Kids, it's about time you knew how I met your father...Mild language
It was a Friday afternoon and I was in detention. I didn’t even do much wrong, all I did was set a book on fire…I know it sounds bad but it wasn’t my fault. It wasn’t me who left the gas tap on; all I did was move my Bunsen burner and the next thing I knew, I was in the head teachers office. He screamed at me about how irresponsible it was and how he didn’t expect this of me, so I calmly(ish) told him I didn’t know the gas tap was on, all I did was move the Bunsen burner, ironically so I wouldn’t set my book on fire. He took this into consideration and let me off with an hour after school but he gave me dirty looks every time he passed me in the halls for the next two years of school until I left.
Five minutes in and I’m already bored. I’m the only person in here and it’s so uncomfortable, all I can feel is the teacher staring at me with a face of shock and disgust. This isn’t my first detention but something about it being an after school seems to make it worse in people’s eyes. For one whole hour I have to sit here and write an apology letter to my friend, Molly, for making a barbeque of her new book even though she was the one in hysterics while I was in a paralysed state of shock and the teacher was panicking and desperately trying to put the fire out. To be honest, it doesn’t help I have the attention span of a goldfish. I take a quick look out the window before I start the letter and then start staring at a tree. The way the braches and leaves move in the wind so gracefully and free. I wake up from my daydream to realise my mouth is hanging wide open.
I turn my attention to the front of the classroom and see him. Gerard Way. I’ve been admiring him from afar since ninth grade, 3 whole years. He is so good looking, tall and slim with pale, perfect skin, big hazel eyes with spiky eyelashes framing them perfectly and bright red hair that makes him stand out against everyone else, I have no idea how he is single. He is in a few of my classes so I spoke to him quite a bit, I even made him laugh sometimes, and his laugh is so beautiful. Like a thousand angels singing and it felt so nice to be the source of that laughter. I took time out of my busy fangirling schedule to realise he was walking to the desk next to me at the back. He looked up and gave me a smile and then he looked away and back again but this time his face was less “Hey Caitlin” and more “What the actual fuck are you doing here?!”. I managed to keep my cool but couldn’t help but laugh at his expression. He took a seat on his table, tilting his head back and staring at the ceiling, he is so laid back about everything but he always seems to get loads of work done. I turned back to my blank sheet of paper and sighed, I know it’s pointless writing a formal apology because Molly won’t even read it so I started to draw a dinosaur for her instead, I know she loves them and I even made it look sad with a speech bubble saying “Sorry I burned your book, I told you farts were flammable”
By the time I was finished drawing, it was 25 minutes into the detention when Mrs Burcham, the science technician, burst in looking like a startled baby.
“Mr Hall, you must come now, all the stick insects have escaped in S4 and I have only found 1 out of all 14”
“Oh Jesus Christ, I’ll come now” He was half way to the door when he paused and twisted on his heel to address us, “I’ll be back soon, I expect you to stay here and behave well or there will be trouble” and with that he turned back to the door, swaying slightly from his weight and walked out at a pace.
We sat in silence for a few minutes until we were sure he was fully out of ear shot when Gerard turned to me with one eyebrow arched.
“What the actual fuck are you doing here?” I guessed what he would say considering the look on his face when he saw me
“I may or may not have committed arson…” I replied rather dramatically
Gerard just gave me a look of confusion and urged me to elaborate
“I set Molly’s science book on fire but it was a complete accident, how was I supposed to know the gas tap was on?”
After a few seconds of startled silence Gerard’s heart-melting, over the top laugh filled in the room. This continued for a few minutes until he got so hysterical he fell off his chair, pulling his paper and pen down with him. He continued to laugh, clapping like a dumb seal as he did so. I couldn’t help but laugh when he fell down, it was just so spectacular. I got up and knelt down beside him and between laughs asked:
“Oh my god…are…you…okay?”
He just nodded while wiping tears from his eyes, he held out his hand gesturing for me to take it and help him up. I shakily held his soft hand and helped him up. I hesitated to let go because it felt so good but I composed myself and released him, I had to or he would have thought I was weird. I realised I was looking into his eyes so I turned my gaze to the floor hoping he wasn’t freaked out by my staring.
“Anyway, enough about me, why are you in here?” I questioned, poking him on the shoulder playfully and looking up slightly but not into his eyes.
