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Adoring December
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Chapter 7
Mar 31, 2017
26 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!lE08sACnN4oZxuUNXVYuposted on PENANA

December sat alone in her room by the window pane, glancing at the black sky tainted with several streaks of lightning, before looking out at the deserted compound where a couple of lamp posts were stationed by the pathways and some students rushing towards the dormitory. The night air was chilly as the leafy trees danced to the gust of the wind. Moments later, droplets of rain pelt against the window before it started pouring heavily, but she had closed the windows by then.copyright protection83PENANAzDvAqlDsEq

A soft, lulling song played in the background, but December didn't pay any attention to it as her mind drifted elsewhere. Her brows furrowed as she thought back to the discussion she had with her friends earlier that day.copyright protection83PENANAU05U8xvLUi

After the meeting at the clubroom, December had confided in both Raven and Brooke about Pierre.copyright protection83PENANAPjinNcbL89

"I'm just so annoyed!" December huffed.copyright protection83PENANAgHMLid6VFL

Brooke and Raven both grinned at each other. They had listened to her going on about how much the guy grated on her nerves back then, not to mention it always amused both Raven and Brooke to see December aggravated like this. It seemed very clear to them that December, their normally quite composed friend obviously had boy troubles. And with the one person whom she truly couldn't stand, or so she claimed. As her friends, it fell upon their duty to help her in whatever way they could, and they were thrilled about this.copyright protection83PENANAmALrvUY0GS

With a twinkle in their eyes, they both came to a conclusion: December didn't realize that she's starting to fall for him.copyright protection83PENANAiwcBT0N4LW

'That is if she hadn't already fallen for him,' Brooke thought with glee.copyright protection83PENANAd2EZNWcUSS

Raven leaned against a pillar and said not so subtly, "Has it ever occurred to you that like him?"copyright protection83PENANAFetrFYmDY2

December looked so aghast that the grey-eyed girl had to bite back a smile. "Like him? No way."copyright protection83PENANAwhyJSsJGwv

Brooke interjected, "Well, considering the things you said about the guy, what else could it be?"copyright protection83PENANACKxgKkcXf4

She scoffed, "It could be a pain in the arse, that's for sure!"copyright protection83PENANAPUjimYgICf

Brooke refrained from rolling her eyes and pursed her lips instead. "I'd never pegged you as someone this obtuse, D."copyright protection83PENANAL9wkSoMC5j

At December's reproachful look, she amended. "Fine. But haven't you ever thought about what it may be like, not being so crossed with him?"copyright protection83PENANA7H3FYN0bKf

Raven, who had been observing the two of them bicker, agreed with a nod. "Exactly my thoughts. I think you'd be surprised to find that situation a pleasant one,"copyright protection83PENANAgA9zSwy9ea

Indignantly, December said, "Have you seen the guy? He's impossible."copyright protection83PENANAo0kVkdj6Po

"Now that sounds to me like you did consider such possibilities." Brooke gave her vexed friend a smile and a friendly pat on the back.copyright protection83PENANAqX6tD4gDg1

She paused at that, before giving her friend a look that said she was clearly out of her mind.copyright protection83PENANASwB25uyDEN

It's ridiculous, December thought. There was no way she was starting to like the obnoxious guy when everything about him ticks her off immensely. She had no idea where her friends had gotten an idea such as that.copyright protection83PENANAO2N8X8mhfc

Despite them being determined to make December see their point, she was also adamant in believing that both Raven and Brooke had gotten it all wrong with their stupendous display of theory.copyright protection83PENANAGFaN8NSpq8

"I cannot believe you would even suggest that. I don't like him," She said vehemently before adding, "and if he's not going to be civil first, then I sure as hell am not going to act like we're buddies." She crossed her arms and challenged her friends with a look that suggest them not to go against it.copyright protection83PENANAriE2lKwTna

Brooke being herself, refused to take that hint. She rolled her eyes exasperatedly and burst out, "Oh for the love of…! What are you, five?"copyright protection83PENANAHcdvlbDHtS

The blue eyed girl only held her friend's stare with a defiant look.copyright protection83PENANATax3XGQQ6g

