At home that night after school, I was sitting in front of my computer, typing my English paper when my phone went off. I looked over and saw that Ellie had texted me.
Hey you; I know this is probably weird but want to go to homecoming with me? Like as friends because I broke up with Hunter and I’m just over this boyfriend life. – Ellie
I’m not going to homecoming; sorry. – Harry
Well fuck you than! – Ellie
Sorry; busy, I gotta go. – Harry
Whatever; fuck you too. – Ellie
I threw my phone across the room onto my bed. I was sick of the subtle flirting Ellie did with me. I thought I made it clear I didn’t like her, but clearly not enough. Like, she and Hunter have been having issues for ages but I’m sorry, I’m no one’s rebound. I shook the thoughts away and went back to typing my paper, trying to get it done when a notification popped up in the corner of my screen. I clicked on it and it led me to Facebook. I sighed, hating Facebook so not quite sure why someone would message me on it.
Hey, it’s Ava…that girl from school. Yeah uhm, do you happen to have the English assignment? I didn’t get a chance to copy it down. – Ava
I rolled my eyes and just continued to stare at the message. Bethany was in the same fucking class, so why didn’t she just ask her for the assignment?
Yeah but it’s a packet and I don’t think I can take pictures of all of it. The lettering is small as hell. – Harry
Oh darn…I didn’t think it was such a big packet. – Ava
I can meet you at the library so we can copy it. – harry
That would be perfect; thanks! – Ava
I rolled my eyes again, saved part of my paper, grabbed my keys, called to my mom where I was going, and left.
When I got to the library, Ava was waiting for me on the bench outside. I walked up as she waved to me, smiling. I half waved to her and held the packet up.
“Why did you ask me for it when your best friend sits right next to you in that class?” I asked, jumping right to the point.
“She’s at work and she told me to leave because I was too perky for her liking so I don’t think she would like me and my perkiness to walk back into her work.” Ava said. I shook my head and held back a laugh.
“I totally understand that.” I said as we walked inside.
“I thought you were friends with all the cheerleaders?” Ava asked, confused.
“Not really. I mean, they are in my friends group but their perkiness annoys the fuck out of me. I can’t stand the happiness all the fucking time.” I said, shaking my head as we reached the copy machine.
“Hmm…” Ava said slowly.
“You and Bethany would get along great.” Ava said, without looking at me. I stopped what I was doing and turned to Ava.
“Are you trying to hook me up with your friend?” I demanded. Ava looked at me with big eyes and shook her head.
“You’re lying through your teeth. That’s the thing with you people; it’s so easy to tell when you’re lying.”
“Who cares; why are you trying to hook me up with her?”
“Because she needs a boyfriend.” Ava said with a shrug.
“So she never said anything about actually liking me; you’re doing this to piss her off?”
“Why does it matter?”
“Because I’m not going to start talking to someone who doesn’t want to talk to me. I mean, earlier today when she had to leave for work she had no interest in talking to me at all.”
“That’s because you were asking stupid questions.”
“Whatever.” I said, turning back to the copier.
“What?” I asked, not turning away from the copier.
“You just asked if she said anything about you; you like her!” Ava said happily.
“I never said that.” I pushed back.
“But you implied it.”
“I implied nothing. I know nothing about her besides she’s a manager at a store, she rides a motorcycle, and she hates perky cheerleaders which makes me wonder why she deals with you, but no…I don’t know anything about her to even like.”
“So you have a crush on her?” Ava asked after a short pause. I grabbed the copies from the machine and handed them to her.
“Do you ever stop asking questions?” I asked, kind of annoyed, kind of impressed she picked up on all of this.
“No…I just want her to be happy and I know she doesn’t like letting people in but…I don’t know; there is something telling me she’ll let you in.” Ava said, shrugging, as we walked back outside.
“And what the hell makes you say that?”
“I don’t know. Maybe the way her eyes kind of soften when I mention “curly” or when she sees you in the halls.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I’m saying she has a visual crush on you and wants to get to know you but she’s too damn guarded to talk to you…so she isn’t going to do it.”
“So basically I have to make the first move?”
“That’s all I’m saying.” Ava said, shrugging again. I looked at Ava and raised an eyebrow.
“You didn’t even need these fucking copies. You just wanted to have this conversation with me to tell me to talk to your best friend.”
“I just want her happy. And I see you looking at her too. If you don’t like her, you’re clearly curious about her. A lot of people are…I know I still am and I’ve known her my whole damn life.”
“Why are you telling me all of this?”
“I just told you; she needs someone that isn’t me.”
“Doesn’t she have other friends?”
“Of course she does. But I’m one of the few friends that doesn’t try to get into her pants.”
“One of the few?”
“Oh yeah; all her guy friends and a few of the girl friends try to get with her. She gets sick of it really quick. I don’t get it. I don’t have that happening to me. Am I not pretty?” Ava asked.
“There’s the cheerleader personality coming out.” I said, shaking my head.
“That was irrelevant to what we were talking about.”
“Yeah, but so is pointing out that you don’t have people begging to have sex with you. Do you want people to?”
“No…I just want to feel wanted by someone. Just like most girls do. I’m just more upfront about it than Bethany is.”
“Why do you keep bringing her up?”
“Because I know you’re curious about her. It’s obvious. She may not notice, but I notice you staring at my best friend for 40 minutes straight all through class.” I blushed and looked away.
“You’ve seen that?”
“Of course I have. She hasn’t because she’s normally sleeping but…I see it. I’m just saying, if you want to get to know her, you have to go up to her first or nothing is going to happen.” Ava reached her car and turned back to me. “Thanks for the copies; see you in school.” I nodded as she climbed into her car and drove off. I shook my head and walked to my car to start home. She certainly knew a lot more than I thought, and noticed a lot more than I thought. I could only hope she kept her mouth shut when it came to Bethany. The last thing I needed her knowing was that I did watch her and that I was curious about her. What I didn’t get though, was why her best friend was helping me when she doesn’t even know me; it made no sense to me. Yeah, she said she was helping her friend because she knew her, but what of it was a lie or she was just thinking she saw something when she didn’t? None of it made sense to me but it definitely made me all the more curious about Bethany.