Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 18
Dee and I walked to our lunch table carrying trays of food in our hands. As we made our way there in silence, I spotted Christian walking in our direction with another guy – surprisingly. And even though the guy was talking to Christian, Christian’s bright eyes were on me.
Before the day Christian stood up for me, I would have scowled at him. Maybe even have yelled at him for simply looking at me. But, things had definitely changed and I didn’t want to do either. I didn’t want to be a b---h anymore. So instead I actually smiled at him as his shoulder brushed my own. I noticed that he was smiling as well, glancing at me as we walked away.
“Oh god,” Dee suddenly said, snapping me back into reality as we reached our table. “It’s so hard to keep up with you nowadays.”
I frowned. “What do you mean?”
Sitting down, she said, “Weren’t you about to murder him when he told Nate to leave you alone. What happened to that?”
“That was a while back,” I shot back, suddenly feeling defensive.
Dee smiled as her eyes softened up. “I know. You don’t need to get so defensive. I was joking.”
My cheeks reddened as I realized how I was acting. Even when Christian and I were on good terms it still seemed like I was becoming a psychopath because of the boy.
Seeing that I wouldn’t say anything, Dee asked, “How did you patch things up this time?”
“He stood up for me to my mom,” I replied, smiling at the thought. “He actually kind of told her off for me too.”
My smile grew at the thought. Even though nothing had changed between my mom and I, I was satisfied with the silence we had. A part of me hoped Christian’s words had hit her hard, hurt her even, because she deserved to feel like shit. From the very person she cared about, she deserved it because that was what she was doing to me. Hurting me, when I still cared about her a lot.
I shook that thought away and focused back on the thought of Christian. A smile instantly flew to my lips, feeling touched by the simple thing he’d done.
“You’re so cute Autumn,” Dee suddenly commented.
“Huh?” I frowned.
“You’re just smiling to yourself. It’s cute.”
My cheeks turned red as I huffed, feeling embarrassed. Choosing to ignore Dee’s comment, I grabbed my fork and dug into my salad. Dee did the same thing, smiling to herself as well. Much to my annoyance, her smile looked smug.
After a few minutes of silence, Cheryl joined us. Carrying her own tray of salad, she came to our table with her glasses seeming about to slip down her nose.
“Cheryl,” I said once she sat down. “Your glasses are falling off.”
She quickly pushed her glasses back up and asked, “You and Christian. You guys are good?”
I frowned. “Yeah. How do you know?”
“You seem happier, he seems happier. The usual.”
My frown grew. “What do you mean?”
Cheryl shook her head, grabbing her fork. “The both of you are too innocent. I wish you both the best of luck in the future.”
By now my eyes were narrowing as my frown stayed on my face. I had no idea what she was talking about. To me it seemed like gibberish.
“What the hell are you talking about?” I asked, wanting to understand.
“Don’t worry about it,” she simply replied.
Now, I felt a annoyed. She had been the one talking and now she wouldn’t explain. I didn’t get it.
“Cheryl!” I snapped. “I-”
I froze from the voice that still hadn’t been scared away. The one that made butterflies form in my stomach. Mentally slapping myself for sounding like a b---h in front of him for the millionth time, I turned to face Nate.
With his charming smile and lovely eyes, he asked, “How are you?”
“Good,” I replied, smiling at his gorgeous face. “How are you?”
Neither of us said anything after that for a bit. We just looked at each other, smiling for no good reason. I felt nervous, like a girl in a way I was fine with. The fact that this boy would take time out of his day to talk to me was flattering.
“Because of your stepbrother,” Nate said, smiling with amusement. “We never got to hang out.”
“I know,” I groaned. “But I dealt with him.”
Nate grinned. “Good. Cause I want to take you out on a date.”
My eyes widened. This was what I wanted. What I had hoped for secretly. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon though, but I sure as hell was happy.
“Yeah, that would be great,” I replied, grinning.
“Okay, let’s exchange numbers so I can text you the details.”
We did exactly that. Both of us wore smiles the entire time, and I felt my butterflies having seizures within me. If he wasn’t still here, I would probably be dancing in joy at the thought of going on a date with his gorgeous guy.
After we were done, Nate said goodbye and he left. I was still smiling as he walked away, feeling full of joy. I couldn’t believe it still.
“Autumn!” Dee exclaimed, making me turn around to face my friends I had forgotten about. “Oh my god! You’re so lucky!”
“I know.” I grinned. “I can’t believe it.”
“Who’s that?” Cheryl suddenly asked.
Remembering she didn’t know him, I said, “Oh, he’s this guy I find really cute. We met a while back and turns out he goes here.”
“And you’re going on a date with him?” she asked.
I nodded as my smile grew. It being said out loud was even better.
“Why?” Cheryl asked, frowning.
“What do you mean why?” I shot back instantly, wondering what was up with her.
First she spoke gibberish and now she wasn’t happy for me. She was one of my best friends, yet I didn’t understand her. I didn’t know what was up with her actually.
Cheryl shrugged and I rolled my eyes. Choosing to ignore her, Dee and I talked gleefully about my future date. Excitement was fluttering throughout me the entire time as I ignored Cheryl. At this point, I didn’t care about people who weren’t happy for me.