Natalia had spent a lot of time at Alfred's house in the past week. She always seemed to be over at his house after school or sleeping over Friday night and then again Saturday night. True, she was still hurt over Lukas's treachery, but since her and Alfred had learned to genuinely like each other, she noticed it less.
Once again, she was over at Alfred's house for the evening and she was doing her history homework while watching TV with him.
"Don't you ever stop working?" Alfred asked. He put his feet on the coffee table and still left his math book untouched.
"No, not until my homework is done I don't," Natalia answered. She glanced up at the TV and saw Alfred was watching baseball. She scrunched her nose and thumbed through her history book.
"I feel like all you ever do while your over is do your homework," Alfred complained, not taking his eyes off the TV screen.
"And clean, don't forget that I clean for you," she mumbled. A sudden thought came to her mind. "Hey Alfred, where are you parents?"
Alfred turned from the screen to her, his initial expression gave him away before he could change it. "Not here," he replied nonchalantly.
Natalia narrowed her eyes skeptically at him, seeing through his façade. "Where are they then?"
"They just work and they pay my rent to live here," Alfred told her, still in a nonchalant manner although she knew that there was more to the story.
"Alright," she sighed. She didn't feel like delving into his life story today when there was homework to be done.
"Yeah! My team is winning!" Alfred cheered suddenly.
Natalia looked up at him through her glasses, "Whatever,"
Natalia was walking down the hallway to her next class. She was weaving in and out of people trying to navigate through the busy hallway and the nuisance of people who stop to talk to friends. As she walked past a big group of people talking, a hand reached out to grab her arm. She whirled around to meet whose hand was on her arm.
"What do you want?" she practically spat at Lukas. He said nothing but pulled her by her arm to the end of the hallway, far from where Natalia needed to be for her class. She yanked her arm away from his grasp and then she took a step back to challenge him with her glare.
Lukas opened his mouth to speak, but upon seeing Natalia's expression he closed it again. He stared into her eyes and tried to think of what to do, especially because he had ignored her for the past week while trying to deal with his "girlfriend."
"I'm sorry," he finally decided on.
Natalia shot him an incredulous look, "I'm sure you are," she rolled her eyes for effect at the end.
"I am," he insisted. It wasn't like him to be so persistent and talkative, but he felt that he needed to be at this point.
"Oh so now you're for brushing me off when all I ever wanted to be was your friend? What about those rumors of you making girls—" she stopped abruptly. She couldn't bear to say it.
Lukas stared into her eyes, curious as to what she would say and wondering if he wanted to know at all. He wanted to say something to convey to her how he was feeling, and how sorry he was. Sorry that he let Matthias influence him, and sorry that he had treated her like an alien and essentially became what he didn't want to be. He saw his actions as something that Alfred would do, and to him that was unforgiveable. And still, he wondered where he could find the words to tell her.
Finding nothing to convey his feelings of genuine repentance to her, he made a rash choice. He grabbed her face roughly with both of his hands and he kissed her just as roughly. He pulled away quickly and took a step back, Natalia's eyes widened in response.
"What the hell?" the quietly said. Lukas didn't speak, but he stared at her, waiting for either retaliation or something to
"What the hell?!" she practically yelled. She walked towards him and slapped him as hard as she could across the face. Lukas didn't move, nor move a hand over his face, he just stared into her eyes, as if that could take her anger away. Natalia's world was spinning and she was finding it hard to breathe, she shook her head at Lukas and all but ran in the other direction to go to her class.
She hardly paid attention in Physics that day, all that she could think about was Lukas, and how he kissed her but she was almost positive that he still had that little underclassmen of a girlfriend. She wondered if Lukas even liked his supposed girlfriend, and if the rumors about him were true.
"Hey Natalia," Seychelles said as she sauntered into class late and sat next to Natalia. Natalia's guard immediately went up, because Seychelles didn't seem like the type of girl to talk to someone like Natalia because she "wanted" to.
"Hi," Natalia flatly responded. She was hoping that that'd be the end of their conversation, but it appeared that Seychelles had other plans.
"So you and Alfred just can't decide if you're on or off can you?" Seychelles giggled. It was not in a mean way, but so as to suggest companionship between the two.
"I guess," Natalia flatly replied once more. She wondered why Seychelles was fishing around for information, or why she'd even sit next to her during this period if she didn't have to.
