424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡAI5zPKHyH5
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡsFz3HK23Qe
"Seriously. If I hear one more darn person whisper 'he's back', I'll break their faces." I stated through gritted teeth to Suvannah Waters, a childhood best friend of mine. She laughed softly as she ducked her head as people passed us by in the hallway.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡs0X4mTCSm9
I slammed my locker shut and started walking down the long hallway towards our English class. I did not hear Suvannah but I felt her walking on my side clutching her books to her chest, bowing her head as she walked right next to me.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡBZZ9eWKkG4
"You can't break their faces, Gab. You're much too different than that." She pointed out.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡAnFS4qznL2
I looked sideways at her. She was keeping her head down as she walk as to not make eye contact with anyone around her.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡITmua7UNWJ
"Vanna, look up while you are walking. You might bump into someone." I told her. She shook her head, saying no. I sighed. Suvannah never was really comfortable with eye contact.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡUwNJUCar5x
Or talking to people.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡlQrKUOSnb2
Or socializing with anyone.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡfyPKHZR7Ys
Or stating her mind.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡRsS4FKzEan
Well, she doesn't like being the middle of the attention. Which is usually fine with me because I hate being the center of attention too.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡV97A91Zmcr
Except when they act like she's not there. That crap pisses me off. I mean I know she's quiet, but she is so not invisible. Just because we aren't that far up with the social food chain doesn't mean they could treat us like cow dung. I clenched my hands into tight fists.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0bxXpOxdf1
"You're fuming. What's wrong, Gab?" She asked concerned. This time, she looked up. She never does that unless it is pretty serious.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡugsAS8dhJK
"Nothing. Just thinking." I tried give her a reassuring smile.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡYfuAqdJRx6
"Whoa. That's scary." She said back with a grin. I couldn't help it, I grinned back.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡTvWCmgvcxa
"You know me so well." I laughed and rolled my eyes at her.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡAw9Ji9w95P
She did too! We have been best friends since the first day of 7th grade when she started crying after punching Jayson Roux in the nose for picking on her during lunch. We've been inseparable every since. Jayson had yet to gain her forgiveness after that day.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2ocv4QQY4m
I never knew her reason for punching him. She gets pissed when she remembers that moment. I laughed and told Jayson not to pick on someone stronger than he is. My group of friends at time just laughed about it. Jayson was close friends with my best friend at that time, Falcon. My heart lurched in my chest.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡykNMlbX7hr
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtDxFPVxkME
The only friend I had growing up. The guy I had a huge crush on since I first laid eyes on him in the second grade. A bunch of kids picked on me on the first day for being the quiet new kid. I did not know anyone and the school was so huge for me.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡYQM2faexjx
In the middle of being pushed against the wall by Amiliana "Ami" McAdams and her two clique bullies, Tivonne Severino and Winona Tylers, Falcon came up and helped me up while shouting at them not to lay their hands on me again. Back then, he acted as a personal bodyguard for me.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNSvilShDPD
We quickly became best friends and couldn't be separated.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡL2WHlG57mY
We did almost everything together. He was sort of the team captain in everything and his five best friends never once complained. He was born to lead and everyone was okay with that. He was really quite popular growing up. Everyone loved him. I don't blame him, he was perfect. He was the only guy I ever confided in. The only one I have ever loved. My only one true best friend.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNTJ6XjOG85
Until the towns Christmas Bash of 2008.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡnwBUCwGeUp
I have grown to get used to many girls fawning over him. I even got used to seeing him date other girls in front of me. But I always knew it will never last.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡVpyI42JpaR
I expected to see him holdings hands or talking to a pretty 8th grader back in junior high. What I did see was not close to anything I have ever considered or expected.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡAB1kgTPAjz
He had his first kissed.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9aiVuny04u
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡjBtOYXkFB1
With Ami McAdams.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡExxlrkMRHa
That good for nothing witch.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4mD7v4jHGE
Underneath the Christmas Wreath in the middle of the town square. Not that many people saw the lip action between the two
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2fXk6gD7zE
But I did. And my heart shattered.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡWRsm30XIcw
I ignored him throughout the whole Bash. I saw him trying to find out why I was ignoring him. If he needs a valid reason, then he really is stupid.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡbRZp2crqLl
"Gabrielle. Why -"
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡbsOf7LKaU3
"Save it, Falcon. I really don't want to hear it." I shut my eyes and forced the tears not to fall. I will not allow Falcon to see me cry.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡBGUvuGgKX2
"Why are you ignoring me? What the hell am I doing wrong?" He asked desperately. Oh, hell no.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡYdABM0D7hv
"Are you serious?! Do you really not know what you've done wrong? You are the only person who know every single thing about me and you have the audacity to stand there and ask me what's wrong?"
