Chapter 17 Ryder’s POV “Come on!” Aubrey whispered as she pulled on my arm. The halls were empty. We were suppose to be in gym, but I didn’t even want to come to school today, and I especially don’t want to do gym, and neither does Aubrey. So, were trying to sneak to the bathrooms, so we can hang out in there until our next class, which is music. Finally, we stood outside both bathroom doors. Aubrey was dragging me towards the girl’s room. “NO.” I said, and made her stop dragging me. “What?” she asked, as if she didn’t already know. “We’re not going into the girl’s bathroom. I don’t wanna read the graffiti on the stalls about what guys the girls wanna kiss.” “Well I don’t wanna read the graffiti on the boy’s bathroom walls saying what girls they wanna f**k.” She had a point, but I wasn’t going to let her bring me in there. “We hid in the girl’s bathroom last time. It’s my turn to chose.” She rolled her eyes then followed me into the bathroom. We made sure there was nobody else in there, then we picked a stall, and began to relax? I don’t know. We think this is better than gym, we’re weird and lazy please don’t judge us. I felt my phone vibrate in my jeans pocket. I picked it up then read the text message. It was Regina. Y aren’t you at gym? Did ur faggy boyfriend talk 2 u? BTW we r over. “You can do better.” Aubrey said. She had obviously read the text. There was no way of hiding it, because the bathroom stalls were so small with one person in it, now imagine two. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.” “But, Paul seems nice.” I looked up at her and smiled. “You really think so?” She nodded. “Ryder, you really like him, and you disserve to be happy, so stay with Paul.” I picked up my phone, and finally felt like I was doing something right for once. To: Regina From: Ryder Awesome BTW, did i ever tell you my faggy boyfriend is a better kisser than you? Way better Hope u find a good boy friend in the future. Cuz i know i already found mine :3 To: Paul From: Ryder i made up my mind. I wanna be with you. I luv u so much. I hope u still luv me. I luv u, babe. Please call me soon! Xoxo I sent both messages, and looked up at Aubrey. She smiled at me, then pulled me into a hug. “You made the right choice.” I smiled as I hugged her tighter. “Uh, Aubrey? Please don’t take this in a mean way, but please stop hugging me. I don’t enjoy having ‘sweet, family moment’ in the boys bathroom.” She laughed then let go. I heard a phone vibrate, but it wasn’t my own. Aubrey reached into her pocket and pulled out her cell phone. She read the text out loud, while trying to sound like dad. “Hey sweety, how’s school? Only a couple more hours till i pick u guys up Don’t tell Ry but we’re gonna take him to get his hair cut today, u know how much he hates that x) Do u wanna get ur hair done? I’ll let u Luv u jelly bean. Xoxoxoxox” I laughed. “He still calls you ‘jelly bean?’” Aubrey punched me in the arm. “Shut up, at least I’m not scared of a hair cut.” “Whatever. I’m not scared of those anymore, anyway.” “Sure.” she said with a grin and rolling her eyes. I flipped her off. Her phone vibrated again. A grin quickly formed on her face as she read another one of dad’s messages out load. “And if u c my little lion, tell him i said hi! <3” “He still calls you ‘little lion?” she mocked. “Whatever, lets just go to our next class.” I said as the sound of kids forming in the halls came. We both dashed out of the bathroom fast, before we would get caught. For a while we walked at a normal pace, but then Aubrey started to speed. “Can ya wait for me!?” I called. “No! It’s music class! Time to see Gerard!” she said as she dashed off. A big smile formed on my face as I ran after her.