Just Us - Do You Believe

Just us batch 4


(Do you believe?)
* Bella *

Staring at the strange boy and his dog, I didn’t know what to do,
He’s having a conversation with his dog.
His eyes shone earlier.
He got into my room with the balcony door being locked.
I didn’t even know what do think I just stood there, my back to my door looking at the boy and his dog.
Jojo barked at his owner severally before, his owner turned to me and smiled.
What? How did he know my name.
“What?” now I was scared to death.
“Jojo and I mean no harm, we just want to be friends.!” The boy smiled.
“Okay…” I said,
Friends. Where did this boy come from.
“And we also want to tell you something very important. And now if you listen to us and…
The boy was still talking but I wasn’t listening anymore, I was planning to scream, but still if I scream I might end up being scolded by my aunt and her family and what if I end up screaming and he runs away before any one could get here.
I shook the idea of screaming and sighed.
“Okay fine…” I breathed out.
“You want to be friends?” I asked.
He nodded and his dog barked.
My inner self rolled her eyes before I said.
“Look I have rules when I be-friend someone.”
“Okay what rules?” He smiled.
“When i am friends with someone, I don’t talk to them or stay close to them!” I said, my lie isn’t coming out smooth.
The boy was confused. “What?”
“Yeah that’s how I make friends!”
Okay like seriously he is not going to buy this lie.
“So you mean if I don’t talk to you and if I stay away from you that means we’re friends?” He was sounding like he believed it, so I guess he’s buying it.
“Yeah!” I nodded.
Jojo suddenly starts to bark and the boy turned to him. And somehow he understood what Jojo was barking about, just like I was earlier.
The boy turned to me and he wore the saddest face ever.
“Jojo said that’s not how friends work.” the boy said.
Is his dog more smarter than him or… I don’t understand This situation.
“Okay maybe I don’t want to be your friend! Get it?” I sighed angrily. I’m tired of this stranger and I want him to leave.
“But why?” The boy was sad.
“You’re weird, scary and creepy, please take your dog and leave!” I said.
His dog barked and he remained quiet for a while before looking at me.
He sighed and moved closer to me.
“Okay I’m sorry for coming here like this, I really wanted to be friends, but I guess this was a wrong way to be friends, I’ll leave and I’ll take Jojo with me, I promise I will be friends with you. The normal way and won’t show you all this creepy side of me, I’m sorry… Okay then, until we meet again.” He explained and slowly raised his hand. “A handshake and I’ll be off”.
I looked at his hand, then at his face.
What is he up to?” my subconscious asked. But then it was just an handshake, if I shake him, he’ll be gone forever and then all this strange and weird things would stop.
I raised my hand and slowly took his in mine.
As we both shook hands, I felt something left my body immediately. He smiled and said “Okay till then.”
It was morning, the morning sun shone brightly inside my room and immediately my morning alarm went off.
I turned it off and smiled, I woke up before my alarm. So proud of myself.
I got ready for school that morning and the same routine with me getting in the car with my cousins happened and we were all in school in time.
I got to my class and sat down quietly, since I don’t talk to anyone I am always alone. Well I talk to Sophie, but she sits at the beginning of the class and I sit at the back and we are pretty far from each other.
Everyone got to their seats and we started the day’s work with mathematics.
After going halfway through the topic, a teenage, good looking boy walked inside the class, with our homeroom teacher Mr Jones behind him.
“Uh, sorry excuse me for a little bit,” Mr Jones said to our math teacher and she nodded and let him take over.
“Uh… Good afternoon.” Mr Jones said and the class gave a low reply.
“I know you’re all having a class now, so I’ll make this quick so Let’s all say hello to our new class mate, Fynn Hondas, Be nice to him and yeah that’s all. You can look for any empty seat, make yourself at home son.” Mr Jones said to the boy and he nodded happily before walking towards back of the class.
Towards me…
Oh nope. I was wrong, towards the empty seat beside mine.
Strange. There was never an empty seat beside mine.
The boy sat beside me, he glanced at me with a smile and I smiled at him back, I don’t want to seem rude on his first day.
Well we both turned back to the board and Mr Jones left leaving our math teacher to continue.
We had three more classes before it was time for lunch break.
As always Sophie came up to me, I didn’t say a word I just shoved my books in my bag and left with her to the cafeteria.
We both sat at our favourite table after ordering our foods and quietly ate together.
