I woke up to the depressing sound of my alarm going off. I pressed snooze and after what felt like a few seconds, the alarm was going off again. I groaned and turned it off, sitting up while rubbing my eyes. I got out of bed and started getting ready, washing my face, brushing my teeth, getting dressed, putting on my make up and brushing my hair, putting it up in a pony tail. I then had breakfast and packed my bag. I was the only one awake. I knew Calum still had a while before he had to wake up so I done some last minute homework. A couple minutes later I heard Cal's alarm going off. Then I heard him turn it off and get out of bed, approaching the guest room.
"You ready?" He asked me.
"Yup" I said.
"Cool...well if you want you can wait in the car for me? I won't be long" He said.
"Okay..." I said.
"The keys are on the shelf at the front door" He told me.
"Okay" I said, picking up my stuff and walking towards the front door. I put my shoes on then grabbed the car keys before leaving and getting in the car. I turned the radio on and thought of Dane. I knew it was going to be hard to see him today...maybe he would talk to me.
About fifteen minutes later, Calum came running out the house towards the car, getting in the drivers seat.
"Looking forward to school?" He asked me.
I gave him a look that said 'are you crazy' and he laughed in return.
"I will take that as a no" He said.
"Correct" I said.
"Well at least you have something to look forward to after school" He said.
"What's that?" I asked.
"You're first day at work" He said.
"I thought you said I had something to look forward to?" I said.
"Wow...you are hard to impress" He said.
"Well I don't find school or work impressive" I said.
"Yeah...me neither" He said.
He then turned up the radio.
Most of the car journey was silent but it wasn't awkward. I was too busy listening to the music playing and thinking of Dane.
When we got to school, he parked and I sighed before getting out.
"Have a good day" He said, smiling a cheesy smile.
I laughed and rolled my eyes.
"I'll try" I said, before pushing the door shut. I then met Ella and she spoke to me about Dane. She said she was proud of me for doing the right thing...even if it was hard on me. Then Ashton showed up.
"Hey, Aria...I heard about you and Dane. I can't believe he did that...I've even stopped speaking to him because of it" He said. I felt bad...not only did I stop having a relationship with Dane but now I felt like it was my fault Dane felt out with his friend.
"You don't have to do that" I said.
"Well...I don't like how he thinks he can treat people the way he does" He said.
Then he walked closer to Ella and gave her a hug before kissing her lightly on the cheek.
"You are still coming over tonight, yeah?" He asked her.
She nodded, smiling.
"Of course" She answered.
"Okay cool, I will see you later then" He said before leaving us both.
Why couldn't Dane love me like Ashton loves Ella? Am I not good enough? Just as I was thinking of Dane he walked past. He gave me a dirty look and then his friend, Jack said "Slut" before they both walked away, laughing. My eyes started to water a single tear escaped, running down my cheek. I quickly wiped it away, not wanting to feel weak. Not wanting to give Dane the satisfaction of hurting me...but he was.
"Ignore him, he is an asshole and he is not worth wasting your time over" Ella said, giving me a hug.
What did I do? Why was I getting called names? I just didn't want to be hurt...and this is what I get in return?
I tried to stop myself from crying but I couldn't. Dane was in my last class and almost the whole lesson was spent listening to him and his friends call me things...things like slut, whore and bitch. Calum smiled at me as he waited for me outside his car and that's when the tears escaped even though I was trying my hardest to keep them in.
His smile faded and he walked towards me.
"What's wrong?" He asked.
"Nothing" I said. I knew he wouldn't believe that but I really didn't want to talk about it. Then I seen Dane walk past with two friends. They all stared and one said.
"Wow she really is a slut...she already has a new boyfriend" and the other one said "What a bitch"
Then I didn't have to explain to Calum what was wrong...because he already knew.
"Come on" He said, getting into the car. I followed.
"So...tell me everything" He said.
"Well...I was going out with this guy Dane and I really liked him. But every time I wanted to meet him he would never show up...well not every time but he done it a lot even after he promised not to...so I broke up with him, knowing it would be for the best...and obviously I still love him and I still care about him but...his friends have been calling me a slut and a bitch and...even he said it! He gave me the dirtiest look this morning, you should of seen it! And now he thinks you are my new boyfriend!" I said, wiping the tears away.
"What a dick...It will blow over, trust me" He said, giving me a comforting smile.
"I hope you are right" I said.
He dropped my off at Aunt Louise's so I could put my bag inside then I got back in the car and he took me to work.
"Have fun" He said.
"Thanks" I said, getting out of the car and walking towards the shop.
"Hello! You must be the new girl, Aria! I'm John by the way, nice to meet you" A man behind the counter said to me. I smiled and he explained how he was my boss and gave me some jobs to do.
I was in the middle of putting more cans of food on the shelfs and I was starting to get used to it when a tough hand was placed on my shoulder. I yelped and nearly dropped a jar or jam on the ground. I turned around to see Michael, laughing at me.
"I nearly smashed this!" I said, referring to the jar of jam.
"I know! Your reaction was hilarious!" He said, still laughing.
"How long do I have to deal with you for?" I asked.
"Just a couple of hours" He said.
"Oh...great" I said, sarcastically.
"You love me really" He said.
"You keep telling yourself that" I said.
The rest of the time working at the shop was spent joking around with Michael, him trying to frighten me and us throwing stuff at each other. I suppose it wasn't that bad...and it made me forget about Dane and his friends for a while. Then Calum came to pick me up and I went home. I was in a good mood. I took a shower, done some homework (which is VERY unusual for me) and I started reading a book. Everything was perfect until my phone went off. I closed the book and picked up my phone. It was a message from Dane.
Dane: Is that guy you were with really your boyfriend?
I debated on texting him back.
Aria: What's it to you?
Dane: Just tell me
Aria: No...he is my cousin. But that doesn't matter because even then I'm still a slut am I? Even then I'm still a bitch...
Dane: Sorry about that
Aria: Your sorry? Just leave me alone. Stay away. Don't look at me with your dirty looks, don't talk about me, tell your friends to shut the fuck up because you and your pathetic friends know nothing about me. You think you do but you don't. So until you know me for who I am, you can keep your mouths shut.
No reply. After that I didn't have the energy to read. I was angry...and sad...so I fell asleep...so I didn't have to feel angry or sad.