“You really need a phone Tash,” Ash sighed, picking at his sandwich.
“What? Why?” I asked, puzzled. “I’m doing perfectly fine without one.”
“It’ll be easier for us to contact you. We’ve gotta go to your house if we wanna talk to you,” Cal explained.
I shrugged, taking a bite of my apple. “I can’t afford one.”
“My uncle works at some place that sells phones. Maybe we could get you one with a discount on it?” Mike suggested.
“That’s a great idea,” Luke said, grinning.
“Maybe,” I mumbled, shrugging.
“We’ll go after school today. The shops not too far away. Around a 15 minute drive,” Mike said, grinning.
“It’s settled,” Ash said, taking a bite of his sandwich. “We’re getting Tashy a phone today.”
The bell finally rang at the end of the day, everyone scrambling towards the exit, including me. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to buy myself a phone this afternoon, but I really don’t see any harm in buying myself one, so why not?
I searched the area for the boys, unable to find any of them. I frowned, chewing on my lip.
“A little lost there?” someone snickered from behind me. I whipped my head around, glaring at the person who said that.
“I’m really not in the mood for your crap,” I spat, as their eyes widened, obviously not use to me standing up for myself. I huffed, stalking away.
After a couple more minutes, I finally spotted the group leaning against the gate. I quickly made my way to them, careful to not trip over.
“There you are,” Mike exclaimed. “We’ve been waiting ages for you.”
“Sorry, wasn’t able to find you guys,” I said, smiling meekly.
“This is exactly why you need a phone,” Luke groaned, starting to make his way to Ash’s car. “Come on, let’s go.”
After a car ride of the boys making my ears bleed with their singing, we finally arrived.
I gladly hopped out, relieved to escape their horrible singing.
“Come on, the stores this way,” Mike called, already starting to walk away. We all quickly followed him, not wanting to be left behind.
We stopped in front of a store, filled with various kinds of electronics. Mike pushed the door open, all of us following closely behind him.
A middle aged man sat behind the counter, instantly perking up when he saw Michael.
“Michael! I haven’t seen you in ages,” he said, enthusiastically hugging Michael.
“Hahaha... Yeah,” Mike said awkwardly, trying to pry him off.
“So what brings you here today?”
“My friend wants to buy a phone, so I thought this might be a good place to come to,” Mike explained, gesturing to me, as his uncle nodded.
“Just look around, and I’ll give you a discount on the phone you want,” he smiled at me.
“Thanks,” I said, smiling gratefully back at him.
We all began looking around the store, looking for a decent priced phone.
“How ‘bout this?” Cal giggled, picking a bright pink flip phone up.
“Why would she even choose that,” Luke groaned, rolling his eyes.
Cal shrugged, putting the phone back down. “It’s one of the cheapest phones here.”
The boys continued to go around the store, making a fool of themselves, picking up different types of phones to see if I’d like them. I quietly scanned the store, looking for a phone that was a decent price, yet one that was still ‘socially acceptable.’
“How ‘bout this one?” I heard someone ask quietly. I turned around, seeing Luke pointing at a phone.
I made my way to him, peering at the price.
“I think I can afford that,” I said, shrugging.
“I’ll pay for the phone for you if you can’t,” Luke said, continuing to scan the shelves.
“What? No way,” I protested. He stopped what he was doing, making his way back to me.
“It’s the least I could do after all the things I’ve done to you,” he said quietly.
I swallowed nervously, suddenly realising how close he was.
“I’m still not letting you pay for it,” I stuttered, looking down at my feet. He leaned in closer, causing me to take a step back.
“Please?” he asked. I looked back up at him, his eyes seeming to be more blue than usual. I never realised how nice his eyes were until now.
“Uh, I,” I stammered, only to be cut off by Michael.
“Have you decided what phone you want Tashy?” he yelled, causing me to snap my head towards him.
“Uh, yeah. This one,” I stuttered, pointing at the phone Luke had pointed out to me.
“Good choice,” Mike’s uncle said, going into the store room.
I cautiously peered at Luke, only to discover he was already looking at me. After a couple seconds, he finally looked away, joining in with the boys with their pointless arguing.
I stood there, completely dazed. I honestly have no idea how I’m feeling right now. Did I really become nervous because Luke was closer to me than usual? I shook the thought off, giving my attention to Michael’s uncle who had walked into the room.
“So how much do I have to pay?” I asked, taking my almost empty wallet out.
“Ya know what? Just pay me $50, since you’re Michael’s friend,” he said, grinning at me.
I gratefully smiled at him, pulling $50 out. Just as I was about to place it down, I felt myself be gently pushed aside, only to be replaced by Luke.
“There you go,” Luke said, handing Michael’s uncle a $50 note.
“Luke,” I frowned, shoving him aside, trying to grab the $50 note back from Mike’s uncle. But he stepped back, making the note out of my reach.
“Just let him pay,” he said kindly, as I sigh, defeated.
“Fine,” I grumbled, shoving my wallet back in my bag.
I picked my new phone up, thanking him once again as we all headed out.
“Let’s go to McDonald’s,” Ash squealed, already racing off.
“Why don’t we get a choice,” Mike whined.
“McDonald’s is cheap, and we all like the food there,” Ash called, as we all ran after him, trying to catch up.
“Hey, uh, thanks for buying it for me Luke,” I puffed, not use to exercising.
He smiled down at him, hardly puffing or sweating, unlike me.
I AM ACTUALLY CRINGING AT HOW BADLY WRITTEN THIS IS OMG I'M SO SORRY