Raven, thinking this was not going anywhere at the moment, decided she'd stop them from possibly murdering one another. She was not that frustrated as Brooke was toward December's state of denial. After all, they had just given her an idea that she might have some crush on the one guy she couldn't stand.copyright protection83PENANAYxzDAUn6OK

She sighed and said, "Look guys, there's no need to get heated up because of this. Brooke," she turned to the tall girl, "I don't think you should push December on this. I mean, she's the one who'll decide what she's going to do with -"copyright protection83PENANAhvXv0iHEZa

December interjected as she threw her hands up and exclaimed with a sigh of relief. "Finally, someone who understands me!"copyright protection83PENANAwTl4WiLN8R

Raven looked to December and fixed her a look with a bit of an amusement and said, "And you should consider what we said. If you look at a different perspective, maybe things will be better for you, who knows." Then, she fixed her gaze on both of them, challenging the girls with an eyebrow raised. "Well?"copyright protection83PENANA47pDKZy76n

Brooke looked blankly at Raven before sighing. The level headed girl always won a sound argument among them, and she had to both admire and hate that. "Why do you always have to be the sensible one between us?" She grumbled.copyright protection83PENANASnSPTT7Ax7

Then, turning to her stubborn friend, she said to December, "I suppose Raven has a point. But aren't you tired of always picking a fight or avoiding him? Why let him bother you so much if you don't like the guy?"copyright protection83PENANAL4068XpTKy

December was startled by that revelation at first, before taking that in and letting the information sink. They had both apologized after that and went to get some snacks together but even after several hours later, the last bit of what Brooke said to her still echoed in her mind.copyright protection83PENANALOFasq91xf

"Why let him bother you so much if you don't like the guy?"copyright protection83PENANAopDgfwan7H

Indeed, she had to agree wholeheartedly with Brooke on that. If she didn't like him, then why would his attitude or presence nagged at her?copyright protection83PENANAuTMuZUrpOc

As the thought came across her mind, another one formed and her heart almost skip a beat as her hand started to feel damp.copyright protection83PENANAXz0DJt3SuB

'But what if…what they said were true? Could it be that I harbored some feelings for that hotheaded idiot?' she thought with a sudden alarm.copyright protection83PENANA8T0L9gikDq

As if such thought sounded even weirder than what her friends suggested, she blanched. Then, she felt like laughing. "Of course not! What would that be of Zach then? He's the one that I have a crush on," she murmured to herself before nodding vigorously with satisfaction. "Yes, Zach is the one that I like."copyright protection83PENANA28jOCjJ4Ix

With that affirmation, she decided to let the matter drop, but not before drawing a conclusion on it: She likes Zach but she was also going to try to be civil with Pierre.copyright protection83PENANAgG6hjQLnIf

There was no way out of it, she knew, if she wanted to survive and enjoy the rest of her high school days with her friends and have good memories of it.copyright protection83PENANAYR9ZCjfVDT

'There's no way I'm letting that random Scottish guy ruin my high school life because of our disposition,' she thought with a renewed determination.copyright protection83PENANAlF1FuEYdJG

December had to agree on what both her friends said, after all. If she didn't like him, then she shouldn't let herself be affected on whatever he did. The only way to overcome that is to treat him like her other acquaintances.copyright protection83PENANAK0mRhGH34q

December went to bed that night with a smile on her face.copyright protection83PENANAj2hs1ULhQo

A few days later, she had put her plan into action, and was very pleased that everything seemed to be going well. It was a bit challenging at first because every time he was taunting her, she had to force the urge to retaliate a comeback down and ignore him, but the determination to put things the way they are to a stop kept reminding her why she was doing this. They had a couple of classes together, and she would either do her own thing or talk to him politely when the need arose. Never once had she risen to his baits, which was something that he did almost every time they crossed paths, and she was proud of herself. Even her friends had commented on her sudden conduct in a good natured way. Despite that, she would still need to keep up the bearing for possibly the rest of the year with him.copyright protection83PENANAbb4cRyRPMA

Nevertheless, she could feel that things were starting to look up and she felt great about it.copyright protection83PENANAwxASoSz6VD

