I’d love for you to check out a new story that I will be posting Called A Teacher’s Envy. This involves a character based on Jared Leto’s well-known character Jordan Catalano from the hit show, My So Called Life. Please check out the preview below. And please feel free to start reading on my wattpad soon! The amazing cover is by @letosangels!!
First Chapter out in the fall!
Ms. Harper is one of the finest high school teachers at Freeman High School. One of her students, Jay, is developing an extreme crush on her. After one fateful tutoring session, they both kiss and he suddenly vanishes for the rest of the year. When he returns his senior year, he knocks Ms. Harper off her feet. Trying to remain appropriate, she consistently denies her feelings from him, but Jay insists on break down her walls through seduction. She slips into his trap as they enter a passionate love affair, but struggles to keep it under wraps from the computer science teacher who has pined and vied Ms. Harper’s attention for years. He becomes obsessed over Ms. Harper and Jay’s relationship as envy clouds his judgments.
Will the obsessions of both student and colleague lead to Ms. Harper’s demise or will she leave unscathed in this messy love triangle?
😆 So let’s get this trending shall we? **************************************************************************************** I hope you guys are excited for Chapter 3 because it took me a lot of time to work on and I’m extremely happy with the outcome. There’s gonna be love and hate. Questions and answers. Shannon and Jared. Plus (Y/N) of course. 😁So buckle up buttercups ! Here we go…. ———————————————————————————————————
“Jared!” Jared suddenly jolted and turned to his right to the sound of the voice calling his name. “Dude, you coming in or….?” Shannon said in a questioning tone.
“Yeah…yeah,sorry.” Jared said shaking his head clear of his thoughts and getting out of the car, grabbing his bookbag in the process. What’s up with him? Shannon thought as the two brothers walked through the faded front doors of the small school together.Shannon looked around to scout the halls while Jared just looked ahead trying not to draw more attention than he got on a regular day. *WHISTLE* “What’s up ladies?” Shannon said sweetly to a group of what looked like freshman girls standing by the yellow lockers.
The girls smiled brightly and waved at him.“I’m gonna have to catch you later bro.” Shannon said smirking at Jared while backing away slowly towards the giggling girls.Jared just nodded thinking to himself, Some things never change. He scoffed rolling his eyes with a small smile and walked to his assigned locker with his backpack slung over his right shoulder. Jared just leaned his back against the dented locker and closed his eyes for a second to prepare for the long day ahead of him. He let out a breath and then it all started.
The voice of some varsity football player named Brad filled his ears. “So the loser didn’t drop out yet…” Brad said loudly to his buddy across the hall from Jared’s locker.They clearly looked right at Jared insinuating they were talking about him. Jared just stared back. Seriously? The first bell hasn’t even rang yet.I mean come on… Jared pushed his back off his locker and started to walk to English. “Oh, is the goth queen deaf now!?” Brad exclaimed after Jared. Jared let it roll off him though and shook his head slightly, licking his lips to keep himself from saying anything to get him into trouble.
First period came and went quickly. Jared just sat in the back row the entire time replaying that moment that’s been plaguing his mind since that hot summer day.
~~~(Flashback to that summer day)~~~
Jared hopped into the Impala with his camera in hand. He was heading down to the Calcasieu River that runs all the way to the Gulf.
There’s one spot in particular he had been planning to see today. There’s an old rusted railroad bridge crossing part of the river shielded by trees on either bank and Jared liked to sit there and take pictures sometimes. He had captured moments at sunrise,sunset,fall,winter and spring. Today he planned to get some shots of the hot summer night as the fireflies emerged over the river at dusk.
Jared drove his car at a leisurely pace down the small paved road until he turned off onto a dirt road leading to his destination.He parked the black car as far off the side of the road as he could and continued on foot.He could hear the crunch of dirt and rocks as his black converse hightops kicked up little brown clouds of dirt. The road wasn’t too far from where the train tracks were. Jared just had to walk farther up and climb the hill covered with thick green summer foliage. Once he was at the top he followed the tracks to the bridge. It wasn’t covered so he was relieved to have some trees close by to provide shade for this time of day. He got there late in time to sit for a couple of hours and think while snapping photos until dusk. Jared sat down on the metal side of the bridge catching his breath and let his torn jean clad legs dangle. He could smell the oxidized scent of rust on the tracks mixed with a whiff of the honey suckles nearby every time a gentle breeze would cross over the river. The sun was low in the sky like it was tired and couldn’t be bothered to stay up any longer, turning into a weight soon to fall. There was a buzz of crickets and cicadas in the trees setting a calm atmosphere that Jared seeked. He had been rehersing with the guys earlier and after a day filled with music and noise he just wanted quiet. He loved the music but this was on a different end of the spectrum.
Jared started taking pictures while he sat on the warm bridge feeling the sun heat his shoulders in his black tank top. First was a picture of this old tree that fell into the murky waters of the river below exposing it’s tremendous roots and protruding out into the water, creating a space for the animals. Second was a shot of two hawks circling the sky above,gliding on the wind effortlessly in a downward spiral. It must be nice to have a companion to fly with like that , being free. Someone to take a plunge with. Just then one of the hawks swooped down at lightning speed and dove to the water with a splash before flapping it’s chocolate brown feathered wings at the last second and soaring back up ,clutching a fish in its sharp talons. Jared snapped a picture and that’s when it happened. That moment was when his world changed.
He noticed movement in his peripheral in the water below the bridge. It was a gliding movement so graceful and delicate. He didn’t make a sound except for his deep breathing in the heat. The movement continued out from under the bridge into the middle of the river. It was a girl swimming out here all alone. Maybe I have heatstroke. Jared thought. She swam in the refreshing water seeming to enjoy her time here alone in the river. Jared watched intrigued as the mystery girl swam over to a small strip of land that jutted out into the water.
