When I got up, I was late, but I didn’t care. I had no reason to try and make school interesting or fun anymore. It isn’t. Not without Katie.
I sat down in History with just a minute to spare. Tasha waved at me from across the room. I waved back at her, half-heartedly. I wasn’t really listening to what my teacher was saying. It was all a little bit blurry. Thank god he didn’t ask me any questions.
When the bell rang, instead of going to my locker, I went to the girls toilets. I washed my face, trying to wake myself up and make me a little more interactive with the rest of the class. I was just about to leave, when I heard the faint noise of someone crying. I was about to leave (usually when I’m upset all I want is to be left alone) but then the noise got louder.
“How… Why…” the voice cried. I got down on my hands and knees and sure enough, there was someone in there.
“Hello?” I asked them. They stopped crying immediately.
“Go away!” They shouted. Well, I wasn’t going to stick around. They obviously wanted to be left alone. But then, the girl came out of the cubical.
“No, wait… that was mean. I’m sorry,” she says, wiping her eyes and face with the back of her hand.
Her black hair was a mess. It looked all wet and pulled out of place. She was wearing a yellow-patched shirt and a pair of overalls. Her face was all red and blotchy. She looked terrible.
“Are you alright?” I asked. It was a pretty stupid question, obviously she was upset, but I couldn’t think of anything else to say.
“No” She said simply.
“Do you want me to leave you alone?” I asked her, thinking that that might be best.
“No” she said again. I struggled to keep the conversation going.
“What’s the matter? Why are you crying?” I asked her finally. She looked as if she was ready to burst into tears again.
“I can’t believe that he… that they…” She sank to her knees and covered her face as she started crying again. I bent down with her and rubbed her back.
“Shhh. It’s okay. I’m sure it’s not that bad.” I said, trying to soothe her. But obviously it didn’t work. Her head snapped up at me with a look of disgust on her face.
“Not that bad, huh? She asked me.
“No, I didn’t mean…” I trailed off.
“You think it’s okay? What they said they were going to do to me if I told anyone what they did? You think I should just accept that and be grateful?” She asked. She was obviously distraught, although I can’t imagine what would make her act this way.
“No! That’s not what I meant at all!” I said, trying to defend myself. I don’t even know why I was bothering to try to help this girl, when I had huge problems of my own that I can’t, for the life of me, solve.
“I just meant that, whatever it is, I’m sure it can be fixed!” Whatever it is.
The girl started crying again.
“You can’t! There’s nothing you can do. They’ll find me…” She was to distressed to even finish the sentence.
“Who’s they?” I asked her, but she just shook her head. I sighed. This wasn’t going to work, and the bell was going to go soon.
“Can you tell me you’re name?” I asked her.
“Claudia” she whispered. I sighed.
“When the bell goes after school, come straight to my locker, which is the end one near the library. We’ll sort this out.” I told her. She stopped crying for a minute and looked up at me.
“But… Why do you want to help me? You don’t even know me.” She said, the hurt showing in her voice.
“Just come.” I told her. I squeezed her hand, got up off the floor and left.
Hopefully she would follow my instructions. I didn’t know much, but one thing I did know, is that she needs help. And it looks like I’m the one that will have to give it to her. Great.
The day flew by so quickly I could hardly keep up with it all. When the bell rang for the end of the day, I hurried to my locker. Claudia was standing there, looking no different than when I saw her earlier.
“Hi Claudia” I said as I greeted her. A couple of people looked my way, probably wanting to know who I was talking to. Claudia looked uncomfortable.
“Um… Hi” she said quickly. She glanced around at the people next to me, who hastily looked away.
“Come on” I told her. I grabbed my bag and started to walk down the corridors and out of the school. We were silent. I watched her as we walked, looking for any unusual signs.
When we had got to a children’s playground near the school gates, we sat down on the swings.
“Okay. You wanna tell me what’s going on?” I asked her. I was here to help her. She looked around hesitantly before speaking.
“They caused it. That accident on the road. They did it on purpose. They made me watch. They made me swear not to tell anyone. They said that they would do horrible things to me if I spoke. They…” She trailed off, bursting into tears.
“It’s okay. It’ll be alright” I calmed. It wasn’t working.
“What accident?” I asked her. I would have to get this out of her in drips and drabs. She looked up.
“The one that was on the news the other night. The one near the airport.” Ah yes. I remembered Mikes face as I tried to change the channel and he smashed into the wall. Ha, idiot.
“Why did they do it?” I asked her again. She looked really paranoid. Like she was going to say to much and they (whoever ‘they’ are) would jump out in front of her or something.
“Revenge” she wailed. She covered her face in her hands and rocked back and forth. I was now, even more confused.
“Revenge for what?” I asked her yet again. This time, she was to emotional to talk to me. I squeezed her hand, and then sat there, watching her.
They must have done something pretty bad to make her react like this. If only I knew who they were… Her head snapped up and watched me.
“What?” I asked her.
“You. Things are happening at the moment, aren’t they?” she asked me. Suddenly I felt like our roles were reversed and I was the unstable one.
“What things? What are you talking about?” I asked her. I did not want to go down this path.
“Bad things. You’re in denial. There is something you know is true but you don’t want to admit it to yourself. Is someone keeping something from you? You miss someone.” I stared at her is disbelieve.
“Are you a psychic or something?” I asked her. She laughed.
“No. Just good at reading people.” I found that a bit hard to believe. For once, she seemed normal. She seemed happy.
