Chapter Sixteen, Pointless
My phone repeatedly buzzed again with text messages from the one and only Carmen. I groaned, but smiled as I opened the thread I had with her.
Carmen: You are not seriously doing homework
I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing
What class is it for?
If you say math, I will choke on my Goldfish
I think you're playing on your play station or whatever it is
Z-box or something
Me: lol, it's an X-Box. technically a 360
yes, I'm doing homework. STOP TEXTING ME
laugh, but I bet you're doing it to. hAh
and srsly, stop with the perf grammar
Carmen: I'm cringing at your texts. No wonder you're barely passing English
Me: Idk what I'm doing with my life in the future. it will not include grammar for sure
Carmen: Good luck👍
Me: WoW SHE KNOWS WHAT EMOJIS ARE
🙈SHES NOT LAME🙏
Carmen: You're still replying and quick.
I'M TELLING. YOU'RE NOT DOING HOMEWORK!
Me: LEAVE ME BE
Carmen: Why? You're not doing anything
Me: why did I give you my digits again?
Carmen: Gross. Don't say digits. How old are you? Ew
Me: YOU USED IMPROPER CAPITALIZATION OMG I CANT EVEN
Me: whoa, you said bye. GO AWAY
Carmen: Why? So you can text yourself? Lol
Me: I'm done
Carmen: With what? You're lame comebacks?
Me: that was soooooooo lame
just stop before you hurt yourself sweetheart
oh wait, you already did
Carmen: I'm sorry, did your head explode?
No, that was your ego because that was TERRIBLE
Me: you know what?
Carmen: If you say chicken butt, I will shove my Goldfish down your throat
Me: wtf, you're a freaking lunatic
omfg, I was just going to say we're meaner on here
I'm sorry, I just hate that joke so much you don't even know
Me: I don't wanna
Carmen: Haha. Funny
Omg, you seriously left!
I already finished my Goldfish!!
I promise I won't hurt/threaten you!
IT WAS A JOKE
BE THAT WAY
I told Lacey you're mean
She said she misses you
She wants to know when you'll see her again
NIALL ANSWER ME
I SWEAR IF YOU MAKE MY SISTER UPSET I WILL CUT OFF YOUR
Sorry!! Omg IM SORRY
UGH you're frusTRATING
Seriously, Lacey wants to know though
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
I HOPE YOU DIE OF BOREDOM DOING YOUR HOMEWORK
I'm sorry, really
You're right. I'm meaner
I'm also protective of my sister
YOU NEED TO REPLY BECAUSE SHE'S WAITING
I give up
DROP no.. no no, I'm sorry
Better text me back though, douche bag
I sighed at Carmen's last text and felt bad. Honestly, I wasn't sure if she was using her sister against me or not. I did laugh as I reread the text messages. My thumb hovered over the keyboard of my phone, ready to tap out a reply. I didn't. As much as I wanted to continue texting her because it was a distraction from her thinking about what happened at school, I couldn't. I had to do my homework and catch up from yesterday before my grades really sunk and there was no hope left. My parents already nagged and lectured me in the morning about missing the previous day, even though I barely paid attention, and I didn't want to get in more trouble.
It was hard continuing on with homework since my phone was taunting me, but I managed to be close to finished. I decided it was fair to take a break so I anxiously picked up my phone and went to the thread of texts I had going on with Carmen. Just as I was beginning to type out a reply, I received a text from someone else. I ignored it, seeing that replying to Carmen was more important.
don't answer, you did (;
and tell Lacey I miss her very much and will see her soon. it's a surprise so can't say ((((:
so what's up?
I assume you finished your homework
you are ignoring me
omg I DID NOTHING WRONG
okay, I'm sorry I didn't reply. you are freaking distracting I swear
I can spam you tooooo
HEY GURL YOU AINT THAT BUSY
I KNOW HOW MANY FRIENDS YOU HAVE
I KNOW YOU
okay, that was creepy
what's up with your life?
TEXT ME BACK
YOU SUCK OKAY? OKAY
GOOD I DONT WANNA TALK EITHER
be this way
I DONT CARE
okay, I know I deserved it but THIS IS TOO MUCH
you didn't delete my number did you????