The same couldn't be said for Pierre however, because he was torn between confusion and a little irritated with December's change of behaviour. As soon as he realized that he was missing the reaction when he picked a fight with her, it got him to be even more annoyed…but with himself. Wasn't this what he wanted? For her to leave him alone? Then why on earth was he behaving like a besotted elementary schooler? He was disgusted with himself.copyright protection83PENANAweGOHHIsZz

He scowled at no one as he walked towards the library, unware of his peers' frightened expression as they parted ways for him instantly.copyright protection83PENANAQaLVmCuerg

He had disliked her immensely, especially with that encounter at that music store a couple of months ago, but now he didn't find that same feeling when it came to her. Not that he liked her, he just felt a little less hostile. To think that it was only recently that she was trying so hard to avoid him, but now she acted as if they were…just on normal circumstances. 'Talk about a complete turnabout,' he thought.copyright protection83PENANAOXNpQciqie

He didn't know why he felt unsettled by that, nor did he know how to go about it.copyright protection83PENANA3PtJDarmCq

Pierre had been surprised when she actually nodded at him when they walked by each other, their gazes inadvertently locked on one another. Normally, she would have averted her gaze. That was only the first, he concluded when later that morning, she surprised him with how composed and politely controlled she had behaved despite him taunting and jeering at her.copyright protection83PENANAVtBGoYiTcK

Then, he almost stopped in his tracks as he thought about the situation.copyright protection83PENANA91HXryaJYt

If she wanted to treat him indifferently, then wouldn't that be better for him? He thought further as his brows furrowed. Was he even angry at her anymore for that incident? Well, he felt a little less indignant towards her, that's for sure. Ever since their blow out, he was only thinking about picking on her which had somehow surprised him, because he didn't think he was ever going to stop blaming her about it. Yet again, his rational part chastised him for being completely immature to dwell on such things like that. Not only that, he knew it was partially his fault they had collided. If he hadn't been in a rush to get the things onto the counter in fear of it falling out of his grasp, maybe that could have been avoided.copyright protection83PENANAX2irLWBdie

But shock and anger had blinded him from being rational at that moment.copyright protection83PENANAEeHfU6ddZp

"Ah, to hell with it," Pierre muttered to himself, immediately discarding the thoughts regarding their spat or condition.copyright protection83PENANAX9rF7SdiBc

He wasn't going to dwell on that anymore.copyright protection83PENANALze300ZBdi

The whole school was buzzing with excitement, which came especially from the girls and December had a fairly good idea why. She would normally mind her own business and though she appeared to be doing just that, her ears weren't because Miranda Hutchison just had to shout to the whole world about the 'best piece of hunk she had ever seen'.copyright protection83PENANAPRwx7rEkEE

Miranda was in Karen's clique, and as part of the 'too cool for you' group and supposedly the number one source where it's the first place people got the news from, she felt inclined to be the source for any telling.copyright protection83PENANAKCNbhV3vdF

She was talking to a couple of her friends by the lockers, but with the booming voice with each word enunciated, she might as well be addressing it to all of the students occupying the hallway.copyright protection83PENANAHZfW3fW3Ra

"Omigosh you guys! Guess what? I just met the hunkiest guy I've ever laid my eyes on and he has the most gorgeous eyes ever!" Miranda gushed dull wittedly.copyright protection83PENANAlH1Re9iTtX

A petite brunette beside Miranda seemed to be hanging on every word the ditzy brunette said. The girl then asked impatiently, "Well? Go on, Miranda! What does he looked like?"copyright protection83PENANAxezlqRgunu

She scoffed and rolled her eyes. "I was just getting there, Laura! So, anyways, his eyes were the palest blue I've ever seen and his hair is so black they look so polished like my manicured nails! "copyright protection83PENANA95to1wEXzv

Then, another girl whose name was Harriet gasped. "Can you see reflections too?"copyright protection83PENANA7Vc9Mrj5kN