“Look, I know you’re just trying to be nice, but I don’t think you can really help me. I don’t think anyone can.” A dark expression took over her face and I knew she was joking anymore.
“See, that’s where you’re wrong. I can help! I know it! Just let me try.” I persisted. She smiled.
“Why don’t you tell me a bit about what’s worrying you, hm?” She asked. I was amazed at how suddenly our conversation had gone from me trying to help a hysterical Claudia, to her trying to interrogate me.
“I don’t think that is necessary, really. It’s not that important.” I told her. I was starting to get a little uncomfortable.
“But you’re upset, so obviously it is.” She told me. I sighed. Might as well get it over and done with.
“Well, my best friend just moved up to England to live.” No need to tell her everything.
“Yes. That would be Katlyn, am I right?” I stared at her again.
“How did you-“ she cut me off.
“That would also be the person you miss.” She smiled at me. It was a friendly smile.
“How did you know?” I asked her. She laughed at me.
“I know a lot more about you than you realize.” She told me. I was astonished into silence.
“You think someone might be keeping something from you?” she prompted. I put my head down.
“Well, it was just a theory. I’m not really sure…” I trailed off again.
“Jason, your boyfriend. You think he’s hiding something?” I drew a circle in the dirt with my feet. I didn’t even bother asking how she knew that.
“Maybe…” I said. She nodded and smiled again.
“Is that what I’m in denial about?” I asked. Obviously she knew more about it than I did.
“You tell me.” She said. I pursed my lips in concentration.
“I don’t know.” I said. She smiled and checked her watch.
“I better get going.” She told me. “Thank you for your help. I actually do feel a little better. I hope you can sort through your problems and focus on the big picture though. You’re going to need it.”
And with that, she got up off the swing and walked away, leaving me even more confused than when I got here.
The next couple of days, I sat with Claudia. I was surprised to learn that she is the same age as me. I would have thought that she was younger. She was actually in a lot of my classes, too.
“So, what are you doing after school?” she asked me one day.
“Um, nothing really. Just some homework I guess. Why?” I asked her. I wouldn’t have thought that Claudia would be someone that I could get along with easily, especially for her creepy mood swings and her strange ability to know what was going on in my life, but that’s another reason why I like her. She understands.
“Well, there is this band playing in town. I heard they’re really good. It’s not a concert or anything, just a small gig. I was thinking we might go see them or something,” she says, twirling her hair around her finger. I smiled.
“Sure! I’d love to.” She smile that I’ve gotten used to.
We got to the venue at seven thirty. Claudia was really excited, jumping up and down a little on the spot in excitement beside me.
“I haven’t actually been to a real gig before!” she squealed. I rolled my eyes and laughed.
I could hear the band warming up back stage. I felt suddenly, very at home as I could hear the sound of the guitar wafting into the very excited audience.
We all started screaming as the band came out. As I got a good look at the band members, I felt sick and excited at the same time. Because the person holding the guitar and waving with a huge smile plastered on his face, was none other than my best friends brother. Who I also had made out with behind my boyfriends back. Great.
As I heard his voice introducing the first piece, I couldn’t help but smile.
“What?” yelled Claudia. It was so hard to hear over the music. I snapped out of it and looked at her.
“Huh?” She followed my gaze up to Sean.
“He’s pretty cute. Do you know him?” I really didn’t want to have to explain it all to her.
“Uh, yeah. He’s Katie’s brother.” I told her. She smiled.
She didn’t really say much the rest of the concert. I was left to wonder. The way she had said ‘oh’. It made me think she knew more than I thought. Did she know about Sean and I? But no-one did. How could she? No-one saw us. Or, I hope no-one saw us. Our attention was kind of focused solely on each other. But, surely if anyone did see us they would say something. Right? Not necessarily. I hate arguing with myself.
When the concert finished (with a magical number called ‘Her’) Claudia was still so excited.
“Oh! That was the most fantastic gig I’ve ever been to!” she giggled. I rolled my eyes.
“I though you said that it was the only gig you’ve been to.” I told her. She laughed and nodded.
“Yep! Hey, you want some popcorn?” she asked me. I looked around. “They’re selling popcorn? At a gig?” I asked her.
“Of course!” She skipped up to the caravan that was selling popcorn to order. I started to go over to a log to wait for her. As I was walking (probably because I was looking down) I walked straight into someone. As I looked up to see who it was it was none other than… Sean.
“Hello Amy” he said. I was shocked.
“H-Hi” I stuttered. He laughed at me.
“What are you doing here?” he asked me.
“Well, my friend brought me. I didn’t know you’d be here.” Was my stupid reply.
“Well, here I am.” He told me. I felt awkward. I could tell that I wasn’t the only one remembering our last encounter. And I wasn’t the only one who had enjoyed it.
“Well… it was nice seeing you. Say hi to Katie for me, next time you speak to her.” I said. But my feet weren’t moving. What was wrong with me?
But the next thing I did was unforgivable. And also my fault. Because I reached up and kissed him hard on the lips. In the open. Where anyone could just walk past and see. And they did.
When I broke off the kiss, panting heavily, I saw out of the corner of my eye. Matt, looking like I’d punched him in the stomach. I groaned.
Now I’ve done it.
. Okay guys! Welcome to thread two. I am so excited!!! lol. Okay, um, sorry for the little chapter confusion before. It get very hectic. Hope you are enjoying it so far!! Update will hopefully be today.
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