Can't Let It Go Chapter 2

I lay on my bed listening to music on my iPod. With my white headphones in my ears, I was able to drown out all the other noises around me. I was just staring off at nothing particular trying hard not to think about anything because when I did start thinking, I could only remember that boy. This was not normal. I had just asked Rachel Fisher out on a date and instead of thinking about that I was more concerned about the boy who had a locker next her. The worst part about this was that I didn't know anything about him. I didn't even know his name. Obviously, tomorrow I would have to do some researching. My wandering thoughts were interrupted by the sound of loud knocks on my door. I closed eyes and increased the volume on my iPod. I knew it was my sister outside my door and I knew she would not stop knocking until I answered. I waited for a few minutes while the knocking continued and then I gave in. I took my headphones out and got up to open the door.

"What do you want Michelle?"

"Mom said you have to drop me off at a friend's house so we can work on our group project."

I sighed. This was the one downside of having my own car. Before buying my car, my mom had made me agree to drive my sister anywhere she needed to go and my sister made full use of it. In fact, she even made up group projects for excuses to get me to drop her off at her friends' houses. It was even more annoying that my mom actually believed her. Knowing that arguing would be futile, I agreed. I grabbed my car keys and headed to the car with my sister following me.

"I know that you don't actually have a school project," I told my sister as I pulled out of the driveway.

"It's none of your business so just drive," my sister replied.

Damn! She was impossible. I turned up the volume on the radio and started driving while my sister gave me directions. In a few minutes, we ended up in a nice upscale neighborhood where the houses were definitely much bigger than the houses in our neighborhood. We live in the average suburban neighborhood where all the houses looked pretty much the same. This neighborhood was anything but average. My sister finally made me stop in front a very nice looking two-storey house with a perfectly manicured lawn and very nice landscaping.

"We haven't been to this house before. Is this a new friend?" I asked looking at the house.

"No, it's just that most of the time we hang out at Annie's house but Annie is on vacation with her parents."

"Well, your friend seems to be well off."

"Yeah, her parents are both doctors. She is so spoiled. Her parents buy her all the things she wants. She has all these awesome clothes and like a million shoes! And the best part is that she even let me borrow one of her expensive dresses for the last dance."

I laughed. My sister was so obsessed with clothes. She spent half her time at the mall shopping. I, on the other hand, was not so fond of shopping. It just wasn't my idea of fun and excitement. However, I did like to look decent and therefore some stops at the mall were necessary.

"You should come inside and check out their awesome pool," said my sister. "I'm sure she wouldn't mind and her parents are never home."

"Um, okay," I replied. "I am kind of curious how it looks like from the inside."

I had been inside fancy houses before. Rachel lived in a huge mansion that was much larger than this house and even Jake's house was quite large. Nonetheless, I was still curious to check it out so I got out of the car and followed my sister up to the front door. My sister rang the bell and after a few seconds, the door opened.

"Amber!" exclaimed a girl who assumed was Michelle.

"Michelle!" my sister exclaimed hugging the girl.

"Hi, you must be Kyle, Amber's brother, right?" Michelle asked after Amber let her go.

"Yeah, it's nice to meet you Michelle," I said as I shook her hand. "You have a really nice house. My sister told me that I should check it out."

"Thanks. You are definitely welcome to stay. I think my brother is around here somewhere," she said showing us in to the elegant entrance of the house.

"Who is your brother?" I asked.

"Colin, he's a junior. Don't you know him?" Michelle asked.

"I don't think I know any Colin," I replied after thinking through the people I knew.

"Oh, I just thought you might since you were both in the same grade."

"Oh" I replied not knowing what to say.

"Hey, do you want something to drink?" Michelle asked breaking the awkward silence.

"Ah, that's okay I should be going anyways, I have to be at one of my friends' swim meet soon," I replied.

"Okay, well it was nice to meet you, Kyle."

"Yeah, it was nice to meet you too. Amber, you will have to call mom to come and pick you up because I will be busy," I said as I walked towards the front door.

"Okay!" Amber called back as the two of them went upstairs.

I got to the front door and was about to open it when it flew open, hitting me in the head and making fall back onto the floor.

"Damn!" I said rubbing my forehead, which started hurting really badly.

"Oh shit, I'm so sorry. I didn't see you there. Are you okay?" said someone.

"Yeah, I think so," I said getting up. I then looked up to see who was talking to me and was quite shocked to see the boy who I had seen next to Rachel's locker. He was still wearing that black t-shirt and jeans.

"Hey, it's you!" I said looking at him smiling.

"Uh, yeah it's me. What are you doing here?" he asked looking slightly confused.

"Oh, I was just dropping my sister off. She's friends with Michelle," I replied. "I don't think we have met. My name is Kyle," I continued extending my hand.

"I'm Colin," he replied shaking my hand.

"Well, it is very nice to meet you. Your sister was just telling me that you are junior also. It's funny that we haven't met before. I guess we just don't run in the same circles."

"Yeah, I guess," he replied still looking confused. "Your forehead seems to be bruising, let me get you some ice before it bruises too badly," he said changing the topic. "You can come in and sit in the living room, I'll be right back," he said as he headed down a hall to the left.

"Thanks," I replied before I walked forward to the living room. The living room was quite large with a vaulted ceiling and a large fireplace. I sat down on a leather couch and started looking at all the decorations on the walls when Colin returned with a pack of ice.

"Here put this on," he said handing me the ice pack.

"Thanks," I replied taking the ice pack and pressing it against my forehead. That felt much better. I sat for a while until I noticed that Colin was still standing in front of me looking at me oddly. Feeling a bit awkward, I decided that I should be going.

"I should get going. I have to be at a friend's swim meet," I said getting up. "It was nice meeting you. I guess I will see around at school."

"Okay, well see you later then," Colin replied still standing where he was.

Taking that as my cue to leave, I started walking back to the front door but just as I was about to leave an idea came into my head and I turned around.

"Do you want to come with me?" I asked standing in front of the door again.


"Do you want to come with me to the swim meet?" I asked.

"Um, I actually have to meet a friend later," Colin replied hesitantly.

"Okay, that's cool. Maybe we can hang out some other time," I said coolly.

"Yeah," he said.

Then he smiled. That was the first time I saw him smile. God, he had a really nice smile. I said goodbye and headed back to my car. There was something about this Colin Stone. I was definitely going to get to know him better and figure it out.

To be continued...

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