Students were snickering and laughing and one of them, a guy whom December recognized to be from the swimming team said mockingly, "Gee Harriet, if his hair is that polished, not only can you see reflections, but I reckon you can also use it as a mirror to put on some make-up. And while you're at it, you might want to do it properly too." Boisterous laughter sounded from his group of posse among others.copyright protection83PENANA3S1CdrutVS

Harriet looked like she wanted to claw his eyes out but Miranda beat her to it. "Oh shut up! What do you know about make-up anyway? Let's go, girls. We're done here!"copyright protection83PENANAY5XsuYY8Wy

The team were by the hallway lockers and even though both Miranda and Harriet were out of sight, they were still taunting and making fun of the girls amongst themselves whilst making their way elsewhere.copyright protection83PENANAE4uRehixmD

December had to keep her giggles down when she heard Miranda's description. The remark of a person's hair being that shiny was quite hilarious but she had to admit the last part made by the guy wasn't necessary. After all, she didn't think Harriet's make up looked too bad, although she could maybe lay off caking her face too much with compact powders. She took two books for her History class next, and closed the locker shut.copyright protection83PENANAkqwl3JNxdJ

It was only when she was on her way to class that Miranda's description really registered in her mind.copyright protection83PENANApbOnDjlCri

'…..his eyes were the palest blue I've ever seen and his hair is so black they look so polished…'copyright protection83PENANAb5nFWBWf8j

"Wait a minute," she paused before continuing, "Now why does that sound familiar...?"copyright protection83PENANATsJpOM9Ckm

She would like to think otherwise by saying there's a lot of guys in the academy with pale blue eyes and black hair but in her heart, she strongly believes this description matches the same guy she saw the day before.copyright protection83PENANAlJxa6btsNV

She was curious about him. How did he managed to avoid their school's most nosiest students and gossipers if he had been around since yesterday, but only manages to be the focal attention of the student body today?copyright protection83PENANALY18EYJAeS

He was definitely a mysterious one, December thought.copyright protection83PENANAT8kDy9pHMJ

"Alright, settle down now everyone!" Mr. Brown shouted over the uproar the students made. The middle aged man wiped his thick brow with a handkerchief and muttered something under his breath before shouting the same thing again. December felt a little sorry because he's been trying to keep the students quiet for at least five minutes now...but not sorry enough to try and help the grumpy man to quiet down her classmates.copyright protection83PENANA37tBiAMM3z

'He brought this upon himself,' December thought as she thought to how he was always picking on her and even most of the students by giving low marks even when they didn't deserve it.copyright protection83PENANAHOyJWdHGNW

"Tch, what are we in, elementary?" A girl with heavily applied eyeliner rolled her eyes beside her and a few of her classmates smothered their laughs.copyright protection83PENANAyH4TkC3KjP

She silently agreed.87Please respect copyright.PENANAL7eqXu3QQH
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December also just wanted to sleep. Since that morning, she had been controlling herself not to rise to Pierre's baits. On top of that, she had to juggle not one but two assignments of a weeks' worth and hand it in that evening. 'At least I've finished half of the first one…,' she thought before yawning, which turned into a yelp at the sound of her teacher's bellow.copyright protection83PENANAkJpTtm6a2U

"SILENCE!" Their substitute teacher finally cracked. His voice did, too.copyright protection83PENANA6ACbuWNxH7

"Honestly, give us a warning or something," she muttered to herself but narrowed her eyes slightly at the plump man. Everyone heed the order and decided then they had riled him up enough and chose to finally settle down.copyright protection83PENANAmbuj9tyHeA

Satisfied, he mumbled, "Finally." Then, in a louder voice, he said, "Today we will start quizzing on famous historical figures and their achievements throughout different centuries. You will be divided into pairs and-"copyright protection83PENANAizjHtM3zX5

Mr. Brown was cut off mid-sentence by a knock sounded on the door. He exhaled loudly and grumbled something under his breath before disappearing out of the classroom.copyright protection83PENANAu4G6fa33HK

Inside, the class started to unsettle again, and it wasn't because they were wondering what pulled their homeroom teacher out of the class. They were simply glad that he was distracted so they could mind their own business again. December on the other hand, was on the border on sleeping. 'I should really sleep early next time,' her mind echoed a thought before pulling her into a slumber.copyright protection83PENANAb4WGn59VMo

