They began to call each graduate across the stage, and I zoned out again.
I looked over to see Melanie and Logan sitting with Melanie’s family.
I waved frantically, but she didn’t see me. I pulled my phone out of my bra and sent her a text.
“Did you just pull your phone out of your bra” Mason whispered to me.
“Yeah man, where else am I going to keep it?”
He rolled his eyes. “A purse?”
“That’s a lot of work to carry around a purse for a phone.”
“Mason, that’s enough” Rob’s voice said, sharply. “Stop being so disrespectful.”
Mason rolled his eyes and continued looking at me. I could see the fury in his eyes. “How am I being disrespectful?”
“You’re talking during an important graduation. This is your brother.”
Mason’s eyes bore into mine, his right arm twitching. “Right, of course.”
They lapsed into silence, and I squeezed his hand.
I cheered and hollered as Alyssa walked across the stage, her arm still in a cast. Poor baby girl.
“Face the stage” Rob said to Mason. “That is enough of your misbehavior.”
Mason slowly turned to face the stage.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you” Rob murmured.
Mason opened his mouth to say something, but he snapped it shut. “How about we make this bearable by just ignoring each other” Mason asked, in a steady voice, as he continued staring straight forward.
“I will not have that tone used with me.”
Mason slowly stood up. “Excuse me, but I’m going anywhere else but here. I’ll be back in time to see Haley and Cody.”
“If you leave this room, I will make sure you regret it” Rob said, in a low deep voice that made shivers run up my spine.
“I’d like to see you try” Mason answered, in the same tone of voice. He left.
I looked at Ethan, who was grinding his jaw in thought.
“Excuse me guys, I’ll be right back” Carson said, standing up. He grabbed his crutches and exited the same way Mason had.
I risked a glance at Rob, who was facing the stage, practically oozing out anger.
“And that’s why we separate them” Ethan whispered to me, barely loud enough for me to hear.
I impatiently waited for Carson and Mason to return. I saw Melanie shooting me confused glances, and she held up her cell phone.
I pulled out my iPhone and checked my texts. I had five new messages.
Hey babe, totally didn’t see you there.
Whoa, what’s going on over there?
Where did Mason go?
Where did Carson go?
What the hell is going on?!?!?!?!
I chuckled at her impatience, and then realized how similar we were.
Rob & Mason had a fight I texted back with the short and sweet version. No need for extra details, though I’m sure she’ll get them out of me anyways.
She rolled her eyes and texted me back.
I think I got that. Deets please.
I rolled my eyes.
Could you be anymore impatient? Chill dude. I’ll give you the deets later.
I put my phone back in my bra, signaling that this conversation was over.
I saw her glare at me, but she put her phone away as well.
I turned to see that they had just started the M’s. I never realized how long and drawn out graduations were.
“Here’s what we’re gonna do” Ethan whispered into my ear. “Not now, but in a few minutes, you’re going to get up to go to the bathroom. While you’re gone, Sara and I will take you and Mason’s seats. Clear?”
I slowly nodded and turned my attention back to the graduation.
Mason came back in, followed by Carson. Both boys looked frustrated, but Carson had a smirk on his face.
“Never mind” Ethan muttered, as Mason took his seat in-between Rob and me.
“Hungry” Mason asked, offering me some M&M’s.
I took a couple and let them melt in my mouth.
Mason put his arm around me, and I smiled. I’m not sure what his motive was, but it felt nice to have him by my side again.
“I love you” he whispered into my ear, sending chills up my spine.
“I love you too” I whispered back.
Finally, they called Haley’s name, and we all cheered and hollered for her.
“Sitting through his whole damn thing for two people” I heard Ethan say to Ms. K. “This is ridiculous.”
|Ariana Grande||as Zoe Baker|
|Paddy Mitchell||as Carson Walker|
|Robbie Amell||as Mason Walker|
|Zac Efron||as Ethan Walker|
|David Henrie||as Cody Walker|
|Jennifer Aniston||as Emma Walker|
|Patrick Dempsey||as Robert Walker|
|AnnaSophia Robb||as Melanie|
|Selena Gomez||as Haley Thompson|
|Shailene Woodley||as Alison Mariano|
|Kherington Payne||as Alyssa Carter|
|Logan Lerman||as Spencer|
|Harry Styles||as Joseph Walker|
|Jake T. Austin||as James Walker|
|James Wolk||as Charles Baker|
|Caleb Cohen||as Chase Walker|
|Julianne Hough||as Ms. K|