Chapter 8 - Friends?
After my chat with Mr. Hayward that day, I'd gone straight home promising myself to do Uni work that day but as soon as I'd got home I had a million and one things going through my mind and I couldn't concentrate so here I was running the streets of Glenroy again. I was heading straight to the park as I knew I was safe because everyone i.e Jai was still in school so no-one would bump into me again.
As I was doing my first lap around the park I noticed a little woods/forest next to the park and decided to run in there as the terrain would make it harder. About 10 minutes later I'd stood next to a tree, panting, doing stretches whilst also singing embarrassingly loud to Justin Bieber when I feel someone grabbing me. I scream at the top of my lungs and turn round and punch them in the stomach whilst wrapping their arm up their back. My ear phones fell out and I heard "owh owh"
"LUKE?!" I shriek.
"Yes! Now please let my arm go" he pleads.
"Oops" I giggle. "What are you doing here?"
"I come here to think. It's the place the boys don't know I come, nobody knows I come here, it's easier to think here. Try living with my family, you'd understand!" he admits.
"You just stand here?"
He shakes his head and leads me to a little cave like shape and I see his school bag and jacket on the floor, he sits on the floor and pats his jacket for me to sit on.
We look at each other for a few seconds before we both go to talk,
We both chuckle
"You go first" I say.
He clears his throat "I'm sorry for running out before, I don't know what came over me. That first day I saw you, you took my breath away, I honestly don't know how else to say it. I've never had a girlfriend before or ever been that interested in girls. I'm not gay or anything but I just always wanted to take my studies more seriously and then get the girls later, plus I'm pretty sure Jai has my share of the girls as well. He's my main problem! He has to try and get in with you as well! You're the one girl that I've actually liked and he has to go and ruin it!"
He shakes with anger.
"Can I go?" I ask quietly.
"It's been four days. Four days and the Brooks twins are messing with my head!" I chuckle and Luke's face softens. "I didn't know you were a twin, and honestly I still can't tell you apart!" I light blush goes across my cheeks "When I first saw you on Monday, I couldn't believe how attractive you were. If I find you attractive, how can I not find your twin attractive? I'm not sure how many times I've seen Jai this week because I only thought there was one of you but yesterday was the first time I've ever spoken to him. I'm not sure why you got so jealous because you know for a fact nothing happened between me and Jai last night, you were there! So contrary to the rumours, no nothing happened. I'm flattered by both of you, really I am, but I'm 21 and you're both 18. You're also both my students and it's wrong and I could lose my placement and get kicked off my course, and since that's the whole reason why I'm in Australia. However, I have a lot of space for friends needed and I'm than happy for that."
I bite my lip and await his response.
"You think I'm attractive?" he smirks.
I punch him lightly on the arm.
"Friends would be good, it's at least a start" he chuckles.
I grin at him.
"Okay then pal, can I have some pointers on how to tell you and Jai apart?" I groan "Because seriously you two could switch and I wouldn't even know! Wait ... you are Luke aren't you?!"
"Yeah" he laughs "I'm Luke, the main difference is that I have a freckle here *he points to the bridge of his nose* and Jai has two under his eye but I suppose once you get to know us it just becomes obvious because our personalities are different and we dress so differently."
"Fair enough then, so I'll just have to get to know you then?" I wink.
He sticks his tongue out at me.
"Luke, is Skip single?" I see a plan forming.
"Yep, sure is! He's so dopey no-one will take him!" he laughs.
"That's not nice! But I think I have someone that will take him! Can you phone him and get him to meet us at mine?!" I grin to myself.
"Yeah sure" Luke says confused pulling his phone out.
Whilst I text furiously on mine.
"I'm home!" Georgia shouts. "What was the urgency in me getting home?! And how the hell did you get Beau Brooks to pick me up. You lazy bitch! Just because someone had two free periods and had the afternoon off doesn't mean -"
She stops in the doorway of the living room,
"What's going on?!"
Her view is of Luke on the couch and of me laying out snacks on the table. The curtains are closed and the room is pretty dark apart from a couple of candles dotted around.
"Am I interrupting?" she smirks.
"Not at all, sit down" I smile and I point to the empty sofa, I pop 'White Chicks' into the DVD player. "Me and Luke just talked things through and we decided we're going to be the bestest of friends so decided to have a film night, I didn't want you to feel a bit awkward so I got Luke to invite a friend round" I smirk.
"N-no it's okay, I've got things to do" she stammers.
"SIT DOWN" I shout just as I hear the bell ring.
The door opens and I hear "I'VE ARRIVED SLUTS!"
"We're in here" Luke shouts.
"Hey Kayla, Hey Georgia, Hey Lukeypookey" Skip says sitting down next to Georgia.
I look over at Luke and we exchange a knowing glance as I press play on the DVD player.
Skip and Georgia sit back against the sofa not looking at each other whilst Luke puts his arm around me. Maybe this friends thing could work?!
About half way through the film I notice Skip and Georgia relax a little and Skips moved over to Georgia a little bit.
"Mmm I might make some popcorn, back in a moment." I stand up smoothing down my dress, grab a pillow and whack it at Luke "HOLD MY POODLE" I giggle.
"I am so... frick-in'... pissed!" Luke mocks as he gets up and chases me out the room, making sure he shuts the door behind him.
"Nice team work" I grin and we high five.
Luke keeps hold of my hand, and pulls me closer to him as he leans against the kitchen side. I feel my heart start to beat faster as I look into his eyes, my body pressed against his. "I don't think I can do this whole friends thing" he murmurs as he brings his face closer to mine.