“Are you sure you don’t want to go, Alex?” Mom asked me again.

I rolled my eyes and read my book as I shifted in my green bed. “I’m sure, mom. I’ll be fine. I can last a week without you.” I shrugged. “Yeah! Mom, she can handle herself!” my older sister Brenda yelled as she packed her stuff. Mom patted my leg and frowned. “Okay, I left money downstairs. I put emergency numbers on the fridge and make sure you lock the doors before you go to sleep.” She warned.

“Yes, mother.” I said sarcastically with another roll of my eyes. She grumbled something under her breath then walked away. I heard them all leave out the door and our mini van drive away. I sighed. I was glad they were gone. I put down my book and went downstairs to look in the fridge. Today was the beginning of Spring Break. Of course my family wanted to go to freaking Disneyland but I denied.

Not that I don’t love my family, it’s just that I don’t like them. That’s okay...right? I left a post on my Facebook. Bored out of my mind! I know everyone is gone, but I need HELP! I walked to the bathroom and ran a hand thru my light brown hair that had a hint of golden blonde. I had black streaks going thru the bang and the rest of my hair. I wouldn’t call myself the hottest girl alive, but I was pretty good-looking. My chocolate brown eyes appraised my curvy, but slim form.

I put on a pair of short shorts and a pink hoodie that said:  I Love Hugs!   But Don’t Hug Me  I sat down on my couch and flipped thru channels.

I must have dozed off because I woke up to the doorbell. I sighed and lifted myself off the couch to answer it. I opened it and my mouth hung open. There stood Beck. Of course Beck and I used to be best friends...until he got a girlfriend. Honestly, he blew me off and I was little pissed. He was leaning against my door with his careless swagger.

His light brown eyes were covered by his sunglasses. His hair was jet black and straight. He was wearing a gray tank top that was tight against his chest. He had a red plaid long sleeve shirt over it that reached his elbows. He had on fitting dark gray jeans with black converses. A silver chain was hanging from his belt. Of course he had on his easy trademark smirk.

I frowned and crossed my arms, waiting for his excuse for being here. He smirked again and held up his phone. “I got your plea for help on Facebook so I said why not come over and say hello.” He shrugged. “Hello. And goodbye.” I started to close the door, but his converse stopped the door.

I growled as he made his way into my house. “May I ask why your mad at me?” he asked with confusion and raised brows. “Oh, you really don’t know?” I asked sarcastically. “No, I don’t.” he said. “You completely ignore me.” I pouted. “What?” he asked. “When you started dating Taylor you didn’t talk to me once. Not even a hello in the hallway.” I frowned. Beck looked at me, stunned.

“I’m sorry. It’s just that Taylor doesn’t like me hanging out with girls and I didn’t want to hurt her.” He explained. “So instead you hurt me?” I asked. There was a short pause, until Beck broke it. “I’ll make it up to you.” he promised. “And how are you going to do that?” I asked. “I’m going to take you to go get some fro yo.” He grinned. “Fro yo?” I asked. “Frozen yogurt.” He shrugged.

I frowned. I thought about it for a second then huffed. “Fine, let me get my shoes.” I grumbled. Beck grinned. “I’ll drive.” Beck “Alex, it’s not a life shattering decision! Just pick one.” I sighed as I watched her look thru the glass at the yogurts. “But it is, Beck! I don’t know when I’ll feel like going out of the house again. I have to make this count!” she huffed as her chocolate eyes scanned the fruity flavors.

Sliding my Moco Cocoa Vanilla Bean fro yo in my mouth, I watched Alex from the corner of my eye as she made a move for the counter, seeming to know what she wanted. “Hey Tim,” she responded to the worker she seemingly knew, “I’ll have the usual.” He nodded and scooped up some chocolate mush to plop it into a small cup. He added a spoon with a paper towel under it. “Thanks,” Alex smiled. “What happened to making it count?” I asked with a smirk.

She shrugged. She skipped over to a table outside. I sat down next to her and ate my yogurt. “Am I forgiven?” I asked with a grin. She looked up at me and smiled slightly. “Yes, but only for buying me this yogurt. It’s to die for!” she dug into it again. “Oh, really?” I teased as scooped another spoon full of yogurt in my mouth. She rolled her eyes. “Yes, really, Beck. Here! Try it.” She smirked as she dug her spoon in her

yogurt and came up with a giant plop of goop. “No way. I am perfectly fine eating my own—” I was cut off by her glob of yogurt in my mouth. She smiled smugly and retracted her spoon from my mouth as I tried not to swallow the chocolate. “Why?” I asked, not swallowing. “Just taste it.” She snapped. I sighed and let my taste buds actually work. I smacked on the yogurt and it wasn’t that bad. I swallowed as Alex watched me with her wide chocolate eyes.

“Well?” she prompted. I felt my eyebrows knit together to tease her. “Not bad, A, but I wouldn’t become an addict over it.” I shrugged as I dug my spoon in my yogurt and ducked it into my mouth. She rolled her eyes. “Well, B, I don’t see you flagging that fro yo off like it’s a prize—” She was cut off this time by me sliding my spoon in her mouth.

Her eyes widened as I swiped the plastic utensil away and put it back in my fro yo. I watched her expression with a cocked brow. First, her cute face puckered then relaxed as she swallowed the goop. She looked up at me. “Well?” I prompted, mocking her. She rolled her eyes and wiped her pouty lips with her rough paper towel. I waited. “Not bad, B, but I wouldn’t become an addict over it.” She smirked, quoting me.

I rolled my eyes at her as we packed our stuff up and left. We started walking down the busy L.A. streets. “Hey, let’s switch sunglasses.” Alex suddenly said. “What? Why?” I asked. “Because your glasses are awesome and mine are just...me. So let’s switch.” She shrugged as she reached for my $120 glasses. I sighed. I could trust her...right?

