The Best Three Days Of My Life

Jake is just your average 15 year old. He isn't very well liked and people just make him sick. But, when new girl Clarisse shows him some kindness, will he change? Or is heartbreak going to swing another blow to his pride?

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6. Lunchtime

Lunch time; one of the best parts of the school day. It had been a few weeks since the start of term. Michael had already gone ahead with his food to find a seat while Jake stood in the dinner line. School meals weren’t actually that bad, to be honest. Once he had his food, he began the search of the dinner hall for his friend. It didn’t take him long… God why did he have to sit with them? Michael was sitting opposite Evan and his gang. Jake slammed his tray down and plopped into his chair angrily. As dramatically as possible. For no particular reason. As one, Michael, Evan, Megan and Andrew stopped eating. Clarisse was eating, looking confusedly at her friends’ reactions. “I need to go to the office.” “I have basketball practise.” “I have a late library book.” Evan, Megan and Andrew mumbled their ridiculous excuses as they picked up their trays and left. Jake felt really bad for Clarisse; who knows what hate Evan was giving her for having a friend like Jake. The girl put down her fork and stared at the floor. She looked as if she hadn’t slept well in days, the concealer couldn’t hide her dark under eyes. The poor girl, she looked dreadful. If you weren’t really looking, you’d probably think she was just up late last night studying. Society was good at overlooking things. “Are you okay?” Michael finally broke the silence. Clarisse nodded shyly and resumed eating. She looked as if she had lost her appetite, but the fact that she still tried to force it down remained. She didn’t want people worrying about her. “You know, you can always hang out with us instead if they’re giving you shit.” Jake nudged her with his elbow as he began his lunch. “Are you sure that’s okay?” “Why wouldn’t it be?” Michael cut in, “You’re pretty cool, you know.” She smiled and blushed lightly, clearly not used to compliments of any kind. It was understandable, seeing as she hung out with Megan. Megan was just one of those girls that everyone thought was so cool and amazing, and who would notice a shy little girl when there was beauty like that right next to her? Fake beauty, Jake thought. So, once they had all finished their food, they put their trays on the side and went outside. It wasn’t a particularly nice day, the smell of rain was fresh in the air and the sky was covered in a thick layer of cloud. Typical, British weather. What did the weather matter, really?
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