Something was rousing her from her sleep and she blindly swatted it away from her, burrowing deeper into the haze of slumber. Not a minute later, she felt a tapping on her shoulder, then two.copyright protection83PENANAv4XPMqCQ0z

"What?" she moaned drowsily.copyright protection83PENANAVuECBUNEYu

"If you want to sleep, then go to your dorm and not do it here." A bored voice said.copyright protection83PENANAp9ylPWrZRe

Her brows furrowed before she reluctantly opened her eyes.copyright protection83PENANAnnjkd5LPVL

Pierre.copyright protection83PENANApRg4tRYgwW

She sighed, then asked in a disgruntled manner. "What are you doing here?"copyright protection83PENANALV6kgVgIU8

He had been sitting in the back row, trying to pay attention to the lesson at hand when a skinny guy stood then sat on an empty chair beside him, trying to engage him in a conversation about their History lesson. At first, he tried to reciprocate but soon after, the guy whose name was Deryck, talked his ear off without a stop and began pestering him on just about anything.copyright protection83PENANAWiwfCJknyg

At that point, Pierre's patience had ran out and he scowled at the chatterbox which made him scampered away to the other side of the classroom.copyright protection83PENANA9Y7p2Bh0SN

He didn't particularly hate History. In fact, it was one of the subjects he actually liked and he didn't mind helping out those who wanted his help.copyright protection83PENANAXEI3ZZZgIU

But to distract him with irrelevant things when he was trying to focus was another thing he couldn't stand. He didn't like Mr. Brown but at least the man taught them additional information that wasn't generic and found in textbook, making it interesting to pay attention to.copyright protection83PENANAoEcVTPEedd

He normally would have listen attentively. He also wouldn't have given his classmates any second thoughts nor would he have spent time observing them when he could have gotten some knowledge from the teacher. However, Pierre didn't feel normal that day or otherwise he wouldn't feel too bored and resorted to doing just that.copyright protection83PENANAvnbDNee4f7

As soon as Mr. Brown stepped out of the room, his gaze flew to December. The girl immediately went out as a light the moment their teacher stepped out. He watched as several expressions from smiling to frowning flickered across her face. 'Interesting,' he thought as he observed her sleeping form. A couple of the students beside her played a prank by whispering something in her ear but it didn't even wake her up. 'She sleeps like a hibernating bear,' Pierre thought with amazement as he tried not to laugh.copyright protection83PENANAScLBgKBg1j

Mr. Brown came back a while later and assigned the class partners to work on the task he gave them, and Pierre wanted to laugh when his name was mentioned alongside hers. "Of all people, I just had to get her as my partner," he muttered to himself.copyright protection83PENANAaqXnlRd06q

He looked at the plump but burly man again. 'Did he not notice she was sleeping? I'm sure he was looking at her when he called her name too.'copyright protection83PENANAdBNpeBEtFT

If that wasn't worse, the man didn't look like he wanted to drill someone when he came back. Instead of the old grumpy man, Mr. Brown came back looking cheery and radiant, for the lack of a better word, and that was something none of them could get used to, as per the evidence when they stopped what they were doing and stared open-mouthed at him.copyright protection83PENANABx5m9m7KC9

The class was co-operative for the next few minutes, however, before everyone started to lose focus again, saved for a few who did paid attention.copyright protection83PENANA3Nz0bUSoUY

Pierre narrowed his eyes at her and almost scowled. "In case you had forgotten, we're still in class and we're supposed to be partners for this assignment."copyright protection83PENANAP8ADyPeciU

It took her a moment to gather around her surroundings before she responded, "Right." Then, as if it really registered in her mind where she was at the moment, her eyes went wide as she searched frantically for Mr. Brown.copyright protection83PENANA5UrbgByola

Pierre had predicted the reaction from her. He gave her a small smirk and said, "He won't care. Just look around."copyright protection83PENANAxoY6p91hyW