I handed her my pair as she slid me her tiny ones. She put them over her chocolate eyes, the glasses were obviously too big for her face, but she looked adorable. She made a fake pout and I laughed as I put her glasses on top of my head, pushing my hair back. “Do I look very Beck-ish?” she asked. “Yes, very me-ish. How about me? Am I rocking the rhinestones?” I asked sarcastically. “Oh, yeah.” She gave me the thumbs up.

“Hey, I don’t know why I stopped hanging out with you, Alex. You’re awesome.” I smiled at her. She grinned. “A is for awesome.” She shrugged with a smirk. I smiled widely as we started to my car. I started driving as Alex played with her phone. “What do you suggest we do now?” I asked. She glanced at the dashboard and frowned.

“It’s getting late.” She said. “How about a movie? Are there any good ones out?” I shook my head. “No, Taylor and I have seen them all.” As soon as I said those words, I regretted them. Alex’s face fell and she looked out the window. I sighed as we drove in silence. I swerved the car into a video store’s parking lot. She frowned. “Why are we here?” she asked with knitted eyebrows.

“We’re seeing a movie.” I smirked as I got out of the car. She rolled her eyes, but followed me into the store. She walked into the store and obliviously ignored horny guys as they watched her ass swing from side to side. I felt a tiny bit of jealously. But why would I feel like that? She isn’t mine. Alex started looking thru the sections of comedies as I went to gaze at the horror films.

I found Halloween II. I had wanted to see this, but Taylor was afraid of scary movies. Maybe Alex is too... I started to put it back when I heard her voice behind me. “Oh my God! I have wanted to see this movie! I love scary movies.” She grinned as I turned to her. I was shocked. She loved them? I grinned. “Great, let’s get it.” She smiled back. “A is for..?” I rolled my eyes. “Awesome.”

“And don’t you forget it.” We started towards the counter and rented the movie. We ended up at my house and got settled on the couch. Alex put her head on my shoulder as I wrapped and arm around her. She soon got cold so I wrapped a blanket around her. She didn’t flinch or anything thru the whole movie. I felt her body relax against mine and her get closer. Her breathing slowed and I looked down at her.

She was asleep. I brushed her bangs from her face. That movement made her squirm and make an adorable face as she fell into my lap. I was shocked for a second then smiled. I messed with strands of her hair until I succumbed to sleep. I woke up a while later and blinked my eyes to see clearly. It was super dark since the TV was off. My hands went to my lap where I felt movement and landed on something soft.

I squeezed then turned bright red when I figured out it was Alex’s ass. I quickly moved my hands, but came across something hard. It was in her back pocket. Her phone. I slowly slipped my hand in her pocket and retracted it. I flipped open her phone and squinted at the sudden light. It blinked: 5:51am. I sighed and put it on the end table next to the couch.

I felt Alex shift with me then heard her groan. “Beck...?” she called, her voice raw from sleep. “Yeah?” I answered. “You still there?” her voice was a little clearer. “Yup.” I grinned. “Oh. What time is it?” she asked groggily. “Almost six.” I shrugged. I could see her white teeth in the darkness.

“Nice.” She grinned. She rolled off my lap and I felt empty without her warmth. I frowned as she scurried on the ground and crawl to the back of my couch. I heard her hit her head on something and her silent curse. I raised my eyebrows and frowned. I was surprised by her slight potty mouth. “What is so ‘nice’ about being up at six in the morning?” I asked as I turned to watch her dark form. She opened the back door that was connected to my kitchen.

The light from the sun hit my face in tiny specks. “Because, the sun is always out at six.” She turned to me with a big smile, “Isn’t it beautiful?” she turned back to the sun. I walked over and shoved my hands into my pockets. I glanced back at Alex. Her hair was shining until it looked like the sun. Her dark streaks turning white when touched by the light. Her eyes looked strangely sunset orange in the sun. I smiled.

“Yes, it is.” I said, not looking away from her. She turned to smile at me then yawned. She looked for her phone and I handed it to her. “Hey, wasn’t this is my back pocket...?” she asked. “No!” I said defensively. She laughed and checked the time. She frowned and yawned again as she ran a hand thru her hair. “I should get home.” She groaned as she grabbed her stuff.

She turned to me and looked shyly down at my glasses she had burrowed. She looked at me from her long lashes. God! What is this girl doing to me? “Here.” She held them up. I frowned and pushed her outstretched hand away. “Keep them...for now.” I said with a smirk as I readjusted her glasses on my head. She smiled and replaced them on her head. “Thanks, yesterday was...awesome.” she smiled. “Well, that’s what A is for.” I shrugged.

She laughed as we walked to the door. “See ya, B.” she smiled as she started away. “See ya, A.” I called back as she disappeared around the corner. Alex I walked down the streets of the Gather Market. I loved coming here. People decorated the streets with there carts of foods and accessories. I ended up getting a necklace for Beck. It was wooden and was a shape of a turtle.

I sighed as I stopped in front of a guy. He was making a work of art on the sidewalk. “Wow, this is awesome!” I exclaimed. “That’s what A is for.” The painter shrugged. I smiled at Beck as he put the outline on his work. People were passing, looking at his art with amazement.

I smiled down at him. He turned to glance at me and looked down at my hand. “What’cha got there?” he asked as he stood up and dusted his hands off. I looked down at my hand and smiled as I raised my eyes to him to see my shiny glasses still on his head. “Just something I saw. It reminded me of you.” I handed it to him.

He smiled and twisted it. “Are you calling me slow?” he asked with a grin. I rolled my eyes. “I’m just kidding, I love it. I think I’ll start wearing it right now.” He clasped it around his neck. “Where’s my present?” I joked. He smiled and turned back to his work. “I’ll give it to you later.” He bent down to it to start outlining again. It suddenly started raining and I squealed.

Beck smiled up at me as his hair started sticking to his handsome face. He grabbed my hand and led me to small pub. We stood under the small roof in front of the door. He smiled down at me and brushed the hair out of my eyes. I felt my breath get stuck in my throat. I blushed and looked down. I tried to lighten the mood. “I didn’t know you knew how to draw.” I smirked as I turned to look at the soaking art.