Sophie took a drink out of her apple juice and looked at me.
“I won’t be in school tomorrow” she said.
“What.. Why… What’s wrong!” I asked calmly.
She sighed. “Well there’s this event my dad said we all have to attend and even though I really don’t want to go I have no choice,”
“Oh okay,” I nodded.
“But I’m still coming over on Friday, so we can study together. Last night you won’t believe I stayed up all night studying arithmetics.” Sophie smiled happily.
“Oh , I haven’t really start to work on arithmetics but I will soon,” I shrugged.
“Really? Then what were you doing yesterday?” she asked.
“Yesterday?” I repeated trying to remember what I did yesterday.
What in the world did I do yesterday?
Goodness! I have no idea.
What in the world happened yesterday, why is my memory so blank just by remembering yesterday.
“yesterday… I guess I slept early,” I said.
“Oh well… good rest keeps the body healthy, we don’t only have to study, we also have to rest,”
I nodded still worried about the fact that I can’t remember what happened yesterday.!
“Oh… look,” sophie said looking at something behind me. “Our buddy Fynn is already having entourage, and they are all girls!”
I turned to see girls giggling and already escorting the new guy Fynn into the cafeteria.
Lucky him.
I turned back to Sophie and she was still looking at Him.
“Sophie.” the way i called her she understood my tone and rolled her eyes.
“I mean look at those doll eyes!” she laughed.
“I know. He’s good looking,” I added
She laughed. “Yeah sure, I have to admit,”
Sophie and I ignored the guy and turned back to our food. We didn’t say a word but I almost smiled, it was unlike Sophie to stare at a guy for too long, and we’ll maybe she’s just impressed by how amazingly charming Fynn looks. Well people born with good looks, that’s their proven, they get loved everywhere they go. And us, people born with not so good looks, we’re trying our best to be loved.
Sophie and I were quiet until we heard.
“Can i sit here?”
At the same time we both looked up and then glanced at each other and then backl at Fynn.
His entourage had suddenly left him and now he’s alone.
“Why?” sophie asked. “They’re tons of other table you could sit. Why here?” she sounded calm and the boy shrugged. “I don’t know, I just want to” he glanced at me.
“I’m sorry but we’ve both been sitting at this table for lunch together. Just the two of us and with another person it feels li–
“Please!” Fynn sighed.
Sophie glanced at me and then nodded at Fynn. “Why not.” she sighed. Fynn smiled and before I knew it he was sitting beside me allowing me to scoop over a bit.
“So Fynn… Welcome to HAY HIGH!” sophie said.
“Thank you!” The boy smiled with his extraordinary accent.
We glanced at his tray of food and grabbed his can of orange juice, opened it and starts to drink. Girls from the cafeteria kept gawking at our table and well he’s a real charmer alright.
“So Fynn…” sophie called…
“That’s your name right?”
Fynn nodded and asked. “If I may ask then, what is your name!?”
“Oh I’m Sophie!”
Fynn smiled and turned to me and I assumed he wants my name too.
“Well my name’s B–
“Bella!” he flashed a smile.
“How did you know… My Name?” I narrowed my eyes at him.
“Oh” he laughed nervously. “I saw it.. From your notebook in class!”.
“Okay..” I said, I mean we sit close by how could he not possibly see it.
“Okay, then, Sophie, Bella I hope we remain good friends.!” Fynn smiled.
“You see Fynn I don’t make friends with just any body, I like people who are willing to put important things first… Like school’s work, I like people who study, I love people who ace everything they do. Like Bella and I we are the good graders, we always get good grade in our results!” sophie expound.
“I love studying too. I mean who doesn’t, you don’t know but I ace everything I do too!” Fynn shrugged.
Sophie chuckled. “Okay… Having a pretty face doesn’t say it all, we’ll see what you got in our up coming test this Monday. Get ready!”.
“Race you to the highest grade.!” Fynn smiled.
“You’re competitive. I like you already!” sophie shook her head positively.
“Well thank you!”
Sophie’s competitive, really competitive, since she has found her match. It’s good luck for her.
“You’ll be taking the test too, Bella?” Fynn turned to me.
“Yeah. I will” I replied.
“Well then race you to the highest grade too” he smiled and his eyes…
They looked familiar.
Oh well, maybe they look familiar because they look too good. But whoever this guy is. Well… I don’t even know what to say about him.
(Do you believe?)
|| Bella ||
Lunch break was over and we all head back to class.
