It’s a new day and I walk into my first period classroom. I haven’t been at my new school long, but I surprisingly wasn’t finding it hard to adjust to. I’ve made a few friends and I know where all my classes are at. It’s more of just the town I’m not too familiar with. I sit down in my usual spot and get out my stuff for the class.
Jason walks in late of course and he eyes me the entire time when he is walking to his seat right behind mine. He was wearing a plaid shirt with a white v neck and dark jeans. He still had that bad boy look to him though I guess. Mrs. Brooks announces an assignment that we have to do and she is gonna assign us partners. I let out a sigh hoping that she didn’t put me and Jason together because then I know who would be doing all the work…me. Mrs. Brooks calls out names. “Lauren and Ryan. Jasmine and Jason.” I let out a groan and it was a bit louder than for what I meant it to be. From behind Jason leans up against my back and whispers in my ear “Don’t be like that Jasmine.” His voice was hard, and almost cold. I hear his comment, but just ignore him as I nervously scan my eyes around the room, thinking about what I was getting myself into. Honestly I was pretty annoyed Jason was my partner but it was just for an assignment so I bared with it. The teacher tells us to start working with our partners so that’s what everyone starts doing. I slowly turn around so I can talk to Jason. I tell him “You can come over to my house so we can work on the project I guess.” He smirks “And are you sure that’s all we’re gonna do?” I ask “What do you mean?” He grins “I think you know what I mean.” I think about it for a second and then I realize what he meant. I roll my eyes at him and also at my own stupidity for being so slow and not catching on to his dirty mind. “You sure are annoying McCann.” He faintly replies “I’m not the only one.” I raise my eyebrows “I heard that.” He plays stupid and says “What, I didn’t say anything Jasmine. Or can I call you Jas?” I pause for moment but then reply “I mean I gu-” before I can even finish what I say the bell rings. As I am packing up Jason says “I’ll see you tonight.” and he gets a suspicious smile on his face. I look up at him but just ignore his stupidity. I was actually kind of nervous about Jason coming over. Only because my parents are strict Christians and they always tell me to stay away from the “bad kids” and I guess you could say Jason was one of them. Hopefully he just doesn’t give them a bad impression.
It was finally time for lunch. My favorite period of the day. I tell Caitlin and Erin that I’m going to catch up with them because I just had to put stuff in my locker. Everyone was already in the cafeteria so there was no one in the hallway. I walk in the hallway playing on my phone. Then I get to my locker and start putting some books away. After a few minutes, I close the door of my locker and I see Jason is leaning his shoulder right against the one next to mine. I get startled. Like usual. He laughs “What did I scare you?”I let out a breath “Jeez, you’re good at doing that.” He smirks “I’m good at doing a lot of things babe.” I say “Don’t call me that.” He presses me against my locker and gets closer to me. He replies “Call you what?” as if he didn’t know what I was talking about playing stupid again. “Babe. I’m not your babe.” I try to get out of our position but he presses his hand against the locker so I couldn’t escape. He leans in closer to me, so close I could feel his hot breath and his heart beating. He stares at me in the eyes and I stare at him back. He starts looking at my lips and leans in a little closer.
He stays like that for a second, and then he quietly says “I really want to kiss you.” While he scans my face from eyes down to my lips. I could feel his hot breath against my mouth as he said that. He’s so close to my face the only thing I can do is stare at is his face as I look upon his eyes full of desire and his plump lips. But I didn’t want him and I wasn’t going to do that. I put my hands on his stomach and push him gently while I mumble “Jason, stop.” Even though I said it faintly, he was so close to me I knew he could hear me clear. I could feel my knees go weak and I felt a little out of breath for some reason. It wasn’t the fact that I liked Jason because I didn’t. I guess you could say he makes me nervous when he was so intimate like that and I guess a bit intimidating at how bold he was.
And I don’t know if I could tell right, but his stomach felt toned. To make things less awkward I say “Um I- I guess I’ll see you when you come by later.” Jason still standing there just nods and I walk into the cafeteria to sit with my friends.
First I get my food then I go find the table where Caitlin and Erin are at and I sit with them. Erin says “Well that took you quite awhile.”I laugh and say “Yeah and I had t-to pee.”I stutter a bit as I make up an excuse from the top of my head. They both just nod understandingly. Caitlin then says “Did Mrs. Brooks assign you that project with a partner?” I nod “Yeah.” And I start digging in to my food. “So who’d you get?” I reply “Jason.”I say nonchalantly sort of forgetting that would be a big deal to them. “McCann?”Caitlin says a bit loud and shocked. I take a sip of water “Yeahhh.” And I kind of realize how awkward that was. Then she replies “Well I wish you luck girl. Don’t become ‘friends’ with him. He’s nothing but trouble.” I nod my head up “Right I’ll note that.” She continues and she groans “Gosh, that boy is so bitter to everyone. He’s so cold; I bet his heart is like made out of ice, that is if he even has one.” She starts laughing as she cracked herself up with her own joke.
