Veronica shut her locker at the end of the day and began walking out of the building to meet Travis at his car, but just as she passed what she thought was an empty classroom, she was swiped from the hallway and into it. She was already mid scream by the time she was pushed up against the door but a hand had been placed over her mouth, muffling the panicked sounds.
“Veronica stop screaming.” The voice of her abductor chided.
Taking a better look at the persons face, she saw that it was Jake, and instantly her stomach churned and bile rose to her throat. He waited until she stopped screaming before slowly taking his hand away from her mouth, the entire time she was glaring at him.
“What do you want?” She seethed.
“To talk to you,” He began, but before he could continue, she cut him off.
“What the hell is wrong with you? You couldn’t have just called me or been a normal person and came up to my face and ask to talk to me?” Her eyes were flaming and her cheeks were flushed from the anger that filled her.
“I didn’t think you’d answer my calls.”
“Next time try.” She turned to open the door but Jake grabbed her shoulders and made her face him again.
“Veronica,” His voice was soft and he looked down at her with a frown. “I’m so sorry about what happened at the party. I didn’t mean to come at you like that. I was drunk and I couldn’t control myself.”
“So you couldn’t control to urge to force me into having sex with you.”
“I’m trying to apologize to you Veronica,” He ran a hand through his blond treads and groaned. “I still love you okay. You’re all I can think about and I feel like a complete ass for what I did.”
“You lying shit.” She let out a humorless laugh and shook her head at him. “You don’t make bets like that against the people you love Jake. What you did was wrong and I may never forgive you for that okay. It certainly doesn’t help that you made me lose my best friend so quite frankly Jake, you can go screw yourself.”
Jake’s sincere expression was now gone as he scoffed. “So what, you’re just going to leave me for Travis just because he was the first one to jump at the chance to make you feel better? Did you cheat on me with him? I bet you did. Maybe that’s why you didn’t seem so heartbroken when we broke up.”
Veronica slapped him, a loud crackling sound filling the room. Her voice shook as she did her best to not cry. “How dare you? I have never cheated on you. I loved you with everything me and was ready to make you happy whatever it took, and you know that. Those shitty rumors were made by you because were too scared to lose your little reputation. Scared that people would see you for what you really are, a self-righteous ass slut that only cares about himself. So before you go and tell me what I did and make me look like the bad guy, take a look at yourself first.”
Jake stayed silent for a long time, his eyes never wavering from her face. His only thoughts were just how bad he screwed up with her. Veronica had been the first girl to really put up a fight with him, and put her foot down and he admired that, but a part of him didn’t regret the bet. He only regretted having her finding out about it.
“He can never make you happier than I did.” He finally said.
“He’s made me happier in one day than you have in the two and a half months we dated.” She shot back.
“So you’re just gonna give up on us over something so stupid?” He yelled.
“Jake there never was an us!”
“Does that mean that the last couple months mean shit to you?”
“They meant a lot to me,” She answered truthfully. “But I feel like you couldn’t really say the same. I was just a little game to you, so if we could leave it at that it would really make my life a lot easier. This would’ve happened eventually. After you had fulfilled your end of the bet you would’ve just left me anyways so why the hell does it matter so much?”
“Because no one breaks up with me, okay.” He said.
Veronica rolled her eyes so hard she thought they were going to stay into her head. “Are you actually serious right now? All this just because I hurt your little ego. You seriously need to grow up.” She grabbed the door handle from beside her, but yet again she was stopped. He had her pinned up be her wrists against the wall door, far enough from the door so she couldn’t reach for it again. Veronica looked up at him with a bored expression. This was really getting old. “Jake, let go. I have to meet Travis.”
“No, I’m not letting you go.”
“No one will hear you.”
Veronica didn’t even miss a beat as she opened her mouth and screamed as loud as she could. Jake looked at her stunned before glaring when she smirked because just as she shut her mouth, the door swung open and in came Travis. His eyes scanned the room until he looked to the two and walking with confident strides toward them, and Jake didn’t even have time to think before he was pinned to the wall, Travis’ forearm pressed against his neck.
“Was making her life a living hell not enough for you?” Travis looked murderous and Veronica wondered if she should pull Travis away now. She decided to wait.
“I didn’t do anything to her.” Jake tried to look threatening, but it was kind of hard when you were pinned to the wall.
Travis rolled his eyes. “She told me what really happened you tool, so all I have to say is to leave her alone. She doesn’t want you in her life anymore. Just let her be happy.”