“Taylor doesn’t like my pictures. She finds them stupid, she said to draw her.” He shrugged. I frowned, but immediately perked up. “I have to go save your painting.” I started to go towards the flowing work. Beck grabbed me before I even left his side as we laughed together. “It isn’t worth it.” He smiled. I frowned. I pressed my hand to his cheek. “Trust me. Your work is worth it.” I said seriously.

He grinned and grabbed my hand that rested on his cheek. He pulled me from under the roof and started running towards his car.

“Now what did you want to show me?” I asked as we stepped into a room. Beck grinned and turned on the light. And there was his work. One that I loved was the giant rose.

He picked up the board and held up to me with a smile. “Rose for your thoughts.” He smiled. I smiled widely back at him. “This is beautiful...” I whispered.

After a while we were on his bedroom floor making art. He was actually finger painting. But it wasn’t that kind of finger painting. He said that painting with your fingers makes it more beautiful because it’s made from the body. This was the second day I had spent with Beck.

I was sleeping on the couch when my phone rang. I sighed and flipped it open. “Hello?” I answered groggily.

“I’ll be over in five.” Beck said into the phone. “KK.” I sighed and snapped the phone shut. I left the front door unlocked and sat back down on the couch. This was the third day I spent Beck. We’ve been seeing each other constantly. My phone rang again and I pressed it to my ear. “Hello?” I answered. “Yeah, I need you to do something for me.” my sister, Brenda, said into the phone.

I groaned. “Die?” “No, don’t be so dark.” She scolded. “Why are you so optimistic?” I asked. “What?” she asked. “How are you in 12th grade?!” I exclaimed. “Will you get back to the point?” she asked impatiently. “Which was?” “Getting my shoes.” She said. “What shoes?” I asked.

“My new Gucci shoes I got. Their gold and have sequins on them.” I sighed. I got up from the couch and headed upstairs, to her room. “And let me guess...you want me to burn them?” I asked with an evil smile. “No! I want you to find them and tell me the size, silly.” She said. I scowled and walked into her pink room. I looked thru the piles of shoes. I let out a groan when I saw another pile. I was so wrapped up in Brenda complaining and me searching, that I didn’t hear Beck open the door or walk in.

“What’cha doing?” said the slow smooth drawl in the doorway, behind me. I jumped and screamed as I threw the shoe I had in my hand at him. He didn’t even flinch as it narrowly missed his head. He walked into the room, an easy smile on his face. “Jesus, Beck!” I yelled as I pounded a hand over my erratic heart. He smirked and kneeled down beside me. I cringed when I heard Brenda yelling in my ear.

“What’s going on?! Are there robbers?! OMG! Alex save the shoes!!” she screamed. I rolled my eyes and hung up on her. “So what are you doing?” he asked again as he fiddled with a shoe. “I’m trying to find gold Gucci shoes with a bunch of crap on it.” I shrugged. He looked around the room. “So this is your room. A little girlier than I would have imagined, but hey, to each your own.” He shrugged as though it didn’t care what my room looked like.

“No, this is not my room.” I grumbled. “Dow the hall on the right.” He left as quietly as he came. I started searching again so I didn’t hear him come in. “Nice.” He grinned. I jumped a foot in the air. “Would you stop that?” I asked. “Sorry.” He shrugged. “What are we looking for again?” “Shoes, gold, crap.” I said. “Oh yeah.”

He looked back at the doorway where the shoe I threw at him earlier was wedged in the wall. He smiled back at me. “Nice arm.” “Thanks.” I said. He walked over to the shoe and pulled it out. “Is this it?” he questioned. I sighed with relief. “Yes.” I grabbed the other pair and texted my sister the size. I turned back to Beck.

“What do you want to do today?” I just realized he was sweating. I frowned. “Are you hot?” I asked. “Why yes I am, and thanks for the compliment.” He smirked smugly. I rolled my eyes. “No, why are you sweating?” I asked. “I believe it happens when the human body gets over heated and needs coolness.” He said. I growled. “You...you...!” I sputtered.

“I believe we’re mammals.” He smirked. “Beck, are you overheated?!” I screamed. “Yeah, I was burning up outside. They said it’s like 109.” He said. He suddenly looked at me intently then frowned. He pressed his hand against my forehead and my arm. “Your not sweating.” He stated. “Yeah...” I said. “Aren’t you overheated?” “Yeah.”

“Then why aren’t you sweating?” “Because I don’t sweat.” I shrugged. “What do you mean ‘you don’t sweat’?” “I think it’s gross so I don’t do it.” “Everyone sweats.” “I don’t.” I shrugged as I turned away from him. “Okay, well I bet you today I can make you sweat.” He said smugly. I frowned. “Doesn’t that sound kind of gross to you?” I asked.

“No, how about we go to the beach tomorrow?” he asked with a smirk. “You said it was hot.” I protested. “Are you backing down?” he asked. I squared my shoulders. “No.” “Good, see you tomorrow.” We got into his dad’s car (they apparently took his mom’s), with his crappy RV behind us. I stayed in the RV, reading a magazine; the small space looked like a typical teenage boy room. With a couch and bed and little kitchen area.

The RV came to an abrupt halt and the door opened. Beck smiled brightly at me and closed the door. “You ready?” he asked. “Yeah sure, let me grab my stuff.” I grinned and grabbed my bag. Beck smiled and turned to the door. I followed after him and squinted my eyes at the sun. He set up an umbrella and towels. I took off my tank and shorts to reveal my red bathing suit. It had ties on the side. It wasn’t a bikini luckily, but I swear I saw Beck swallow.

I smiled and skipped over to him. “I’ll never sweat.” I laughed. He grinned and took off his baggy button down shirt. I couldn’t help myself from looking at his six pack. I turned away before he could see me and sat down on the towels, putting his glasses over my face. I saw Beck start to swim and play in the water. Suddenly, this tan guy came over and sat next to me.