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡxpmWaCmyDr
"Well, if you -"
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡfR9RRXgLqO
"You know what, Falcon? I really can't take is from you right now. Please leave me alone." I looked away towards the live Christmas band entertainment playing on stage. The Christmas spirit these songs usually bring should be going through me right now.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4re5iVTSRX
But it's not. Not tonight.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡTbY6MhveWv
It really isn't about him using up his first kiss. It's the fact that he used it on Ami. The girl who picked on me for as long as I can remember. The girl I have always hated. The worst part of it all was that Falcon knew how I felt towards her. He always knew.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡcdNZ5L5Ouy
By the time I looked behind me to see if Falcon was still there, he was already gone. It was probably for the best. I'll see him tomorrow anyways. I'll talk to him then.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡIZpqf4K10Q
The next day, I woke up feeling like crap but also determined to tell Falcon off. I sorta acted like a jealous person the night before and acted in the most childish way.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡi4Lb08JQGM
I walked to Falcons house to talk to him and his mother answered the door.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡZGvsK2HmKr
"Gabby. Hi, sweetheart." Brenda Daniels embraced me with a tight hug and looked at me with genuine happiness. "How can I help you, sweetie?" She asked with a smile.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡB2pJ9RmnCv
"Hello, Brenda. I was just passing by and wanted to see if Falcon would want to go hang at our spot." I looked away and lied. I hated lying to Brenda. She's too amazing to be lied to. She looked at me with sad eyes mixed confusion.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡESwIvspqTh
"He never told you?" She asked quietly. I looked up at her and saw the sadness in her eyes. What was Falcon going to do?
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡammONe3TCr
"Tell me what?" Whatever it was must not have been important since he decided that he should stick his tongue down McAdams's throat last night. I was his least important priority on his lists during the Bash last night. I scoffed.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡww44SdRBH8
"Ah, well. You see, honey, he's not here." She said softly.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡSjUZwMrHj3
He's gone at 7:30am in the morning? Probably with Ami. My heart twisted a little as I forced myself to talk to his mom.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtzuJXl0f1b
"Oh. Okay. Just, er, tell him to give me a call when he gets home." I said carefully. I forced a small smile up at Brenda before turning away.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡfn1jzaRE9H
"He-won't-be-coming-home-Gabby." She said rather quickly. It took a while for the words to register, but when it did, I froze. I turned back towards her.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡYGeC49Y1lP
"I'm sorry?" I asked weakly. Please be kidding, Brenda. Please be joking.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡL3jK21TOHI
"He's went to live with aunt in Spokane. He'll be finishing the rest of the school year there and attending high school as well." She answered.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡZ8emGBGOHI
"How come he never told me?" I asked quietly, more to myself.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6nSlNnvNjF
Because I pushed him away last night. Because I would not give him the chance to talk last night. But wouldn't he have told me that a long while ago?
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtxyNdtQGiw
"I'm not sure, baby. It was important that he stayed there for the time being. He just found out yesterday around 4 from his grandparents that they need his help. For, uh, ca-caring for his aunt." She stumbled on the last few words. She looked away from me and bit her bottom lips like she said too much. She was nervous, but why?
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡBmK9B0GBFG
I, on the other hand, was slowly breaking apart on the inside. 4 o'clock in the evening? He tried to talk to me last night, but I pushed him away. He tried to tell me, but I wouldn't listen. I told him to leave me alone.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡnXnmTo3iiF
And he did. I was alone. Again.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNETJJlrDGi
"Earth to Gabby. Did you hear what I even said?" I was brought out of my sad flashback with Suvannah snapping her fingers in my face. I turned towards her.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡcdLyWSSFIn
"Sorry, Vanna, what were you saying?" She rolled her eyes and chuckled.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡlKzFlzlSFE
"I said it actually is pretty scary how well I know you. Especially right now, when you don't even realize who is back." She gave me a confused look that questioned seriously?
