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Adoring December
Writer Emoddess
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Adoring December
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Chapter 7
Mar 31, 2017
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No Plagiarism!FDdIqDVR86UlxMtV0DyMposted 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 protection42PENANAGg8POLxS04

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 protection42PENANAEFHRn7vjZD

After the meeting at the clubroom, December had confided in both Raven and Brooke about Pierre.copyright protection42PENANApUZXGtTH7r

"I'm just so annoyed!" December huffed.copyright protection42PENANAuNICDxobpo

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 protection42PENANAf44WWs4rM3

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 protection42PENANA5bY59Fy2mF

'That is if she hadn't already fallen for him,' Brooke thought with glee.copyright protection42PENANAuQtdt6KRha

Raven leaned against a pillar and said not so subtly, "Has it ever occurred to you that like him?"copyright protection42PENANAgwektaNxCz

December looked so aghast that the grey-eyed girl had to bite back a smile. "Like him? No way."copyright protection42PENANABIKzNUelWB

Brooke interjected, "Well, considering the things you said about the guy, what else could it be?"copyright protection42PENANA1rsvEVBpMT

She scoffed, "It could be a pain in the arse, that's for sure!"copyright protection42PENANAz2qNnTYarA

Brooke refrained from rolling her eyes and pursed her lips instead. "I'd never pegged you as someone this obtuse, D."copyright protection42PENANAJ2iuC6pRsm

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 protection42PENANAstNVZsQARD

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 protection42PENANAuqGUd3Oceg

Indignantly, December said, "Have you seen the guy? He's impossible."copyright protection42PENANAMYj5tVbSMD

"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 protection42PENANAef72a6u1Hl

She paused at that, before giving her friend a look that said she was clearly out of her mind.copyright protection42PENANAEbMk60oVcC

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 protection42PENANAbYBu44pfWc

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 protection42PENANATbs1dC7IDP

"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 protection42PENANA4i1QC7Q023

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 protection42PENANADe1eI6i8mf

The blue eyed girl only held her friend's stare with a defiant look.copyright protection42PENANAkfqMgEpom3

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 protection42PENANAdqlehXm7Yp

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 protection42PENANAaBDcQlj8tF

December interjected as she threw her hands up and exclaimed with a sigh of relief. "Finally, someone who understands me!"copyright protection42PENANAoOUPBbt0zQ

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 protection42PENANA3Ngo1xmoFl

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 protection42PENANANQXq3NLmWf

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 protection42PENANA1k3W9F7DFG

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 protection42PENANAtJtK8vivTY

"Why let him bother you so much if you don't like the guy?"copyright protection42PENANAQGPN7SATfw

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 protection42PENANA8gRcd1RkFx

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 protection42PENANA18gvTo0cTU

'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 protection42PENANAaKBZxJS8C7

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 protection42PENANAFLowXByPVd

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 protection42PENANAmWmDsf2trW

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 protection42PENANAnCGZBdItmk

'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 protection42PENANAA15Yy3z6Tv

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 protection42PENANAjfsFTUUVnm

December went to bed that night with a smile on her face.copyright protection42PENANARLYxKALt37

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 protection42PENANANE8TDGXdMQ

Nevertheless, she could feel that things were starting to look up and she felt great about it.copyright protection42PENANAJ66bLZ6GUt

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 protection42PENANA3Me2jZC4sG

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 protection42PENANAcflk9Y17cO

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 protection42PENANAXWU37G3dnX

He didn't know why he felt unsettled by that, nor did he know how to go about it.copyright protection42PENANAHqKVs3U48n

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 protection42PENANALlD6FM5HTi

Then, he almost stopped in his tracks as he thought about the situation.copyright protection42PENANAvReqUl7Yzu

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 protection42PENANAWgUGcnJ7sS

But shock and anger had blinded him from being rational at that moment.copyright protection42PENANAudd7kTUpBO

"Ah, to hell with it," Pierre muttered to himself, immediately discarding the thoughts regarding their spat or condition.copyright protection42PENANAH7FVxAhEyR

He wasn't going to dwell on that anymore.copyright protection42PENANA9u74akrUrU

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 protection42PENANANW714rUYRw

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 protection42PENANAMyDrub2LQA

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 protection42PENANACZ5K3f5vax

"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 protection42PENANAqYtyZx0UwR

