The Boy Next Door- Chapter 16

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Chapter 17- Colby 

While I was walking to baseball, I saw Tiffany and her friend Jennifer riding their bikes. Great. They stopped right in front of me, making it impossible for me to get by without crossing the busy street.  

"Colby? Is that you?" Tiffany asked, pretending to be stupid. 

"Nope." I gently pushed past her. 

"Wait, Colby." She called, grabbing my arm. 

"What?" I asked, turning around. 

"I know what I did was wrong and I just wanted to tell you that I'm really sorry." 

"I'm sure you are." 

"That's all you have to say?" She looked down, hurt. 

"Look Tiff," I sighed as I used her nickname, "Tiffany, I mean, I know you are sorry but I can't take you back." 

"W-why not?" She asked, looking at her flip-flopped feet. 

"I like someone else." 

She looked back up, right into my eyes. Then she turned around and climbed back on her bike, riding away. I'd never seen her cry and I had to be honest it hurt. I always thought she just wanted to be with me for popularity but maybe I was wrong. She sounded sincere when she said she was sorry. I made my way to baseball, distracted the whole time. When I got there, Wilson ran up to me.  

"Man why are you late?" He asked. 

"I ran into Tiffany." I said, looking back towards where I talked to her. 

"So...?" He asked, worried. 

"I'm so confused." 

"About what?" 

"I'll tell you later, let's go." We headed to the field. I had missed most of warmups, but we were starting a scrimmage. I was up first at bat. I stood there, hunched over the plate, thinking about Tiffany. I was mad and sad at the same time. As the ball came towards me I swung the bat, smashing the ball with all the power I had. Then, I ran, sliding to first base as Wilson sprinted to get me out. 

"You should talk to Tiff more often." He laughed, walking back to the outfield. 

Practice went by slower than it ever had. Afterwords, Wilson walked home with me. 

"So what went down?" 

"She stopped me and she said she was sorry." 

"So?" 

"I think she meant it this time." 

"Why is that?" 

"She cried." 

"Girls tend to do that.." 

"But not her..I've never seen her cry." 

"Did you just leave her there?" 

"No, I told her I couldn't take her back because I liked someone else." 

"Then she cried?" 

"Yeah but the weird part was it was hard to watch her hurt like that." 

"Man, you have problems. Think about how much she hurt you. You cried too..you wanted to kill Josh." 

"I don't know what to think!" I yelled. 

"Dude, calm down. Remember Hailey." 

Just the sound of her name made me want to smile but at the same time, I hated seeing Tiffany so hurt. 

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