I sat down on my seat and nodded my head when I remembered I’ve gotten a new seat mate now, Fynn. The new guy.
Sophie seems to like him, well since they’ve both bet on getting highest grade on your test next week. Two competitive people. After having three extremely long classes, school was was finally over and everyone grabbed their backpacks and head to the door.
Sophie met me at the entrance of the school and we both head to the bus stop to catch the bus. Like we always do.
The bus wasn’t that full, it’s not always full cause almost half of all the student there owns a car, really cool cars you’d want to get in sometimes.
Sophie and I sat at the back of the bus, that’s like where we always stay cause it has less people and its beside the window where there’s more view.
The bus starts to drive but then suddenly stopped.
“What’s going on.” Sophie sighed.
“Maybe some one is getting on” I suggested.
And I was right someone was getting in , cause the door opened and closed again.
The bus started to drive again and Sophie breathed out a sigh of relief.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“I have to be home on time. My parents are having visitors and apparently, my brothers and I have to be home on time, to look responsible and proper” she replied.
“Can I have a sit here?” we heard a familiar voice say and both looked up to see Fynn.
“Fynn.” Sophie called.
“Can I sit?” Fynn asked again., smiling at me.
“Sure… why not.” I said as he took the empty sit beside Sophie.
“So I guess you don’t have a car like the rest of us in this bus!” sophie started.
“I don’t” Fynn laughed.
“Well looking forward to riding after school with you” sophie laughed.
“Yeah me too!” Fynn replied.
The three of us became quiet, I was mad, I wanted to start a conversation but I didn’t know what to say and Sophie beat me to it. I am such a boring person.
“So tell us more about yourself Fynn” sophie said.
“Really… what would you like to know about me?” He asked.
“Anything?” I shrugged and Sophie nodded. Well at least I said something.
Fynn smiled… at me “Anything like what?”
“Your family, age. Likes and dislikes anything at all” sophie shrugs.
“Oh well yeah sure okay, I… I just moved to this town newly and I live with my older brother.”
Fynn was nervous, and you could tell. Why would he be, or hasn’t been around girls before? But the whole cheerleader team where around him during break, so why is he nervous now.
“Wow, an older brother, so you don’t live with your parents?” sophie asked and Fynn shook his head negatively.
“Wow. Your house must be rules free.” Sophie said making Fynn laugh.
“So how old are you.?” I tried to say something and my voice sounded like shit.
“Well I’m… I think… I’m eighteen.” He said.
He thinks???
“You think?” sophie said my thoughts out loud.
“No… I mean I am.” Fynn laughed nervously.
Sophie glanced at me awkwardly before turning back to him.
“Now tells us what you like,” sophie said.
“What I like?. Well I like a lot of things.” Fynn starts to smile. “Pretty things”.
“Okay… what’s your favorite colour?” I asked.
Why did I ask that?.
Fynn answered anyways “I like pink.”
Sophie glanced at me trying to hold in her laugh.
“You know that’s such a weird colour for a boy, as cool as you!” sophie narrowed her eyes at him.
I chimed In. “I don’t think it’s weird, colours are just colours.” I shrugged.
“I know right?” sophie scoffed. “But we’re in year two thousand and twenty and he’s a boy, he really shouldn’t be saying that out loud.”.
Well she does have a point.
“Why shouldn’t I say that out loud, it’s my favourite colour” Fynn said.
“If you don’t want to loose your entourage, don’t say that out loud.” Sophie assured him, he turned to me and I nodded in agreement.
He’s so innocent.
“Maybe you should take something like. You know red, blue, black, that’s what the cool boys take as favourites” I added.
“But I’m not one of the cool boys.” Fynn said doing air quote around ‘cool’
“Then should we lend you a mirror!” sophie rolled her eyes.
“Look I don’t know what hole you came out from, but we’re just helping you out so you won’t say something stupid in front of your thousand cheerleaders girlfriends.”
“Girlfriends?” Fynn repeated looking at Sophie, he was confused.
“What. They’ve been around you all day, some even sneaked on our class just to get a sneak peek at you. Those sneaky little cheerleaders” Sophie laughed.
“Don’t worry, just try not to say you like pink in front of them” I assured Fynn and he nodded but he was still looking confused.**

“Oh thank God we’re almost at the bus stop” sophie tells me, and I remembered her early meeting with her family and guests.
“Yeah, good for you, sometimes I feel like living in this bus.” I laughed to myself.