She did, and was a bit surprised that some of her sleeping classmates in the middle and back row didn't get reprimanded by their sour faced homeroom teacher. After all, he could get quite anal about the slightest thing. In fact, as she looked towards Mr. Brown, he seemed a little less angry and annoyed now which puzzled her.copyright protection83PENANAgn4R1DGfPZ

"Why does he looked so happy?" December asked Pierre.copyright protection83PENANA9VTB7acFzx

"Who knows? Maybe he got a raise or something." He replied before clearing his throat and said indifferently, "Let's just get started so we can finish this quicker and be done with it."copyright protection83PENANAQ7WPelZfCx

December had to blink twice. She had almost forgotten that this was the guy who always grated on her nerves and until yesterday, was doing so. They were actually having a normal conversation right now and it was quite hard for her to believe this. He was not irritating her….and she was not pretending to be nonchalant towards him.copyright protection83PENANAbTVgKWTqcJ

This felt…strangely pleasant. A thought then struck her.copyright protection83PENANApmFjXMtas2

"Wait," she said before continuing after a pause, "What are we supposed to do, again?"copyright protection83PENANAIj9E8nZ7DC

Pierre stared at her. 'Did she not focus on anything in class?' Pierre wondered. He then remembered she was practically sleeping the whole time and looked at her genuinely confused expression. 'Definitely not,' he added silently in a mischievous manner.copyright protection83PENANAFPvB5gyZGK

December had been trying to pay attention to what they were doing. So far, she had only managed to find and complete the information on two historical figures out of fifteen of them. Based on what Pierre explained, they were supposed to complete as much accurate telling of the historical figure which Mr. Brown had mentioned and taught during their classes. They had to jog their mind for the information and the pair who finished the fastest with the most correct answers would be given a few extra points each.copyright protection83PENANAI66oq4bTfD

Always a sucker for free marks, December tried her best to do her part but it wasn't enough. She could practically feel the marks slipping away from her grasp. Her partner on the other hand, had completed eight of them and she hated his quick thinking ability. It was also at that moment that she decided she was in trouble if she didn't do something. 'Should I or should I not? I usually wouldn't…but my life depends on it!' December thought frantically.copyright protection83PENANAWXX6B5uBd7

"Uh, Pierre?" She hated how small her voice sounded.copyright protection83PENANAdSWJu2Z21G

"What?" His eyes were roving across the flashcards, figuring out which information he could store first before making his decision and scribbled down the answers. He glanced at her then.copyright protection83PENANAMJNT8dYj7d

December swallowed but forced herself to be nonchalant. "Y-you know, we're supposed to be partners here but you seem to be doing it all on your own."copyright protection83PENANAX3bUaNZEoc

He looked at her and raised a brow. "I didn't do it all. You've also completed them."copyright protection83PENANAMC5ImAKmCM

"Yeah, but it's only two," December almost raised her voice before checking herself then said, "Look, the point is you did eight and seemed to be moving faster than me. I just thought that maybe…" she trailed off.copyright protection83PENANA2pwQjE4hXc

She couldn't bring herself to say it after all. 'Coward,' her mind sneered at her.copyright protection83PENANAvUfGOqtO4S

'Damn it, December. It's just a simple sentence,' she tried to reason with herself.copyright protection83PENANA1Qv7zRHkdj

Pierre kept staring at her. He was actually torn between smirking at her conflicting self or pretending he didn't realize what she was saying. He chose the former.copyright protection83PENANA6gJC62gbje

Smirking, he drawled lazily, "You want my help."copyright protection83PENANAnP9DwY30M8

She paused and gave him a blank stare. 'Must he give me that damn smirk? That cocky idiot,' she tried not to seethe. Mentally closing her eyes and heaved a sigh, she added, 'I'm better than this. The moment he knew he's still getting to me, this would be all pointless.'copyright protection83PENANASOYnVyeDSs

She smiled insincerely. "Yeah, you got me." Then, she added in a tone of both pain and hope, "So?"copyright protection83PENANAWZIFBOIS02

"Say the magic word."copyright protection83PENANA7nRg0nf4n1

The smile fell from her face as she fixed him with an appalled look. "What are we, five?"copyright protection83PENANAcgQbDLJSpC

