The doorbell rang. Twenty girls ran down the stairs, excited at the prospect at the amount of boys coming. I pushed through the gathering crowd and opened the door. Daniel stood right in front of the door, Robert just behind him, with Ryan and some of the other guys on the team. James wasn’t there. Daniel winked at me, then grabbed Steph by the hand and pulled her out to his car. No surprises that they were going in the same one. Rob came in to the house as the girls ran out to fight over which boy’s car they were going in. He wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me close.
“So, I guess this is the only time I’m going to get alone with you tonight.”
“Probably,” I said breathlessly as I tried to get over how close we were, “come on, I don’t know whether I trust myself alone with you yet.”
“Oh really?” he said grinning, but letting me go anyway. “What are you afraid might happen?”
“I don’t know yet remember?” I told him smiling. “Come on.” I grabbed my coat and followed him out. “So which is your car?”
“That one.” He pointed at an electric blue sports car which must have cost enough to feed a third world country. I gaped for a few seconds then followed him to the car. He opened the door for me and I slid in as smoothly as I could. He jogged round to the other side and got in, then pulled out of the driveway with a train of cars behind him. He looked over at me thoughtfully as we stopped at the turn out.
He grinned. “I was just thinking that I could get used to seeing you in this car.”
I faked innocence as we drove on. “Are you getting rid of the car?”
“No I… Oh. So you’d like to be in my car again?”
“Well I have to get home don’t I?” He laughed, then looked thoughtful again.
“You know, I was also thinking you look exceptionally beautiful tonight. That blue you’re wearing really complements you.”
“Thanks,” I said looking down at my top. It was loose at the top with big sleeves, but became tight around my bum, forming a loose dress. I loved it and had only bought it recently, so this was the first time I had worn it. I’d been looking for something like the top worn by Katie in Turn it up the movie, and had found something so similar it could be the same top. Anyway… “You look really great too.” I said. He wore black jeans and a black shirt, which fitted around his muscles and complemented them so well it could have been made for him. In fact, it probably was.
“Thanks. So, where’s this new club then?” That was when I noticed we were already in town.
“To the left here, down the main street and it’s in the middle. It’s got a car park next door. My friend owns it.”
“Cool.” He followed my directions and soon we pulled up in the car park and got out of the car, followed by all the others that had been in the procession behind us. We headed as a crowd to the door where the doorman, who knew me through the owner let us all in without asking questions. The club was already in full swing, the music was loud and the crowds were dancing. It’s easy to see why it was the coolest club in town. Everyone looked excited. I spotted my friend Sam who owns the club, and waved. He waved back and made his way over.
“Jen! I’m glad to see you decided to come to my club, but then you always did have good taste.”
“Hey Sam. These are my friends. We’re celebrating getting on the cheer and football teams.”
“Nice. Well, enjoy guys.”
“Thanks.” Sam grinned at me then went back to the bar.
Robert gazed after him.
“He seems cool.”
“Yeah he is.”
“You seem pretty close.”
“Yeah well, Sam’s pretty easy to get on with, and everyone likes him.”
“I bet he get’s covered with girls.”
“Yeah he does. He finds it kind of cool. His boyfriend gets jealous.”
I laughed at Rob’s face. “Come on, let’s dance!”
I pulled him in to the middle of the crowd and we danced. He was easy to be with, and it wasn’t long before a slow dance came on. I looked up at the DJ and saw Sam standing next to him, grinning at me. I narrowed my eyes. He was so dead when I next bumped in to him. Bumped being the important word.
Robert slid his hands on to my waist. I let my arms slide up to his shoulders and wrapped my hands round the back of his neck.
“So, you were wrong.” I said.
“You said you wouldn’t get any more time alone with me tonight.”
He grinned. “Well I’m glad we fixed that.”
“Me too.” Robert smiled as I blushed and ran his fingers over my cheeks.
“I love it when you do that.”
“Blush. You react like that to nearly everything I do.”
“I do? Wait, how can you see I’m blushing in here?”
“I can tell. You’ve done it so many times since I’ve met you that I can recognise the other signs.”
“Oh,” I said, embarrassed again. We didn’t speak again until the end of the song.
“Do you want to grab a drink?” Rob said.
“Yeah, please.” We made our way to the bar and sat down.
“I’ll have a beer,” said Rob to the bar man. Then he turned to me. “What about you?”
“Vodka tonic please.”
“What the lady says.”
We retrieved our drinks and went and sat at a table near the door.
“So, tell me more about yourself,” Rob said.
“What do you want me to tell you?”
“Anything. I want to know all about you.”
“Ok, well, how about you ask me questions and I’ll answer them.”
“Ok. How many boyfriends have you had?”
“A few. Why, are you jealous?”