Her (Y/S/C) skin stood out against the clouded water in the dim light of the afternoon sun. The water droplets glistened on her skin as they ran down her beautifully curved body as she emerged from the water to dry off. Jared couldn’t help but stare at this girl and not move a muscle. She patted herself down with a brightly colored beach towel and pulled on a pair of faded blue cut off shorts over her light pink bikini bottoms. That color pink looks just like cotton candy.Jared thought. I wonder what color her eyes are. I bet they shine just as bright as lights at the carnival on a dark starry night.
Jared knew he should probably leave and give her some privacy.He felt like a total creep for just oggling a girl he’s never even met before. But something made him stay. It’s like he was magnetized, keeping him attached to the metal of the bridge where he sat. Then the stranger saw something out the corner of her eye. A flickering light moving. Fireflies! She thought with excitement. Her lips spread into a wide smile. I haven’t caughtfireflies since I was little back in Virginia. (Y/N) thought to herself. She ran to one and caught it in her hands cupped together.
The girl peeked into her hands to see the bug light up like a fairy and giggled like a child feeling it’s little legs tickle the soft skin of her palm. The sound of her giggles carried over the water an was music to Jared’s ears. That must be what angels sound like. He smiled happily just watching her behave without a care in the world.
He admired that. He got to witness a perfect moment in her life yet he didn’t even know her name. But that didn’t matter, we only get so many moments that we remember forever. Jared felt this was one of those moments for her and it sure as hell was one for him. He wanted to do more than just remember though, after all it was a picture perfect moment. Jared lifted his camera with precise hands and took a picture of the girl catching fireflies over the water.
Oh shit. Jared thought as his eyes grew wide. Just then the girl turned like she heard a noise. She wasn’t facing the bridge but the opposite direction. Jared took the opportunity and dove onto the tracks flattening his body against the railroad ties and jagged gravel. Please didn’t see me, Please didn’t seeme.Jared thought over and over as he clutched the object to nearly cause his demise from utter embarassment. Stupid camera. Jared thought while glaring at the device before he peeked his head up over the side of the rails to see if the girl was still there. There was nothing but an empty river bank and Jared didn’t know whether to feel relieved or disappointed.
~~~~(Back to Current School Day)~~~
Jared was in the hallway awaiting his next class.He still didn’t know who the mystery girl was. He thought about her all summer. When he drove his car, when he played his music, and most often when he lie awake at night praying for sleep to take him. That girl was a living dream starting to blur his reality. It was a small town and Jared was starting to wonder if it was all just a dream since he never saw her again.
“Hey hot stuff, haven’t seen you before.” Jared heard the comment coming from a couple lockers down from him. Hot stuff?…Couldn’t come up with a better pickup than that? Jared thought , shifting his sight over in that direction. Fucking Brad.Why am I not surprised. But then Jared’s mind went blank like a t.v. channel that cut out to static.Jared looked past the back of Brad’s letterman jacket and saw her. It was the angel from the river and she was real. Alive and breathing, unfortunately having to share the same air as Brad. She looked at Brad and then past him noticing Jared and smiled a small smile. Jared just stared back too dumfounded to react, still reeling over the fact she was standing here in the hallway.
She looked down to the floor and then across the hall not wanting to make eye contact with the jock. “That’s because I just moved here. This is my first year here at Kinder.” She said nicely. “Well why don’t you let me show you around then?” Brad said in a conniving tone.
“The school seems kind of small. I think I can manage on my own.” (Y/N) said a little more confidently not wanting to give Brad any openings to continue his advances. “Well I didn’t mean just the school, not everything around here is small if you know what I mean.” Brad retorted with a sleazy smirk on his face while inching closer to (Y/N) with his arm on the locker next to her head, invading her personal space.
Jared locked his jaw and balled his hand into a fist. It was one thing to treat him like shit but to talk to a lady like that was unacceptable in his eyes. He was was raised better than that. (Y/N) wanted to leave but Brad was making it physically impossible to get away from him at the moment. Everytime she moved so would he ,acting like it was a game of cat and mouse. “Please move.” (Y/N)said sternly. Why does the schools biggest jerk have to pick me to focus on? Because you’re new...fresh meat. Duh! Her conscience answered back. “Oh come on now.. I’m just trying to show a little southern hospitality.” Brad said still standing in her way. That’s it. Jared thought as he stormed over and grabbed Brad by the collar of his jacket spinning him around to face him. “She said to move and she asked nicely.” Jared said with anger lacing every word, still gripping Brad’s collar tight. Brad shoved Jared away causing him to stumble back slightly releasing his hold. “What the hell do you think you’re doing Leto?!” Brad asked looking angry and confused. Everyone in the hallway was now watching the turn of events just waiting for a fight to break out. Jared looked at the girl with softened eyes and back to Brad.
“I’m telling you to leave her alone Brad.” “Jared’s got a set of balls on him afterall!” Brad said loud for the now growing crowd to hear. “Too bad you can’t do shit about it.” Brad said back to Jared pushing him into a locker. The combination locks rattled loud against the metal and one dug into Jared’s back on the impact. Jared wasn’t going to be made a fool of, not in front of her. Jared swung his first around and right hooked Brad right in his smug little face catching him off guard and making him lose his balance. Jared used that to push Brad to the hard buffed floor and pushed his arm into the jocks neck cutting off his airflow.
Brad fought for air and clawed at Jared’s arm but without any help he wasn’t having much luck. Jared leaned in next to Brad’s ear so only he could hear him and said, “I’ve had a set of balls all along Brad but if you keep mouthing off like you just did I’m gonna make sure you lose yours and they’re placed somewhere so you can’t fucking talk anymore.” Jared backed away with a death stare and harshly removed his arm from Brad’s neck.
