Mason’s POV

“Do you want to go out with me?”

Those were the words James spoke to Blondie, it kept ringing and ringing and ringing in my head. I couldn’t get it out. I tossed and turned for the thousandth time but I still couldn’t sleep.

Fuck.

This can’t be happening to me. It just can’t. I reached for my phone and looked at the time, its 4:00 am. I groaned.  

Sleep Mason. Sleep!

I shut my eyes and began counting sheep’s or whatever.

1… 2… 3… 4… And so on.

Still, sheep or no sheep, I couldn’t sleep. I sighed. I looked at my phone to check the time again. Only 2 hours before school starts. Normally, I would wake up an hour before school or something but I decided that since I can’t sleep, I have no other choice. I lethargically dragged my body into the bathroom.  

“You’re up early.” Andy entered the kitchen. She grabbed the Coco pops from the cupboard and sat in front of me. “Geez, what did you do last night? You look like a zombie.” she gave me a confused look as she chomped down a spoonful of Coco pops.

“Couldn’t sleep.”

“Morning kids!” Stella said. “Can you believe it? Kids!” she squealed; her voice echoing in my head. You can see that she looks thrilled by that word alone. She must’ve sensed my discomfort and said “I’m sorry, I’m just… I’m happy.”

I gave her a nod accompanied by a polite smile.

“Have you guys set a date yet for the wedding? You know? Now that grandpa and grandma knows.” Andy asked her.

“No, we’re still deciding, I want it to be a winter wedding though, I don’t know? What do you think?” Stella asked.

We both shrugged.

“Anyway, you guys would be the first to know.” She smiled.

*****

I shouldn’t have gone to school today, my head is killing me! Plus the noise isn’t helping; it’s making everything worse. I feel grumpy all the time, one simple thing and it irritates the hell out of me.

“Who kept you up late last night?” Tyler joked. I glared at him and instantly he knew that I wasn’t in a good mood.

“Who’s th-” James started. I can see Tyler from my right; waving his hand frankly at the side of his neck, signaling James to cut it out. James gave Tyler a confused look. Tyler shrugged his arms in a way that says I-don’t-know. They kept doing that, talking but not having an actual conversation. They think just because I couldn’t hear them doesn’t mean I don’t know what they’re talking about.

“Would you cut it out!” I faced them. “I couldn’t sleep okay? That’s it! I wasn’t with anybody.”

They exchanged glances and we continued to walk in silence.

 As we entered the cafeteria doors, my headache came into a full blast! Chattering teenagers is all I could hear.

“Think I’m going to skip lunch today.” I groaned.

I turned around and went straight to the only guaranteed silent place in this school; the library. I choose to seat at a table at the far end of the room where I’m out of the librarian’s sight. I grabbed a random book, opened it and placed it in front me so it would look like I’m reading. I crossed my arms as I placed it on the table followed by my head and closed my eyes.

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