My Ranking Points
Lilly and I pulled up at the parking block next to Cottesloe, the Hyundai’s powerful engine coming to a halt. The drive had been smooth, full of excited chatter and gossip. Lilly and I were apparently in the running for head girl next year, and I was hoping that that wasn’t just a rumour. Being head girl would be an honour, and it was something that I’d always dreamed of. Taking my mind off school, I looked out of the car’s window, to the beach beyond. The sky was still light, it was only five-thirty, after all. Small waves lapped gently at the shore, the conditions just perfect. I stepped out, my sock boots crunching on the road. Lils removed her keys, bopping her head to the distant music we could hear from the beach. Warm, summer air blew across my skin, making me relax. I turned to the beach, curious as to where the music was coming from. On the grassy area above the sea shore, I could see a small group of teens gathering around one of the picnic tables. They were probably the ones of from our school, judging from their age and looks. I motioned towards them, and Lilly and I started to head down the steps to them. As we got closer, I knew for certain that it was the band meet-up. A flash of familiar red hair confirmed that, and the crinkling of the clear, blue eyes I had come to love.
“Harper!” Jake called out, waving us over. He was wearing a clean, white t-shirt that clung to his athletic figure, and a pair of ripped jeans. His russet hair was combed neatly, pushed upwards in the popular style. I smiled at him, looping my arm with Lilly’s as we neared the picnic table. She smiled cheekily at me, her lips pulling to the left in her tell-tale smirk. “I see Jake’s already noticed you’re here,” she teased, silver eyes glinting mischievously, “Did you get dressed up just for him?” I sighed and shook my head, cheeks turning a faint red. Even with my tanned skin, when I blushed, it was still visible. Lils laughed, her face lit up with mirth. With her arm looped around mine, she gave us an excited spin. I chuckled, my dress twirling around me just as it had been designed to. “C’mon, Rae! He’s waiting for you!” Lilly whisper-shouted at me, her head tilted towards the ever nearing picnic table. It was true; Jake, as well as his friends Liam, Tyler, Charlie and Nicholas were watching as we descended, only a few metres away. Jake’s blue eyes were solely on me, my image reflecting in them. Liam, on the other hand, was staring dreamily at Lilly, and I had to stop myself from pointing it out to her. Lils may have danced with Liam yesterday, but she still found him rather repulsive despite his pretty good looks. Still, he was no Jake, and I had no attraction to him. As Jake watched me, I saw my reflection blush again, and brush aside a stray hair. Jake gave me a small smile, and as my image went in to embrace him, his strong, warm arms enveloped me. “Hey.” He said, voice smooth as ever. I looked up at his face, rosy lips pulled apart in my own shy beam.
The picnic table was surrounded by my friends from the band, as well as a few from school. They parted for Lilly, Jake, his friends and I, and we went to sit. The table was covered in packets of chips and soft drinks, with the occasional bottle of beer for those of us who were eighteen. Of course, some of the younger guys didn’t care for rules and already drank, but I wasn’t included.
Lilly sat opposite me, Tyler and Liam on either side. Jake was next to me, Nick on my other side and Charlie standing. I was very conscious of Jake’s forearm pressed against mine, his warm skin sending tingles against me. I think he was too, as he would give me small smiles every few seconds, making me smile in return.
“How was your day?” He asked politely, tilting his head so that he could comfortably face me. I laughed, the day’s events flickering through my mind. Homework, Dad’s slight improvement, collecting my car…my face darkened for a second. Meeting that imbecile, Taj. For Jake’s sake, I tried to pull the corners of my lips up.
“Not much, just did some homework and caught up with Lilly.” I said, deliberately avoiding the events that took place later in the day. Jake nodded with understanding, “That’s cool. I didn’t do much either, just jamming on the drums and playing with Marti, pretty much.” His eyes shone as he spoke about his little sister. I’d known her ever since she was born, and was ten years younger than Jake and myself. She was a lively little thing, always wanting to play with me when I came over. I laughed, remembering the time she’d got me to dress up as Moana. That had only been a few months ago, but it seemed like forever. Jake pressed his palm against the side of his face, watching me chuckle. “Do you remember when Marti got you to try and dress up as Maui?” I asked, my voice still tinkling with laughter. Jake stared at me for a minute, his brain going through countless memories. Suddenly, his eyes widened and his hand slipped.
“Oh, god, I looked hideous!”
“Really? The grass skirt seemed to flatter you very nicely.”
