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The Way He's Not

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Chapter 13 

         

“Really!” Liam says defensively. I laugh and shake my head.

“I don’t believe you, but okay,” I say with a smile. He chuckles and squeezes my hand lightly.

“I’m serious, Jacey. It happened.”

“I’m sure it did, Liam. Just like in freshman year when you had a date with Hilary Duff, right?”

“Hey! That happened, too!” I laugh and stop in front of my locker.

“Mhmm,” I mumble, turning and standing on my tiptoes to kiss him lightly. He smiles down at me.

“So you aren’t mad I cheated on you with Jessica Alba?” he asks teasingly. I smirk up at him.

“As long as you aren’t mad at me for cheating on you with Johnny Depp.” Liam makes a face.

“Jacey, you do know he’s like 50, right?”

“I would take him over you any day.”

“Gee, thanks. Nice to know you like old men.”

“Old pirate men.”

“So you only like him as Jack Sparrow?”

“Yep.”

“So in order for you to like him he has to be dressed as a dirty, nasty, man who looks homeless?”

“Yep.” Liam laughs and shakes his head.

“What if I dressed up as a pirate for Halloween?” He says with a raised eyebrow. I turn and smile at him.

“I would love you forever.” Liam chuckles and leans against the wall as I dig through my locker for my notebook.

“Liam!” I hear a male voice shout. I turn to see a couple of Liam’s friends walking over. I internally sigh.

“What’s up?” Liam asks casually, smiling at his friends.

“Not much, Bro. Hey Jacey,” says one of the boys, Kyle. I smile at him.

“Hey Kyle,” I say indifferently, turning back to my locker.

“I heard you threw a party at your house a couple weeks ago,” Kyle continues. I tense up.

“What?” Liam asks, but I don’t  look at him. I turn around to look at Kyle.

“No. Colton Shaw threw the party. We live together, you know.”

“Yeah, I’ve heard,” Kyle says with an eye roll, “But I heard you got pretty drunk.”

“What?” Liam asks, his voice going up an octave. I grimace at Kyle. I have been trying to forget about that.

“I did not.”

“That’s what everyone’s saying.”

“I had a few drinks. That’s it.”

“Alex says she saw you disappear in Colton’s room with some guy.” Kyle isn’t simply curious anymore. He’s accusing.

How did Alex find out about that? Was she at that party? Of course she was. She never missed a party, especially if it was Colton Shaw’s party.

“Alex said that, huh?”

“Yeah. She did.”

“And you believed her?”

“I don’t know. I might.”

“You should know better than to believe everything Alex says. She’s a lying bitch.”

“Oh am I now?” Alex’s voice from behind me makes a chill run down my spine. I spin around to face her.

“Guys maybe you should go…” Liam says quietly behind me.

“You should go, too, Liam. I need to talk to Jacey. Alone.” Alex says with a cold smile. I gulp.

“But-“

“Liam. Go.” I say, my voice coming out stronger than I had expected it to. I turn around to look at him. He gives me a desperate look, then nods and follows his friends down the hallway.

“Lying bitch, huh? Have I ever lied to you, Jacey?” Alex asks. I turn back around to look at her and see she’s frowning innocently at me. I try to think of a time she’s lied, but I can’t. That’s one thing that is so terrifying about her. She’s painfully honest. She refuses to lie. I remember a time when a boy that I didn’t like had asked me out and I had said I was busy. Alex, who was standing right next to me at the time, asked me why I told her I would be bored all weekend because I didn’t have any plans if I actually was busy. Needless to say, the boy didn’t like me much after that.

“No, but what you do is worse than lying.”

“I disagree. Nobody deserves to be lied to, Jacey. Everyone should be told the truth,” she pauses to look at me earnestly, “Especially Liam. Have you been totally truthful with him?”

“I haven’t been lying to him, if that’s what you mean.”

“Not telling him and lying are practically the same thing,” she says coldly.

“What are you talking about?”

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