I woke up facing James; he looks so cute when he’s asleep. I get out of bed to use the bathroom. I walk out of James’ bedroom and walk towards the bathroom. I didn’t think I had to worry about anyone seeing me in just James’ tee shirt and underwear because his parents’ bedroom was downstairs and they had their own bathroom. But, as I walk into the bathroom doorway I bump right into a guy. “Woah” he says. “Sorry” I say. “Who are you?” He asks. “Ava… who are you?” I ask too.
“My name’s Derek; I’m James’ cousin.”
“Oh, I’m Ava; James’ girlfriend.”
“Does Frank and Amy know you spent the night?” That’s James’ parents’ names.
“Yeah, they said it was fine. Now can I use the bathroom or are you going to ask me 20 questions?”
“Wow, sassy and sexy. James got the whole package.” Derek says with a wink. I just squeeze past him and go into the bathroom and shut the door. Why was James’ cousin here? I go pee then come back out. I peak my head out the door and look both ways making sure Derek isn’t there. I slowly and quietly tip-toe my way back the James’ room, but right before I get there I hear, “Hey Ava, come here a second.” It’s Derek. “Can’t I put on some pants first?” I say sarcastically and a bit rude.
“Fine, but it makes it less enjoying for me to talk to you.” I roll my eyes at him and he laughs. I go into James’ room and put on a pair of his sweatpants. I walk back out and down the hall to where I saw Derek’s head pop out to talk to me. I walk in, “What no knock?” He asks sarcastically. I just glare at him. “No, no knock.” I state. “Fine, Mrs. Crabby-pants.” He says. “What is it that you wanted?” I try to say a bit nicer. “I want to talk to you.” He says. “Fine, ask away.” I say as I sit down on the desk chair. He’s sitting on the edge of the bed. “Well, tell me a bit about yourself!” He says. “Fine. Okay, umm. My name is Ava Johanson. I’m a freshman and 15 years old. And James is my boyfriend. What else do you want to know?” I snap.
“Are you a virgin?” He jokes and laughs. I scowl at him. “No, actually I’m not. Next?” He stares blankly at me like he didn’t think I’d answer the question then shakes his head and focuses again. “Um, don’t you want to know a little bit about me?” He asks. “Fine, go ahead.” I say.
“Haha, well. My name is Derek; I’m 17 years old and a junior in high-school. And I’m single and I play on the varsity football team with your boyfriend, my cousin. Did you know James is a sophomore?”
“Yeah, considering I’m his girlfriend, I’d probably know that.” I say sarcastically.
“Hmm. Last I knew, James was dating a girl named Emily.”
“Yeah, well James is too good for Emily. She’s a bi*tch.”
“Well, you’re kind of bi*tchy too.”
“No, usually I’m not, but it’s the morning and you were being an a*ss.”
“No I wasn’t!” He says defensively.
“You kind of were. You called your cousin’s girlfriend sexy and then didn’t want her to put pants on…”
“I was joking about the pants and you are sexy… Do you want me to lie and call you fat or ugly.”
“No, trust me I hear that enough.”
“People call you fat or ugly? How?”
“They just do because I suffer from eating disorders and low self-esteem, but it’s getting better now that I’m with James.”
“Hey trust me, you’re practically a stranger so I wouldn’t lie to you. You are no where, NO WHERE, near fat or ugly.”
“Thanks.” I say looking down.
“No problem” he says.
“Well, I better go back to James’ room…”
“Okay.” I start walking out the door but right before I leave, I turn around, “Really though, thank you for saying that.”
“No problem” he repeats, this time with a smile.
“So, do you like live here?” I ask before I leave.
“Yeah, my parents travel a lot, so I moved in here so I could stay in one school instead of moving all the time. I moved into Camille’s bedroom after she passed… You know about Camille, right?”
“Yeah, I do… It’s tragic.” I say frowning.
“Yeah, it is.” He says back. I walk down the hall and back to James’ room. I get back into bed, but I cant fall back to sleep; I was too awake. Shortly after I get back in bed; James wakes up. “Morning, beautiful.” He says to me sleepily. “Morning, babe” I kiss him. He gets up to use the bathroom and I wait for him. “You back for more?” I hear Derek say jokingly. “What the f--- are you talking about?” James says. “Oh, I thought you were your girlfriend.” James finished peeing and walks into Derek’s room. I can hear every word.
“You know Ava?” James says quickly.
“Yeah, we got to know each other pretty well this morning… if you know what I mean.” Derek says as if he was bragging.
“You stay away from her!” James yells jealously.
“Ha! Try and make me.” Derek says back.
“She wont do anything with you, Derek, she loves me.”
“Ha! We’ll see, now wont we.” James walks fast back into his room to me. “Did you do something with my cousin?” James yells at me accusingly.
“Of course not! We talked!” I yell back, mad that he’d assume that.
“You better be telling the truth Ava!”
“Stop being a jealous jacka*ss James! Bring me home now!”
“No, I’ll bring you home when I’m ready to!” He yells at me. I have never seen him so mad and jealous. I was mad at him for yelling at me like that. Derek walks into the doorway all dressed, “Do you want me to give you a ride home Ava?” Derek asks nicely, but trying to push it in James’ face. “No, she doesn’t” James answers for me.
“Actually, yes I do. Thank you Derek.” I say looking at James. His face drops, like he was ready to cry. “Do you like motorcycles?” Derek asks.
“I love them!” I answer still glaring at James. I walk past James who is still standing there stunned. Derek brings me outside to the motorcycle. He gets on it and starts it. “Alright, get on!” Derek yells over the roaring motor. I look back at James who is standing in the door way. “Ava, I swear if you get on that motorcycle then we’re done!” James says. Why is he being like this all of a sudden? I look at Derek who nods his head to get on. Then I look back at James who is standing there, arms crossed, and tapping his foot obnoxiously with an angry and upset face. I get on the motorcycle, wrap my hands around Derek, and we drive off.