Chapter 18

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Chapter 18

A few weeks later, the fight between Asher and Daniel was long forgotten and once Daniel came back to school after his suspension, everything went back to normal. At least it did for me. The entire week he was gone I spent every single lunch in my Chemistry teacher's classroom, giving her the excuse that I needed some extra help on the project. So, during lunch every day, Ms. Ghafarri let me work at one of the lab tables. When Daniel came back to school the next week, we both ended up skipping fourth period everyday to go off campus. Sometimes we'd go to the McDonalds and eat there and other times we'd just go to the Walgreen's and Daniel would get us both cigarettes.

When the day arrived to present our experiment in Chemistry we were more than prepared. Daniel had typed up most of the information and data for the experiment, which involved testing the solubility of Coca Cola, and printed it out. He then came over to my house after school and we glued our information onto a poster board. I did most of the creative aspects of the project like decorating the poster and we both rehearsed what we were going to say for our presentation.

We presented on Friday, the end of his first week back, and everything, to my relief, went really well. I was really nervous the entire day but once we got up there and I saw Daniel standing next to me I didn't feel nervous anymore. At the end of our presentation, we even gave people little cups of soda and a pack of Mento's. Daniel came up with the idea and the entire class gave us a standing ovation. Probably because we were the only group that actually gave out something to everyone but it was still nice to see that everyone, including our teacher liked our presentation. Asher was wrong. Daniel's reputation wasn't ruined because of their fight. I felt a great deal of satisfaction settle over me. Everything was great. For now.

After school, Daniel offers to give me a ride home instead of me taking the bus, so we both walk to his car parked near the school on one of the side streets. As soon as we get in I can't help but smile. Today has gone so well and I haven't felt this carefree in a while. There was only one thing that could make it better...

"What are you smiling about?" Daniel asks me, interrupting my thoughts.

"Just everything," I reply, "You were so great today when we were presenting."

"Nah, it was all you," he says, "I wouldn't have even done a project if I wasn't working with you."

"No, you would have still done it cause you told me in the beginning of the year that Chemistry was your favorite subject!" I protest.

"I never said it was my favorite subject. I just said I kind of liked it," he says.

I give him a "just give it up" look.

"I only said I liked it anyway because you were in my class," he tells me, lowering his voice a little.

"Really? I don't think so," I laugh, shaking my head.

"Yeah, it's true," He insists.

We stare at each other for a few seconds before he reaches out and places his hand lightly on the back of my neck. He then leans into me and I follow his lead. I feel his lips touch mine and once again, I feel like all this weight is lifted off my shoulders and that I can finally breath again. I lean into him more and kiss him harder. The problem with Daniel is that once I start kissing him, I can't stop. I wrap my arms around his neck but then I feel him take them off and he pulls away from me a little. I open my eyes to find him facing forward again in the driver's seat; a hardened expression on his beautiful face.

"What's wrong?" I say, trying not to make my voice sound panicky. Was I coming on to him too strong? Was I a bad kisser?

Daniel sighs before replying, "Nothing."

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