“Call me tonight, okay?” Angie said to Derek.
"Okay, babe, I will,” he responded.
“On my cell,” she said as she was walking away.
"Thanks for understanding!”
Derek went down to Darcy’s office. She was going to give him a ride home. Alex followed Derek and saw that he went into Mrs. Chuck’s room. Alex thought it was suspicious how Derek and Mrs. Chuck were spending so much time together. He hid around the corner until Derek and Darcy came out of the office. Alex followed them out to Darcy’s car. When they both got in Alex went over to his car, to find Andrew, Angie and Aden all sanding there waiting for him.
“Sorry, I couldn’t open my locker,” Alex lied. “Angie, I’m surprised you didn’t ride the bus today.”
“Shut up, Alex. Now unlock your car doors,” Angie said.
“You know me and Derek got into a fight over you, again.”
“Alex, leave me alone, please. Just leave me alone for now.”
“Who is that you are texting?”
"Nobody, see,” she put her phone up to Alex’s face; she felt the phone vibrate against her hand. She pulled the phone away from Alex’s face immediately, hoping it wasn’t Derek.
"Don’t even joke, I saw it. It said Nancy.”
“Oh, darn, I was hoping you would think it was that Derek kid. You always catch my tricks,” Angie pretended she was just trying to joke with her brother. She was texting Nancy, but she was also texting Derek.
“Well, I’m just glad you’re not talking to that Derek guy. He’s nothing but trouble, but you already know that. I went through the story with you. He punched me because I tried to punch him for making fun of our family.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Why me and Derek got into our little punching match.”
“Well, you told me it was because the people he hung out with didn’t like you and when you tried to talk to him he punched you.”
“What? Oh, yeah. I was thinking of the fight between me and another guy,” Alex lied. Even if Angie didn’t know it was a lie, she would have been able to tell. He wouldn’t look her in the eye.
"What do you mean right? I really was.”
“Of course you were. So if we went to the principal or maybe even Dad, they would say Derek’s friends didn’t like you, right?”
Andrew and Aden were sitting in the backseat listening to Angie and Alex’s whole conversation.
“Can we talk about this later, Angie, please,” Alex pleaded.
“No, no. Don’t let us stop you from… talking,” Aden said.
“I’m not offended, everyone tells me to shut up.”
"Well, if you would just listen to one of them, your life would be a whole lot easier.”
“You know what…”
“Guys stop! This has nothing to do with you, Aden. Stay out of it,” Angie butted in. “Now, Alex, tell me why you lied.”
“Lied to whom?”
“To me? Or if you were telling me the truth why you lied to Mom, Dad and the principal?”
“I don’t know what you are talking about!”
“Or was it Sally you were lying to.”
Alex slammed on his brakes. “What the hell does any of this have to with Sally?”
“You made her and Derek break up. You were mad because he had a girlfriend and you didn’t! You made out with her while they were still going out. Tell the truth!”
"Why not? You know it’s true.”
“Get out of my car, now.”
“Gladly,” Angie undid her seatbelt, opened the door, got out of the car and then slammed the door shut. She took two steps back, and Alex drove away.