She continues “That boy does not have one warm part in his body, seriously.” Erin adds “Yeah, that’s with pretty much everyone. Except some people. With girls he wants to bang he’s usually flirty and not as mean. But otherwise, he’s a total douche.” Caitlin says “Yeah but I mean he’s even an ass to the girls he fucks. I haven’t seen him be decently nice or caring to anyone ever.”
I thought about it and I realized Jason really isn’t ‘cold’ or ‘bitter’ to me. I mean a lot of the time he’s a douche, but what about what just happened in the hallway? He seemed like he was trying to “get it” with me I guess but like they said, he’s flirty with some girls and maybe I’m one of them? It sounds like Jason acted hateful towards everyone but really I didn’t feel a big amount of hatred from him, towards me at least. I don’t like Jason but I just don’t know why so many people were against him. All they say is he’s ‘bad’ and ‘trouble’. I wanted to know what kind of stuff he’s done that people make seem so dramatic.
I was at my house chilling on my bed and then suddenly I heard the doorbell ring. I jump off my bed and run downstairs to go open the door. Right when I put my hand out to open the door, Jason opens it himself. He says “You should really lock your doors.” And he chuckles quietly. My mouth is just hanging open stunned as how he just barged into my house like he owned it. I say “Well if you would’ve just waited a second I would’ve opened the door for you.” He shakes his head “Nah you took too long, I was getting bored out there.” I scrunch my eyebrows at how stupid he sounded. He ignores me and walks past me like this was his home. I turn my heels around and say “Um do you think you own this place or something?” He turns to look at me. “You know I don’t like smartasses Jasmine. Now let me get something straight with yo -“ Before he could finish his sentence my mom walks in from the kitchen. She says “Hiii, you must be..?”and he turns around to reply “I’m Jason. Jason McCann. It’s nice to meet you.” She smiles “I’m Barbara. Jasmine’s mom, it’s nice to meet you.” Jason puts his hand on his chest and says “The pleasure is mine.” I interrupt and say “Oookay well um, we have to work on our project now.” My mom says “Okay now, you two can get to work.”
I run up the stairs and Jason follows behind me. We walk into my room and Jason sits on my bed as he looks all around my room. I start talking to him and say “I thought you were supposedly a ‘bad boy’ though you’re nice to my mom?” He replies “Look I’m not a jerk. I’m a gentleman. I’m not cocky all the time sweetheart.” This boy made himself sound even more cocky, calling me “sweetheart”. I ask “You sure about that?” He looks at me “You know you have a lot of guts to be talking to me like that.” I roll my eyes “Look Jason, I’m not scared of you.” He replies “Oh really?” I shrug and say “Really.” He walks up to me so close I can feel him breathing. He asks “So you haven’t heard anything about me?” I reply “Oh I’ve heard about you.” Then he asks me “So you’re not scared of the things I’ve done?” I’m the one to ask next “So you’re saying they’re true?” He shakes his head and smirks “Oh I’m not saying anything. But what you’re saying is you don’t believe any of what people have said to you about me?” I shrug “I mean, I don’t know.” “Well let me tell you something, don’t.” I eye him for a second, the both us not saying anything to each other but just staring.
I try to rub off the awkwardness and say “Well I’m not going to do this whole project myself.” He puts his hands up in defense “Alright alright. Get it started then.” I grab the materials needed and work on my big desk I have. Jason says “Look I have an idea, how about you do the writing and drawing and shit and I’ll color.” I sigh “I guess. Since I know that’s the only work you’ll agree to.” He says “Great.”
As I’m working on the project. I turn my head for a second and I see him being nosy, observing my stuff. I don’t say anything I just lightly shake my head.
I get up for a second to go get something in my bag. I am surprised when I feel Jason wrap his arms around my waist. I feel his hot breath in my ear as he whispers “Are you sure you really want to be doing this project right now?” His voice is so raspy and relaxing I’m mesmerized for a second. I pull out of his grasp “Uh yeah Jason. That’s the only reason why you’re here. Remember?” I walk to the other side of the room to get something.
Jason sighs “Why do you act like you don’t like me?” I turn around and he looks me right in the eyes. I could tell he was being legitimate as he was asking me this question. I look at him and say “It’s not that I don’t not like you. But I know your reputation.” He walks over to me closer and asks me, his voice quiet “What do they say?” I look up at him. I hesitate but answer with “They say things like you’re a player, you’re in a gang, all trouble.” There is a quiet pause.