"Well you guys make a great couple," Seychelles smiled as she pulled out her physics book.
"Thanks?" Natalia replied more as a question than an answer.
Seychelles looked into Natalia's icy blue eyes and then sighed, "I'm not all that bad you know, I'm really trying here Natalia,"
Natalia blinked her eyes a few times. She wasn't sure if she could trust what Seychelles said, or if Seychelles wasn't a bad person like she claimed to be.
"Okay," Natalia managed to say.
"Natalia, one day you're going to scare away everyone who ever cared about you," Seychelles scolded with an exasperated sigh as she turned to her notebook.
Natalia thought for a second, then smiled, "Don't you know that that's the plan?"
Natalia was waiting for Alfred in the courtyard outside so that he could take her to his house again after school. She had slept over once again at his house last night and he gave her a ride to school in the morning. She hated to admit it, to herself or otherwise, but she was starting to enjoy the company of the crazy brunette boy.
"Natalia!" a cheerful voice shouted. Natalia returned a little smile to the approaching brunette boy with a loud personality.
"Should we go now?" he asked once he reached her. Natalia nodded fell into step with him as he led her to his car.
"Alfred!" another voice shouted. Natalia clenched her teeth at the sound of this voice. She turned around to meet the owner of the voice with a look that could kill.
"Matthias! We haven't talked in forever buddy! How's it been going?" Alfred cheerfully replied. Matthias approached them before they could make it to the parking lot, Natalia mentally cursed him for it.
"Good! How about you? I see you've still got that girlfriend of yours," Matthias nodded to Natalia with an innocent smile. She made a face at him and Matthias raised an eyebrow at her before returning to Alfred, who was oblivious to the whole thing.
"Yeah," he put an arm around Natalia and pulled her in to him. "Just can't get enough of her you know?"
Natalia's heart skipped a beat when he said that, especially because she knew that with her low pigtails, gray sweater, leggings, and glasses she wasn't much to look at. But still, just imagining that maybe Alfred would be interested in her was a nice thought to think about.
"Really?" Matthias dropped the smile and gave Alfred a surprised look. "Don't you know who else can't get enough of her?"
"Who?" Alfred's smile faded and he looked at Matthias with curious worry.
"Didn't you hear about her and Lukas today?" Matthias cocked his head to the side with a fake shock that Natalia knew was devious. If her mouth wasn't hanging open at this very moment and she was shut up from shock, she probably would have punched him in the jaw.
"No?" Alfred unsteadily replied.
"Oh, well you should ask her. I gotta go but I'll see you later!" Matthias waved quickly and then ran off to his car. Alfred turned to look at Natalia clearly.
"Natalia, what happened?" Alfred asked, his face growing sad and bracing himself for what was to come.
"Look—I—uh, we…" she stumbled, trying to find the words. She saw the look on his face, and wondered if she owed him an explanation at all, but his expression begged her to continue. "He kissed me," she blurted out.
"And you let him?" Alfred asked, as if she wanted Lukas to kiss her in the first place.
"I didn't let it happen, he just-!" Natalia popped off on Alfred. She was growing angry of trying to explain herself when they weren't actually dating in the first place. Alfred shook his head and started to walk to his car.
"I thought you were better than that," he said over his shoulder as he pulled out his car keys.
"I—I—" she tried to find the words to explain her frustration. "I don't owe you an explanation! I don't owe you anything! We're not even together so it doesn't even matter!" Natalia exploded after him.
Alfred turned around and shrugged, "You're right, I don't owe you anything," he replied calmly.
"God damn Alfred! It wasn't my fault! Why won't you listen?!" Natalia was still yelling after him like a crazy person, but Alfred paid no mind. He waved her off and kept walking down the row of cars to find his car.
"Fuck you! I don't need you!" Natalia screamed after him, but Alfred was either too far to hear or too upset to want to hear.
Natalia watched as he sped out of the parking lot, leaving her without a ride and with no place to go. Except for home. But she didn't feel like going there. Instead she sat on the curb and pulled her knees up to her chest. She was right, she didn't owe him anything, and he was also right, he didn't owe her anything. Why was it that after things were going so well he has to act like that? She felt like everything always went straight to hell.
A car pulled up in front of her and stopped. "Natalia," the voice called.
She looked up.