Tori and I walked into the classroom. I instantly saw Logan sitting in the seat where I had sat yesterday. He had his head on the desk, trying to drown out the girls at the back. There were at least-Well, it was every girl in the class, beside me and Tori, standing in a circle. I couldn't hear a word they were saying; it was mostly whispers to someone inside the circle. I don't know what it was about the whole thing, but it made me sick.
But I shook the bad feeling off and me and Tori walked towards Logan. He didn't hear us coming and kept his head face down. I crouched down, being my knees and using the table for support.
"Hey, Logan." I smiled, making him jump. I think I woke him up, actually. He rubbed his eyes a bit, and then focused them on me. When he realized who I was, a smile crept across his face.
"Mel!" He almost yelled, but didn't. "What are you doing here?" He swung himself over the table and pulled me into a hug. I wrapped my arms around his neck and held him close to me. It was like I had been waiting for it my whole life. I felt safe with Logan.
Logan moved away, leaving me feeling defenseless again. Like a gap had entered my life as if out of nowhere. But we both kept these goofy smiles on our faces.
"I go to school here, duh!" I rolled my eyes in a joking manner and Logan gave me a push with his hand. The three of us started laughing like we were all old friends or something.
"Sit down, everyone." Mrs. David called. She walked into class, carrying a huge pile of textbooks.
"Let me help you." Logan told her, taking a few off the top so she could see.
"Thank you, Logan. Set them down over there." Mrs. David dropped her pile onto her desk and Logan set the rest down beside her. "Okay, today we are writing up our essays on Romeo and Juliet." Logan took his seat beside me again and, out of the corner of my eye, I could see him still smiling.
I grabbed a piece of paper, my pen and a script from Mrs. David’s desk. I was about to walk away when she called my name. And if there was one thing I had learnt from adults calling my name, it was that it only meant one thing; I was in trouble.
"Mel." I turned and smiled at her. "Can I have a word?" I nodded and we waited for the rest of the class to settle back in their seats. I took a seat in the spare chair and pulled up to Mrs. David. My stomach was doing flips, what had I done wrong?
"What do you want to talk about?" I asked.
"Okay, what happened between you and Stephanie yesterday?" And then I realized how much I had actually been expecting Stephanie to come up in the conversation.
"Well..." I trailed off.
"I know you may not want to talk about it, but, Mel, you have to tell me." Mrs. David was someone I could trust. I could hear it in her voice that she wasn't going to yell at me for walking out of school or almost starting a fight. Even if that was Stephanie's fault, not mine.
"Well, Stephanie was just being a, excuse my language, bitch to me." Mrs. David nodded her head, encouraging me to continue with my story. "So, I just left and called my step-dad who came to pick me up."
"Okay." Mrs David rested her hand on my knee, seeing how upset I was. "Mel, from now on, you can't just walk out of school."
"I know." I nodded my head. I was actually feeling bad about walking out of school. I mean, I'm Melissa Ross. I do not, and never will, let anyone walk all over me. "And I promise you, it will not ever happen again."
"Next time you have come talk to me when things go wrong. I could get the two of you together and we can work things out."
"NO!" All the talking in the room stopped and all eyes were on me." I-I mean, no. No, that'll be alright." Mrs David smiled at me again.
"Okay, go on, get on with the essay." I smiled back and scurried off to my seat. Logan and Tori were already hard at work, so I decided not to disturb them. Life was only going to get harder for me, wasn't it?
I took a seat at the back of the cafeteria with Logan and Tori. There was a huge commotion going on everywhere, I was totally unaware of what was happening. Logan and Tori hadn't said anything; they were acting like everything was normal.
"Okay, you two are creeping me out." I blurted. I do that a lot; say things without thinking them through. Mom says I get it from Ryan, Ryan says I get it from mom. I say it's my own little unique thing.
"What are you talking about?" Logan asked, his mouth full of ham sandwich. "We're acting normal."
"That's the point, no one else is." I took another look around the cafeteria and I caught a few icy glares from the cheerleaders. "Everyone's acting like world war three has just broken out, and I'm Hitler!" I cried out. Not many people were as friendly to me as they had been the day before. I guessed they had all settled down from having me school with them, but I was receiving bitchy stares from almost everyone.