“Very.” He leaned across the table and took my hand. “Ok, so what’s your favourite colour?”
“Really? Me too. Right, What’s your... favourite movie?”
“My favourite movie...um...I’m not sure, I’ve got loads. Probably twilight.”
“Cool. Did you like the books?”
“I loved them!”
“I thought they were pretty cool myself.”
“Yeah, I know. Which was your favourite?”
“Oh, that was probably mine too. I loved the others too though.”
We sat embarrassed for a moment and then Rob said,
“You want to dance again?”
We headed out to the dance floor and started to dance. It was almost midnight when Alesha came over and grabbed my arm.
“Jen, you have to come and see this.” She pulled me away from the table and through the crowd to the other side of the room. Robert followed us. As we stopped just before the bar Alesha pointed at a group of people all crowded around in a circle. I fought my way over to them. In the middle of the crowd were two people, one was cowering as far from the other as possible while the other was threatening them with his fist. I recognised the boys immediately. The one cowering was the new boy from England, Henry, and the other was James. The sight of him hit me like a final blow to our relationships end. I’d always knew he liked to be in charge, but I didn’t know he was a bully. As I watched he hit Henry in the face. Blood spurted from Henry’s nose on to James’ fist. He looked down at it in disgust, then kicked Henry in his side where he had fallen from the blow. Suddenly I couldn’t take anymore. I pushed forward through the crowd until I was right next to James, and then I gave him the biggest push I could. James stumbled and fell in to the bar, scattering glasses across the counter. I helped Henry up as James swore and found his feet again. Everything had gone quiet. The music had stopped as everyone watched what was happening between the three of us.
“Shit Jen!” cried James, “What’s wrong with you?”
“What’s wrong with me? Oh so it couldn’t be anything to do with the fact that you’re bullying this guy who’s done nothing to you!”
“Why don’t you just piss off and leave this job to the men?”
“A man? Is that what you call yourself?”
“Why you...!” James started towards me but he hadn’t gone more than one step before a fist slammed into the side of his face. Robert straightened and rubbed his fist.
“Don’t you even think about touching her.”
James scrambled up muttering, ready to fight back, but decided to leave it when he saw Daniel and his mates standing right behind Robert. He backed off and pushed his way out of the crowd. I took a deep breath. I don’t know how I ever fancied him.
Henry whimpered at my side.
“Oh I’m sorry. Come on, we’ll get you cleaned up.” I led Henry through the crowd and outside. I got my tissues out of my bag and gave him a few to clean up his face. “Are you alright?”
“Yeah, I’m good. Thanks.”
“You know people like you don’t normally help people like me.”
“Well I’m different.”
“So,” he said looking me up and down, “you want to come back to my house?”
I have to admit, I was a little taken aback.
“Umm, no I’m alright thanks.”
“So how about a little kiss right here?” He leaned forward. I could smell the alcohol on his breath. Suddenly a foot connected with Henry’s shin and he sprawled in the dust. Robert lowered his leg.
“I never thought learning karate would be that useful.” He bent down and picked Henry up and looked down at him with an expression that I thought couldn’t actually exist on a face as perfect as his. “Or that satisfying. Now listen you little idiot. You keep away from Jennette, or every day of your life is going to be made hell from now on, ok?”
“Robert, put him down, he’s drunk.”
“Not until he gives me an answer.”
“Rob, put him down, he’s going to throw up!”
Henry groaned and Robert dropped him on his feet and moved out the way quickly. Henry wretched and spewed chunks all over the floor. Robert jumped back again and disgust covered his face. Henry gave a last heave then wiped his mouth on the back of his hand. He looked up at Jen and Robert then spat at Robert’s feet.
“Bastard!” he sat up and glared.
Robert grabbed him and punched his face twice before I could grab his arm and stop him.
“Oh for god’s sake Jennette, stop trying to protect him. He’s a little wimp who needs to be taught a lesson.”
I let go of his arm in shock.
“You know what Rob? You’re acting just like James. You’re spoilt and... well you’re just an arsehole.” I stormed back in to the club and sought out Alesha and Steph. “Guys, I really have to go. Will you drive me, I didn’t bring my car.”
“Yeah sure hun. What’s up?”
“I’ve just got to go okay? I’ll tell you about it in the car.”
Thank god the girls didn’t ask anymore questions! Soon we were racing down the motorway and i was telling the girls about everything that had happened outside. Alesha was comforting but Steph could see why Rob had been acting like that. As Daniel’s new boyfriend I could see she didn’t want to fall out with Daniel’s friends, but I was a bit annoyed with her for not being as supportive as she could be. When we got back to my house I convinced the girls to go back to the party, saying they might as well enjoy it since we were probably going to be bogged down with cheer practice and (shudder) homework later.