He gave her a smug look and said, "It works every time," before adding expectantly, "Well?"copyright protection83PENANAklB21dRK6S

She rolled her eyes before saying in the dullest tone she could muster. "Will you please help me so we can get those free marks?"copyright protection83PENANAMdfDug0Jko

He made a slightly disappointed sound. "You can do better," he said before glancing at the clock on the wall and continued, "But since we're losing time, I'll accept that."copyright protection83PENANALxEBIinraM

'You're unbelievable,' she wanted to shout at him.copyright protection83PENANA4v8FyaSpUY

Pierre did helped her, and they both progressed better than most of the students in the class. They almost didn't get those free marks, despite being the fastest pair due to the incorrect answer of a couple of the flashcards.copyright protection83PENANAhGcxkGOlp8

Pierre may not say anything to her but December knew deep down it had to be hers that was wrong.copyright protection83PENANAJbGnMoGaQQ

Regardless, due to the power of persuasion and logical reasoning that December never would have thought Pierre possessed, they eventually managed to attain those marks.copyright protection83PENANAWUm5AUgska

To say she was stunned but grateful was an understatement. Still, December would rather suffocate herself than tell him that – although she did nod at him in thanks.copyright protection83PENANArCRD9bjXwJ

The response she received from him? Another smirk.copyright protection83PENANA6gUNDHbjR2

That afternoon, she stood by her locker and stuffed it with the books she carried. Closing it, she turned around just to spot Pierre at his locker and Karen.copyright protection83PENANAaOXwUxraZL

The blonde was flirting as usual and Pierre seemed to be welcoming it by the look on his face. 'Someone needs to wipe that idiotic grin off his face,' she thought sourly.copyright protection83PENANAkrnc4xnovU

Karen, who started to walk with Pierre and flirt at the same time caught her eye, giving December a haughty but victorious smirk before mouthing 'He's mine' to her.copyright protection83PENANA7Ca2pOJB8B

She wanted to scream so badly, 'Take him, I don't care!' but refrained herself lest she looked like a raving lunatic.copyright protection83PENANADjpAQj8ht7

'Someone needs to wipe that idiotic smirk off her face, too,' she thought with disdain.copyright protection83PENANA2Oyq0DXo1s

She scrunched her nose in distaste at the sight of them turning around a corner before storming off.copyright protection83PENANAi85tbuhU5p

Storming into her room, she threw herself on the bed and exhaled loudly. The sound of a slightly creaking door opening made her look.copyright protection83PENANAvJJVkzfsQJ

Brooke came out of it and closed the door behind her, before resuming to dry her hair. She smiled at a dishevelled looking December.copyright protection83PENANAASx9jyMgWN

"What's wrong? You looked like someone just pissed on you."copyright protection83PENANAJfWOI7j02o

December frowned at the choice of words the girl used before saying tirelessly, "More like put a gallon of gasoline on me, but not lighting me up on fire…yet."copyright protection83PENANAqy89tsIJUy

Brooke stopped towelling halfway and stared at the lying form of her friend. Dropping all casualties aside, she said, "Okay, that doesn't really make sense but it's also disturbing coming from you." Then, she added, "So, wanna tell me what's going on now?"copyright protection83PENANAsur0DKyq1v

"Nothing, really." December muttered, narrowing her eyes at the tall girl.copyright protection83PENANAeKKaztiStl

"Just spit it out, D. You know it'll keep bugging you if you don't talk it out."copyright protection83PENANAhTTp2nRK6M

She sighed. Brooke was right, and although there are times when she just doesn't feel like talking it out, this wasn't it. She was really glad Brooke was here to hear her, although she didn't know how the girl got into the room and asked just that.copyright protection83PENANAjyhKyVv7lw

"I met Raven on her way out. My shower's not functioning again so I asked her if I could use you guys' shower. Hope you don't mind." She gave December a goofy smile, and the girl chuckled then said she didn't. It was, after all, a common thing that they do when one of their showers malfunctioned.copyright protection83PENANACzhnKQQ3Ik

Sitting up right, she faced Brooke, who sat on Raven's bed.copyright protection83PENANAoZehpgEg1L

