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 "You're dismissed, have a good weekend."

I get up from my seat and bring my backpack on my shoulders as I get up from my seat. I pick up my empty coffee Luke had brought me as well in order to throw it away. Of course it's exactly what I usually order and is even a size bigger.

Class had gone normally. Normally in the way that he hadn't given me any weird looks or purposefully avoided me. He truly seemed to have gone on as if nothing happened. I obviously didn't go on to question this but a part of me couldn't help but wonder what he was thinking.

Obviously he knows I skipped class yesterday, is he not going to go off on me for that?

Bryant hadn't come to class today and I wonder if he didn't go yesterday either. Does he not want to see me? Is he avoiding me? These are the thoughts that seemed to have flood my mind all class preventing me from learning a damn thing.

Sighing, I make a beeline from the door when I'm stopped in my steps as I hear Luke call out my name.

I freeze, probably in fear considering I was so close to the door. I could've made it if I was seconds quicker.

Turning around slowly, I see Luke standing there, arms crossed over his chest as he clears his throat.

"May I have a word with you?"

Looking down, I nod my head and say, "Yes."

Of course he wasn't going to let me off the hook. I should've assumed he was going to stop me and want to talk to me. Why wouldn't he? I really thought I was going to get away with that?

The last few people leave the room, once again leaving Luke and I here alone.

"I noticed your absence in class yesterday."

Feeling my stomach drop, I try to think of an excuse as I say, "Yeah I-"

"Don't worry, I don't need an explanation," Luke says fixing the collar on his shirt making me notice his top two buttons are still unbuttoned making my throat practically dry up. "However, I don't want you to ever feel uncomfortable attending my class."

I try to think of a way to tell him that's not the case when it completely was the case. After Calum had called me out like that, I felt way too uncomfortable to go to class but how am I supposed to admit that to Luke?

"I rely on you to make this class bearable, you know," he says the slightest tone of teasing laced in his words.

I look up at him to see the corner of his lip lifted. I can't help but crack a smile myself as I let out a deep breath and just decide to attempt to explain the situation.

"What Calum said," I say trying to think of the right words. "I don't want you to take it the wrong way."

Luke shakes his head as he says, "I would never, and I hope you know that."

I bite my lip, not knowing if I know that or not. Is he just saying all of this to make me feel better? After all, he is my teacher and of course he's not going to exactly call me out.

"And I have a small feeling it had to do with you not coming to the coffee shop this morning," Luke says making me open my mouth immediately to defend myself and tell him the real reason I wasn't there. "I heard you slept through your alarm but the Addison Sinclair I know would've never missed a morning routine of hers."

I shut my mouth considering he's right. He's so damn right and I don't know how. It's as if every little thing I tell him he tears apart and is able to find out fifty more things about me because of it. I hardly ever screw up my morning routine and he's clearly caught onto that.

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