(Edited) Chapter 32 & 33

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"Uh...yeah. We weren't really compatible, so...I suggested him to go out with her instead," I lie.

"Wow, girls are weird," he mutters.

"What? Don't tell me guys don't do this."

"No, we don't. We've got to uphold the bro code."

"We have the girl code too! But this is completely different. Adam and I just went out once. I never really liked him, so it's okay."

And it was. Susan was actually happy. After much thinking, Susan had finally agreed to go out with Adam. They'd gone to hang out at the mall, eat some junk food and watch a movie maybe, nothing extraneous. They obviously had fun, despite how reluctant Susan had been at first, because they've hung out three times since then, and it's just been a little over a week!

I remember how nervous she'd been on the day he was taking her out for the first time.

"Is it weird that I'm nervous right now?" Susan had pondered. "It's not like this is the first time I'm going on a date with someone."

I'd squeezed her shoulders reassuringly. "It's going to be great. Adam's an amazing guy. As your best friend, I whole-heartedly approve. I'm so glad you agreed to give him a chance."

"Well, I hope the date is as amazing as he is." Susan had sounded so nervous.

I didn't care what she said, I knew for a fact that she liked Adam, a little if not a lot. She wouldn't have been a nervous wreck if she didn't.

"Well, better her than you. I didn't like Adam anyway," Aiden notifies.

"You never like any guy I hang out with, not that there are a lot...but still."

"I like myself." He replies cheekily. "Don't you?"

We've finally reached our destination. We continue talking as we unlock our respective lockers and gather our books for the next few lessons. "But you don't count."

"Why not?"

"Because...you're you. And we're just friends."

"We don't have to be."

I stare at him. Trying to understand what he's getting at. "Don't we?"


A loud clang disrupts our conversation. We both look up at the source of noise, momentarily distracted.

Standing a few feet away is Hailey. She's hitting a locker, presumably hers, with her fist. It looks like she's trying to bang it open.

I'm not surprised when Aiden heads over to her to help her out. Almost reluctantly, I drag myself after him.

For the two weeks we've been friends again, I haven't seen Aiden with Hailey once. I admit it was kind of weird, and I'd found myself wondering about the same on more than one occasion. He even spent most of his lunch hours with me if I'm not sitting with William. I'd assumed he was making up for all the lost time and hung out with Hailey when I wasn't with him. I hadn't had the chance to ask him what Hailey thought of becoming friends again. Did it bother her? Did she want him to stop talking to me again?

It has been ages since the three of us—Aiden, Hailey & I—have been at the same place, at the same time. I don't like it one bit. I'll never get used to seeing him with her. I'd rather not deal with this.

Hailey completely ignores me. She looks slightly surprised to see Aiden though. She tells him her locker's jammed, and she really needs to get an assignment from inside it. She needs to submit it today.

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