I took the bus home from the the library. I walked from the bus stop to my house and unlocked the front door when I arrived. Walking in, I sighed and locked the door behind me. I slowly trudged up the stairs and thought about how I barely got any homework done at the library. Doing it at home really is better afterall.
Flopping down onto my bed when I got to my room, I couldn't stop thinking about the eyes of glasses boy. I really wanted to know his name. He was quite mesmerizing. Finally, after five minutes of this, I got up and grabbed my history homework. I decided to try to conquer the twenty questions of pure torture again, after my failed attempt in the library.
Ugh...the library. I had to get this out of my system. I turned on my phone and dialed Reese's number. The moment she picked up, I exclaimed "Reese, you have got to help me."
"Woah, okay. Calm down. What's the problem?"
"I can't concentrate on anything. Not a thing." I complained.
"And that's because?"
"I hate to say it, but, I'm thinking about a guy. Trust me, this is probably good news for you, but I'm not enjoying this."
I heard Reese make some weird squealing sounds and then she asked "Is it that glasses guy?" I paused for a moment, then reluctantly said "Yes..."
Reese squealed again and I could hear her cheering. "Oh, Cat. It's not going to be long before you do enjoy it." She assured me. I thought to myself that this was a mistake and that I should probably keep anything else to myself. I sighed and said "I need to do my homework. I want to do well in school and get into a good university."
"Awww. You're too uptight, Cat"
"I just don't want to fail in life." I walked over to my bed and sat down on the springy matress. Just then, Maya came into my room and hopped onto my lap. She purred and rubbed her head against me. I stroked her soft ears and then said to Reese "Well, I just hope I can study like usual."
"You'll be fine, honey." Reese reassured me. I said goodbye to her and hung up, then I sighed and fell back on my soft covers. Hugging Maya, I thought to myself, What am I gonna do?
I made a note to myself that I absolutely couldn't skip out on studying but I could try attaining a boyfriend. With a positive attitude in mind, I got up again and worked on my homework until I thought I couldn't write anymore.
The next morning, I woke up to the same annoying beeping alarm clock. I rubbed my drowsy eyes and sat up. Maya wasn't in the room and I had nothing to occupy myself with, so I got up and got ready for school. Walking into the bathroom, I stared into the mirror at my reflection and my plain, brown hair. I decided to put it into a messy bun. I sighed and thought, This'll have to do. I picked out a loose, knitted sweater and a pair of dark jeans from my closet and changed.
When I got to the kitchen, I found Maya sitting on the dinner table. I filled her bowl with cat food and she immediately leaped off of the table to eat her breakfast. I heard footsteps from the stairs and saw my sister, Ava, lazily trudging down them. She was wearing normal casual clothes, but she looked like she was partying all night last night.
"Woah, what happened to you?" I questioned her.
"Ugh, don't ask. I don't ever want to drink again." She rubbed her head and headed to the cupboard where we keep the Tylenol. I rolled my eyes. And that's why I don't drink or go to parties, I thought to myself. I went ahead and made myself a bowl of oatmeal while ignoring Ava's groaning and complaining.
After eating, I grabbed my bag, scratched Maya behind the ears, and left the house. Right when I exited the door, I caught a glimpse of something completely uncalled for. I squinted my eyes to get a better look, and there he was. Glasses boy. I couldn't believe it. How did I never notice that he lived on my street? Those eyes are probably the most brilliant thing I have ever seen in my life and I was completely unaware of that matter.
I sighed and started my walk to the bus stop, trying to avoid any contact with him. It was a failed cause. I kept on sneeking glimpses at him. He was wearing a plad shirt, jeans and a beanie. His glasses complemented the outfit very well and didn't make him look any less attractive. I found myself alternating between watching him and watching where I was going so I didn't crash into a pole, or something as stereotypical as that.
All of a sudden, I felt two hands grasp my shoulders and someone blow my ear. I screamed, but the instant sound came out of my throat, the person covered my mouth. Reese's laughter came out from behind me and I turned around to see her holding her stomach and wiping tears from her face.
"You nearly gave me a heart attack!" I exclaimed
"That was hilarious! Cat, you are SO vulnerable." Her laughter dialed down to giggles and she straightened herself out. "What were you looking at?" She asked me.
"Nothing. Just thinking." I replied. My answer wasn't entirely a lie, just not the whole story.
"Right, right. Okay then." Reese rolled her eyes, acting like she knew everything about me.
We continued walking to the bus stop together and I was listening to Reese complain about her boyfriend Parker. Well, I say I was listening to her, but I was just blindly agreeing with her and staring at glasses boy who was walking in front of us. His back looked broad from my perspective, and I wondered what it looked like without his shirt.
I kept on daydreaming until I heard a sharp snapping sound beside my ear and Reese calling my name.
"Catherine! What the hell are you thinking about? Are you even listening?"
I jolted and shook my head.
"Y-yeah. I'm listening."
Reese rolled her eyes at me again and said "You're acting kind of out of it this morning. Everything okay?"
"Yeah. I'm fine." I reassured her. We arrived at the bus stop, but the bus wasn't here yet. The air was a little chilly and I regreted not wearing a jacket or a scarf with my sweater. I looked around at the group of teenagers that were waiting for the bus, like Reese and I were. I spotted Parker in the small crowd and waved at him. He saw me, waved back and then shuffled over to me and Reese.
