Loving You
Author: Lacey Raine

Chapter 26

 I'd been waiting, hoping, praying for weeks for Xander to say 'I love you.' And now he had- three times- and I couldn't say it back. I managed to avoid talking to him about us for two weeks apart from in Science that one day. I was kinda drifting alone at breaktime when he found me. I was standing by the gates when he caught my arm. I turned and he smiled.

"Hey. Axel, isn't it?" I knew what he was doing. Trying to relive the first time we met. I sighed.

"I'm not in the mood, Xander," I said, walking away from him. He followed me.

"You can't keep avoiding me like this forever," He said, as we walked into the school through a side door on a corridor. "You're gonna have to man up and face me sometime."

"Yeah, just not right now," I mumbled.

"We need to talk, Axel," He said, stepping in front of me. People were watching us, whispering and giggling, but he didn't seem to care.

"There's nothing to talk about, Xander," I sighed. "We had a relationship and it ended. That's it, end of story." I pushed him aside gently and walked away. Xander sighed, then hit the fire alarm on the wall not far from us.

I stared at him. "Xander, what the hell?" I said, confused.

"I need to talk to you alone, and if this is the only way to do it, then fine," He took my arm and gently but firmly led me to our alley. I sighed, getting quite irritated now. Couldn't he just leave me alone to get on with it?

"The relationship is over, Xander, I don't know how many times I can say that," I told him, agitatedly.

"You said you were leading me on." He said, ignoring me "So all the kisses and cuddles, all the cute jokes and daft nicknames, that night in the hotel over Easter... are you seriously trying to tell me all of that meant nothing to you?"

"Xander you're just being a prick about the whole thing now, blowing it all out of proportion," I said. He stared at me incredulously.

"I'm being a prick?" He repeated. "You'r the one who was stringing me along for eighteen months when you never even loved me."

"I never said I didn't love you!" I kinda yelled it at him. I sighed and calmed down a little. "I did. I still do."

"Then why-"

"Becuase, Kerryn Sinclair's mum sent the picture to my dad," I said. He had the right to know the truth. "He went nuts. Him and mum, they said that if I didn't break up with you they'd send me to boarding school. I couldn't bare that, not being able to see you ever again."

"I didn't know," He said, quietly. I just shrugged. Xander looked up at me through his lashes, which he knew I'd always found totally sexy. "Well. Your dad isn't here now. How about one last kiss?"

I didn't have to be asked twice.


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