“Sup.” He greeted. I smiled at him. “Not much. I’m Alex.” I held out my hand and he brought up to his lips to kiss gently. Beck I ducked in the water then came back up to invite Alex in. My smile immediately disappeared as I saw a guy take her hand and kiss it. She flushed and snatched her hand away. He grinned cockily at her.

I felt jealously boil in me and I walked over to them. “A, are you going to swim?” I asked thru clenched teeth. “Um, actually, I was going to go get a snow cone with James.” she said. I frowned and glanced at the guy. He was staring back at me with guarded eyes. “No, that’s fine. I’ll swim alone.” I growled. “No, I’ll swim; I came to spend time with you Beck. I’ll see you around, James.” she stood up.

James frowned, but walked away. “Your pretty loyal.” I smirked. “And your pretty jealous.” She grinned. “What? I am not.” I said. “You were.” “Of what?” “That my attention wasn’t on you.” she said smugly. I sighed and looked at the ocean. I smiled tightly and quickly grabbed her by the waist.

“Beck! NO!” she screamed as I carried her to the body of water. I went in, waist deep. She clung to me in a death grip, her small, warm hands on my neck, and her legs tight around my waist. “To get wet you have to be in water, A. Get in.” I ordered. “No, B. I’m not getting in that icky water! What if there’s nasty stuff in there?” she asked in panic. “There’s no icky stuff. Don’t worry.” I smiled. She sighed and let go of my waist. She slowly lowered herself to water and jumped lightly at the temperature.

Then she relaxed and smiled up at me. “It’s not that bad.” She shrugged. “Exactly.” I smiled. “And I’m not sweating.” She teased. I frowned. After a while, we got back on our towels. We watched the sunset together. I grabbed a red apple and sat up. My baggy button up was open; the breeze hitting my chest.

“Hey, Alex, how do you feel about me and Taylor?” I asked as I bit into my apple. She was taken aback by my question. “Um, I think your really cute together.” she shrugged. “You do? Why?” I asked with raised brows as I bounced my apple from hand to hand. “You know...because...she’s awesome?” I frowned. “She’s not very nice.” I shrugged. “Even to me.” I bit into my apple again.

“Oh c’mon. She had to do something nice for you. How about your birthday?” she asked desperately. I stopped chewing and looked her dead in the eye with all seriousness. “She bought me a can of lemonade.” I said. She frowned. “Wow.” “Yeah...” We soon left after an hour. We packed the stuff and I purposely turned off the air conditioner even though it was 109.

She got in the front with me and sat in shotgun. I smiled her way as she shifted uncomfortably. After an half an hour she suddenly screamed. I looked at her, shocked and pulled over. “What is it?” I asked. “S-something is drip-dripping on me!” she cried. I put my hand under the roof, but nothing dripped. I frowned. “Nothing’s dripping on you.” I said.

“No! It is! On my forehead and my arms! See?” she held out her arm and I held back a smirk. “Your sweating.” I said simply. “No! No, I don’t sweat!” she screamed. She started going into hysterics and I grabbed the tops of her arms. “Alex...Alex...Alex...Alex! ALEX, LOOK AT ME!” I screamed. She looked up at me with frantic eyes. This is really funny. “You’re sweating.” I said simply.

She let out a choked sob and fell to my chest. I smirked, victoriously. “You know this means I win the bet, right?” I asked. She looked up to glare at me then grumbled. “Whatever. But we never speak of this.” she hissed. “Fine.” I shrugged. Alex Today was Friday, the last day of spring break, all the families start coming back home tomorrow. I sighed.

This would be my last day to hang with Beck since my family and friends were coming back. Beck was popular and I hung out with a different crowd. This was all a fairytale. I got up from my bed and ran a hand thru my hair. I put it in a ponytail and started to get up. I glanced at my window as I passed it. A few trees, my green lawn, lawn ornaments, flowers, Beck’s car in the street.

Nothing out of the ordinary...Wait! What is Beck doing here? I quickly put on some small shorts and headed outside. “What are you doing here?” I asked as I neared him. He had his hands buried in his pockets and he frowned slightly at my greeting. “Hi Beck, how are you? Just fine, Alex thanks for asking.” He said. “Good morning, Beck.” I smiled. “Good afternoon, Alex.” He smirked. “What are you doing here?” I asked again.

He shrugged. “My car is dirty.” He said. I shrugged. “So...?” “It needs cleaning.” He said simply. “Yeah...?” I frowned. “Let’s clean it.” He smirked. I thought about it for a second. Then I shrugged. I have nothing else to do. “KK. Let’s do it.”

We got car wash stuff and towels with rags. I hooked up the hose and sprayed it at the car. I scrubbed the windows with Windex and vacuumed out the car. We sang some songs together making us dance the same moves and move fluidly with one another’s body. Finally, after 3 hours we were done. It took us so long because we were always singing and dancing. I dusted my soapy hands and smiled at Beck. He shook my hand. “We make a awesome team.” He smirked.

“That’s what A is for.” I shrugged. He laughed. “What do we do now?” I asked. “Well, it’s 7 o’clock so why don’t we go dancing?” he asked. “We’re not old enough to get in a club. We’re sixteen.” I protested. “Yes, but we can get into a teen club.” He grinned. I frowned back. “I can’t dance.” I bluffed.

“Well, by the way you were moving five minutes ago, I can see you can.” He smiled. I huffed then sighed, “Fine.” I stood up and put on hand on my hip. “This is not a date, right?” I asked. “Nope, just two friends going out together. And I mean, c’mon, I have a girlfriend.”

That night, I curled my hair and left it down. I put on light eyeliner and lip gloss. I put on a red dress. It was pretty, but causal.

“Okay, focus, Alex. This is not a date. It is a friend going out with another friend. Ugh! Then why does it feel so wrong? And why am I saying this out loud?” I asked myself. I sighed and put on my silver heels. I heard my doorbell ding. I took a deep breath and walked downstairs. I opened the door and was in awe.