“She’d be happy with me.”
“What exactly do you have to back that up Jake?” Travis tilted his head to the side. “Because so far you’ve made the entire school hate her and made her feel like shit, so I hardly think she’d want to be with you after that. You need to get over yourself okay. So I’m only going to tell you this one more time.” He pushed a little harder with his arm into Jakes throat. “Leave Veronica alone.”
Jake cringed at the added pressure. “Okay fine fine, just let me go!”
Travis glared down at him for a moment before finally stepping back and in second Jake was out of the room. He turned to look at Veronica. “You alright?”
She nodded and let out a shaky breath. “Yeah, I guess.”
Travis took her hand and began guiding her out of the building. “I’m signing you up for self-defence.”
Veronica didn’t object.
When they got home they had watched a couple movies before Veronica decided she needed some air, so leaving Travis on the couch by himself, she walked out onto the balcony and leaned over the railing. The mix of orange, yellow, and red in the sky made Veronica smile with the memory of her best day ever. Thinking about it now, she was glad that she and Jake broke up. It really opened up her eyes and she had turned it into something better. She had finally found someone she could actually confide in, and she really hopped nothing could screw this up.
She was so comfortable around him. Physical contact wasn’t something she really feared when it came to him, and she was fine with that. His touch was something she actually welcomed and enjoyed, so even has he came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist she didn’t mind. She liked how comforting it felt as he rested his head on her shoulder and held her close to him.
“What are you thinking about?” He whispered in her ear.
“How this sunset reminds me of the beach.”
Travis didn’t say anything back as he adjusted his head on her shoulder, breathing in the coconuty scent that her hair always had. Looking down he noticed that as her arms rested on the railings, her fingers were subconsciously running against the scars on her wrist and pulling his arms away from her waist he reached over and took her hand away from them, replacing her fingers with his. He turned them upwards and got a better look at them and he knew she couldn’t see him, but he frowned.
“When did you first see these?” She asked
“A week after you moved in.”
Travis smirked as he admired the lovely tan legs of his roommate’s legs. Having just come out of the shower Veronica’s hair was dripping onto the hardwood floors and all she wanted to do was get into her room and properly dry off, but of course, Travis was in the way. His eyes trailed her legs before landing on her face. “Hey gorgeous.”
“Get outta my way.” Travis didn’t move out of her way, rather, he took a step closer to her.
“What do you want?”
“Just saying good morning.”
Veronica rolled her eyes and side-stepped the much taller boy. “Well, goodbye.”
As Veronica walked past him, Travis’ hand reached out and squeezed her but causing her to turn around glare at him. “What the hell is wrong with you?”
He shrugged. “Nothing that was just my way of appreciating that lovely ass of yours.”
“You sick bastard.” Veronica’s hand went to smack him but quicker than her eyes could see, Travis grabbed her wrist. At the contact he felt bumpy rigid marks under his fingers and took a quick moment to glance down to see the scars. It scared him half to death to see those. Scars like that were things that Travis had seen a lot in his life, and although none of them had been on his own wrists, they made him feel queasy. He wondered what had happened to her that was so horrible that cutting herself had become an option. Had she even cut herself or was it someone else who did it.
“Could you let go of me?” Her voice rang in his eyes and suddenly he realized that he had been staring at her. Letting go of her wrist he watched her walk away from him, the only thought in his head being that he never wanting to see anymore scars like that on her body.
“So that’s kind of why I try to always be home.” Travis calmly explained, his arms still wound tightly around her waist. “I was always scared of what you would do when you were home alone.”
“So sleeping with loud girls while I’m home was the way to go?” She mused. To Veronica what he did was a sweet gesture but it was also very unnecessary. Her first attempt at killing herself was also her last.
“Well I’m doubting you’d mind if you were said loud girl.”
Veronica laughed whole-heartedly, her entire body vibrating with glee. Snarky comments and all, she liked Travis for all he was, and all he wasn’t. He made her feel safe and happy and every fibre in her body prayed that this wouldn’t turn out like what happened with Jake. She didn’t want his feelings for her to be fake. That is not how she wanted this to go. Veronica tucked her head into the crook of his shoulder, welcoming his warmth as he held her tight in his arms. With a sigh she decided that if there did come a time for them to end, she wouldn’t worry too much about it. For now she was better off enjoying however long she got to spend with him.