After school as I always do I walk to the pet shop for my shift. On my way there I always stop for bubble tea on the way. I walked in and saw that Kyle was there with his guy friends.
I sighed and thought about turning around but I really wanted my drink. I covered my face with my hands and walked to the counter to order. I walked to the corner of the store and had my head down looking at my phone.
I felt someone walk over to me. I looked up and saw that it was an older man maybe in his early thirties. He was wearing a black shirt and jeans that were ripped. He had a light beard stubble and he smiled at me in a creepy way.
"Hello there young lady. Are you alone?" "Yes I am mister and id like to stay that way." "Ohh a feisty one." He laughed. He stepped closer to me which made me back closer to the wall. The problem was that there was no more space to back into.
The lady called out my order "Megan. One honeydew bubble tea for Megan." I pointed at the lady and said "Uhh that's my order so if you'll excuse me..." He said "Ohh your name is Megan. How pretty..." He stepped loser and grabbed my hand, he pulled me lightly towards the door.
Since I was in the corner closest to the door it wasn't that far. "Hey...hey stop." My voice was quiet so no one heard me. "Leave me alone...please." I was so scared. I really am not as tough as every thinks I am. I need help.
Then I felt someone else grab my arm and someone said "She said leave her alone." I turned around and saw Kyle. He looked at the man straight in the eyes with a hard face. The man said "Who are you? She's mine so let her go."
Kyle held on tighter to me when the man tried pulling harder. Kyle said "I said let her go." The man smiled and said "Little boy I think you should just back off before things get ugly..." Kyle laughed and said "Old man your gonna regret what you just said."
Kyle let me go and held onto the mans shirt by the collar, scrunching it up in his hands. His other hand was ready to punch him. The man looked shocked but he was still holding on to me. I looked around scared and caught the eye of the worker at the counter. I mouthed "Call 9-1-1." He rushed to the phone and started dialing.
I looked back at the guys in front of me. Kyle was sneering at the man. He said "I fucken told you old man to let her go. Your gonna pay for it now." He punched him in the face. The man let me go and Kyle had one arm in front of me, protecting me.
Wait why is Kyle doing this? Why would he care? Hmm this is a new side I'm seeing to him. The man stood back up and looked pissed. His noes was bleeding and he walked towards Kyle. "Did you fucken punch me?" He spat. Kyle smirked and said "I think I did. And I'm gonna do it again." He punched him again.
And then Kyle kicked him in the stomah. The man was on the floor holding his stomach. Outside I heard sirens. Kyle walked towards the man again but I put my hand on his shoulder and held him back.
I walked up to the man and he stood up and looked at me. "What do you want bitch? Your fucken boyfriend already beat up. What could you do you little.." I never let him finish because I grabbed his arm and twisted it behind his back holding it there. I pushed him against the wall. I whispered in his ear "You don't ever call me little and a bitch. And you dick for trying to take me. I hope you rot in jail and when you die I hope you rot in hell."I let him go and when he turned back around, I punched him in the face. The cops came in and I told them "This is the man. He was trying to take me." The cop was putting handcuffs on the guy and he said "Good job for calling us. He is wanted for raping girls." I nodded and he took the man away from the store.
Kyle walked over to me with a worried look on his face actually. "Uhh Megan are you okay?" I nodded and I looked at his hand "Are you?" He nodded and said "Don't worry about me." I nodded and them the manager of the store came up to me. "Hi young lady, I'm so sorry for what happened. I know you come in every week so I will let you have free drinks every time you buy here." I smiled at the man and said "Really? Ohh thanks but it's okay. He saved me. Give that to him." I jerked my head at Kyle.
The manager said "Well actually I was gonna offer him the same deal. Thank you for protecting her." Kyle nodded and said "No problem and thanks for the offer. We'll take it." The manger smiled and walked away.
Did Kyle just say that WE'LL take it? Who is he to talk for me? I know he just saved me but that doesn't mean my whole point of view of him will change. "Thanks Kyle for saving me." He said "No problem." I walked away after that and walked to the counter.
The worker who called the police was working and handed me back my money. I took it and put it in the donation box for the kids that have leukemia. Kyle had followed me and said "Wow all that?" I nodded and said "I'm not selfish and I want to help then as much as I can. I don't have enough time to though. Whenever I get the chance I go to the hospital and just talk and do things with them."
He looked at me shocked and said "Really? Wow... That's pretty nice." I nodded and the worker handed me my drink and I thanked him. "Yeah." I walked out the store and felt Kyle following me. I turned to him and he looked at me shocked.