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡG2XiIovVOu
I shrugged. "If I don't know by now, then that person is probably not important." I saw the reaction she gave me as I dismissed the topic. She looked... amused.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡPLFsM47UvX
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡZuofeR4Xld
"What? Who is it?" I asked her. She knows something. I don't. This is a first.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡvOaRYpPs57
"Now isn't this a twist? I know something you don't." She said bemused. I did not think it was funny. At all.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡKLgmm1TQ86
"Har har. Are you going to tell me or not?" I asked her, faking a stern face. She put her pointer on her in and posed as if she if thinking hard on something. Then she shook her head no.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡr5eG3tnTAH
"Nuh uh. This is too much fun. You'll see that person when that person gets here." She looked up and smiled brightly with amusement that I decided to let her enjoy getting the upper hand of things since this is a rare moment where you find her smiling and not keeping her head bowed.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQFKAd3rGbW
"Suvannah." Someone whispered in a shocked voice behind us and a gasped was heard soon after.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQ6QSmqWB6y
Suvannah's body went rigid straight and I could almost feel herself shook violently as she tried to stand her ground. Without turning around, just by judging the reaction Suvannah made, I knew who it was: Jayson.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡW8ECKB5Mm2
We turned around to see Jayson standing there staring at Suvannah with wide eyes and an opened jaw. Behind him stood Alexander James, Maxon "Mack" Crawford, and the twins Cedric and Nicolai Vanderbilt.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡysAi4YsQXy
"GUYS!" I ran the three-step space between us and hugged them tightly. These were the five guys I see almost everyday growing up. I had always used them as backup bodyguards until they left town a couple years ago to live with other relatives.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡTJAPsngkSv
"Wow, Gabs. I'm guessing puberty did you very well, eh?" Mack said jokingly.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2to4mt5Pbs
"Oh, the ever joking flirt. How is everything, Mack?" I asked him.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡh8n2e9VBlG
He wagged his eyebrows. "Oh, you know. Little bit here and little bit there." Suvannah and I groaned in playful disgust from his comment. The guys snickered.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3NQoF0ru6y
"How about you, Ced and Nicolai?" I turned towards them and asked.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡmKlGchjojb
"Well, you know. It's been great. Moved back here to stay with Mom and Dad after being in Spokane with our uncle." Nicolai answered with a smile. Nicolai is very open and talks to anyone friendly enough to talk to him. He is the younger of the two and is one of the best pranksters known.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡHURMLDYOK0
"I'm good. Although, this place really changed in the last four years. It looks different." Cedric is an entirely different twin compared to Nicolai. He only talks to those who talks to him first. He usually keeps his thoughts to himself unless they ask him to share his opinions on things.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡpO1Vu82z43
To everyone, he's shy. To us, he's the most insane one of all. Almost all the diabolical things they have pulled were his idea, but he never gets in trouble because of his shy reputation in school.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡwhz5gMxGEb
The twins have always stuck together. Even back in elementary, they were never separated. Things feel a bit, odd, if they were to be separated.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡj7ec5DNeGW
"How's your sister, Alex?" I asked Alexander softly while giving him a supportive hug.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡkZn4Et954r
"She's actually very much healthier right now. She's been walking for a year already. She still has a lot to go, but she has gain her feet feeling and has passed all the therapy needed. Thanks for asking, Gab." He said with a genuine smile.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡxc2i6kDmzX
"That's wonderful. I'll come by later to check her."
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2Z3KMRyh6i
Alexanders' sister Leila got into a driving accident back when we were in the 7th grade and she was in the 4th grade. Her friends father got hit by a drunk driver while on their way to drop Leila home.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡOLizdds79q
Her leg got squished and smashed together in the car and she became temporarily paralyzed from the thigh down to the toes. But according to Alexander, she's walking again. As amazing as miracles go, Leila is pretty awesome. It's hard to see her ever sad.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡu2gr4PfPfS
She is as protective of her older brother as he is of her.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡvbuEUhQtxd
"I'll go with Gab. We'll see her together. See if we can talk her into sneaking out and TP'ing Jaysons house." Suvannah joked to Alexander.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡBNgZ7las5C
"I see you haven't stopped thinking about me, babe." Jayson spoke up finally. His face had a full smirk plastered on for Suvannah.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡaTrTR1pag2
"If you are referring to all the well thought-out homicide thoughts I planned for you, then yes, you were always on my mind." Suvannah said through gritted teeth and clenched fists.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNAcwxnXG45
"I'll take what I can get." He flashed her a mischievous grin.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡiNA0wsVZvR
"Oh, I bet you do." She shot back. His expression fell and it soon turned to an angry one. She turned towards Alexander showing Jayson that their conversation is over. We all sent secret sideway glances and grins to each other.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡkNXUUyoxAk
Two things can be said about their situation.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡh20BUQ4WiS
One, they absolutely can not stand each other. I grew up with Jayson and have always seen him smile for almost anything. Only one person can rile him into madness - Suvannah. She knew which bone to pick.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡlJFuGFttnm
As for Suvannah, she got used to these boys being with us. These boys and I were the first people she hung out with since the seventh grade when she was the new kid. She stuck with us and they will protect and guide her as best as how they would with me. She has no problem telling these boys anything because we have all been together through thick and thin.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8DK6nmioPj
She loves everyone of them equally, except one guy - Jayson. I have never witness a peaceful moment between them. At times, we never know what they are arguing about.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡeZtJVw3zXw
Oh, and the second thing is that they are very, very, very much in love with each other. It is pretty obvious to point out. All the couple arguing and hatred spurring out of their mouths. They absolutely love each other.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡCZjRHC4Aju
It's just that they don't know it yet.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQ6I6CnfmsT
Or felt it yet.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡADqjGAHHx6
Or thought about anything else other than trying to rip each others head off - yet.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJ73cgWHapX
Alexander shook his head and chuckled. "I'm sure she'd want to have the two of you over anytime. She absolutely looks up to the both of you."