Shannon had just caught wind of the fight going down and ran up to the crowd seeing Jared on the ground still he pushed through to get to his brother. “And if you lay a hand on her…” Jared said to Brad while pointing a finger at (Y/N)
“..I’ll break both your fucking hands.“Jared looked from the bewildered Brad on the floor up to the mystery girl who was standing mouth agape thinking of what to say.
What the what just happened? Was all she could think. Jared turned and walked down the hall crowded with students whispering and yelling amongst themselves to get to his next class before anyone could stop him. Shannon just stood there watching his brother walk away and looked back at (Y/N) with questioning eyes.
She didn’t say anything though. What was there to say really? So Shannon just turned back to stare down the hallway with more questions now than he had this morning.
What is (Y/N) thinking after her first day of school?
All of this and more on Exposer Tuesday! 😂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Oooooooooh Jared got in troooooouble…..🙊🙈
“Alright everyone, you all know the rules by now. Most of you are here regularly so just sit and be quiet while you do your homework please.” Mr.Davis said to the handful of students currently sitting in the classroom for detention. All that could be heard in the room was the rustle of papers and the tick of the clock.The first day of the school year had just ended and Jared sat in a desk at the back of the half empty classroom still fuming from the days events.
He kept replaying what happened in the hallway in his head while trying not to make eye contact with Brad who sat two rows over from him towards the front of the class. This makes no sense. Two people get into a fight and the schools bright idea is to force them into a quiet room together for an hour. Jared thought to himself rolling his eyes to look at the clock on the wall above a bulletin board. It’s only been 10 minutes?! This day is never going to end… Jared thought while throwing his head back to eye the ceiling and internally groaning for the millionth time today. He just wanted to get in his car and drive home already to lock himself in his room so he could be alone with his thoughts.
After the fight this morning he got called to the principal’s office and put in detention for a week. He should be happy he gets to prolong going home today though because all that’s awaiting him will be unanswered questions and a lecture that he wasn’t looking forward to. The school had called Jared’s mom and he knew she was going to be so disappointed. I wish she would just get mad like everyone else’s parents but no. She’ll be disappointed in me instead and pull the guilt card. It kills me every time. Jared thought while putting his head in his hands held up on the wooden desk.
Suddenly Jared saw movement out of the corner of his eye to the right. Brad had pivoted in his dark blue plastic chair and was glaring right at Jared again like he was shooting lasers out his eyes. He had been doing that every couple minutes and it was starting to aggravate Jared to no end. “What?!” Jared yelled out causing the few students and Mr. Davis to jump. “You..” But before Brad could finish his response the teacher called out. “ Gentlemen..” Mr. Davis put emphasis on the word , “…I said to be quiet.You two are already in here for punishment, I expect you to behave.” The tired teacher said looking at Jared with a serious face.
“Yes sir.” Jared replied back in a defeated manner. All Brad did was scoff and turn forward in his seat. It was Jared’s turn to eye the mannerless jock.
I wanna rip his head off and punt it down that football field he plays on. Jared thought since his nerves still hadn’t had time to settle. Woah Jared. Getting a little extreme now aren’t we? You never let him get to you like this before. Why now? He could hear his conscience make a valid point. Jared just shook his head lightly at himself and waited to go home.
Finally the school bell rang loud in the room signaling that detention was over and everyone including Jared jumped up instantly to get out as fast as they could. He made quick strides down the locker lined hallway and got to the black double exit doors before Brad caught up to him and pulled him back by his shoulder gaining his attention. “ I don’t know what the hell your problem is Leto or what you were thinking messing with me but I’m going to make you pay.” Brad said in Jared’s face with his hand still clenching his shoulder. Jared looked down at his hand and back up to Brad.
“Nice face Brad. Don’t worry, I’m sure one of the cheerleaders will fawn all over you since you’re injured.” Jared said brushing him off and turning towards the door. Just before Jared left he looked over his shoulder. “But if you touch me like that again I’ll happily give you a black eye to match that one.” Jared told Brad while nodding his head towards his face. Brad couldn’t think of a comeback or threat quick enough before Jared finally left the building. He walked through the parking lot to get to his car , shoes splashing in small puddles left from the rain earlier in the day.Jared got in the Impala and headed home. He could see the mist rising up from the asphalt from the heat on the road and his thoughts ran back to the mystery girl that started all of this. How can such a beautiful angel make my life such a living hell?
Jared finally made it home and locked the front door behind him. “Jared. Kitchen.Now” Was all his mother said from the other room. He looked around not spotting Shannon anywhere on his way to the kitchen. His mother was at the stove making spaghetti for dinner and turned to him with a blank expression on her face. “You wanna tell me your side of the story?” “Not particularly.” “Jared I’m serious ,what happened for you to resort to punching a kid in the face?” His mother said more adamantly expecting an answer. “He had it coming for a long time now mom.” Jared said not wanting to tell her the real reason he went after Brad. “He had it coming? Jared look I know this Brad kid has picked on you for all of high school, he’s a bully. Some kids are like that and don’t change until they grow up but I thought you were grown enough to ignore what he says to you.” “ I do ignore it! I always ignore it and brush it off and walk way! I even took the high road this morning when he had some crap to say about me."Jared said getting defensive. "Then why did you punch him in the face and choke him?!” His mother said raising her voice. Jared looked at her and sucked in his bottom lip before saying anything.
