9: Don't blame me.

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Ella Pearson's Pov

"WHAT?!"

Yes, what! But I was not the one who yelled instead it was Sam whose face was morphed in shock as if she had seen a ghost.

Brody's words were not less than that though.

I gulped, smiling slightly at a surprised looking Brody. "Um... I don't know what you're talking about." I mumbled, and thanked God when my voice didn't crack or waver contrast to how exactly I was feeling on the inside.

My heart was thumping wildly and I was scared he'd hear the abnormal beating of my love-struck heart.

At my words, his face fell. The beautiful bright smile he was sporting earlier vanished and was replaced with a frown. His forehead creased and he kept staring at me, studying me so I made sure to keep my face neutral.

I didn't bother looking to Sam who would obviously be sporting some stupid expression on her face with the exchange going on in front of her.

She had probed me to tell Brody about me being his mysterious girl but I didn't listen to her because I didn't want to face the consequences of my actions and the struggle my mother will have to go through.

"Brody, she's not the one. Let's go." JJ said with a nonchalant tilt of his head.

"Yeah, whoever you're searching for, I am not the one." I backed JJ smiling a little to reassure Brody and pretend like I was not effected by any of this but on the inside I was screaming and my insides were turning into a jelly.

"Really. How do you know I am searching for someone?" Brody retorted smartly. A smirk gracing his face as he scrutinized me.

Oh snap.

I didn't let the surprise I actually was with his question show on my face as I tried hard to maintain a cool and calm façade.

I wanted to hit my head at the side wall repeatedly at my own foolishness and by letting that slip up but something struck on my mind and I used it on him.

"Because almost every girl in our school is talking about that." I shrugged nonchalantly but it was true.

Brody and his search for a particular girl was all over the school. It was like the hot news/topic of our school.

The girls discussed about this almost everywhere, bathroom, corridors, cafeteria, library, classroom...everywhere.

One of the downfall of being the most popular guy in our school.

But I don't blame him. He didn't ask for it. Popularity was bound to follow him no matter where he go, he has got the looks, money, family status, you name it.

And whereas I, I was in our school's lowest food chain and we wouldn't exactly match.

We were like polar opposites.

He was filthy rich, I was filthy poor.

He was the most popular guy in our school, I was in the top 10 least popular.

He had his own fan club, I wasn't even known to my own classmates.

And the list goes on.

Swallowing the harsh reality of my life, I tore my gaze away from Brody and averted my attention to Sam who had a blank look on her face as she stared at me and then at Brody when he spoke.

"Shit, I didn't know about that." I heard him mumble under his breath as he raked a hand through his hair making it messy.

Sexy.

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