Chapter 9: Lunch
“Scootch,” Natalie shoved me further into the booth and sat where I used to be seated. I looked at her and raised an eyebrow showing my disapproval of being shoved around. “Oh shut up, would you rather sit with one of them?” She talked of them like they were venomous and I scootched over some more. I looked at Steven and saw he was once again looking at the girl. She was good looking even with her obviously bleached blonde hair, boobs smaller than mine and an odd looking nose. Somehow though, she was still pretty.
“Natalie, do you know that girl over there, the blond one in the white shirt?” I watched Steven as I talked to see his reaction and his head wiped towards me with a scared expression on his face.
“Yeah, she was friends with my sister in high school. Her name’s Melody. Why?” She turned from looking in her direction back to me. The gears started running in my head for a response and something clicked. He was clearly into her. Perhaps I could get his attention away from me if he was after a girl that he actually liked...
“Steven, do you like her?” I tilted my head at him, looking into his eyes as sweetly as I could.
“Uh,” he averted his gaze away from my eyes, and didn’t settle on a place until he started speaking again. “I... I-No, I mean, I barely know her. I’ve only seen her around at parties and stuff. I’ve never talked to her...” I could see him blushing more, and I smiled. Maybe my little plan will work.
“Natalie, excuse me for a second.” I bumped her out of the booth and moved past her winking at her confused expression. “I’ll be back in a second.” I smiled wide and walked closer to the girl. I noticed she was with another girl about the same age, so I walked right up to their table, getting an odd look from her.
“Hi,” I waved slightly, then put my hand back into my pocket. As she continued to stare at me like I had a third eye, I started regretting my rash decision to interfere with Steven’s life. “Sorry to bother you, but I was just wondering if you’d be interested in that guy right over there.” I moved out of her way and pointed towards Steven who had wide eyes. He turned his head to the point you could barely see his face anymore when he realized I was talking about him. “He’s too shy to come up to you himself, so I was wondering if you’d be willing to give him your number, through me if you like, and he’d call you... sometime tonight, I suppose.”
“Uh,” she dragged out the word and looked from me, to Steven and then to her friend. She was smiling and I could tell she was about to laugh a little, or at least giggle. “Yeah, sure, he seems pretty cute. Tell him to call me,” She paused as she dug through her purse and pulled out a pen quickly, “at this number...” she paused again as she scribbled down her seven digit cell phone number on a napkin, “around seven or eight tonight.” She smiled as she handed me the napkin and waved past me at a blushing and completely embarrassed Steven.
“For sure,” I smiled as I turned around and walked back to my booth. I folded the napkin a little in my hands on my way there and sat down beside Natalie again, this time I was on the outside though. I pushed the napkin towards Steven. He was staring at it like he didn’t believe that just happened. “She wants you to call her around seven or eight tonight.”
“I-I-I... thanks?” He looked confused and I briefly wondered if I interpreted Steven’s intentions with the girl wrong in the first place. I shrugged, and looked up at the three other Six’s coming towards us with a few trays. I watched as David sped up to walk in front of the other boys and sat beside Steven, leaving the other two boys to sit at the table with swiveling chairs right beside our booth.
I watched as David handed Natalie a burger and a drink and Kyle handing Steven a burger and some fries. I looked at Natalie with a raised eyebrow when no one handed me any food. She was too entranced with unwrapping her cheeseburger to notice I was staring at her, but when I tilted my head she turned her attention towards me.
“Wha?” She said with food in her mouth.
“Did you not order me anything?” I started to feel my heart drop a little thinking I had been forgotten. Her eyes widened confirming she forgot. I dropped my head slightly and looked at the table.
“I,” she swallowed her mouthful, “am so, so sorry! I totally forgot.” I raised my eyebrows and looked towards the door. It was so much more tempting to just get up and walk back to school now that there was no real reason for me to stick around.
“It’s okay,” I said as happily as I could, “I kind of wanted to walk back to school anyway.” I got up from the booth and watched her expression turn into one of panic and guilt all mixed into one. “Actually, Natalie, it’s okay.” I fixed my purse strap and turned towards the door. “I need some time to think.”
I slowly walked to the door, and pushed it open. As a light breeze hit my face and made my hair fly a little, I actually smiled. As soon as I was out of the door, I picked up my pace considerably and started walking the path to take me back to school.
I hated making Natalie feel bad about forgetting to get me food, especially considering I wasn’t even upset about it. I was actually rather thankful. It was the perfect excuse to get out of there. I was not happy about being surrounded by Six’s, especially not Jeydon. I want to know if he told the other boys that he managed to kiss me.
And so what? He forced a kiss onto me. I mean... it’s not like I wanted him to kiss me. He just... did. Plus, it wasn’t even much of a kiss, just a simple, polite peck. There was no tongue action, no head movement, or even lip movement for that matter. I smiled realizing it wasn’t the big deal I was making it out to be.
I shrugged my purse off of my shoulder and began digging around in it for my phone. Finally finding it, I pulled it out and read the message.
Yes, we are going to the fair this weekend. Hope Saturday works for you. And I’m sorry for forgetting to buy you food! Please forgive me!
I smiled at her worried panic. I tapped the screen of my phone voicing how I was not upset at her in the least, if anything thankful.
I’m not mad. I’m actually happy, because it gave me a reason to leave. Thank you. And good, Saturday works for me. Are the boys still with you?
I looked over my shoulder and noticed there was a silver car behind me. I immediately started freaking out before I remembered the car the boys followed me in was black. I let out a breath and encouraged my heart rate to even out again. I pulled my purse back onto my shoulder with my phone still in the palm of my hand. When I heard the familiar PING! I lifted my phone back up to read the new message.
Good. And yeah, they’re still here. Are you actually walking back to school? I’m almost done with my food, I’ll grab you something and then pick you up on my way back.
I sighed and began to type a reply when the silver car that was behind me pulled up and started to slowly crawl beside me. I looked into the passenger door window and tried not to freak out when all I saw was a tanned strong arm. I immediately thought of Brett and I picked up my pace.
As the window started to roll down, I finished my text to Natalie.
Don’t bother, I’m almost there. Love you ;)
“Autumn!” I heard the person in the car yell to me. It wasn’t Brett’s voice. I stopped walking and the car stopped just ahead of me. I walked off the curb and up to the window and saw that it was Mark calling me. “Autumn, hey, did- did you want a ride back to school?”
A/N: PUBLISHING AND RELEASING ON WATTPAD AGAIN IN NOVEMBER