Jared let out a sigh. “Because it wasn’t me he was messing with this time ok.” Jared said while sitting down at the kitchen table playing with his fingers. “Not you? Was Shannon involved in this?” Jared chuckled and looked up. “No mom, Shannon could knock him out all on his own. He doesn’t need me to protect him.He wasn’t even there.” “ Then who were you protecting?"She said looking at Jared confused. "There’s this new girl at school and…” Jared mom interrupted, “ Ohhhh it was over a girl.” “If you’d let me finish…it wasn’t over a girl. She’s new in town and Brad was being the sleaze ball he always is and was trying to stake his claim I guess. He had the poor girl trapped against a locker and wouldn’t back down. You should have heard some of the shit he said to her mom. You always taught me to treat women with respect and stand up for them if they need it. She needed a way out and he needed to be taught a lesson.” “Yes Jared …I know I’ve taught you to respect women and you are a gentleman , that I am proud of but you have to respect others too and be the bigger man when the situation presents itself.” “I did do the right thing. Sometimes people don’t learn unless it’s the hard way.” “ No you didn’t. You could have done things differently. It could have turned out another way that didn’t involve me having to miss part of my shift at the diner to come talk to your principle! And now you have detention all week so Shannon has to get rides home. ” Jared mom let out a frustrated breath and crossed her arms while leaning against the counter looking at Jared with disdain. “ I’m just really disappointed in you Jared.” Jared shot up from his seat and stepped forward throwing his arms out in the air. “You’re disappointed. What do you want from me?! An apology? I’m sorry I stood up for someone! I’m sorry I finally punched that assholes face in! There ya go… you happy now?!” Jared shouted at his mother instantly regretting the words that spewed out of his mouth.
His mother dropped her arms and looked at him with her lips pursed together in a hard line and turned around to stir the tomato sauce angrily. Jared let out a breath instantly calmed and ran his hand down his face.
“Mom I’m sorry.” He said walking towards her and getting no response. He hugged her from behind and said in a low voice, “I’m sorry I raised my voice at you. I love you mom. It’s just been a really long and messed up day. You forgive me?” She put the spoon down and turned around to hug him back. “ I love you too sweetie and I’ll always forgive you, you’re my baby boy. Now go and clean up for dinner. It’s almost done.” She said giving him a kiss on the cheek.
Jared walked down the hall to his room passing Shannon’s in the process. Shannon opened his door and came out after hearing Jared. “What the hell’s going on out here? Where you just yelling at mom?” Shannon said to Jared while pointing down the hallway towards the kitchen.
“Yes. I already apologized and I don’t wanna talk about it.” Jared said while walking into his room and trying to close the door behind him.
Shannon pushed through before he could close it all the way coming into the room. “Un uh, you don’t think you’re getting off that easy without telling me what that was all about in the hallway today do you?” Shannon said with a surprised face. “Look… I already got a lecture from the principle and mom. I don’t need one from you too."Jared said with a unenthused look on his face. "Lecture? Hell I’m just mad I wasn’t there to witness Brad getting the shit knocked outta him.” Shannon said chuckling. “I just wanted to know when you got a girlfriend and how I didn’t know about it.”
Jared looked at Shannon and fell back on his bed with a loud groan, covering his face with his hands. “ I don’t have a girlfriend…I would’t be able to get a girl except for my car like you said this morning.” “Oh don’t play dumb with me. You’ve been keeping something secret all summer that I just couldn’t figure out and you were in a hurry to get to school this morning. Plus you threatened to break the dudes hands if he touched that girl by the lockers.” Jared’s eyes widened.
“Yeahhhhh I saw that part…. so spill.What’s her name?” Jared put his elbows under him to look at his brother while he was laid out on the bed. “ I don’t know her name.” “ You’re lying.” “No!I’m really not! I have no clue who she is… she’s new to school and we’ve never actually met.” “ You’re telling me you never get into a fight or argument ever and the one day you decide to go all postal on Brad was over a chick that you don’t even know?” Shannon said in disbelief with one eyebrow raised. “Yes! Now you’re finally starting to get it.” “I don’t buy it. I think you have a girlfriend and you don’t want people to know cuz you’re always so secretive and shit.” “For fucks sake Shan… I don’t know her!” Shannon starting singing in a girly voice.., “ Jared and new girl sitting in a tree… K I S S I N G.” Jared threw his pillow at his brothers head hoping to knock it off his broad shoulders only to have Shannon duck and the pillow hit the floor. “ I’m not picking that up.” Shannon tried to say in the midst of his hysterics.
“ I didn’t ask you to. Just get the hell out of my room!” “Dinner’s ready!” Their mom called down the hall. Shannon looked at the closed door and back to Jared on the bed. “ Fine I’ll leave.But only because I’m hungry .” Shannon walked out the door stepping over Jared’s pillow and turned around pointing at Jared. “ But youuuu have to come with meeee.”
Shannon said in a teasing tone and laughed at Jared’s misery at the moment since he knew he was getting under his skin and left the room. Jared got off the bed and walked down the hall while looking up at the ceiling thinking to himself. I really can’t stand him sometimes.
Meanwhile at (Y/N)’s house dinner was just finished and (Y/N) was in her bedroom talking on the phone with her best friend. She had been laying in her bed and filling her in on the surprising first day at this new school. “I can’t believe that happened to you! You’re always so quiet and to yourself . I thought you had mastered flying under the radar.” “Yeah well when you’re in a town like this and the new girl at school the radar gets extremely smaller.” (Y/N) replied. “ True… so what’s this mystery knight in shining armor look like? I want details.” “Well….when I first saw him he looked like a guy that would never even give me the time of day let alone beat someone up for me.” “ You know that’s not what I meant.” (Y/N) sighed loudly into the phone. “He’s got shoulder length shaggy black hair that’s parted so it swoops over to one side . The ends are dyed a crimson red just enough to add a splash of color and surprisingly it looks great on him. He’s got a really strong jaw and it’s covered in the perfect amount of scruff. You know that sexy unshaven look but it’s not all unkept and dirty looking so it’s sexy? ”
“Yeah.” (Y/N)’s friend breathed out softly daydreaming about this mysterious boy. (Y/N) laughed at her and continued with her description. “His lips were so expressive and inviting. And he always had them slightly agape like he was speechless but with so much to say. But his eyes… those were what drew me in and what I can’t stop thinking about. The moment I caught a glimpse of him over that creeps shoulder I didn’t want to look away but I didn’t want to seem like this dopey gooey eyed girl so I forced myself to look at anything else. He had looked at me with this expression on his face I couldn’t really make out. It was like he was surprised or shocked maybe? But later after everything when he looked at me it was like he didn’t just look at my appearance but it felt like he could see my soul. His eyes are blue but not a dull blue. They’re this piercing ocean blue that you feel like you’re drowning in.”