"Hey Catherine." He greeted me cheerfully. "Hey babe." He stood behind Reese and gave her a small peck on the cheek, then proceeded to putting his hands on her shoulders and rubbed them in an attempt to warm her up. She smiled and greeted him back while looking over her shoulder.
I had no significant other to say good morning to, so I just hugged my arms and stayed silent. Someone accidentally bumped me and I looked to my left, to see glasses boy standing next to me. He noticed me and grinned. I probably looked like a dwarf compared to him. We would look a bit awkward as a couple, since our difference in height was so large.
Suddenly, he said "Hey. I'm Jayden. You were the girl I kept on bumping into, aren't you?"
I was surprised that he remembered me. "Yes I am. My name's Catherine, by the way."
"I never noticed you lived so close to me." He remarked.
"Yup. Right down the street." I started rubbing my own arms in an attempt to keep myself warm, and I was rocking back and forth on my feet, trying to keep myself in motion. Jayden seemed to notice I felt cold so he offered me his leather jacket he was carrying.
"Oh, no no. I couldn't. Aren't you cold?" I denied his offer.
"It's fine. I don't feel the cold. Besides, I think you need it more." He chuckled. I gave in a took the jacket from him.
"Thank you." I thanked him for the jacket, and draped it over my shoulders. It was slightly warm from his body heat when he was holding it, and it warmed me up in an instant. I noticed it smelled faintly like him, of men's shampoo, and thought to myself, Do all men smell like this?
My thoughts were interrupted when Jayden asked "So, what classes are you taking?"
"Well, I'm taking biology and chemmistry, english, advanced functions, french, music...Can't think of any others at the moment." I counted the courses I took this year using my fingers.
"Music? That's sort of random, with everything else you're taking."
"I like music. And it acts as sort of a breather for the sciences and the math." I told him.
"Did you join the concert band?" He asked me another question.
"I was in it during my grade nine and ten year, but I stopped this year so I could focus on studying."
He nodded in understanding, but said "That's a pity. They seem to have gotten better this year."
I laughed and said "They have, thanks to all the enthusiastic freshmen." I used air quotes on the word enthusiastic, but he was pretty on point.
Jayden smiled at me and his blue eyes twinkled in the sunlight, through his glasses. I smiled back at him, and then looked at the ground, trying to hold back my happiness. I felt like I would burst if I looked at him for an entire minute. I guess I did like him a little bit.
"I joined the band. Thought it would be fun." He put his hands in his jean pockets and shrugged.
I looked back up at him, but I had to shield my eyes from the sun because I had to turn my head up to actually see his face, from my height.
"Did you? What do you play?" I asked him the question this time.
"Trombone." He replied. I smiled at that.
"That's what I played."
I saw the bus come from around the corner and turned around to look at Reese and Parker. They had their eyes locked on each other and were gazing at one another like there was no tomorrow. I shook Reese's shoulder to grab her attention.
"Reese. The bus is here." I informed her.
She looked at me, and then back at Parker.
"I'm sorry Cat, but can I sit with Parker today?" She finally fully looked at me and held my hand in both of hers. I sighed in disappointment, but let her sit with her boyfriend today.
Well, who the hell am I gonna sit with?
I looked back in Jayden's direction and he was staring at me. He seemed to hear the conversation and offered to sit with me. I looked surprised. I never thought he would want to get close to me, someone he just met, and talk to me for the entire wait for the bus, nonetheless the bus ride. I had no other options though, so I reluctantly took his offer.
"S-sure. I mean, if you're okay with me." I blushed a little bit and looked at my boots. He gestured for me to walk in front of him and we boarded the bus. I looked around for any empty seats and luckily, there was one. I sat down first by the window, then Jayden sat beside me by the aisle. The bus started moving and we were on our way to school. I had no idea how strong my self-control would be during the ride, especially with Jayden so close. I looked up at him and stared at his glasses. I just couldn't get enough of how good he looked in them. This time, his hair looked really soft and I wondered what it would feel like to run my fingers through it.
Suddenly, the bus made a right turn and that made the whole bus lurch in that direction. Jayden leaned in that direction too and I was in the perfect position for him to touch me. I tried to glue myself to the side of the bus to avoid any physical contact with him, even though I still had his jacket draped over my shoulders. I noticed that, took it off and handed it to him.
"Here. You can have it back."
He looked at me with slightly concerned eyes. "Are you sure? You can keep for the entire day." He pushed it back towards me.
"No its oka-"
I was about to reply when the bus made another right turn and forced Jayden towards me, again. This time however, I didn't have enough time to react and my face ended up against him. I wasn't the only one that was touching someone, as his hand was on my leg, probably because he wanted to put his hand on the seat so he wouldn't fall over, but that's not where it ended up. I quickly moved away and I'm pretty sure my face was red like a tomato. He blushed a little bit too and gently took the jacket from me.
"Thanks..." He thanked me in a quiet voice, and for the rest of the bus ride, we stayed silent.
Hi again! I decided to post this chapter a bit early and make it a bit longer since I probably won't update next week because I'll be busy. From then on though, I really hope I can update weekly. Hope you enjoyed this chapter and reviews are always helpful! Thanks!