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CHAPTER THREE – PART ONE
“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.”
It’s been a week since Casey and I have spoken. I regret what I’d said to her, I did; but I don’t get it – girls can hold some serious grudges when they want to. It’s not like I wasn’t telling the truth to begin with though. She was even managing to avoid me, which was impressive since her and her mom live in my house, and her hiding wasn’t making it any easier to apologize. But, life goes on.
I walk down the spiral staircase of my house into the spacious white-walled living room. I take in the light pouring into the room through the glass windows before I step out the front door. Down the tree lined driveway I see my black Mercedes and I walk towards it. A cool breeze blows past and I can hear the crunch of gravel under my feet as I walk, I lift my car keys out of my back pocket and press a button it to unlock the car doors.
“Hey Ryder!” I can hear a female voice call out. I turn around at the sound of my name, slightly disappointed – for some reason – to see that it’s Nicole – Casey’s sister. She’s at the front door and runs to meet me.
“Hey what’s up?” I ask casually when she arrives.
She’s out of breath and brushes a few strands of hair from her face before she answers. “I need a lift to school,” she gestures to my car. “Do you mind?”
I raise an eyebrow and tilt my head slightly. “Sure, no problem.” I turn back around and continue walking to my car, I hear her following eagerly behind me – I mentally roll my eyes. When I get to the car I open the driver’s side door seconds before she opens the one opposite.
I take one last glance behind at the house before I get in and start the engine, drive through the entrance and take off towards school.
“So what happened to your usual ride?” I ask to avoid an awkward silence.
She laughs slightly. “Casey hasn’t been in the best of moods for the past couple of days, so I decided I’d go with you today.”
“Huh,” is all I can bring myself to say. What I said to Casey affected her that much? Suddenly, an awkward silence is sounding very appealing right about now. I put more pressure onto the gas pedal – why not make the silence shorter than it has to be.
A couple minutes later I pull up at West Carmel High. I turn off the engine and we get out of the car. I lock the doors and start walking towards the school.
“Ryder,” I turn around at the sound of my name again.
“Yeah?” I ask Nicole.
She puts on a flirty smile. “You wanna hang out later?” She looks expectant.
I’m really not in the mood for this right now. I put on a little smirk. “Maybe some other time,” I turn away before her face can drop, and make my way up the school’s front steps. I enter the school’s crowded main hallway and manoeuvring my way through the people I make my way to a wooden door with the plaque engraved with words, ‘The Billion Dollar Boys Club’ secured onto it. I open the door to see the other members sitting and talking at the long table in the middle of the room. At the head of the table I see my empty seat waiting. I walk over to it and sit down. I take in the light coming through the open window accompanied by a cool breeze, the flat screen hanging on the back wall at the foot of the table, the light coloured walls and the dark mahogany wood before I meet the eyes of the waiting members, with a cocky smile on my face I say, “Well guys let’s begin.”