“Wait Scarlet!” Tia yelled as she went after the light haired girl, weaving between students and teachers alike to catch up to her.
“No.” Scarlet said in bored tone, not even looking behind her “If you want to talk to me; you’ll have to do it at my pace.”
“Fine.” Tia muttered under her breathe as she finally caught up with the mousy haired teen “Now I want to talk about Alex’s dad.”
“You’re an idiot.” Scarlet hissed after a moment of silence; getting a tight hold on Tia’s arm before dragging her into a… supply closet.
“What are we doing in here and why the hell did you drag me in here?” Tia asked, a bit apprehensive as Scarlet slammed the door and locked it, can’t have people walking in, can we.
“You just don’t go around asking about Alex’s dad like that, not in front of everyone!” Scarlet yelled walking closer to the dark haired female “You’re really stupid, you know that?”
“Well I’m sorry.” Tia replied, she was getting as pissed as Scarlet was, maybe even more “Why don’t you explain the rules you seem to have around Alex, so I can stop breaking them!”
“Here’s the rule: Stay the hell away from him!”
“I’ll bet you’re the main reason why he barely has any friends around here.”
“Don’t you dare say that, every again! I’m the reason why he hasn’t been torn to pieces here! People –teenagers more so- are mean and in case you haven’t seen, he doesn’t fit. All of them know what happened to his mum and they blame him for what happened, and that just makes things worse than they already are. You don’t have a clue about what you’re talking, so shut up until you do.”
“Wait, what happened to his mum? I thought she was sick, why in the high heavens would they blame Alex for his mum being sick?”
“You really know nothing about him, don’t you?” Scarlet said, while shaking her head, stepping a bit away from Tia, her tone had soften; just a little bit, but it did.
“Sorry, I hate to say it, but I’ve known him for about two days, and you’ve known him for about eight years.” Tia said in her own defensive, folding her toned arms over a well-developed chest.
“Why don’t you tell me what you do know; which can’t be a lot, so this will be quick.”
“I know that Alex’s sister died when he was four, his mum died almost nine years ago, because she was sick.” Tia said, marking off what she knew on her fingers “His dad is a jerk who says mean things to him. His favourite colour is blue and his allergic to artificial smells. I also know his quiet, but he’s really helpful, and he’s also surprised when someone does something nice for him. That’s all I know about him.”
“Well, doesn’t that tell me a lot, doesn’t it?” Scarlet snapped, leaning against the wall with a thoughtful expression on her face “Lunch is almost over, so really I don’t have time to explain, but I don’t I have to, I think Alex is going to that himself.”
“Do you really think he will?”
“How do you know that?”
“Because he’s already told you more than most people he knows and trust me when I say most have known him for at least eight years. For some strange reason or another, he’s taken a quick liking to you and your brother. The thing is, Alex knows better and steers clear of most people, but he really wants friends. Sadly, he’s far too flighty for most people and they judge him on that.”
Then the bell rang, making the end of lunch.
“I guess I’ll see you after school.” Scarlet said, walking out of the closet leaving a confused Tia behind, when Tia did snap out of it and walked out of the closet, she had already lost Scarlet in the sea of people.
“Tia.” Her brother yelled, waving his hand with Alex laughing behind him. “You missed lunch! Where were you, it almost like you disappeared from the face of the planet.”
“I was talking to Scarlet.” Tia shrugged, not seeing a reason to lie about what she was doing or who she was talking to, weaving her way over to the two.
“I’m really sorry about her.” Alex apologized, looking at his shoes “She comes off a bit mean, but she is one of the best friends a person can find.”
“You mean she’s a jerk, but you get used to her.” Tia said, still thinking about what Scarlet had told only a few minutes ago.
“Kind of like you, Tia.” Chris said, while grinning and clapping one of his large hands on her back with a hearty laugh.
“Come on, we’re going to be late of our nest class.” Alex, while tugging on Chris’ and Tia’s sleeve and leading the two down the hall.
When the final bell rang for the day and school was out; Tia, Alex and Chris meet had Alex’s locker, which he had painted to look like a park in the winter.
“So, how did you two find your first day?” Alex said, trying to stall the moment from when he had to go home and face his dad.
“It was fine.” Chris nonchalantly replied “The school’s pretty active and most people here seem pretty nice. I think I’m going to like that shop class, and wood work, differently wood work.”
“It was interesting.” Tia said, while looking around for the mousy blonde hair that belonged to Scarlet.
“Hey Alex.” Scarlet said, walking in from the direction Tia wasn’t looking in “Ready to go.”
“Oh… right.” Alex said a guilty expression on his face “I forgot about that, but you see Tia drove me to school and I figured that since she lives next door, she might give me a lift home as well.”
“Of course I will.” Tia replied, snapping out of whatever it was she was in, but now she was confused on why Alex thought she wouldn’t give me a lift back to his house.
“That’s fine.” Scarlet told him, glaring at the dark haired girl “I’ll just come with you, if you don’t mind that it.”
“You’re coming over today?” Alex asked, and just like that his whole face light, like someone had told a child that Christmas had come early.
“Please stop Alex, you sound like Jasmine.” Scarlet moaned, covering her ears, no one needed another Jasmine. If they really was a copy of her, Scarlet knew that she would ran away, screaming all the while, Jasmine wasn’t a bad person, she was just hard to handle and far to cheerful “Yes, I’m coming over.”
