"Okay, the person you are sitting next to is your partner for the rest of your senior year. Take this hour to get to know them, and then I'll be assigning a project to you before class ends," Mr. Lottie declared.

I felt more heated gazes on my body but I ignored them and heard someone clear their throat beside me. I looked up slowly and shyly to see my new partner, only to see those familiar silver eyes I had run into yesterday. Now that I got a good look at them, they're actually quite beautiful.

"I'm sure you already know who I am, so no need for introductions. Whatever this project is just come by my house tonight at 5 and we'll get it done," he said.

Wow, cocky much?

I cleared my throat softly and turned my body fully to him, "Sorry but I actually don't know your name," I said softly, but I'm sure he heard it because he looked at me as if I grew two heads.

"Are you new here or something?" He asked.

"No," I answered.

"How do you not know me?" He asked in disbelief. Wow, forget about cocky, this guy's quite presumptuous.

"I don't really pay attention to anybody," I admitted. Why was I explaining myself to him? He didn't need to know my life, but something inside me told me to answer truthfully. I mean, Mr. Lottie did say we have to get to know each other, right?

He sat up straighter and cocked an eyebrow, "I'm Axel Takeridge, is the name familiar?" He asked with a bit of hope laced in his voice.

Is he really that self-absorbed that he thinks everybody knows him? If I were the old me, I would've socked his face by now for being so smug.

"No, sorry," I apologized.

"Don't worry about it, I just thought everybody knew me, that's all," he said. "What's your name?"

I played with the hem of my hoodie and bit my lip, "April," I said softly.

"Well April, let's exchange numbers and I'll send you my address, good?" He asked impatiently.

I didn't answer but instead took my phone out just as he handed me his. I put my number in and gave his phone back to him just as he was done.

"Alright, the assignment is due tomorrow. The both of you will write an argument on a topic of your choice and I hope that none of it will waste my time, dismissed," Mr. Lottie said.

I quickly made my way out of the classroom and to my next subject: math. I pushed past people as fast as my body would let me so I could avoid seeing Holly. I knew she wasn't too happy about my little runaway yesterday so I figured she wouldn't be so happy now.


I plugged my headphones into my ears so I could close out the loud chatter that echoed off of the cafeteria walls. I wasn't going to eat again if you were going to ask, I actually wanted to get a head start on this project and maybe even finish it so I wouldn't have to ask Merideth. She'd probably kill me if I asked her to go to a boy's house, and I don't think she'd regret it one bit.

I got up to go to the bathroom when all of a sudden I heard a loud, "Catch!"

I turned around quickly and dropped my bag off of my shoulder as I saw a football flying towards my face. I caught it skillfully, leaving it two centimeters away from my nose.

Silence filled the cafeteria at the reflex while my music blasted into my ears. I stared at the jock blankly as he stared back with a little shock.

I shouldn't have caught it, you're just driving attention to yourself.

I shook my thoughts away and threw a perfect spiral right back to him which made him stumble back a bit from the impact. He winced a bit and I quickly turned back around to grab my bag and head to my next class, I couldn't bear to feel these eyes on me any longer.

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