I DIDNT SAY DIGITS FOR YOU
and king bc you RULE
what do you want me to say??
I know you're reading these bc you're stupid and have read receipts on
COME ON WOMAN
sorry, that was rude
with whipped cream and a cherry on top
idk how you like your sundaes
with everything on top I'm desperate
jkkkk omg I'm not
I BET YOU ARE SMILING
OMG JUST REPLY
I can do this all day
I have a life, but I multitask
okay, that wasn't smart to say
I've said this like 2246862112468734 times
NO I TAKE THAT BACK
HAVE A BAD DAY
nooooo I'm just kidding jk jk jkkkk
HAVE THE BESTEST DAY IN THE WORLD YOU DESERVE IT SWEETHEART
I've humiliated myself enough, please answer me
I told you my answer for Lacey
I accept your apology
accept mine maybe?
I will call you
don't think I won't
IT ONLY TAKES 2 SECONDS TO REPLY
YOU CAN DO IT
you're killing me smalls
I'm beginning to think you hate me for some reason
why you gotta be so ruuuuuude
don't you know I'm human toooooo
omfg I got it stuck in my head
Carmen, you're the greatest person in the world and I know I don't deserve to even have your number, but I would greatly appreciate it if you replied because I am going to explode from frustration
FINE. FINE. I GET IT.
I CAN TAKE A HINT
adios chica bonita
idek what I said, I heard it in Spanish once
kk, I'm srsly DONE
I stared at my phone for a minute in hopes Carmen would respond, but she never did. I waited a couple of minutes longer and still received nothing. My phone was buzzing, but the text messages were from somebody else. I debated calling her just to see if she was okay, but I knew she was. I ended up convincing myself that she was busy and would probably go off to me later about sending her almost a hundred texts. I decided to see the texts from the other person and almost died.
Sataness: wonder what wud happen if evry1 heard about how pathetic your gf is
oh wait, they do!
u can thank me now
it's insane how quick word gets around
just so u know, I've sent her pics of convos
I bet she's crying her eyes out
also did u a favor by letting ur sweet brother know u were ditching yesterday with ur gf
Me: you're lying. don't ever text me again
Sataness: you wish
I dropped my phone and sat on my bed for a few minutes taking everything that just happened in. It's not real. She doesn't have Carmen's number and she never talked to my brother. Samantha is lying just to piss me off. There's no way she could've done this in... two days. I don't believe it. I don't know why I hadn't blocked her and deleted her contact, but I did in that moment. I groaned out loud and rubbed my face hoping an idea would come to mind in the process. Nothing did, but I knew all I needed to do was relax.
I took a deep breath in, thinking how stupid it was, and then slowly let it out. It really was stupid and didn't help at all. I was beginning to stress out over something that possibly wasn't even true. Samantha most likely thought that after sending those texts, I would freak out and believe she won. Freaking hell, I'm too gullible. Without another thought, I picked up my phone again and called Carmen. I'm sure she's fine and this will prove it. I sat and waited for her to answer, but it went to voice-mail. I immediately pictured her crying and cursed Samantha for being born. To make matters worse, my brother knocked on my door and came in.
"Hey, you're not busy, right?" Greg asked as he walked further in my room and took a seat on the end of my bed.
"Well, now I'm not."
"Good, so you can tell me how school is then." For a moment I internally freaked as we both stared at each other. But he can't possibly know. He wasn't even home yesterday and there's no way Samantha could have told him today.
"School is good. I'm trying to improve my grades for mom and dad. I think they're still expecting straight As from me which sucks." He chuckled.
"I'm sure they got over that dream by now." I frowned at his joke.
"If you're going to make fun of me, then leave."
"No, I'm only teasing. Seeing as I'm leaving with Katie tomorrow night, I figured now's a good time to talk with you." I rolled my eyes.
"The door is right there." I pointed at it, before turning away from him.
"Niall, I know you're grounded which is the only reason why you're home right now. I also know mom and dad are thinking of a punishment for you because you sneaked out. I know why and if it makes you happy, I convinced them to let it go. I don't think they realize that you're really a good person, but you don't do a great job at showing them."