“Why, thank you, Moana. Or should I say, ‘You’re Welcome’?” He said, wiggling his eyebrows. I burst out laughing, giggling so much that I had to lean on Jake for support. The joke was terrible, but I still couldn’t help but beam. “I thought you looked good with that wig on.” I said, biting my lip to hold back more giggles. Jake looked down at me incredulously, his mouth pulling to the left.
“Please, if anyone looked good, it was you.”
I blushed, his compliment fizzing in my ears. We hadn’t spoken about last night, and I was afraid to bring it up, in case Jake regretted what he did. He looked at the red blooming across my face, at my open palm next to next to his. Shifting in his seat, he turned towards me, his back to his friends. Even though we hadn’t been talking to anyone else, I could feel now that our conversation was meant only for us. His hand moved, warm fingers entwining with mine. It felt right, my thumb fitting into the gap between his and his forefinger. I sighed, my head resting on his shoulder.
“Harps…” He whispered, hand tightening around mine. I blinked, eyelashes tickling my cheeks. His head was angling towards mine, that small smile once again on Jake’s lips. I tilted my face upwards.
“Hey, Harper! Jake! We’re going swimming. You guys wanna come?” Charlie called out, already heading down to the surf. I pulled back, steadying myself against Jake’s chest. He closed his eyes for a moment, giving an exasperated sigh. But he wasn’t angry, I could tell. Jake hardly ever got angry. He opened his eyes, another grin on his face. “Sure thing, mate. We’ll be there in a minute.”
The other boys were already sprinting towards the waves, shirts cast aside. Jake shot me a knowing look as he moved to get up, giving me space to leave the table. Standing a metre away from him, I brushed a hair aside, a little sad to be leaving him. Even if it was for just ten minutes. “My bathers are in my bag, so Lils and I’ll get changed and then join you.” I said, tilting my head to my best friend who was calmly waiting near the changing block. Jake nodded, a look of determination in his sapphire eyes. He was planning something, my Jake. I turned around and headed towards Lilly, picking my bag up from underneath the table. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Jake walk towards his friends, kicking off his shoes.
While our moment may have ended, I knew for certain that that wouldn’t be the last time Jake and I felt that way towards each other. Maybe not even the last time tonight.
Lilly threw her arms around me in a sisterly hug as soon as I got to her. She’d been watching for sure, not even one of my or Jake’s movements not captured in her sharp, silver eyes. “You guys are so cute!” She squealed, unwrapping her arms around me. She looked both amused and delighted at the same time. I chuckled, shaking my head as I brushed past her into the change rooms. Lils laughed as she followed me, her heels clacking on the cool floor. I slipped out of my boots, placing them neatly into the very back pocket of my backpack. “Seriously, you guys are endgame, Harper. I’m so glad that you’ve found each other.” She said, and I could hear the smile in her voice. I turned to her, the gratitude clear on my face.
“Thank you, Lils. I…I’m glad, too.”
“Yeah, well, I’m just happy it’s finally happened. I mean, obviously, I predicted it and all.”
I sighed, internally laughing at her. Lilly had a habit of claiming to predict things that she’d never thought would happen, and this was another example of that. Waving cheekily at her, I slammed the cubicle door with a crash, jolting her. Lils shrieked, but was howling with laughter mere seconds later. I shifted out of my dress and into the crimson red one-piece I’d brought. It was tight fitting but shapely, and as soon as I’d seen it, I’d bought it. Giving the swimsuit one last adjustment, I slipped out, ready for Lilly’s judgement. “What do you think?” I asked, spinning for her. Lilly’s jaw hit the ground, her metallic irises widening. “Jake is one lucky guy, I’ll give you that.” She said, lips raised I bit my lip, loose hair falling over my face as I looked downwards.
Well, I guess we were both lucky.
Heya, everyone! Finally finished this, and I hope you guys liked it. Sorry about the delay, the first week of school was so crazy and busy, and I didn’t get much time to write. Anyway, glad I got this done. If you would like to comment, please start your reply with, “All my life, I’ve been the girl who has to play it safe.”
Thanks guys, and peace out!❤️
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All my life, I’ve been the girl who has to play it safe. Amazing!!! I’m really sorry I don’t comment so often to your posts but I’m always here to read your stories and they are fantastic!
“All my life I’ve been the girl who has to play is safe”
I love it!!! This is seriously on my top 3 list of favorite RPs!!!!! Can’t wait for the next chapter of both your stories!
All my life I’ve been the girl who has to play it safe. Nice work!