Author's Note: Okay, here it is! The second chapter! A month later, sorry about that. I don't know how I feel about this chapter. I like most parts of it but then again I don't like other parts. The ending is kinda meh because I didn't know exactly how to end it. Anyway, I digress, please enjoy it though!
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For the next four days, Axl had been hell-bent on ignoring Sue as much as a human possibly could when they lived together, drove to school together, and also went to said school together. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, Sue was only slowly starting to notice.
On day five of Axl ignoring Sue, she finally noticed something was off with him and, of course, in a very Sue-like fashion decided to say something about it. She cornered him on his way from the bathroom to his bedroom.
"Hey!" She practically yelped, standing directly in front of him. Axl made a disgruntled noise that went unnoticed by his sister. "Why have you been ignoring me more than usual?" she asked him.
Axl met her eyes – only saw confusion and concern burning in them – and didn't know whether to throw those feelings back in her face or use them to his advantage. Both had equally good and bad results. He grit in his teeth.
"Because I felt like it," he bit out.
Sue only pouted, "But why? What is something I said? Or did? Or wore? Axl, tell me and I'll fix it!"
Axl scoffed and pushed past Sue to get to his room. Luckily Brick was stuck doing something with their parents in the backyard (something to do with growing a plant for science class, whatever, Axl didn't really pay attention).
Of course, Sue believed the reason why Axl was ignoring her was her fault. And it was, mostly, because now she was pretty and unattainable and just down right adorable. But it was also Axl's fault too because there was something wrong with him for being attracted to her now.
Sue had followed him into his room, still rambling on about what she could possibly to make Axl not ignore her anymore.
Jeez, it was only Friday afternoon, was he going to have to endure her pestering him all weekend long?
He yelled "Sue!" to shut her up. Her mouth clamped shut and she glared at him. "You didn't do anything. Your embarrassing existence should be enough for me to ignore you, which I would like to continue to do now. So get out!"
He held his door open and gestured for her to move.
"No, I'm not gonna leave until you tell me why you're being such a jerk," she said, her bottom lip jutting out in a pout once more.
"Ugh! Sue!" he said, rolling his eyes, mostly to avoid the steady gaze she was keeping on him.
"Will you just tell me what your problem is, Axl?" she pleaded with him.
Axl looked everywhere but her face. "My problem?" he scoffed again. "Well, it's about this tall," he said as he held up a hand at her height, "and answers to the name 'Sue'. But other than that, I don't have a problem."
Sue glared at him, still pouting, "You do!"
"I don't!" he protested.
"You so do!"
"I really don't!"
"Just tell me!"
"ARGH!" he groaned and began to bang his head against the door repeatedly.
Sue gasped, "Axl!" She then reached out and put a hand on his shoulder. Easily feeling the tension in his muscles she had a sudden urge to soothe him, to calm him down in any possible way she could think of. She couldn't help but still hesitate though.
Unwilling to meet her eyes, he groaned again, "Sue, just leave."
It was quiet in the air between them until Sue said, "No."
He looked up then and glared, a sinking feeling growing in his stomach. Sue's bottom lip was caught between her teeth as she nibbled on it. A habit of hers that signified she was feeling anxious. A habit of hers Axl was noticing far too often and becoming obsessed with. She was watching him a little too carefully now. There was something in the way he kept looking at her, as if he was thinking something – words on the tip of his tongue – but not saying them aloud.
They both opened their mouths to speak at the same exact time.
They each glared. Axl let out another groan and gripped the edge of door tighter.
"Sue," he said, frustrated, wanting to grab her shoulders and shake some sense into her, "your lips."
"What?" she asked, confused, "What about them?"
He stared at her. At her lips. Which were … pink. And parted, revealing glimpses of newly clear and straight teeth. It was hard to think about lips without thinking about kissing, even if the lips in question were Sue's. That's just… natural. It was inevitable.
It was Sue, for God's sake.
Get a grip, Axl, he thought with helpless exasperation.
Sue's bottom lip was now sporting a small drop of blood from her nibbling incessantly on it. He had to force his eyes away as she sucked on her lip once more to absorb the blood.
"God, Sue!" he snapped and practically from his doorway and out into the kitchen. Sue followed behind, confused and flushed.
"Axl!" She bellowed after him.
"Get away from me!"
They were shouting at each other loudly when Brick and their parents entered the kitchen from the backyard with bemused looks.
"Hey! What's going on with you two?" Mike asked, his voice rising above both of theirs.
Sue and Axl stopped their shouting match to turn to their father. Again, they both opened their mouths to speak at the same time.
"Axl is be-"
Their voices rose and the words overlapped that no one in the kitchen could understand anything. Frankie and Mike shared a look.
"Okay, okay," Mike said.
Sue's ranting stuttered to a stop at her father's voice despite her look of contempt sent at Axl, but he just kept going on.
"She should just except her fate of being ignored by older, cooler, awesome people and not bother me!" he spewed out. At this point, no one really knew what Axl was talking about.
"Axl, calm down," Mike told him sternly.
"I am calm! I am like a babbling brook!" he said indignantly, and Mike just rolled his eyes. Axl didn't take notice.
Sue was still watching him a little too carefully and he was paranoid she was catching onto to his now most guarded secret.
"This family is ridiculous!" Axl shouted, throwing his arm up in the air, "And not in a good way!" He started to make his way back to his and Brick's room, this time without Sue following, leaving the rest of his family dumbfounded.
"You should be used to it by now," Frankie yelled to him.
A loud shout of irritation was the only response she got.