I wake up to the irritating sound of my alarm buzzing. I burrow my head into my pillow, which is wet from tears. There is no way in hell I'm going to school. Not after last night.
My dad still hasn't came back. He probably doesn't even know... I force myself out of bed and decide that I should go to school. I straighten my hair and slip on a nirvana top, black ripped jeans and navy converse.
I grab my stuff and run out the door. I sprint like the wind to get there on time. I literally make it by a minute. I walk to my locker, seeing Abbie leaning against it.
"So, has he tried hurting you yet?" She asks. I roll my eyes. "Can you just lay off me today?" I say as a tear rolls down my face. I then walk away. She catches up with me quickly and stops me.
"What's going on?" She asks, nervously. I bite my lip and shake my head. "My mum, she - she ..." My speech trails off. I close my eyes. "She hurt her head and then, then her ears started bleeding and then she was taken to hospital and... And then she..."
She looks at me, her eyes wide. I wipe another tear away and breath in. "She died because of brain damage." I cry. She gasps, struggling to take it all in. "Oh my god, Jade.." She pulls me into a hug.
I have to sit at the desk in between Luke and Calum. I flop down onto the seat, both of them staring at me. I obviously don't bother talking to Luke, but I turn to Calum. My eyes are itchy and I keep rubbing them. "Hi." I sigh.
"What's wrong?" He asks. I shake my head and rub my eyes again. "Nothing you'd want to hear." I whisper. He nods and then we don't talk for the duration of the lesson.
(End of school)
I trudge out of school with Ab. "Listen, Jade. I'm here whenever. Just call me anytime ok?" She says kindly. I nod, not really wanting to talk. Before I know it, she leaves me and I'm left practically staggering home, feeling so sad.
Then someone grabs my arm and pulls me behind a brick wall. Why? Why now out of all times? It's Michael. I don't bother walking away. Whatever he wants to do, he can do right now.
But he doesn't hit me or kick me. He sighs and starts talking. "Jade, I need to tell you something really important." He whispers. I look at him confused.
I still don't say anything. "You're falling right into Calum's trap. You need to stay away from him before you get hurt." He tells me. I shake my head and finally choose to speak.
"Nice acting there Michael. Very nice. But I've got to go. And you know what? If Calum's doing what you're implying he's doing, he's obviously not a very good actor because one, I'm a waste of space and two, he helped me when YOU beat me up." I snap. And with that I walk off.
He grabs my arm again. "Jade, please, I swear on my own mother's life I'm not lying, I'm trying to help you. I promise." He smiles weakly. Well surely he's not lying or he wouldn't of swore on his mums life.
It must be good to know you still have a mum at home. I return a very small smile. "What are they planning on doing to me?" I ask, breathing heavily. He shrugs and pulls a confused face.
"I don't know, but it's gonna be really bad, trust me. They're never this serious on anything normally." He sighs putting his hand against his head. "I just don't understand why the fuck they have such a big problem with you."
I frown. "Don't you too? You..." He stops me and looks me in the eye. "The truth is, I only do it because Ash can ruin my mum's career if I don't." He says, putting his hands in his pocket.
"But to be truly honest, I've always had a big crush on you, and it kills me inside when I have to bully you." My heart skips a beat as he says that. I've never really looked at him in that way, but now I am. And I feel like I have a crush on him too.
We lock eyes on each other and his bright red hair shines in the sunlight. But I interrupt the moment. "So what do we do about the whole Calum situation?"
He thinks for a moment. "I'm thinking you play along and try not to fall for Calum. I won't breath a single word about this. Oh! And whenever he asks if you wanna go somewhere with him, SAY NO."
The idea could work. Our eyes meet again and he looks to my lips. And at that moment, he crashes his lip onto mine. Our mouths both move together and I don't feel like stopping. This is something I never thought I would be doing, kissing Michael Clifford.
We stare into each other's eyes and I look directly at her mouth. I just can't help myself, so I let myself lean in to kiss her. Before I can pull away quickly, her lips melt onto mine and we're full on kissing.
She finally pulls away and I put my hand on the back of my neck. "Wow." She whispers. I nod, looking her straight in the eye. "Yeah. Wow" I repeat her. I can't believe it. I kissed Jade Wilson. She didn't even pull away even after everything I've ever said to her.
"Look Michael, I have to go now. My mum..." She stops and puts her face onto the brick wall. I turn her back. "What?" I ask. She starts crying and I pull her into a hug.
"I was going to say my mum will be wondering where I am but... She died." She cries even harder and I hug her tighter. Damn this girl goes through a lot. Bullying and now her mum dying? I don't know what i'd do without mine.
"And where's you're dad?" I ask. She shrugs, wiping her eyes. "Yeah, I'd like to know that to." She says. I raise one eyebrow. "He ran off, and he hasn't come back since." She explains. My eyes widen in shock.
"Are you joking? How do cope?" I ask, stroking her hair. She looks at me and laughs a little. "Sometimes I feel as if it's not worth it, but the I think my mum would have wanted me to be happy and not kill myself." She says.
I feel like a complete menace on the inside and it's tearing me apart. Maybe I should of thought about her feelings before letting myself be forced to beat her black and blue.
"Do you want to come back to mine? I mean no ones there so..." She asks. I hesitate but then nod and we walk off. I'm really nervous Ash, Luke or Cal are going to see me but I should let it go. I'm with the girl I've had a crush on for ages.
(At Jade's house)
I follow her inside and look around. Her house is neat and tidy considering there are no parents here to clean for her. "Do you want anything?" She asks but I shake my head. We then sit down and she puts on the TV.
She scrolls through the channels, and stops when she sees 'Family guy' it's one of my favourite shows. "Do you want to watch this? It's one of my favourite TV shows." She says. I nod grinning and we both watch it, laughing.
I stare at her again. Even after she's been crying, she's cute. I just hope she doesn't fall for Calum otherwise she's going to get hurt again, but worse.