Chapter 42

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I stood in front of the small mirror in my room, my head tilted to the side so I had a clear view of my neck. "You did a good job at covering it up," Leah said from where she sat on my bed, still in her pajamas.

There was no perfect way to cover a hickey without a scarf and that was not happening. My subpar makeup skills would have to do.

"Danny, let's go!"

Ty's voice was loud enough to hear from the living room. I quickly grabbed my backpack and headed out, waving goodbye to Leah on my way. Before I left the room I stopped and turned back. "Danielle comes home today, doesn't she?" I asked.

A smile tugged at the corner of Leah's lips. "Yeah if her check up looks good they said we can bring her home."

"I'll come home straight after school, okay?"

Leah smiled. "We'll be here."

As I predicted, Ty was waiting in the living room for me. We were running late for school, and by the time we'd picked up Porter and actually arrived in the parking lot we only had a few minutes to spare.

"If I'm late to first period—"

"We're going to make it," Ty assured Porter, putting his car in park and puling the key of the the ignition.

Porter hopped out of the car quickly and took off for class, leaving Ty and I behind. "Hey, I think someone is waiting for you," Ty said.

He pointed towards the entrance of the school and I couldn't help but smile at the sight of Sawyer leaning up against the building, his arms crossed and his backpack resting on the ground next to him.  

"I'll see you inside?" Ty's tone told me it was more question than a statement, so I nodded my head and let him go ahead of me.

As soon as he disappeared inside I turned to Sawyer. "Whacha doing out here?"

"Oh you know, I really just like leaning against a dirty school building with my arms crossed so that I can inconspicuously flex my muscles."

I took a step forward and reached out to squeeze his bicep. "You're flexing?" I asked, a grin spreading across my face. "I couldn't even tell."

"Very funny, Ashmore," he said, taking a step towards me.

"I am, aren't I?"

He nodded his head. "Definitely."

Sawyer leaned down and kissed me on the lips, his arms snaking around my lower back as he pulled me closer. I took in his familiar scent and leaned into the warmth of his body, feeling as if we'd already done this one hundred times before. Everything between Sawyer and I felt so natural but still, at the same time, exciting.

"We're going to be late," I whispered against hist mouth, pulling back just slightly so I could speak.

"Mhmm," he murmured before going in for another kiss.

I pulled away. "I'm serious, I can't be late."

Sawyer let out a frustrated sigh but nodded his head compliantly.

"Wait, one more thing," he said, grabbing my hand to stop me.

I turned back, my eyebrows raised. "Guess what I found out this morning?"

"You absorbed your twin in utero?" I cracked a wide smile, knowing that my sarcasm would only irritate Sawyer.

He shook his head with a laugh. "No, but a decent guess, I'll give you that. Actually, my mom's lawyer contacted her today. My father's no longer pursuing sole custody of Hallie."

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