No Way Out

Melody is your typical school loner. She has the books, the glasses, the nerdy status, and the past that repels other people. Except for one. When a strange boy moves into the small town, Melody doesn't know what to do. He isn't like everyone else. But having a deep fear of people doesn't help the situation. And she will soon realize that, in her small town, people aren't all that are to be feared.

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4. Chapter 3

For once, it wasn't as hard to get out of bed today. It was weird. Maybe I was just extra excited because it was Friday. People always go crazy on Fridays. Some even skip school on Friday every week. It pisses me off. I want to be able to do that, but I can't because I care too much about my future and I actually have a responsible guardian.

Since I got to school 20 minutes early, I've been sitting in my desk, alone in the classroom. Deciding I had nothing better to do, I took out my book and started reading.

After about 5 minutes of reading, I was so indulged in the book that I didn't realize I wasn't alone anymore. In fact, almost the whole classroom was filled. And once again, the seat next to me wasn't empty.

"Hi," Jason said.

"Hello," I replied. I was thinking of what Andrew said yesterday. I would like to give it a chance, but I don't know how.

"So, sorry if I creeped you out yesterday. Like I said, I'm working on my people skills. I've been sort of socially awkward, and I feel like that's not going to help me, now that I'm in a new high school," he explained.

"No, it's ok. I wasn't having a very good day yesterday," I said awkwardly.

"How come?" he asked, tilting his head to the side in curiosity.

I tensed. He was prying, just like yesterday. And I snapped at him. If I want to try to be friends, then I have to get used to how many questions come with the friendship. Breathe Melody, I thought. I took a deep breath. He was just sitting there, looking at me expectantly.

"Well, I live with my brother, and he wasn't having a good day either for God know what reason. When I didn't want to wake up, he got all mad and poured freezing cold water all over my bed that I was laying in. After getting up, I was already going to be late for school, so I just decided I would take my time getting here. Then I got here really late, and I was just tired," I explained. That was probably the most I've ever talked to someone, other than Andrew, of course. And it felt kind of good to let it out.

"Oh, yeah. I bet I'd have a crappy day if that happened to me, too. And I understand you on the whole big brother stuff. I have one as well," Jason said, smiling. I smiled back. Maybe this won't be so bad after all. "Uh, anyway, want to hangout at the park or something after school? We could get to know each other, and I really like to go on walks."

"...Sure. I think that would be fine," I answered.

"Great!" he said, smiling bigger. "I can't wait!" Then the bell rang, dismissing class. I guess we talked a lot longer than I thought. Oh well, fine by me.

We both got up. Neither of us had to pack anything, seeing as we didn't get anything out, so we walked out the door and down the halls silently, towards my locker. It felt kind of weird having him so close to me, but as the seconds ticked by, I steadily got used to the feeling.

When we arrived at my locker, I found him opening one right next to mine. Apparently, yesterday I was too focused on getting rid of him to notice we were locker neighbors. I wonder what happened to that one girl who had that locker.

We stuffed our things in our backpacks and headed for the second class of the day. We still didn't talk much, but I think that was ok. Words didn't have to speak for us.

By the time lunch came around, I was exhausted. I haven't been able to get as much sleep as I'd hoped lately. And I think Jason was feeling pretty tired, too. His head kept lowering when he tried holding it up with his hand. Unfortunately, we didn't have lunch together. That was the 'class' I didn't have with him. While I'm in lunch, he's in another class. But I don't know what it is. Anyway, that means I still sit alone at lunch. But it's ok because I have my books to keep me company. Even if, somewhere unknown in my heart and mind, I already missed him.

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