"I saw Karen today." She started.copyright protection83PENANA2ljj6SeB0A

Brooke shrugged helplessly. "That can't be helped because she's everywhere in school. But of course, if you have a sound plan of how we can get rid of her permanently, tell me and I'll be willing to help." Then, she put a finger under her chin and said thoughtfully, "I think I do have some contacts."copyright protection83PENANA8CapZVfQYY

December laughed. "Brooke, be serious!"copyright protection83PENANAanYpEnFjDH

After their laughter ceased, December continued, "I saw her flirting with that angry looking guy, Pierre."copyright protection83PENANA4G3o09hfKh

"Our newest club addition?" Brooke asked.copyright protection83PENANAQST0hTVxKT

"The only one." December confirmed.copyright protection83PENANAwVgukVR0fv

"Huh. I would have thought she would unsheathe her claws and pounce at him the moment he came here, but it took her a couple of months to do that. She must be losing her touch," Brooke remarked with a smirk.copyright protection83PENANAHjcKIdUZsE

Taking a pillow and hugging it to her chest, December shook her head. "I don't care about that. I just…," she trailed off, before thinking what she wanted to say next, "You know, she threatened me about him."copyright protection83PENANAgixajP4enO

Brooke raised an eyebrow. "What, like," She made a gesture of connotations with her fingers, "'stay away from him 'cause he's bad news' sort of thing or 'stay away from him 'cause he's mine'?" Brooke then added casually, "The second one sounds more like her, though."copyright protection83PENANA8TJpn4lf4A

"Yeah, that's exactly what she did."copyright protection83PENANALMUXxCarCD

"That is so typical of her." Brooke rolled her eyes before continuing, "She's never threatened you before about some dudes she's after, hasn't she?"copyright protection83PENANA6TWD3ft7tQ

December shook her head before saying in annoyance. "Why would she even bother with telling me all these things? I've never done anything to her or any of her friends. Heck, I've never even dated!"copyright protection83PENANAWCKF18JmnO

"How is that last part relevant?" Brooke countered before shaking her head slightly, making the almost dried chestnut curls bounced a little. "Just ignore that bitch, D. She's jealous, I'm telling you."copyright protection83PENANAX9AR67uhz6

December almost had her jaw dropped. "Of me?"copyright protection83PENANAVFZSj37NaB

At her friend's enthusiastic nod, she continued, "Of what?"copyright protection83PENANAD7doMfwwCT

Brooke gave her dubious friend a look. "You may be silly at times but you have more  good qualities than her." At the girl's curious look, she elaborate. "Come on, D. You're good at archery and despite what you think, you're also pretty decent at Arts which is more than what I can say about her. She's probably only good at fucking."copyright protection83PENANAlz3Vqa3VrD

At December's astonished look and before the girl could say anything, Brooke stopped her with a cheeky grin and said, "People talk." Then, she patted December's hand and smiled, "Give yourself some credits." before getting up to get out of the room.copyright protection83PENANA1ni1fC5npg

A few seconds later, she peeked in and said, "You're okay, now?"copyright protection83PENANAY3ncrarYH3

December smiled gratefully. "Yeah, thanks a lot, Brooke."copyright protection83PENANAS2CVX351Yx

Brooke made a move to leave again but stopped. With a thoughtful look, she started, "You know, I've said this before, but….are you sure you don't have a crush on this Pierre guy?"copyright protection83PENANAE0UX2aA7xZ

December was caught off guard by that question and became speechless as she struggled to form coherent sentences. "What-you-I…NO!"copyright protection83PENANAow3LIvV9tC

The girl smiled like a Cheshire cat and taunted her flustered friend. "You sure? Not even a little?"copyright protection83PENANAdlEQgCTlES

All Brooke received was a look of indifference, a serenely controlled look from December as she said, "Brooke, if that ever happens, I'll leave San Francisco to a place you'll never imagine existed." Then, she added proudly, "Besides, I like-"copyright protection83PENANASjSNgVXQ3v

Brooke interjected with a knowing grin. "Zach. Yes, I know."copyright protection83PENANAQr1TdJp8TS

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