Chapter Seventeen

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As much as I had hoped to catch up on my lost sleep during the little break we'd been given, I ended up achieving the exact opposite. Once I remembered that the mid-term exams were approximately one month away, I immediately got down to studying. I stayed up late and woke up early everyday, trying to get in as much revision as possible.

I knew the projects and assignments would start as soon as we got back from the ski trip next week, so I made the most of my time. By the time Monday rolled around again, I was fully ready to die.

"Oh, don't be so dramatic. You'll do well whether you study or not, so why bother? We all know you're too smart for your own good."

I shot Madison an 'are you fucking dumb' look, and flicked her across the forehead. She yelped and grumbled as she rubbed the spot. "The only reason I do well and am 'smart'," I said, doing the double quotes with my fingers, "is because I study. Not the other way around."

She rolled her eyes and muttered, "Whatever." under her breath.

Charlie continued chewing his lunch loudly and I shut my eyes, rubbing my temples as I tried to hold back the urge to snap at him. My biggest pet peeve was people chewing with their mouths open, and I knew Charlie only did it because he knew it annoyed the shit out of me.

"Guys, the term is almost over." Grayson said suddenly. We turned to him.

"And? Are you just now realizing this?" Madison threw him a bored look.

"No, but it's just sinking in. That means we only have one term left before graduation. Literally four months and we'll be done with high school for good."

We were silent after that, all of us deep in though. It was true. I hadn't even really thought about it like that. Soon, the next term would start and we'd have to start applying to universities and everyone would go their separate ways. The thought made my stomach sink, but I tried not to think about it, instead reminding myself that it meant I was moving to New York and finally starting my life.

"I, for one, couldn't be happier about it." Isobel said, breaking the short silence. We nodded, muttering our agreements.

"Same. No more calculus, ever. It almost sounds too good to be true." Grayson laughed.

"Yeah, and no more chemistry." Charlie added. I watched him shake her head, almost disbelievingly. 

Madison remained silent, staring thoughtfully at a spot on the table. She tucked her golden hair behind both ears, and pushed the rest of it behind her shoulders. I couldn't help but notice the green sweater she was wearing made her eyes glow like emeralds. Every once in a while she'd look up at Grayson then shift them away quickly. I wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't been watching her.

Deciding to ignore it for now, I looked down at the untouched burger on my lunch tray. For some reason, the smell of it had destroyed my appetite. I pushed it in Charlie's direction, and he grabbed it without hesitation and began wolfing it down.

"I gotta go, I have to stop by the library to pick up some books for the Biology assignment." Madison said. She stood up and began walking towards the exit, the stares following her as usual. She either didn't notice or pretended not to, because she never looked up from her phone screen. My eyes snapped back to my friends as I heard another chair screech across the floor.

"I better go too. Claudia says she needs to talk to me about something before class." Charlie left next.

"Guys, my little cousin showed me how to flip my eyelids the other day! I can finally do it."

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