There was Beck with an easy grin on his handsome tan face. His white teeth standing out from his full pink lips. His hair was naturally straight. He was wearing a white button down with a black tie that was loosely hanging from his neck. Some dark jeans were flowing over his long legs and his typical converses were on his feet. He took in my appearance and grinned wider. “Is it too much?” I asked timidly. “No, no. You look great, A.” he smiled and took my hand. “Your not so bad yourself, B.” I grinned.

We got into his now clean car and headed for something named Place. I sat down at our small table, sipping on my drink. I sighed when Beck finally made it over. He had a hand full of girls’ numbers like I had with guys. A lot of guys asked me to dance, but I was waiting for the beautiful God in front of me to ask. Beck finally looked at me and offered his hand. This may be the moment I wanted, but also the one I had been dreading. I placed my hand in his larger one and he led me to the dance floor.

The song was Take It Off by Kesha and we fell into the beat. He was being funny, bumping his hips with mine and yelling take it off. After a while I loosened up, and then turned rock solid when a slow song came on. I frowned with Beck, but he soon shrugged and grabbed my hands. He put them slowly on his shoulders then put his on my waist. We rocked slowly back and forth with the beat. We got more comfortable and my hands slipped up his neck and started playing with his hair.

He smiled down at me and pulled me in closer by the waist so he could circle his arms around me. He leaned down to whisper in my ear. “You’re an awesome dancer, A.” he whispered. “A is for awesome.” I whispered back as I felt his lips graze my ear. I quivered under his touch and tightened my grip on him. The song changed, but we were too wrapped up in eachother. “You wanna get out of here?” he whispered in my ear again.

I nodded quickly and grabbed his hand. He laced his fingers with mine as we hurried out of the club. We ended up at the park; we lay down in the wet grass, looking at the stars. It was extremely dark; I could barely make him out. “Do you see The Ladle?” I asked. “Yeeeee-No.” Beck said. I punched him lightly in the shoulder, laughing. He grinned back and put his hands behind his head.

“Hey, remember when I asked what you thought about Taylor? What do you really think?” he asked, not looking at me. I frowned. “I think....she’s not right for you.” I looked up at the stars, but I could feel his chestnut gaze burning into my skin. “And...Why is that?” he asked. I shrugged again then turned to look at him...I mean shape. “She treats you like you can’t make your own decisions. Sometimes I feel sorry for you. I want...” I sighed and looked down at the wet grass.

There was a long pause. Suddenly, I felt his warm hands grab my face and angle it to his. I don’t know how he found my face, but he did. “Beck, what are you—” I was cut off by the pressure of full, warm lips on mine. I was shocked at first then fell into it. I let my eyes flutter close as I leaned in, eagerly. His lips parted my mouth and I felt his tongue on mine. Finally, my mind caught up with my lips and made them freeze. Even if we had a relationship, it would never work. We were in different groups,

he was popular and I was his former friend. I wasn’t in his crowd. And I never could be. Suddenly, tears were leaking down my face. I knew it was stupid, but I was scared of being led on and heartbroken. I broke apart from Beck’s lips. He looked down at me, shocked. I scrambled up and fixed my dress. Beck was still frozen. He finally snapped out of it and grabbed my face. “I-I’m so sorry.” I choked out.

“Don’t be. It was my entire fault.” I looked into his brown eyes and frowned as he wiped my tears with his thumbs. “I need to go.” I turned. “Let me drive you.” he protested. “I’m fine.” I whispered. “Alex, please.” “No, I need to go home. This. Us. Is over. We can’t hang out anymore.” I frowned. “What?” hurt filled his eyes.

I felt guilt creep up, but I swallowed it down. “Go home.” I whispered. “But—” “Go home.” I said firmly. He huffed and averted his gaze to the ground. I squared my shoulders and walked away from Beck, my ex best friend.

For the rest of the weekend, as I presumed, he didn’t call or come over.

I was saddened by this, but I was the one who said for him to go. My family came home and Brenda immediately showed me everything she bought, I zoned in and out.

When it was finally time to go to school, I was scared. I was scared to face the truth. I was scared to face Beck. And, mostly, I was scared to face Taylor. I straightened my hair and let my bangs fall in my face. I put on a blue tank top and gray skinny jeans. I grabbed my black hoodie and converses.

Brenda was already ready. Her hair curly and a short skirt was on her waist. She frowned at me. “What?” I asked, feeling self conscious. “You’ll do.” She shrugged as we got in the car. I kept my head down as I walked thru the halls. “Hey, Alex.” My best friend, Haley said to me. She brushed back her red curly hair and smiled brightly at me.

“Hey.” I greeted as we stopped at my locker. I opened it and dug out my books. “How was your Spring Break?” she asked. I stiffened. “I stayed here the whole time.” I shrugged.

“Oh, really. I heard Beck Oliver stayed too. You guys should have hung out.” she said. I frowned. “I don’t think we would get along.” I sighed. “Didn’t you guys used to be friends?” she asked. “No, and we never will be.” I sighed. “Sup, girls.” Andre, Derek, and Felix showed up in front of us. Andre had dark chocolate skin. His lighter brown dreadlocks bounced with every movement he made.

Derek was taller and kind of hot. He had brown hair that reached his chin. He was very strong and fairly tan.

Felix was Derek’s brother. They were identical except Felix was taller and not as tan.

“So...how was you Spring Break?” Derek asked. “Fine.” I answered quickly, causing Andre to raise his eyebrows. “Mine was awesome.” Haley grinned as she walked away.

“That’s what A is for.” I sighed. Derek and Felix headed to class. “So, how was your SB really?” Andre asked. I was startled and looked away as I closed my locker. I started walking, but he followed after me. “It was fine.” I shrugged. “Was it really? Was it not better than fine?” he asked with a sly grin. “What are you talking about?” I asked as I turned to him.

