Title: Broken Hearts

Author: Ally Waters

Summary: Akeelah has just moved to Woodland Hills with her family, and Dylan immediately asked her out. Too bad for Javier that his heart might get crushed in the process...

Chapter Seven: Prove Yourself (Back to Javier)

I looked at Akeelah. "Are you nuts?" my jaw moved without my permission. Akeelah glowered at me.

"I don't see what's so wrong. If you two won't get along, I don't want to be the one stuck in the middle. So I'll choose one of you to hang out with."

"But you've known me forever, Keelie!" I protested. "We've been best friends for so long!"

"Four years. Just as long as I've known Dylan." Akeelah's voice broke. "I don't want to choose between you, but you've left me no choice. You never get along, Dylan's so sweet to me and so amazing, and I broke up with you years ago so our relationship wouldn't be so messed up, and now I just don't know what happened!"

"You lost your mind," I muttered. "You went out with Dylan."

"I heard that!" Akeelah rolled her eyes.

"Look, Akeelah..."

"Save it." She turned and stormed away. I sighed. This was NOT going to end well.

"Javier? Dylan's here to see you!" my mom called. I blinked a few times, then regained my sanity.

"Tell him to leave, please." I called back.

"No, he says it's urgent!"

"Fine, whatever." I set aside my book and walked into the front room. Dylan was looking at me with an evil sort of glare in his eye.

"Hi Javier. Can we talk?" he asked. My mom nodded out and walked into the kitchen, where she could hear everything being said without being seen.

"Sure." I groaned inwardly. "What's up?"

"Look, Javier, you know I don't do grudges..." he began, and I couldn't help myself: I cracked up.

"You? You don't do grudges?" I laughed. Dylan scowled at me, and I stopped.

"As I was saying..." he glowered at me. "As I was saying, since I DON'T DO GRUDGES, I wanted to give you a heads-up: I'm asking Akeelah out."

I thought I could hear my mom laughing in the kitchen.

I nearly cried. "She just got here. She doesn't know about your... how you're such a..."

"A player? Yeah." Dylan seemed oblivious to the fact that my mom could hear him. "She doesn't know. And I plan to keep it that way."

"You'll break her heart. I can't let that happen."

"Ask her out again. You'll see. She's madly in love with me." Dylan sneered.

"No, she's not. She loves me. She just doesn't realize it yet."

"That's your excuse? She just doesn't realize it yet? No, she doesn't, and she never will. She'll blame you when her heart gets broken, mark my words."

"No, she'll blame the person who BROKE her heart-" I started, but Dylan cut it.

"Yeah, you." And he turned and stormed away. I stared, wide-eyed, after him.

I walked after Akeelah. "Hey! Akeelah!" my voice came out cracked. Finding my eyes watering, I wiped them on my sleeve hastily. 'Never show weakness,' that's what my father had always said.

Akeelah turned and put her hands on her hips, shoving her weight to one hip. "What IS it?"

"Akeelah..." I faltered. "I need to tell you something. I had a conversation about a week ago. With Dylan."

Akeelah stared at me, noncomprehending. "Yeah, so?"

"He came to tell me that he was going to ask you out. And-" but Akeelah was walking away again, arms crossed.

"Akeelah! He's a player, and he's going to break your heart!" I yelled after her, desperately. She stopped for a moment, but then kept walking. I watched her back as she walked down the driveway, turned, and disappeared from view. I groaned. "Crud." That hadn't worked very well. I was getting in far too deep.

Okay, so I just heard that someone is actually reading this, or even several someones. So PLEASE, if you're reading this, just tell me. Review, or favorite, or even alert, if it means enough to you. I stopped updating for a while because I figured that nobody was reading it. PWETTY PWEASE REVIEW? Reviews are loved as much as cookies, if not more.

Love ya! -Ally