"So listen. Plan for the day: You come with me to school, after that I have to rehearse a scene with Cat, but I don't think that will take long, and then… we'll go to the hospital. Any objections?"
Tori smiles at Jade, shakes her head and shrugs her shoulders. "No. Not at all."
Jade nods, then smirks at the girl sitting on her desk chair. "I wouldn't have cared either way, so…" With a shrug of her shoulders and a wink sent in Tori's direction, Jade turns towards her dresser and starts picking out clothes, Tori's laugh reaching her ears. "I'm gonna get ready now. Don't do anything stupid while I'm gone."
Tori watches the pale girl leave the room and sighs. Slightly spinning in the chair, she takes a good look around, her eyes observing every little detail about Jade's room. It was always so dark in here, due to the deep red walls and black carpet and the heavy red curtains hanging in front of the two windows. But Tori can't help but feel comfortable, despite the usual darkness and the creepy things Jade seemed to love to collect. Staring at the bed, Tori begins to wonder what would happen if she gets back into her body. Would Jade and her keep in contact? Would they become friends? Or maybe they could even become-
Tori freezes, her eyes widening and her lips parting when she realizes just what exactly she's starting to consider. A relationship. Her eyebrows knit together. Why was she thinking about that? Sure, Jade is helping her and Tori loves her for that. Platonically of course. But her mind started to make up scenarios in her head, showing her what could happen if she and Jade would be together. And the electricity she feels in her entire body whenever they look at each other sure isn't helping at all. She's sure that if Jade knew what goes on in her head right now, she definitely would use that 'Ridding Oneself of Ghosts' spell. Tori's eyes squeeze shut and she shakes her head. "Stop it. This is just ridiculous."
Tori's eyes immediately snap open and land on Jade, standing in the doorway of her room. "Um… nothing, just," she tries to find a way to talk herself out, her eyes traveling across the room until they land on the paper where Jade wrote down the spell they want to try out, "The spell. I… I don't really think it's going to work."
She nods her head to convince Jade and shoots her an awkward smile. Jade shrugs her shoulders and steps into her room. "We'll see. Won't hurt to try it out." Tori watches as she grabs the paper and folds it before neatly placing it in her bag. She turns to look at Tori, motioning with her head to the door. "Come on. Don't wanna be late."
"So, what time should I come by today?"
Jade frowns and fully turns her head towards her friend. "What do you mean?" Andre merely raises his eyebrows at her, stretching his legs out in front of him. "Our song. We wanted to finish it this weekend."
A sudden realization dawns on Jade's face as she remembers that they still have to finish their song they wrote and composed together if they want to perform it in the big showcase. Jade pushes out a breath, closes her eyes for a short moment and shakes her head. "Right. The song." Biting her lip, she flicks her eyes back and forth between Andre's. "Um… could we maybe meet up tomorrow? I kinda have a thing today and it's really important so..."
Much to Jade's relief, Andre shrugs his shoulders nonchalantly. "Yeah, sure. Ain't got a problem with that." She shoots him a smile but jumps slightly when she hears Tori's voice in her ear. "Why did you cancel?"
When she sees that Andre and is busy playing a game on his phone, Jade slowly turns her head towards Tori, only to see the Latina with a troubled look on her face. Jade raises an eyebrow in a silent question, to which Tori sighs loudly. "You shouldn't have canceled. We can go to the hospital another time. Tell him he can come over today."
Tori watches as Jade turns away from her, her eyes fixed straight ahead, and it doesn't look like she's going to talk to Andre. "Jade! Tell him that today works!"
"No," Jade growls, causing Andre to look up from his phone.
Jade turns back to Andre, her mouth slightly falling open. "Um… No. Oh no, I forgot something in my locker." She swiftly gets up from her seat, shoots Tori a glare and then turns to Andre, shrugging her shoulders. "I'll be right back."
Before he can say anything, Jade storms out of the classroom. Steering for her locker, she's relieved that no one's in the hallway. She stops abruptly, crosses her arms and taps her foot as she impatiently waits for Tori to follow her. Soon enough, the brunette comes stalking around the corner, her face contoured in angry lines. She lifts her arms in question, shaking her head. "What?"
"What is your freaking problem?" Jade's voice echoes through the hallway but the pale girl really doesn't care who hears her now. "You should be thankful, but instead you keep annoying me!"
"Oh, I'm sorry that I don't want you rearranging your life for me!"
Jade laughs and shakes her head. "Rearranging my life? Just because I cancel one little thing? You're being ridiculous."
"Well, we're not going to the hospital today," Tori sulks and with her crossed arms, furrowed eyebrows and pouty lips she looked like a little child. Jade narrows her eyes at her and slowly walks closer. Her eyes flick all over Tori's face before settling on the brunette's eyes.
"We are going to the hospital," Jade quietly murmurs and doesn't break her gaze, "End of discussion. You don't have anything to say about that."
Tori grinds her teeth together at Jade's stubbornness. She appreciates it of course, that Jade is willing to cancel her plans, but this isn't what Tori wants. Jade already neglected her friends enough, she doesn't want her to keep doing that. "I'm not coming with you," Tori answers just as quietly and hopes this will work to change Jade's mind. But it doesn't. Jade only shrugs her shoulders and smirks. "Then I'm going alone. Do you really think I have a problem with that?"
