Pastel! Punk! NovaHD. Chapter 3.

Chapter 3

James hadn’t spoke to Aleks since this morning and now he was alone at lunch with no Joe. There was never a day where Joe wasn’t with him, they were brothers in their own minds, but now he wasn’t there James stared to get frustrated and worried. ‘Where is he? Seriously we almost meet up here’ he sighed and pushed off of the wall in search for his friend.

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“So why did you ignore him this morning? You can’t hide forever, tell me what happened” Aleks sighed “You promise not to tell the teachers or anyone right?” Joe looked towards the man with concern “Uh sure…promise” The boy looked up and Joe gasped gently, leaning over to touch the swollen eye while shaking his head. The pastel boy flinched. “What happened Aleks? Tell me why you ran from James.” Pulling his legs in, Aleks leant his chin on them, wrapping his arms round and curling in on himself “I  was being picked up yesterday and my foster dad said he would be there a bit earlier cause its on his way back from work, but as I was rushing back he caught me just before I got into the school and well you see where it goes from there…” Joe was silent as he watched Aleks, wipe his eyes with the edge of his sleeve. “Don’t worry about James, I will talk to him, you shouldn’t be living there Aleks, its not good, I just cant believe they would get away with this.”

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James scuffed my shoe on the ground, looking down as he still questioned where Joe was. “Hey man!” I turned round and saw a fairly tall guy with short hair. “Hey Trevor” James turned fully and shoved his hands in his pockets. “What’s up?” He shrugged and started to walk, and James followed at the same pace “Just wondered why you weren’t with Joe that’s all, or that new kid” Sighing the curly haired man ran a hand through his hair “I don’t want anything to do with that new kid and I have no fucking clue where Joe is” Trevor hummed and slipped his own hands in his pockets “Yea well I saw that new kid back by the tree with Joe, he looked pretty beaten to be honest” Raising a brow James looked up at Trevor “What do you mean? Why is Joe with him?” Shrugging, Trevor noticed a short Asian boy, standing by the field and made his way in his direction “I don’t fucking know what they were saying, all I know is the kid had a black eye” He left James and went off over to the small kid shouting ‘Hey Aaron!’ on his way. James huffed and headed into the school, not wanting to have a run in with anyone else that day.

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“James just listen to me for fuck sake” Joe grabbed James’ arm and pulled him back “Why? You seem to have a nice time talking with that new kid” Joe sighed and continued to follow James back to his house whether he liked it or not “Let me explain” Sighing James slowed down his pace and looked up “Why did you stay with him at lunch?” Joe coughed slightly “He told me why he ran away and why he had a black eye” James paused “Wait he…why?” Joe rolled his eyes and told James why Aleks had run out on him on their meeting and something sparked within him. James knew what it was like to have a parent like that and he felt slight guilt for treating Aleks the way he did but then if Aleks had only just admitted. “…I should talk to him shouldn’t I?” Joe nodded and started to undo the bun his hair was in and put it up again. “I think it would be for the best. He is a great guy James, and he doesn’t deserve that, same with you, its not something that should happen” James groaned and scratched his beard. “I will ask him tomorrow at school…I will apologize properly then.”

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Over the next couple of days, James apologized to Aleks and he got an apology back but even since then they havnt hung out that much. In fact, James hardly saw Aleks and when he did he was with the weird Kevin kid who constantly talked about cats…even his fucking shirt had a cat pattern on it. It was only until Saturday did James finally get to see Aleks and it was a run in. Aleks was told by his foster parents that he had to get a part time job so he was around the house all the time. And how else was Aleks going to make some cash to treat himself with, so he got a job at the small Starbucks down the road and worked as a barista, it was Kevin who got him the job in the first place. He was wiping down a table when James walked in, follwed by Joe, Trevor and Aaron. Joe went up to the front to order their coffees which was served by Kevin as Aleks looked at James before going back to cleaning the tables. “Hey Aleks! I forgot to give this to you earlier” James looked up at Aleks’ name being called and saw Kevin walking over to him, and James didn’t know why but he didn’t like how close Kevin was getting. “My mum made these earlier and told me to bring you some” Kevin held out a small container which contained some cookies shaped as cats and iced differently. Aleks smiled gently and giggled. “Thanks Kevin, I will thank your mum later as well.” Kevin chuckled “Yea she was excited to make dinner for us later, its rare that we have people round” Aleks laughed and started to walk out back to place the cookies on the side to take home later but took 2 out, handing one to Kevin “I’m sure she is a great cook”
“James. James. James!” The said boy snapped to  face Trevor “What?!” Trevor shook his head “You have been spacing out for like 5 minutes now” Joe nodded and looked at James as he nibbled on his own cookie “Yea what’s up? You have been staring at Aleks and Kevin this whole time” James sighed and sipped his coffee, humming slightly at the taste, relaxing into the chair “I just don’t like how close how that Kevin kid is getting…” Aaron rolled his eyes “I thought you weren’t bothered with that Aleks kid anymore” James stuttered slightly “I said the Kevin kid!” “And Kevin is talking to Aleks” Joe chuckled “James has a crush on the new kid” James glared at Joe “I fucking don’t” “ You told him your whole back story, it took you like months to tell me” Leaning back again James sighed “Its just….there is something about him, its fucking annoying and I cant figure it out…” “love” “Shut the fuck up Trevor”

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On Monday morning, James cornered Aleks and asked him to hang out after school. Which Aleks replied with ‘my foster parents wont let me out on a Monday after school’ so James took it himself to go to Aleks’ instead.
“This is a bad idea James…I can feel it” James rolled his eyes. “Kids hang out all the time, not only that but you will be 18 soon so you can live on your own without them” Aleks nodded and made his way up the steps, opening the front door. “Bout time you were home! You have got a whole lot of cleaning to do kid” As Aleks’ foster mum came round she froze “Oh uh hello young man” James nodded and noticed the frown on her face as she studied his piercing “Its James” The woman nodded and glared at Aleks “We will have a talk later” She went back to the kitchen as Aleks took James up to his room “Sorry about her” James looked back and then at Aleks “What a bitch” Aleks nodded “Yea well she isn’t as bad as Mr. Doe” “I could tell” Aleks hummed in agreement and James wondered if it was the right thing to say before Aleks opened his bedroom door. It was a pastel blue with a single bed in the corner, white clear sheets, a desk and a couple posters on the fall, music CD’s and vinyl’s, stacked in order at the side, while a keyboard and bass guitar sat next to them. “Holy shit…” Aleks looked back at James as he placed his bag by the desk “What? Is something wrong?” Aleks put some music on in the background on low volume and James noticed it was Fall Out Boy. “No nothings wrong, its just so different.” Aleks raised a brow “What do you mean?” James sat down on the bed “Well, its different to my room, my room is in the basement, I have a TV, couch, bed, work area and music area, its slightly bigger than this but its dark as shit…I also notice we have a lot of similar music tastes” James mentioned as he leaned over to rifle through the CD stacks. Aleks chuckled and sat next to James. “Your place sounds awesome, I would love to check it out this Saturday” James raised a brow and looked over at Aleks “You arnt chilling with cat boy this Saturday” He earned a giggle “No, he is going to his aunts, if I could visit I would love to, I can even bring you some free coffee” He smiled and James chuckled, smiling gently at Aleks. “I would like that.”