Sasha trudged across the school yard and up the steps. She walked straight to her locker and popped it open. Becki Hamilton was standing at her locker as well which was directly next to Sasha's. Becki was one of the Popular girls at Hamilton High. She used to be on the Cheer squad but had to drop out due to a broken leg from a bad landing. She looked up at Sasha and smiled. Just then Melissa Roberts, another popular cheerleader at Lincoln High and also Oliver's girlfriend, ran up to Becki.
“People are already talking about it.” She practically yelled. She was panicked and Sasha could see tears welling up in her eyes, “Who told? How could someone do that to me.”
“Oh, Honey, I'm so sorry.” Becki pulled her friend in for a hug, which, Sasha noticed, was a bit awkward with her crutches getting in the way, “it was bound to come out when Oliver returned to school on Monday. Wouldn't you rather just get it over with now, then be humiliated in front of him?”
Sasha was confused and completely curious about what these two could possibly be talking about. She then remembered the Facebook message she had gotten from Oliver last night. She had been so distracted with the conversation she had with her mother that it had completely slipped her mind.
“I guess.” Melissa stopped to think over Becki's logic. “I just don't understand who would've told. Whoever it was, is definitely out to get me.” She said pulling herself together and getting slightly irritated now.
“We'll get everything figured out soon. But right now we have to get to class. Come on, Sweetie.” Becki shut her locker, put her arm around Melissa's waist and the two walked off to their Choir class together.
Sasha's heart was beating faster. Did Oliver and Melissa break up? Was that why Oliver had messaged her like that? The hallway was quickly clearing and Sasha couldn't get herself to move. She just stood at her locker staring into it.
“Sasha! There you are,” Kelsie ran up behind Sasha, “I've been looking for you.”
“Oh hi, Kels.” Sasha turned to face her friend. Her brow was furrowed in complete confusion.
“What's going on?” Kelsie asked worried.
“I'm not sure yet.” Sasha glanced down at her watch. 7:29. Class would be starting any second. “We should go. We'll be late.” She said as she shut her locker and quickly passed by her friend.
“Wait, Sasha!” Kelsie caught up and grabbed Sasha's arm. “Do you want to talk about anything?”
“I don't even know what's going on yet. Let's just go before we get in trouble.” Kelsie sighed and trudged after her friend.
“Okay, I'll see you all on Monday. Have a great weekend.” Mr. Kingsley, unenthusiastically, said.
Everyone made such a racket when leaving classes, especially when leaving for lunch or for the weekend. Sasha exited the classroom and was met by Kelsie.
“You know, I meant to ask you,” She said as she fell in stride with Sasha as they both headed to lunch, “Where did you get that bruise on your head?”
“Is it that noticeable?” Sasha reached up to touch it.
“No, it's not. I'm just extremely observant.” Kelsie smiled, “You didn't answer my question though.”
“Oh, um,” Sasha stuttered, “It's actually kind of funny. So, When my mom came to get me yesterday, I didn't bend down far enough when getting into the front seat and hit my head on the roof of the car.” Sasha laughed.
“Oh, okay.” Kelsie smiled but wasn't convinced.
Just then they entered the lunch room and Aubrey Stoker ran up to them.
“You will not believe what happened on Wednesday night.” She walked with them to the lunch line and waited for them to ask what. When they didn't she just continued anyways, “Oliver broke up with Melissa!” She waited for a response but still didn't get one, “Which means Melissa was single all day yesterday and nobody even knew. Oh there's Joey, Sorry gotta go.” Aubrey ran off.
“Oh my god.” Sasha said, “It's true.” she turned to face Kelsie.
“You mean you knew and didn't tell me?”
“Well that's what I wasn't sure about this morning. I can't believe this.” Sasha picked up a tray, “And Oliver messaged ME last night.”
“He what!!” Kelsie practically yelled.
“Shh! You don't have to yell.” Sasha pulled out her cash and payed for the food then waited for Kelsie to pay for her own, “It's really not that big a deal.”
“Oh right, the guy that you've had a crush on since Freshman year messages you last night and it's just 'no big deal'.” Kelsie sat down at a table in the corner of the cafeteria where not many people were sitting. “Well what did he say?”
“He just said that he can't wait to come back to school on Monday and he misses everyone.” Sasha chose to leave out the bit of him thinking about her. She didn't want to jump to any conclusions.
“And what did you say?” Kelsie popped a fork full of green beans in her mouth.
“I didn't really respond yet.” Sasha lied.
“Well I didn't see it until really late last night and,” Sasha paused, “I guess I just didn't know what to say.” She picked up her droopy pizza and took a bite, the cheese was rubbery and stringy.
Kelsie nodded and took another bite of her green beans. “I just can't believe you didn't tell me sooner.” She said with her mouth full.
“I'm sorry, Kelse, I just didn't want to jump to any conclusions.”
“I just hope you'll be careful.”
“Well, I'm not gonna like go jump into bed with Oliver this weekend.” Sasha laughed, “I don't even know if that's an option yet.”
“That's not what I mean, Sasha.” Kelsie put down her fork and looked at her friend, “I just don't want you to get hurt. You know he had only been dating Melissa for a month and he already broke up with her. He broke her heart. I just don't want the same thing to happen to you.”
“It won't!” Sasha was getting irritated now. “Excuse me, I have to pee.” Sasha stood up and headed to the bathroom.
She stepped inside and stood in front of the mirror just staring at her reflection. She reached up and touched the bruise. It seemed to be getting bigger. Just then she heard what sounded like someone crying. Sasha turned around and noticed feet under one of the stalls. She thought about just leaving before whoever it was knew she was there but something stopped her.
“Hey are you okay?” Sasha asked. The sound immediately stopped.
“Who's there?” Came the voice.
“Sasha Greene?” The voice sounded as if the name tasted bad on her tongue, “I don't need your help, Sasha. Just go away.” Sasha then realized it was Melissa.
“Is this about Oliver?” Sasha asked.
“Honestly, Sasha, I don't need you!” Melissa shouted, “I especially don't need you standing there talking to me as if you know even half of what's going on. Please just leave!”
“Fine. Forget I said anything.” Sasha calmly said as she left the bathroom.
The rest of the day seemed to drag by extremely slow. Everyone was talking about the Melissa and Oliver break up and it was starting to get old. After Ms. Blair dismissed everyone for the day. Sasha darted out the door and out of the school as fast as she could. She didn't want to talk to Kelsie anymore and she didn't want to hear another thing about Oliver or Melissa. She practically ran across the lawn and started on her 23 minute walk home.