Chapter Ten

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This can work, right? I can be friends with Colton, it'll be fine. I do want to be his friend so I'm just going to have to get over my little crush. I like how he says he doesn't want to lose me and that's enough to get me to stay. And after hearing how he sleeps with girls and never talks to them again, I'm glad he doesn't want that to be the case with me. I'm almost positive I wouldn't be able to handle a type of heartbreak like that, it just seems too awful. So him looking out for me already shows me that he can actually be a good friend. But what else am I getting out of this friendship?

"Hey what's in it for me?" I ask. Colton raises his brow as he takes a drink of his coffee. "I mean, it sounds like I'm a great friend to you. I listen and you're comfortable with me. What are the perks of you being my friend?"

Colton takes another drink before answering. "I have the one thing you want," he smirks. Being his friend is already seeming like a difficult task.

"What?"

"The roof." He leans forward into the table and stares at me intensely. He's right, the roof is really the one thing I truly want back. I've missed my beautiful view and it's about time I get it back.

"Okay fine," I say and he smiles.

"And you can talk to me too, I'll listen," he says seriously. Can I? Can I really talk to him and tell him anything that crosses my mind. I know that's what friends are for and I've never really had one to tell things to. I never wanted to tell Judith too much about what went on in my head and I can't talk to my parents about everything. Colton is exactly what I need, but I'm still not sure if I can just come out and tell him about my life. "C'mon, tell me something about you," he pushes.

"I don't know...crap," I say under my breath. Just when I thought I could be out without running into something evil, Nova comes making her way to our table.

"What's wro-oh," Colton says when he sees Nova and her pack behind her.

"Well, would you look what the cat dragged in," Nova scoffs, looking me up and down.

"Oh hey, I thought I smelled cheap perfume," I smile. I'm usually not so petty but with certain people, it's the only way I know how to be.

She gasps slightly and spits, "It's Marc Jacobs!"

"Oh I bet," I nod. She gives me a look that'd kill me if it had the power.

"Anyways," she says, turning her attention to Colton. "Me and the girls were just wondering if you'd want to come with us to a party." Nova's leaning on the table with her arms locked. This position is pushing her boobs together, making them look bigger than usual and I just want to smack her.

Colton looks up at her and then back at me. I raise my eyebrow and take a drink of heaven. I swear each sip is better than the last.

"I'm good, I think I'm just going to hang out with my friend," he says, nodding towards me. Nova's jaw drops in disgust and I smile.

"You know, you're picking the wrong people to hang with, Colton. You won't get far being friends with the school's reject," she spits. Colton's face goes hard and he balls his hands into fists. Nova sticks her chin in the air and stomps away, and her clones follow close behind. Colton closes his eyes and turns towards me. His jaw is still clenched and let me just say, he looks hot. Friends can think their friends are hot, right?

"How do you remain so calm?" he asks slowly, his eyes still closed.

"I'm just so used to it. It's sort of like an annoying fly I choose to ignore."

"Well don't you ever want to just fucking swat it?" His eyes shoot open and I laugh.

"Yes, sometimes, but I'm a lady, and ladies don't fight." I take another drink of my coffee and am sad because it was my last. I need to make sure to start coming here more often, I'm sure my mom would love it.

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