Although the sun outside proved that I must have been asleep for hours, I felt like I had spent the entire night tossing and turning. My eyes were heavy and I could barely find the energy to pull myself to my feet and get ready to leave. I had clearly been so fast asleep earlier that Sean had managed to carry me from the sofa downstairs, up to the spare bed and tuck me in without waking me.
Turning up to school in crumpled clothes wasn't an ideal situation, but after glancing at the clock on the bedside table I realised that I didn't have time to collect new ones from home. After making my hair look less like a bird's nest I poked my head around the bedroom door and crept down the corridor to Sean's room.
"Morning," I whispered as I walked in. It wasn't until the words had come out of my mouth that I realised that the light was still off and Sean was asleep. The light from the hallway fell on his face and he flinched, his eyelids flickered, then opened.
"What's up?" Sean mumbled, his face half buried in the pillow, muffling his words.
"It's late," I said, shuffling towards his bed. "School starts soon."
"Let's skip it. No one will notice we're gone." His hand crept out of under the covers and grabbed my arm, pulling me onto the bed next to him.
"Of course they'll notice," I protested weakly, trying to escape from his arms as he held me against him. "My mother will kill me if she finds out that I've been skiving school."
"OK then we'll go in this afternoon," Sean said, holding me even tighter and planting kisses on my neck. "Just a few more hours in bed, then we can go in. I promise."
I knew that it was a bad idea to just not turn up to school without a reason, but I was so tired and Sean's arms were so inviting I found it hard to argue with him. As I sank further into the bed I could feel my eyes growing heavy and sleep threatening to take over me once again. Remembering what had happened the last time I had drifted off to sleep I fought against the drowsiness even harder.
"Just five minutes," Sean breathed as he dropped back to sleep, his grip on my loosening.
My body didn't have the energy to fight any more and relaxed completely into Sean's embrace.
"Alright then," I murmured. "Just a little while longer."