heard laughing which made me laugh at my own reaction until I saw that it was Niall untangling himself from the plants. My smile quickly faded. I self-consciously crossed my arms over my chest.

 

“What do you want?” I spat. (I have a tendency of being rude when I’m mad).

 

He quickly shut his mouth and his face filled with hurt. “Wh-what do you mean?” He stuttered. Niall was literally like a puppy. He was always sweet, innocent and adorable.

 

I ignored his question. “Where were you at lunch?”

 

“I had recup in French!” He defended.

 

I glared at him. “Why did you run away from me before?”

 

He opened and closed his mouth until he finally said, “I.. I wanted to surprise you. You weren’t supposed to see me yet.”

 

“Surprise me?” I arched an eyebrow.

 

He pulled out a daisy from behind his back. “Actually I did make a friend. Happy one week frieniversary.” He said timidly.

 

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