20 | we all die eventually

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The bell signaling the start of class rang as I walked out the doors, but I think it's okay to miss one class today. As I look around, I don't see him anywhere but his car is still in the parking lot.

After walking around the front of the school for a bit, I stop. Why didn't I think to check before? Turning, I make my way to the back of school where our spot was — is, I mean. There's a large rock that we would always go sit on during freshman year when anything was bothering us.

We'd just look at the mountains ahead and forget about all of our problems...

"I can't wait for all of this to end. I'm put through hell every single day and I don't know how much more I can take, Kendall."

"You'll be okay. I'll always be here for you, you know that right?"

"Will you?"

"Always. You mean everything to me. I would never leave you to be alone, I promise."

He never did keep the promise he made the last time we were there together...

As the rock comes into view, I see him sitting on it, just as I suspected. He doesn't say anything as I climb up on it to sit next to him, struggling a bit because of my height.

Once I'm finally settled into the spot next to him, we sit in silence, staring at the mountains ahead.

Breathing in the fresh air always seems so peaceful and calming. Looking over at Kendall, he surprised me for the third time today when I saw him taking out a cigarette and lighter.

I broke the silence as I say, "That's going to kill you one day."

He doesn't look at me as he puts the cigarette between his lips, inhaling as he holds the flame against the tip, lighting it. Then he puts the lighter back in his pocket before taking the cigarette out, holding it between his fingers as he exhales.

"We all die eventually," he says, turning to me for the first time.

Looking at him now, I realize that I truly do not recognize him anymore. He keeps surprising me and when I came back here, I thought that I knew what to expect, but I was wrong.

Taking another drag from his cigarette, he asks, "What's on your mind, Ana?"

"You."

He looks away from me, back towards the mountains as he runs a hand through his dark brown hair and coldly asks, "Why?"

It seems like the sensitive Kendall is gone and back in his place is the jerk.

"I don't know... I'm sorry, this was probably a mistake." I say, shaking my head as I get ready to get down, but he stops me.

"Don't leave me alone, please?" he asks, but I'm already upset by his previous attitude and the choice of words he used probably wasn't best, considering everything.

"What, like you left me?" I practically spit at him and he flinches.

"I guess I deserved that," he says, which I respond to with a nod.

"I'm sorry, for everything. I really am, Anastasia." He never uses my full name so I can't help but sigh as I feel his honesty. "Will you ever forgive me?"

"I don't know... I guess I could try though." I reply hesitantly.

He grins in my direction, "So friends?"

Rolling my eyes, I nod, "Friends, but that doesn't mean I trust you yet. You have to earn it."

Getting up off of the rock, Kendall dusts off his pants before looking up at me, "So as a friend, can I take you somewhere tonight?"

What the hell? I thought friends was just going to mean that we would be civil to each other during school, not hang out after hours...

Also, hanging out with him after school also means keeping up this persona for longer than I need to which I really don't want to be doing.

As I get ready to say no, I see him giving me puppy dog eyes and I can't help but roll my own with a small grin on my face. "Fine. Where are you taking me?"

"Oh nowhere crazy... We'll just be attending a party tonight." He smirks and my grin drops completely.

What have I gotten myself into?

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