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Adoring December
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Adoring December
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Chapter 7
Mar 31, 2017
26 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!JVd0O6TroSogRUG3kXtAposted 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 protection60PENANAXIloY1gumg

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 protection60PENANAo6cC60J0s7

After the meeting at the clubroom, December had confided in both Raven and Brooke about Pierre.copyright protection60PENANATQoKL4N52h

"I'm just so annoyed!" December huffed.copyright protection60PENANAGZ01oY3Fsq

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 protection60PENANAWRw8tD9cDC

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 protection60PENANAkwsIheN5jP

'That is if she hadn't already fallen for him,' Brooke thought with glee.copyright protection60PENANAm0Pn2el6TO

Raven leaned against a pillar and said not so subtly, "Has it ever occurred to you that like him?"copyright protection60PENANAwPF2Y9G7mj

December looked so aghast that the grey-eyed girl had to bite back a smile. "Like him? No way."copyright protection60PENANAKGQcp8rcdL

Brooke interjected, "Well, considering the things you said about the guy, what else could it be?"copyright protection60PENANA1ALRXN5jTY

She scoffed, "It could be a pain in the arse, that's for sure!"copyright protection60PENANA7qONsMX8Uj

Brooke refrained from rolling her eyes and pursed her lips instead. "I'd never pegged you as someone this obtuse, D."copyright protection60PENANAsF0jSprjBF

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 protection60PENANA4DgPueDzxw

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 protection60PENANAyFWnspaqy5

Indignantly, December said, "Have you seen the guy? He's impossible."copyright protection60PENANAJ1KKkC9MVL

"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 protection60PENANAsZoIOTWstt

She paused at that, before giving her friend a look that said she was clearly out of her mind.copyright protection60PENANAY29VpClz2T

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 protection60PENANAFLVpvg1F2X

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 protection60PENANAqvWPdLIadc

"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 protection60PENANAEceN8Epter

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 protection60PENANAnTdiiJykoB

The blue eyed girl only held her friend's stare with a defiant look.copyright protection60PENANAhP6eEj0ntd

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 protection60PENANAA7qOVysk1G

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 protection60PENANALoAZGSIfd7

December interjected as she threw her hands up and exclaimed with a sigh of relief. "Finally, someone who understands me!"copyright protection60PENANAQvXWJCgJZK

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 protection60PENANAXzSnoNVR7X

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 protection60PENANAyTm8S31Bif

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 protection60PENANAJ8KG5tildi

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 protection60PENANA6aSYygLt8T

"Why let him bother you so much if you don't like the guy?"copyright protection60PENANArGNNPGQRh9

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 protection60PENANA60iQHnkZJx

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 protection60PENANAhPH9OfqAJy

'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 protection60PENANAtbfgY4XPVe

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 protection60PENANAY1fgSWEcWn

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 protection60PENANAJddrn1HNBq

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 protection60PENANAm5CBmAFjqB

'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 protection60PENANAypDNFvKkHH

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 protection60PENANAIqVVSiXz6z

December went to bed that night with a smile on her face.copyright protection60PENANAZsEC31cJlD

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 protection60PENANAkT2YHIts3a

Nevertheless, she could feel that things were starting to look up and she felt great about it.copyright protection60PENANA9LB4HtnE2t

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 protection60PENANAe2WTE0URJf

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 protection60PENANAv48x2Qgwij

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 protection60PENANAGr4iwLLTqO

He didn't know why he felt unsettled by that, nor did he know how to go about it.copyright protection60PENANAnEQjxvjrn3

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 protection60PENANAHS8QqbGGHZ

Then, he almost stopped in his tracks as he thought about the situation.copyright protection60PENANAZoq4GXQrQg

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 protection60PENANAgdU6xsCRUZ

But shock and anger had blinded him from being rational at that moment.copyright protection60PENANAVBR3rif8YW

"Ah, to hell with it," Pierre muttered to himself, immediately discarding the thoughts regarding their spat or condition.copyright protection60PENANA7Yky30vTsm

He wasn't going to dwell on that anymore.copyright protection60PENANAaIA4P8xrZr

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 protection60PENANArU2jYuBdDz

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 protection60PENANAaKyvjBvOuY

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 protection60PENANAbEGLJwThYT

"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 protection60PENANAIpOLIMfk0S

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 protection60PENANAUbDsGW4cLz