“I stayed home over the break.” He shrugged. “Really? Why didn’t you tell me, we could have hung out.” I said. “Well, I was, but you seemed just fine without me.” he grinned. The blood drained from my face as I watched my dreadlock friend with wide eyes. “You know that I hung out with—” “—Beck. I saw you at the beach and video store and club.” He smirked as he took out his phone. He pressed some buttons and showed it to me.

My eyes focused on the picture of Beck and I on the beach. I was clutching on him, my hands around his neck and my legs wrapped around his waist as he smirked down at me. The next was Beck and I in the video store. I was looking down at a video, oblivious to Beck’s caramel gaze that was far from friendship. The next was him and me in the club. We were wrapped up in each other, my head lying against his chest. I looked back up at Andre as the pictures disappeared. “Where did you get those?” I asked with a shaky voice.

“Well, I guess I was at the wrong place at the right time.” He shrugged. I frowned. I started walking away. He grabbed my arm. “So, this means you’re together?” he asked. “No, he’s still with Taylor.” I replied. “So that means...” “Yes...” “That means you two...” “Yes.” “No.”

“Yes.” “No!” “Yes!” “No—” “YES! Andre! We kissed!” I yelled out in frustration. He looked at me, shocked. “Oh my God! I can’t believe it.” He muttered to himself. “Don’t act weird around him. He knows I hang out with you and he’ll know something’s up.” I pleaded quickly.

“He’s my friend—” I handed him a twenty, cutting him off. “And now money is too,” he smirked. “Good.” I smiled and headed to class. Beck “Oh, Beck, I missed you so much.” Taylor kissed me and thru back her blonde hair. She was tanner than the last time. I frowned and closed my locker. She wrapped her arms around my waist and leaned into my ear. “What’s wrong, baby?” she asked.

I pushed her arms off of me. I sighed and turned to her. She looked at me with her wide blue eyes. I couldn’t take it. They weren’t the beautiful brown eyes I had come to love. “Nothing,” I muttered. Soon lunch came around. I sat down outside where Taylor and I usually sat. When I saw Andre, I grinned and flagged him down. He hesitantly came over and sat with me.

“Wassup, man.” I smiled. “You know...Alex.” He said quickly. “What?” I asked. “Nothing! I have to go.” He said quickly and left. I frowned. That was weird. For the rest of the day, I didn’t see Andre. I needed to ask what the problem was.

I desperately wanted to see Alex, but every time I turned onto a hall she was on, she immediately fled. I saw Andre in the library and I went to greet him. “Andre!” I exclaimed, acting surprised to see him. “Oh, hey man.” He said as he browsed the books, trying not to make eye contact with me. “What are you doing here?” “I’m just browsing, trying to see what new facts I can learn.” I shrugged; my cool demeanor getting under his skin. “New facts, huh? I didn’t think of you as one of those kinds of guys.” He said nervously.

“I’m not really; I just like to be in the loop so to speak, to be up with current events.” “Oh.” His face fell. “Yeah.” I frowned at him. “How current?” “Very current.” “And what do you consider ‘very current’?” “This morning.” “Oh, really? What happened this morning?” he asked.

“I think you should know. You were the one running away.” I continued with another shrug, acting as if I could care less. “Oh! No! I left my tuna in my car so I had to go get it.” He laughed, nervously. I found it odd that Andre was going all this way to lie to me. I could usually trust him with anything. Whatever he didn’t want me to know must be big. “Yeah, tuna day! Gotta love those fish.” I said with a fake bright smile. I finally decided the best way to go was honesty.

“Okay, Andre what’s going on?” I asked, making him cease all movements. “I should ask you the same thing.” He countered. I frowned. “You really don’t know do you?” he asked. I shook my head. He sighed and took out his phone. After the slide show of Alex and me, I looked up at him with wide eyes. “Where did you get these?” I asked.

“That’s exactly what Alex said.” He sighed as he tucked his phone in his pocket. “You showed Alex?” I hissed. “I had to. She’s messed up man. You have to talk to her.” He said. I sighed and banged my head on the bookshelf. “I know.” “Then do it.” At 5th period I started down to Alex’s locker.

She immediately saw me and started to run up the stairs. “Alex!” I yelled after her. “Leave me alone!” she called back. I followed after, but she turned around and went back down as students watched us curiously. “Alex! C’mon!” I yelled. “No!” I grabbed her by the tops of her arms and she started screaming. “TEEEEEEACHER! I NEED A TEACHER! STRANGER DANGER!” she shrieked.

Suddenly, Ms. Brown, our science teacher, passed us and smiled. “Can you believe I got a promotion?” she smiled. We watched her with knitted eyebrows as she left the scene. She huffed and fell to the ground. I tugged her arm, trying to make her rise, but she just complained and tried to fight against my grip. Her legs tangled with mine and I fell on top of her. She started screaming again as I tried to pin her flying limbs. “Alex! Your acting like a baby!” I complained.

“Get off!” she yelled back. We started wrestling as Alex started screaming again and I sighed. This was tiring. I finally got off of her and grabbed her legs. Her brown eyes widened and she tried to get out of my grip. “LET GO! OH, C’MON, BECK!” she screamed. “You HAVE to be kidding!” “I’m not!” I yelled back as I dragged her to a custodian closet. “NO!” she tried to claw herself away. All the students stared at us with wide eyes, but I quickly reassured us.

“It’s okay, she enjoys this!” I smiled brightly at them as Alex kicked her feet. She screamed at the students, holding out a hand as I dragged her inside the closet. I rolled my eyes at her actions. I let go of her feet and flicked on the light. She scrambled to her feet, but I blocked her way to the door. “Let me out!” she ordered. I shook my head. She sighed.

Alex kept her eyes down and crossed her arms over her chest. I frowned and grabbed her face. “Don’t touch me.” she muttered, weakly. I ignored her demand and tilted her chin up to look at me. “Alex. I’m sorry.” I whispered. Finally, she cracked and tears started going down her cheeks. She fell into my chest and I wrapped my arms around her. “Shh...” I shushed her. “It-it’s all my fault.” She cried.

