Chapter 40

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Things were different to say the least, Zac followed me around all day and he wasn’t that bad. I had to remind myself several times that this guy ripped out my heart and tore it to pieces, twice.

I hadn’t seen Avery since lunch, and not for the lack of trying, I tried looking for him everywhere but he didn’t turn up.

Sighing I sat down in my last period class with Zac sitting right next to me.

“What class is this?” He asked looking around.

“Geography.” I rolled my eyes as I too looked around the room. There were maps of the world and smaller countries, what did he think it was?

“Mmm...” He thought smirking a little, “That explains so much.”

“Yeah cause we use maps for math.”

“How would I know, this is a new school they might do things different here.” he defended himself.

I didn’t answer, I didn’t really know what to say to that.

I shrugged and waited for the teacher to show up.

Finally after fifty agonizing minutes of geo, it was time to leave. I smiled to myself, now I could go search for Avery without skipping school or anything.

“Hey, where are you going?” Zac asked as I walked down the hallway. I turned around surprised, why is he still following me?

“I’m going home and why are you still following me?” I asked as he made his way to me.

“Oh, you live with your brother right? I could walk you, if you want.”

I stared at him was he seriously asking to walk me home? Why can’t he just leave me alone? I blushed involuntarily and shook my head “no thanks.”

“Come on Val, I just want to walk you home.” He pleaded placing his hands on my shoulders again and I blushed even more. Argh make it stop, I complained in my head.

“I thought I told you not to touch me.” I told him turning to face him my eyes burning.

He instantly took his hands off me and held them up in surrender. “Sorry.”

I smirked slightly, “I don’t need you to walk me home.” I told him quickly before turning on my heel and walking away to continue my search for Avery.

I pushed open the doors and looked around the lot for him and his familiar black car. I saw him leaning against it, hands in pockets as the wind blew through his dark hair. He was talking to his friends and laughing. His smile made me smile and I quickly hid my face so no one would see me smile awkwardly at nothing.

“Why won’t you let me walk you home?” Zac asked again making me jump.

“Jesus Zac, don’t scare a person like that.” I told him spinning around while placing a hand over the frantic beating of my heart..

He smiled, “You were always so easy to scare.” He laughed shaking his head, “some things never change.”

“and some do. Look Zac I don’t need you to walk me home alright.” I told him turning away from him.

He caught my arm and my heart skipped, damn. “I’m sorry, for everything alright Valarie. I made a huge mistake when we first dated, I realized that the day we broke up and I never really got over it. I still care about a lot and I’ve missed you ever since you left. Val you’re my best friend.”

A tear ran down my cheek and I quickly wiped it away, it doesn’t matter I tried to tell myself but the tears and the way my stomach turned I knew I cared.

“Why? Why did you do it if you cared? Not once Zac but twice, twice.” I emphasized, “I gave you everything I had, I trusted you and you betrayed me. The stupid thing was I trusted you twice.” I told him and he looked at me with a pained expression on his face. “But what hurt me the most was I never saw it coming, even the second time,” I gave a dark, short laugh before continuing, “You were my best friend and coming here doesn’t change what you did, saying you’re sorry doesn’t take the pain of what you did away.” I croaked out as a sob rose in my throat.

“Val please we were young and I was stupid. I didn’t mean to hurt you.” He said wiping my tears away, I flinched and turned my head from his comforting hands.

“I know.” I told him carefully keeping my voice in check.

“Vals we were fifteen...”

“I know.” I cut him off.

“Please I-,” He tried.

“No. Zac listen this has all been too much for one day okay I just need some time.” I mumbled.

“I get it, but please don’t throw away our friendship. I care about you and I would never hurt you on purpose.”

I nodded my head slowly as I looked up searching his dark blue eyes, they were full of sorrow and regret. My stomach turned again as I found myself forgiving him already.

“I have to go.” I told him quickly going down the stairs and into the lot when my eyes met his honey eyes and I ran the last few steps and flew into his already open arms.

“Its okay I got you.” He whispered as he tightened his hold on me.

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