Lovelace Falls

Multiple teens live in Lovelace Falls. Where do alliances lie? Who trusts who? Who's paired up with who? You'll have to read to find out.

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11. Chapter 10

NICOLE REYNOLDS

    The bell rings as Cam and I walk out of English class. “So, what did Claire tell you?” I ask as we walk towards the locker.

“Nikki, what are you talking about?” He says, confused.

“When she pulled you away from me.” I say like it’s obvious.

“Oh, that. Well she said that you were-” He quickly hides behind a trash can. I see Ashley walk by me. I wave at her, and she smiles back.

“She’s gone.” I help Cameron get up.

“You seriously have to stop acting weird around her.” He opens his locker.

“I’m trying.”

“She wants to be friends, Cam.” He sighs.

“That’s the thing. I want to be more than that. After the accident, she broke up with me. I thought that maybe when she healed we could-” I back up.

“Cam, I’m sorry to tell you this, but I don’t think she wants that anymore. I know she needs her best friend back.” Cam smiles. “Fine! I'll try.”

“You definitely will.” I say as I walk away.

    I go to the library. I sit down on the couch and start my homework.

“Hey.” I hear  someone say. I look up and see Isaac. I smile.

“Hi.”

“Can I sit next to you?” He asks. I nod my head. With each homework question that passes, I continue to get frustrated.

“Ugh! These vocab terms are so hard!” I complain. He leans closer to me.

“Oh, I didn’t know you’re taking French.” He says.

“Yeah, I didn’t think it was going to be this hard.” I sigh.

“You know I happen to be fluent in French. I mean, my parents are from Paris.” He says.

“Right! I forgot that Claire and your family always goes to France to visit your family.” I laugh. “I’m so stupid.”

“No, you’re not.” He reads my study guide.

“You want me to quiz you?” I nod my head. “Okay. How do you say flower in French?” He asks.

“Um, Une flaure?” I mispronounce it completely. He laughs.

“No, it’s une fleur.”

“Une fleaur?” He laughs harder.

“No! Une fle-ur!.”

“I’m so bad at French! Why did I even take this class?” I say, frustrated.

“Come on, say it.” He puts his hand on mine. “Une… fleur.” I say.

“Good!” Isaac says. We both smile.

“Thanks.”

“I can tutor you full time, if you want.”

“Am I that bad?” I ask.

“Kind of.” He says, and we both laugh.

“That would be great. Thanks.” I smile. I realize that our hands are touching, I quickly move it.

“Sorry…” Isaac scratches his head awkwardly. “What time does lacrosse practice start?” He asks, obviously trying to stop the awkwardness.

“5:00.” We both look up and see Claire.

“Claire? What're you doing here? I thought you have basketball practice.” Isaac says, embarrassed.

“Which starts at 5:00.” Claire adds.

“It’s not what it looks like. He’s just helping me with French.” I say.

“You guys were just talking. You can be friends with both Mitchell siblings if you want.” Claire laughs. I look down and pray that Claire will leave. “Can I sit down?” Isaac looks around nervously, not wanting her to. Claire makes herself welcome anyways. “Isaac-” Claire begins. “Can you please leave? I need to talk to Nikki, alone.” Isaac looks at me with an expression I’ve never seen on his face before. He smiles slightly before leaving.

“What did you want to talk to me about?”

“Nicole, you know I love you. I’m so sorry about earlier. I got really mad.”

“It’s okay. I know you don’t think it, but I think there’s something weird about Eli and Sky.” Claire nods her head.

“I have to go. Bye!” I quickly get up and start speed-walking out the door.

“Wait!” Claire grabs me.

“I don’t know why you guys acted weirdly when I came. It better not be what I think it is. I never want to think of the possibility that you guys could break each others hearts. I don’t want that to happen to you, or to him.” Claire says seriously. I look at her confused.

“What are you trying to say?”

“You guys can’t hang out anymore. You’ll never work.”

I yell, “Are you saying I’m dating Isaac? He’s just a friend! You honestly think I would date your brother? Claire, I’m your best friend for crying out loud!” I start to walk away, furious at Claire. I turn around and say, “I’ll never have feelings for Isaac. Are you happy?” I storm off. Claire runs into the locker room.

“Nikki…” I look at her, pissed off.

“What? That’s what you wanted to hear, right?” I get my gym clothes out of my bag and start to change.

“Did you…” Claire begins.

“Did I what?” I ask.

“Did you ever actually have feelings for him?” She whispers. I sigh.

“I don’t know.” I kneel down and tie my sneakers. I stand up and grab my lacrosse stick. Before I leave, I look at Claire and say, “I guess I’ll never know.”  I walk out of the locker room, ignoring Claire’s desperate calls.

Tears start to roll down my face as I walk out to the field. I see Isaac with his friends on the field already practicing. He looks at me and drops his lacrosse stick. He starts to walk towards me as I quickly wipe my tears away.

“What happened?” He asks, concerned. I try to hold my tears in.

“Nothing.” I say.

“What did Claire tell you?” He says angrily.

I gulp. “She…” I run into Isaac’s arms and start to cry.

“It’s going to be okay, I promise.” He strokes my hair.

“She thought we were dating.” I finally say.

“Oh.” Isaac says quietly.

“Yeah. We’re just friends. Claire’s so paranoid.” I say, annoyed.

“Best friends.” He corrects me. I smile. We walk together to the field to start practice. Isaac and I freeze. There’s Claire, standing by the bleachers, pissed off. I quickly walk away from Isaac. Will our friendship ever be the same?

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