I pulled back to look at her. “It’s not your fault. I shouldn’t have kissed you. I just looked at you then you look so beautiful and—” She put a finger on my lips. “Can’t you see the problem? This is why we can’t be friends. Friends don’t call friends beautiful and kiss them.” She ranted. I frowned. I didn’t like the sound of me and her not being friends. I instinctively pulled her closer. She looked up at me with confused eyes. “I don’t like that idea.” I responded.

“Well, you’re going to have to.” She sighed and backed away from my hold. “I need you as a friend, Alex. Please. Tell me what A is for? C’mon you know it. A is for...?” I asked, eagerly. “A...is for algebra.” She looked me dead in the eyes. “I need to get to class, which I need to get an A in.” she tried to pass me. “Alex, c’mon. Don’t do this.” I pleaded. She looked up at me. “Goodbye, Beck.” She whispered and pushed pass me, her shoulder bumping roughly with mine.

I heard the door open and close. I crumbled to the ground. I destroyed our friendship again. I walked thru the halls; it was the end of the day. The bell was about to ring in a second. I wasn’t giving up on Alex. I stopped by her last period (I got her schedule from Andre). The last bell rung and she was one of the last students to leave. She looked up at me and frowned. She walked past me and I followed. “Alex, c’mon. I still want to be friends.” I said.

She turned to me. “I can’t—” she stopped and looked beside me, her eyes flashing with fear. I looked to my side to see Taylor, standing there with mad eyes. She glared at Alex. “Who is this?” she asked. “This is Alex,” I said simply, “My friend.” “Friend?” Both girls asked at the same time. I turned to look at Alex. “Yes, friend.” I smiled.

She couldn’t help but give a small smile in return. “What is that you have around your neck?” Taylor asked suddenly as she reached for the small necklace that Alex had given me. I glanced up at Alex as her smile grew. “It’s a necklace.” I shrugged. Taylor frowned and suddenly tore it off. “Hey!” Alex and I both exclaimed. Taylor turned to Alex and threw the jewelry on the ground. It didn’t break since it was made out of wood, but it broke my heart.

“Taylor!” I hissed. It slid in front of Alex and she fell down to her knees. She took it carefully in her hands then looked up to glare at Taylor. “What is your problem?” she growled. “You! You’re the problem. Stay away from MY boyfriend.” She snarled thru clenched teeth. Alex glanced up at me as tears welled up in her eyes then she stood up with a strong face. “You know what A is for today, Beck?” she asked with an evil grin. When I didn’t answer, she smiled wider.

“Taylor’s FAT ass!” she grounded out. I grimaced as Taylor shook with anger. I wrapped an arm around her waist before she could attack. “We should go...” I sighed and turned away with Taylor thrashing in my arms. Alex I stomped to Andre’s locker and slammed it shut when he tried to open it. He sighed and turned to me. I growled.

“A little birdie told me you ratted out to Beck.” I snarled. He frowned. “Note to self: Never trust penguins.” He joked. I slammed him against his locker and held up Beck’s necklace. “What’s that?” he asked. “The necklace I gave Beck and Taylor tore off!” I yelled. “Harsh.” He commented. “I know right! Who stays with a girl like that?” I yelled as we started walking.

“Obviously, Beck.” Andre agreed. I sighed and tucked the necklace into my pocket. “I hate her.” I growled. Andre laughed. “Do you hate her or are you just jealous?” he wiggled his eyebrows. I rolled my eyes. “I am not jealous. Besides, Beck and I aren’t friends anymore.” I shrugged. “We aren’t?” I heard Beck ask from behind me. Andre grinned and headed for class.

I growled then turned back to Beck. “No.” I whispered. “Alex, Taylor didn’t mean it—” I sighed. I didn’t want to listen anymore. I took the necklace out of my jeans pocket and handed it to him. “You can keep it if you want,” I frowned, “It is yours anyway.” He smiled up at me. “I will—” “—not.” Taylor finished for him and handed it back to me.

I sighed and turned to her. “I said to leave my boyfriend alone.” She hissed. “And I told you to move your fat ass.” I growled back. Beck got between us. “Your just jealous that’s he’s with me and not you.” she shot back. “Oh, really? Because for the whole Spring Break, he was with me.” I smiled sweetly. Taylor’s face turned shock and she looked at Beck.

“Why? Why would you say that?” he whispered to me as he closed his eyes. “Sorry,” I whispered back. “BECK!” Taylor screamed. “That’s my name.” he sighed. “You hung out with her?” she shrieked. “Yes, Taylor. He did.” I smirked. “How dare you?” she yelled, turning to me. “How dare I? You have no right to come and break up our friendship.” I said back. “What did you do with her?” she asked Beck.

Beck was about to open his mouth, but I beat him to it. “Oh, the beach, my house, his house, the movie store, and don’t forget the club.” I smiled as I named off the places. “THE CLUB!!??” she screamed. “It’s not what you think and it didn’t mean anything.” Beck reassured her. It finally dawned on me. Why was I here? Why was I fighting over Beck? Why was I asking myself these questions?

Nothing mattered. Beck was still with Taylor and you mean nothing to him. Nothing. Nothing… Nothing! That struck home. I meant nothing to him? I grimaced as my stomach started to churn and my mouth tasted like cotton. I couldn’t say anything to that. If everything meant nothing to him then what to say?