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 protection60PENANAaWeRIYnBfl

Then, another girl whose name was Harriet gasped. "Can you see reflections too?"copyright protection60PENANAvXKjIt6YN7

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 protection60PENANAQHitaYqeab

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 protection60PENANANl71cPZzrf

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 protection60PENANAUWcFgV9mTW

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 protection60PENANAtJEMdPLD3W

It was only when she was on her way to class that Miranda's description really registered in her mind.copyright protection60PENANAORhVTtLT3c

'…..his eyes were the palest blue I've ever seen and his hair is so black they look so polished…'copyright protection60PENANA8Y9kDpfML9

"Wait a minute," she paused before continuing, "Now why does that sound familiar...?"copyright protection60PENANAJfSo26dNJh

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 protection60PENANAKy81u2ufVy

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 protection60PENANAs3wBo90EWM

He was definitely a mysterious one, December thought.copyright protection60PENANANG2F55MiSw

"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 protection60PENANAAC4JEyL9OG

'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 protection60PENANAHhJdS8nTMk

"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 protection60PENANAGz0Jf6O1oH

She silently agreed.64Please respect copyright.PENANAED0NbPduxU
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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 protection60PENANA9PgT391q2N

"SILENCE!" Their substitute teacher finally cracked. His voice did, too.copyright protection60PENANAKJnLsCRgDg

"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 protection60PENANAYbfiNXgYro

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 protection60PENANAXBeeuhnwHq

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 protection60PENANAksaHdCj5TX

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 protection60PENANAlR8B9WzqU0

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 protection60PENANAPRC366ktD1

"What?" she moaned drowsily.copyright protection60PENANAUXu4EHHYNA

"If you want to sleep, then go to your dorm and not do it here." A bored voice said.copyright protection60PENANAV9s4KB1k2V

Her brows furrowed before she reluctantly opened her eyes.copyright protection60PENANAlRNXUT4enH

Pierre.copyright protection60PENANAghEKmjs3hf

She sighed, then asked in a disgruntled manner. "What are you doing here?"copyright protection60PENANAEdp6iaIjuL

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 protection60PENANAeQC1NwVRLi

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 protection60PENANAz2AdMXwf0O

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 protection60PENANAvF1UMj4vDz

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 protection60PENANAgRpSTdpO5b

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 protection60PENANA7EdISZFofG

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 protection60PENANAdKleE8yJDc

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 protection60PENANAjT4JMXWcM2

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 protection60PENANAnUGBCzBhYQ

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 protection60PENANAYbAkqesZY6

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 protection60PENANAbh0f0MdXZZ

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 protection60PENANAZnUGYwfzOe

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 protection60PENANApMp06PfzOd

Pierre had predicted the reaction from her. He gave her a small smirk and said, "He won't care. Just look around."copyright protection60PENANAF0uFfvssss

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 protection60PENANAssPm9NTpnH

"Why does he looked so happy?" December asked Pierre.copyright protection60PENANADNu2NBS3aH

"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 protection60PENANAgQHLwXhYpK

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 protection60PENANAqRcgel37Kr

This felt…strangely pleasant. A thought then struck her.copyright protection60PENANAOofjr3Uj65

"Wait," she said before continuing after a pause, "What are we supposed to do, again?"copyright protection60PENANA1nWI8sFpq5

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 protection60PENANA9RXm7bIbit

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 protection60PENANAD7RSqiVlC2

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 protection60PENANArDpnmyP1Xg

"Uh, Pierre?" She hated how small her voice sounded.copyright protection60PENANA7784ugfcrx

"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 protection60PENANAG5FyX6QTss

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 protection60PENANAVT6lhsT7uR

He looked at her and raised a brow. "I didn't do it all. You've also completed them."copyright protection60PENANAoBZwFtMUGe

"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 protection60PENANAsmj8UheLbG

She couldn't bring herself to say it after all. 'Coward,' her mind sneered at her.copyright protection60PENANAe7AksSMlZh

'Damn it, December. It's just a simple sentence,' she tried to reason with herself.copyright protection60PENANAcnSbUxFHsl

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 protection60PENANAWVIg3DxipI

Smirking, he drawled lazily, "You want my help."copyright protection60PENANAZDQzYirLEr

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 protection60PENANA2RPU3JsIrV