Jason walks towards the window and looks out, then down at the floor. He slowly starts talking to me, his jaw twitches and he takes a gulp as he begins to say “I had a brother. His name was Alex.” He rolls his tongue on the inside of his cheek and continues “These people..killed him.” He licks his lips then bites them while avoiding eye contact with me. I look down as I don’t know what to say. I walk over to him and reply “Jason, I’m so sorry.” He looks up at me confused. “Why?” I hesitate and reply “I mean, I’m sorry for your loss.” He grins with a still serious look on his face “Don’t be.” I get confused and ask “What do you mean?” He sighs “Jasmine, let me tell you a little something.” I raise my eyebrows together waiting for him to continue. “When you live a life like mine, you don’t care about anything or anyone.”
I ask “Are you saying you don’t care about the death of your brother?” He replies “I couldn’t care less. Although I did pretend like I cared. Only to fool the people who did it. Having them think that was the reason I was after them. Really, I just wanted to ruin them. They can’t think that they can hurt someone who was close to me and get away with it.” I look at him while he continues speaking. “They’ve thought they’ve seen the last of me. Years later, I’m coming at them when they least expect it.” I ask “What are you going to do like…kill them?” His response was “I’ll do whatever I have to do. They need to learn their lesson.” Honestly I was quiet shocked Jason was telling me all this about him, considering we just met. Although it seems like he trusted me so quick, made me wondering why.
After an awkward pause Justin adds “Jasmine, you won’t tell anyone about this right?” He walks up to me and grabs my face with his hand. He adds “I can trust you?” He caresses my cheek with his thumb. I study his eyes for a second and admire his whole face.
After getting out of my trance I pull away and reply “Yeah, yeah of course. I would never tell anyone.” I walk back over to my desk and continue finishing up this project trying to get on track. I say “Well uh, I’m just gonna finish this up.”
Finally about after another 30 minutes I finished the project and yeah, Jason didn’t do anything but it’s what I figured anyway. We both rubbed off our awkward conversation earlier but I knew we both didn’t forget. While I’m completing finishing touches I say “Aaaand done.” I get up from my chair and I turn around to see Jason walk up to me and he says “Great.” And he stuffs his hands in his pocket. I say “Alright you can leave.” And I lead him to the exit of my door but he stops me and says “Hey hey hey why so soon?”
I reply “Well I mean.. you’ve already been here awhile.” Jason turns his head and asks “But what if I don’t want to leave?” I open my mouth to say something but nothing comes out cause I didn’t exactly know how to reply. The words slowly come out of my head as I’m thinking them. “But I want you too?” Jason walks closer to me and as he faces me he looks me in the eyes. His eyes were light brown. But the way he always came off, they seemed dark. Like full of mystery and seduction. They made you never want to take your eyes off of them. He seductively whispers into my ear “Just a few more minutes, please.” The way he said please though. Jason was trying to get me in a trance, but I wouldn’t let him. He grabs the back of my neck gently and slowly trys to lean into my face, but suddenly my mom walks in my room saving me. Yet it was also kind of awkward because it looked like we were doing stuff.
She questions “What’s going on here?” I pull away from Jason’s grasp and say “Nothing. Jason was just was just about to leave.” She suspiciously says “Well alright I think it’s time for you to go Jason.” Jason replies “Right. Well I’ll see you tomorrow Jasmine.” I say “Right. See you.” and he waves my mom goodbye while I murmur “tomorrow.” And he walks past her through the doorway and my mom waits until he has left the front door to talk to me. Once she hears the front door shut closed she demands “Jasmine stay away from him.” I’m kind of shocked at how assertive my mom’s being. “What? Why?” “Our new neighbors have told me. He’s a bad kid, he’s nothing but trouble. He’s involved in gangs; I don’t want you dating him.” I get defensive and squint my eyes together “You don’t even know him, you can’t judge someone on what you’ve heard. And dating him? I’m not dating him. We had a project to do.” My mom looks at me like she’s heard something unbelievable. “A project? Since when have projects involved two people that close to each other hm? For goodness sake the boy was touching you in a way he shouldn’t have been.” I sigh “I’m not even in to him.” She says “Either way friends or more than friends I don’t want you guys to be talking to each other. At all. Is that understood?” I sigh “Yes mom.” I only said that to make her shut up cause I know that’s what she wants to hear. It seemed like there was not one person in this town that I’ve met that wasn’t so against Jason McCann.
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