Chapter 3: Overthinking

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Lani

It'd been two days since Xavier's first move. I knew that if I let him, he'd try to 'woo' me. I wasn't an idiot. The dude had no idea how to do this, but I would bet money that he was going to try anyway. Maybe even look on Google for how to's. I had to admit—if this was actually what he was doing—it was kind of sweet and slightly endearing. Slightly. But, I wasn't going to let him fool me, to reel me in with his many charms that he's fashioned over the years on many women.

I wasn't sure if it was just that part that really bothered me, or the fact that he tried to shower me with attention. First, the many women made me look even more inexperienced as I've only ever been with one guy and it didn't last long and we didn't do much else besides hold hands.

Then, all the attention he tried to shower me with. I hated the spotlight. It was hot, blinding and suffocating sometimes—but that was being in the spotlight in general—with Xavier, it actually felt kind of genuine and I had no idea what to do with that. I was used to being ignored and if someone did talk to me, it was because they wanted something from me. Mostly answers to homework or if Willow was single and if I could introduce them. Both I usually said no to, but that was beside the point. The point was Xavier was the first person who didn't seem to mind that I didn't want to be the center of attention. That I actually liked being a wallflower, heck, he even seemed somewhat pleased with that. It was one of the first times someone was okay with me, besides Willow of course. And this was all before he would try to 'woo' me. So far, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to resist. I wanted to, resist that is. How could I possibly let him woo me anyway? You're being ridiculous Lani. You don't even know if he's actually going to try to woo you in the first place and you're already freaking out. Get a grip!

"Lani? Earth to Lani!" Willow waved her hand in front of my face, scaring me to death I practically jumped out of my desk chair.

"Willow!" I exclaimed, clutching my armrests, and trying to calm my fast paced heartbeat.

"Sorry." She said sheepishly. "You were zoned out again...I thought you wanted me to make sure you got focused again when you do that?"

"I do, I do, I just really wasn't paying attention..." I sighed, shaking my head and glancing down at my homework and the clock on my desk in front of me—it was almost 11. "Did you just get in?" I glanced around at the room we'd made into our 'office' or study. After finding an excellent apartment—mostly thanks to Mr. Crowning—we'd figured out each room. We'd been able to give Gideon and Iris their own rooms, their own beds and closets and dressers. They seemed so much happier here. Even Willow and I had our own rooms, plus this study that we shared. There was a small but completely functional kitchen, a small living area with a TV one of our neighbors hadn't wanted anymore, and two bathrooms. It was large and way out of my original price plan, but again, Mr. Crowning and Willow had stepped in and told us we were moving into a nice place and anything we couldn't cover they'd take care of. In fact, I'd had to literally persuade—practically beg—Mr. Crowning to let me pay for something.

"Don't change the subject, Lani, what's got you so distracted?" she asked, but I could tell by her coy smile that she already had a good idea of what my distraction was.

"Oh don't act like you don't know already anyway. Just spit it out already!" I sighed, shaking my head again. She pulled up her own rolling desk chair from her side of our office and happily sat down, ready to spill, and probably ready to hear me spill. That was a new one.

"Oh, it is because of Xavier!" she cooed happily as she jumped excitedly in her chair.

"It's just...I know he probably won't give up. He's probably trying to figure out how to woo me. And well, you probably know where that thought led me..."

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