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Jay was up early and went straight to the gym. What Lonnie told him last night still running through his head. The more he thought about it, the angrier he got. Now, Audrey was getting into the action. Jay punched the bag over and over, replaying what Lonnie told him and the lies Audrey was spreading. His fists pounded the bag harder with each punch.
Jay needed to tell her today about the bet. Before something else was said to doubt him, before someone told her themselves. He didn't want to hurt her. He finally found someone who didn't think the worst of him, who believed in him and not the lies. Jay didn't want to lose her.
Lonnie laid in bed and sighed softly. She wasn't one who slept in or just laid around, but this morning she was doing it. She had an amazing night with Jay. They talked honestly and learned about each other and he wanted her. Jay said he hadn't dated and he definitely didn't date Audrey. She believed him without a doubt.
He was a flirt, she knew it and Jay didn't try to deny it. What he did do was make her feel like she was the most special girl in the world last night. He wanted to spend the day with her and the night. It was the first time anyone showed this kind of interest in her. Lonnie only wanted to make it last.
Jay continued pounding the bag until Chad walked in. A smirk on his face, he decided to see just how bad Jay's failing really was going. "So, have you picked out a girl for me yet? I'm thinking one of each. A blonde, a brunette and a redhead." Chad laughed at his own joke.
Jay turned, anger burning in his eyes. "I told you, I'm not doing this. I won't hurt her like this. You want me to say you win? Fine, you win. I won't hurt Lonnie."
Chad saw it in Jay's eyes. Laughing again at Jay's anger, Chad patted him on the back. "Fine, buddy. I get it, you like her. She's a nice girl, there's not a lot not to like, right?" Chad started baiting him. "It's all good." Jay only glared.
"I'm sure she knows about this, right? You aren't lying to her are you?" Chad smiled at the look on Jay's face. "I'll tell you what, I'll tell her about it for you."
"Chad! No!" Jay saw what he was going to do.
Chad stepped back and started for the door. "No really. I'll tell her, then when she's so upset and refuses to forgive you, I'll be there for her to cry on my shoulder. Maybe, she'll kiss me like she kissed you and I can have her, too."
Lonnie walked into the gym just as Jay lowered his shoulder and plowed into Chad. Tackling him to the ground, Jay hovered over him and punched, once, twice on the third punch he heard Lonnie's voice.
"Jay! Jay! Stop!" Lonnie yelled as other students started coming in. Lonnie pulled Jay off of Chad and pushed him away. Lowering her voice, Lonnie asked him, "What are you doing?"
Jay looked past Lonnie to Chad. Audrey was at his side and helping him to his feet. Glaring at both of them, Jay looked back to Lonnie who was looking at his hands. His knuckles were bleeding. She pushed him into the locker room and started cleaning his hands up.
"I'm okay, Lonnie. It's nothing." Jay said softly, but she wasn't listening. "Lonnie, I'm okay."
"What happened? Why did you go after him like that?" Lonnie asked touching his face.
"He was gonna try…" Jay took a breath trying to calm down. "He wanted to try something with you. I don't want him touching you."
Lonnie smiled softly, "Me either. You don't think I can protect myself?"
Jay pulled away pacing. She was absolutely capable of protecting herself and him, but this was Chad. It wasn't a physical fight he would do, but one that would really hurt her and break her trust. He needed to tell her now.
"What are you doing going against Jay?" Audrey asked as she dabbed at Chad's busted lip.
"He wanted out of our bet and he owed me. I wasn't going to let him back out." Chad was angry and wasn't really paying attention to what he was saying or to who as he went into detail with Audrey about the bet.
Jane and Carlos walked in and heard them talking. Carlos shook his head, he knew this was a bad idea and Audrey would have no problem telling Lonnie just to hurt her.
"What bet?" Audrey kept asking questions. Eventually he would tell her what she needed to know to get some dirt at last on the villain kids or at least one of them.