The smug expression Jade is sporting right now infuriates Tori to no end. She sends Jade a glare, almost as intense as the ones Jade always shoots her, and growls "You really are a gank!"
"Oooh, thanks for that info, Tori! I've never heard that before."
"Blah, blah, blah," is the only response Tori can come up with and grimaces at the black haired girl. Jade returns the gesture just as a boy comes walking down the hallway, stopping at the sight of Jade West making a face. Their eyes meet for a brief moment before Jade starts to glare at him. "What?" She barked, causing the boy to slightly shrink back. "I'm loosening up my face muscles. You got a problem with that?"
His shaggy hair bounces on top of his head as he frantically shakes his head. "Good. Then move!" Jade watches him scurry away before sighing and turning back to Tori. "I need to get to class now, Tori."
"But we're not finished yet!"
Jade shakes her head and runs her tongue over the front of her teeth. "So, let me get this straight: You don't want me to neglect my friends, but if I neglect my education for you, that's okay?"
The way Jade looks at her, her eyes piercing through hers and her eyebrow raised, makes Tori feel stupid for even saying anything. She sighs, slowly shakes her head and looks to her feet. "I'm sorry," she quietly says, her foot shuffling on the ground. Jade contemplates saying something nice, but then she remembers that 'nice' really isn't her thing. Her shoulders lift in a nonchalant shrug as she strides past the brunette.
"Whatever. Just come with me now."
And Tori does, trudging after Jade with a queasy feeling in her stomach.
The day went by slower than Tori would have liked. Jade and her didn't talk at all, their argument from earlier still resting heavy in their bones. Immediately after Jade and Cat finished their scene, the pale girl walked to her car and started her way to the hospital. Now, with the radio faintly playing in the background and Jade concentrated with driving, Tori decides to speak up.
"I'm really sorry if I annoyed you earlier."
Her voice cut through the tense air in the car like a knife and made Jade glance over to the brunette for a short second. "It's alright," she calmly says and keeps her eyes steady on the street in front of her. Tori tries again.
"I just don't want you to… feel obligated."
"I don't," Jade sighs and shakes her head, "Listen. If I don't want to do something, I won't do it. I can make decisions for myself. And I know that you are a selfless weirdo who likes to look out for others but… just don't. Not with me."
Tori nods. "Okay." Her eyes flicker over Jade's face, her teeth biting down on her lip. "So… we're fine again?"
Jade's lips form a barely visible smile. "Sure."
They mostly stay silent for the remaining ride but this time, it's much more comfortable. The air isn't so tense anymore, there's no fear on Tori's side anymore that she did something seriously wrong. When they arrive at the hospital and Jade turns off the engine, the pale girl takes a deep breath and turns towards Tori. "Ready?"
Tori hesitates for a second before she nods and a slight smile appears on her face. "I think so."
Jade smirks and opens her door. "Then let's go."
The feeling of having butterflies in her stomach arises in Tori as Jade and her step into the elevator, Jade's finger reaching out to press the button with the '4' on it. If she's lucky and the spell will really work, today could be the day when she'd get back into her body. Sure, the likelihood of the success of a spell they got from the internet is pretty slim, but it really doesn't keep Tori from hoping that maybe, it will work. Tori follows Jade out of the elevator, down the hall and finally, they step into Tori's room. "Seems as if we're lucky," Jade quietly says as she steps closer to the sleeping body of Tori, "We're alone." She turns to her ghostly companion and raises her eyebrows. "Let's start before your mom or someone else will come." Tori takes a deep breath and nods, walking over to the other side of the bed and looking down at her own self. Her eyes stay glued on her body, her ears taking in the crumpling of paper and then, Jade's smooth voice reading the spell. The rhymed words flow so easily from Jade's mouth and for a moment, Tori really thinks it worked. But as she looks up at Jade and sees her looking at her with a bored expression, Tori realizes that that stupid spell was a waste of time.
A shaky sigh gets past Tori's lips. "Great," she mumbles and takes a seat on the side of her bed.
"Sorry," Tori hears Jade say from behind her. The brunette lets out a laugh and shakes her head. "Don't be. God, I feel so stupid for thinking that it might work. I mean, what was I thinking?"
Jade crosses her arms and presses her lips together. She's never good with comforting people. She ends up saying something really stupid every time and only makes the situation worse. Nevertheless, she walks around the bed until she's standing in front of Tori. The brunette's sad brown eyes look up at her. "I wish I could-" Jade stops herself from saying anything else which only pricks at Tori's curiosity.
"You wish you could… what?" Tori stands up from the bed, her eyes not leaving Jade's and once again, that electrical feeling arouse between them. They stare at each other, Jade's tongue running over her lips before she releases a quiet breath. "I don't know," her quiet voice sends a shiver through Tori's body and her mind travels back to her thoughts about Jade she had this morning. Again she wonders what it would be like, what would have happened between them if the spell had worked. She wondered how it would feel like to touch Jade and it scares her a little that she has those thoughts. "I just really wanted you to get back into your body," Jade confesses and Tori swears she saw her eyes flick down to her lips for a millisecond.
But before Tori has the chance to say anything, the door opens and Jade's eyes widen when they fall on a police officer standing in the doorway. "Jade West?"
A/N: Sorry for the wait. But I've been having a little writer's block with this one. I hope the next chapter will be up sooner.