“Ah just skipped a few detentions, got a few lates and forgot some homework, nothing major” He listed casually as he started to brush away the dust from his arm
“You say that so casually, my parents would kill me if I did that, your parents must be really laid back, if they are, I can see where you get it from” He smiled but his expression quickly went serious, almost troubled
“Are you okay?” I questioned, I didn’t want to upset him or ruin any chance in hell I had with him, but I think I just did
“Oh god yeah I’m fine! Sorry if I scared you” He blurted out quickly “It’s just my parents don’t really care about me or my brother Mikey. It doesn’t matter if I’m getting straight A’s or failing every class, they’re always too busy with work and their own lives”
I stood and stared in shock, my expression sympathetic. Gerard waved his hand in front of my face bringing me back to the real world, an amused look on his face. I must have been staring for a while
“Sorry, I’m just so surprised” I said quietly
“At what?” Gerard questioned, almost clueless to the statement he had made not 2 minutes ago.
“The fact you think your parents don’t care about you and if it is true how someone could not care about you” My sudden confidence shocked me and I could feel my cheeks burning. I seemed to have lost control of my mouth and it was obviously determined to confess my feelings for Gerard
All Gerard did was smile, not a cheeky smile or a smirk, a genuine smile, a beautiful smile, small but just wide enough to expose his small, slightly stained teeth. Suddenly he spoke making he jump at the sudden broken silence “No ones ever told me they care about me so I assumed they didn’t” He tilted his head down and looked at the ground, sitting on the edge of the table swinging his legs back and forth.
Before I could even think about it, my mouth started saying things without my brains permission.
“I care about you” I blurted out. This it; it’s all over, he’s probably scared that the girl who barely knows him is practically declaring her love for him on the spot. I also turned my gaze to the floor, biting my lip while I anxiously waited for the response. After a few moments of silence, I thought he had left. I let out a big sigh and lifted my head up to see Gerard looking at me, his smile had returned and his bright Hazel eyes were sparkling and full of life. He always smiles but this one seemed different, like he was glad I said that, but that can’t be possible, it’s only me
“That…I…” He stuttered before he finally settled on “Thank you”
I returned the smile and then my mouth started talking again “It’s only the truth” I have lost complete control of my mouth “Loads of people care about you, you have all of your friends who, from where I’m standing, they look genuinely pleased whenever you arrive”
He let out a small laugh, obviously happy to think about his friends. I couldn’t help but giggle too, his laugh is contagious. I looked at the clock and it was 4.30, the end of detention, then both of our eyes darted to the door when we heard heavy footsteps making their way down the corridor. We rushed to our seats and put on our best bored faces when the door burst open and there stood Mr Hall with a suspicious face “I assume you behaved well because nothing is on fire” He looked at me from out the top of his glasses and Gerard snorted loudly. I just glared back with an unamused look on my face, raising one eyebrow. He continued “Ok you may go” with that he left the room again. Gerard started laughing even louder and I just glared at him and shook my head in disapproval. His laughing died down and he looked at me for a second
“Oh come on, you have to admit that was good” He said matter-of-factly
“Yeah it was to be fair but still cruel” I can’t deny it. I have had Mr Hall as my science teacher ever since I started at Belleview three years ago and of all the shitty jokes, that had to be best but that wasn’t hard considering all his were science jokes, my personal favourite always had to be when he showed us a picture of a human heart and it said “Aorta tell you how much I love you”, it was sweet and punny.
Gerard giggled sympathetically “Well you’re gonna have to expect jokes considering what you did!” I nodded in agreement “So where are you heading?”
“Victoria Street” It was always pretty quiet around there, well except for the multiple crimes but you get used to the sound of gunshots and screams in the night, you almost become deaf to them
“Oh I live a few blocks down from there, do you want me to walk you home?”
As soon as he said that my heart stopped. He wanted to walk home with me. ME. I didn’t even have to ask him first! My mind started wondering to all the possible reasons but I had to stop so I didn’t get my hopes up or throw myself at him. I mentally composed myself and answered
“Sounds good to me”
He smiled and looked pleased at my answer so I yet again had to pretty much hold myself down so I didn’t throw myself at him and stop my brain from jumping to conclusions.
“Great” He opened the door and gestured for me to go ahead and joined my side after closing the door and we headed down the school path. Together. Oh my god.