"I bet him he couldn't get Lonnie to fall for him. Now, he thinks she's too nice to hurt. I think he figured out she doesn't want him and doesn't want to admit there's actually a girl here he can't have." Chad rambled on. Jane looked at Carlos seeing that what they were hearing was correct Jane got angry. Carlos nodded his head to her, knowing what was done was wrong, but it happened.
Jay couldn't wait any longer, kneeling in front of Lonnie he took her hands. "I have to tell you something. I did something, I'm not proud of it and I've been trying to fix it, but I haven't been able to."
Lonnie saw Jay was really upset over this. "It can't be that bad, right? Tell me, we'll figure it out."
Audrey had her ammunition and headed towards the locker room with Chad at her heels. Carlos and Jane saw where they were headed and rushed in behind them. Before Jay could get the words out, Audrey and Chad pushed in.
"Don't listen to him, Lonnie. He's a liar and a cheat." Audrey started. Lonnie frowned at her not really wanting to hear what she had to say.
"Go away, Audrey, we're having a private conversation that has nothing to do with you." Lonnie said and looked softly at Jay. He was really upset. His hands tightened on hers.
"Did he tell you then? About the bet?" Audrey smirked at Jay then knowing he hadn't told her. "Yeah, Jay and Chad made a bet that Jay couldn't get you to fall in love with him. I bet there was even a side sex bet."
"That's enough Audrey!" Jay yelled at her. He never raised his voice.
Lonnie turned and looked at Audrey shocked. "You didn't fall for him, did you?" Audrey smiled at her now. "You did, I'm so sorry to tell you he doesn't care about you, Lonnie. It was a just a prank."
"Get out!" Jay yelled as he stood up, looking at Carlos for help. Carlos pushed both of them out and locked the door.
Lonnie didn't move, she stared at the ground trying to figure out everything that was just said and wondered what was the truth. Jay looked down at her, it was now ten times worse than it was ten minutes ago. He should have told her last night.
Jay looked at Jane and Carlos, "Can you guys leave us alone, please?"
"We'll wait outside, keep the others out." Carlos said knowing he would be doing his own explanation to Jane over this.
He waited until they were alone before he knelt in front of Lonnie. He saw the tears and knew it was because of him. Jay reached for her hands again, but she pulled away from him. She wouldn't look at him and it broke Jay's heart. He really messed this up.
"You made a bet with Chad over me?" Lonnie asked softly. "That's why you hit him?"
Jay nodded, "I didn't want to do it, Lonnie. I've been trying to get out of it from the beginning. Chad keeps pushing it no matter how much I say no."
"If you didn't want to, why did you?" Lonnie was confused and starting to cry.
"I don't know. Ego, I guess." Jay didn't have a good explanation and he knew it. "I tried to stop it before we had our study date, before I got to know you. Lonnie, I never wanted to hurt you. I told him that, I told Carlos that."
"Carlos knew? Why didn't you tell me?" Lonnie wiped at the tears falling now. "I don't understand. I told you I never dated… I thought you understood that I…" she stood up and started to leave.
"Lonnie, wait! Please!" Jay took hold of her arm and pulled her to him. Turning her to face him, Jay wrapped his arms around her. She let him hold her. Jay thought that was a good sign. Resting his head against her, he kept apologizing as he kissed her cheek, over her face, then her lips. "I'm sorry, Lonnie. I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you." Jay kissed her lips again. She kissed him back this time and Jay felt her give slightly. Holding her face, he deepened the kiss until she pushed him back.
"What do you want? Honestly?" Lonnie asked she needed to know.
Jay brushed his hand over her hair and held the back of her neck. "You. I wanna date you. No one else, no bets. I just want you."
Lonnie looked up at him, he was sorry, she believed that. From what she could tell he wanted her. She just wasn't sure she could trust him and she wanted to trust him, needed to, if she wanted to date him. "I need time to think. I have to be able to trust you, right now, I don't know if I can do that."
Jay nodded he had to give her that. "Did I completely blow this with you?"
Lonnie shook her head and stepped away from him. "I thought you were different, I don't know now."