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡwkusxaBGm4
"Gee, it's a wonder why though." Cedric laughed. We all laughed along.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡsPCx0tCsqO
"Shut it, Ced." Suvannah retorted and laugh. I absolutely love the non-face-bowing, open side of Suvannah. With the help of these boys, she forgets about being shy. She's never nervous towards them.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡgncH23ZUCO
I don't remember a time when I did not have a blast around these guys. They were all older than Suvannah and I and although they try to protect us, we have grown to be strong for ourselves throughout the years when they all left to go live in Spokane with their various families. They all left around the same time shortly after Christmas in the eighth grade.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡn850cgvvtP
Coincidence? Very, very coincidental.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡv0v7c4Kg9j
"Are you all staying in town for a while?" I asked them all.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9u6jbeAPFF
"Yeah, the plan is up until graduation." Mack said, smiling.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡjjRmy2NfGI
"Or until we find the prin- oomf!" Nicolai was hit on the side of his stomach by Cedric before he could finish. Alexander shot Nicolai a glare while Mack cleared his throat.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡndqBvp9mdM
"What Nicolai meant to say is at least until we all slept with at least a couple of the these girls who seemed to have bloomed beautifully." Mack said instead, while trying to seem interested in a red-head that passed by our group.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡaU6Wsg59LF
"Gross. You are such a guy." I scrunched up my nose in playful disgust. Suvannah did an 'ugh' sound and we laughed.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡDe4vYyP6bR
Although some things never change, one thing did - they are hiding something from us. I shrugged off their behavior to what Nicolai was saying and looked up at them.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡbEHXmFd0Yp
"So are you guys planning on trying to dominate the sports ranks - again?" I asked gleefully. They all flashed their boyish grins at me and nodded. A few girls glared at us while passing. Probably hating us for being with these guys. It always happened before. We should be used to it but not having to see these guys in years made us get used to different things instead.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡP8FkFQJbpJ
These guys have dominated every sport they try out for. It has always been the five of them along with Falcon. The six beautiful, knights in shining kneepads.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡI2Tx9Bom8x
My brothers from the heart.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡLynj6TQVGG
"The six of us will be topping every game this season. Feels so good to be a Knight again. It's really been a while, huh boys?" Nicolai confidently said.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡT0y1XEW5n9
"I'm sure every team is playing for second place. It really is obvious who is the best." Suvannah cheerfully said. I smiled and nodded happily.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡrgQOvW4N3W
That's when I registered what Nicolai just said seconds ago.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡrz0VpEEvGd
"Wait, don't you mean the five of you?" I corrected him, pointing out his mistake.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9k21eJT3y4
"Actually, Gabrielle. He means the six of us." A sexy, silky familiar voice said behind me. It's that same velvet voice I hear in my dreams.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJb08OH89D2
I closed my eyes and braced myself for what is expected to come before turning around to face the man that voice belonged to.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡayZMUojcBG
I silently gasped.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡHi3TtgFk8p
He did too. His eyes widened a bit and shortly after started to recover from his shock.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3LZrFHbBfv
"Hello, Gabrielle." He smirked, knowing full well that I am as shocked to see him as he is to see me.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtC6aoS5OPQ
Holy sweet mama alpaca.
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ40IU2oUP1b
424Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡGZIuNNfMhJ
~*~8964 copyright protection420ＰＥＮＡＮＡZino56gXxP 維尼