“ (Y/N) I think you’ve been watching too much Vampire Diaries.” (Y/N) laughed. “ Maybe you’re right. But he definitely reminded me of Damon today in the hallway with the whole hot ,quiet, and angry vibe he gave off.” “ Welcome to Kinder.” (Y/N)’s friend said in a joking tone and smiled through the phone. “Yeah, one heck of a welcome wagon. I just have so many questions. Like why did he look at me like he knew me? And why would he punch that stupid jock in the face and threaten him to not touch me? He didn’t have to do that .. I mean he’s never even met me.” “Well maybe he was just as awestruck with you as you were when you saw him. And it’s not like you won’t see him in school everyday so you’ll have plenty of time to ask those questions.” “Ask him?!Now I know you’re crazy. You know how I am… if I try to speak to this guy I’m scared I’ll throw up. ” (Y/N) said with an embarrassed laugh. “ You’re totally smitten with this guy and you don’t even know his name. Which by the way might be the first thing you should ask. I know I definitely expect a status report next time you call me.” “We’ll see… I’ll call you soon ok?” “Ok… miss you! Talk to you soon.” “Miss you too! Bye girl.” (Y/N) hung up the phone and looked at the textured white ceiling thinking about the possibility of even speaking to this mystery boy. The butterflies were simply too much to handle even thinking about it. Why has he taken over my thoughts this easily ?
“ I’m sorry…” Jared breathed out the words, surprised that he could still even breath after his sprint down the hallway. He stood there staring at the back of (Y/N)’s head ,close enough to her that he could smell the citrus scent of her shampoo. Suddenly Jared realized he was holding his breath waiting on a response. The one that he knew he deserved wasn’t the one he was seeking at the moment though and for this second he was hoping that miracles do exist. Angels are responsible for miracles sometimes right? Jared thought to himself while (Y/N) fought with her decision of what to say to his previous statement.
She then turned around slowly and looked up at him, eyes meeting, each set trying to decipher the feelings attempting to hide behind the other. Jared gulped loud enough that he was positive she heard him in the quiet hallway and started to flex his hands to fight off the nerves that were radiated through his body.
“Pardon me?” (Y/N) finally replied , face scrunched up looking perplexed. Jared repeated himself again trying to pour all his feeling into his words. “I’m sorry.” “Sorry for what?” (Y/N) said still looking into his hypnotizing blue orbs filled with emotion, not able to look away. What was that particular emotion? (Y/N) couldn’t quite put her finger on it. Pain? Sadness? Regret?
Jared broke their gaze to look down at his feet as if he was ashamed and shrugged slightly putting his hand in his pockets. “A lot of things….” (Y/N) crossed her arms still staring at his face, slightly more comfortable now that he wasn’t looking her in the eye. “Please…pray tell.” (Y/N) said confidently now , not wanting to be left in the dark any longer. She didn’t like secrets and she hated lies. They may be in a big hallway but she still didn’t have room for either.
Jared snapped his head back up to her to reply with a low rasping voice , slightly wavering. “Let’s see… where should I start?” “Try the most recent maybe.”
“Most recent… that I can do.” Jared said letting out a sigh before continuing. “ Back there in the dark room I was short with you and rude even. I thought you had come in there to be nosey and I don’t like people to know that I’m in there usually. I know for a fact now that that wasn’t your intention. For that I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions. Or said those thing to you.” “I was only in there to work on a project. I wasn’t trying to stalk you if that’s what you were thinking.” (Y/N) said looking across the hall and out the window to try and escape the situation even if it was only mentally. “No…no… that’s not what I meant at all. I was just surprised to see anyone in there after school let alone you of all people.”
“ Why ‘me of all people’?” (Y/N) said using her fingers to make air quotes around his statement. “It’s just … I figured you’d have better things to do than be in the art department all by yourself after school.” Jared really wanted to say that he figured she’d be off laughing at one of Shannon’s jokes but he decided that wasn’t going to help the situation. “ I wanted the extra credit and since I’m new in town I don’t really have a lot else to do other than school work, so I didn’t mind staying. That’s only one thing you’ve apologized for. You said you had lots and as I said I have nothing better to do so I’m all ears.” (Y/N) quickly tried to move the conversation onto a new topic so she didn’t seem like such a loser for not having a social life.
“Huh, alright. I’m sorry for losing my temper the first day of school and punching Brad. I’m not really sorry he got punched but you shouldn’t of had to witness that, at the time I couldn’t think of any other way to get him away from you though. You probably think I’m some crazy person with anger issues because of it.” Jared said letting out a scoff , his turn to look out the window now.
“Wait..” (Y/N) said holding up hand in the air confused.“ Why on earth are you sorry for what happened that day? That creep said some nasty things to me and I don’t know how I would have gotten out of that situation if you hadn’t stepped in. You didn’t even know me and you could have just ignored it like everyone else and walked away, but you didn’t. You shouldn’t feel guilty for that.”
“You’re not mad that I threatened him?” “No! He deserved whatever he had coming to him. I’m just mad I didn’t have the guts to knee him in the balls that day.” (Y/N) said with a hint of laughter. Jared laughed along. “You know ..you could have but I still don’t think the meathead would have taken the hint. Probably would have thought you were playing hard to get.” Jared said with a small smile.
