Chapter Five: A Day with Sarah

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Chapter Five: A Day with Sarah

"Ow!" I said for the hundredth time today. "Ow! Mother would you tell her to stop poking me?" 

"After almost getting suspended on your first day?" She asked in disbelief, "You’re very lucky that it was me who answered that call instead of your father or else he would have pulled you out of school faster than you could blink." 

I rolled eyes. It's been a week since I got stuck with cafeteria duty and during that week Gavin didn't bother to show up. "Ow!" I looked at Sonya who was just poking me for fun now. "I swear poke me one more time and I'll take those sowing needles and poke your eyes out." I said quietly so my mother wouldn't hear, "Am I understood?" I looked at a now pale Sonya who seemed frightened by my threat, "Good." 

Apparently my mother’s stay in Russia inspired her to create a new clothing line, and instead of using a mannequin to make her dress she was using me as my punishment. "Okay I think we are done for today," My mother said looking up from her phone. "You are free to go now, Alice." 

"Thank the Lord." I muttered. There was nothing I hated more than helping my mother with her clothing line. 

"Well, next time try not to start a food fight." She told me seriously. 

I nodded. "Trust me it wasn't as much fun for me either," I mumbled walking out of the room.

"Um, nice dress." Someone said behind me. 

I turned around to see Ben looking at my unfinished dress in amusement. "Oh shut up!" I said, turning around and walking away from him. 

"So what exactly are you doing?" He said, catching up to me. 

"It's my punishment because my mom knows I hate it." I said, my mind somewhere else. We made it to my room I didn't miss the weird glances the guards gave me when I pass them. I went into my closet to change out of this unfinished dress, while Ben took a seat on my bed.  

I stripped out of the blue dress and put on a skirt and blouse my usual evening wear. Running my fingers through my knotted hair I turned back towards Ben. "So what exactly are you doing here?" 

"Boredom." He said, getting comfortable on my bed. 

"It's Saturday and you have nothing to do?" I asked, curious. He nodded, "Wow someone doesn't have many friends." I told him. 

"I have friends I just can't stand them." He said, honesty. 

"So you can't stand me?" I said, joking. 

He looked me dead in the eye. "Who said we were friends?" 

"If we aren't friends, then why don't have a stranger in my room, you could be rapist for all I care." 

He smirked at me, "So what does the calendar have planned for us today?" 

"What do you mean us?"

"Well I am your bodyguard after all." He said amused, by my discomfort. 

"Um, what do you want to do?"

"Doesn't matter." He said, shrugging. It was quiet for a couple of minutes when Ben spoke up. "I could give you a tour around DC, if you want cause I doubt you really know your way around the city let alone your own house." 

"I so do," I argued back. He raised his eyebrows at me, "At least I know it better than you." I muttered. 

He rolled his eyes. He then opened his mouth to say a comeback but my phone ringing cut him off. 

I looked at the caller ID and saw it was Sarah. I mouthed sorry to Ben and answer the phone. 

"Hey Sarah!" I chirped, over the last week, Sarah and I have gotten really close she even started sitting with Holly, Ben and I at lunch. 

"Hey, Ali I was wondering if you wanted to come over today, that is if you’re not under house arrest." She said, jokingly. 

I let out a laugh. "Sure I'll be over in ten," We then said our goodbyes, hanging up. 

"So, that's a no for today isn't it?" I heard Ben say. 

"Oh," I said totally forgetting about our plans we made just a couple of minutes ago. "I'll call her back and cancel," I told him honestly and was about to start dialing Sarah's number.

He grabbed the phone away from my hands I looked at him confused. "Nah its fine, we'll get lost in DC another time." 

I raised an eyebrow at him. "I thought you said you know your way around?" 

"I lied." He said, bluntly. "Just like how I lied and said that was a nice dress." 

My jaw dropped and I smacked him on the chest, "You fat liar." 

He shrugged getting up from my bed. "It wasn't really a lie when you think of it. It was more of a feeling savor," He replied, grabbing my arm and dragging me out of my room. 

I snorted. "Feeling savor? The dress wasn't even finished yet and you’re calling it ugly." 

He just gave me a look that said really? As we made our way out the front door. "So you’re going to drop me at Sarah's house?" I asked him. 

He nodded getting into his truck. "Yeah, I got nothing to do and I am your driver." He muttered. 

I strapped my seat-belt in and turned to Ben as we started driving towards the gates. "Being my driver isn't that bad," I told him. 

"Really?" He said shocked. "We were late twice last week, because someone forgot to set her alarm, then you demanded I take you to the local bakery so you can grab your so called 'precious coffee' cause you forgot to eat breakfast." He said, as we waited for the gates to open. 

I huffed as Ben waved to one of the guards who opened the gate as we passed through. "You should have offered like a gentlemen, plus have you tried there coffee? I swear it is like heaven in a cup, I say they just turn that place into a coffee store." 

"Offered? We were running late!" He exclaimed, ignoring everything I said about the bakery store. 

I ignored him and turned up the radio. One direction 'kiss you' was playing. Normally I didn't really listen to boy bands or the music today cause it was all garbage. But, I saw how Ben winced as he heard the song playing, making me turn it up. 

"Oh I just wanna take you anywhere that you like, we can go out any day any night, Baby I'll take you there take you there, Baby I'll take you there, there." I sang along out of tune to annoy Ben even more. 

He then started to grip the steering wheel causing his knuckles to turn white. "Can you please turn it off?" 

I smirked singing even louder. "So tell me girl if every time we, Touch, You get this kinda rush, Let me say yea a yeah a yeah yeah a yeah." I started whipping my hair back and forth getting odd looks from people in their cars. 

"Okay, that's enough one direction for today!" Ben exclaimed, turning the radio off as we pulled up in front of Sarah's house. 

"Awe, Ben that was my jam and I could tell you were just getting into it," I said, grinning at him. 

"Yeah, yeah get out of my car." He said, waving his hand at me. 

I did as I was told and walked to the front door. I rang the doorbell, I heard pounding feet coming from the other side of the door and it opened to reveal a frantic looking Sarah. 

"Hey Sar." I said. 

"Hey, come in." She said, opening the door to usher me in. I turned around and gave a wave to Ben who nodded and drove away. "So is Ben your boyfriend?" I heard Sarah ask from behind me. 

I turned around to look at her my eyes wide as saucers I then started laughing. "Ha. Good one Sar, Ben my boyfriend that's a classic." 

Sarah looked at me weirdly. "Um, I wasn't joking." 

I quickly sobered up and shook my head. "No Ben's not my boyfriend." 

"Then why did he drive you here?" She asked, curiously. 

Her question caught me off guard. "Um, he was visiting my..." I said, trying to come up with something. "My parents." I said, quickly. "Yep, he was actually at my house when you called, we were going to hang out but then you called and I accepted your invitation and he offered to drive me here.” I said, rambling. 

Sarah knitted her eyebrows in confusion. "Well, um okay but next time I'll try not to ruin your plans with your boyfriend." She said, winking. 

"He's not my boyfriend!" I exclaimed. 

"Uh huh." She said, nodding her head in disbelief. "Whatever helps you sleep at night." 

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