"Huhhhh," I sighed rather obnoxiously for what seemed like the hundredth time during "our" short walk from lunch, hoping that the two people in front of me would hear me, somehow. Apparently, though, they were just too engrossed in each other to take into account their best friend behind them. God, two people start dating and suddenly the rest of the world is dead to them.

The two people I'd be referring to are my best friend Adelyn and her newest boyfriend, Cameron. Ever since they started dating a week ago, all I'd felt like was a third wheel. Me and my other best friend Chloe have a long standing (as in, week-standing) joke where we're the third and fourth wheels. It's pretty laughable, really; we'd never have expected ourselves to be in this type of situation.

Ever since Addie and Cam started going out, I've felt a bit peeved at Addie. I mean, we've been best friends since the beginning of freshman year. But even though I've technically only known her for two and a half years, I feel like I've known her my whole life, like we're sisters. I know she doesn't mean it intentionally, and so does Chloe—Addie is the nicest person you'll ever meet—she's the school's resident "nice girl." It still stings, nonetheless.

I was pulled out of my reverie when I heard my name being called.

"Ellie? Earth to Eleanor!"

"Don't call me that!" I snapped, turning around to see who the offender was. "Oh, sorry, Colin, I didn't know it was you."

"S'okay," he replied, giving me a grin. "You know I do it just to annoy you." He winked, and I rolled my eyes at him. He chuckled. "Anyway, what's eating you?" he questioned. "You snapped at me, and the look in your eyes could've vaporized a small animal."

"Oh, it's nothing, really," I replied, glancing up at Addie and Cameron. His quick hazel eyes followed my gaze and then flicked back to my brown ones, smirking.

"Ah, so you've got the Jealousy bug?" he asked, still smiling. "You told me you knew it was inevitable, that they'd go out. Why so surprised at how they're acting?"

"I do not, yes, I said that, and I'm not," I replied in tandem, sighing for the hundred and first time that afternoon. "It's not that I'm surprised or jealous, it's just… I feel left out now. I guess they just need time to let it sink in, or something."

"Sure, you're not jealous. And you're not pale, either," he poked my rather pale arm jestingly.

I was used to his sarcastic remarks, so I chose to ignore that last comment. "I'm not jealous," I retorted. "What would I be jealous of, Colin? The fact that I don't have someone to mush over and throw googly-eyes at? I don't think so."

"Whatever," he sang, recognizing the tone of my voice; he knew I knew he was at least partially right. Great, further inflation of his already large ego was not what I needed right now.

"Well, I've got to go this way," Colin said, indicating upstairs with his thumb, "but you can text me next period, if you want. It's only HOPE; you know, learning about vitamins and minerals can wait if you need me." This was the very reason why I chose to associate myself with Colin—despite his near constant teasing me and his overly arrogantattitude, he had his sweet moments.

"Alright, I will," I replied with a small smile. He smiled back and turned to make his way up the staircase. I spun back around and continuing following Addie and Cam, sighing yet again.

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It was now Friday—school was finally over for the week. I'd really had no other contact with anyone else this week beside Colin. Addie and Chloe weren't in any of my classes except for first period and lunch, and Chloe didn't even sit with Addie, Cam, and the rest of our small group of friends. I guess that's what I get for only having a few close friends and really no one else.

"Hey, girlie," I heard Chloe's voice behind me, "wait up!" She jogged a bit to catch up with me and my long legs.

"Hey, Chloe," I said. "How's your day been?"

"Pretty god-damn boring," she replied. For such a pretty face she sure could have a sailor's mouth sometimes.

"Hmm, can't've been worse than mine," I qualified.

"Third-wheeling?" she asked knowingly, smirking.

"Yeah," I laughed, "done any fourth-wheeling?" She laughed, too.

"So, could you give me a ride home, Elle? Adam already left…" Her brother.

"Of course," I replied. "Just let me swing by my locker."

"'Kay," she replied; this was a regular routine. "Meet you at your car!" She walked off. I kept walking towards the hallway entrance and saw Addie walking towards me… by herself. I almost did a double take, and mentally barricaded my mouth against snarky comments.

"Hey, Ellie," she greeted.

"Hey, Addie," I replied, trying to sound at least a bit annoyed. It was just so damn hard to stay mad at this girl! "Where's Cameron?" I asked innocently.

"He had to leave early, dentist's appointment," she clarified.

"Ahh," I said, adding under my breath, "You mean you didn't go with him?" knowing she wouldn't hear.

"Yep," she said cheerily. "And actually, I was wondering, could you give me a ride home? My mom can't pick me up for forty five minutes; she had to stay late today."

"Sure," I replied easily. Again, quite a typical occurance. Addie's mom was a teacher at the elementary school across town, and frequently was required to stay later.

We headed toward our adjacent lockers through the deserted hall- it was Friday, everyone had already ran out the doors minutes ago- in step, arms brushing slighty.

For only a moment that day, everything was back to normal.

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(Something that had been sitting on my computer for a year. I re-read it and decided to post. Hope you enjoyed it. :) –Katie)