F O U R T E E N | Not This Again

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{Gif of Olivia and Neel}

Song: Mad Love

Artist (s): Sean Paul, David Guetta ft Becky G

When travelling life's journey it's good to have a hand to hold onto.

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Going to school was still hard. The stares still made me uncomfortable. The chance of running into Tobias made my knees weak. But as I would let the ill thoughts run through my mind as I walked towards the school entrance, Neels hand would always find mine and everything was fine all of a sudden.

I looked down at our intertwined fingers and then back at the people that were staring at me, they didn't feel as intimidating anymore. Neel had a straight face not letting a single expression slip and it made realise how different he was at home compared to how he was at school. Just as we entered the hallway my eyes fell on Tobias but I ignored him. Neel guided me towards my locker and waited for me to retrieve my books before dropping me to my class. I had told him countless times that I would be fine on my own but he would claim he wanted to.

I sat at the back of the classroom as always waiting for the teacher to arrive but today instead of letting me be, as usual, two girls approached me and stood in front of my desk. I didn't look at them hoping that they would go away. But life's a bitch and decided I needed some confrontation.

"So are you and Neel like a thing now?" One of the girls asked loudly chewing on her gum. I looked between the two before shaking me head.

"Are you mute?" The other girl asked rolling her eyes.

"No, we're not a thing" I replied lowly. They both began to laugh out loud attracting the attention from the rest of the class.

"I knew it. As if he'd date someone like you" Both of them laughed setting of a chain reaction and soon the entire class was filled with laughter. I looked down at my desk not wanting them to see the tears welling up in my eyes. They opened their mouths to say something else but quickly hushed down as the teacher walked in. The lesson went on with continuous sniggers and side glances causing my anxiety to peak. As soon as the lesson finished I ran out of the classroom as fast as I could. As soon as I turned around the corner a firm hand gripped my upper arm pulling me into a room.

Not this again.

"Mark called me the other day" Tobias sneered looking down at me.

"He said he ran into you and then he got beaten up but doesn't know by who" I could feel Tobias's nails dig into my arm.

"I don't know what you're talking about" I didn't look him in the eye. It would only make him angrier. He pulled me closer into his chest bringing his mouth next to my ear.

"Maybe. But I'm sure that motherfucker does" He whispered and I knew who he was referring to.

"He doesn't know who Mark is" Tobias scoffed at me.

"I'm so close to beating that pretty face of his" This time I scoffed. As if he could touch Neel.

"Something funny?" Tobias glared gripping my arm tighter. Instead of hissing in pain I kept mum.

"You know, you are a classic example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain" Tobias's eyebrows furrowed in confusion. I rolled my eyes pulling my arm out his grip pushing against his chest making him stumble back.

"I'll explain and I'll use small words so that you'll be sure to understand, you warthog-faced buffoon...you're an idiot with a big mouth and a pea-sized brain" I explained. Tobias's eyes lit with rage but I was done with him.

"Don't. I'm done with you" I grabbed my bag and walked out of the door. Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and something great can come out of it. Either that or I just fuelled his anger even more and now he's going to hit back much harder than before. The rest of the day went by with no more confrontations until lunch. I stood at my locker when I felt a tap on my shoulder.

"Hey, my names Nathan. I'm actually new here. I just needed some directions" Before I could answer I saw Michelle walk towards us wrapping a hand around Nathans bicep.

"I can help you" she purred next to him. Nathan looked between the two of us before prying his arm away from Michelle.

"Thank you but I asked her" He turned back to face me with a bright smile ignoring Michelle. Michelle glared at me before turning back on her heels walking back to Tobias who was also glaring at me.

"Erm, where do you need to go" I asked not looking at Nathan and instead began to put my books in my locker.

"The cafeteria" He answered.

"Go straight down the hallway, you'll find it" This time I wasn't the one to answer. It was Neel. I looked at him sending him a small smile. He was too busy glaring at Nathan.

"What are you waiting for?" Neel asked when Nathan didn't move.

"Sorry man, I didn't know she was seeing someone" Nathan said awkwardly scratching the back of his neck. My eyes widened only a little as I looked at Neel.

"We're not seeing each other" Neel gritted. Nathan didn't say anything, nodded and then left. Neel waited for me to finish before he leaded us to our normal spot under the tree in the courtyard.

"How was your day?" Neel asked handing me an apple - Neel knew I never ate at lunch but he would always give me small stuff to eat - while he munched on a sandwich.

"It was okay" I lied. He didn't need to know the details. Neels narrowed his eyes before nodding. We finished eating in silence and then headed back to our classes. I sat in my usual seat in sociology after saying hi to Mrs Bauer not expecting anyone there already. I looked at Nathan before taking my seat next to him.

"Hi again" Nathan said surprised to see me. I sent him a polite smile. I didn't acknowledge him after that despite all his trying.

"Nathan. You seem like a great guy but I'm not looking to make friends" I finally say after all his futile.

"Okay. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to try" I closed my eyes ignoring him as the lesson started.

This is going to be a long hour.

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It's my birthday and I'm finally 18 so as a gift you all. Here's an update. Insults borrowed from Doctor Who and The Princess Bride.

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