Well I mean it.
I’m tired of that house.
“Don’t worry, one day I’ll buy a bus for you to live in” Sophia laughed… I laughed too “Thanks in advance”. I said.
The bus stopped and we all came down at the bus stop,
Sophia held her backpack firmly and smiled at Fynn and I.
“Fynn, it was nice to meet and talk to you today, and goodbye Bella. I’ll see you tomorrow in school and after school, remember I’m coming over tomorrow, to study.” Sophie said before walking away, leaving Fynn and I.
“Uhm.. Okay… goodbye,” I said and start to walk away but he seemed to be walking with me.
“Bella..?” he called and I turned.
“You’re going this way right?” Fynn asked pointing to road I’ll be taking home.
I nodded positively and his lips curved into his doll smile.
“I’ll be taking that road too, can we go together?” Fynn asked.
“Hmm sure why not!” I tried to smile.
Why do I feel nervous all of a sudden.
Oh yeah, right, I’ve never walked with a boy before.
Wow. I am so lame.
We both walked quietly in the lonely street, both of us not saying a word and I could feel my face heat up and it was awkward for me, He also happens to be the coolest guy in school, well you don’t get to see that everyday.
Walking with him was one thing, and being so quiet was another thing that made me feel even more awkward.
“So where do you live?” I started a conversation and almost cried when my voice sounded like a mess.
I cleared my throat and looked away.
“I live… I live… Well I live around.” Fynn shrugged.
“Oh okay,” I said.
We both remained quiet and I didn’t know when my legs starts to speed up.
Wow I am such a weirdo.
“Hey Bella… Wait up!” Fynn laughed behind me and walked up to me.
“Oh sorry, I’m just in a hurry I have something to do at home!” I lied with a nervous laugh.
“Well should we walk faster then, we’re almost at your house.!” he said pointing to my house.
Wait. What?
“How do you know my house” I was shocked.
“Oh I… I… there was… A way you kept looking at it so I decided to guess and it was your house… So I was right” Fynn expound.
We both walked quietly without saying a word and I breathed a sigh of relief when I finally appeared in front of my house.
“Well… Goodbye” I said and disappeared inside like someone being chased.
I got to my room and placed my backpack on the floor. The thought of acting weird earlier made me cringe and I shook my head negatively and decided to take a shower.
After taking a shower, I ate dinner by myself and start to study,
I closed my books immediately it was 7:30pm and sighed, that’s it for today, I need some beauty sleep, who am I kidding, beauty sleeps doesn’t work on me.
I stood up from my bed, shoved my books in my backpack and walked out of my room and to my balcony, the evening breeze welcomed me and I breathed out a sigh of relief.
I looked at the tree opposite my balcony and the name ‘Jojo’ suddenly sang in my head…
I mean, I was confused but I didn’t allow that get to me, I decided to go back in when I heard my name.
It echoed and looked around,
Who the hell is calling, that voice doesn’t sound like my aunt, uncle or cousins. Who could it be.
“Bella down here!” I heard again and I looked down from my balcony and I could see a boy standing and waving at me.
I looked closely and saw it was Fynn, the day was getting dark but it was still bright enough for me to see it was Fynn, he had his bright smile and his hand never stopped…
“What are you doing… Here.. Here?” I stuttered. Trying to make my voice audible at the same time quiet.
“Oh I told you, I live around.” He smiled. “My house is like two blocks away from here, I just came to say Hi” He said and I nodded.
“Okay then… Hi” I said with a small wave.
He came to say hi… To Bella
That’s an honour.
“I’ll be off then, goodnight!” He smiled, I smiled back and immediately he walked away I heard a knock on my front door.
I quickly left my balcony and hurried to answer the door.
I opened the door and Jane stood there with her phone.
“Jane…” I called softly.
“Yeah, hey Bella, mom wants you downstairs.” she said.
What did I do?.
“Oh really? Why?” I asked, my heart was pounding.
“I don’t know actually, I think she won something and wants everyone to have dinner together, she’s just happy, so come Downstairs” Jane said before walking away.
I’ve already had dinner without them, but seriously this is an honour, having dinner with my aunt and cousins, it has never happened before.
Is today my lucky day or what?
Are they finally seeing me, have I become Visible.!??
I closed the door to my room and walked out of my room.
As I made it down the stairs my heart made an uneasy rhythm.
