On One Condition
Chapter 8- Crazy Things
It was a long weekend. Zander's mind constantly raced with thoughts of Stevie. Is she okay? How will she react when she sees Justin again? Will she ever be the same? And most importantly the one question that haunted him the most, why did he care about her so much? It's not everyday that Zander Robbins ditches a girl, let alone one that he believed was something special. Through their many difficulties Zander and Stevie grew closer, but in a romantic way? Zander couldn't tell. All he knew was by the end of Friday night he wanted to punch Justin's face into the ground. He had all weekend to calm down but once Monday came around and he saw the look on Stevie's face, he couldn't bare it any longer.
"Stevie, are you sure you're okay?" he asks the quiet girl leaning against her locker. She hadn't said much to any of her friends and none of her friends wanted to remind her of the traumatic event.
"Yeah, I'm fine," she simply answers.
"You know we're here for you, right?" Kacey asks while both Kevin and Nelson nod behind her. Stevie gives a small grin and leaves her group of friends, headed to first period. Her mind trails off, repeating the events of Friday night. She so badly wanted to forget about that night and how horrible she felt but unfortunately it kept eating away at her. The only good thing that came out of it was the reminder that Zander would always be there for her.
"Stevie?" her thoughts were interrupted by a familiar voice. She gazes up to find Lyndsey in front of her. Stevie puts on a fake smile and responds,
"Hi, Lyndsey!" Her face didn't reveal the twists in her stomach that she got remembering that Lyndsey and Zander were dating.
"Hey, how's Zander?" She asks confusing Stevie.
"What do you mean?" Stevie's eyebrows scrunch together trying to figure out what she meant.
"You don't know?" Stevie shakes her head. "Oh, well this past Friday Zander called me saying he had to cancel our date because he was really sick," Lyndsey explains.
"Wait, Friday? Are you sure?"
"Positive, anyway I gotta get to class. Please tell Zander I hope he feels better," Lyndsey says leaving Stevie to put two and two together. He canceled his date with Lyndsey, for her. Why?
The day dragged on, everybody was confused, everybody wanted answers, especially Stevie. Not only was she heartbroken from the other night, now she can't get Zander out of her head. That was the only thing she could think about all day. And when last period ended the only thing that she wanted to do was get out of that school and away from everybody. However Justin Cole didn't realize it.
"Hey Stevie," he says as she opens her locker, grabbing her backpack. She stays quiet, hoping he would get the message. "Are you gonna talk to me?" He asks before getting nothing in respond. "Look," he whispers. "I guess I should explain myself. I just wasn't feeling it," he admits, stirring up anger inside of Stevie.
"And that gives you a right to ditch me?" She snaps back. As Justin puts his hands up in defense Zander sneaks up behind Stevie.
"What's going on?" He questions looking from Stevie to Justin.
"It's none of your business, Robbins," Justin insisted.
"Justin, haven't you done enough?" Zander moaned.
"Hey, I didn't do anything," he responds getting an eye roll from Stevie that he caught. "Oh come on Stevie, you know it was nothing," he says trying to get closer to her. Zander steps in front, blocking his view of her. "You know what? Why don't you go play your mini guitar and let me talk to her," Justin suggests.
"Or why don't you just leave her alone," Zander crosses his arms over his chest, refusing to go anywhere.
"Wow Stevie, looks like you need a bodyguard to talk to boys," Justin joked. Without any thought Zander shoves Justin a few feet back, ready to attack him again with a punch before Stevie quickly comes in between them.
"Zander stop!" She yelled. He stares at Justin, still prepared to throw the punch.
"Oh, forget it. I'm out," Justin announces leaving Stevie fuming.
"What is wrong with you?" She asks Zander.
"I, I don't know," he responds. She lets out a small sign before harshly saying,
"Just leave." He didn't want to but he could tell by the hurt look on her face he was unwanted there. He left without saying another word. She couldn't go home now, her head was too fogged up to tell her right from her left. It took her awhile but she finally found her way to the band room, deserted just how she hoped it would be. She tried to distract herself from thinking of him any way possible. Playing random notes on Nelson's keyboard, tossing a ball against the wall, smashing on Kevin's cymbals. Nothing worked. So when she gave up she laid on the couch staring at the ceiling, repeating everything that had happened that day.
Zander failed to listen to Stevie's order. He left the hallway but he didn't make it much farther before having to sit on a nearby step. What was going on with him? That wasn't the calm and collected Zander he usually is. He has never gotten that angry before, Justin somehow sparked something in him that made him go off the wall like that. He needed to see Stevie, but when he called her house she wasn't there. Where could she have gone?
Her eyes were slowly drifting when a dark figure appears in her blurred vision. They instantly pop open, revealing Zander staring at her.
"Didn't I tell you to leave?" Stevie asks with an unpleasant tone.
"I know, I just couldn't," he admits. Stevie sighs sitting up to make room for Zander.
"Why?" She whispers.
"To be honest, I don't know. My feet just wouldn't let me leave," he responds.
"No, why?" She questions getting a strange look from Zander, making her go more in to detail, "Why are you doing this to me? First, you're strung up with this girl, then you don't even go out with her, and then you almost get in to a physical fight. Zander, this isn't you."
"Wait, how do you know I didn't go on that date?"
"I saw Lyndsey today, she told me everything. But you still didn't answer my question," Stevie responds.
"I don't know why I did all those things," he lied.
"That's not good enough," she numbly argued.
"You want the complete and honest truth?" Zander asked for reassurance. She nods her head but only getting a large grunt from him. He brings his head into the palms of his hands, going over in his mind the words he's about to say.
"Stevie, you make me do crazy things. I didn't exactly know why at first but I know now that it's because I like you. I really like you. I canceled my date with Lyndsey because I didn't want to go. I wanted to be with you." Stevie freezes, she was not expecting any of that. It took a few minutes for her to take it in, and yet she still didn't know how to respond. She opens her mouth but only air comes out. Zander couldn't deal with the silence, he take her hand and wraps it in his, she doesn't pull back. "What I feel between us, is something I have never felt with anyone else," he adds.
"It's a scary thought," She finally speaks.
"Liking your best friend," Stevie says looking into Zander's eyes. "Our friendship is so strong, I don't want this to destroy it," she adds holding up their hands that are still locked together.
"It won't," he assures her.
"You don't know that." Stevie finally lets go of his grip on her hand.
"I do. Because I know if our friendship is that strong and if you can make me this insane, imagine how amazing we could be," he tries to convince her. She liked that word, we. It was simple, but how he said it made it sound so much more important. She still didn't say anything so Zander had another moment of courage and kissed her. It was a quick movement that Stevie didn't have time to respond to. It was short but powerful, the butterflies in her stomach re-enter and make themselves at home. But she kissed him back, finally letting him know how she felt. Not too long after that they both pull away, with the same goofy smile across their faces.
"Did I mention how cheesy you are?" Stevie asks while he reaches for her hand. He laughs it off.
"Come on, I'll drive you home," he says.
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