Chapter Seven

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The next 2 weeks passed by in a blur, and before I knew it the whole school was already buzzing with their Halloween plans. I had to say, it was hard not to share the excitement everyone was feeling. Halloween was one of my top three favorite holidays ever. Spooky vibes, costumes, pumpkins. I mean, what's not to like?

The weather had seemingly changed overnight too. There was not a single green leaf left in town, they had all turned into beautiful shades of oranges and red. It also started getting pretty cold, so I was also pumped it was finally starting to feel like fall.

"Are you listening to what I'm saying?" Huffed Madison. I blinked at her, smiling sheepishly. She rolled her eyes.

"I was saying that this could be your chance! Ask Isobel to the Halloween party this weekend." My eyes widened.

"You must be out of your damn mind. No! She's straight." I told her, weaving through the crowd as we walked to last period. I had art and Madison had French, but the classes were right next to each other.

"Right, just like you were straight." She deadpanned. "I would have thought you learned your lesson about that. Babe, you've never had love in your life and now that you finally like someone and get a chance you're going to throw it away because you're scared to take a risk? Come on, Halloween is the holiday of love!"

"I'm pretty sure that's valentines but okay." I gave her a bored look. "Listen Mads, I know you love spewing that motivational, inspirational stuff but you aren't getting to me this time. I like her. A lot. And I don't want to ruin our friendship by asking her out when she probably isn't even into girls. Even if she was, who's to say she even likes me. Just- no. I'm okay with just being her friend." I replied. Throughout this past week, I had begun accepting it and it was starting to become easier for me to talk about and acknowledge that I was a lesbian.

"Fine, you just keep telling yourself that." By now, we had reached our classrooms so she blew me a kiss and disappeared inside hers. I rolled my eyes, smiling in spite of myself.

Later that day on the drive home, Isobel asked me if I was okay. I turned to her, frowning in confusion. "What do you mean?"

"You seem distracted a lot of the time recently." She began, rubbing her hands on her jeans. She had called shotgun again today, just as she had almost everyday this past week.

Isobel looked particularly gorgeous today. She wore a snug white sweater and a pair of light wash skinny jeans, and her head was covered with an adorable grey beanie while her hair fell around her shoulders in bouncy waves. Her cheeks and nose were tinged pink from the bitter cold, and the sight of her made my knees weak.

"Of course I'm okay, I just have a habit of sinking into my thoughts without realizing it." I told her, and Grayson laughed.

"At least you can admit it." He chuckled, and if he wasn't in the backseat I would have whacked his arm.

"Oh, okay. So what do you guys do for Halloween in this town? I mean, I'm expecting some sort of party somewhere, but what exactly goes on? I need some excuse to wear my costume." Isobel asked, smirking mischievously towards the end of her sentence. She grabbing her seat tightly as I took a particularly sharp turn. I shot her an apologetic glance.

"Well, there's a variety of things. The little kids obviously go trick or treating, and there are a couple fun things to do around town but us big kids usually go to the massive costume party this rich guy, Zane, throws every year." Grayson spoke up.

"Huh. So its pretty much the same as in New York. I'm guessing I'll have to take my brothers trick or treating, but later on I think I can make it to the party. That is if I'm invited of course."

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