My Ranking Points
Every school has one. The bully. The meanest, biggest idiot in all of Crestfield High. And unfortunately, in my case, my ex. Turning my face back to the shore, I saw the bulky outline of a certain Hunter Jones. Even through the fading light the darkening sky, I could still see his cruel smirk and raised brows, hands cupping his open mouth. He was standing at the shoreline near the picnic table, his nose held with an air of authority. False authority. He had no right to be here, none at all. I breathed hard, slowly unclenching my fists. Jake’s arms tightened around me, his eyes narrowing. His kind face was pulled into a concerned frown. Gently, I put my finger to his chin and turned his face back to me. “Ignore him, Jake. Please, neither of us have anything to say to him.” I tried to make my voice sound strong, assuring, but my words stumbled over one another. I hadn’t really seen or spoken Hunter in a long time, and I’d hoped to keep it that way. Jake bit his lip. He looked at me, eyes softening once again. “What’s he doing here, Harps?” He asked softly, fingers rubbing a strand of my hair. The image of Hunter, messy blonde curls and grey eyes aflame made me shiver. We’d had a short fling a little over a year ago, before I’d known what kind of a guy he really was. Someone who never cared about anyone. Someone who didn’t respect me or my body. “I don’t know,” I admitted, “He certainly wasn’t invited.” I shot a quick glance back at the shore, hoping Hunter had taken the hint that he wasn’t wanted and left. Unfortunately, he was still there, chatting to some of the guys and throwing me occasional looks. I groaned softly, knowing that he probably wasn’t going to leave until I confronted him. Looking back at Jake, I felt his arms holding me tight against him. Hunter could wait, I finally decided. The matter of Jake and myself was far more important. Hunter may have been my past, but now, Jake was my future. I leaned up and gave him the kiss which he’d thought had been stolen by Hunter’s arrival, my hands looped around his neck. Jake sighed into my lips, strong arms pulling me even closer. I knew Hunter was watching us, but with Jake, I was always comfortable. I breathed in his minty scent, my head fitting perfectly in the little nook between his neck and shoulder. This was good; it was right, unlike anything I’d had with Hunter. And I wanted those cold, grey eyes of his to see that.
Jake and I waded back towards the shore, hand in hand. We’d stayed out in the water a little longer, staring up at the stars, wrapped in each other’s embrace. I didn’t want to head back, but I was aware that it was getting later, and we both had school tomorrow. We reached the main group, all of them talking around the table and passing around snacks and drinks. I tried not to look at Hunter as I reached for my bag, getting out my towel. He was sitting so that he was facing me, eyes following my every move. Jake had offered me his towel, but I’d said no and made sure he used it, then went to get mine while he went to chat with his friends. He hadn’t wanted to leave me. I loved him for that, but I knew the were some battles I had to face alone, and this was one of them. Though, still, without Jake’s warm presence beside me, I felt a little more nervous with Hunter watching. I went to bend down to reach my bag, but a hand grabbed it before I could. Swearing under my breath, I looked up to see Hunter picking through my stuff, that hideous smile still on his face. He was handsome even with that smirk, but not in the appealing way Jake was. It was more of a rough beauty, but my experiences with him had blinded me to his appearance. Fuming, I snatched the bag from him, making sure everything was still in there. He’d messed up all of my folded clothes, my towel burrowed deep at the bottom. No way I was staying here to get it, though.
“That wasn’t very polite, Harper, dear.” Hunter’s voice was deep and dark, as menacing as I remembered. Blood boiled beneath my skin, my eyes a fierce storm beneath my eyelids. “Don’t you dare talk to me.” I said softly, turning away from him. I couldn’t take this. It had been more than a year since we’d broken up, and only now he showed his face? I started walking away from him; I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of running. I heard him getting out of the bench behind me, and I walked a bit faster. Why couldn’t Hunter leave me alone? Why did he have to show up when everything was going perfectly? And then all of a sudden, he was in front of me. Blocking my path to Jake and my friends. I felt sick inside, the way he felt he could possess me and follow me sent shivers up my side. I felt like I was dying inside, but I mustered up enough courage to confront him and try to get my way.
“Please get out of my way, Hunter.”
“Aw, that’s no way to talk to me after all this time, love.”
“I said, can you please move?”
“You look real good tonight, Harper.”
His eyes trailed up and down my body, a hunger in them that I knew to fear. He stepped forward, minimising the space between us. I shrunk away, holding my backpack in front of me as a shield. He was taller than Jake, a lumbering hulk of a boy. I hated him for the way he could make me feel so small and weak. He came closer, his breath against my cheeks.
“I’ve missed you, Harper. We didn’t talk.”
“Get out of my way, Hunter!”
He didn’t move away. I hated him, so much more than anyone else, even my Dad after all he’d done. But the hate made me strong, and I shoved against him, pushing him back.
“Don’t you ever try to touch me again, Hunter, or you’ll regret it.”
Jake and Lilly ran up to me as I walked back from the change rooms. I’d gotten back into my dress, despite it being a little crumpled from Hunter’s mutilation. “Are you ok, Harps?” Jake’s arms wrapped around me, Lilly stroking my hair from behind. Tears were forming in my eyes, but I blinked them back. I wouldn’t let Hunter ruin this moment any more. I thought about Taj, that strange but incorrigible boy I’d met earlier. What I would have given if he’d been the one here tonight instead of Hunter. I leant into Jake, wanting just to leave all of my bad memories behind. But I would tell them about what Hunter had done to me, and then, he wouldn’t torment me any more. He’d be afraid.
Hi everyone, long time no see! I’ve been super busy with school, sport and piano recently, and I wasn’t able to find the time to write. But anyways, managed to finish this slightly *darker* chapter, and I hope you enjoyed it, as well as instantly hated a certain character. *cough, grey eyes, cough* Hopefully I’ll get another chapter out soon, but we’ll have to see. Though, for now, peace out! <3
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