*sigh*Damn that smile of his. (Y/N) thought while uncrossing her arms letting them fall to her sides. “ So if you weren’t mad then why didn’t you speak to me?” Jared said trying to figure everything out.
“Honestly?” Jared nodded shifting his weight to his other foot.
“I was shocked really… I didn’t even know your name and you defended me like you did. I just moved here and it was my first day of school and it started off horribly but you still stood up for me. I was shocked and confused. I didn’t know why you would do something for someone you’ve never even met before. So when you looked at me that day I just didn’t know what to say.” “ Coming from where you were standing that seems pretty understandable.” Jared said while rubbing the back of his neck.
“So that’s why you never talked to me? Because you thought I was mad that you punched Brad? This whole time I was thinking you hated me for not saying thank you.”
“What?! No! I just thought you didn’t want anything to do with me after that. Plus I didn’t want to make your first year here any harder than it needed to be.” “What’s that supposed to mean?” (Y/N) said tilting her head to the right. “Nothing…” Jared responded shaking his head.
Speaking of names. Jared thought. “ When I yelled for you to wait I would have used your name but somehow in this small town school I’ve still yet to hear it, which is very surprising by the way since you’re the new girl. How is that even possible?” A half smile crossed (Y/N)’s face . “ I like to keep to myself mostly. I’m quiet and don’t talk to a lot of people so it probably hasn’t gotten a chance to circulate because of that. You can’t spread something that you don’t know in the first place. The only people here I even talk to are Megan and Shannon.”
“ Ahh yes… unfortunately I get the pleasure of talking to Shannon too.” Jared snickered while taking his hand out of his pockets. “I take it that’s how you heard my name then?” “You mean from Shannon? No actually…. I found out from Megan. She seems like she’s known you guys for awhile.” “It is a small town. Most of the students here have known each other since pre school, Megan included.” “Gotcha.” (Y/N) agreed. “So… was that your complete list of sorrys?” “Hmmm… I believe so.” Jared said rubbing his chin.
“Well in that case I should probably get home. My parents are expecting me for dinner.” (Y/N) said crossing her right hand over to grab her left arm. “Yeah you’re right. I need to get home too. I gotta go back and get my stuff tho. Left in kind of a rush.” Jared said with a small smile.
“ Do you need a ride home?” (Y/N) suppressed the giant grin daring to grace her face and thought to herself before she answered. The one time I wish I didn’t have a car, as she mentally pouted. “ That’s very sweet to offer but no. I’ve got my car. Thank you though.” She said with a sincere smile. “ You’re very welcome…..” Jared said waiting for a name to finish his sentence and complete his dreams.
“……Y/N.” “ You’re very welcome (Y/N).” Jared said smiling and trying to hide the disappointment of not being able to take her home, before he turned to walk back down the long hallway towards the art department.
He looked over his shoulder at her before she reached the exit doors. “ I’ll see you tomorrow!” Jared called down the hallway making it echo louder than he had intended.
(Y/N) giggled and called back. “ Bye Jared , See you tomorrow!”
(Y/N) walked out into the bright sun of the student parking lot smiling like an idiot while inside Jared reached the dark room and said ,“Looking forward to it.”
It’s been awhile….but hopefully Exposer is coming back with a BANG! 💥
We’re waiting to see what happens on (Y/N) and Jared’s date ,but before that happens ,Brad has something planned for Jared.
“That can’t be good.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
(Y/N) heard the sound loud and clear as she exited the school to go home and surveyed the area for the source. She could still hear the sound of glass shatter and the clinking of jagged fragments hitting the hard asphalt before they lay to rest. It didn’t take long to find the source since the majority of the parking lot was deserted after school. At the edge of the lot sat a lone black car, but not just any black car.
This car was a black ‘67 Chevy Impala ,or at least it used to look like one. Now the once sleek exterior was dented and dinged as if an onslaught of shopping carts assaulted it. The tail lights once red like rubies were shattered , gems now a lost treasure hoping to be returned. (Y/N) switched her gaze from the collateral damage to those that caused it as they noticed there was now a witness in view. A group of boys, no doubt students of Kinder High School with hoods pulled over their heads bolted behind the school to make their get away. She wasn’t able to make out who the vandals were due to the clothes of various colors concealing their faces and the fact that she was a reasonable distance away. She did however count that there were five of them as they fled the lot.
(Y/N) had done her work on the photography project for the day and was leaving before detention let out. She assumed that the vehicle had belonged to one of the students that had gotten in trouble and earned detention, but what she didn’t know was that Jared was the rightful owner of the now busted metal heap. She looked around timidly to see if the owner would be out soon and decided to go back inside the school to find the unfortunate soul. It looked like she was going to be the bearer of bad news today in regards of what she had been witness to.
Meanwhile ,inside Mr. Davis’s classroom Jared had noticed Brad’s presence and the smile he had on his complacent face. Brad sat at the front of the class in the end row with his arms crossed ,looking forward towards the chalkboard as if he was giddy with himself for being in detention. It had Jared curious and even further baffled as to his unknown whereabouts the past couple of days . Jared narrowed his eyes in Brad’s direction just running over what he could be so happy about in his head. When Jared noticed Mr. Davis looking at him with a disapproving look he made eye contact with the teacher and then glanced back down to his text books.
The bell rang signaling detention was over causing everyone to get up and rush the door, fed up with spending another second at school. Jared entered the hall when he felt someone close behind him. He glanced over his shoulder seeing the joyous jock on his heels.
