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"So how was your day?" Brett asked collapsing on the couch.

"Ok. Would you believe the people who can pay. Get to stay in this flash motel and have people wait on them? It's disgusting!" I said.

"Poor Mary-Kate has to clean up after them. And talk to cute boys whilst doing it. The poor thing!" Ashley said sarcastically, walking over to sit next to Matt.

I saw Brett look a little upset.

"We were just talking" I informed Ashley hotly.

She just raised her eyebrows and smiled, "I know"

I sat down to Brett "Hey! What happened to your arm?" I asked seeing the cut.

"It's nothing" He said uncomfortably"

"If you don't attend to that you'll get an infection. Come on" I said grabbing his hand and leading him to the bathroom "We got some first aid stuff today" I said taking a box from the cupboard. I opened it and pulled out some disenfectent.

"What are you gonna do with that?" He asked eying it suspiciously.

"Clean the wound"

"Nuh-uh!" he said starting for the door.

"Not so fast! I said catching the back of his shirt and pulling him back. "SIT!" I said pointing to the edge of the bathtub.

Looking rather scared he obeyed.

"It'll sting a little" I said putting some disenfectent on a tissue

He winced "great!"

I put the tissue down on the cut.

"AUGH!" He leapt a couple of feet "You said 'a little!'"

I put my hands on my hips "wimp!"

"I am not a wimp!"

"Sure!" I said sarcastically, knowing my plan would work.

He sulked and sat back down. I finished cleaning the cut.

"There that wasn't so bad was it?"

He made a sarcastic face and started to get up to go back to the other room.

I grabbed his good arm. "Where are you going?"

"Back in there?" He pointed.

I made a sad face "Can't we talk for awhile?"

"We can talk out there" he said. Man! Boys can be so dumb sometimes.

"Yeah, but everyone else is out there"


I went and sat down, rubbing my arm as it still was stinging from the disinfectant. I didn't know what to think about the 'cute guy' Ashley was talking about. Was I going to lose Mary-Kate after coming so close? I really didn't need this especially so close to going off fighting. She was my reason to go and fight. I wondered how come this boy wasn't going off to fight with us, but chose not to pursue the situation any further.

She watched me for a few minutes looking rather frustrated.

"What?!" I eventually asked.

She sighed and shook her head

This was so confusing. I didn't know what to think. I needed frensh air and started walking towards the door.

"Fine!" she said angrily "Go!"

She brushed past me and out the door of the apartment

"Where could she be going?" I thought to myself. I looked back at the group and THEY just stared with their mouth open. "What!?" I yelled and walked out the door.

I looked down the hall and saw Mary-Kate disappear around the corner. Do I follow her or go off on my own? That is the question

I decided that I was too steamed and went to the front of the building and lay on a bench, watching the stars. I remembered the nights that Mary-Kate and I lay in the park watching the stars as they came out. Things were so simple then.

"Man that math test was so hideous!" Mary-Kate said sitting next to me on the grass.

"Tell me about it!" I said with a laugh "I'm gonna be having nightmares about fractions for weeks!"

"Me too!" She shook her head as though trying to shake off the memory.

"The stars are so bright tonight." She said looking up.

"Almost as bright as your eyes." I said to myself.

"What was that?" Mary-Kate asked me puzzled.

"Huh? Oh.. I said..." thinking fast. "I said... what a surprise!" I said nervously.

"Oh..." was all she said.

She laid back on the grass watching the stars.

I just sat there watching her

I was brought back to reality when I heard someone walking up.

I turned around to see Mary-Kate standing there.

Chapter 12

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