“Yay.” Alex cheered “Tia, you don’t mind if Scarlet comes with us? If you do, it’s not really that big of a deal. We could walk; that’s what we usually do anyway.”
“No, it’s fine if she comes.” Tia said, taking the opportunity to make peace with what seems one of Alex’s important friends, out of the very few that he had, but still she was important to him “Let’s go.”
The ride to the Peterson’s house was nothing like the one in the morning; it was uneventful. As soon the car park, Alex and Scarlet hopped out and started to walk to Alex’s yard.
“Wait!” Chris called to the two “Don’t you want a snack?”
“What are we, five? Six?” Scarlet sneered over her shoulder.
“Mum has always made snacks for after school.” Chris said while he shrugged, he wasn’t fazed by Scarlet’s attitude, again he had Tia to thank for that; who could be just as bad at times, sometimes even worse “Plus, she’ll be dying to know how our day went.”
“Okay.” Alex said, wanting to make sure that his neighbours were happy as he pulled Scarlet to the Peterson’s house “You have to meet their mum. She’s one of the nicest people you can meet. Her names Lily and she’s one of the best cooks I’ve ever meet.”
Scarlet could only shake her head at his enthusiasm, but it made her feel more guilt and regret about being away that weekend. If only she had been there, then none of this would have happened.
“Hello sweethearts.” Lily greeted once the teens opened the door.
The kitchen and living room had a lovely aroma of chocolate chip cookies, pulling some of them to the direction of which it was coming from, mainly the living room.
“How was your day?” Lily asked; putting the warm cookies onto the coffee table along with four glasses of milk, everyone sitting on the couch’s in the living room. Alex and Tia on the love seat, Chris and Scarlet on the other.
“It was fine.” Chris said, as he started to dig into the cookies like a man on a mission.
“Mum this is Scarlet: she’s a friend of Alex’s.” Tia told Lily, not looking at the way her brother was eating: just like a wild animal.
“It’s wonderful to meet you Scarlet.” Lily said smiling warmly at the girl.
“It’s nice to meet you too.” Scarlet replied, as politely as she could “I’m sorry for intruding like this.”
“Not at all dear! Tia’s and Chris’ friends are always welcomed over, but please help yourself to a snack.”
Lily then started to quiz her kids and their friends about their day, how their classes went, who they met, and what the teachers were like: almost everything one would think of was asked, until she was satisfied and released them to do their homework or to do whatever teens do when their parents aren’t watching them. By some unspoken agreement, they made their way to Alex’s treehouse.
“Alex.” Scarlet said, once the ladder was on the platform and they were sitting down comfortably, well as comfortable as one gets on the wooden floor. “I think you should tell them.”
Well, that just made it clear that Scarlet wasn’t a ‘beat around the bush’ kind of person.
“Tell them what?” Alex innocently asked, fiddling with the sleeves on his jacket, leaning against the dark wood of the treehouse’s wall, which perfectly contrasted with his white hair.
“You know what I mean.” Scarlet said, giving him a look that said; she wasn’t going to put up with any of his nonsense.
“At least tell the soft haired one, she’s nosy and will find out regardless, so wouldn’t it be better for them to hear the correct version from you, instead of one from let’s say: Lucy.”
Alex made a face when the blonde girl’s name was said. Tia studied the small boy, remembering what Scarlet told her at lunch. Alex wanted friends, he wanted to be able to trust people, but from what she has seen and heard he didn’t really do either one really well. Looking at the boy now, Tia would tell he was teetering on the verge of sharing something important, something that had happened in his life with people he met all but three days ago. The only conclusion she could drew upon if he did tell them, and this quickly, was that Alex was desperate for friends.
“Fine.” He sighed pulling his knees to his chest, hugging them “But honestly Scarlet, I think you’re making a big deal out of nothing. I would have told them on my own… eventually, but I guess that’s not the point. Tia, Chris I need to apologize to the two of you, while I didn’t lie, I wasn’t telling you the whole truth, and I’m really sorry for doing so. I’m not the best person when it comes to opening up to others, if you haven’t already guessed that.”
“Alex you don’t have to tell us anything if you don’t want to.” Chris gently told him “We’ll understand that you don’t feel comfortable doing so.”
“I know that you will Chris, but the thing is: Scarlet’s right.” Alex sighed, his voice was starting to shake slightly “Even if I don’t tell you what happened; you’re going find out if you continue to hang out with me at school and I would rather you know the correct version first and not one of the rumours that have grown in number over the last eight years.”
“Correct version of what?” Tia asked, her curiosity was burning as she leaned forward to not miss anything that Alex said and to hear better.
“Okay; first rule.” Scarlet announced “No questions until Alex has finished so with that being said. Shut up!”
“What I mean is the correct version of my mum’s death.”
hopefully you enjoy this chapter and since it's the school holidays (couldn't have come fast enough) I'll be able to do more than one update a day, if I wake up early enough. So sometimes I'll put up five chapters had once, but I'll when I do that, and which ones their are. I'm telling you this since I know that when this happens they read the last chapter and it makes no sense, since they haven't read the two before it.
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