Chapter Fourteen

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"Hey I saw that!" Conner exclaimed pointing accusingly at me.

I gave him a wide-eyed innocent look, that didn't fool him for a second.

"I'm not falling for that look!" Conner said narrowing his eyes. "I saw you put a card into your pocket!"

I bit my lip, holding in my smile as I shrugged, pretending to have no idea what he was talking about.

He was right of course. I was cheating. But only because he was downright insufferable whenever he won at things. That and I couldn't stand losing. There was at this point in time, a four of clubs and two twos burning a hole in my pocket.

"Wow." Conner said shaking his head in disbelief. "You don't just cheat at football, you cheat at cards too. Why am I surprised?" He asked.

I shrugged my shoulder, unable to hold back my smile any longer.

"You're unbelievable." He said, but he was smiling too as he packed up the cards claiming that he wasn't going to play with a 'swindler'. Which had me laughing once again.

My laughter quickly died when I realised we were no longer alone though.

"Well if it isn't Conner Dennison." Leon said, leaning against the wall opposite Conner and me. "I was wondering where you ran off to." His eyes landed on me his whole face lit up in amusement. "I should have known you were with little Charlotte here."

I scowled at being under his attention, all the amusement from before completely drained from me, as I crossed my arms tightly over my chest.

Sensing my discomfort, Conner frowned slightly. "What's up, Leon?" Conner asked casually.

"Nothing man. Mind if I sit with you guys?" He asked, already taking a seat before either of us could answer.

I stiffened in my seat, tempted to stand up and leave. Leon was barely tolerable at the best of times but when he had the gleam of amusement that his eyes held now he was more often than not out-and-out unbearable.

Conner moved an inch closer to me, in a comforting gesture. I relaxed a tiny amount, but I didn't stop staring at Leon with suspicion. I pressed my lips into a thin line.

What is it he wanted exactly?

"What do you want, Leon?" Conner asked the question burning in my mind for me.

Leon smirked at him. "Ouch, man. I thought we were friends?"

Conner's jaw twitched. "We are." He said after a beat of hesitation. I grimaced slightly.

"Then let's hang out." He grinned. "You don't mind do you, Little Charlotte?"

My jaw tensed further, and I gave him the best glare I could to let him know I very much minded his presence.

He was laughing. "Of course you don't!" He said ignoring my glare. I wanted to hit him so bad. "You'd say something if you did, wouldn't you?" He continued to laugh.

"Leon." Conner said in a dangerous voice.

My hands were balled into fists, my good mood from earlier entirely gone.

"What?" He asked putting his hands in the air as if declaring innocence, but his smirk let everyone know he was anything but. "I'm just having a laugh. Chill out."

Conner narrowed his eyes at him. "Well just stop. You're not funny." He said angrily.

Leon raised an eyebrow, his eyes darting between the two of us. "So protective." Leon smirked, shaking his head slightly with a look of slight disbelief in his eyes. "So are you guys dating now?" He asked.

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