“I really don’t have time for this today Brad.” Jared said looking in front of him again as he continued to walk towards the school exit. “Oh Jared ….I think you’ve got all the time in the world today.” Brad said as if he was hinting at a well kept secret. Jared stopped dead in his tracks turning around to face Brad. “And what exactly is that supposed to mean?” He asked while crossing his arms and giving Brad a suspicious look. Brad just laughed and continued to smile before answering. “You’ll find out soon enough.”
In the distance Jared could hear (Y/N) talking to the other students. “Excuse me …do you happen to drive a black car… an older one?” Jared heard faintly while glaring at Brad. The words 'black car’ and 'older one’ caught his attention, enough for him to forget Brad completely as he turned and walked towards (Y/N). He grabbed her elbow from behind gently to gain her attention. “(Y/N) what’s going on? You said something about an old car?” He quickly let her arm go realizing he was touching her and waited for her reply.
“Jared… hey. Yeah I was just looking for the person that drives this old black car out in the lot. Some guys just busted it up pretty bad and I wanted to talk to the owner really quick.” Just as she finished her sentence Jared didn’t waste time to respond before running out the exit and into the student parking lot. As soon as he caught view of his precious car his heart sank. Jared was speechless and ran even faster to the hunk of metal to inspect the damage up close. When he reached his prized possession he closed his eyes tight ,too scared to see just how bad it was.
After a few seconds he opened them and surveyed the length of the Impala. Jared’s hands flew up to his head , fingers intertwined in his hair ,gripping tight as he looked devastated. He saw all the red and yellow plastic on the ground like confetti from his blinkers and taillights. The shards of glass from the windows and headlights shimmered in the afternoon sunlight casting prisms of light onto the ground.
The once smooth metal exterior coated in black buffed paint was now caved in in spots and chipped. The dents on a car this old had to have taken some force to make considering how soundly built it was.
“FUUUUUUCK!!!” Jared screamed at the top of his lungs gaining attention from anyone and everyone that was outside. He went to the driver side door and opened it to see the damage inside but luckily there wasn’t any except the glass fragments that had been knocked inside. The sound of fast approaching footsteps stopped the agonizing silence Jared was in and he looked angrily behind him. It was (Y/N) with a surprised and sympathetic look on her face as she stopped at the white line of the parking space ,giving Jared some room.
“Jared I had no idea it was your car. ..I’m so sorry. I’m starting to wish I had come out here earlier. Maybe then I could have scared them off sooner and it wouldn’t have been this bad .” (Y/N) said holding her hand out referring to the car. Jared gave (Y/N) his full attention now. “Wait… (Y/N) you saw who did this? You’re telling me you were out here when it happened?!” Jared said with concern in his voice. She just wasn’t sure whether it was intended for her or the car just yet. “Well yeah, I was coming out to go home and saw a group of guys around your car after I heard a loud crash.” “Did they see you?” Jared asked as his hard gaze softened.
“I think so.. I mean it was a distance so they may have just noticed someone, not that it was me in particular. But they noticed and darted behind the building that way.” (Y/N) replied pointing to the side of the high school. Jared’s gaze followed her finger before he looked back to the worried girl. “Are you ok?” Jared asked stepping closer to her. (Y/N) noticed his close proximity and started fiddling with her hands. “Of course I’m ok… I wasn’t in any real danger.” (Y/N) looked up at Jared meeting his stare. “Was I?” She asked confused. Jared shook his head looking back at his car. “Of course not….. I just wanted to make sure you were ok.”
They both heard snickering coming from behind them suddenly causing (Y/N) to jump. Brad had been watching the whole scene between Jared and (Y/N) unfold, including Jared’s outburst in reaction to his car being destroyed. Jared glared at Brad as he laughed and walked around (Y/N) placing himself in between her and Brad. “Nice ride Leto. Did you have some work done while I was gone?” Brad asked trying to act serious. Jared remembered what Brad said to him in the hallway before he got to answer and immediately saw red while clenching his jaw. Things went into motion so quickly that (Y/N) didn’t know what to think .
“You son of a bitch!” Jared yelled as he leapt towards Brad tackling him to the pavement.Brad attempted to roll Jared off of him to no avail as he taunted him. “I’d be careful if I were you Jared.If anyone sees you attacking an innocent student like me on school property you’ll get in a shit load of trouble.” Brad said with a smile as he lay on the ground underneath Jared’s weight . “After all you do already have a first offense…remember?”
Jared balled up his fist restraining the urge to pound his face in . “Innocent my ass Brad . I know you had something to do with this! All those little things you said in the hallway…. you weren’t out here but you sure as hell knew what was happening. I knew you seemed too happy to be in detention ,but it was the perfect alibi wasn’t it?!” Jared spewed out in Brad’s face.Brad got a leg loose and kneed Jared hard rolling him off of him and onto the pavement . Brad got up on his feet and scoffed. “You really think you know everything don’t you?” Brad said as he brushed his clothes off with his hands. “But the truth is… you have no proof whatsoever that I was involved in this.” Brad continued folding his arms and smirking at Jared on the ground. Jared quickly got up and advanced on Brad in a flash.
“Are you trying to tell me that this wasn’t you 'making me pay’ as you put it the other day after detention?” Jared asked.
“Again… I have no clue what you mean. But maybe your bitch here knows something.” Brad said sneering at (Y/N) who stood there looking enraged now.
“She always seems to be the root of your problems.” Jared pushed Brad away from (Y/N) and against the Impala with a loud thud , causing remaining glass fragments to fall. Jared stood his ground next to (Y/N) and looked at her before speaking. He pointed to Brad who was rubbing his arm in pain now and spoke.
“I told you not to ever go near or speak to her again and I meant it. The car was one thing but you even try anything involving (Y/N) …” Jared walked closer to Brad and lowered his tone so she couldn’t hear him as he continued his sentence. "….and I will make you bleed. I’m not talking about a bloody nose either.“ Jared said low and menacing as he looked Brad in the eyes with a dead serious glare.
