I was nervous. Ariana and Sofie stared at me as I walked back and forth through their dorm.
"Both of you need to be careful about what you say," I said, biting my nails.
"Calm down, Professor_" Ariana said.
But she stopped herself.
"Damn," she whispered.
"Damn," I repeated.
"Oh my god," Sofie mumbled.
I looked at her. She was sitting on the couch, still in her shorts and t-shirt. Her hair was up in a high ponytail, and her bra strap slinked onto her shoulder. She got up, went into the tiny kitchen and grabbed a soda.
“Ok,” she said, opening the can, “can we just calm down? Who the hell’s making lunch?”
I loved how she was so casual about this. But I saw the fear in her eyes. This was all my fault. And I regretted all of this crap. I wished I never had fallen for Sofie. I wished I stayed engaged to Savannah. I wished I was just her teacher and she was just my student. But no. It would never be like that. This sucked. For all of us.
“I ordered Chinese,” Ariana said.
The doorbell rang. Ariana went to go get the door. I still wondered who was here last night. Why was she hiding this from me? I glanced at her. She knew what I was thinking and rolled her eyes.
“Wren,” she said, “no one was here.”
“I still don’t believe you.”
“Ok,” she whispered, “then don’t.”
I looked away.
“Just tell me the truth. For your own safety.”
“Fuck this, Wren. It was Noah. Happy?”
“Why was Noah here?”
I felt jealous. I admit it.
“He just came to talk to me.”
“And you let him? You barely know this guy!”
“Yes,” she said, “but I could tell he likes me. He won’t harm me.”
“You can never tell. Vampires are good liars.”
“Yeah,” she whispered, “I know.”
That hurt. I could see she was hurting. Ariana came back with the food.
“Noodles!” she shouted.
“I’m not hungry,” I said.
I left and told them that I would pick them up at 11.