"What are you doing here?"
I saw Jake's face fall and mentally kicked myself. I didn't want to push the guy away but I was not happy either. He just hung his head, staring at the ground.
"Jasmine, I want to ask you-"
The Head appeared from nowhere and grabbed his shoulder, spinning Jake around. I swiftly got up from my chair, although I wasn't sure what for.
"My sources tell me, Mr. Porlo, that you and Ms. Jasmine here are involved in a romantic relationship. You know how our school deals with such things."
I kept my face carefully blank, although I was shocked. 'Sources'? Who exactly? I wanted to ask, but that would be admitting that there was something going on.
"Master Goldstein, I assure you, Jasmine and I are just friends." Jake replied quickly, not looking at me. I nodded, as though it was perfectly natural for him to say that.
"One step outta line Mr. Porlo..." The Head growled, throwing me a contemptuous glare before sweeping away. I looked down as Jake turned to face me.
"Jasmine, please. Just listen to me for a second."
I plucked up my courage and met his dark eyes. Jake paused a moment, then gently leaned forward, kissing me lightly on the lips. He then flicked a glance over his shoulder. There was no one else around. I just stared at him.
"Okay, now I'm really confused." I couldn't look away from him. I wanted to be with him, I really liked him, but the way he was acting was so strange. I was too shy to say all that though. I just hoped he understood how I felt from my actions.
"Jasmine, listen, I really do like you. A lot in fact. It's just... last time you kissed me, I was just frozen. I didn't know you had any feelings for me either."
I nodded, unable to speak. I felt a rush, as though something was about to happen, but I kept my face calm.
"But now that I know..." He glanced around again, nervous, "I think we should hang out sometime."
It clicked what he meant very quickly. "Of course. I'd love to Jake."
Secure in the knowledge that no one was around to see, I wrapped my arms around him, pulling Jake close. I kissed him for what felt like a long time.We both pulled away eventually. I hoped no one had seen. I didn't want Jake in trouble.
My arms still around his waist, I whispered in his ear, "Meet you at the cafeteria later, okay?"
He nodded slowly and I picked up my stuff, running off before I could lose my nerve. I threw my bag onto my bed, after bursting through the door in a total rush of shock. I caught sight of myself in the mirror and paused. My eyes were bright, my hair was a mess and there were spots of colour dancing high on each cheek. I took a deep breath, clicking my speakers on. I changed into a white, slim fit t-shirt and some skinny jeans. I brushed my hair slowly, using the time to calm down properly. I sang softly to the music as I did so. Finally, when I couldn't bear the anticipation anymore, I left, flicking the music off. As soon as I got to the cafeteria, I scanned the room. Jake wasn't there and I felt a bubble of nerves. What if he decides not to show?
I grabbed something to eat and picked a secluded table, sitting on my own, keeping my head low and hoped no one except Jake would notice me.
After a while, I saw Jake come in. He looked around a moment, and I couldn;t help admire how good he looked. He wore a slim shirt, which showed off his body and jeans which were cut in a way that showed he had taste. He smiled, suddenly finding me and walking over. He sat down next to me, kissing me gently on the cheek. I couldn't help blushing. There was a moment's silence.
"Jake, are you sure about this?" I murmured, turning to look at him. "I don't want you to get into trouble-"
"Jasmine, I said I really liked you. I meant it." He replied firmly. "If you aren't sure.."
"Of course I am sure. I just don't want you to get into trouble because of me." I looked down.
"Hey," Jake lifted my chin gently. "Let me worry about that okay?"
I looked into his eyes and they seemed so certain... I nodded, smiling.
Jake dropped his hand, lacing his fingers with mine. We sat for ages, talking about school. We both had the same History class, it turned out. For the first time since arriving here, I felt comfortable with someone. Gradually, the cafeteria filled, to the point no one noticed us.
Jake turned to look at me, his eyes finding mine. He touched my cheek lightly, leaning close. His breath stroked my lips as he whispered,
I kissed him. Having him so close, with no one looking, it was impossible not to. Jake kissed me back, his hand moving around my waist, resting on the small of my back. My palms rested lightly on his chest. Suddenly we both broke off and the babble of the cafeteria crashed back into us.
"Do you think anyone saw?" I whispered.