Chapter XVII – Envy

Needless to say, I didn't sleep that night. Not at all in fact, and when morning came – I felt completely rested. I didn't tell my mom anything about Grace – she was too busy for that anyway. However, I believe she realized there was something going on recently.

Grace and I agreed that we were to meet in front of the school before classes would start so that we might have some time to ourselves. I couldn't wait. I didn't even get any breakfast, just took a shower and ran off. I wasn't hungry – not for food anyway. I walked towards our rendezvous with great haste.

Never before have I been happier when going to school. I couldn't wait to get lost in her eyes again, couldn't wait to feel our lips touch. (I'm talking about Grace by the way).

However when I got to the school grounds, I saw more than one pair of eyes. I recognized Grace from the distance, but as I got closer I saw another figure opposite her – Kate. As I came closer, I was shocked to see that Grace was crying. I felt a surge of anger, a very potent surge of anger.

I rushed towards the two females. At once, I stood between them, hugging Grace with one hand.

"What's going on?" I asked, aggravated, looking at Kate.

"Just showing your new girlfriend who's boss!" replied Kate with a taunting smile. I looked at Grace; her eyes were red from tears, her left cheek red. Another wave of anger filled me.

"Did you hit Grace?" I asked as calmly as I could. Kate answered me by laughing (She was using the known fact that I would never hit a girl, no matter what to her advantage). Grace looked at me with fear in her eyes.

"Did… you… hit… Grace?" I repeated each word slowly. Kate was done laughing. She was smiling, but I could clearly read the worry behind her façade.

"Don't sweat it J. It's a girl thing – she needs to learn who pulls the ropes around here!" stated Kate, infuriating me further. I turned towards Grace, and kissed her on the cheek. "I'm so sorry" I whispered in her ear. I turned towards my ex once more.

"If I so much as hear that you have made any contact with Grace… I will break you" I stated, my voice barely above a whisper, containing a great amount of wrath. Kate tried to speak, but I carried on, interrupting her.

"And I will do the same to your jock friends Kate, I will break their every bone!" that made her shut up, and her smile disappear completely. "If I so much as get a taunting look from them, you will be the one to pay, Kate!" I continued. "If they so much as think of touching any of my friends, you will be the one to pay!" At that, I turned around and hugged Grace, stroking her back, trying to calm her down.

When Kate was gone (and I was pretty sure she wasn't going to bother me again – those weren't idle threats you know), me and Grace walked toward a bench that was nearby.

"Again, I'm so sorry for dragging you into this" I said apologetically (let me apologize to her for once!).

"It's not your fault" she said, pecking me on the cheek. "She is your ex isn't she?"

"Unfortunately, yes!" I replied, looking up at the morning sky.

"Did you love her?" Grace asked after a moment of silence.

"No!" the word left my mouth before I could think – well it was true, now that I think of it. "I love you, Grace". She smiled and kissed me (I think she fell in love with kissing, now that she knew how – well I didn't mind!). We laughed, and talked and kissed. I was in heaven, I truly was. And I really hoped that Grace felt the same way. We had ten more minutes before the beginning of class and we decided to spend them in each other's arms.

"I think you have arrhythmia!" stated Grace suddenly and put her ear to my chest. I smiled at her. I knew, and she knew that it wasn't arrhythmia. She was just teasing me.

"I'll show you arrhythmia!" I said and started tickling her all over. She couldn't stop giggling.

"Stop!" she screamed through an almost psychotic wave of laughter. It's only natural that I did not stop and carried on tickling her. Suddenly, throughout the chaotic dance of limbs, her elbow jerked and went straight into my face. I received a blow to the nose, a blow of immense strength. Blood started gushing from it.

Grace was in utter shock.

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" she mumbled in complete panic.

"Don't sweat it, I love you – you can do whatever you want with me!" I replied through a mouthful of blood. (The first day of us going out – and Grace was slapped, and my nose was (I'm pretty sure) broken). I lay back with my head turned upwards to stop the blood flow. Grace did not stop worrying, which made me laugh – which in turn made her worry even more for some reason – she was so cute. I loved that girl.

Lunch was a somewhat torturous for me. Grace's two best friends didn't stop asking us questions about our relationship. I decided to shut them up by kissing Grace passionately in front of them (the blood flow had stopped by the way), making pretty much the entire cafeteria understand that we were lovers.

After school, we once more went to sit on the very same bench.

"Hey, James!" said Grace, jolting up suddenly. "My birthday is next week, on Friday" she stated happily.

"Am I invited?" I asked, smiling at her. She laughed.

"Of course, you're invited - Why wouldn't I invite the person I love?" she replied.

We stared at each other silently. Did she just say she loved me? No – really, did she? I kissed her, kissed her until I was out of breath and I physically needed to stop.

"I'll try to squeeze you into my busy calendar!" I stated. "Don't get your hopes up though" I added, with an evil grin.

"I have to start looking for a present!" I said excitedly. Grace, being the modest, (beautiful, charming, cute, lovable, (did I mention beautiful?)) character of a girl, told me that gifts weren't needed.

As painful as it was, we had to say our goodbyes as I saw her parents' car approaching the school parking lot. I wondered whether Grace had told her parents about me, but that thought got lost somewhere in the demented maelstrom of thoughts that was my mind.

I walked home (Nothing new here!). I couldn't help but be aware of a feeling of elation that filled my spirit. I had so much energy – despite not eating anything throughout the day. Grace was my drug – and I needed her…

A/NYet another Chapter's done – getting closer and closer to the end. I hope people still find this enjoyable.