"Thank you, Greg. I appreciate your kindness, but I'm not up for a lecture right now. Also, in case you're wondering, Carmen is not my girlfriend."
"I never said she was, so no need to be defensive."
"I'm not defensive. I'm just stating a fact before you have a chance to voice your opinions."
"You're a difficult person to talk to, you know that?"
"You're not the first person to tell me. Besides, talking isn't my thing."
"Yeah, I see that. Can I give you some advice?"
"Depends, you can, but there's no guarantee I'll take it."
"You should really try adjusting your attitude or at least towards the people you care about, especially mom and dad. Try and show that you care and are willing to cooperate."
"That all sounds very lovely and I'll be sure to put some thought into it when I get the chance."
"I'm being serious, Niall. Maybe mom and dad wouldn't-"
"They wouldn't what, Greg? They wouldn't be so hard on me? I'm sure I could carry the world on my shoulders, hold the moon on my finger, or pick out a million stars for them and it still wouldn't be enough for either of them. They just- no, I'm not talking about this."
"Why? I know they're hard on you, and believe me I don't always agree, but you can't always blame them. You're not the sharpest tool."
"So? I'm not perfect, but it doesn't mean they can't appreciate me even at my best."
"I see what's wrong now. Niall, I can assure you they both love you very much and are, in fact, proud of you." I rolled my eyes and groaned.
"That's not it, well kind of, but saying they do doesn't prove anything."
"What else is wrong?" I heard my phone buzz and was instantly distracted. I picked it up and checked it thinking it was Carmen telling me to never text her again. It was Adrian asking if he could come over because we need to talk. I was about to text him back my answer, but my phone was snatched out of my hands.
"What the hell?" I said ready to flip out because my head felt like it was going to explode with feeling stressed and irritated.
"I'm trying to talk to you. Have you even listened to anything I said?"
"Yes, I have. Now give me my phone back, Greg. This isn't funny." My phone buzzed again and gritted my teeth when Greg took a peek at the screen. Stupid phones that have the messages flash at the top of the screen. Or wait, he's probably reading my texts with Adrian. I never win.
"I don't think your friend should come over," Greg said as he looked up from my phone. He tossed it back and I glared when I caught it. "Also, Carmen sent you a text."
"Nosey." I grumbled after I told Adrian I'll call him in a bit.
"I guess we're done then. Have fun studying or pretending to." I heard him say as the bed shifted. I heard my door close soon after and looked up to see that Greg had left, finally.
Carmen: Are you okay?
Carmen: YOU BLEW UP MY PHONE
Me: YOU DIDNT REPLY
Carmen: IF YOU WAITED AND WERE PATIENT
Me: okay, cool
how are you?
YOU REALLY WANNA KNOW?
Me: tbh, nah
Carmen: Cool, wasn't gonna tell you :b
Me: but srsly, how are you?
Carmen: I'm good
I was helping Dee Dee with her homework
Little brat didn't need help, she just wanted to wipe paint on me
Me: 😂😂 I wanna meet her next time!!!
Carmen: STAY AWAY FROM MY FAMILY YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED
Carmen: Freak, go get your own little sisters
Me: you have a lot of sisters
Carmen: I know, I'm glad two of them are still young. The house isn't ready for a bunch of teens yet
Because, you know
Me: teen girls are crazy
Carmen: WHAT? no!
Carmen: Ooooh, never mind
This got really awkward
Me: WAIT I DONT GET IT
UGH YOU DID IT AGAIN
I frowned at my phone, trying to figure out what Carmen meant. She's weird but at least she's okay. Stupid Samantha stressing me out over nothing. I hope she gets hit by a bus.
I couldn't help with the texts lol. I thought it was super funny. and I counted, Niall sent her 99 texts so was that excessive?? yes, yes it was. and I apologize for the emojis used if they don't show... I updated my phone and changed the skin tone of the emojis to look more like me
oh, and I do apologize for such late updates. it's a horrible habit and it doesn't help that I am working on a draft for this one story I'm really excited about... so oops