Renu-Island
Author: K.M. Paxton

Chapter 7
Rejection

         I looked into his pleading hazel eyes, the first things I'd noticed about him when we met just a day before. Was he faking? Did he just not want to be hated? I looked at Jesse but he was wouldn't make eye contact. I knew what I had to do.
         I turned and walked away.
         "Casey! I-I can see it in your eyes. You still like me, I know you do." Caleb stuttered as he chased after me.
         I stopped dead in my tracks and whirled around. "No, Caleb. I don't. So please leave me alone."
         "You like him?" He gestured towards Jesse who was staring at his shoes. I could tell he was trying to look like he wasn't listening in an attempt to give us some privacy.
         I didn't answer. Did I? Probably. But I wasn't going to say so.
         "You don't. You can't." Caleb rambled. "No. I'll only believe you like him if you kiss him and walk away together. Do it or I'll never believe you."
         As much I would've wanted to kiss Jesse right there and right now, I couldn't, so I sighed. "Caleb, you're being stupid. I can't turn around and-"
          I was cut off my the soft touch of Jesse's lips. I guess he'd closed the distance between us in three long strides when he'd heard Caleb's proposition.
         I couldn't see Caleb's face but he was making some kind of choking sound. After a while Jesse pulled away, took my hand, and led me away. As we walked pass Caleb their shoulders slammed together and we kept walking.
         Caleb had the strangest look on his face. I'd never seen anything like it. I couldn't place it and I didn't even know how to describe it....





But it broke my heart.

 

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