“Wanna sip?” Dawn waved her steaming drink under my nose as if one sniff would fix me. Because, in her eyes, I had issues if I didn’t indulge in the same things as her.
“I’m fine, just finished my DP, thanks.” I held my empty drink up and waved it right back at her.
“Hey, did ya win?”
Win? I blinked at Dawn, waiting to see if my brain would make some sense to her words. I wasn’t a morning person, and was about to blame my lack of understanding on the fact my head was still blanketed in the heavy fog of sleep. She then pointed to my cup and I followed her finger.
“Oh.” I shrugged and readjusted my grass-green backpack over my shoulder. “No idea. Want to do the honors?” I glanced at the time blinking blue on the face of my cell. “Crap, I’m gonna be late.” In mid throw of my cup to trash can, Dawn snatched it from my hand and gave me a mom-worthy scowl.
“Hey! What are you doing? You never know when luck will find you.” She pulled at one of her keys from her dangling key-chain on the zipper of her backpack and scratched the gold peel from the side of the cup. Small specks of gold drifted to the gray carpet of the floor like pencil shavings. I was about to leave her. I didn’t have time for stupid things. History class was first, and Mr. Beckett would be pissed if his “A” student was late to class. Again.
“Dawn, for the love of—“ She shrieked. I nearly choked on my spit before realizing what she was screaming at. I grabbed the cup back and whirled it around to read whatever it was I’d won. “A free drink.” I stared a beat longer, making it a point to keep my face as blank as I could manage. Beneath my façade, I was steaming. I was going to be late to class for a free drink? The cup almost crushed between my fingers and I spun on heels to march upstairs to first period.
“What? You should be happy! You never win anything!” she yelled after me, which caught eyes I’d rather not have on me at the moment. Or ever, for that matter.
I gave a tight smile to Rick Tearson, my tall, golden haired ex-boyfriend. He stood at his locker with amusement and something else I couldn’t read smeared across his face.
“Jerk,” I muttered under my breath, but half hoped he’d heard it. The bell rang and I opened the door to Mr. Beckett’s class, huffing and puffing like I’d just blown a house down. He gave me a warning look that pretty much meant I should keep my mouth shut and hurry to my seat.
I slid into my chair at the speed of lightning, catching the eyes of Jenny, the girl who sat on my left. She glanced to my drink. I quickly stuffed it into my bag, hoping the melting ice wouldn’t destroy my math homework. When the swarm of flies left my chest and I could breathe normal again I realized I’d yet to chew Dawn out for last night. And now I had even more reasons to be pissed at her. I really needed to find a new friend. She was going to drive me nuts, if not get me grounded for the rest of my life. Then again, I was the one letting her get me into trouble. Even though it was logical, I’d rather blame her than myself. It was easier.