Just Say Yes // NaNoWriMo

When Izzy moves to a new town, the least she expects is to make new friends. She had perfecly fine friends at her old school, so why should she try so hard to make new ones? Then there's the mysterious guy in her Science class that wants nothing to do with anyone. And of course, she just has to fall in love.

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4. Chapter 4

When I got to Science, Nathan wasn’t there yet which was odd. He normally gets there earlier than me, his notebook open and his pen in between his fingers. But today, his chair was empty. I shrug and sit down in my seat. It shouldn’t bother me that he’s gone today, he’s not my friend. Albeit, it does make me wonder where he is.

 

Just as the bell rings, Nathan walks through the door. He plops down in the seat next to me, his seat, and takes out his green notebook and his pen.

 

“You were late.” I say. I’m not sure why I said it, but it left my lips before I could think about saying it.

 

“No I wasn’t, I was in the doorway when the bell ringed.” Nathan grins. “Why does it matter to you?”

 

Instead of responding, I decide to listen to the teacher. It was a good question, but I don’t know how to respond. I won’t give him the satisfaction of me being interested in him.

 

“No seriously, why does it matter to you?” Nathan says a minute later.

 

I shrug. “I don’t like being alone in class.”

 

“That’s not true.” He says, resting his chin in his hand and staring at me. I feel myself blush and I look away nonchalantly.

 

“It is,” I say. It’s just not the whole truth.

 

“Aw come on, tell me. It’s not like it’s something horrid, like you having a crush on me.” Nathan shudders but he still looks at me expectantly.

 

I don’t have a crush on Nathan. I just fantasize about me finding out more about him and me cuddling with him while he whispers things into my ear. Okay no, stop. There’s no way I like Nathan. It’s Nathan. He doesn’t like anyone, let alone me. It’s hopeless. Plus, I barely know him. He could be an axe murderer for all I know.

 

“Of course not.” I say, but the blush on my face tells otherwise. Keep it together, Izzy.

 

He has this look on his face, but I can’t exactly describe it. He knows something. Keep a secret, you’ve done it before. This one is just a little more obvious. It’s just another secret. Forget about it. But thinking about his lips on mine, his hand on my cheek-

 

“Izzy…” Nathan says, waving a hand in front of my face.

 

“Yeah?” I ask, blushing harder.

 

“I was wondering if you were listening at all to the instructions on this lab.”

 

“Oh, no, I didn’t.” I say, rubbing my elbow with my hand.

 

“Well neither did I. I have no clue how to do this.” His gaze moves to the table where we have an assortment of chemicals. Great.

 

“Let’s just try not to fuck up,” I say, taking one of the tubes in my hand, inspecting the color.

 

“I think we should combine this,” he says, taking the tube out of my hand, slightly brushing my skin. “And this.”

 

You know that butterfly-in-your-stomach feeling you get when your crush touches you? Yeah, I got that. It was the simplest touch and it nearly made me fall out of my chair.

 

“Let’s try it.” I say, watching as he pours the two liquids together. Just like in the movies, there’s an explosion. Sure, it wasn’t that big, but it was still there.

 

“Nathan and Izzy, were you two listening at all? I told you not to combine the red and blue.” Mrs. Whatever says. I hold my lips together in attempt to stop from laughing. Nathan looked shocked, incredibly shocked. His eyes were wide and his mouth was parted.

 

“That was awesome!” Nathan says, putting the tubes down. He runs his hands through his hair and has an excited look on his face. His enthusiasm finally breaks free of my lips and I start laughing.

 

We make eye contact and he holds up his hand to give me a high five. I left my hand linger on his for a second too long but he doesn’t seem to notice.

 

“We make an awesome team. I just can’t saying that word but it’s the only word to describe the absolute feeling of this. Holy crap.” He says, starting to pace. Nathan stops in front of me. “I’m glad you’re my lab partner.” And he starts pacing again.


 

After the class ended, I couldn’t stop smiling. I held it together during Science, but there was always the smallest bit of it hiding.

 

“What are you smiling at?” Ebony asks. Today is one of the first days she’s been home after school. She’s sitting at the counter on her laptop once again. Although, today she has some almonds.

 

“Nothing.” I say, trying to suppress my smile which of course, didn’t work. I grab an apple and hum along to Bad by The Cab as I walk up the stairs to my room.

 

Once I get there, I drop everything on my desk and fall onto my bed, a smile still on my face. I replay the events of today.

 

“I’m glad you’re my lab partner.”

 

“We make an awesome team.”

 

“Why does it matter to you?”

 

“It’s not like it’s something horrid, like you having a crush on me.”