She smiled insincerely. "Yeah, you got me." Then, she added in a tone of both pain and hope, "So?"copyright protection60PENANA4nQNDUqbdP

"Say the magic word."copyright protection60PENANAUctKMr3dcH

The smile fell from her face as she fixed him with an appalled look. "What are we, five?"copyright protection60PENANAFeyu9BeCkF

He gave her a smug look and said, "It works every time," before adding expectantly, "Well?"copyright protection60PENANAxo3obHjCSw

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 protection60PENANAsNIVxunBIA

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 protection60PENANAioORSYt6AN

'You're unbelievable,' she wanted to shout at him.copyright protection60PENANAM7cPwnwP0o

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 protection60PENANAlsc4oJzLki

Pierre may not say anything to her but December knew deep down it had to be hers that was wrong.copyright protection60PENANAlDGauy8YFJ

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 protection60PENANALrRXgnlNcl

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 protection60PENANAcyNoCb7cXs

The response she received from him? Another smirk.copyright protection60PENANAui6atBJBzo

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 protection60PENANAlkQci6zETL

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 protection60PENANAZ6kNuXZC9W

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 protection60PENANA5DfbOIMykl

She wanted to scream so badly, 'Take him, I don't care!' but refrained herself lest she looked like a raving lunatic.copyright protection60PENANAWFGMRZTqDN

'Someone needs to wipe that idiotic smirk off her face, too,' she thought with disdain.copyright protection60PENANAcCTxqoup0D

She scrunched her nose in distaste at the sight of them turning around a corner before storming off.copyright protection60PENANAm5hBh6j3ED

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 protection60PENANAoBj5na4hBH

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 protection60PENANA5OkYlKnP9n

"What's wrong? You looked like someone just pissed on you."copyright protection60PENANAtvtK6KRqNv

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 protection60PENANA4c6niuymMa

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 protection60PENANA3RYoQj8d9h

"Nothing, really." December muttered, narrowing her eyes at the tall girl.copyright protection60PENANABDN4oUPfkD

"Just spit it out, D. You know it'll keep bugging you if you don't talk it out."copyright protection60PENANAKpPRN8llu7

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 protection60PENANAvyYuWPO42X

"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 protection60PENANAmDA9IY3xeo

Sitting up right, she faced Brooke, who sat on Raven's bed.copyright protection60PENANAaYO0PB9bWD

"I saw Karen today." She started.copyright protection60PENANAjsciW87Kd9

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 protection60PENANAIzNjJviN3w

December laughed. "Brooke, be serious!"copyright protection60PENANAceu0fkBowy

After their laughter ceased, December continued, "I saw her flirting with that angry looking guy, Pierre."copyright protection60PENANA1P1e7YmeIA

"Our newest club addition?" Brooke asked.copyright protection60PENANAnrabKTG3HK

"The only one." December confirmed.copyright protection60PENANAzTY4TepuCV

"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 protection60PENANA3EK4SR2f6L

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 protection60PENANAPuc0FXTm0B

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 protection60PENANA6Au5Enj3SW

"Yeah, that's exactly what she did."copyright protection60PENANAZVAJ0tB3JH

"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 protection60PENANAOzb1zRZtdZ

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 protection60PENANA4kAyqeWKiO

"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 protection60PENANAGhKh1LKCOu

December almost had her jaw dropped. "Of me?"copyright protection60PENANAkC3wECnD5B

At her friend's enthusiastic nod, she continued, "Of what?"copyright protection60PENANAD9VdImsE6K

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 protection60PENANAsM2d34YOGN

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 protection60PENANAi1qmy4YVI4

A few seconds later, she peeked in and said, "You're okay, now?"copyright protection60PENANAxletzWP1AV

December smiled gratefully. "Yeah, thanks a lot, Brooke."copyright protection60PENANAM3HPhLTgAA

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 protection60PENANA3TBtf9ye5g

December was caught off guard by that question and became speechless as she struggled to form coherent sentences. "What-you-I…NO!"copyright protection60PENANAiCBx5btUc4

The girl smiled like a Cheshire cat and taunted her flustered friend. "You sure? Not even a little?"copyright protection60PENANAQZ8xOqjIGT

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 protection60PENANAiJMUd14Lf9

Brooke interjected with a knowing grin. "Zach. Yes, I know."copyright protection60PENANA1yMD5SOzN1

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