Problems

"Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders"
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When I was little, I thought life was perfect. But now, everything is a lie. I face things every single day ever since my mom died. About 80 percent of them involve my dad. He wants me to be something that I'm not, and it's stupid. I can't change myself, but in order to appease to him, I made this compromise with him. This compromise was worse than what he wants me to actually be. I've got 99 problems. But you, Ashton, won't be one.

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19. Giraffes

~TWO WEEKS LATER~

I arrive at my locker after chemistry to grab my AP Government book when Calum stops by. "Hey Watson. I need your help. By the way, your bra strap is showing."

I look up at him and roll my eyes pulling up the sleeves of my short sleeve San Fransisco Giants shirt I got two weeks ago when Ashton took me to watch them play against the Athletics. It was a good game. "With what?"

"Okay, I know I'm technically the matchmaker of the school, but..." He then takes a deep breath and leans in to whisper. "I'm having trouble with girls."

I chuckle. Calum Hood having girl trouble? I'm not the person to ask about that kind of thing. "Who's the girl?"

"Odelia Hancock. She's in my Government class." He answers.

I raise an eyebrow. "Cal, you're in my AP Gov class." I remind him. He face palms himself and I laugh. "You need to pay attention more to who's in your classes." I say.

"Well I know Mike is in my Spanish class and Luke is in my Calc class and Mar is in like none of my classes." He takes Spanish three and regular Calculus while I'm aiding French three and I'm in other crazy advanced classes. But I know Odelia is also in my AP Chemistry class.

"Anywho, do you want me to talk to her in class?" I ask and he nods frantically. I chuckle. "Okay, I'll talk to her for you, sir I'm too scared to talk to my crush."

He punches my arm. "I don't have a crush on Odelia." He says. Lies.

"Sure, Hood. Keep telling yourself that." I say as we begin to walk down to Gov.

That is, until I was pulled away from Calum and into one of the secluded areas that is mostly known for where couples make out in my school.

Standing in front of me was Ashton. In his hands was my copy of Thirteen Reasons Why.

"I finished in Calc." He tells me holding up the book. Wow, that was quick. "I'm ready for the questions." Fuck, he's sounding cocky today.

I sigh and pull out a piece of paper where I wrote down some questions about the book.

"Question one, what did Hannah describe on the third tape about what happened between her and Jessica?"

He thinks for a moment. "Because Hannah beat Jessica on that list thing freshman year, she slapped her, scarred her, and spread rumors."

I nod. It was only the first question of the first book of our bet that he got right.

"Question two, who tried to take advantage of Hannah because of a Valentine's Day program at Rosie's? That's that burger place."

"Marcus...I don't know his last name."

I'll give it to him.

"Yes. Last question. What happened at a party that both Clay and Hannah attended? Name one event."

He named both of them.

"Clay and Hannah talked for hours and eventually kissed. Then Hannah yelled at Clay to leave because she didn't want the same thing to happen with Justin, but with him. After that. Justin and that Bryce asshole brought Jessica into the bedroom Hannah was hiding in and...stuff happened that she wanted to prevent but couldn't."

I fold up the piece of paper and grab the book. "I'll congratulate you after Government because there's one minute left in the changing period so bye." I say and leave him.

When I reached Gov class and took my seat next to Calum, he says, "Thanks for leaving me suddenly, Watson." in a mock anger expression.

"It's not my fault Ashton pulled me over to say he's now one step closer to being my first kiss." I say in a whisper so no one hears that I'm in a bet with the school's "bad boy". Suddenly, my phone goes off and since Matusak isn't in the classroom yet, I check the message.

Ashton Irwin: meet me by my parking spot today. I want to tell you something.

~

I didn't know what his parking spot was until Mara Price, a girl in my grade, told me where it was because apparently she parks right next to him.

As I and a bunch of other students are leaving fourth period for junior/senior release (I myself go to the library because I have all my English credit), I begin to look for his parking spot, number 358. I can tell he's far away because I pass my own spot, number 276, to find his.

That's when I see him next to his silver Ford Fusion. He was holding something. A semi folded poster.

"Ashton, what do you want?" I ask still walking over and once I was close, he unfolded the poster and smiles. There were a bunch of cartoon giraffes, because my favorite animal is a giraffe, glued onto the poster. But it was what was said on the poster.

"You giraffe me crazy. Will you go to homecoming with me?"

He also pulled out a stuffed giraffe from behind his back.

I chuckle because I thought this was a joke because we've only been friends for two weeks.

Then I realize he wasn't kidding. I walk over to him. "Wait are you being serious? You want to go to homecoming with me?"

No one asks me to dances. Well, unless you're Nick Jones, a senior who asked me to homecoming my freshman year and I rejected him. Besides, senior homecoming is next week and I already have my dress and I was planning on going with Marlee and Luke and Cal and Mike and Amber.

"Yes I'm serious." He answers. "So will you go to homecoming with me?"

Instead of what I did to Nick, I did the total opposite.

"Yes, I will go to homecoming with you."

Author's note: BECAUSE HOMECOMING FOR ME IS THIS WEEKEND I WANTED TO AT LEAST HAVE THEM GO TO HOMECOMING.

ALSO I NEED TWO MORE BOOKS FOR THE BET THING. PLEASE SUGGEST SOME.

OKAY I GOTTA GO BAIII

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