 

A sigh leaves my lips as I close my eyes, seeing him making eye contact with me and my insides melting. He’s not perfect, but he’s perfect.

 

I have absolutely no motivation to do my homework, let alone a reason to do it, but I do it anyways. I’m not going to let a boy ruin my grades. Hell, he isn’t a boy. He’s Nathan. Dammit, Izzy. Look what you’ve done.

 

While doing my math equations, I end up drawing ‘I + N’ inside a heart. I need to stop. But I also need him. Dammit. Fuck this, fuck everything, fuck Nathan. Well, maybe later. No. No. No. I’m starting to sound like a 13 year-old. I’m 16, not 13. I need to act my age and control my feelings. I also need to kiss him. Dammit.

 

I groan and run my fingers through my hair. I need to do something about this. I need to stop liking him. But how am I supposed to do that? I would go to Cass and Ava for advice but they still don’t know that I’m talking to him, let alone like him. Maybe I should go to Mom, or maybe Ebony.

 

Ebony has had boyfriends before. She had one back home but had to break up with him for distance reasons. There was this one guy in 7th grade that she was dating for eight months before they broke up. It basically lasted the entire school year.

 

I, however, have never had a boyfriend. I haven’t had my first kiss, I’m still a virgin, and I haven’t even hugged a guy. It’s sad, really. There was only one guy who admitted that he liked me but he was a geek and I had no interest in even touching him.

 

Nathan’s kind of a geek though. Actually, I can’t put a label on him. I consider myself punk rock. Nathan is punk rock too, but he’s also a geek, nerd, and normal. He’s everything. He doesn’t care what he looks like. His hair is usually messy, but it’s a cute messy. He’s not skinny, but he is. He’s the in between of everything.

 

This is making me think that I should talk to Ebony about this. Mom would just freak out and come to school just to see who Nathan is. Then he’d be creeped out and I would never have a chance with him. He would probably call the police too.

 

I slowly walk downstairs and take a few deep breaths. Ebony is still sitting at the counter with her laptop. I sit next to her and rest my head in my hand.

 

“Can I ask you something?” I say, shyly. She turns to me with a grin on her face.

 

“Is it about a boy?” She asks excitedly.

 

I sigh. “Yes.”

 

“Tell me about him. What’s his name?”

 

“His name is Nathan and he’s my lab partner in Science. I don’t know what else to say about him…”

 

“Oh, him? I heard he got this girl addicted to weed and then killed her.”

 

“No, no, no. He wouldn’t do that.” I say, shaking my head.

 

“Are you sure?”

 

“100% positive. But I do need help.” I say, sitting up straighter.

 

“You want to ask him out?”

 

“No. I need to stop liking him or at least control my feelings for him because I just can’t stop thinking about him and I don’t want my life to revolve around me just thinking about him 24/7.” I ramble, not taking a single breath. When I finish, I’m sitting there, trying to help out my lungs.

 

“Just, uh, do something with friends. You’ll forget about him in no time. Just don’t deny your feelings for him. It doesn’t help either of you.”

 

“Thanks, Ebony.” I say, standing up. I straighten out my shirt and go back up to my room. So it’s settled. I’m going to have Cass and Ava over sometime this week. I need to just forget about him. His smiling face makes its way into my head and I face palm.

 

I get up to my room and go to Netflix on my laptop. Hopefully, this will get my mind off of him. Within the first five minutes of my show, a couple kisses and it reminds me of Nathan. I imagine me kissing him. I’d have to stand on my toes to reach his height. It’s not that he’s tall, it’s that I’m a little shorter than the average girl. That and he’s a little tall, I guess.

 

My phone goes off and I look at the text.

 

Unknown number: hi

 

I assume they have the wrong number, so I lock my phone and go back to my show. Just when I forget about the text, I get another one.

 

Unknown number: it’s Nathan

 

A smile makes it’s way on my face and I don’t try to hide it as I respond.

 

Me: hi… how did you get my number??

 

No but seriously, how did he get it? The only people in the school that know my cell phone number is Ebony, Cass, and Ava. I doubt that he knows Ebony is my sister and that Cass or Ava would give it to him, so I’m clueless. There’s no explanation I can come up with to explain it.

 

Nathan: I have connections. what are you doing?

 

Oh god, he better not be involved with the government or something.

 

Me: watching tv, you?

 

Nathan: I was doing homework but I got bored and gave up

 

Me: math?

 

Nathan: you’ve got it. I’m gonna go to bed. goodnight, Izzy x

 

What the hell is that supposed to mean?! Why did he add the little x at the end? Does it mean something that he used my name? I’m thinking way too hard about this.


Me: goodnight, Nathan x

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