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((on hold)) Kiss Me, Kate

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It'd been a week since Kate and I talked. She was really upset with me, but honestly, I had no idea why. I mean, yeah we had an argument, but it wasn't as big as any of our other fights. I wanted to talk to her, but I figured I'd just let it blow over.

When she didn't come up to me and laugh it off, I began to worry she would never come up to me. I worried that if I waited too long, it would be too late. I knew I was being stupid, that I just needed to go up and talk to Kate, but everytime I got up the courage, it would come crashing down.

I wanted to slap myself in the face every second I held it off.

"Hey babe," Jake said as he came up to my locker.

My eyes were glued to Kate's back down the hall before I turned to Jake with a weak smile. "Hey."

Jake's eyebrows furrowed and he leaned against the nearest lockers. "What's up?" He sounded concerned.

I grabbed a couple books from my locker. "Kate still hasn't talked to me."

Jake and I sighed at the same time: his sigh out of stress, mine out of depression. "You need to talk to her," he said.

I shook my head vehemently. "I don't think I can. I'm not good with apologies. I can't just go up to someone and apologize." I closed my locker and turned to Jake fully.

"You need to. If she won't and you won't then nothing will get fixed between you two." Jake gave me a stern look.

"It's not that easy for me," I told him.

"She's your best friend!"

"I know, but still. I don't know if I can."

"Well if you don't, you two will end up not talking to each other and your friendship will be lost." He had a good point.

I narrowed my eyes at him slightly. "I'll talk to her." I gave in. "But not yet. She still has to cool off."

Jake chuckled, shook his head then leaned in and planted a kiss on my forehead. "As long as you talk to her." I smiled up at him as the bell rang. I turned around happily and I felt a slap on my butt. "Now get to class." Jake smirked as he took his hand from my butt.

I gave him a mischievous smile, blushing slightly, and then walked to my next class with a slight spring in my step. I took my seat near the back and flipped open my notebook to finish a few questions I didn't finish for homework. About a minute later, Nick walked into the classroom and hurried to me with a worried look on his face.

"What's wrong?" I asked, obvious concern in my voice.

He sat down and started bouncing his knee. When he got nervous, his bright green eyes seemed to dull into a forest green color. "It's almost Kate's and my three week anniversary." He dragged a hand through his thick dark hair. "I'm freaking out about what to get her."

I squinted my eyes a little bit. "Well, you got her that nice ring. Why don't you get her a necklace to match?" I shrugged as if that should've been obvious.

His face seemed to soften. "Oh," he simply stated. "I guess I could do that."

I laughed. "Wow, guys are really oblivious." He glared at me playfully, but the teacher came in so we couldn't finish our small dispute.

When class ended, Nick and I got up and out at the same time. "So," Nick started, shoving a hand into his front pocket. "Do you think you could come with me to pick out a necklace?"

I hesitated. "I don't know. I'm not sure if Kate would like that too much."

"What do you mean?" Nick asked with serious confusion. He really didn't know what was going on between me and Kate?

"Um, Kate and I are... in a fight. If she sees me with her boyfriend, she might hate me for the rest of my life."

Nick raised an eyebrow. "We're only picking out a necklace. Its not like I'm cheating on her."

I nodded. "I know, but she isn't too fond of me at the moment and she'll find anything to make her hate me any more. Even if we're not doing anything, she'll read into it... yeah, it won't be pretty." I held up a hand as if saying, "trust me."

Nick nodded slowly, thinking. "Well, we can just not tell her." He shrugged as if it were no big deal.

I sighed. He wasn't going to give up. "Fine. But if she sees us, I'm blaming you."

This brought a huge grin to Nick's face. "Thanks, Haven!" Unexpectedly, he wrapped his arms around me in a bear hug. He rocked a little and I let out an awkward chuckle as I patted his back with my hand.

"What's going on here?" Kate's voice asked. Nick and I both froze. He was taller than me so he had to bend a little to hug me, which also meant that my face was buried in the crook of his shoulder and neck.  

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