It's What You Do to Me (4)

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My head swam and my throat suddenly hurt, and I had no idea what I was supposed to think. River was my boyfriend, my fiancé, and he was supposedly already engaged the entire time I knew him? But it didn’t even matter! That was ten years ago, when they were kids!

I was so looking forward for this year to be better than the last. I was looking forward to nothing with Mr. Higginson or Arianna, or anything else that had caused me pain in the past. But now there was something else to cause me pain, and it seemed a lot worse.

Well… maybe not worse than the stalker thing, but what could be worse than that?

The only thing I could think of was if someone I loved got killed. That was the only thing that could be worse than getting stalked, but I didn’t even want to think about that.

It was silent for a few moments until the familiar blonde broke the silence.

“Do you really know that girl? She’s psychotic!”

I found myself rolling my eyes at Rex as we made our way to our homeroom, late. Alice had left to go to her homeroom, and I was lucky enough to have all three boys in my homeroom. I hadn’t checked their schedules yet, so I didn’t know about the classes.

I hoped Mrs. Dyas wouldn’t care that we were late, since I was showing new kids around and everything. I was sure she wouldn’t really care, but I was just being paranoid. But I thought that I had the right to be paranoid, especially after what had just happened.

“We were friends when we were little,” River shrugged, hands stuffed in his pockets. “I barely remember her…”

“You don’t remember agreeing to marry someone?” Rex asked in mock-horror, pretending to look appalled. “So, what, are you going to forget that you’re engaged to Deli Sandwich and go propose to some other girl while she waits for you for ten years?”

Seth wacked Rex on the back of his head as my stomach dropped and my face turned white as a sheet. There was no way River would ever do that to me… right? I felt horrible for even thinking that he would! He loved me! Me! Not Kendra or Bekka, me!

I wished that I wasn’t letting this get to my head. It was so annoying. How could I let something that happened ten years ago get to my head?

“Of course I’m not going to do that,” River snapped, grabbing my hand and squeezing it tightly. “I didn’t love Kendra. I love Delilah.”

I found myself smiling, until Rex spoke in a dark voice, “You say that now…”


This time it was both Seth and me that hit Rex, but he only burst out laughing. I knew he was joking, he wasn’t insensitive or anything like that, but he was starting to annoy me more than usual. That horrible sinking feeling was still in my chest, and I just wanted it to go away. I didn’t even know what it was!

“Shut it, Rex,” Seth snapped, stuffing his hands in his pockets after he had done so. “You’re just worrying her. Can’t you see she’s paranoid enough?”

“Sorry, Deli Sandwich,” Rex apologized with a grin. “I was just messing with you! You know that I’m not really serious… River loves you!”

“You’re talking like I’m not even here,” River said, squeezing my hand slightly. “But he’s right. I do love you, Delilah. Not Kendra. If anything did happen between us, it was when we were stupid kids. I can’t believe I even agreed to do something like that…”

“Well, you were eight-years-old,” Rex pointed out, striding in front of us, even though he had no idea where to go. “I’m guessing she was a pretty girl, so of course you were going to say yes! What guy wouldn’t?”

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