12. Chapter 12
The next day didn't get any better, guys walked up and tried to get my number but Marcel shooed them away. "I am going to get some lunch, do you want me to get you anything?" He asks and I look up at him. "No thanks." I say and he nods and gets up and leaves. "You look lonely." I turn and Zayn is standing there. "Yeah but I definitely don't want your company." I say bitterly, my words laced with venom. "Harsh, I just wanted you to know that I didn't tell Niall to do any of this." He says and I roll my eyes. "I don't want to hear your alibi, just leave and go yak it up with Niall, I want nothing to do with you or him or any of his friends for that matter." I say, standing up, my voice getting louder. "Listen, Nora, meet me after school today, by the oak tree." He says, walking away. Marcel walks over and puts his hand on my back. "Are you okay?" He asks and I look at him. "Yeah." I say, sitting down and he sits down next to me.
After school I go outside and I stop and look around. I see the old oak tree, shading the grass below it and the little wooden swing hanging from the branch. I don't know why but all of a sudden I start walking toward that oak tree and I put my bag down and sit on the swing, waiting for Zayn, a part of me wants to know what he has to say and the other part just wants to scream at him some more.
I sit on the swing until there is no one around. Why did I even come especially since he didn't show up. I get up and grab my bag. "Nora." I turn and Zayn is standing there in his black jeans and tennis shoes and tank top. I drop my bag and cross my arms. "I want you to know that I am not a bad guy." He says and I roll my eyes. "Bull, you were laughing at everything that has happened just like everyone else!" I shout, anger boiling inside me. "Yeah because I don't want Niall to know!" He exclaims and I roll my eyes. "Know what?!" I ask, putting my hands on my hips. "That I am in love with you." He says and I stop everything, even breathing and stare at him. "What?" I ask.