Something in Common

When bad boy Jason Pierce moves into town, Eden Hartell finds herself awe-struck from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Through trouble, heart-break, plenty of black eyes and a lot of explaining to do, Eden and Jason find themselves falling in love...


16. First Punch

It was a few days later. And because of that, I had never seen it coming. As I rounded the corner for English first period, Monday morning, I also rounded the corner for a smack in the face. Marissa and her, I refuse to call them friends, "posse" stood tall and proud in front of me. Marissa took a tentative step towards me.

'You think you can publicly embarrass me and get away with it?'

A few students scampered past, eager to get out of the way. I stood my ground, as I'd always done. I refused to fall back and be as mindless and stupid as the rest. If this girl wanted to scrap with me, she could, but it didn't mean I wasn't going to fight back.

'It was your own fault, Marissa,' I said. I made sure I'd said it loud enough, too.

She handed her bag to her closest friend on the right. Then she stopped a meter away from me. 

'Fight me. Come on, fight me. Push me over, punch me, kick me in the stomach. Show me what your made of.'

I scowled at her.

'I don't want to sink to your level.'

She lost it. Her fist flew into my face and for a moment I stood, stunned, until the pain kicked in and I fell backwards into the lockers. Lights flashed, my head pounded and I could feel my eye swell up already. The anger soon followed.

I grabbed at Marissa, ripping her shirt as I threw her to the ground. One of Marissa's friends must have alerted the whole school or something, because another, bigger, crowd circled around us, yelling and screaming as loud as they could.

Through the blind fury, I could see Marissa trying her hardest to let at me, but I was so pissed and so mad at her for everything, I let my anger out through my fists and my feet. 

The fight didn't end until a teacher tore me away from Marissa, holding me strongly by the waist. It gave Marissa time to stand and lunge, but she too was pulled back by another member of staff.

'I'll get you again!' she screeched, as the teacher lifted her down the corridor. 'Don't you forget it, Eden!'

I stopped struggling against the TA. She led me around the corner, straight towards the headmasters office. I spent the hour zoning out of my mind, wondering what the hell I was still doing in this place. I didn't belong here, trapped in school. I belonged at home or in the forest with my boyfriend. The boyfriend I so much wanted to hug, to kiss, to be with right now.

But I couldn't. And I wouldn't for another few days.


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