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 protection42PENANAqiq4KUfMG5

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 protection42PENANAnj5s49I9FT

Then, another girl whose name was Harriet gasped. "Can you see reflections too?"copyright protection42PENANAG5RaDQIDLe

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 protection42PENANAubxVfiPv4v

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 protection42PENANAAsPFUTPC2u

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 protection42PENANAvJznTcdBQZ

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 protection42PENANAQlangqF5VK

It was only when she was on her way to class that Miranda's description really registered in her mind.copyright protection42PENANABwcrc7k1Km

'…..his eyes were the palest blue I've ever seen and his hair is so black they look so polished…'copyright protection42PENANAvg54DZhRA7

"Wait a minute," she paused before continuing, "Now why does that sound familiar...?"copyright protection42PENANAQqt1OJrtPn

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 protection42PENANAerUqS6xc7h

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 protection42PENANAzDyFIbEZ2e

He was definitely a mysterious one, December thought.copyright protection42PENANA7SFAUtklX9

"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 protection42PENANAJbADCsK9FR

'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 protection42PENANArev0Tdbxdd

"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 protection42PENANAMl6sV0VfmT

She silently agreed.46Please respect copyright.PENANA9Ory41h85i
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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 protection42PENANAlimRif4uNh

"SILENCE!" Their substitute teacher finally cracked. His voice did, too.copyright protection42PENANAHADO2yPYOc

"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 protection42PENANASdiWd2DFwu

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 protection42PENANAMRN9I5pNzc

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 protection42PENANA5hNI6PhVO5

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 protection42PENANA8GjqDwshbY

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 protection42PENANALYQy7zEwme

"What?" she moaned drowsily.copyright protection42PENANAJrvwaCmryb

"If you want to sleep, then go to your dorm and not do it here." A bored voice said.copyright protection42PENANAwGSQ6vmzMx

Her brows furrowed before she reluctantly opened her eyes.copyright protection42PENANAxxwo6DXKak

Pierre.copyright protection42PENANAYTMuqW6NnE

She sighed, then asked in a disgruntled manner. "What are you doing here?"copyright protection42PENANAYUkQKrl708

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 protection42PENANAFyGbXMPUwZ

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 protection42PENANAfuT1ZkX57l

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 protection42PENANAK5g5V1wh8x

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 protection42PENANApN66Y3SOYo

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 protection42PENANAOdTIeS2cY9

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 protection42PENANAxIfNNbOksW

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 protection42PENANARSKYYJ1Rx0

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 protection42PENANAgld94s26E1

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 protection42PENANAgbKvZxHOSa

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 protection42PENANAKK3vI1eKTM

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 protection42PENANAK97Yjcqli5

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 protection42PENANAnzh74gFM4x

Pierre had predicted the reaction from her. He gave her a small smirk and said, "He won't care. Just look around."copyright protection42PENANAWPhZkZ1zJU

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 protection42PENANAlu3tsmFTIX

"Why does he looked so happy?" December asked Pierre.copyright protection42PENANAY5xfdBwSoA

"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 protection42PENANApkqGjLGlkq

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 protection42PENANAfFUj9nGOgo

This felt…strangely pleasant. A thought then struck her.copyright protection42PENANAMfujvIV1Aj

"Wait," she said before continuing after a pause, "What are we supposed to do, again?"copyright protection42PENANACZE2GXNnj8

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 protection42PENANANyOISX5yLm

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 protection42PENANAXyCrR79N8K

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 protection42PENANA6KKKNrIBO1

"Uh, Pierre?" She hated how small her voice sounded.copyright protection42PENANAJBAyjsvp1h

"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 protection42PENANAMYQoqIvAvD

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 protection42PENANAkCo4mbv5Nj

He looked at her and raised a brow. "I didn't do it all. You've also completed them."copyright protection42PENANA7xVI5faBFc

"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 protection42PENANATraJPArkaW

She couldn't bring herself to say it after all. 'Coward,' her mind sneered at her.copyright protection42PENANAYuynzVy51m

'Damn it, December. It's just a simple sentence,' she tried to reason with herself.copyright protection42PENANAo8TkRYA1zf

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 protection42PENANAetGocvYEQ9

Smirking, he drawled lazily, "You want my help."copyright protection42PENANAAPD9cd5Li6

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 protection42PENANA7Hf016ZB8y

