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In the ten days that followed the disastrous dinner and sufficiently awkward slumber party, Sebastian and I had finally developed some semblance of a friendship

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In the ten days that followed the disastrous dinner and sufficiently awkward slumber party, Sebastian and I had finally developed some semblance of a friendship. Granted, we still weren't the best of friends or anything, but we could at least hold a conversation without it turning into an argument or a fist fight. Not fighting was a welcome change of pace, and the longer we could keep it up, the better. Besides, it was what we needed to do if we were going to truly convince people we were a real couple.

Unfortunately, that was harder than it sounded.

Though we spent time together, I had a feeling we didn't exactly come off as a couple in love. Sure, we held hands when the situation called for it and I even worked up the courage to place a kiss on his cheek every so often, but the fact that we were lacking a connection was palpable. We both knew it was something we were going to have to work on, but for now, we were content with keeping up what we had.

"I totally don't understand any of this," I complained to Sebastian one morning before homeroom as we sat together in front of his locker, trying to finish the previous night's Physics homework. "Why couldn't I have taken Earth Science? Or hell, AP Environmental Science? I'm sure all they have to do is sit around and look at trees all day."

Sebastian cracked a smile as he watched me glare daggers at my textbook. "Marcus took that class last year. Almost turned him into a hippie."

I snorted, sparing a glance at my notes before turning back to the worksheet we were supposed to complete. "What's Coulomb's Law?"

"The force between two charged particles varies directly as the product of their charge, so the greater the charge, the greater the force between the particles," a voice from above explained.

Surprised, I looked up to see who could possibly know such a stupid law off the top of their head, and found myself staring into Jacob's sleepy gaze.

"Oh, and don't forget that the force between the two charged particles varies inversely as the square of the distance between them," he continued, cramming his hands into the pockets of his low slung khakis. "By the way, Seb, you got number four wrong."

"Damn it," Sebastian grumbled, furiously erasing whatever he had written.

As he erased, I stared gratefully up at Jacob. "You're a lifesaver."

Jacob grinned and rocked back on his heels, pleased with himself. "Glad to help. I'll see you two in class."

All I could do was watch as he sauntered away, wondering how the hell someone who came off as a complete imbecile could recite scientific laws off the top of his head.

"I swear, the kid's going to be a rocket scientist one day," Sebastian commented, shaking his head as if he couldn't believe it either.

"No doubt." I nodded slowly in agreement, finally dragging my eyes back to the worksheet as I scribbled what Jacob had said in one of the blanks. "What about you? Any career path you're looking into?"

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