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Chapter Sixteen, Pointless


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     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: 😒


        Me: same


        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


        ByE


        Me: YOU USED IMPROPER CAPITALIZATION OMG I CANT EVEN


        Carmen: Weirdo


        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?


        BURN


        Me: that was soooooooo lame


        just stop before you hurt yourself sweetheart


        oh wait, you already did


        BOOM


        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


        Carmen: ...


        Oooh


        Awkward


        I'm sorry, I just hate that joke so much you don't even know


        Me: I don't wanna


        TOO FAR


        goodbye!!!


        Carmen: Haha. Funny


        Omg, you seriously left!


        I'm sorry!


        I already finished my Goldfish!!


        I promise I won't hurt/threaten you!


        IT WAS A JOKE


        YOU SUCK


        UGH


        WHATEVER


        BE THAT WAY


        Grumpy Pants


        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


        Niall


        NIALL


        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


        I'll stop


        Goodbye!!!


        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.

 


        Me: HEEEEEEEY!!


        miss me???


        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


        nerd


        you are ignoring me


        omg I DID NOTHING WRONG


        okay, I'm sorry I didn't reply. you are freaking distracting I swear


        REPLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


        uGh


        CCCCCAAAAARRRRRMMMMEEEEENNNNN


        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


        ignore it


        moving onnnn


        what's up with your life?


        I'm bored


        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


        I'm sorry


        you're queen


        and king bc you RULE


        what do you want me to say??


        CARMEN


        I know you're reading these bc you're stupid and have read receipts on


        COME ON WOMAN


        sorry, that was rude


        pleaaaaasee


        with whipped cream and a cherry on top


        sprinkles


        crushed nuts


        fudge


        idk how you like your sundaes


        with everything on top I'm desperate


        jkkkk omg I'm not


        IM LEAVING


        YOU WIN


        HAPPY?


        I BET YOU ARE SMILING


        OMG JUST REPLY


        Carmen


        Carmen


        Carmen


        Carmen


        CARMEN


        C


        A


        R


        M


        E


        N


        I can do this all day


        I have a life, but I multitask


        okay, that wasn't smart to say


        I'm sorry


        I've said this like 2246862112468734 times


        just replyyy


        please


        Carmen


        omfg, FINE


        GOOD DAY


        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'm sorry


        you're awesome


        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
confirm ?


        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


        compadre


        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


        and texts


        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


        I'm awesome


        ✌️💋


        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?


        Me: duh


        Carmen: YOU BLEW UP MY PHONE


        Me: YOU DIDNT REPLY


        Carmen: IF YOU WAITED AND WERE PATIENT


        Me: okay, cool


        how are you?


        Carmen: REALLY?


        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


        Jk, maybe


        Me: YaY


        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!


        Me: idk?


        Carmen: Ooooh, never mind


        This got really awkward


        Goodbye


        Me: WAIT I DONT GET IT


        EXPLAIN PLEASE


        UGH YOU DID IT AGAIN


        bye

 


     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.


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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

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