She smiled insincerely. "Yeah, you got me." Then, she added in a tone of both pain and hope, "So?"copyright protection42PENANAQm1xLe3KSU

"Say the magic word."copyright protection42PENANATtJwCVKIH2

The smile fell from her face as she fixed him with an appalled look. "What are we, five?"copyright protection42PENANAPOJ5PKcOml

He gave her a smug look and said, "It works every time," before adding expectantly, "Well?"copyright protection42PENANAncIoKtDNdv

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 protection42PENANAH6YqDBmnk4

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 protection42PENANAp9S9fITrwf

'You're unbelievable,' she wanted to shout at him.copyright protection42PENANAMTsuidYV0c

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 protection42PENANArHiq8W2vkm

Pierre may not say anything to her but December knew deep down it had to be hers that was wrong.copyright protection42PENANAzJwsSLaMcG

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 protection42PENANA2ZAvuSIsOJ

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 protection42PENANAEfrXGzTI5e

The response she received from him? Another smirk.copyright protection42PENANA4EXB6QmhDz

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 protection42PENANAYGyyb2qUvf

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 protection42PENANAD9v57bE1TJ

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 protection42PENANAfYodzv4WMH

She wanted to scream so badly, 'Take him, I don't care!' but refrained herself lest she looked like a raving lunatic.copyright protection42PENANAvKo3iA6JuB

'Someone needs to wipe that idiotic smirk off her face, too,' she thought with disdain.copyright protection42PENANAY8LtdTFSUy

She scrunched her nose in distaste at the sight of them turning around a corner before storming off.copyright protection42PENANAC9x0m7vr3h

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 protection42PENANA9y2xCk7J4C

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 protection42PENANAk3L6xZZcRT

"What's wrong? You looked like someone just pissed on you."copyright protection42PENANALu3iuqpZRt

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 protection42PENANAh02jyEEFnI

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 protection42PENANAiIL3Pi2OvU

"Nothing, really." December muttered, narrowing her eyes at the tall girl.copyright protection42PENANAIgpMyTdYT4

"Just spit it out, D. You know it'll keep bugging you if you don't talk it out."copyright protection42PENANAsb5uuD99jx

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 protection42PENANARBfDF5WITr

"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 protection42PENANADCH2pgVCfP

Sitting up right, she faced Brooke, who sat on Raven's bed.copyright protection42PENANAGI0McvqmEK

"I saw Karen today." She started.copyright protection42PENANATwl990e6J7

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 protection42PENANAxmKfo9wkLL

December laughed. "Brooke, be serious!"copyright protection42PENANA9stafGFF2k

After their laughter ceased, December continued, "I saw her flirting with that angry looking guy, Pierre."copyright protection42PENANApVQL4ZMi5v

"Our newest club addition?" Brooke asked.copyright protection42PENANAqDRbSgkoA6

"The only one." December confirmed.copyright protection42PENANAaKyEVNlAtn

"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 protection42PENANAVSjLEoLqGR

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 protection42PENANAV7uNin4DMF

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 protection42PENANAJXphBl5WVy

"Yeah, that's exactly what she did."copyright protection42PENANAkRrDC51nvI

"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 protection42PENANAerPJf86jLT

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 protection42PENANAYuQoMsJRpF

"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 protection42PENANAqJwRn9Wows

December almost had her jaw dropped. "Of me?"copyright protection42PENANA6LUWua5BuQ

At her friend's enthusiastic nod, she continued, "Of what?"copyright protection42PENANAvtllS7OCYd

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 protection42PENANAhpWOgjXdIu

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 protection42PENANAGPfBLKLQlf

A few seconds later, she peeked in and said, "You're okay, now?"copyright protection42PENANAHQJ2cB90d8

December smiled gratefully. "Yeah, thanks a lot, Brooke."copyright protection42PENANAdvxakOui1c

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 protection42PENANAMI21jOM4F7

December was caught off guard by that question and became speechless as she struggled to form coherent sentences. "What-you-I…NO!"copyright protection42PENANAkmY4oaFybT

The girl smiled like a Cheshire cat and taunted her flustered friend. "You sure? Not even a little?"copyright protection42PENANAHoofzJ4415

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 protection42PENANAhNOjP77BbM

Brooke interjected with a knowing grin. "Zach. Yes, I know."copyright protection42PENANAJw9HAyRg62

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