"Oh, that's because there's a pep rally on Friday and everyone gets pumped for it." Logan told me. "You learn not to notice it after a while."
"That's not what I mean." I told him, pulling his sandwich from his hand. "Everyone's against me for some reason, what did I do?" I took a bite and gave the sandwich back to Logan, who happily took another bite.
"Oh, that's because everyone thinks you're a boyfriend stealing bitch." Tori told me like it was no big deal.
"WHAT?" I cried out. How was I a boyfriend stealing bitch? I hadn't stolen anyone's boyfriend! I had my own.
"Mel." Tori leaned closer to me. "This whole school revolves around Stephanie, she goes down, and everything goes down." I was not catching on. "When Logan broke her heart-"
"-I did not break her heart-"
"-He sunk the ship! Now everyone hates you because you're the reason he dumped her." Tori sat back up and I was left in shock.
"You broke up with Miss Bitchy?" I asked, turning back to face Logan. He calmly nodded his head. "Because of me." Then I saw him sense.
"Not entirely because of you. Stephanie was being a bitch to you yesterday, and that's what tipped me over the edge. But, I was planning on breaking up with her for a while." Logan told me, but he couldn't look me straight in the eye. I had a feeling he wasn't being totally honest with that one.
"Why did no one tell me?" I asked.
"I DID!" Tori shouted out, pouting because I hadn't been listening to her.
"Sorry, Tori, but I was just so overwhelmed with being back in school that I mustn't have heard you." I apologized. I could see Logan smiling at me as he gulped down his drink. Tori rolled her eyes, but I could tell she wasn't mad at me.
So, it was my fault Stephanie hated me? I could understand she was jealous because I was better than her, but I never thought she purely hated me. I guess there's no telling how people feel towards you. And how could she think I stole her boyfriend? Logan's just my friend. A boy who was kind to me on my first day at school, nothing more, not matter how cute he is.
I HAVE A BOYFRIEND!
The three of walked to our class after lunch. I was starting to get used to everyone staring at me and Logan-presumably Tori too, as she was with us all the time. It had been a tiring day of hard work, but I was actually having fun. And I had finally decided on a game plan. Make Stephanie hate me even more! Okay, so it didn't sound too great, but I was going to enjoy it.
"Ow!" I cried out, 'accidently' walking into the door and dropping my books. "How did that get there?" I asked, rubbing my nose. It had actually hurt, but it was worth it.
"Here." Logan handed me back my books and I smiled, giving him a light hug. I had made sure Stephanie was watching us. I thought steam was going to start boiling from her ears at any moment. It was hysterical.
Making her jealous was so fun. Now she was going to wish she had never messed with me in the first place.
As soon as the final bell went for the day, I dropped my books on the teacher's desk and bolted out the door. It was the only class I didn't have Tori or Logan with me; Math. I had never been too good at the subject; it was just pointless to me. So, Logan and Tori were in the smart people class while I was in the not-so-smart people class.
"Hey, have fun?" Logan joked. He came running up beside me as I walked out of school.
"Oh, yeah. Math is just so fun!" I replied, my voice dripping in sarcasm. Tori then came running up on my other side, smiling. "What you so happy about?" I asked, but she just blushed and looked away.
"She got to be partners with Jayce." Logan said and I understood. Tori was 'in love' with the guy. To me he was no one special, but to Tori he was the world. And I had only known the girl two days!
I instantly spotted Ryan's car outside. It stood out against all the others for some reason. Mr. Flashy pants.
"Hey, do you guys want to come over?" I asked, stopping in my tracks before I reached the car.
"A-As in to your house?" Tori asked, shocked I had invited her. I smiled at my friend. I really liked her.
"No, to my cardboard box." I told her. "Of course to my house."
"Won't your parents mind if we just show up?" Logan asked, but his voice screamed all for it.
"Nah." It was true. Mom would be in her room and Ryan wouldn't dare say no to me. "They'll be cool. So, you in?"
"Sure." Logan smiled and I smiled back. Tori, on the other hand, was a little hesitant. I could see her eyeing up Ryan's car in the corner of her eye. She was subtly chewing on her lip. Something I noticed she did when thinking.
"I guess so."
"Great!" I smiled, starting to walk towards Ryan's car. I had also made sure Stephanie was listening to that. I could see her stalking off home to the side of me. I smirked triumphantly. I was winning the war.