"Why are you still following me? Why are you still talking to me? I thanked you and so we're done now." "I want to make sure you get home safe." "Well I'm not going home so just leave. I'll be fine. Go to your girlfriend Lilly." I turned around and still heard him following me.
I turned around and he said "I am taking you to wherever you are going and that's that. No matter what you say I will not leave you alone." I walked up to him so our chest were barely touching. "Why do you care? You've been mean to me the whole past year. You said I'm just a snotty bitch that doesn't care about anything. So just leave I'll be fine."
I turned back around and walked again. He caught up to me and I rolled my eyes. "I know and I'm sorry." "Sorry won't cut it so easily Kyle. You've been mean to me the WHOLE year. My life is already shit I didn't need you making it worse. Just leave me alone." My voice got quiet and I tried holding back my tears. He said "I'm so sorry Megan please. I just wanted to be part of the cool kids and they said I had to make fun of you to do that. I know I was being a dick. Please forgive me." "I told you sorry doesn't cut it. You need to do way more than that to make me forgive you."
I stopped and he looked at me. "What's wrong?" "I'm where I need to be." He looked at the pet store and said "You buying a pet?" I rolled my eyes and said "I work here you dummy." I walked in and he followed.
He said "So what do I have to do to make you forgive me?" I said "You will help me show the whole school the real me." He tilted his head and said "Is this not the real you?"
"The me that you guys think I am is tough. You saw me at the store I needed help. I was afraid. You saw me give a donation. I work at a pet store. Everything you didn't know about me and didn't think I would do or be." He nodded and said "I'll help you."
Joanne came out of her office. She's a 30 year old lady with red curly hair. She's got a warm smile and a southern accent. She's like a mom to me. She said "Hi honey...ohh who's the boy? I'm Joanne." Kyle smiled and said "I'm Kyle. I go to school with Megan. Joanne smiled and said "That's nice." "Okay you can leave now Kyle. I got here just fine."
Joanne said "Why wouldn't you honey?" "An incident happened at the bubble tea place. Someone tried to rape her so I walked her here to make sure she was safe." Joanne walked over to me and hugged me. She said "Are you okay hon?" "Yes I am now Joanne." Joanne let me go but held me by the shoulders. "Do you want to just take the day off?" I shook my head "I need to help with the money at the house and for my little sister."
She nodded and turned to Kyle "Well Kyle would you mind staying here and watching over Megan? You can help out if you want and I'll pay you. I have to go walk a dog." Kyle nodded "Sure." "Joanne I'll be fine. I don't need a babysitter." Joanne patted me head "I know but I just want to make sure your okay." She went over to a cage and brought out one of our new dogs. A Dalmatian named Duke. She waved goodbye and left.
I turned to Kyle and said "You can go, I'll just tell Joanne you had to leave." Kyle shook his head "It's fine. I want to help. I like her." "I like her too. Fine grab that bag I need to feed the dogs. But your not a babysitter right now your just a volunteer." He grabbed the bag of dog food and carried it. He followed behind me as I walked to each cage and took a cup full and gave to each dog.
He said "So... Why do you need it for your sister?" I shook my head and said "I'm not saying." He nodded and stayed quiet for a bit. Then he started asking questions about me. And i answered honestly. He started to know the real me. Whenever he brought up a family question I just said I wouldn't answer. After the third question he asked about my family I said "Kyle I will tell you about the real me but not my family. At least not yet. If we get close enough then you'll know."
He nodded. We got everything else done in the pet store so we ended up cleaning. He swept the floor and I wiped the counters. Joanne walked in when we finished and said "Wow you guys make a great team. Did your wok and cleaned up." She walked into her office and held out Kyle's money for helping out. He shook his head "No it's fine." Joanne said "I inisist." He shook his head and said "I think Megan might need it more than me. Just give my share to Megan."
She looked at me and I looked at Kyle with a look of disbelief. What is he doing? I don't take pity things. I shook my head "No Joanne you know I don't take pity things. Just take it Kyle." Kyle took the money and walked over to me. He grabbed my hand and put the money in it. He folded my fingers over them and said "It's not out of pity. Just take it please." I looked him in the eyes and sighed "Fine thanks."
Kyle smiled and said "Great, you need someone to take you home?" "No Joanne takes me home." He nodded and waved goodbye to Joanne. "Bye Megan." "Bye Kyle." He left the store. I watched out the window and saw him leave. He had some information about the real me. One day the whole school will know the real me.