Something in Common

When bad boy Jason Pierce moves into town, Eden Hartell finds herself awe-struck from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Through trouble, heart-break, plenty of black eyes and a lot of explaining to do, Eden and Jason find themselves falling in love...

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9. Feather

History was awkwardly quiet. Mr Lawes sat potently at his desk, his fingers flying across the keyboard as he typed. He looked like a man on a mission.

Perren was halfway across the classroom. His eyes were locked onto his paper as he decided what to write. Maddy was across to the right. She was twiddling strands of her red-dyed hair. This was the third time she'd dyed it since Saturday. So far, the red was the best.

Directly behind me - Jason Pierce. I thought maybe I'd have a chance with the new bad-ass boy. But no, he was like every other guy in our year. Stupid and self-absorbed.

'Ouch,' someone muttered behind me. It only took me a moment to realize it had been Jason. Had I said "stupid" and "self-absorbed" out loud?

Making sure Mr Lawes wasn't about to look up, I turned around in my seat, facing Jason dead on. I could feel a scowl ready to rip loose and break free.

I didn't have to say anything. But he did.

'That hurt,' he said, a small smile on his lips. The more his accent sunk in, the quicker it took me to realize he wasn't just English. There was a twang, something small, almost... American. Was he American?

'What hurt?' I asked quietly, a small frown burrowing in my brows. I hope I didn't look as silly as I sounded.

'Nothing. It doesn't matter.'

Definitly American.

'Are you from-'

'America?'

I raised my eyebrows but didn't say anything more. I just looked at him questioningly and he shot me a crooked smile. 

'Whats your name?' he asked, popping the cap off his pen. It landed and bounced on the tip of his black school shoes, and he caught it one handed. 

Surprised (and impressed) I replied with, 'Eden. My names Eden.'

Then he put the lid on his pen and said, 'it was great catching you yesterday, Eden. You were as light as a feather.'

I blushed, and turned back to my work. When I looked up, Perren and Maddy were gawking at me oddly. Perren looked stricken and Maddy looked horrified.

This time, Jason wasn't about to be the mind reader. I was.

 

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