I came face to face with my aunt’s entire family in the dining room and for the first time in three weeks, she smiled at me.
“Why don’t you join us for dinner Bella, or you’ve already had dinner?” she asked.
“Uhm.. No I haven’t” I lied, she smiled and I took a sit beside Jane cause she looks like the only person who likes me after our small Conversation about Sean and Jennifer kissing.
The food on our plates were mouth watering, hot and ready to eat, my aunt and uncle ate, while Jane and Jennifer focused on their phones.
“For once in your lives, keep your phones away and eat!” My aunt yelled at her daughters and they both rolled their eyes and obeyed.
“Why aren’t you eating?” my uncle asked me…
“Oh…i am” I said lowly, before grabbing my fork.
We both ate quietly but my aunt and her husband kept smiling at each other, and goodness my aunt has my dad features too much.
“But seriously” Jennifer started. “Jane did you see the guy at school today?”.
“I did… He Was good looking and he’s a senior too” Jane said uninterested about the sudden conversation.
“Like he’s so hot and I heard he’s name is Fynn” Jennifer giggled.
Here we go.
“So what now. Are you going to make him yours?” Jane asked sarcastically.
“If I have an opportunity to talk to him, he’s all mine, I’ll bet you on that one.” Jennifer boasted.
Jane rolled her eyes. “With your ugly looking nose and teeth who’s going to fall for someone like you!”.
Jennifer was shocked by the insult but she didn’t let Jane win that easily.
“Well I guess Sean fell for my ugly looking nose and teeth when he kissed me!” Jennifer smirked.
Jane stabbed her fork on the table and turned to her twin..
“You bitch” Jane gritted angrily.
“Yeah kissing people’s boyfriend Is what I do, how do you like that?” Jennifer laughed.
“Jennifer……….!” My aunt called angrily.
“What mom..? You heard what she said about me!”
“Why don’t you try to have some manners okay! And don’t ruin my mood!” my aunt yelled.
Jennifer grunt and stood up angrily.
“Yell all you want mom, I’ve given her a taste of her own medicine, i will now have my dinner in my room” Jennifer said before walking away.
Jane sighed and turned to her mom. “Why didn’t you just give birth to me. Why twins, why her? I can choose Bella over that beast’.
“Jane, don’t call your sister a beast”. My aunt sighed.
“But she is!” Jane rolled her eyes.
“Jane…” her father scolded.
“Whatever, you’re both biased anyways”. Jane said eating her food angrily.
I ate mine quietly not saying anything, until my name was called by my aunt.
“Yes…” I replied softly, well this woman give me the chills.
“So one of my daughter ruined my mood, but I’m still happy, something good happened to me today, and you don’t get this everyday, now tell me if there’s anything you’d want me to get for you, anything at all!” my aunt asked.
“Anything?” Jane interrupted.
“She’s not talking to you” her father chimed in.
“It’s okay, I don’t need anything!” I said.
“Are you sure? Tell me now!” My aunt repeated.
Well what do I want.?
“Well I’ll be studying with Sophie tomorrow and I was wondering if I could go to her place to study!” I said, I want that permission, I want to leave this place for once.
“No. You can invite any friend you want. But going over to a friend Is a no, have you seen Jane and Jennifer gone out before?” my aunt asked…
Well she doesn’t know, but they do sneak out a lot
“So tell me anything else?” my aunt continued.
“A phone.” Jane helped…
I glanced at her, thanking her for the idea.
“Oh right, you need one right?” my aunt smiled and I nodded happily.
“A phone it is!” Her husband smiled and she nodded.
“Oh and about your study group you’re having tomorrow, instead of using your tight room, you can use the study room in the house and Jane and Jennifer will be joining you!” My aunt said…
“Oh okay.” I tried to hide my smile.
“What? But I don’t want to study!” Jane groaned.
“You will too” My aunt said before standing up and leaving with her husband.
“This is all your fault” Jane pouted at me.
“I’m sorry” my voice was low.. We were the only ones in the dining room.
“It’s okay, but what’s better than having a new phone?” she smiled and I smiled at the idea.
“Hey,” Jane said quietly, “Don’t worry, she’ll know I did it all, just come help me dye all Jennifer’s white cloth to brown with the washing machine”.
“come on, she’ll have no idea, just help me, she’s in her room now, I’d like to see her kiss that!” Jane said pulling me up and to the laundry room.
Well we’re going to do that, but wait! is today my lucky day or what??
T. B. C

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