My chest started to heave with short gasps as I backed away from Beck and his idiotic girlfriend that continued to ramble on and on. I met Beck’s eyes for a second and drowned in the chestnut gaze. Maybe this would be the last time I could talk to him, see him, touch him. I choked on my dry tongue and bit down onto it until it started to bleed, yet I felt no pain, only numbness and the taste of blood. Beck continued to look at me with confused eyes. I continued to back away until I ran into the janitor, causing him to spill his mop

water, and resulting on me falling into it, the mop landing on my head. All the students turned and looked to laugh at me. Beck looked at everyone with wide eyes. The worst part about was that Beck was apart of that group. All his friends nudged him, urging him to snicker at my clumsiness. Beck continued to watch me. I shook my head and pulled the mop off of me. Beck started to make his way over, trying to help me up with his hands. I

declined them and stood on my own as tears started in my eyes. He opened his mouth to say something, but snapped it shut when he saw my tears. “A—” “SHUTUP!!!” I screamed, causing everyone to stop their laughter and stare at me. Beck looked shocked. “J-Just leave me alone.” I turned away and raced out of the school, still dripping wet. Beck

“Then what is it, Beck? She’s gone now!” Taylor argued with me. It was about Alex again. That seemed to be all we fought about. Alex. Alex… Alex! “Beck! Are you even listening?” Taylor screamed at me. “Are you listening to me?!” I screamed back. The thing about it was that I never lost my cool. I always had a careless

personality, but ever since I met Alex it turned upside down. Taylor looked at me with her wide blue eyes I had fallen in love with three years ago. But they weren’t brown! I groaned and ran my hands through my straight hair. Alex wasn’t at school today and I wanted to see her badly. “Beck! Get her out of your mind! Spring Break is over!” Taylor growled. I grimaced at her and stood up. “Where are you going?”

“Just get off my FUCKING back!” I roared then stomped out of the house. The rest of the week didn’t get any better. Alex was still not there and all her friends just shrugged their shoulders when I asked. I became grumpier and grumpier the entire week. It was like if Alex wasn’t there, neither was my personality. Taylor tried desperately to cheer me up, but it just escalated to a fight.

On Friday, I had enough. “YOU WHAT!?” Taylor screamed. “You heard me. I kissed her.” I sneered. She sat there for awhile in shock before she started to scramble up and grab her stuff. “Fuck you, Beck!” she screamed as she headed outside. “Wait!” I yelled. She turned to me with hopeful eyes. I smiled at her. “You do know this mean we’re over, right?” I asked.

“You’re such a JERK!” she screamed. “Wait! Taylor!” “What!?” “Do you need a ride home?” “NOOOOOO!!!!!” she screamed and fled. I smiled to myself. Time to get my woman back. Alex “But he doesn’t! He loves Taylor!” I screamed at my sister, Brenda, as she patted my back.

I was lying on my bed, clutching at my pillow, and crying my heart out. And it didn’t help that Mother Nature’s Gift visited, if you catch my drift. “I’m sure he still likes you, Alex.” She reassured me. “No he doesn’t! He only loves Taylor!!!!” I howled as I cried senselessly. Brenda sighed and rolled her brown eyes. “Okay, look, Alex. I’ve been at this for 45 minutes. Here’s a teen magazine and a bottle of medicine that I’m not sure what is,” she threw the things on my bed, “I’m just going to turn the other way and

whatever happens, happens.” She stood up and left the room. I rolled my eyes. What a great sister. I sighed and sat up. She was right. I was wasting tears on Beck. I shouldn’t. I should never waste my heart on a guy. I know that sounds wrong, but it’s what I think. I haven’t gone to school in a week.

I could not face all my friend’s worried stares or Taylor glares or Beck caramel gaze. I groaned and went to the bathroom to wash my face. I decided some fresh air would help me. After throwing on a hoodie and some jeans, I headed outside for a walk. I made my way down the streets and I didn’t realize it was getting dark until I stopped. What did that tree say? I squinted my eyes at it and sure enough there was a giant heart around B&A. I frowned.

Really? Maybe it’s just a coincidence. I kept walking only to see the next few trees had B&A on them. I rolled my eyes and huffed. This was ridiculous. I frowned when I realized I went far enough and started to head back home. Maybe I was crazy. Suddenly, I was screaming and hands were around my waist. I kicked as we rolled down a grassy hill.

“STRANGER DANGER! HEELP!” I shrieked as I wrestled with the stranger. “Alex! Stop! It’s me!” the smooth voice yelled at me as we scooted to a stop. I frowned and turned to Beck, his arms still encasing me. “What the hell is your problem?” I asked as he brushed the hair out of my eyes. “You.” He answered simply, looking deep into my eyes. I almost smiled at that. Almost. I pushed him off me and stood up. He did the same, towering over me with his lean body.

“What do you want?” I grumbled. “You.” He answered again with a shrug. “You can’t have me.” I responded. “Oh, can’t I?” he raised a brow. “Wait a sec. You’re the one that was carving in the trees?” I frowned. “Guilty as charged.” He shrugged again, as if he could care less. “You’re so irritating.” I growled. “Really? Because a week ago you found me awesome, A.” “Well, that was before everything that happened.”

He grinned. “Stop grinning. It’s annoying.” I walked around him. He followed after me. “Where’s Taylor?” I asked. “At home. Probably crying.” He shrugged. I turned to him. “Why would she be crying?” “Well, I broke up with her.” “WHAT!?”

“I know.” “But…” “I know.” “B-But.” “I know.” “But…Beck…” “I kn—” “I know you know!!” I yelled. He sighed and stepped closer to me. I suddenly started to cry. His eyes widened in shock.

Curse my girl probs! “W-why would you do that? Now Taylor’s all heartbroken. I didn’t want this to happen! Why did you buy me the stupid fro yo anyway? Just kiss me already Beck!” I grumbled. He grinned and cupped my cheek. He started to lean in, but I was too antsy. I jumped up, meeting his warm lips half way. He was shocked by the movement, but leaned in eagerly, parting my mouth with his tongue and sliding it into my mouth. Soon we were out of breath and leaning our foreheads together. “We’re still just friends, right?” I teased.

“Not a chance!” Beck grinned. “A is for…?” I grinned back. “Alex and Beck.” He smirked. I playfully slapped his arm. “Well, this has been one awesome Spring Break.” Beck smirked as he slapped his arm over my shoulders. “Best one I ever had.” And I leaned in for another kiss. THE END!!!

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