"And don’t speak about her like that again, especially to her face ,because we both know the only bitch in this parking lot is you.” Jared finished with a slight smirk gracing his lips and he turned around to walk away from the speechless jock.
Brad looked like he wanted to beat Jared senseless for the comment he had just made and (Y/N) noticed the anger in his face as Jared had his back turned to him. She decided to try and end the situation before it had a chance to escalate any further. They were the only ones in the parking lot now and she didn’t feel like trying to stop a fight. (Y/N) cleared her throat and spoke up. “Brad I really think you should leave now before you do something you’ll regret. There’s only one way it would play out anyway….and that’s in a cop car.” (Y/N) said looking Brad in the eye with a deadpan look on her face. Jared was looking back and forth between (Y/N) and Brad and Brad just looked completely confused that she was even speaking , let alone making a threat.
“You see … my point is that if you go after Jared…and I’m sure you really want to right now… I call the cops and you get taken in for assault. After all it’s your word against ours and I’m not sure if you can count this high but there’s two against one here.” (Y/N) said feeling her heartbeat speed up at her new found courage.
Jared just looked at Brad expectantly while Brad tightened his lips and narrowed his eyes at (Y/N). He clenched his hands into fists ,flexing them to keep from making a scene and walked past Jared, quickly knocking into his shoulder as he passed to get the last laugh. Brad glanced over at (Y/N) as he left and said quietly with an undertone of hatred, “I’ll be seeing you.” (Y/N) didn’t even acknowledge him with a gaze and her eyes stayed on Jared when she responded. “I’m almost certain.” She said sarcastically. And with that he huffed and stormed off to his car leaving (Y/N) and Jared alone to process what the hell just happened after being so happy no less than two hours ago.
Jared turned around from the direction Brad walked off in to look at (Y/N) , a look of amusement on his face and admiration filling his eyes. The corners of his mouth went up in a small smile before he spoke.
“Did you just stand up for me?” Jared asked in disbelief. “ I have to say…I’m not sure which is more surprising , my prized possession getting destroyed today or you stepping up to that asshole.” Jared said nodding his head back in the direction Brad just walked off in. (Y/N) had finally let out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding and looked back at Jared with relief. “Someone had to do something or you two would have been at each other’s throats all night, and frankly I just want to go home already. Speaking of which, I can give you a lift if you want.” (Y/N) said looking at Jared’s demolished car and back at him with a look of pity. Jared bit his cheek and walked past her to the Impala jumping up onto the hood with a deep thud.
“I appreciate you trying to take matters into your own hands but don’t look at me like that, I don’t need your pity.” Jared said kicking in the remainder of his windshield with his black boot ,glass cracking and falling inside the car.(Y/N) was taken aback by the statement but didn’t have time to think on it with her jaw dropped , watching Jared further destroy his car. “What on earth are you doing?!”
Jared chuckled and jumped off the car landing on his feet in front of (Y/N). “I was clearing out the windshield, not throwing a tantrum. I have to see where I’m going on my way home, unless you want me to Ace Ventura myself down Ronald Reagan Highway.” Jared said walking back to the car, opening the driver door and reaching into the back seat to grab something.
(Y/N) stood there dumbfounded and couldn’t help but be distracted by Jared’s ass in front of her. She noticed his belt had wording and tried to read it . 'Dirty White Boy’ Oh dear god… give me strength. (Y/N) thought to herself feeling her cheeks flush. Focus. She wet her now parched lips and called out to Jared who had just grabbed what looked like a black sweatshirt from the back seat. “You can’t be serious ? You’re going to drive this home?!”
“Well I can’t leave her here and I don’t have the cash to call a tow , especially since now I’ll be spending every dime I do have on fixing her.” Jared said slightly agitated at the whole situation as he brushed glass off the seat with his spare hoodie. Well on that and milkshakes. Shit! How am I suppose to take her out on a date now?! Jared thought letting out a defeated sigh, resting his head against the top of the seat before standing up straight.
“About that milkshake….” Jared started to say before (Y/N) cut him off. “ Oh no, you bragged about those milkshakes and I’m looking forward to one now so you won’t be depriving me of one.” (Y/N) said pointing at Jared accusingly. “Here’s the deal,since your car is temporarily …out of order …then I could pick you up tomorrow morning for school and since the diner is in town we could go after school and I can take you home after.” (Y/N) said placing her hands on her hips. Jared looked down at the asphalt and rubbed the back of his neck before he stared back at her. “ I guess I can’t argue with your kindness. It’s a date then , well if you want it to be a date… it’s really just us hanging out but…” “Jared .” “Yeah?” “Go home, I’ll see you in the morning.” (Y/N) said giggling.
Jared smiled back at her and got into his car shutting the door behind him , wincing at the sound of glass rattling inside of it. He looked out at (Y/N) and gave her directions to his house before starting the car. The engine still had no problem roaring to life and made Jared smile. While looking at (Y/N) now walking to her car he pulled out of his space and drove around the lot to leave ,reaching her car before he did, he honked the horn to get her attention. (Y/N) looked up as she opened her door. “ You do realize that I drive Shannon to school right? So when you pick me up it’ll be the two of us riding to school with you. He can get a ride home after school, but I wanted to make sure there would be enough room for us.” Jared called out the 'open’ window with a playful smirk on his face. (Y/N) laughed and responded. “ There’s plenty of room for the three of us but not Shannon’s ego. Tell him he has to leave it at home.” Jared laughed and smiled back at her.
“ Great, I’ll let him know.” he said before pulling away and driving out of the parking lot, on his way home in the now setting sun.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And he’s off into the sunset.🌄 Next chapter…we get to see their date! 🤗 Also a dose of the lovely Shan Man 😍 Until next time… ✌🏻❤️ 📚